The Way of the Peaceful Warrior – Book Review

June 12, 2011


“There are no Ordinary Moments. Life is a Moving Experience.”

There is a warrior in all of us waiting to rise when the occasion demands. Glimpses of this ‘hidden warrior’ are seen every now and then when life forces us to change, making our existence a matter of survival. Many have been the paths the warrior takes – from ruthless aggression to infinite peace; each battle telling a different story, hoping that lessons would be learnt for the goal always remains the same.

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a simplistically written, brilliant piece of work. The true-life story of one man who choose against all odds to hear his inner calling by silencing the outer noise. The book chronicles the journeys of Dan Millman along with the teachings of his eccentric teacher ‘Socrates’. Filled with purpose, passion and intense energy the book hopes to awakening the warrior in all its readers.

Breaking through the ‘web of illusion’ the master takes the young pupil to the very edge of the universe confronting him with the paradox of life, looking beyond the obvious, seeking what is truly immortal. It is in the non-existence of form that life truly exists. Leaps of Awareness bring with them the realization that, ‘the body of consciousness’ does not reside in the physical form but is an entity that is constantly expanding with every living thing – it cannot be contained by anything or anyone, only experienced.

The secret of becoming a ‘Peaceful Warrior’ lies then in experiencing every emotion in its entirety and immediately letting go of it. It is the attachment to objects, feelings and sentiments that has become the bane of mankind. ‘Stress happens when the mind resists what is.’

Through the prophetic teachings and constant experiments of his master, Millman faces death several times only to be reborn again and again to embark upon the journey truly becoming a ‘living being.’ It is after having lost everything, that Millman finally realizes that, ‘happiness, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.’ Happiness is indeed a full tank and Joy a way of life.

In his final lesson Socrates teaches Millman that ‘the peaceful warrior’s way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability.’ Unless you open your heart to the universe completely you will never experience what it is to come alive. Always ‘give people what they want until they want what you give them.’

The book appeals to all age groups, its intent to bring the ‘dead back to life’; for people have long forgotten what it is to LIVE! A book that encourages you to ‘lose your mind just so that you can come back to your senses once again.’

 

– Reviewed by Noor Fathima


One – Changing the World from Inside Out

April 22, 2011

Human beings have lost the ability to connect not just with each other but with themselves as well and the outcome of this is seen in everything and everyone around us. Large organisations collapsing over night, attrition at an all time high, natural calamities are on the rise, maximum number of species have become extent in the last 25 years than any other time…human beings have forgotten what it is to live in harmony with themselves and nature.

It is at this juncture of human evolution that Noj Hinkins brings forth one of the most powerful books on reconnecting to the source of everything – ONE. Interwoven with facts and figure, case studies and soul searching questions the books taps into the essence of ‘being’ – appealing to the scientist and philosopher in all of us.

At the heart of the book is the ‘Zero Point Field’ theory simplified and broken down into easy steps. The theory talks about tapping the score of intuition often called the ‘sixth sense’ and using it as a guiding force to achieve whatever you want in life. The process includes shutting out ‘noise’ at three levels: (i) Outer Noise (ii) Inner Noise and (iii) Paradigm Noise. Fear it appears is our biggest attention divider, which spins webs and complex mind games causing a disconnect within ourselves and everything around us.

Hinkins, throughout the book emphasizes and re-emphasizes that we are connected to everything in the universe, there is no difference we are one with the cosmos. However, it is faulty behaviour patterns adopted by man to survive in the self-created rat race that focuses on individual differences creating a hierarchy of inferior to superior beings, which has become our fundamental problem.

He talks about realigning ourselves by looking into the depths of our soul and questioning our true purpose of being. A book that is guaranteed to send the readers on a ‘Vision Quest.’ The exercises, in the form of questions at every point in the book helps the reader re-examine his life’s goals at different milestones.

It appears that finding ‘Fierce Love’ (as the author would call it) is the ultimate resonance that leads to deeper levels of awareness, acceptance, non judgmental thinking and supreme confidence in following your ‘call’ connecting with the universe in all its forms creating a state of ‘being.’

‘One’ is a book not to be read at a stretch but practiced over time…till you are ONE!

The book comes highly recommended to all those on the path of reconnecting and understanding their true purpose. The readers would find the book powerful and effective only if they spend time doing the exercise, otherwise it would be just another so-called ‘self improvement’ book. The author has created a fantastic ‘log’ at the end of the book which encourages readers to share and pass the book on to others – an innovative way of creating a chain of connectedness and oneness.


-Reviewed by Noor Fathima