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“In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“Death is the only wise advisor that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you're about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you're wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, 'I haven't touched you yet.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“Nobody knows who I am or what I do. Not even I.

Don Juan Matus

Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“You say you need help. Help for what? You have everything needed for the extravagant journey that is your life.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“Life in itself is sufficient, self-explanatory and complete.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
tags: life
“For an instant I think I saw. I saw the loneliness of man as a gigantic wave which had been frozen in front of me, held back by the invisible wall of a metaphor.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“I have no routines or personal history. One day I found out that they were no longer necessary for me and, like drinking, I dropped them. One must have the desire to drop them and then one must proceed harmoniously to chop them off, little by little. If you have no personal history, no explanations are needed; nobody is angry or disillusioned with your acts. And above all no one pins you down with their thoughts. It is best to erase all personal history because that makes us free from the encumbering thoughts of other people. I have, little by little, created a fog around me and my life. And now nobody knows for sure who I am or what I do. Not even I. How can I know who I am, when I am all this?”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“The dying sun will glow on you without burning, as it has done today. The wind will be soft and mellow and your hilltop will tremble. As you reach the end of your dance you will look at the sun, for you will never see it again in waking or in dreaming, and then your death will point to the south. To the vastness.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
tags: death
“To worry is to become accessible, unwittingly accessible. And once you worry you cling to anything out of desperation; and once you cling you are bound to get exhausted or to exhaust whoever or whatever you are clinging to.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“To seek the perfection of the warrior's spirit is the only task worthy of our temporariness, our manhood.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“A warrior must focus his attention on the link between himself and his death . . .. He must let each of his acts be his last battle on earth. Only under those conditions will his acts have their rightful power.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“You take yourself too seriously, " he said slowly. "You are too damn important in
your own mind. That must be changed! You are so goddamn important that you feel
justified to be annoyed with everything. You're so damn important that you can afford to
leave if things don't go your way. I suppose you think that shows you have character.
That's nonsense! You're weak, and conceited!" - Dom Juan”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“A hunter knows he will lure game into his traps over and over again, so he doesn't worry. To worry is to become accessible, unwittingly accessible. And once you worry you cling to anything out of desperation; and once you cling you are bound to get exhausted or to exhaust whoever or whatever you are clinging to.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“You take yourself too seriously, " he said slowly. "You are too damn important in your own mind. That must be changed! You are so goddamn important that you feel justified to be annoyed with everything. You're so damn important that you can afford to leave if things don't go your way. I suppose you think that shows you have character. That's nonsense! You're weak, and conceited!" - Dom Juan”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“Охотник знает, что он заманит дичь в свои ловушки еще и еще, поэтому он не тревожится. Тревожиться, значит становиться доступным, безрассудно доступным. И как только ты начинаешь тревожиться, ты в отчаянии цепляешься за что-нибудь. А как только ты за что-нибудь уцепился, то ты уже обязан устать или утопить того или то, за что ты цепляешься.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“You feel like a leaf at the mercy of the wind, don’t you?” he finally said, staring at me. That was exactly the way I felt. He seemed to empathize with me. He said that my mood reminded him of a song and began to sing in a low tone; his singing voice was very pleasing and the lyrics carried me away: “I’m so far away from the sky where I was born. Immense nostalgia invades my thoughts. Now that I am so alone and sad like a leaf in the wind, sometimes I want to weep, sometimes I want to laugh with longing.” (Que lejos estoy del cielo donde he nacido. Immensa nostalgia invade mi pensamiento. Ahora que estoy tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento, quisiera llorar, quisiera reir de sentimiento.) We did not speak for a long while. He finally broke the silence. “Since the day you were born, one way or another, someone has been doing something to you,” he said. “That’s correct,” I said. “And they have been doing something to you against your will.” “True.” “And by now you’re helpless, like a leaf in the wind.” “That’s correct. That’s the way it is.” I said that the circumstances of my life had sometimes been devastating. He listened attentively but I could not figure out whether he was just being agreeable or genuinely concerned until I noticed that he was trying to hide a smile. “No matter how much you like to feel sorry for yourself, you have to change that,” he said in a soft tone. “It doesn’t jibe with the life of a warrior.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey To Ixtlan
“For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I wanted to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while; in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.” —Don Juan”
Washington Square Press, Journey To Ixtlan
“The thing to do when you’re impatient,” he proceeded, “is to turn to your left and ask advice from your death. An immense amount of pettiness is dropped if your death makes a gesture to you, or if you catch a glimpse of it, or if you just have the feeling that your companion is there watching you.”
Washington Square Press, Journey To Ixtlan
“When a man decides to do something he must go all the way,” he said, “but he must take responsibility for what he does. No matter what he does, he must know first why he is doing it, and then he must proceed with his actions without having doubts or remorse about them.”
Washington Square Press, Journey To Ixtlan
“They are not rocks.” he said. “They are strings. They will hold your spot suspended.”
Washington Square Press, Journey To Ixtlan
“The hardest thing in the world is to assume the mood of a warrior,” he said. “It is of no use to be sad and complain and feel justified in doing so, believing that someone is always doing something to us. Nobody is doing anything to anybody, much less to a warrior. “You are here, with me, because you want to be here. You should have assumed full responsibility by now, so the idea that you are at the mercy of the wind would be inadmissible.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey To Ixtlan
“Somehow, words seemed to be inaccurate and their meanings difficult to pinpoint.”
Washington Square Press, Journey To Ixtlan
“..there was no need to injure the shrubs, since we had already injured the quail.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“It’s funny the way you sometimes remind me of myself,” he went on. “I too did not want to take the path of a warrior. I believed that all that work was for nothing, and since we are all going to die what difference would it make to be a warrior? I was wrong. But I had to find that out for myself. Whenever you do realize that you are wrong, and that it certainly makes a world of difference, you can say that you are convinced. And then you can proceed by yourself. And by yourself you may even become a man of knowledge.”
Washington Square Press, Journey To Ixtlan
“So when you’re trying to figure it out, all you’re really doing is trying to make the world familiar. You and I are right here, in the world that you call real, simply because we both know it.”
Washington Square Press, Journey To Ixtlan
“Que cada uno de tus actos sea tu última batalla sobre la tierra”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
“I wanted to examine the surroundings because I had no idea where I was.”
Washington Square Press, Journey To Ixtlan

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