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The Shamans of Ancient Mexico, Their Thoughts About Life, Death and the UniverseThis book is like a greatest hits collection of Castaneda's. CARLOS CASTANEDA. THE WHEEL OF TIME THE SHAMANS OF ANCIENT MEXICO, THEIR THOUGHTS. ABOUT LIFE, DEATH AND THE UNIVERSE. Near the end of his life, Carlos Castaneda gathered together and reviewed his ancient shamans could literally touch and direct the wheel of time-a profound.
Castaneda as his father even though his biological father was a different man. He wrote these books as his research log describing his apprenticeship with a traditional "Man of Knowledge" identified as don Juan Matus, allegedly a Yaqui Indian from northern Mexico. Castaneda was awarded his bachelor's and doctoral degrees based on the work described in these books. In his fourth book, Tales of Power, was published and chronicled the end of his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Matus. Castaneda continued to be popular with the reading public with subsequent publications that unfolded further aspects of his training with don Juan.
Anything can serve. This is the fifth stalking art principle. Warriors compress time; This is the sixth stalking art principle.
Even a single instant count. In a battle for their life, a second is an eternity, eternity which can decide victory. The warriors pursue success; therefore, compress time. Warriors do not waste even an instant. To apply the seventh stalking art principle one has to apply the other six: a stalker is never at the front. He is always watching from behind the scene. Applying these principles produces three results. The first is that stalkers learn not to take themselves seriously: they learn to laugh at themselves.
If they are not afraid of ridicule, they can ridicule anyone. The second is that stalkers learn to have inexhaustible patience. Stalkers are never in a hurry, never are concerned. And the third is that stalkers learn to have an inexhaustible capacity for improvisation. Castaneda and many of his readers, are lost between "the pseudo indian talk " that Castaneda wanted to hear, the inaccuracies on the nagual area and the lack of energy. When the work is reviewed again and again, it is clear that the techniques to "sweep the tonal island", are the "critical path" to start feeling the Toltec teaching.
The first thing that is required is "fixing the bad tonal state", we generally have, from our personal importance, behavior social patterns and "matter inertia" itself.
Wisdom without kindness and knowledge without sobriety are useless. Men greatest enemy is personal importance. What weakens is feeling offended by what peers do or fail to do. Personal importance requires that one passes the greater part of life offended by something or someone.
Nothing can temper a warrior spirit better than the challenge of dealing with impossible people who occupy positions of power. Only in such circumstances can warriors acquire the sobriety and serenity necessary to withstand the pressure of what cannot be known. A mature warrior must be a discipline paragon in order to overcome the almost invincible laxness of our human condition.
More important still than seeing is what warriors do with what they see. Impeccability begins with a single act, which has to be premeditated, precise and sustained. If this event is repeated long enough, one acquires the sense of an uncompromising intent that can be applied to anything. If this is achieved, the way is clear. So, one thing leads to another until after the warrior develops his full potential.
The worst that could happen is having to die, and given that this is already our unalterable fate, we are free; those who have already lost everything have nothing to fear. In this way, it can be seen that after Don Juan and Don Genaro, Florinda Matus has a great influence in the construction of his warrior path.
Castaneda takes the nagual Julian life as a reflection point, who was a libertine, vicious man and even a coward. But when he is about to die from his excesses, nagual Elias saves him and gives him a choice: either decide to dramatically change his life at once or will die. The nagual Elias warns him that he can never heal, will always have to walk on the edge of the abyss, that a false step, an error or a small abandonment or insubordination and irresponsibility display, will be the end.
The author says that he was shook, when discovering the fierce battle Julian always lived in. Step by step, he had to go to fight "his licentious inertia" and learned to walk "the warrior path" That is the mood needed to "straighten our deformed tonal". As this is "something special", not because we cannot do so, any human being has the ability, but because of our weakness, stupidity and lack of energy is immeasurable.
The easy and common, which is to fall in fantasy, consciousness alternate states induced by entheogens and disconnection from reality. Or on the other hand, can give us a life pattern through discipline, inflexible intent, moderation, and humility in our daily actions.
