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Indeed, Way of the Peaceful Warrior does just that with its piercing truths, lively narrative and humorous wisdom. Like Castaneda, it enables the reader to reflect on the deepest questions of life. Yet unlike Don Juan, it spotlights the path to a happy, uncomplicated life without dependency on drugs.
Told with drama and insight, the novel revolves around Dan, a world champion gymnast and student at the University of California at Berkeley. The story begins when Dan meets his powerful 96-year-old mentor Socrates, an all-night gas station attendant.
Guided by this wise old mentor and tempted by an elusive and playful woman named Joy, Dan journeys through everyday reality and metaphysical realms. He travels the paths of flesh and spirit, romance and terror, light and darkness, laughter and magic, learning new ways to see the world and live life fully.
Thematically, this tale of the eternal human quest for the meaning of life is the path of transformation and enlightenment. It uncovers concepts known deep inside but really allowed to wake up and be content with this knowledge. There is no need to search, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all One - and the only laws are paradox, humor and change.
After reading Way of the Peaceful Warrior don't tuck it away on a bookshelf to gather dust. Keep it close at hand, and recapture guidance from many of the metaphors sprinkled throughout the story. The secret of happiness, Socrates so aptly points out, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. -- Association for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter, July, 1984
Remarkably wise, provocatively humorous, and hauntingly beautiful. It may even change the lives of many who peruse its pages. -- Dr. Stanley Krippner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read this book over twenty years ago and at least 2 times just a few years later. I decided to pick it up again to see if it was as valuable and "good" as my then... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kasia W
I think everyone would benefit reading this book. I don't know if it changed my life, but it definitely made me more aware. I will read it again and encourage others to read it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Debra Cross
Very inspiring. I won't say its changed my life, but it has left a lasting impression on me. I think everyone, no matter what age or shape, could take something away from this... Read morePublished 12 days ago by michael balmer
This book was rather strange, definitely written from a man's perspective. The message is right, though. We cause our own anxiety and stress. Read morePublished 14 days ago by S. Bennett
This a must have and read book, there is really so much outside the comfort zone.Published 28 days ago by Nenimir mladenov