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The Craft of the Warrior Paperback – December 23, 2005
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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About the Author
Robert Spencer is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher, certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and psychotherapist. He lives near Boise, Idaho.
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Many others have traversed this same territory, and the author is a student of various paths, and so he presents a synthesis of some of the threads he has encountered: Carlos Castaneda and the Toltecs, Dan Millman, Shambhala, G.I. Gurdjieff, the Feldenkrais method, A Course in Miracles, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming are his main sources, alongside his personal experience as a psychotherapist.
The result is a very useful and well-organized distillation of the ways and means to personal power -- power over self, as opposed to power over others. People familiar with any of the above sources will find similar concepts here, but presented in a very straightforward format (as opposed to some of the storytelling styles of some of the sources). The seeking of personal power is, after all, a very practical pursuit, not something limited to stories about people who have had supernatural experiences or extraordinary teachers.
The warrior's way represents simply the most effective and efficient way of living in the world: with minimization of energy waste and maximization of available resources, achieved through honing the self down to a fine point by relentless self-examination and action. It requires discipline, nonattachment, compassion, and surrender of self to be truly free, and these things are available to anyone. Spencer's book makes this all the more clear in his drawing from many sources, showing that, truly, truth and opportunities for gaining power can be found almost anywhere you look.
All in all, a most lucid presentation and thorough description of what is expected of a person on the warrior's path. I would also recommend A Toltec Path, by Ken Eagle Feather.
"Internal inconsistency makes prayers and affirmations ineffective in another way. Tart points out that how we live our lives often negates our prayers. A person who prays at night for peace may engage in conflict all day long. The day's behavior actually acts as a different prayer, whether the person intends it so or not. What we hold on our minds and express in our actions has great influence over our lives. As Gurdjieff said, "Your being attracts your life."
This hit right home, for I am guilty of that very thing. Praying for peace and balance in my life, then actively getting engaged in strives with my children, arguments with my husband and taking on way too many things on myself to even have a slightest realistic way to have it all in balance.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about our weaknesses and how to regain back your power leaked out with our very actions.
The book is easy to read and great fun! I could hardly put it down before I finished. What I missed are some references to Buddhism that I consider relevant to the subject.
After reading it I will want to read some of Millman's books and maybe study some NLP also.
There are two aspects in the book that in my view could be corrected in future editions:
1) She: the third person is always she; and after the 100th time it started to irritate me. Could not it rather be they?
2) The FELDENKRAIS description on pages 16 and 17 is not all accurate and could be a little more detailed:
a) His knee injuries and surgery problem did not happen in the 1930s, but in the 1940s in England.
c) Feldenkrais did not get his black belt in judo AFTER his knee problems, but long before when he was living in France indeed in the 1930s. He was one of the first European to earn a black belt in Judo, founded the Judo Club in Paris, and wrote two books on judo.
b) He did not 'immigrated to Palestine, France and England before arriving on Israel after WW II'.
In fact: He emigrated to Palestine at the age of 14 shortly after the end of WW I. He moved to Paris in 1928 to study physics, mathematics, and mechanical and electric engineering. He was Joliot-Curie's principal assistant when J-C won the Nobel prize in 1935. In 1940, when the Nazis took over Paris, Feldenkrais was on one of the last boats that escaped to England. He returned to Israel in 1950.
One afterthought: being less familiar with the rest of the topics in the book the above mistakes make me wonder how accurate they are.
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a increasing awareness in our present moments.Read more
I can't think of any other way to open up your mind to the vastness of the world we live in.