Truly becoming human beings. Not as "reader-warrior", but as human beings aware of their limitations and knowing they are going to die, but with subtle nostalgia for the infinity.
This energy will allow him to manage some of the energy fields that normally are inaccessible. Shamanism is a consciousness state, the ability to use energy fields which are not used to perceive the everyday world as we know it. The art of stalking consists of learning all the peculiarities of your disguise, and learn them so well that no one knows you are in disguise.
To achieve this, you need to be ruthless, shrewd, patient and sweet. Being ruthless does not mean roughness, cunning does not mean cruelty, being patient does not mean neglect and being sweet does not mean stupid. Warriors act with an ulterior purpose that has nothing to do with personal advantage. The common man only acts if there is a gain possibility gain. Warriors do not act for profit, but the spirit. The men problem is that he senses his hidden resources but does not dare using them.
This is why warriors say men problem is the counterpoint created by their stupidity and ignorance. Men needs now, more than ever, to be taught new ideas that have to do exclusively with their inner world; shaman ideas, not social ideas; ideas relating to men confrontation with the unknown, with his personal death.
Now, more than ever, needs to be taught the lace point secrets. But there is one that powerfully calls the attention. In fact when Castaneda says: "Infinity will swallow me and I want to be prepared for it.
I do not want infinity to dissolve me into nothing After much punishment they came before the death Lord, Mictlantecuhtli and told him they had completed the trip. Then Mictlantecuhtli told them, "So well, your punishment is completed, go, then sleep you deadly sleep.
Florinda sentences Castaneda, tells him that perhaps, when he becomes an immaculate nagual, you may outwit the Toltecs and their wisdom. Or you may even renege Don Juan and Don Genaro. This is very interesting, as it totally breaks the probable dogmatic frame that might be contained in the "don Juan Teachings".
So, ancient Mexico seems to be only made of archaeological areas, museums and boring books, and "tourist posters". Because it will be with the essence of that knowledge that we will build the 21st century Mexico.
Guillermo Bonfil Batalla in his book Profound Mexico, a denied civilization, says p. So, how is it possible to assume that while Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China managed to create over thousands of years, philosophers, teachers and religions which persist to date, Mexico does not have a philosophy or line of knowledge that expresses what we have been, we are and aspire to be? It is important to note that The don Juan teachings is an experiential practice before a reason spell, and that many indigenous and peasant peoples currently maintain incorporated into their daily life, its traditions and customs, many of the Don Juan recommended practices.
Currently living as indigenous, marginalized in the mountains, is more difficult than to survive under employed in the cities.
In relation to this philosophical-cultural matrix, Bonfil Batalla tells us in the cited work p. It is like a larger frame, more stable, more permanent, although by no means immutable, in which diverse cultures fit and several stories become understandable.
The indian culture presence is in some respects, so every day and omnipotent that rarely notices its deep meaning and in the long historical process which made its persistence possible in social sectors that today assume a non-Indian identity. The Castaneda work, from this perspective, provide one more angle to understand and appreciate this cultural heritage. We do not mean that it is the "only" and "authentic". In the same knowledge, Don Juan said that there were "other lineages".
In a multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic Mexico, this old knowledge legacy is expressed in multiple ways.
Don Juan himself recognizes that in recent centuries knowledge men have sought new paths, and that after the conquest they had to take refuge in the nagual world to ensure this intricate knowledge survival. Thus, one this ancient knowledge forms, by some inexplicable design comes to light through "witchcraft".
Impeccably the oral culture becomes written culture. It has to come from abroad of this colonized country, with the "best seller" label and the prologue must be written by one of the most renowned intellectuals, Octavio Paz, so that it can be read by an audience that keeps an ongoing self-devaluation.
In this way, Castaneda is not an anthropologist nor a writer; Castaneda is a nagual who impeccably is fulfilling the mission which the power appointed him, after jumping to the void in the mountains of the Sierra Juarez of Oaxaca. Knowledge will then be exposed to public light, without teachers, "gurus", rituals or temples.
