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    The teachings of Don Juan Matus

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    Post  mudra Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:05 pm

    Encounters with the nagual playlist ( Armando Torres )

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO4zzifU--Q&list=PLZH1Z75oWNrnCu871IACWbXst8Dz3onE1


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    Post  mudra Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:32 pm

    Enlightment 's youtube chanel
    Loads of audio books of Castaneda, interviews, tensegrity videos etc...

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaqSSTkkH0lDWjwHyHat4FA/videos

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    Post  mudra Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:47 pm

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    "I'm going to utter perhaps the greatest piece of knowledge anyone can voice," he said. "Let me see what you can do with it.

    "Do you know that at this very moment you are surrounded by eternity? And do you know that you can use that eternity, if you so desire?"

    After a long pause, during which he urged me with a subtle movement of his eyes to make a statement, I said that I did not understand what he was talking about.

    "There! Eternity is there!" he said, pointing to the horizon. Then he pointed to the zenith. "Or there, or perhaps we can say that eternity is like this." He extended both arms to point to the east and west.

    We looked at each other. His eyes held a question.

    "What do you say to that?" he asked, coaxing me to ponder upon his words.

    I did not know what to say."Do you know that you can extend yourself forever in any of the directions I have pointed to?" he went on. "Do you know that one moment can be eternity? This is not a riddle; it's a fact, but only if you mount that moment and use it to take the totality of yourself forever in any direction."

    He stared at me.

    "You didn't have this knowledge before," he said, smiling. "Now you do. I have revealed it to you. But it doesn't make a bit of difference because you don't have enough personal power to utilize my revelation.

    "Yet if you did have enough power, my words alone would serve as the means for you to round up the totality of yourself, and get the crucial part of it out of the boundaries in which it is contained."

    He came to my side and poked my chest with his fingers. It was a very light tap.

    "These are the boundaries I'm talking about," he said. "One can get out of them. We are a feeling; an awareness encased here."

    He slapped my shoulders with both hands. My pad and pencil fell to the ground. Don Juan put his foot on the pad and stared at me, and then laughed.

    I asked him if he minded my taking notes. He said no in a reassuring tone and moved his foot away.

    "We are luminous beings," he said, shaking his head rhythmically. "And for a luminous being only personal power matters. But if you ask me what personal power is, I have to tell you that my explanation will not explain it.""

    ~ Don Juan, Tales of Power by Carlos Castaneda
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    Post  mudra Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:31 am

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    Entering the unknown
    Posted on April 2, 2020 by female warrior

    https://femalewarrior.net/2020/04/02/entering-the-unknown/#more-4452

    A warrior acknowledges his pain but he doesn’t indulge in it. Thus the mood of a warrior who enters into the unknown is not one of sadness; on the contrary, he’s joyful because he feels humbled by his great fortune, confident that his spirit is impeccable, and above all, fully aware of his efficiency. A warrior’s joyfulness comes from having accepted his fate, and from having truthfully assessed what lies ahead of him. ~ Don Juan, Tales of Power


    It’s been a long time since I’ve written because I’ve had nothing to say. And now I’m compelled to write and ironically I still have nothing to say but there’s nothing else to do.

    Those of you who have read my posts since I started blogging in 2009 know that I have always placed a strong emphasis on attaining freedom from The Predator. The ultimate goal of the predator – as I have come to understand it through Carlos Castaneda’s explanations – was to feed off of human energy, to consume them fully until there was nothing left but a lifeless husk. Don Juan said in regards to the predator, There is an explanation which is the simplest explanation in the world. They took over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. Just as we rear chickens in chicken goods, the predators rear us in human coops. Therefore, their food is always available to them.

    One can only assume, at this point in time, that the predator – being the parasite that it is – began its most recent feeding frenzy in an attempt to consume the world. Based on the rising number of cases and deaths it leaves in its wake, it’s gorging itself mercilessly.

    Some of my friends are living in a great state of fear. Others are patiently waiting for the virus to reach its peak and dissipate. Some are expressing that this is going to be known as the era of the great awakening as we witness air quality improving as the earth, and humanity, enter into a state of long-needed restoration. When we become free from the distractions of the world, planetary intelligence will awaken within us and we can continue to evolve the natural and primal vision, the very creation that inspires the universe. (We’ll come back to this in a different post.)

    It’s obvious that we have no control over the predator whatsoever, aside from isolating ourselves in our homes. Now, more than ever, is the ultimate time to unplug. As always, unplugging from the predator remains our only way out. We can’t take a pill to assuage its infiltration, there is no vaccine against it, and it does not discriminate against any one culture, class, or race. Everyone is at risk.

    So how do we free ourselves from the predator now? What words of wisdom can adherents to the Toltec Path align with in order to emancipate ourselves from the reign of fear the coronavirus is causing? It is my belief that we are being forced to recognize that there are no words, there is no doctrine, no spiritual belief system, no political party, no religion, no repenting; essentially no single path or thing that can be named as the salvation to this disease.

    The only thing we can count on now is right action and this begins with ourselves. Now, more than ever, we have to become impeccable with our energy. We are essentially being forced to enter into and explore a new band of awareness. The paradigms that we had based our reality upon for decades, centuries, millennia, no longer exist. New concepts, models, and foundational substrates are emerging as part of an unfolding mystery that affects all of us simultaneously. It is up to each individual to either cling to what was or to co-create the unknown as it transpires.

