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Jordan Peterson: "You have to be willing to lose your life in order to find it."

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" Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death." -Miyamoto Musashi

This cryptic quote from who is generally known as the deadliest Samurai in known history, Miyamoto Musashi, has resonated with me for years. It seems simple enough but researching the swordsman’s life and writings you can surmise that there is nothing simple about it. In a very general summation it would speak to accepting one’s death as an occupational hazard or a way to clear the fear of and worry of death to be a more focused and resolute warrior. Though those thoughts make sense, they seem underwhelming.

The reason this quote came to mind is because I was watching video of Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist and the author of the multi-million copy bestseller 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. As a man currently in the arena, I can appreciate Dr. Jordan’s candidness of work and dedication to get to the crux of the psychology and sensibilities of our current society along with his desire for men to return to a true virtuous way of living. His approach is nothing short of exposing the intentions, inclinations, and the ways of men and women’s minds and souls as well as society‘s at large.

"You can allow you sense of being to calibrate your pathway." - Jordan Peterson

The title of the video, “You Must Be Willing To Lose Your Life In Order To Find It” is what brought the Musashi quote to mind. In this video Dr. Peterson takes illustrations of the Garden Of Eden and The Buddha along with some of their dogma and theology to illustrate the process of moving to living on a higher frequency through vulnerability of the knowledge of death to help transcend the difficult times in life. I can’t to his words the least bit of justice. Just check out the video of this class and talk below And remember, stay in the arena.


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