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. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness. The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity. – Don Juan, Tales of Power
Everyone has the ability to make a choice. Let’s say that we can choose something productive, artistic, positive, or innovative. This sounds like a great way to utilize our precious life-force energy. To create something is an act of power. It is the harmony of thought and action, an opportunity for bringing the tonal and the nagual into balance. Everything creative comes from the tonal. It allows the position of the assemblage to be fluid and open to perceive things in new ways. The energy flows.
Now let’s look at the possibility of choosing something with a negative, harmful, repetitious or derivative outcome. This choice is not harmonious or creative and has the propensity to put the person into states of self-pity from which self-importance arises. This plummets one into deeper states of remorse or self-doubt. Such a choice is rooted in the tonal, in the everyday grind, and lacks creativity. In fact the tonal cannot create – it can only witness, judge, and mold things to justify the position of a fixated assemblage point.
We wind up using the same amount of energy in choosing creativity or repetition. When we choose creativity, the positive and harmonious, we actually wind up increasing our energy. We have become creators and co-creators with intent in alignment with Source energy. We are light, intuitive, open, and free. With an increase in energy we see that the sky is the limit. Actually, we recognize that there are no limits to our creativity.
When we choose repetition, however, we descend into density and are weighted with doubt and remorse and as a result our energy decreases and we become anxious, fixated upon despair. We feel as though the world is crushing us, extinguishing us. We blame others for our condition, we blame the world. As our energy becomes depleted we are unable to aspire to anything and we either delve deeper into our despair until we break or we pull ourselves up, knowing that we have choice, and in that knowing we choose something greater.
A creator comes to know that the only choice for them is to choose the way of the warrior leaving the world of the average person behind. To live the way of the warrior is to live aligned with creativity and power, the power of self-expression and the manifestation of the nagual, of Spirit in their lives.
To live as an average person is to succumb to a world that predetermines how you will live in alignment with the patterns that already exist. Existing as a simple meme while striving to fuel its self-importance by dispersing the seeds of repetition to the masses as a means of having knowledge or power. To be in the flow of power does not mean to have power over others.
The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. – Don Juan, Journey to Ixtlan