    What I see is that we are shifting and entering into uncharted territory, and we are assisting each other in this whether we think we are or not. This shift or new band, for seers, is not comprised of a “plan”. It does not have structure. I have come to find that the only thing we can do is align with intent. Period. It takes work, it takes discipline, it takes an extreme measure of mindfulness, diligence and awareness. And then, when we give ourselves over to the unfathomable sea of awareness in total fluidity I trust that the shift will simply emerge in the form of new lines, new energetic fibers and new possibilities. And I look forward to seeing and experiencing what that will be like. In fact, I already am. The new band of awareness already exists, all we need to do is align with intent and we are there. There are no words, it just is.

    Oh, and as I’ve said before, don’t believe a word I say, test it for yourselves.

    ~ Keep Dancing!
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    Post  mudra Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:14 pm

    Rise Up to Your Higher Power
    POSTED ON JANUARY 1, 2021 BY LORRAINE


    The spirit of a warrior is not geared to indulging and complaining, nor is it geared to winning or losing. The spirit of a warrior is geared only to struggle, and every struggle is a warrior’s last battle on earth. Thus the outcome matters very little to him. In his last battle on earth a warrior lets his spirit flow free and clear. And as he wages his battle, knowing that his intent is impeccable, a warrior laughs and laughs. – Don Juan, A Separate Reality

    Happy New Year! Upon entering into 2021 I’ve often wondered if we still have the capacity to choose freedom or if we have to fight for it. It has occurred to me that nothing has changed as it pertains to uplugging from the predator and choosing freedom. I’ve written “unplug from the predator” hundreds of times over the years and now, with the predator as humongous as it is, I continue to declare, “BE GONE, you have no power here.” You are the universe and as such, we have infinite boundlessness and immeasurable power.

    Looking through my past blogs I came across one entitled, Freedom From the Machine, that I wrote on September 8, 2009. I wrote it from the perspective of if we do not do not unplug from the “machine” we will be heading towards disaster. The very things I wrote about twelve years ago are where we live today, only worse.

    My integrity and impeccability remain intact and it is my wish for 2021 that you warriors of freedom out there rise up to your higher power. Power is and power moves! And what is our higher power? It is the awareness that we are pure energy with the ability to move into states of higher consciousness. More deeply committed to my path than I ever imagined possible leaves me with only one choice; to continue to probe everyday into deeper awareness. 2021 is the year that will reveal those who are truly committed to freedom vs those who only talk about it.

    When we are aligned with the frequency of collective human conditioning we are aligned with density consciousness, a frequency that is heavy and causes our energy to vibrate at a lower frequency. Density consciousness has to do with the amount of merit we place, sometimes blindly, upon the stories that we’ve been told on how to assemble our realities in alignment with the human collective. This can cause us to feel as though we are dragging ourselves through our day (or life) with a lot of resistance, under the weight of the world so to speak. It’s time to liberate ourselves from density consciousness and collective human conditioning that is wrought mind-control.

    We are energy but more than that, we are pure consciousness. We are responsible for the energetic frequencies that we choose to create and align with. We cannot experience anything unless we specifically choose to match a particular frequency. If we choose to align with higher frequencies, we will resonate within those bands of awareness.

    Our own consciousness, our state of being, is what creates our reality. If we acquiesce to our own enslavement it is because we have given meaning to the current situation, people, or events as they unfold. Circumstances and other people do not create our reality, only we can create our reality because we are the ones who choose which frequencies we care to align with.

    Rather than living within a state of fear, dread, anger, confusion, distrust, and all of the many other adjectives that can be used to describe the current state of our existence, consider a perception – a point of awareness – that is free of the predatory evil of mass corruption and consumption, and that has an equal opportunity to prevail and overcome.

    We are that point of awareness, and with a fake virus being unleashed onto the population as a means of totalitarianism, we have the opportunity to declare of sovereignty. Our spread of collective higher consciousness has the power to detoxify seemingly resistant attitudes and promote new growth. We are harbingers of freedom.

    Rise up to your higher power, free up from the fear it will devour you, watch out for the ego of the hour, the ones who say they know it will the ones who will impose it on you. – Holly Near, Edge
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    Post  mudra Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:15 pm

    Stalking and Dreaming

    Posted on 15/11/2012 by Toltec Warrior

    The most demanding aspect of the teachings of Don Juan Matus, is in regard to the duality of the warrior; how is it possible to reconcile the two halves of our double nature that comprise the whole.
    Our dual nature is at best both an advantage and something of a burden… it can inhibit our actions and cloud our judgement at times.
    The balancing of the two sides of our being is the answer to this dilemma.
    Don Juan makes it clear that all that remains of the Toltec teachings is in a sense ‘stalking’ and its counterpart ‘dreaming’.
    “Stalkers deal with people, with the world of ordinary affairs. Stalkers are the practitioners of controlled folly as the dreamers are the practitioners of dreaming. Controlled folly is the basis for stalking, as dreams are the basis for dreaming. Generally speaking, a warrior’s greatest accomplishment in the second attention is dreaming, and in the first attention his greatest accomplishment is stalking. In the absence of self-importance, a warrior’s only way of dealing with the social milieu is in terms of controlled folly.”

