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Transforming the Illusion

Six Views

of Life

with An-shu Stephen K. Hayes

The hero's life is a journey through the
"six realms of hopes and dreams."

The true hero is on a noble quest to empower others towards the higher experience of the significance of life that can only come from enlightened vision.

Life seems overwhelming to the unenlightened, due to their stubborn desire to believe as highest truth their own habitually deluded ideas of how life should work.

Pierce through the illusion

Dismantle the delusion

Cultivate from the roots of negativity the blossoms of wisdom

Stephen K. Hayes - How to Own the World


"Each of the realms exists as a state of mind that dictates the manner in which one sees the world, encounters obstacles, and meets enemies."

An-Shu Stephen K. Hayes - Ninja Realms of Power

Is my view of the world helping me
or is it holding me back?

Each perceptual "realm of existence" is a viewpoint that we adopt of our environment based our life experiences. This view is a sort of self-calibration of where and how we fit in with the world around us. It influences how we operate every single day, in every single situation. And it is often misleading.

Quite often it's easier to first examine these phenomena in other people.

Do you know someone who truly believes that there isn't enough to go around? Always a day late and a dollar short, they live in constant helplessness.

Or someone who believes that everyone is out to get them? 
Challengers come from all angles, as they live in a state of constant confrontation.

These states of existence are defense mechanisms, fabricated to protect oneself against perceived enemies.  Their allure is so powerful, the contamination so pervasive, that they become invisible to their inhabitants.  One trapped in their delusional realm of perceived contention may find it impossible to believe that everyone else does not also experience life from the outlook of their specific realm.

Imagine how different your life could look if you were able to identify your "realm of existence," and escape the limitations that come with that point of view!

"The ultimate goal of warrior enlightenment training is to transcend all six of the realms of limited perception. 


Upon leaving behind the six realms, one rises to a state of living in which limits imposed by preconceived ideas about what one will find in life have vanished. 


From that point of transcendence, life becomes a place of freedom and natural harmony.  Once the six are left behind, the concept of enemies also vanishes. 


From that point of escaping the need to struggle, those agents that are perceived as presenting the cause of the struggle also vanish."

Stephen K. Hayes, Ninja Realms of Power

Community as a key to lasting growth

Sangha is the Sanskrit word for community or assembly. It is one of the keys to success on the path of personal development.

Quite often people attend classes or seminars from great teachers, but the learning support ends with the closing speech. After a few days, the energy of the event fades and the positive momentum of meaningful change fizzles out. We fall back into our old habits.

This teaching series is designed to keep the momentum going!

An-shu presents a lesson, and we follow up a week later with a discussion led by senior community leader and ordained shugenja, Jim McFarland.
Bring your burning questions to Mr. McFarland and he 
will assist you in integrating the teachings into your daily life.

Plus you'll gain access to our discussion group on Facebook, wherein members of the community seek answers, share wisdom, and contribute to the advancement of others on the path.

Each of us brings a lifetime of experience and a unique perspective to the group. Your insights may illuminate something from the lesson that someone else missed.
And theirs may do the same for you.


Six Views of Life

Four-part live online (Zoom) training. Forever-access to recordings. 

+ 2 trainings with Stephen K. Hayes

+ 2 discussions with Jim McFarland

+ access to the Ryokai Facebook Group

Live sessions occur Saturdays 3-4pm EST

July 17, July 24, August 21, August 28

Reserve your seat for $87 and get immediate access to our Facebook community. 


Stephen K. Hayes

Primary Instructor

An-shu Stephen K. Hayes is everyone's image of the iconic master warrior sage.

Black Belt Magazine calls him "A legend; one of the ten most influential martial arts masters alive in the world today" for good reason. He is peerless in his ability to share real and honest ninja combat secrets enriched by unparalleled insights from the Himalayan meditative mind sciences.

His gift is his ability to deliver a complete and all-inclusive approach to personal security and personal power. His genius is his ability to present complex esoteric concepts in a practical, useful, and understandable way.


Jim McFarland

Discussion Leader

Jim McFarland is a student of An-Shu Stephen K. Hayes and holds the rank of yondan (4th degree black belt) in ninjutsu.


Mr. McFarland is a Rei-Bu (ordained practitioner) of Japanese Shugendo mountain transformation practice and holds the Buddhist name Eisho. He also studies and practices Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism.  

Mr. McFarland is a Masters level clinical counselor with 30 years of experience and specializes in helping people suffering with anxiety.

He is the author of a new series of self-help courses titled “Attack Your Anxiety and Rewire Your Anxious Brain” released in the U.S. to help a broader audience find relief from anxiety. 


Bryan Griffin

Community Organizer

Bryan Toutoshi Griffin began training in To-Shin Do with An-shu Stephen and Rumiko Hayes at the Hombu dojo in 1998 and currently holds the rank of rokudan (6th degree black belt).


Mr Griffin is a Deshi-Gashira (Senior Disciple) of Shugendo.

He is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and served as a scout sniper in combat deployements to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  

He has a degree in business administration and runs the Raleigh Quest Center, where he shares the valuable self-defense and self-development training of To-Shin Do with all who seek to unleash their potential!

Through this series I have experienced a sense of empowerment and confidence previously unknown to me.


I have become more conscious of the core beliefs that have been inhibiting me and am developing more beneficial perspectives.


As my mindset has shifted I have developed more agency, making choices that have created significant breakthroughs in personal challenges that I have been unable to make through years of weekly therapy and lots of personal development work alone.


Kim / Research Psychologist, Program Manager

Mr. McFarland, Mr. Hayes and the group invite us to question and think for ourselves and to see the humor in how human it is to practice.  


The methods have helped me see habits that have been in my blind spots. They point to the inner obstacles that inhibit growth and offer concrete ways to develop new patterns. I especially liked the question from Mr. Hayes, “What is a quality you describe to yourself as a strength that actually gets in your way?”


The ideas they have taught about are practical and can be put into action in big and small areas of life right away.


Elizabeth / Senior Director, Healthcare Data Measurements


Six Views of Life

Four-part live online (Zoom) training. Forever-access to recordings. 

+ 2 trainings with Stephen K. Hayes

+ 2 discussions with Jim McFarland

+ access to the Ryokai Facebook Group

Live sessions Saturdays 3-4pm EST

July 17, July 24, August 21, August 28

Reserve your seat for $87 and get immediate access to our Facebook community. 

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