Body Mind Mastery: Part One: Understanding the Larger Game

Part One: Understanding the Larger Game

Training is like climbing a mountain. The peak is your highest potential. Having a map for the road ahead will help you, at any point on your journey, know where you are in relation to your goal and give you a clearer understanding of the effort it will take till completion.

“Realistic vision, a deep awareness of your potential in a given endeavor, enables you to choose the wisest course and to train for it. From a good beginning, all else flows.”

Chapter One: Natural Laws

Dan Millman set out to discover the process of learning after fifteen years training as a gymnast, working hard, training consistently, and noticing that his progress often seemed “slow or random.” He began by researching “standard psychological theories of motivation, visualization, hypnosis, conditioning, and attitude training.” While his knowledge expanded, he had not grasped an articulate understanding of the process of learning.

He understood that infants learn at a significantly faster pace than adults, and wondered “What qualities do infants possess that most adults lack?” Through observation of his infant daughter playing with their cat, he recognized that her approach to play was “relaxed and mindless.”

After many walks alone in nature, coupled with his reading and expanded knowledge of Eastern philosophy, it suddenly dawned on him that socialization had alienated him and most adults from the natural order, characterized by free, spontaneous expression. He realized “the essence of talent is not so much a presence of certain qualities but rather an absence of the mental, physical, and emotional obstruction most adults experience.”Millman could now see the importance of how the elements in nature play their part: A rock does not fight against rushing water, it simply is; water does not attempt to push the rock, but goes around it; trees bend in the wind and do not break. “The laws of nature apply equally to the mind and the emotions.” Because of this understanding, he was now able to articulate the way to train as psychophysical and not physical alone. Seeing the world as “flowing energy” full of “subtle forces” will shift one’s perception from fixating on a material world.

“Training became a way of life, not just a means to an end. Personal growth requires us to integrate the wisdom of life experience with the laws of nature.”


In this chapter he outlines four key principles to learning and re-training:
Principle 1: Nonresistance
Principle 2: Accommodation
Principle 3: Balance
Principle 4: The Natural Order of Life
Next update: Nonresistance


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