Carlos Castaneda

The Wisdom of Don Juan
I was a mere twenty years old when I first read the works of Carlos Castaneda. His interactions with the mystical Yaqui teacher Don Juan fascinated and inspired me. His lively words allowed my eyes a glimpse into a deeper meaning of life, the universe and love. Here are a few insights from the Yaqui teacher.

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Everything we do, everything we are, rests on our personal power. If we have enough of it, one word is enough to change the course of our lives. If we don't, the most magnificent piece of wisdom can be revealed to us and that revelation won't make a damn bit of difference.
Do you know that at this very moment you are surrounded by eternity? And do you know you can use that eternity, if you so desire? Do you know that you can extend yourself forever in any direction and use it to take the totality of yourself forever in any direction? Do you know that one moment can be eternity?  If you had enough personal power, my words alone would serve as a means to round up the totality of yourself and get to the crucial part of it  out of the boundaries in which it is contained.

-From Tales of Power

When nothing is for sure we remain alert, perennially on our toes. It is more exciting not to know which bush the rabbit is hiding behind than to behave as though we knew everything.

-From Journey to Ixtlan

Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question . . . Does this path have a heart?  If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.

-From The Teachings of don Juan

As long as a man feels that he is the most important thing in the world, he cannot really appreciate the world around him.  He is like a horse with blinders; all he sees is himself, apart from everything

-From Journey to Ixtlan

We talk to ourselves incessantly about our world.  In fact we maintain our world with our internal talk.  And whenever we finish talking to ourselves about ourselves and our world, the world is always as it should be.  We renew it, we rekindle it with life, we uphold it with our internal talk.  Not only that, but we also choose our paths as we talk to ourselves. Thus we repeat the same choices over and over until the day we die, because we keep on repeating the same internal talk over and over until the day we die.  A warrior is aware of this and strives to stop his internal talk.

-From A Separate Reality