We are all Warriors
We are all warriors with struggles and battles. Our problem is that we indulge too much in the outcome. We either win or lose but only in the battle were alive, alert, aware, focused, powerful and concentrated. That is where we grow and achieve marvelous things. When things become unclear, these ancient warrior quotes can enlighten us.
Origins of theToltec Warriors
Between 800 to 900 C.E., a culture based in northern Mexico at Tula began to dominate Central America, known as the Toltecs. They were true people of war and expanded very quickly. They had a great cultural diversity including architecture, social structure and religion. They were also masters of arts in general. In the legend of the Toltecs, their creator and warrior-god Quetzacoatl (the feathered serpent), created humanity. He was one of their many gods and often worshiped through religious ritual. One of those religious rituals was a ball game that was played on a large stone court with a rubber ball as a celebration to the victory of warrior-gods over the gods of death. The loser of that game would be sacrifised to the gods. Around 1200 the Toltec dominance over the religion faded. But these ancient warrior quotes remained with us and are still being used by the shamans of Mexico.
- "To be a warrior-hunter is not just to trap game. A warrior-hunter does not catch game because he sets his traps, or because he knows the routines of his prey, but because he himself has no routines. This is his advantage. He is not at all like the animals he is after, fixed by heavy routines and predictable quirks; he is free, fluid, unpredictable."
- "Warriors do not win victories by beating their heads against walls, but by overtaking the walls. Warriors jump over walls; they don’t demolish them."
- "When a warrior makes the decision to take action, he should be prepared to die. If he is prepared to die, there shouldn’t be any pitfalls, any unwelcome surprises, any unnecessary acts. Everything should gently fall into place because he is expecting nothing."
Yaqui Indians: Descendants of the Toltecs
As written in the books of Carlos Castaneda, student of the Yaqui shaman warrior Don Juan Matus, the Toltecs were true warriors/sorcerers, masters of stalking and dreaming. A true warrior comes to the totality of himself if he masters his own awareness. And through stalking and dreaming one can achieve such a state. The art of stalking is learning all the quirks of
your disguise, and learning them so well that no one will know you are
disguised. For that you need to be ruthless, cunning, patient and sweet. Warriors have an ulterior purpose for their acts, which has nothing to
do with personal gain. Through dreaming the corrected their energetic condition to be able to perceive the world in its purest form. Carlos Castaneda wrote extensively about this in his book "the Art of Dreaming". Don Juan explained to Castaneda that dreaming was the "gateway to infinity".
The "Art of Dreaming" go here: Dreaming: The Door to your Other Self
- "The art of dreaming is the capacity to utilize one's dreams and transform them into controlled awareness by virtue of a specialized form of attention called the dreaming attention."
- "The art of stalking is a set of procedures and attitudes that enables a warrior to get the best out of any conceivable situation."
- "The spirit of the warrior is not geared to indulging and complaining, nor is it geared to winning or losing. The spirit of a warrior is geared only to struggle, and every struggle is a warrior’s last battle on earth. Thus the outcome matters very little to him. In his last battle on earth a warrior lets his spirit flow free and clear. And as he wages his battle, knowing that his “intent” is impeccable, a warrior laughs and laughs."
- "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."
- "The world is all that is encased here: life, death, people, and everything else that surrounds us. The world is incomprehensible. We won’t ever understand it; we won’t ever unravel its secrets. Thus we must treat the world as it is: a sheer mystery."
- "As long as 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 else."
- "Whenever a warrior decides to do something he must go all the way, 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. In a world where death is the hunter, there is no time for regrets or doubts."
- "There is only time for decisions. It doesn’t matter what the decisions are. Nothing could be more or less serious than anything else. In a world where death is the hunter, there are no small or big decisions. There are only decisions that a warrior makes in the face of his inevitable death."
- " It doesn’t matter how one was brought up. What determines the way one does anything is personal power. A man is only the sum of his personal power, and that sum determines how he lives and how he dies."
The Principles of Stalking the Self
Warriors must be fluid and flexible, without any kind of habits or routines. Warriors have nothing to lose and nothing to defend. To either lose or defend something simply means that one still has personal possessions that could be blockaded.
- The first principle of the art of stalking is that warriors choose their battleground. A warrior never goes into battle without knowing what the surroundings are.