One of the Toltequity lines will be available to anyone with enough personal power to extract knowledge from the work. In Toltequity there are two basic areas: the tonal and the nagual. The first belongs to the known world, the reason, the one techniques to "sweep the tonal island" with discipline, and an inflexible intent, remove all the garbage accumulated over our life, strengthening the body, polishing the spirit and making our reason flexible; in short, a technology to be a "human being" in our immediate reality.
The second is the mysterious, unknown and frightening world of the nagual, to which cannot get to until the tonal world is efficiently worked. There is no progress in the nagual that is not supported in the tonal. Taking the Castaneda work by the magical, mysterious and unknown side, from our point of view, is taking a false door, an easy path and "disaster". The tonal times are changing.
Our "reality" and our "world" are a bunch of "ideas". The changes that occurred in the world in the last five years would have been impossible to conceive only ten years ago; and the changes that we will suffer in the remainder of this century, are unimaginable today. However, nothing really has changed; the way we appreciate things has changed, ideas change and only the ideas we have about the world. Don Juan says that it is precisely now when humans need to renew their ideas, but not ideas about the common man, social ideas with concepts and objects.
The man needs new ideas to face the unknown, his personal death, about impeccability and the lace point secrets. New times lying ahead require that incomprehensible knowledge which has always been there, through thousands of years and in various parts of the world to make it understandable and functional at everyday consciousness.
Humans require the ability to perceive and act in the world we know. Men requires perceiving the world not only as a concept cluster and "material" objects, but also, as an energy charges world and needs to be perceived not only as an energy conglomerate, but as an energy creator.
Mexicans are the children of one of the planet Mother Cultures and, therefore, are people with identity; what has happened in the last years is that we have suffered from "cultural amnesia" caused by yesterday and today colonial forces, thus we have gone through a loneliness maze, carrying our rich cultural heritage. This paper aims to search for and an encounter through this new interpretation of what was and is ancient Mexicans knowledge, without fear nor ambition, as Don Juan says.
Without fear of being attacked and censored by the intolerant holders of the "scientific" truth; without the ambition of finding a blinding light on the path and that lead to messianic attitudes. Don Juan is very clear and says: "The warrior path is everything. It is the archetype of physical and mental health. I cannot explain it in any other way.
It is not about going and inhabit the pyramids, or much less that the entire population tries to become knowledge beings. That would be an aberration. Each went on to write books that explored the experience of being followers of Castaneda's teachings from a feminist perspective.
The investigating authorities ruled Partin's death as undetermined. Tiggs had the longest association with Castaneda and is written about in some of his books.
Today, she serves as a consultant for Cleargreen. Reception Although Castaneda's accounts of the Teaching of Don Juan were initially well-received as non-fiction works of ethnography, the books are now widely regarded as works of fiction.
Edmund Leach praised the book. Spicer offered a somewhat mixed review of The Teachings of Don Juan , highlighting Castaneda's expressive prose and his vivid depiction of his relationship with Don Juan. However, Spicer noted that the events described in the book were not consistent with other ethnographic accounts of Yaqui cultural practices, concluding it was unlikely that Don Juan had ever participated in Yaqui group life. Spicer also stated: "[It is] wholly gratuitous to emphasize, as the subtitle does, any connection between the subject matter of the book and the cultural traditions of the Yaquis.
Gordon Wasson , the ethnobotanist who made psychoactive mushrooms famous, similarly praised Castaneda's work, while expressing doubts regarding the accuracy of some of the claims. La Barre questioned the book's accuracy, calling it a "pseudo-profound deeply vulgar pseudo-ethnography. Beginning in , Richard de Mille published a series of criticisms that uncovered inconsistencies in Castaneda's field notes, as well as several instances of apparent plagiarism.
