Moth & Path of Knowledge

My current run-in with Moth reminded me of the earlier works of Castaneda.

The picture I took from an old mining house, the perspective of how large it looked on the window, and the landscape behind it really brought on the memories of the Moth Carlos had battled with early on. Just like in the Bible of many of the characters battling and fighting angels, I often think that may what we see in the mind’s filters, projections that keep our mind’s beliefs in check. One person has an altered reality and battles a giant moth, another an angel, another an alien. what if the outside force we are all battling is the same but our minds change the picture of what we are seeing for its own benefit, control system?

From the Wheel of Time with attached PDF book

This series of specially selected quotations were gathered from the first eight books that I wrote about the world of the shamans of ancient Mexico. The quotations were taken directly from the explanations given to me as an anthropologist by my teacher and mentor don Juan Matus, a Yaqui
Indian shaman from Mexico. He belonged to a lineage of shamans that traced its origins all the way back to the shamans who lived in Mexico in ancient times. In the most effective manner he could afford, don Juan Matus ushered me into his World, which was, naturally, the world of those shamans of antiquity. Don Juan was, therefore, in a key position. He knew about the existence of another realm of reality, a realm which was neither illusory nor the
product of outbursts of fantasy. For don Juan and the rest of his shaman-companions – there were fifteen of them – the world of the shamans of antiquity was as real and as pragmatic as anything could be.
This work started as a very simple attempt to collect a series of vignettes, sayings, and ideas from the lore of those shamans that would be interesting to read and think about. But once the work was in progress, an unforeseeable twist of direction took place: I realized that the quotations by
themselves were imbued with an extraordinary impetus. They revealed a covert train of thought that had never been evident to me before. They were pointing out the direction that don Juan’s explanations had taken over the thirteen years in which he guided me as an apprentice.
Better than any type of conceptualization, the quotations revealed an unsuspected and unwavering line of action that don Juan had followed in order to promote and facilitate my entrance into his world. It became something beyond speculation to me that if don Juan had followed that line, this
must have also been the way in which his own teacher had propelled him into the world of shamans.
Don Juan Matus’s line of action was his intentional attempt to pull me into what he said was another cognitive system. By cognitive system, he meant the standard definition of cognition: “the processes responsible for the awareness of everyday life, processes which include memory, experience, perception, and the expert use of any given syntax.” Don Juan’s claim was that the
shamans of ancient Mexico had indeed a different cognitive system than the average man’s.

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