Don Juan had defined the concept of warrior-travelers, saying that it referred to sorcerers who, by being warriors, traveled in the dark sea of awareness. He had added that human beings were travelers of the dark sea of awareness, and that this Earth was but a station on their journey; for extraneous reasons, which he didn’t care to divulge at the time, the travelers had interrupted their voyage. He said that human beings were caught in a sort of eddy, a current that went in circles, giving them the impression of moving while they were, in essence, stationary. He maintained that sorcerers were the only opponents of whatever force kept human beings prisoners, and that by means of their discipline sorcerers broke loose from its grip and continued their journey of awareness. ~ Carlos Castaneda, The Active Side of Infinity
I believe that I read a similar interpretation of this in a book I read by Ken Carey, maybe in The Third Millennium: Living in the Posthistoric World. Carey, who had an apparent connection to the works of Castaneda which is evident in his writing, said something about how the Earth was a travel destination for universal beings, a place where they stopped to refuel, refresh and explore and that one day, a predatory race came to earth, never left and took over. If this is true then it may well explain the alien petroglyphs that have been found carved in stone around the world. Perhaps this was their “I was here” mark, much like people carve their initials in trees. Or maybe, they were depictions carved based on what those who inhabited earth at that time saw. Or both.
We don’t know for sure but it seems viable. Especially since most human beings consistently repeat patterns as though they are, indeed, caught in a sort of eddy, doing the same things over and over again, the same things everyone else does and has done for thousands of years. Busy-bodies…moving and going and doing and performing and acting while getting nowhere. Stationary.
For those of you who don’t remember or didn’t see the post I wrote last year on Constant Movement, it’s about how to keep moving in order to keep the position of the assemblage point from becoming fixated on the patterns. If we become complacent and sedentary in our lives we compromise our ability to remain fluid, to be warrior-travelers. We instead wind up being prisoners to systemic societal drudgery that attempts to mimic the universal free-flow of energy that allows us to feel as though we are fluid and moving though we are really simply repeating the patterns over and over again. They make it appear that we have no choice and there are very few people who take the opportunity and make the choice to go beyond and completely unplug.
It’s quite a conundrum for those warriors who can see the totality of the mold of man so clearly. How to be in the world but not of it? What to do when we come to realize that we are no longer interested in the carrot that has been dangled in front of us since we were born? How do we disengage when the current buzzword for this generation is “engage”? Have you noticed? Paradoxical! In a society where young people are disengaging from the stories and patterns and myths at an alarming rate, they are being encouraged to engage. To re-engage? And yet, their disengagement, for the most part, occurred because they sense that something is wrong with society, with humanity, and yet, they don’t quite know where to go next, what to connect to besides their technological gadgets. So most of them are walking around like zombies, empty shells, the universal life force already sucked out of most of them and they walk, absorbed by their life-line of text messaging while noisily scuffing their feet for fear that they’ll bump into something or fall off a curb if they actually pick up their feet to walk.
I guess the question eventually comes down to how to continue the journey of awareness, how to break free, once and for all, from the entire man-made matrix. How to unplug completely and with finality? The only thing I can think of right now is “beam me up Scotty”, let me continue with the amazing voyage through the dark sea of awareness. Perhaps, we already are.