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And now, let’s get to this week’s beautiful soul and his inspiring offerings!
This week, I am featuring John Groberg!
John made the decision years ago to follow a deeper calling and go where his soul led him. He helps people connect with their soul through his writing, his teachings, his coaching, and his online courses. He has just launched his new Peaceful Warrior Training, and he also offers a great program called Spiral Up Yoga, which helps you find balance and self-care in just 5 minutes a day through yoga and chakra healing! We’ll talk more about these offerings soon, plus he has some amazing free gifts for you! First, though, let me introduce him!
Welcome to Soul Speak, John! I’m so happy that you’re here! You’re someone who lives your life by following the whispers of your soul. I think this is so inspiring! Was this a conscious decision that you made one day or did your life sort of just evolve into what it’s become today?
I think everyone’s current experience of life could be said to have evolved into what it is today. There are so many different factors that contribute to our current experience of life: conscious decisions, unconscious decisions, unconscious habits, the conditioning we received from the environment we were born and raised in, and of course Soul or divine guidance. The personality, which is addicted to control (or rather the appearance of control) likes to pretend it understands the chain of causation of its current conditions so it can either condemn or congratulate itself. It’s laughable really. I personally don’t think any of us should take too much credit or too much blame for the conditions of our life right now.
If I’m honest about it, I don’t really know and probably can’t really know everything that has gone into influencing where I am today or why I do what I do. That being said, I am a big believer in diligently trying to influence my life through my conscious decisions, and I believe one of the best decisions I have made is to seek out and at least attempt to follow the guidance of my Soul. Of all the influences that contribute to our experience of life, Soul guidance has the greatest potential power to guide us to our best life, but it is also the easiest to miss or ignore.
So, do I live my life by following the whispers of my Soul or the shouting of my personality? Both. It’s more about what the balance is between the two. For the last decade or so, I have been making a more diligent effort to decrease the personality part and increase the Soul part.
I love how you say that your life purpose is to be a “light brightener” – helping others uncover the light in their own souls. This is a beautiful purpose and something that I think we can all learn from. Can you share some of the ways that we can all shine light onto others and help them see into their souls?
The innate light of the Soul is never really diminished in anyone, it just becomes obscured. So to brighten the light in others is to do anything that helps them remove some of the layers of soot and dust that have accumulated in their body and mind over the years so that the always brilliant light of their Souls shines brighter. By far, the best way to do this is to first brighten the light of my own Soul and do my own internal cleaning and clarifying work so that I can become a more translucent and eventually even a transparent vessel of the brilliant light of my Soul.
No matter how else I try to help others, I must always be working to keep my own vessel as clear as I can, and this is a life-long endeavor of consistent effort from which there is no retirement – sort of like dusting or cleaning your windows. The clearer you can keep your own windows, the more obvious it will become as to what you can do to help others. At some point, as I became more clear about the message, it became obvious that I had a responsibility to become a more vocal messenger – to stick my neck out and start sharing the message in my own way.
The more you can see others as “Brilliant Souls in Hiding,” no matter how insecure their personalities are behaving, the more you will be unaffected by the stupid things they may say or do. Often nothing needs to be said at all, just you seeing them that way is enough.
I believe that we are each born with a unique purpose to share with the world. How did you discover yours?
Before I answer that, let me first state that this belief that we each have a singular unique purpose to share with the world needs to be clarified or else it can easily become a source of unhappiness and discontent, which is what this belief leads to for many people. “I should have discovered my unique purpose in life that I was born with, but I haven’t. What’s wrong with me?” Even when people think they’ve discovered it, they have really just found a part of it that their Soul encourages them to lean into. It’s more about a life-long string of Soul-guided contributions that can take many forms over time than it is about finding or missing your one and only purpose.