- The second principle is that a warrior has to discard everything that is unnecessary.
- The third principle is that a warrior must not complicate things and should aim at being simple at all times. All his energy and concentration has to go in that one decision whether or not going into battle, for any battle is a battle for his life.
- The fourth principle is that a warrior must willing and committed to make his last stance right here and now. But not in a careless way. Warriors must be relaxed and fear nothing. Only then will the powers that guide and aid human beings on his side.
- The fifth principle of stalking is when warriors, faced with odds that cannot be dealt with, retreat for a moment and occupy themselves with something else. Anything will do.
- The sixth principle of the art of stalking is about compressing time. Even an instant counts. In a battle for your life, a second is an eternity, an eternity that may decide the outcome. Warriors aim at succeeding, therefore they compress time. Warriors don’t waste an instant.
- In order to apply the seventh principle of the art of stalking, one has to apply the other six: a stalker never pushes himself to the front. He is always looking on from behind the scenes.
Applying these principles brings about three results. The first is that stalkers learn never to take themselves seriously; they learn to laugh at themselves. If they are not afraid of being a fool, they can fool anyone. The second is that stalkers learn to have endless patience. Stalkers are never in a hurry; they never fret. And the third is that stalkers learn to have an endless capacity to improvise.
- "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 onlooker and calls that self-confidence."
- "There are lots of things a warrior can do at a certain time which he couldn’t do years before. Those things themselves did not change; what changed was his idea of himself."
- "If a warrior is to succeed in anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession."
- "The "internal dialogue" is what grounds people in the daily world. The world is such and such or so and so, only because we talk to ourselves about its being such and such or so and so. The passageway into the world of shamans opens up after the warrior has learned to shut off his internal dialogue."
- "The flaw with words is that they always make us feel enlightened, but when we turn around to face the world they always fail us and we end up facing the world as we always have, without enlightenment. For this reason, a warrior seeks to act rather than to talk, and to this effect, he gets a new description of the world—a new description where talking is not that important, and where new acts have new reflections."
- "Whenever the internal dialogue stops, the world collapses, and extraordinary facets of ourselves surface, as though they had been kept heavily guarded by our words."
- "Human beings are not objects; they have no solidity. They are round, luminous beings; they are boundless. The world of objects and solidity is only a description that was created to help them, to make their passage on earth convenient. Their reason makes them forget that the description is only a description, and before they realize it, human beings have entrapped the totality of themselves in a vicious circle from which they rarely emerge in their lifetimes."
- "The concealed advantage of luminous beings is that they have something which is never used: "intent." The maneuver of shamans is the same as the maneuver of the average man. Both have a description of the world. The average man upholds it with his reason; the shaman upholds it with his “intent.” Both descriptions have their rules; but the advantage of the shaman is that “intent” is more engulfing than reason."
- "The average man is aware of everything only when he thinks he should be; the condition of a warrior, however, is to be aware of everything at all times."
- " When a warrior makes the decision to take action, he should be prepared to die. If he is prepared to die, there shouldn’t be any pitfalls, any unwelcome surprises, any unnecessary acts. Everything should gently fall into place because he is expecting nothing."
- "When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous. We are timid only when there is something we can still cling to."
- "Any habit needs all its parts in order to function. If some parts are missing, the habit is disassembled."
- "Human beings love to be told what to do, but they love even more to fight and not do what they are told, and thus they get entangled in hating the one who told them in the first place."
- "People’s actions no longer affect a warrior when he has no more expectations of any kind. A strange peace becomes the ruling force in his life. He has adopted one of the concepts of a warrior’s life—detachment."
- "Warriors face the oncoming time. Normally we face time as it recedes from us. Only warriors can change that and face time as it advances on them."
- "Self-importance is man’s greatest enemy. What weakens him is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of his fellow men. Self-importance requires that one spend most of one’s life offended by something or someone."
- "We perceive. This is a hard fact. But what we perceive is not a fact of the same kind, because we learn what to perceive."
- "The greatest flaw of human beings is to remain glued to the inventory of reason. Reason doesn’t deal with man as energy. Reason deals with instruments that create energy, but it has never seriously occurred to reason that we are better than instruments: we are organisms that create energy. We are bubbles of energy."
