“Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path, and there is not affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition.
I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old person asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young, and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it. Now I do understand it.
I will tell you what it is: Does this path have a heart?
All paths are the same, they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. My benefactor’s question has meaning now. “Does this path have a heart?” One makes you strong; the other weakens you.
The trouble is nobody asks the question: and when a person finally realizes that they have taken a path without heart, the path is ready to kill them. At that point very few people stop to deliberate and leave the path.
A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it.
For my part there is only the travelling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length.
And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly.”
- Don Juan
The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
“The nature of ruthlessness is that it is the opposite of self-pity. All sorcerers are ruthless.”
“As I have said, the fourth abstract core of the sorcery stories is called the descent of the spirit, or being moved by intent . In order to let the mysteries of sorcery reveal themselves it is necessary for the spirit to descend. The spirit chooses a moment when a man is distracted, unguarded, and, showing no pity, the spirit lets its presence by itself move the man’s assemblage point to a specific position. This spot is known to sorcerers as the place of no pity. Ruthlessness becomes, in this way, the first principle of sorcery.”
“The place of no pity is the site of ruthlessness. Let’s say that ruthlessness, being a specific position of the assemblage point, is shown in the eyes of sorcerers. It’s like a shimmering film over the eyes. The eyes of sorcerers are brilliant. The greater the shine, the more ruthless the sorcerer is.
When the assemblage point moves to the place of no pity, the eyes begin to shine. The firmer the grip of the assemblage point on its new position, the more the eyes shine.”
“For sorcerers to use the shine of their eyes to move their own or anyone else’s assemblage point they have to be ruthless. That is, they have to be familiar with that specific position of the assemblage point called the place of no pity. This is especially true for the naguals.”
“When the assemblage point moves and reaches the place of no pity, the position of rationality and common sense becomes weak.
Silent knowledge is something that all of us have, something that has complete mastery, complete knowledge of everything. But it cannot think, therefore, it cannot speak of what is know.”
“Continuity is so important in our lives that if it breaks it’s always instantly repaired. In the case of sorcerers, however, once their assemblage points reach the place of no pity, continuity is never the same.”
“The place of no pity is a position of the assemblage point, a position which renders self-pity inoperative.”
Don Juan Matus (The Power of Silence)
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When discussing the works of Carlos Castaneda there is no avoiding what the Toltec Seers considered to be The Topic of Topics; the predatory nature of the Universe and how we, the human species, are preyed upon for sustenance, the same as we prey upon cattle, chicken and sheep for our dinner. Of course no modern person with a modest education in biology would deny that we are a food source for a plethora of micro-organisms of both beneficial and parasitic natures, or that we human beings occasionally run into animals that are well equipped to hunt and eat our flesh. But these are not the predators that are of the Toltec’s primary concern, nor are they ours, as we have repeatedly proven ourselves to be technologically capable of running any competing organic species into the ground of extinction. However, what the Toltec’s discovered, through their exploration of the nature of awareness, was that when it comes to beings of great intelligence and predatory prowess, humanity, as it is today, has no significant superiority in the Universe, or even on this very planet.
Throughout Castaneda’s writings, his teacher, whom he referred to as Don Juan Matus, intimated that across the reaches of the Universe, the most prevalent form of life was not organic, but of an energetic nature, with entities showing common characteristics akin to the luminous cocoon of man, but without the manifestation of a physical body. They are described as having an energy shell, or container, allowing them an autonomous form of awareness, but with varying shapes and sizes, regulated, again like us, by the position of the assemblage point. Don Juan elaborated, that the Sorcerers of ancient Mexico, upon discovering these beings, struck up relationships with those that could align emanations in common with men, allowing a form of communication. But in order to attract, hold and ultimately bend the attention of these beings to their will, the Ancient Seers paid a price; they had to learn how to express strong emotional energy at will, from which the inorganic beings would then feed. These entities were called ‘allies’ and played a central role in the downfall of the Seers of Ancient Mexico.
You see, the Ancient Seers discovered that the allies have a formation in their outer luminosity that enables them to live for thousands of years, so they tried to adopt this feature to their own luminous cocoons by moving their assemblage points to the same position where these entities held theirs, allowing some sorcerers to sustain their lives for millennia. However, in the process of doing this they lost touch with their humanity, becoming ghouls feeding off the awareness energy of others, much like the beings they were trying to emulate. These ancient sorcerers, referred to as ‘death defiers’, are considered to be a dead-end by modern day seers, because, through their obsession with the allies and the desire for immortality, combined with their capricious manipulation of their consciousness and that of their fellow men, they became so removed from the daily world they had no real defenses when other humans invaded their lands to conquer and kill them, contrary to their belief in their own power and invulnerability. And yet, without the ancient seers daring exploration of the mysteries of awareness and their cumulative knowledge of the inorganic beings, modern seers would not be privy to the truths that guide their acts of impeccability today, in large part, due to the old seer’s colossal errors.
The inorganic beings are our counter-part, our twin flame, “our cousins” – the ‘manikiri’ (The invisible ones). We have an arrangement with these beings- an agreement of exchange – energy for awareness. This makes all activities for the warrior possible. The mistake is to believe that there is no agreement – how one resolves the dilemma of the ‘Flyer’s mind’ and how to integrate these beings into our lives as a concept and a reality is to accept their presence, this transmutes fear into love. The concept of mind over matter, rather than being a predatory flyer with the rejection of the interference pattern, there is instead an ally. When one starts out on the warrior’s path we accept this agreement. The mistake comes when they are thought to be something alien. The relationship is one of synergy, rather than being host and a predatory flyer, there then becomes a symbiosis – in this way the rule can be manifested.
The inorganic beings are our counterpart, our twin flame, “our cousins” – the ‘manikiri’ First order creators. We have an arrangement with these beings an agreement of exchange – energy for awareness. When we are out of step with the spirit so to speak this is when the problems come. They make all activities possible. The mistake is to believe that there is no agreement – how one resolves the dilemma of how to integrate the concept into your life, is to accept their presence, this transmutes fear into love. The IOB’s are far more impeccable and flow better within structure of awareness, knowing the rolling and tumbling force far more intimately than we can hope to – and as a result there is a difficulty in applying fluidity and lightness to all situations, as they do. The spinning of the IOB’s then becomes the issue. They twirl the world everything around them, you into the bargain, this is when the testing of the spirit comes in. They throw our assemblage point into new strange locations, this is how they unhook us from reality. The concept of mind over matter, rather than there being a predatory flyer with the rejection of the interference pattern, there is instead an ally. When one starts out on the warrior’s path we accept this agreement. The mistake comes when they are thought to be something alien. The relationship is one of synergy, rather than there being host and predator, there then becomes a symbiosis – in this way the rule can be manifest.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~ Dalai Lama As a baby, I did not know what a religion was, nor who created it. All I knew is what I knew as that baby, and that was…
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