A poorly conducted preparation for accessing sorcerer’s knowledge, one which encourages self-importance instead of increasing wonder and a desire to learn, becomes a near total obstacle for the apprentice. One who comes to the nagual saturated with beliefs on almost everything won’t get the chance to continue. Intent determines an ordinary man’s access to sorcerer’s knowledge. ~ CC
Intent. Nothing more, nothing less.
The sorcerer’s way is not a dogmatic religion that some would have you believe it is. It is not founded on protocol or structure. As Carlos points out, “Sorcerers make a clear distinction between the concepts of ‘spiritual guide’ and ‘nagual teacher’. The first is an individual who specializes in directing flocks, and the other is an impeccable warrior who knows that his role is limited to serving as a connection with the spirit. The first one will tell you what you want to hear and he will give you the miracles that you want to see, because you interest him as an acolyte; while the second will be guided by commands of an impersonal power.”
The aspect of impeccability which particularly concerns our daily lives is knowing how exercising our freedom affects others, and avoiding the resulting friction at any cost. Occasionally, our relationships with others will generate friction and expectations. A fighting sorcerer pays close attention to his contacts, and becomes a hunter of signs. If there are no signs, he doesn’t interact with people; he is content to wait because, although he doesn’t have time, he has all the patience in the world. He knows that too much is at stake, and won’t risk ruining everything by one false move. ~ Carlos Castaneda,Encounters with the Nagual
Impeccability is defined as being perfect or having no flaws; incapable of wrong doing. In the warrior sense from Castaneda impeccability is to save or conserve energy. Recapitulation is a means of reclaiming energy and increasing personal power. Personal power allows one to be deliberate and precise with their words and actions. If these acts are repeated long enough, one acquires a sense of unbending intent, which can be applied to anything else and as a result they become impeccable warriors.
There is no flaw it the warrior’s way. Follow it and your acts cannot be criticized by anyone. Question without fear, without suspicion and without draining yourself. ~ Don Juan,Tales of Power
Yesterday’s post got me thinking more deeply about acceptable social norms. A previous post about controlled folly just barely touched on the tip of this iceberg. Back then I stated that my authentic warrior self does not care to participate in acts of controlled folly anymore to merely satiate someone’s need to be fulfilled…
The following definition came from a website called changingminds.org who claims to be the largest site in the world on all aspects of how we change what others think, believe, feel and do.