You forget too easily, don Juan said. The path of knowledge is a forced one. In order to learn we must be spurred. In the path of knowledge we are always fighting something, avoiding something, prepared for something; and that something is always inexplicable, greater, more powerful than us. ~ A Separate Reality
There is no better way to hone awareness than a walk in the desert under the light of the full moon. I did this for years while living in the Sonoran desert but, I’ve also done it in the mountains, the forest, the ocean and just about any area outdoors as far away from light pollution and noise as I could get. Walking outdoors at any time of day, with intent, was my honing ground, my ultimate teacher, and the allies that reside in those places definitely did spur me on. And depending on where you are will determine which allies appear.
If you continue on the path of knowledge, you will soon discover that explanations are placebos, since they never fulfill what they promise. For each thing they clarify, they generate a trail of contradictions. In fact, we never understand anything; true teaching is physical and we only get it after years of fighting. That is the nature of the lessons of the nagual. ~ Carlos Castaneda, Encounters with the Nagual
Every path is an illusion, a story, a pattern. I am re-reading, Journey Without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha by Chogyam Trungpa. I have always enjoyed Trungpa’s work and find many similarities at an energetic level to what Castaneda has written. Tantra is pure energy, and Tantric practitioners experience the direct connection to the energetic life force that Castaneda refers to as Intent. It has always interested me that Castaneda’s work is most closely aligned with Tantra than any other thing.