I’m a huge fan of the Peaceful Warrior movie by Dan Millman. Inspired by true events, it depicts the awakening of a young Berkley gymnast – Dan Millman – and takes you along for the ride as he opens up to a new way a being by the mysterious Socrates, played brilliantly by Nick Nolte.
Dan seems to have it all, yet can’t sleep. He keeps having alarming dreams that wake him up in a cold sweat. One night, in the early hours, he arrives at an all night service station where Nick Nolte is working.
Dan witnesses some strange events with this man and is intrigued to learn more. He begins to show up more regularly to meet with this new mentor who he dubbed ‘Socrates’.
Dan is young, cocky, gifted and full of himself. He starts to get his awareness shifted with the perspectives offered by Socrates. After a motorcycle accident that shattered his leg and abruptly ended his dream of achieving Olympic gold in gymnastics, Dan must come to terms with a new path.
He reconnects with Socrates and continues to learn from him. Socrates tells Dan to continue training as a gymnast, which shocks Dan initially. He relents and gets back on the rings, working toward his former level with an eye on competing again.
I loved the overall story line and the quiet, powerful character Nick Nolte portrays. Young Dan is fascinating also as he shakes off his old persona and emerges as a truly powerful awakened spirit. It’s an engaging movie with frequent humor and many memorable quotes. I enjoy viewing it fairly regularly and always get something new out of it.
Journeying as a Peaceful Warrior feels like wonderful ride to me.