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Chris Parker – Connection, Communication, Martial Arts And The Life Journey (#49)

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Introduction to guest:

Chris Parker is a #1 Amazon bestselling author.

He is a novelist, poet, biographer and writer of non-fiction.

Chris has spent over four decades studying interpersonal and intra-personal communication and influence, and is a highly experienced academic, teacher, trainer, career coach and hypnotherapist.

He is also a lifelong martial artist who has been practising meditation since 1976.

If you’re interested in creativity, communication, introspection, influence, meditation or martial arts, you’ll enjoy this podcast.

Contacting Chris:

Chris’s work: Chris Parker

Key quotes and takeaways from the show:

Of martial arts – “If I don’t have the art aspect, the point that teaches me how to create value in my life, I have no need for the combative, because there’s nothing to defend.”

Teach processes! Teach a man to fish, don’t give him the fish!

EGO = Edge God Out.

“The greatest indicator of brain size in a species is the size of the social group in which the animal functions.”

How we communicate with ourselves and others creates wars and saves lives.

Play the game! (example – “getting the job game”)

Connect your job and your life.

The vagus nerve connects the mind and gut. Listen to your gut!

Learn to see the space (not things).

“The Universe is passing through the room unnoticed.”

Use silence and space to help communicate and read people better.

Silence and space are the grounds on which everything exists.

“It’s never what you want to say, it’s what they need to hear, done in their language.”

“The quality of our relationships is determined by the quality of our communication.”

“Death is the end of consciousness as consciousness understands itself, so forget it.”

“Life is the dot at the centre of the circle, so strip all else away.”

Question of the day:

“What advice would you give to someone who is at a crossroads in their life and need to find their way, or decide what to do going forward?”

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Show notes:

  • 00:26 – Gaz contracted Covid-19!
  • 01:46 – Chris’s story, how he got into martial arts and his life mentor.
  • 12:53 – Chris’s initial training with his mentor and breaking down his ego.
  • 23:17 – What is Silat Fitrah?
  • 36:29 – What are martial arts and what is the need for them?
  • 39:07 – The role of a teacher, coach or trainer.
  • 42:14 – Movement, awareness and connection to your mind, body and the planet.
  • 46:52 – Gaz’s thoughts on ego and being human.
  • 48:40 – Messages from viewers.
  • 49:11 – Why we need culture and society but why it must also be managed.
  • 53:07 – The dichotomy of Connection Vs. Disconnection.
  • 01:01:25 – Chris’s creative process and using the conscious and subconscious mind.
  • 01:08:20 – Gaz’s thoughts on connection and disconnection.
  • 01:09:51 – Is there more to the subconscious mind?
  • 01:11:45 – The poem ‘Prayer For Max’.
  • 01:17:37 – How to find your own path in life, connecting with yourself and the risk of identity.
  • 01:32:24 – Chris’s thoughts on psychedelic drugs.
  • 01:33:55 – What is the significance of space and silence?
  • 01:44:15 – Gaz’s Chuck Norris quote.
  • 01:44:40 – Resources that Chris often refers back to, recommends or gifts.
  • 01:45:25 – Chris’s “go to” person.
  • 01:47:53 – More resources that Chris often refers back to, recommends or gifts.
  • 01:49:34 – What Chris’s meditation practice looks like.
  • 01:51:20 – What makes a good communicator? (and coach/trainer/teacher)
  • 01:58:49 – Chris and Gaz reminiscing about Shane.
  • 02:00:18 – An unnamed poem about looking after our planet.
  • 02:04:38 – Where you can find Chris.
  • 02:05:11 – Where to go for further resources.
  • 02:05:31 – Final words from Epiah Kahn about life and death.

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