So, now to answer your question about how I discovered my unique purpose. I’d say it’s really more of an ongoing process of discovery. The more I experience my Soul – not just read about other’s experiences or teachings – but really experiment with and experience my own Soul, the more clear it has become to me that one of the things my Soul wants me to be is a teacher and guide to help others live more Soul-directed lives. So far that has taken the form of several things such as my book, websites, and trainings. I’m sure that none of them is THE one thing I am here to contribute, but rather just those that have taken shape so far. There will doubtless be others that haven’t taken shape yet.
One other point I find is helpful to understand with regard to one’s life purpose is this: I believe that first and foremost, we need to get clear on our universal/shared purpose as human beings before we waste too much time chasing after our individual or unique purpose. Once we become at least somewhat clear on our universal/shared purpose, then we can more easily discover how we can become unique contributors to the common purpose. If what I believe is my individual purpose doesn’t contribute to the universal purpose, then I haven’t really found my unique purpose yet. We need to first get clear on The Message before we can become clear on what kind of messenger we are going to be.
People who follow me through my book or trainings will hear me teach about what this universal purpose is and how your individual purpose will naturally unfold as you begin living more in alignment with our universal purpose.
Congratulations on your brand-new “Peaceful Warrior Training”! What does being a peaceful warrior means to you?
To me the phrase “Peaceful Warrior” is a perfect description, in just two words, of the nature of the Soul. It’s how you will naturally show up when your personality learns to partner with your Soul instead of trying in vain to control everything and stay safe. It shows that the goal of living is not about attaining a peace that leaves you withdrawn from the world, but one that sends you forth to do battle with ignorance and illusion – first your own internal version and then the externalized shared versions. But no matter how things appear to be going, being firmly established in the true security and peace that can only come from being aligned with your Soul. Think of any of history’s greatest spiritual leaders and you’ll find that the phrase Peaceful Warrior describes them very well. Being a Peaceful Warrior to me is one way of describing what our shared or universal purpose is. That’s what we’re here to become and help each other become.
What will you be offering in your training?
This is a private membership community of kindred Souls from all over the world who share in their desire to become Peaceful Warriors. I serve as your trainer and guide you in experimenting with different practices that are designed to help you uncover the Peaceful Warrior within you.
It’s something that you can join at any time and leave at any time. It’s not a course that has a specific start date or a specific curriculum you have to follow and build upon from the beginning. You join when you are ready and do the initial “Getting Started” assignments and then start participating with the live group online in the membership portal. You can look through the last 90 days of archived materials if you want, but otherwise you just jump in and join the group in progress.
There are 3 main aspects to Peaceful Warrior Training:
1) Monthly Stretch Challenges Each month I issue a new challenge that I call the Stretch Challenge. Each stretch challenge is designed to help you stretch the tight grip your personality has on you and open up space for your Soul to expand and shine. I teach you about a specific practice and identify the key daily input that you can measure and track.
2) Trekking in the Territory Calls In the middle of each month we have a live group call that I call “Trekking in the Territory.” The reason I call it this is because it’s one thing to read a map and know it well, but an entirely different thing to trek through the actual territory the map represents. That’s where stuff happens and conceptual is put to the test. That is where the real experiential learning happens. In these calls, I answer any questions posed on the membership portal or asked live on the call. I also give any additional training pertinent to that month’s stretch challenge. The calls are recorded and made available to all members for listening to later.
3) Experiments in Experiencing Your Soul Many people have very limited experience actually experiencing their Soul (after age 7 or 8) when the personality took over the driver’s seat and has been asserting control of the journey ever since then. This section teaches you different ways to experiment with experiencing your own Soul. Gaining that personal experience is what this training is all about.
What would you like people to take into their hearts after being a part of it?
The main thing I want people to take into their hearts by participating in Peaceful Warrior Training is their own personal and individual experience with the true nature of their Souls. I also hope they’ll find great support from me and from their fellow trainees and feel like they have a community of kindred Souls to communicate with along this path.
You’re offering a free Peaceful Warrior Self Assessment for everyone to take! Can you please share more about this?
As we become the Peaceful Warriors we are meant to become, certain common traits and characteristics begin showing up. Some of these are visible or tangible, some are just ways of being and ways of showing up, but the results of Peaceful Warriorhood are very noticeable.
