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Wisdom for Warriors-5

November 24, 2010


In walking the path of the warrior, which we all are, whether we know it or not, the concept that comes from the ones who walked before us has one word that rings through, again and again and again.

And that word is Totality.

Totality, in the totality of it’s meaning, en-compasses everything: obvious, not-so-obvious, gross, subtle…. all the polarities by which we define our world.

Walking the path requires totality of attention, dedication, will and self.

Your whole self, with it’s fullest attention, engaging the totality of your reality. That, at any rate, is the goal.

The beauty of that goal is that in it’s achievement, it implies being fully in the moment.

Here and Now and NowHere. Because your totality encompasses everything, past, present, future.

Now anyone who has even dipped a toe in the pursuit of “esoteric” or better yet, “exoteric” understanding, knows that being in the moment is the goal, at which point, goals themselves dis-appear.


Via Carlos Castaneda and Tales of Power, the Nagual Don Juan Matus, in his inimitable style, says it so it cuts to the bone, even through it, thus…

“The totality of ourselves is a very tacky affair,” he said. We only need a very  small portion of it to fulfill the most complex tasks of life. Yet when we die, we die with the totality of our selves. A sorcerer asks the question, “If we are going to die with the totality of ourselves, why not, then, live with that totality?”.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Vee Wong permalink
    November 28, 2010 8:17 am

    Interesting concept, Totality. Is it space and time not real? Then we lived before, now, and later, could all be on the same Now and Here (Nowhere)?

    So we cross different dimension…4th, 5th…8th…27th? Advance, transcend, evolve! My Total-self!

    Thanks for sharing.

    ps. Sorry I was not able to access this site from within China where I spent most of my time, for now-here. I thank my higherself for the insight of signing up on email inform. So I did not miss any of your posts.

    • November 28, 2010 10:19 am

      Vee, pleasure to hear from you again. Was wondering where you went.

      If you’d like, can you share with me (us) the story of what is really happening on the ground in China. I find it hard to believe the press, since I’ve seen India mis-represented for decades now.

      Any snippets are welcome.

  2. Vee Wong permalink
    November 28, 2010 1:25 pm

    may i have your email address?

  3. Pedro permalink
    December 4, 2010 10:02 pm

    Totality and Emptiness. Opposites, but the same.


    When Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was practicing the profound Prajna Paramita, he illuminated the Five Skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed beyond all suffering and difficulty.

    Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness does not differ from form. Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form. So too are feeling, cognition, formation, and consciousness.

    Shariputra, all Dharmas are empty of characteristics. They are not produced, not destroyed, not defiled, not pure; and they neither increase nor diminish. Therefore, in emptiness there is no form, feeling, cognition, formation, or consciousness; no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no sights, sounds, smells, tastes, objects of touch, or Dharmas; no field of the eyes up to and including no field of mind consciousness; and no ignorance or ending of ignorance, up to and including no old age and death or ending of old age and death. There is no suffering, no accumulating, no extinction, and no Way, and no understanding and no attaining.

    Because nothing is attained, the Bodhisattva through reliance on Prajna Paramita is unimpeded in his mind. Because there is no impediment, he is not afraid, and he leaves distorted dream-thinking far behind. Ultimately Nirvana! All Buddhas of the three periods of time attain Anuttara-samyak-sambodhi through reliance on Prajna Paramita. Therefore know that Prajna Paramita is a Great Spiritual Mantra, a Great Bright Mantra, a Supreme Mantra, an Unequalled Mantra. It can remove all suffering; it is genuine and not false. That is why the Mantra of Prajna Paramita was spoken.

    • December 5, 2010 3:56 am

      Thanks Pedro. Quite stunning. I remember the first time I read it, was shaken and stirred!

  4. December 7, 2010 8:54 pm

    “There! Eternity is there! All around! Do you know that you can extend yourself forever in any of the directions I have pointed to? 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.” ~ Don Juan, Tales of Power

    Great post, thanks!

    • December 8, 2010 3:43 am

      Awesome eh? There are days when I feel him and it’s always from a place my head cannot turn to and the”lesson” is always mildly pain-ful.

      Thanks for the quote. Nice avaatar picture too!

      Feel free to share as you feel called.

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