    STALKING ~

    A warrior follows the rule of the stalkers. The Rule applies to everyone but the stalker takes it on as the only means of buffering the onslaughts of power that come in the pursuit of knowledge. The rule is that a warrior has essentially given up the concerns of his everyday life in the pursuit of knowledge. He is only interested in unravelling the mysteries of the universe. He must come to the understanding that this mystery is infinite, and as such this is a hopeless task but he must proceed anyway. In doing so the warrior becomes a part of the mystery themselves – everything within his universe becomes equal unimportant and as to nothing. This principle is the Rule of stalkers.
    Don Juan lays out the principles for the warrior in regard to stalking:

       To choose the battlefield
       To discard everything which is unnecessary
       To choose your battles with care
       To relax, abandon yourself and to fear nothing
       When faced with odds that cannot be dealt with, warriors retreat for a moment
       A warrior compresses time – making every moment count, aiming at success and ready to make his last stand
       at any moment
       A stalker never Pushes himself to the front – this last principle can only be applied with the implementation of
       the former six principles

    The application of these principles results in three things:-
    “The first is that stalkers learn never to take themselves seriously; they learn to laugh at themselves. If they’re not afraid of being a fool, they can fool anyone. The second is that stalkers learn to have endless patience. Stalkers are never in a hurry; they never fret. And the third is that stalkers learn to have an endless capacity to improvise.”
    Don Juan also outlined the mood for stalking this being:- Ruthlessness, Cunning, Patience and Sweetness. This is the guiding attitude a warrior needs to adopt to stalk effectively.
    One of the principle tools of stalking is recapitulation. This comprises the stalkers ‘sweeping breath’, the purpose of which is to free the warrior from the bonds of energetic filaments that become attached to them though energetic exchanges. The breath itself gives the life-giving healing force needed to purge the luminous being.
    The aim of a stalker is to lose human form. This is can be achieved through a powerful recapitulation followed by implementation of the not-doings of the self such as erasing personal history, losing self-importance and breaking of routines.

    The stalker is the epitome of a warrior in this way is both light and fluid. Free of human form the stalker is also unpredictable, deliberate in action, patient, not concerned about being understood nor concerned about the self-reflection of others – but instead this state allows the individual to be light-hearted and jovial and they truly enjoy their lives.

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    DREAMING ~

    Dreaming is built on the premise that there is something called the ‘double’ or the ‘other’ and this is a replica of the warrior themselves. The important aspect of this concept is in being able to comprehend such idea. ‘Will’ is how the dreaming double is accessed and channelled and through ‘Will’ the dreaming double can become anything. The knowledge of this opens us to the concept that what we are in fact is an energetic configuration of energy fields or indeed as Don Juan called it ~ the luminous being.
    The aim of the dreamer is to find themselves in dreaming. He achieves this with a simple manoeuvre; this is to find the hands in dreaming – which is to look down at the hands while asleep and to realize the dream state. The dreamer also hopes to actually see themselves dreaming. In this instant it is important to avoid the shock of experiencing such a thing. As with all things in dreaming the dreamer takes nonchalantly whatever he sees. The way anything is achieved in dreaming is through the volition of the dreamer. Once the dreamer has found their hands they next attempt to find a location within dreaming and with practice this can then be found in the waking experience.
    There are as in all things various stages within dreaming. Don Juan sited these as:

       “Restful vigil is the preliminary state, a state in which the senses become dormant and yet one is aware.”
        “The second state is dynamic vigil. In this state one is left looking at a scene, a tableau of sorts, which is static.
        One sees a three-dimensional picture, a frozen bit of something – a landscape, a street, a house, a person,
        a face, anything.”
       “The third state is passive witnessing. In it the dreamer is no longer viewing a frozen bit of the world but is
        observing, eye witnessing, an event as it occurs. It is as if the primacy of the visual and auditory senses makes
        this state of dreaming mainly an affair of the eyes and ears.”
       “The fourth state is the one in which you are drawn to act. In it one is compelled to enterprise, to take steps,
        to make the most of one’s time. This state is called dynamic initiative.”

    Quote from “The Eageles Gift”

    As with all aspects of Don Juan’s teachings “stopping the internal dialogue” through the process of Not-doing is a vital component of dreaming. Dreaming requires then a quickened mind and the energy saved from talking to oneself allows one to dream.

    Don Juan states also:

    “The best way to enter into dreaming is to concentrate on the area just at the tip of the sternum, at the top of the belly. The attention needed for dreaming stems from that area. The energy needed in order to move and to seek in dreaming stems from the area an inch or two below the belly button. That energy is the will, or the power to select, to assemble. In a woman both the attention and the energy for dreaming originate from the womb.”

    What one seeks in dreaming is not what one would pay attention to in everyday life. The shift into dreaming is achieved by anchoring the double to the second attention that being the attention of the nagual, The assemblage point makes a natural shift into this left side of awareness when one sleeps. The trick being to store attention in dreaming ~ this is to become totally immersed in the dream to the extent that one is totally detached from the waking experience.
    There are seven gates of dreaming that must be crossed for the dreamer to gain mastery over their dreaming.

