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The Leader as Martial Artist: Techniques and Strategies for Revealing Conflict and Creating Community Paperback – May 1, 2000
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Well, it was like an answer to personal prayer as I read its final pages after awakening in a state of torpor, wondering again and again about the state of the world and my personal responsibility in and for it. I identified as one of the "elders" he speaks of so eloquently. Arny's words addressed my lament as did the I Ching almost 5 decades earlier.
Thus, Mindell's writing seems timeless! And I am again astonished by how far ahead of his time he continues to be.
I had ordered The Leader as Martial Artist along with ten or so of his other books last summer (2009) after having been out of touch with his writing and counseling career. One of these books, The Deep Democracy of Open Forums (pub 2002) caught my special attention earlier this year in conjunction with Garry Wills' current Bomb Power (pub 2010), and the combination of these two rigorous works sparked a vision for this legendary town I live in.
I thought Martial Artist was the perfect sequel to The Deep Democracy of Open Forums as I began to prepare to act on this new sense of purpose. Imagine my surprise to discover that it had been published a decade earlier! No matter, since books like these seem to come to one's attention in their own due time. And never mind that there has been only one other review before this present one, which was 8 years ago!
Where is everybody --including me?!! We cannot second guess these synchronicities. We can only hope to be true to ourselves and each other in our personal paths with faith that the divine hand that guides us all will use us in its own way in its own time.
Bless Arnold Mindell for being true to and writing about the time spirits he encounters, which in turn blesses the rest of us.
Eugene N. Kovalenko, Ph.D.
Los Alamos, NM