must say Dan that when I received your new book, I was very surprised.
I was expecting another novel like The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior
and Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior or something similar
to No Ordinary Moments. This new work is somewhat of a departure
into metaphysical terrain for a man who is a past world champion
athlete. How did you come upon this Life-Purpose System and what
inspired you to write a book about it?
The answer to that question is a long and winding journey that
took me around the world over a period of almost two decades.
First, I began to explore larger principles of physical movement
through gymnastics. Some years later, I experienced a breakthrough
and began to see more how those principles of movement relate
to the principles of living. I found what I came to call universal
or spiritual laws that apply to the larger arena of daily life.
Since then, I have been less involved with winning or losing
specific skill competitions in athletics, and more aligned to
a more cooperative stance toward life - how we can, working together,
achieve a greater awareness and quality of life.
Even though The Life You Were Born
To Live seems a departure from the holistic material in my previous
books, I see it as just another facet of the work I am here to
do. It is based on the principle that awareness heals: as we
become aware of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally,
we tend to make more appropriate choices, more resourceful choices,
in our relationships, careers, and other aspects of our lives.
That is why I wrote The Life You Were Born To Live - to help
more people do just that.
are some very fortunate individuals who seem to know very early
in life what their purpose or destiny is, but I think that the
majority of us sense there is certainly more to life than what
we are experiencing, that there is a meaning, a direction, a
purpose, but that purpose still eludes us. How will reading your
book help us find it?
the first part of your question, there are some people who seem
to know their purpose in life early on, in the sense that they
have a specific calling, service, or career in mind, but they
seem exceptions to the rule. Most of us can use some assistance,
to help us clarify our lives. When we discuss life purpose, we
can talk about the universal purpose we all share: we are all
here for illumination - to realize our oneness, to come to grips
with our essential unity. In that sense, we are all climbing
the same mountain, toward the same transcendental summit? Call
it enlightenment, wisdom, love, happiness, or all of those things.
But in the system I present in my new book, I propose that we
are climbing that mountain by one of 37 different life paths,
and even if I never mentioned the term life purpose, my book
helps people to get some focus rather than being scattered all
over the map so to speak, get a grasp on the core issues of their
life, particularly sensitive areas for them that aren't as central
for many other people.
For example, anyone who looks at
my book will see that I deal with archetypes or central issues
for the numbers 1 through 9 and 0 which represents inner gifts.
Call them numeric archetypes if you will. Just like Carl Jung
began to touch into archetypes or universal images that we carry
in what he calls Universal Unconscious shared by the whole of
humanity. The system in my book stems originally from the Pythagorean
school of ancient Greece, numeric archetypes, energies or issues
shared by every culture of the world.
does it work? What is the process for finding one's birth number?
Dan: The process is very simple;
anyone who can add up 5 or 6 single digit numbers can do it.
Anyone who can balance a cheque book can do it. Even if they
can't balance a cheque book, they can still find their birth