       The first gate of dreaming is to gain control of ones attention in dreaming. The easiest way of doing this is
       through finding the hands in dreaming, this anchors the double in the second attention.
       The second gate of dreaming is to learn how to wake up in the dream into yet another dream –
       enabling the dreamer to change dreaming locations entirely.
       The third gate of dreaming is reached when you find yourself staring at someone in a dream and that someone
       turns out to be you. There are two stages to this gate. The first stage, is to arrive at the gate; the second is
       to cross it. By dreaming that you see yourself asleep, you arrive at the third gate.
       The second phase is to move around once you’ve seen yourself asleep.
       The fourth gate of dreaming involves learning to use the energy body as a means of travel.
       This then be used to travel to “firstly concrete places in this world; two, to travel to concrete places out of this
       world;and, three, to travel to places that exist only in the intent of others.”
       The Fifth gate of dreaming is to be able to bring out the dreaming double in everyday life.
       The sixth is to be able to transport the physical body to another location entirely
       And the seventh is to be able to transcend the world entirely and to step beyond this world with the totality of oneself.

    It takes years to master the arts of stalking and dreaming – it requires perseverance and only then comes about by practicing the disciplines that Don Juan prescribed. I have found that remembering direction is a key element. Not only in terms of a long perspective but on the basis of moment to moment orientation (in all planes of being simultaneously). Balancing ourselves and the forces in our world is also of prime importance. Understanding the relativistic and dualistic nature of reality. And coming to an understanding that nothing  essentially matters except perhaps the rule. Once we set out on this path there really is little alternative – when one begins to comprehend the knowledge it cannot then be unlearned, only expanded upon. One may run away but this is not the path with heart and ultimately you will have to pay for this. Understanding the concepts of control folly and controlled abandonment is key. In regard to stalking controlled folly is our shield and guards us against the rigors of power. Control abandonment Don Juan describes as being something simple and ‘there being nothing to it’. But controlled abandonment is in principle the art of sorcery specifically in the application of dreaming – the ability to acquiesce to the situation – to know how and in what proportion. We require both Controlled abandonment and controlled folly in both waking and dreaming – being able to give ourselves to the moment and in the same instance able to act to produce the best possible outcome.  A life lived like a warrior is unsurpassed – one becomes the master of oneself – the ego being defeated along the way. But as Don Juan says this can only be achieved without either rushing or faltering. The abstract will be achieved in time if one holds firm to the path with heart. But in the end reaching the spirit means there are really no devices one can cling to, no object, and no person. We have in the final outcome the say over our lives – it is our decision.

    I am already given to the power that rules my fate.
    And I cling to nothing, so I will have nothing to defend.
    I have no thoughts, so I will see.
    I fear nothing, so I will remember myself.
    Detached and at ease,
    I will dart past the Eagle
    To be free


    https://toltecwarrior.net/2012/11/15/stalking-and-dreaming/
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    Post  mudra Sat May 08, 2021 1:31 am

    you can download john O'Neil's free pdf :
    Carlos Castaneda Misc Works v2 in the Nagual group.

    I am unable to share it myself here

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    Every time I entered a state of heightened consciousness, I couldn't help but marvel at the huge difference between my two sides. I always felt like a veil was coming off my eyes, like I was partially blind and now I could see. The freedom, the pure joy that overwhelmed me in these cases, cannot be compared to any other experience. At the same time, however, I felt a frightening feeling of sadness and longing, which went hand in hand with the feeling of freedom and joy. Don Juan had told me that without sadness and longing there is no wholeness, because without them there is no sobriety, no goodness. And wisdom without good, he had said, and knowledge without sobriety are useless.
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    . The price of freedom is very high. Freedom can only be achieved when you dream without hope, when you are ready to lose everything, even sleep.
    "For some of us," she concluded, "dreaming without hope, fighting without a purpose, is the only way to fly with the bird of freedom."

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    Unlike the common man, the naguals do not seek approval, respect, or any kind of recognition for their deeds from anyone, not even from their fellow wizards. All they are looking for is their own sense of infallibility, innocence, wholeness.
    That is why one is so addicted to the company of the nagual. He becomes addicted to his freedom like a drug. For the naguala, the world is always brand new. In his company, one begins to look at the world as if seeing it for the first time.

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    Post  mudra Fri Aug 06, 2021 12:53 am

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    Precursor to the 3rd attention


    https://femalewarrior.net/2021/08/05/precursor-to-third-attention/?fbclid=IwAR3l28Zf4lmv9KXshHPApN2cyy3RcgUGuIo7iglGaXYmmQRaITm5QKb4Gxg

    He explained that what he called the key to everything was the firsthand knowledge that the earth is a sentient being and as such can give warriors a tremendous boost; it is an impulse that comes from the awareness of the earth itself at the instant in which the emanations inside warriors’ cocoons are aligned with the appropriate emanations inside the earth’s cocoon. Since both the earth and man are sentient beings, their emanations coincide, or rather, the earth has all the emanations present in man and all the emanations that are present in all sentient beings, organic and inorganic for that matter. When a moment of alignment takes place, sentient beings use that alignment in a limited way and perceive their world. Warriors can use that alignment either to perceive, like everyone else, or as a boost that allows them to enter unimaginable worlds. – Carlos Castanda, The Fire from Within

    Read on at the link
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    From the book The Active Infinity - by Carlos Castaneda.

