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Wisdom for Warriors – 1

November 9, 2010


As recounted by Carlos Castaneda, in Tales of Power:

Don Juan chuckled and lay down, putting his arms behind his head.

“You know exactly what you need”, he said.

I told him that sometimes I thought I knew, but that most of the time I had no self-confidence.

“I’m afraid you are confusing issues, ” he said. “The self confidence of the warrior is not the self-confidence of the average man. The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the on-looker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness. The average man is hooked to his fellow man, while the warrior is hooked only to himself. Perhaps you are chasing rainbows. You’re after the self-confidence of the average man, when you should be after the humbleness of a warrior. The difference between the two is remarkable.

Self-confidence entails knowing something for sure, ; humbleness entails being impeccable in one’s actions and feelings.”


When I first picked “The Teachings of Don Juan” at the library of the Naval College of Engineering, I knew, from page 1 (or 3) that I had stumbled, again, upon a path that I had traversed before. For anyone thus inclined, I highly recommend the whole series.

Stunning insights.

Ever since, impeccable-ness, in-wardness, infinity, sex and sexuality, power, plants, animals, spirit, spirits…. all took on special hues for me. Evey non-impeccable action has brought me harsh, grating lessons. Every impeccable action has brought be difficult, priceless ones.

The time to be impeccable is upon us. It is no longer a matter of choice. If you still cannot see the eye of the needle that is fast approaching, I suggest peer a little harder.

The signs are everywhere. Many movements in various spheres of life have a a certain irreversible quality to them. As a system reaches a peak (or trough), we often only see the net effects of mad gyrations about the mean and can get fooled into thinking that all is as it should be.

Meanwhile, with every wild swing, the system is left more and more unstable.

Ear to the ground, eye on the horizon….

How do you solve that Koan?



12 Comments leave one →
  1. Rastaman permalink
    November 9, 2010 8:20 am

    Difficult and Priceless –

    A little history. My wife and I have a nightmare neighbor, I’m sure many of you have them or have before. Our most recent conflict with her has been about our chickens and it has us a little worked up.

    36 hours ago our famous and wonderfully charming cat Chance went missing. He’s a homebody and is never gone for more than a few hours at most. We deeply mourned him today.

    I experienced some of the darkest thoughts I have ever had towards another person today. I thought my neighbor had done something and had maybe caused my cats death. I had decided to check her garbage and see if I could find a body. I’m pretty sure I could have lost it and done her great harm if I had found that out. I struggled with this all day today and am pretty sure I now have a cold from the stress.

    I finally got to the point of defeat? Collapse? I closed that door and decided not to reopen it. Not a minute later and our cat runs in the door like nothing had happened.

    So many things went through my mind today I still am not sure what all the lessons are. Right now I am just so happy on so many different levels.

    Stay away from the dark. Be the light.

    • November 9, 2010 9:16 am

      I hear you Rastaman. Even the times are such, all reactions seem to be coming in the extreme.

      Living life right now is like standing on a balance-board. No choice but to master the balancing act or perish trying (in my perspective at any rate).

      So much easier to roll down-hill then climb up……

    • pbwe permalink
      November 10, 2010 4:16 pm

      Our family had a brother who was always suspected, and too often charged, with some crime. And too often it was later shown that he was innocent. Bottom line realization is that unless there are solid facts, one simply cannot ascribe guilt on the basis of intuition no matter what the circumstantial sentiment may be. Persons getting away with crimes is nowhere as egregious as the innocent, even the hated innocent, being wrongly charged and convited. For the truely guilty, who get away with it in this physical realm, ultimate justice lies in that they are killing themselves in the spiritial realm, becuse such density of sentiment cannot ascend. Impeccability is a characteristic of the non physical higher that can touch and affect the non physical psychology of the physical entity.

  2. SnoopDizzle permalink
    November 10, 2010 3:13 am

    Transcendence is a funny thing. It takes you where you need to be whether you realize it or not. I never thought I would aspire to be a glowing orb of love and understanding towards those I don’t know or even loathe. But that’s the direction I feel I’m being pulled and I’ve given up resistance long ago. Thanks for sharing your blog entries.

    • November 10, 2010 3:53 am

      🙂 Your comment brought a smile, instant.
      And you are welcome.

  3. December 1, 2010 7:10 pm

    It would seem that impeccability demonstrates infinite resolution, or self-similarity at all scales, thus demonstrating itself to be natural law.

    • December 2, 2010 2:26 am

      Indeed Blondie, ergo, Impeccability are implied by fractals. I like that loop of thought.

      • December 2, 2010 11:06 am

        Also implied by fractals: punctuated equilibrium.
        I am fully cognizant of the impending (punctuation) event, and the dawning of the New Age it heralds.
        The removal of the lynchpin which secures the entire system will result in freedom, and all that that implies.

        I arrived at the monetary system as the root of all that which ails us… and I arrived at gold as the lynchpin of that entire structure. Paper gold (alchemy) is all that sustains the monetary system, and you know how tenuous that is getting.

        Freegold has infinite resolution, and as such is an impeccable natural law. It will result in nothing less than a quantum leap in the collective consciousness, so you can understand why my expressions at ZH are somewhat measured. 🙂

        I am not new to this path either.

        Don Juan Matus: ” The worst thing we can do is to force people to agree with us. I mean that we shouldn’t try to impose our will when people don’t behave the way we want them to. The worst thing one can do is to confront human beings bluntly. A warrior proceeds strategically. If one wants to stop our fellow men one must always be outside the circle that presses them. That way one can always direct the pressure.”– Journey to Ixtlan

        If you were to read this post with your attention upon what I did not say, but is the logical extension of this line of thinking, you may see what I mean.

        • December 3, 2010 2:00 am

          Travelling, so will answer at length in a bit. Thanks for sharing links/insights. Looking forward to reading your linked post/blog.

        • December 6, 2010 3:37 pm

          Blondie, interesting blog. I’ve been reading you as Nui on FOFA and then ZH and really appreciate your view-points. Also good to know another student of Don Juan. I just found out that Castaneda passed on 1n 1997. I was in the US then and had no idea he lived and so close by, in Mexico. Maybe meeting him would have ruined it. I later met people in CA who had studied with him, albeit in University, not in a Shamanic sense.

          Punctuated Equlibrium seemed interesting till it seemed that it came up as a construct to validate Darwin, who, in my mind, stands thoroughly discredited.

          I see the curves (cycles) smoother than PE suggests. The moves seem massive only in context and on a scale of infinity in either direction, this moment, or day or month or year or even 10,000 years are still insignificant. My leanings moved to Silver after ardently following/reading/understanding A/FOA/FOFOA for years.

          Totally a gut thing. A binary shift. I’ll stay with it unless something even stronger suggests I change.

          Appreciate your inputs and congratulations on your new-look blog. Very nice.

  4. Mike permalink
    May 28, 2015 7:09 pm

    Now it seems that Castaneda was a fraud.
    Research about him can be found at these links:

    • May 28, 2015 8:13 pm

      i read that some time ago Mike. I had friends in the Bay Area who studied in college from him in Mexico City and they all had excellent things to say about the older Castaneda. And there is truth here, so I will take it, gladly. Just need to have a refined sense for BS (a tough ask in today’s world I’ll admit).

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