About Brandon Cook

Brandon Cook is the founder of Awakened Warriors.com, a website with the sole-purpose of helping one million people Unleash the Power of Their Ultimate Potential. Brandon has been studying the principles of success, philosophy, optimal nutrition and strength training for almost two decades. Additionally, he has a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Banking and Finance. Brandon has worked for one of North Carolina's premier Financial Planning and Wealth Management Firms for twelve years. His main hobbies and passions include singing and playing the guitar, motorcycles, martial arts, and exploring the great outdoors.

Demolishing the Illusion of Separation
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The Universe

“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.”
– Alan Watts

The sheer magnitude of our universe is literally beyond all human comprehension. It’s hard to fathom, really… Even so, we’re doing our best to make sense of it all. Considering the grand scheme of this magnificent, mysterious macrocosm… Have you ever wondered if your life is of any real significance at all? Are we all just meaningless microbes floating in a sea of endless proportion? Or is there some deeper purpose to our existence here? Are we all ONE and connected… as many of our spiritual teachers have promised us? Or are we as separate and isolated as many of us dishearteningly feel? Inquiring minds want to know….

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Do Some Cool, Epic Shit with Your Life!
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“All of us have been dying, hour by hour, since the moment we were born. Realizing this, let all things be placed in their proper perspective. . . Remember, it is always later than you think.”
– Og Mandino

So there I was car surfing on my friends sweet maroon, Toyota Camry when it became imminently clear that I was about to wipe the eff out!!! Okay, hold up! Let me back up a minute… it was Friday night and like most Friday nights back in the day, the four of us were starting the night out by “shoulder tapping!” This, if you don’t know, is getting someone to buy your underage ass some beer before they head into the store.

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Our Perception is Reality … Or is It?
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“We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything.”
– Buddha

Part of the reason why humans (and animals in general) survive and flourish is because they’ve learned to trust their instincts and their senses. Our ability to see, hear, taste, smell and touch allow us to gather information about the world and environment in which we have evolved. Our five senses are highly refined sensory receptors that are linked to our nervous system and hence brain.

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The Dawn of Awakening: Lost Within the Dream
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“When one realizes one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake.”
– P.D. Ouspensky

Hey, how’s it going my brutha? Hope you’re ‘living the dream!’ Before I get started on this article, I would like to take a brief moment just to thank you for checking out this website. It means a lot to me that you’re here; ready to unleash your ultimate potential, by investing some of your precious time into what we’re sharing on this blog. You rock!!! And I know full and well that this website cannot succeed without people like you, so thanks in advance for being a loyal reader.

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Rise of the Awakened Warriors – Part II
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Rise of the Awakened Warriors

“Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.”
–Aldous Huxley

In Part I of Rise of the Awakened Warriors, we learned that an Awakened Warrior is the integration of two archetypes… the Warrior and the Sage. These symbolic, archetypal roles lie dormant within the collective unconscious of humanity and therefore they also reside inside of you as well. They are simply waiting to be expressed!

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Rise of the Awakened Warriors! – Part I
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Awakened Warrior

“The totally awakened warrior can freely utilize all elements contained in heaven and earth. The true warrior learns how to correctly perceive the activity of the universe and how to transform martial techniques into vehicles of purity, goodness, and beauty. A warrior’s mind and body must be permeated with enlightened wisdom and deep calm.”
Morihei Ueshiba

When most people hear the term “WARRIOR” they immediately think of the very literal occupation of warriorship; in other words a soldier in the military or some type of gladiator or combat fighter comes to mind…As it probably should! 🙂

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Unleash the Power of Your Ultimate Potential
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Warrior Pose

“Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.”
Bruce Lee

History has a strange way of repeating itself and so I find myself in a similar situation today that I’ve faced in the past. I’ve come a long way since those early days of teenage rebelliousness and angst, but I’m still not living the life I imagined for myself. Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m living a great life and am very grateful for the many blessings that have come my way.

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Curse of the Sleepwalkers
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sleepwalking girl

“Burnout is nature’s way of telling you, you’ve been going through the motions your soul has departed; you’re a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker.”
– Sam Keen

We’re all familiar with the sleep disorder known as sleepwalking. Sleepwalkers rise from the stillness of slumber in a state of low consciousness. While still asleep they may perform activities that are typically only performed while in a state of full wakeful consciousness; like walking around for example. Some may eat, urinate in the closet, or even leave the house. It’s a given that this can be a dangerous situation, especially the urinating part! 😉

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