    Don Juan said,

    “This is the appropriate time of day for doing what I am asking you to do. It takes a moment to engage the necessary attention to do it. Don’t stop until you catch that fleeting black shadow.”

    I did see some strange fleeting black shadow projected on the foliage of the trees. It was either a shadow going back and forth or various fleeting shadows moving side-to-side or straight up in the air.
    They looked like a fat black fish to me, enormous fish. It was as if gigantic swordfish were flying in the air. I was engrossed in the sight. Then, finally, it scared me.   It became to dark to see the foliage, yet I could still see the fleeting black shadows.

    “What is it, don Juan?” I asked.
    “Long ago, the native sorcerer/shamans of Mexico discovered that we have a companion for life,” he said, as clearly as he could.
    “We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos, and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile; helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don’t do so.”

    It was very dark around us, and that seemed to curtail any expression on my part. If it had been daylight, I would have laughed my head off. In the dark, I felt quite inhibited.

    “It’s pitch black around us,” don Juan said, “but if you look out of the corner of your eye, you will still see fleeting shadows jumping all around you.”

    He was right. I could still see them.
    Their movement made me dizzy. Don Juan turned on the light, and that seemed to dissipate everything.   Don Juan said,

    “You have arrived, by your effort alone, to what the shamans of ancient Mexico called the topic of topics. I have been beating around the bush all this time, insinuating to you that something is holding us prisoner. Indeed we are held prisoner! This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico.”
    “Why has this predator taken over in the fashion that you’re describing, don Juan?” I asked. “There must be a logical explanation.”
    “There is an explanation,” don Juan replied, “which is the simplest explanation in the world. They took over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. Just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, gallineros, the predators rear us in human coops, humaneros. Therefore, their food is always available to them.”

    I felt that my head was shaking violently from side to side. I could not express my profound sense of unease and discontentment, but my body moved to bring it to the surface. I shook from head to toe without any volition on my part. I heard myself saying,

    “No, no, no, no. This is absurd, don Juan. What you’re saying is something monstrous. It simply can’t be true, for sorcerers, or for average men, or for anyone.”
    “Why not?” don Juan asked calmly. “Why not? Because it infuriates you?””Yes, it infuriates me,” I retorted. “Those claims are monstrous!”
    “Well,” he said, “you haven’t heard all the claims yet. Wait a bit longer and see how you feel.”
    “I’m going to subject you to a blitz. That is, I’m going to subject your mind to tremendous onslaughts; and you cannot get up and leave because you’re caught. Not because I’m holding you prisoner, but because something in you will prevent you from leaving while another part of you is going to go truthfully berserk. So brace yourself!”

    There was something in me which I felt was a ‘glutton for punishment’. He was right. I wouldn’t have left the house for the world; and yet I didn’t like one bit the inanities he was spouting.
    Don Juan said,

    “I want to appeal to your analytical mind. Think for a moment, and tell me how you would explain the contradiction between the intelligence of man the engineer, and the stupidity of his systems of beliefs; or the stupidity of his contradictory behavior.
    Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of beliefs; our ideas of good and evil; our social mores. The predators are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations, and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed, and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal.”
    “But how can they do this, don Juan?” I asked, somehow angered further by what he was saying. “Do they whisper all that in our ears while we are asleep?”
    “No, they don’t do it that way. That’s idiotic!” don Juan said, smiling. “They are infinitely more efficient and organized than that. In order to keep us obedient, meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous maneuver – stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist; a horrendous maneuver from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind! Do you hear me? The predators give us their mind which becomes our mind. The predators’ mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, and filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now.
    “I know that even though you have never suffered hunger,” he went on, “you have food anxiety which is none other than the anxiety of the predator who fears that any moment now its maneuver is going to be uncovered, and its food is going to be denied. Through the mind, which after all is their mind, the predators inject into the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them. The predators ensure in this manner a degree of security to act as a buffer against their fear.”
    “It’s not that I can’t accept all this at face value, don Juan,” I said. “I could, but there’s something so odious about it that it actually repels me. It forces me to take a contradictory stand. “If it’s true that they eat us, how do they do it?”

    Don Juan had a broad smile on his face. He was as pleased as punch. He explained that sorcerers see infant human beings as strange, luminous balls of energy covered from the top to the bottom with a glowing coat, something like a plastic cover that is adjusted tightly over their cocoon of energy.
    He said that that glowing coat of awareness was what the predators consumed, and that when a human being reached adulthood, all that was left of that glowing coat of awareness was a narrow fringe that went from the ground to the top of the toes. That fringe permitted mankind to continue living, but only barely.
    As if I were in a dream, I heard don Juan explaining that, to his knowledge, man was the only species that had the glowing coat of awareness outside that luminous cocoon.
    Therefore, he became easy prey for an awareness of a different order; such as the heavy awareness of the predator. He then made the most damaging statement he had made so far. He said that this narrow fringe of awareness was the epicenter of self-reflection where man was irremediably caught. By playing on our self-reflection, which is the only point of awareness left to us, the predators create flares of awareness that they proceed to consume in a ruthless, predatory fashion.
    They give us inane problems that force those flares of awareness to rise, and in this manner they keep us alive in order for them to be fed with the energetic flare of our pseudo-concerns. There must have been something in what don Juan was saying which was so devastating to me that at that point I actually got sick to my stomach. After a moment’s pause long enough for me to recover, I asked don Juan,

