An introduction to his upcoming book The Way of the Conscious Warrior by P. T. Mistlberger

16/05/19 | By P.T. Mistlberger

My book for men, to be released by Changemakers Books in September 2019. The book is 90,000 words long and runs about 300 pages. Much of it was written during 2015 and 2016, with updates and upgrades added during 2017 and 2018. This was necessary owing to the rapid changes underway on sociological levels in modern Western culture.

I believe that we are currently in the most difficult time in history for men. Many men are lost, confused, and alone and for the most part have few, if any, good men in their lives. The Way of the Conscious Warrior is a must read for all men. It is a very well-researched history of men and masculinity and will help the reader understand the nature of masculinity and how the unique challenges of the modern-day man came to be. Cultivation of the conscious, courageous warrior offers one of the best hopes for returning balance to our Western culture.

– Bob Munro, founder and CEO of The Art of Masculinity (

My book is a book for men, especially early twenty-first-century Western men who are grappling with unique early twenty-first century issues.

In a book such as this, generalizations—some of which may be of a sweeping nature—do occur. The usage of such generalizations is usually the most common criticism of gender studies works, but the generalizations are necessary to coherently present the key ideas. The most common generalizations involve references to the terms ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ and all that these words imply. It should be understood these terms point toward qualities and tendencies that exist inside of us, regardless of our gender or sexual orientation. That said, an assumption in effect here is that if we are male then we have very specific lessons around masculinity to address.

‘Gender essentialism’ is a term that refers to the idea that men and women have inherent qualities that are distinct and unique to their gender. I am aware of the various sociological critiques that gender essentialism has met with over the past few decades (from both feminist women and pro-feminist men), some of whom go so far as to argue that there are no such intrinsic things as ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’ beyond arbitrary social constructs.

My own interest in these matters is more practical. Although I’ve studied the literature on all sides of the debate, I’ve also been involved directly in field work both as a student and as a facilitator of men’s transformational work since the early 1990s. As the wily Greek-Armenian spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff once said, ‘To be an awakened man, you must first be a man.’ I can think of no clearer expression of the matter at hand. For me the issue does not lie in academic debate, but rather in practical work on self. For many modern men that necessitates looking more deeply into the nature of male identity and all that that involves.

The fact is this: courageous, self-aware, integrated men get more out of life. If you are a man who wants to become more confident, accomplished, and whole, this book will help you put your wounding to bed, and help you move forward in life. With chapters regarding shadow figures, maturation, and practical steps for deepening your relationships, it is a potent balm for the modern man. The most balanced, eloquent, and deeply practical book I have read regarding men’s work and masculine development. The Way Of The Conscious Warrior is the ultimate resource for any man who wants to engage life fully.

-- Jordan Gray, author and relationship coach at

P.T. Mistlberger is a transpersonal therapist, seminar leader, and author of the books A Natural Awakening, The Three Dangerous Magi, Rude Awakening, The Inner Light, and The Way of the Conscious Warrior. He is the founder and director of Conscious Relationships Training and the Samurai Brotherhood. From monasteries in the Tibetan highlands to Tantric ashrams in India, the monuments of Egypt to stone circles of Britain and Native sweat lodges in British Columbia, he has scoured the globe seeking the best of the world's wisdom traditions. Since the late 1980s Mistlberger has given talks and workshops in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.



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