Over the past few weeks I have been reading the last book in the Peaceful Warrior Saga by Dan Millman. I was told to read the first book of the saga in 2013 by my then triathlon coach and told to read it as it would help me with my own issues at the time. I purchased the first book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and read an amazing and thought provoking book that helped me reach some goals and to learn more about myself at the time. I also got the second book Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior, I did start reading though for an unknown reason I haven’t finished it, maybe it wasn’t my time to read that one just yet. So when I saw the last of the series I knew within, it was a definite need to read and now.
Dan has a special way of writing, and drawing you in to his story. I love Socrates, whom is Dan’s mentor in the books. You see Socrates as more than just a man, or spirit (what ever resonates with you). He is an amazing spiritual guide and mentor, though I could see Dan’s frustrations at times in both the first and the last book. I would always read every night in bed before falling asleep, and many a night I would have the most amazing dreams. Were they connected with what I was reading? I am not sure.
In ‘The Hidden School’ Dan takes on a life changing adventure from Honolulu to the Mojave Desert, then from a bustling Asian City to a secluded Forest ( I fell in love with this part of the adventure and could visualise the amazing place he was.) He also heads to Japan to learn I guess one of the big lessons of his spiritual journey. I again felt like I was in that same room he was in, watching him meditate and seeing what he was seeing.
I joined Dan as he discovered the hidden powers of paradox, humour and change.
Paradox: “is any self-contradictory position that, when investigated, may prove to be well-founded or true. Once understood, it opens the gateway to higher wisdom. But how can contradictory principles both be true?” pg 175
Change: “Life is a sea that brings waves of change, welcome or not. As the warrior-emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote, “Time is a river of passing events. No sooner is one thing brought to sight than its swept away, and another takes its place. and this too will be swept away.”” pg 174
Humor: “in its highest sense, transcends the momentary tension release of laughter, and expands into a profound sense of ease and a relaxed approach to life’s occasional challenges, large or small…” pg 174
As I read the following pages I could see for myself where the three powers fell into the story and shown. When on our own quests in life I believe we all need to take time to find these three amazing powers within ourselves and our own lives or to be able to place them where needed to help us through the challenges we face in our lives on a daily basis.
The following statement hit me like a ton on bricks as I read it and it made so much sense as I travel my own life’s journey and leading into my studies…”Realization comes only from direct experience.” As I step in to my Psychology/Counselling degree I will take this statement with me and as I look to help others with eating disorders I can be honest and say that, “I do understand their need to hold on to their eating disorders, though I also understand the need to let them go an become healthy to live the best life they can without the presence of the eating disorder in their lives.” With my own 30+ years and my own recovery processes that have and continue to help myself be the best I can be emotionally, physically and even spiritually (what ever that means to others).
Maybe it is time for me to read the second book of the series, I know this its usually not done this way, but I have come to see that I don’t do things in any normal way either, and I follow my inner self (soul, intuition) when it comes to reading particular books as I believe books have a message in them some way, and will resonate with the reader at the time it is needed.
I can say that I will hold all three books very close to me and suggest to my future clients to read them as well, as I feel that they will help so many people in so many ways, and remembering we are not all the same and that we learn our own lessons, not the lessons of others.
I hope you too will one day read all three books and that they touch your heart and mind as much as they have mine.
Until next time we meet….
Have a wonderful weekend….