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Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives Paperback – April 13, 2006
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During his junior year at the University of California, Dan Millman first stumbled upon his mentor (nicknamed Socrates) at an all-night gas station. At the time, Millman hoped to become a world-champion gymnast. "To survive the lessons ahead, you're going to need far more energy than ever before," Socrates warned him that night. "You must cleanse your body of tension, free your mind of stagnant knowledge, and open your heart to the energy of true emotion." From there, the unpredictable Socrates proceeded to teach Millman the "way of the peaceful warrior." At first Socrates shattered every preconceived notion that Millman had about academics, athletics, and achievement. But eventually Millman stopped resisting the lessons, and began to try on a whole new ideology--one that valued being conscious over being smart, and strength in spirit over strength in body. Although the character of the cigarette-smoking Socrates seems like a fictional, modern-day Merlin, Millman asserts that he is based on an actual person. Certain male readers especially appreciate the coming-of-age theme, the haunting love story with the elusive woman Joy, and the challenging of Western beliefs about masculine power and success. --Gail Hudson
"This book is so appealing," commented Virginia Satir, "because it provides an easy access for people to naturally identify, connect and be in touch with the spiritual part of themselves."
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
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There were some parts of the book that really hit home for me and others that seems a little "bit much", but, overall, I thought the presentation was done well. Near the end of the book I was a little bit diappointed at how fast the author decribes his life events after college; I guess I was just expecting more meaningful discussion about what he went through. (EDIT: Some of the "holes" are filled in by his other books)
I'm looking forward to seeing the movie adaptation just to compare how Millman's Socate's character translates to the big screen. The most important question I ask myself after I read this book is: "Do I feel that it made an impact (big or small) in my life?" I would definitely say "yes" just for mere idea that past and future are simply subtle barriers that can impede our progress today.
Before I finished it, I was already on Amazon purchasing the next one that way I had it just in time.
I am 100% certain that the Author Dan Millman has first hand experiences with some of the more mystical esoteric subjects!
It is an extremely inspiring novel, and I would liken Dan to the author Paulo Coelho as this book and The Alchemist while different subjects; are still written and inspiring in the same manner.
Dan is now on my list of Favorites, and forever a fan.
So, if you like The Alchemist; purchase this book
There is what you want to happen and then there is what IS happening. Both are important but we don't take note of the latter in favor of the former when, in reality, with awareness of both, they support each other's thrival.
A rich reminder of the value that razor sharp awareness can bring to every facet of life.
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One thing I got from it 'focus on what you want not on what you are trying to let go of'
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