I’ve created a simple worksheet I call the “Peaceful Warrior Self-Assessment,” which has 30 different aspects of what it means to live as a Peaceful Warrior. You can score yourself from 1-10 on each of these 30 aspects. That means you’ll end up with a “score” of some number between 30 and 300.
What this score means to you is really up to you. The primary purpose of this self-evaluation is to give you a clear vision of what is possible for you as you continue down the path of Peaceful Warriorhood. Your initial score is something that can be used as a baseline from which to measure your progress as you participate in the training and take on the challenges. Another benefit to this self-evaluation form is that it will show you visually in which areas your personality is over-controlling and in which areas your Soul is allowed more freedom. That will help you design your own personal plan to focus your efforts on improving.
WARNING: Your personality will likely resist doing this. It may cause you to feel discouraged at all the areas you are weak in and try to get you to put this off or discount its value or pertinence. Acknowledge that this is happening and complete it anyway. Remind yourself this isn’t about self-judgment or comparison to others (that’s what the personality is really skilled at doing) but rather it’s about finally getting crystal clear on the kind of life you are capable of experiencing.
Click here to receive the Peaceful Warrior Self Assessment for free!
(You’ll also receive a bonus “7 Signs of a True Peaceful Warrior” video training for free!)
In addition to your Peaceful Warrior Training, you also offer the Spiral Up Yoga free membership site, which looks wonderful! Can you share more about the 5-minute system that you’ve created, based on the chakras?
Spiral Up Yoga is a system of daily self-care that I developed, which is yoga based and organized around the 7 chakras and tied to the 7 days of the week. It only takes 5 minutes a day and can be done by anyone, anywhere. Mondays are 1st chakra days, Tuesdays are 2nd chakra days, etc. There is only one rule to this system: do something for just 5 minutes today to rebalance and strengthen today’s chakra.
I teach many different ways of doing that, and you pick and choose the ones that appeal to you. It’s a wonderful system of daily self-care that works on body, mind, and Soul at the same time. I’ve personally been practicing this every day for over six years, since I first was inspired to create it.
I wrote a book about it called Spiral Up Yoga, which you can get in print or Kindle on Amazon. Then I created a membership site that includes tons of short videos teaching you each of the yoga postures and other aspects to the system.
Right now the site is free to join and has a few thousand members from 85 countries and counting. I plan to transform it into a paid membership site soon, but am still planning the details. So if you want to be grandfathered in under the free version, I recommend you do it now.
Click here to learn more about the Spiral Up Yoga community and join for free!
You’ve also created a wonderful ecourse for those looking to learn more about their chakra system and go deeper into restoring balance and healing. Could you please share more about that with us?
Sure! It’s called the “Chakra Healing Course,” and it’s a complete 9-unit course of me doing in-depth teaching and training through videos, audios, and PDF files. There are also recordings of live coaching calls on each unit with a previous group of people who went through this with me in a live setting. The course is delivered to you one unit per week, but you can take however long you want to complete it. It’s discounted for a short time, too, so I definitely recommend anyone who’s interested to check it out soon.
Click here to learn more about the Chakra Healing Course!
What does your soul want you to know?
Keep leaning in to what you feel inspired to do and relax about how it unfolds.
What do you have coming up on the horizon?
Right now my efforts are focused on serving the Peaceful Warrior Training members and growing the reach of it. I also will continue to focus on the Chakra Healing Course and Spiral Up Yoga. I have lots of ideas of things I would like to create and contribute in the future, but I welcome whatever happens next, even if it has very little to do with my personality’s plans.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you for investing the time and attention it took to read this. I hope you found it useful and that something here will be of great service to you. Regardless of whether you decide to experiment with any of my offerings, keep reminding yourself of the truth: that at your core, you are a Peaceful Warrior – regardless of any and all current perception and evidence to the contrary.
Thank you, John, for sharing your heart with us!
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