- "The mystery of awareness is darkness. Human beings reek of that mystery, of things which are inexplicable. To regard ourselves in any other terms is madness. So a warrior doesn’t demean the mystery of man by trying to rationalize it."
- "Dwelling upon the self too much produces a terrible fatigue. A man in that position is deaf and blind to everything else. The fatigue makes him cease to see the marvels all around him."
The Eagle's Gift
For the shaman warriors the eagle represents their maker and owner, the dark sea of awareness, the indescribable force, the power that governs the destinies of all living things. There is no way, therefore, for man to
pray to the Eagle, to ask favors, to hope for grace. The human part of
the Eagle is too insignificant to move the whole. Before we're born the eagle granted us life, awareness and the power to seek total freedom. The moment before we die the eagle floats above us to take all back of what was his in the first place, our awareness. This happens to every one of us. A warrior however has only one thing in his mind and that is to seek freedom. To die and be eaten by the eagle is no challenge. On the other hand to seek freedom and find it is the ultimate challenge. Those who will use this ability, this gift and find total freedom or total awareness will be left untouched by the eagle.
- "Fear of knowledge is natural; all of us experience it, and there is nothing we can do about it. But no matter how frightening learning is, it is more terrible to think of a man without knowledge."
- "Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore, a warrior must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if he feels that he should not follow it, he must not stay with it under any conditions. His decision to keep on that path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. He must look at every path closely and deliberately. There is a question that a warrior has to ask, mandatorily: Does this path have a heart?"
- "A man has four natural enemies: fear, clarity, power, and old age. Fear, clarity and power can be overcome, but not old age. Its effect can be postponed, but it can never be overcome."
- "A warrior knows that he is only a man. His only regret is that his life is so short that he can’t grab onto all the things that he would like to. But for him, this is not an issue; it’s only a pity."
- "A warrior thinks of his death when things become unclear. The idea of death is the only thing that tempers our spirit."
- "Denying oneself is an indulgence. The indulgence of denying is by far the worst; it forces us to believe that we are doing great things, when in effect we are only fixed within ourselves."
- "The things that people do cannot under any conditions be more important than the world. And thus a warrior treats the world as an endless mystery and what people do as an endless folly."
- "Death is our eternal companion. It is always to our left, an arm’s length behind us. Death is the only wise adviser that a warrior has. Whenever he feels that everything is going wrong and he’s about to be annihilated, he can turn to his death and ask if that is so. His death will tell him that he is wrong, that nothing really matters outside its touch. His death will tell him, “I haven’t touched you yet."
- "For a warrior, to be inaccessible means that he touches the world around him sparingly. And above all, he deliberately avoids exhausting himself and others. He doesn’t use and squeeze people until they have shriveled to nothing, especially the people he loves."
- "Power always makes a cubic centimeter of chance available to a warrior. The warrior’s art is to be perennially fluid in order to pluck it."
- "The trump card of the warrior is that he believes without believing. But obviously a warrior can’t just say he believes and let it go at that. That would be too easy. To just believe without any exertion would exonerate him from examining his situation. A warrior, whenever he has to involve himself with believing, does it as a choice. A warrior doesn’t believe, a warrior has to believe."
- "To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other."
The Wisdom of a Warrior by C. Castaneda
Don Juan repeatedly used these warrior quotes in an attempt to break Castaneda's interpretation system. Castaneda compiled these warrior quotes later in "The Wheel of Time". The warrior quotes on this page are just to give you an idea. The book has much more warrior quotes in it.
All the Warrior Quotes and many more are compiled in "The Wheel of Time".
Magical Passes: DVD's
The shaman warriors discovered through the "art of dreaming" that certain body movements and body positions performed in the dreaming state contributed to the overall integrity of the body as a physical and an energetic unit. They actually discovered those movements in a dreaming state and thought that by practicing them in a waking state they could benefit from them too. And they did! That's why they call the Magical Passes. Tensegrity is a modern name and refers to the interplay of tensing and relaxing the tendons and muscles, and their energetic counterparts. Tensegrity is an art: the art of adapting to one's own energy, and to each others energy in a way that contributes to the integrity of the community that we are.
Although there is also a book "Magical Passes" an easy-to-understand description of the passes and quality images, the video's let you learn the passes in a more natural way.