    “But why is it that the sorcerers of ancient Mexico and all sorcerers today, although they see the predators, don’t do anything about it?”
    “There’s nothing that you and I can do about it,” don Juan said in a grave, sad voice. “All we can do is discipline ourselves to the point where they will not touch us.
    “How can you ask your fellow men to go through those rigors of discipline? They’ll laugh and make fun of you; and the more aggressive ones will beat the XXXX out of you… and not so much because they don’t believe it. Down in the depths of every human being, there is an ancestral, visceral knowledge about the predators’ existence.”

    My analytical mind swung back and forth like a yo-yo.   It left me and came back, and left me and came back again. Whatever don Juan was proposing was preposterous, incredible. At the same time, it was a most reasonable thing; so simple. It explained every kind of human contradiction I could think of.
    But how could one have taken all this seriously? Don Juan was pushing me into the path of an avalanche that would take me down forever. I felt another wave of a threatening sensation. The wave didn’t stem from me, yet it was attached to me. Don Juan was doing something to me, mysteriously positive and terribly negative at the same time. I sensed it as an attempt to cut a thin film that seemed to be glued to me.
    His eyes were fixed on mine in an unblinking stare. He moved his eyes away, and began to talk without looking at me anymore.

    “Whenever doubts plague you to a dangerous point,” he said, “do something pragmatic about it. Turn off the light. Pierce the darkness; find out what you can see.”

    He got up to turn off the lights.
    I stopped him.

    “No, no, don Juan,” I said, “don’t turn off the lights. I’m doing okay.”

    What I felt then was a most unusual, for me, fear of the darkness. The mere thought of it made me pant.
    I definitely knew something viscerally, but I wouldn’t dare touch it, or bring it to the surface, not in a million years!

    “You saw the fleeting shadows against the trees,” don Juan said, sitting back against his chair.
    “That’s pretty good. I’d like you to see them inside this room. You’re not seeing anything. You’re just merely catching fleeting images. You have enough energy for that.”

    I feared that don Juan would get up anyway and turn off the lights, which he did. Two seconds later, I was screaming my head off. Not only did I catch a glimpse of those fleeting images, I heard them buzzing by my ears.
    Don Juan doubled up with laughter as he turned on the lights.

    “What a temperamental fellow!” he said. “A total disbeliever, on the one hand; and a total pragmatist on the other. You must arrange this internal fight, otherwise you’re going to swell up like a big toad and burst.”

    Don Juan kept on pushing his barb deeper and deeper into me.

    “The sorcerers of ancient Mexico,” he said, “saw the predator. They called it the flyer because it leaps through the air. It is not a pretty sight. It is a big shadow, impenetrably dark, a black shadow that jumps through the air. Then, it lands flat on the ground.”
    “The sorcerers of ancient Mexico were quite ill at ease with the idea of when it made its appearance on Earth. They reasoned that man must have been a complete being at one point, with stupendous insights and feats of awareness that are mythological legends nowadays. And then everything seems to disappear, and we have now a sedated man.”

    I wanted to get angry and call him a paranoiac, but somehow the righteousness that was usually just underneath the surface of my being wasn’t there.   Something in me was beyond the point of asking myself my favorite question: What if all that he said is true?   At the moment he was talking to me that night, in my heart of hearts, I felt that all of what he was saying was true, but at the same time and with equal force, I felt that all that he was saying was absurdity itself.

    “What are you saying, don Juan?” I asked feebly. My throat was constricted. I could hardly breathe. “What I’m saying is that what we have against us is not a simple predator. It is very smart and organized. It follows a methodical system to render us useless. Man, the magical being that he is destined to be, is no longer magical. He’s an average piece of meat.
    There are no more dreams for man but the dreams of an animal who is being raised to become a piece of meat: trite, conventional, imbecilic.”

    Don Juan’s words were eliciting a strange, bodily reaction in me comparable to the sensation of nausea.   It was as if I were going to get sick to my stomach again. But the nausea was coming from the bottom of my being, from the marrow of my bones. I convulsed involuntarily. Don Juan shook me by the shoulders forcefully. I felt my neck wobbling back and forth under the impact of his grip. The maneuver calmed me down at once.
    I felt more in control.

    “This predator,” don Juan said, “which, of course, is an inorganic being, is not altogether invisible to us as other inorganic beings are. I think as children we do see it, but we decide it’s so horrific that we don’t want to think about it. Children, of course, could insist on focusing on the sight, but everybody else around them dissuades them from doing so.
    The only alternative left for mankind is discipline. Discipline is the only deterrent. But by discipline I don’t mean harsh routines. I don’t mean waking up every morning at five-thirty and throwing cold water on yourself until you’re blue. Sorcerers understand discipline as the capacity to face with serenity odds that are not included in our expectations.
    For sorcerers, discipline is an art; the art of facing infinity without flinching; not because they are strong and tough, but because they are filled with awe.”
    “In what way would the sorcerers’ discipline be a deterrent to the flyers?” I asked.

