A Spiritual Journey of a Peaceful Warrior with Dan Millman

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Like the law of gravity, there are universal laws of the Spirit that are available to all of us. They rest within our hearts and at the heart of every religion and spiritual tradition. Often, we discover these laws through various mentors we have met along the way. These encounters with great teachers inspire our spiritual quest in a myriad of ways. Sometimes they teach “Crazy Wisdom,” or they throw hurdles in our way. Other times, they quietly transmit practical wisdom for living wisely and well. This deep dialogue explores the spiritual journey of a peaceful warrior and uncovers many spiritual laws in everyday life. He gives us a taste of the four mentors who guided him on his spiritual quest. “I'm so happy to be able to acknowledge the four mentors who contributed to my own work. We stand on the shoulders of others. It was Michael Bookbinder, the Warrior-Priest, who taught me the concept of spiritual laws, of immutable, deep principles that we can apply to help overcome the hurdles on our life path. I wrote a little book, The Laws of Spirit, which has laws like the Law of Balance, the Law of Presence, the Law of Choices, that are essential reminders for how to live well and to rely on these as we would on the law of gravity.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms) 


Dan Millman is a lifelong student and longtime teacher of practical wisdom devoting his life to mastery, first in sports and then in everyday life. He is a former World trampoline champion, Stanford gymnastics coach, and Oberlin College professor. He teaches The Peaceful Warrior’s Way and is the author of 18 books published in 29 languages. He and his wife Joy live in Brooklyn, New York. 

Dan Millman’s books include: 

  • Way Of the Peaceful Warrior (adapted to a 2006 feature film.) (HJ Kramer Revised Edition 2006)
  • The Laws of Spirit: A Tale of Transformation (HJ Kramer book, published jointly, New World Library 1995)
  • The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose (HJ Kramer, Anniversary Edition 2018)
  • Peaceful Heart, Warrior Spirit: The True Story of My Spiritual Quest. (New World Library 2022) 

To learn more about the work of Dan Millman go to www.peacefulwarrior.com. 

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • When did Millman learn the phrase “Stop thinking and jump”
  • Why Millman moved from martial arts training to gymnastics
  • Why warrior sports demand absolute attention and require immersive physical training
  • How gymnastics is a meditation and was the beginning of Millman’s spiritual training
  • What was Millman’s coaching advice for his team during competitions about keeping the moment ordinary
  • How competition can be a dynamic meditation
  • Who was the true Socrates in Millman’s life
  • How Millman gave himself to several mentors in his lifetime
  • What is spiritual promiscuity and who are initiation vagabonds
  • How Millman found his teachers through synchronicities
  • What did Millman learn from the Arica Training founded by Oscar Ichazo
  • At the end of the Arica Training how did the experience of spending a weekend in a practically empty room with sensory deprivation impact Millman
  • How might we distinguish a cult from a true spiritual tradition
  • What did Millman learn from his eight years in the Bubba Free John community
  • What did Millman learn from the warrior-priest teacher, Michael Bookbinder
  • What is the concept of constructive living that Millman learned from the Sage teacher, David K. Reynolds
  • What is the downside of positive thinking 

Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 2/4/2022   Program Number: 3751

Music Playlist

From Album:  Call of the Mystic
Artist: Karunesh
2004   Real Music RM 4159

Opening Essay: Track 01 For the Joy of it All
Music Break 1: Track 02 Hearing You Now
Music Break 2: Track 03 Monsoon’s Dance
Music Break 3: Track 03 Monsoon’s Dance (reprise)