Thomas notes  that Muriel Thayer Painter, in her book With Good Heart: Yaqui Beliefs and Ceremonies in Pascua Village, gives examples of Yaqui vocabulary associated with spirituality: "morea", an equivalent to the Spanish brujo; "saurino", used to describe persons with the gift of divination; and "seataka", or spiritual power, a word which is "fundamental to Yaqui thought and life. In omitting such intrinsically relevant terms from his ethnography, Castaneda critically undermines his portrait of Don Juan as a bona fide Yaqui sorcerer.
John Dedrick, a Protestant missionary who lived among the Yaqui Indians of Vicam, Sonora, from to , stated in his letter of May 23, that: I've only read "The Teachings of Don Juan", and before I got to the third part of the book I knew that he [Castaneda] did know of the Yaquis and that he had not been to the Rio Yaqui river, or that there is no terminology in the Yaqui language for any of the instructions and explanations that "Don Juan" was giving it to him [Castaneda] .
Clement Meighan and Stephen C. Thomas,  point out that the books largely, and for the most part, do not describe Yaqui culture at all with its emphasis on Catholic upbringing and conflict with the Federal State of Mexico, but rather focus on the international movements and life of Don Juan who was described in the books as traveling and having many connections, and abodes, in the Southwestern United States Arizona , Northern Mexico, and Oaxaca.
Don Juan was described in the books as a shaman steeped in a mostly lost Toltec philosophy and decidedly anti-Catholic. A March 5, Time article by Sandra Burton, looking at both sides of the controversy, stated The war is against stupidity and arrogance, which suffocates and annihilate us.
Personal history must be constantly renewed by telling parents, relatives and friends all one makes. On the other hand, the warrior has no personal history, does not need to give explanations; no one gets angry or disappointed from his actions. And above all, nobody ties him down with thoughts and expectations.
Death is our eternal companion. It is always on our left, an arm distance away from us. Death is the only wise counselor a warrior has. Every time the warrior feel that everything is wrong and that he is about to be annihilated, he can turn to his death and ask if this is true. His death will tell him he is wrong, that nothing really matters except its touch. And, above all, deliberately avoid exhausting himself and others.
A warrior does not use nor squeeze people until reducing them to nothing, especially the people he loves. When a man worries, desperately clings onto anything; and once he clings, necessarily he gets exhausted, or exhausts the thing or person that he is clinging. A warrior hunter, on the other hand, knows that he will attract prey to his traps over and over again, so he does not worry.
To worry is place oneself reachable, without knowing it. A man, any man deserves whatever faith assigns to men: joy, pain, sorrow and struggle. No matter his acts nature, provided he acts as a warrior. If his spirit is distorted, he should simply fix it, debugging and perfecting it, because there is no worthier task in life. Not fixing the spirit is to seek death, and that is equal to not seeking anything, because death is going to reach us anyway. Searching for warrior spirit perfection is the only task worthy of our transience and our human condition.
The warrior art is to balance the terror of being a man with the wonder of being a man. He says that it is an energy structure, such structure come from the ability to "see" energy.
For this reason, "the warrior path" is a "superb conglomeration" of energy facts, irreducible truths exclusively determined by the energy flow direction in the universe. Because without this wisdom, without this "methodology" the Toltec would not had been able to face the terrifying infinity mystery. It represents the archetype of physical and mental health, both for individuals and society. This is why, when the Mexica rules and laws of the 16th century are read, these are of a "Spartan" spirit character, which do not agree with human sacrifice and the Mexica "Florid wars " are a degenerated and degraded a shadow of the Toltec "Florid wars", in the classical period.
The common man seeks for certainty in the spectator eyes and calls it self-confidence. The warrior seeks for impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humility. The common man is hooked to his peers, while the warrior is only hooked to infinity.
It is internal dialogue what binds people to the everyday world. The world is such and such way only because we tell ourselves that is such and which way. The passage to the shamans world opens when the warrior has learned to stop his internal dialogue. Our peers are black magicians. And whoever is with them is also a black magician, for sure.
Think a moment. Can you divert from the path your peers have mapped for you? While you remain with them, your actions and thoughts are forever fixed on their terms.