    Don Juan scrutinized my face as if to discover any signs of my disbelief.
    He said,

    “Sorcerers say that discipline makes the glowing coat of awareness unpalatable to the flyer.
    The result is that the predators become bewildered. An inedible glowing coat of awareness is not part of their cognition, I suppose. After being bewildered, they don’t have any recourse other than refraining from continuing their nefarious task. If the predators don’t eat our glowing coat of awareness for a while, it will keep on growing.
    “Simplifying this matter to the extreme, I can say that sorcerers, by means of their discipline, push the predators away long enough to allow their glowing coat of awareness to grow beyond the level of the toes. Once it goes beyond the level of the toes, it grows back to its natural size.
    The sorcerers of ancient Mexico used to say that the glowing coat of awareness is like a tree. If it is not pruned, it grows to its natural size and volume. As awareness reaches levels higher than the toes, tremendous maneuvers of perception become a matter of course.
    “The grand trick of those sorcerers of ancient times was to burden the flyers’ mind with discipline. Sorcerers found out that if they taxed the flyers’ mind with inner silence, the foreign installation would flee, and give any one of the practitioners involved in this maneuver the total certainty of the mind’s foreign origin.
    The [alien mind control of these creatures] comes back, I assure you, but not as strong; and a process begins in which the fleeing of the flyers’ mind becomes routine until one day it flees permanently.
    “That’s the day when you have to rely on your own devices which are nearly zero. A sad day indeed! There’s no one to tell you what to do. There’s no mind of foreign origin to dictate the imbecilities you’re accustomed to. My teacher, the nagual Julian, used to warn all his disciples that this was the toughest day in a sorcerer’s life for the real mind that belongs to us. The sum total of our experience after a lifetime of domination has been rendered shy, insecure, and shifty.
    Personally, I would say that the real battle of sorcerers begins at that moment. The rest is merely preparation.”

    I became genuinely agitated.   I wanted to know more, and yet a strange feeling in me clamored for me to stop. It alluded to dark results and punishment, something like the wrath of God descending on me for tampering with something veiled by God himself.
    I made a supreme effort to allow my curiosity to win. I heard myself say,

    “What-what-what do you mean, by taxing the flyers’ mind?”
    “Discipline taxes the foreign mind no end,” he replied. “So, through their discipline, sorcerers vanquish the foreign installation.”

    I was overwhelmed by his statements.   I believed that don Juan was either certifiably insane or that he was telling me something so awesome that it froze everything in me. I noticed, however how quickly I rallied my energy to deny everything he had said.
    After an instant of panic, I began to laugh, as if don Juan had told me a joke. I even heard myself saying,

    “Don Juan, don Juan, you’re incorrigible!”

    Don Juan seemed to understand everything I was experiencing. He shook his head from side to side, and raised his eyes to the heavens in a gesture of mock despair.
    He said,

    “I am so incorrigible, that I am going to give the flyers’ mind which you carry inside you one more jolt. I am going to reveal to you one of the most extraordinary secrets of sorcery. I am going to describe to you a finding that took sorcerers thousands of years to verify and consolidate.”

    He looked at me, smiled maliciously, and said,

    “The flyers’ mind flees forever when a sorcerer succeeds in grabbing on to the vibrating force that holds us together as a conglomerate of energy fields. If a sorcerer maintains that pressure long enough, the flyers’ mind flees in defeat.   And that’s exactly what you are going to do; hold on to the energy that binds you together.”

    I had the most inexplicable reaction I could have imagined. Something in me actually shook, as if it had received a jolt. I entered into a state of unwarranted fear, which I immediately associated with my religious background. Don Juan looked at me from head to toe.

    “You are fearing the wrath of God, aren’t you?” he said. “Rest assured, that’s not your fear. It’s the flyers’ fear, because it knows that you will do exactly as I’m telling you.”

    His words did not calm me at all. I felt worse.
    I was actually convulsing involuntarily, and I had no means to stop it.

    “Don’t worry,” don Juan said calmly. “I know for a fact that those attacks wear off very quickly. The flyer’s mind has no concentration whatsoever.”

    After a moment, everything stopped as don Juan had predicted.
    To say again that I was bewildered is a euphemism. This was the first time in my life ever, with don Juan or alone, that I didn’t know whether I was coming or going. I wanted to get out of the chair and walk around, but I was deathly afraid. I was filled with rational assertions, and at the same time I was filled with an infantile fear.
    I began to breathe deeply as a cold perspiration covered my entire body. I had somehow unleashed on myself a most godawful sight: black, fleeting shadows jumping all around me wherever I turned.
    I closed my eyes and rested my head on the arm of the stuffed chair.

