Someone recently said to me that Don Juan advised Castaneda to put a great deal of importance on listening to the “sounds of the world” thus achieving inner silence through them and then asked what my opinion or experience is on this aspect of the Toltec path.
I think the sounds of the world was discussed in Castaneda’s book A Separate Reality. Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael and whom I have referred to in other posts said: “Once you learn to discern the voice of Mother Culture humming in the background, telling her story over and over again to the people of your culture, you’ll never stop being conscious of it. Wherever you go for the rest of your life, you’ll be tempted to say to the people around you, “how can you listen to this stuff and not recognize it for what it is?”
There are many sounds of the world to which we can listen. When we listen to the sounds/words of people we can, as warriors, become aware of the patternistic behaviors that bind them to the mold of man. Those who live their lives as “ordinary men” listen to the age-old stories being told over and over again and they carve out their own place in which to live within that story while upholding and maintaining that story.
Warriors listen to the story and recognize it for what it is, a story; often lacking in creativity, originality, insight, perception, and energetic power.
Listening to the sounds of the world allow us to hear the patterns and once we recognize them we are able to see straight into the root of the story, where it came from, what may have necessitated that particular story and then, the reason why the story has perpetuated and remained, even when it was/is no longer needed. The warrior recognizes the stories as patterns that fuel out-moded ideas, social systems and structures, religions, politics, compliance and complacency. The warrior recapitulates the patterns and thus, becomes free of that particular piece of the mold of man.
I like to listen to the sounds of the earth. The earth, itself, pulsates and has a natural rhythm to which we are more aligned that most people know. If you look into the Schumann Resonance you will find that the Earth and our own brainwaves vibrate on the same frequency of approximately 7.83 Hz.
Beyond the sounds of the Earth are the sounds of water, birds, wind, animals, leaves, and the many magical sounds that are produced by the world, often stopping the world and coming to us as omens. All we have to do is pay attention.
The sounds of the earth have the tendency to usher us into a state of wakeful meditation and allows us to shift the position of our assemblage point. We are able to enter into states of heightened awareness and inner-stillness and align with intent. This allows us to perceive the world as pure energy and not in the limited way that we’ve been told it exists.