That is slavery. The warrior, instead, is free from all that. Freedom is expensive, but the price is not impossible to pay. So fear your captors, your masters. Do not waste your time and your power afraid of freedom. Human beings are perceivers, but the world they perceive is an illusion: an illusion created by descriptions told from the moment they were born.
So the world that your reason wishes to sustain is, in essence, a world created by a description which has inviolable and dogmatic rules, rules that your reason learns to accept and defend. Only as a warrior can stand the knowledge path. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is a never-ending challenge, and there is no way that challenges can be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges. The warrior, as a teacher, teaches three techniques to his pupil to help him delete his personal history: losing the own personal importance, take responsibility for own acts and use death as a counselor.
Without the beneficial effect of these three techniques, erasing personal history makes one stealth, evasive and unnecessarily uncertain of himself and his actions. But mentions that more than detachment requires affection and abandonment. To efficiently penetrate this world, needs to be a cautious, restrained, indifferent warrior, tuned to the battles with the unknown.
And this is only achieved through forging the "warrior path". A warrior never disappoints himself when failing to change. It is the only advantage a warrior has over common man. The only freedom a warrior has is to behave impeccably. But impeccability is not his only freedom, but the only way to straighten human form. The core of our being is the act of perceiving, and the magic of our being is the act of being conscious.
Perception and consciousness are the same and an inseparable functional unit. He mentions that she had the power and detachment necessary to refine it, in the finishing touches before the departure of the nagual Don Juan Matus. In this text, Castaneda tells that one day he went to see a doctor over a fistula he had that due to a fall on a cactus a while back. He consulted Florinda on the matter and she tells him that a nagual has lost its power, if he requires a doctor to heal. This has to do with his "alleged cancer death".
Of course that the nagual Castaneda did not die in in a hospital bed from liver cancer. It is also interesting to analyze what Castaneda says of the Don Juan disciples, who according to him, spent their time fighting over their ego manic outbursts and he defines them as an errant bunch. This must be assessed, because if they worked hard for years with naguales such as Don Juan and Don Genaro, and yet, they fail to acquire sobriety and wisdom, what can be expected of us "readers".
That is why it is necessary to solidly set foot on the ground, and realize that dealing with the "warrior path", is an almost impossible task and that it is confined to very few people.
That one thing is reading about the warriors and something very different is living as warriors. Anyone who wants to follow the warrior path must be free from the compulsion to possess things and stick to them. When a warrior ceases to have any kind of expectations, people actions no longer affect him. A strange peace becomes the force that governs his life. He has adopted one of the warrior life concepts: detachment. A warrior is never besieged. Being besieged implies that one has personal possessions to defend.
A warrior does not have anything in the world except for his impeccability, and impeccability may not be threatened. The first stalking art principle is that warriors choose their battlefield.
A warrior never enters a battle without first knowing the surroundings. Remove all unnecessary is the second stalking art principle. A warrior does not complicates things.
Searches for simplicity. Applies all his concentration to decide whether he enters a battle, because his life is at stake in every battle. This is the third principle of the stalking art. A warrior must be willing and prepared to make his last stop here and now. But not without order or concert. A warrior relaxes and lets go; he does not fear anything. Only then the powers that guide human beings open the way for the warrior and help him.
Only then. This is the fourth stalking art principle. When faced with a superior force that cannot be fought, the warriors withdraw for a moment. Let his thoughts run freely. Deal with other things. Anything can serve. This is the fifth stalking art principle. Warriors compress time; This is the sixth stalking art principle. Even a single instant count. In a battle for their life, a second is an eternity, eternity which can decide victory. The warriors pursue success; therefore, compress time.
Warriors do not waste even an instant. To apply the seventh stalking art principle one has to apply the other six: a stalker is never at the front. He is always watching from behind the scene. Applying these principles produces three results.
The first is that stalkers learn not to take themselves seriously: they learn to laugh at themselves. If they are not afraid of ridicule, they can ridicule anyone.
The second is that stalkers learn to have inexhaustible patience. Stalkers are never in a hurry, never are concerned. And the third is that stalkers learn to have an inexhaustible capacity for improvisation.