Death As Advisor ~ Castaneda

”Death is the only wise advisor that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you’re about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you’re wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, ‘I haven’t touched you yet.”

Castaneda on Death as Advisor in ”A Separate Reality”

“A man who follows the paths of sorcery is confronted with imminent annihilation every turn of the way, and unavoidably he becomes keenly aware of his death.”

“Without the awareness of death he would be only an ordinary man involved in ordinary acts. He would lack the necessary potency, the necessary concentration that transforms one’s ordinary time on earth into magical power.”

“Thus to be a warrior a man has to be, first of all, and rightfully so, keenly aware of his own death. But to be concerned with death would force any one of us to focus on the self and that would be debilitating.”

“So the next thing one needs to be a warrior is detachment. The idea of imminent death, instead of becoming an obsession, becomes an indifference…”
“Only the idea of death makes a man sufficiently detached so he is incapable of abandoning himself to anything.”

“Only the idea of death makes a man sufficiently detached so he can’t deny himself anything. A man of that sort, however, does not crave, for he has acquired a silent, lust for life and for all things of life. He knows his death is stalking him and won’t give him time to cling to anything, so he tries, without craving, all of everything.”

“A detached man, who knows he has no possibility of fencing off his death, has only one thing to back himself with: the power of his decisions. He has to be, so to speak, the master of his choices.”

“He must fully understand that his choice is his responsibility and once he makes it there is no longer time for regrets or recriminations. His decisions are final, simply because his death does not permit him time to cling to anything…”

His death advises him, in mysterious ways, how to choose, how to live strategically. And the warrior waits!”

“I would say that the warrior learns without any hurry because he knows he is waiting for his will; and one day he succeeds in performing something ordinarily quite impossible to accomplish.”

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3 comments on “Death As Advisor ~ Castaneda
  1. yogibattle says:

    I love Castaneda’s writings!

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    • A.D. says:

      I do too 🙂 A long time ago his books were central to my life. As I have grown older, I can appreciate the philosophy in the books still, though i doubt the authenticity of the work. I have read ”Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Amy Wallace which paints quite a different picture of Castaneda himself – though it has to be said almost every teacher i have come across has a dark side, when investigated. The natural beast within the awakening human. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

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      • yogibattle says:

        He was a scheister. However, I have never heard someone put certain concepts together as well as he has. Perhaps because I grew up in that part of the world I can relate to his teachings. CC was definitely a stepping stone for my spiritual development. Many blessings!

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