    “I don’t know which way to turn, don Juan,” I said.”Tonight, you have really succeeded in getting me lost.” Don Juan said, “You’re being torn by an internal struggle. Down in the depths of you, you know that you are incapable of refusing the agreement that an indispensable part of you, your glowing coat of awareness, is going to serve as an incomprehensible source of nourishment to, naturally, incomprehensible entities.
    “And another part of you will stand against this situation with all its might. The sorcerers’ revolution is that they refuse to honor agreements in which they did not participate. Nobody ever asked me if I would consent to being eaten by beings of a different kind of awareness.
    My parents just brought me into this world to be food, like themselves, and that’s the end of the story.”

    Don Juan stood up from his chair and stretched his arms and legs.

    “We have been sitting here for hours. It’s time to go into the house. I’m going to eat. Do you want to eat with me?”

    I declined.   My stomach was in an uproar.

    “I think you’d better go to sleep,” he said. “The blitz has devastated you.”

    I didn’t need any further coaxing. I collapsed onto my bed, and fell asleep like the dead. When I arrived home, as time went by, the idea of the flyers became one of the main fixations of my life. I got to the point where I felt that don Juan was absolutely right about them. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t discard his logic.
    The more I thought about it, and the more I talked to and observed myself, and my fellow men, the more intense the conviction that something was rendering us incapable of any activity or any interaction or any thought that didn’t have the self as its focal point. My concern, as well as the concern of everyone I knew or talked to, was the self. Since I couldn’t find any explanation for such universal homogeneity, I believed that don Juan’s line of thought was the most appropriate way of elucidating the phenomenon.
    I went as deeply as I could into readings about myths and legends. In reading, I experienced something I had never felt before: Each of the books I read was an interpretation of myths and legends. In each one of those books, a homogeneous mind was palpable.
    The styles differed, but the drive behind the words was homogeneously the same: Even though the theme was something as abstract as myths and legends, the authors always managed to insert statements about themselves. The homogeneous drive behind every one of those books was not the stated theme of the book. Instead, it was self-service. I had never felt this before. I attributed my reaction to don Juan’s influence. The unavoidable question that I posed to myself was: Is he influencing me to see this, or is there really a foreign mind dictating everything we do?
    I lapsed, perforce, into denial again, and I went insanely from denial to acceptance to denial. Something in me knew that whatever don Juan was driving at was an energetic fact; but something equally important in me knew that all of that was guff. The end result of my internal struggle was a sense of foreboding; the sense of something imminently dangerous coming at me. I made extensive anthropological inquiries into the subject of the flyers in other cultures, but I couldn’t find any references to them anywhere. Don Juan seemed to be the only source of information about this matter. The next time I saw him, I instantly jumped to talk about the flyers.
    I said,

    “I have tried my best to be rational about this subject matter, but I can’t. There are moments when I fully agree with you about the predators.”

    “Focus your attention on the fleeting shadows that you actually see,” don Juan said with a smile.

    I told don Juan that those fleeting shadows were going to be the end of my rational life. I saw them everywhere. Since I had left his house, I was incapable of going to sleep in the dark. To sleep with the lights on did not bother me at all. The moment I turned the lights off, however, everything around me began to jump. I never saw complete figures or shapes. All I saw were fleeting black shadows.

    “The flyers’ mind has not left you,” don Juan said. “It has been seriously injured. It’s trying its best to rearrange its relationship with you. But something in you is severed forever. The flyer knows that. The real danger is that the flyers’ mind may win by getting you tired and forcing you to quit by playing the contradiction between what it says and what I say.

    “You see, the flyers’ mind has no competitors. When it proposes something, it agrees with its own proposition, and it makes you believe that you’ve done something of worth. The flyers’ mind will say to you that whatever Juan Matus is telling you is pure nonsense, and then the same mind will agree with its own proposition, ‘Yes, of course, it is nonsense,’ you will say. That’s the way they overcome us.

    “The flyers are an essential part of the universe, and they must be taken as what they really are; awesome, monstrous. They are the means by which the universe tests us. We are energetic probes created by the universe,” he continued as if he were oblivious to my presence, “and it’s because we are possessors of energy that has awareness that we are the means by which the universe becomes aware of itself.

    “The flyers are the implacable challengers. They cannot be taken as anything else. If we succeed in doing that, the universe allows us to continue.”
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    Post  mudra Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:07 pm

    From Ramunas Brusas on FB

    Hello to all Castaneda’s fans! :) I would like to introduce the project that I was working on for the last three and half years. I did the synopsis of ten Castaneda’s books taking the essence and then dividing into many different topics - you will find all information in separate files about the dreaming, the stalking, about don Juan’s character, all his given instructions and exercises, the terminology, or everything about the double, death, intent, etc. As we all know, Castaneda in his books using the rich academic vocabulary and so in addition I decided to collect personally to me unknown or vague words, to provide little English-English dictionary - I think it could be handy for those who learned the language as the second one. The synopsis could be useful either for curious seekers that want to have a glance before fully emerging into magical Castaneda’s world, or for old timers that wish to dive deeper into different topics, into the Unknown… May your Path be with the Heart… wrote:

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    Post  mudra Fri Sep 03, 2021 3:40 am

    .The Universal Spider Webb by Armando Torres , Carlos Castaneda 's disciple

    https://youtu.be/3vSUo5FrLcU


    The Word ( The Universsl Spider Webb ))

    https://youtu.be/IhKhs3qRum0

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