Thus spoke Carlos Castaneda in the book, ‘The Active Side of infinity’ which is part of the ‘Teachings of Don Juan’ series. And I’m going to give you more excerpts from The Active Side of Infinity. Because I believe that these writings present Shamanic teachings to us in a direct, powerful way – and at a time when we most need them……
Infinity is everything that surrounds us: the spirit, the dark sea of awareness. It is something that exists out there and rules our lives. My steps and yours are ruled by infinity.
The difference between you and me is that I don’t have any time at all, and I act accordingly. You, on the other hand, believe you have all the time in the world, and act accordingly. The end result of our individual behaviors is that I measure everything I do and say, and you don’t. Sorcerers face things in a different way. Since they don’t have any time to spare they give themselves fully to what’s in front of them.
We are bamboozled with anything and everything designed to take our eyes off the ball. But every time we do, a sense of loss accompanies our ‘inaction’. We want heaven – but can only manage half an hour a day to bring it about.
What is at work during inner silence is another faculty that man has, the faculty that makes him a magical being, the very faculty that has been curtailed, not by man himself, but by some extraneous influence. Here, once again, is this key issue for all of us: that we have had our magical powers ‘curtailed’ by an extraneous influence.
So, armed with this knowledge, we must work to free ourselves from this vampiric force by whatever means possible. Here, the method suggested is the achievement of a deep inner silence. The deep meditation state that can put one in touch with essence. The desired result is what the old sorcerers called stopping the world, the moment when everything around us ceases to be what it’s always been.
This is the moment when sorcerers return to the true nature of man. The old sorcerers also called it total freedom. It is the moment when the man slave becomes man the free being, capable of feats of perception that defy our linear imagination. It is very important that you yourself deliberately arrive at this breaking point, or that you create it artificially and intelligently. Your breaking point is to discontinue your life as you know it.
Sorcerers have only one point of reference: infinity. This advice may appear daunting – yet it’s hard to refute.
Whereas Divine is both within and without and can only be accessed via placing the rational mind at the service of the Divine mind. Then all the possibilities start to unfold and we gain real ‘life direction’ in all we do. This is the great change.
The metamorphosis which heralds a new era in the evolution of mankind. Everything you do has to be an act of sorcery. An act free from encroaching expectations, fears of failure, hopes of success. Free from the cult of me; everything you do has to be impromptu, a work of magic where you freely open yourself to the impulses of the infinite.
They took over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. Just as we rear chickens in chicken coups, the predators rear us in human coops. Therefore their food is always available to them. Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of beliefs, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores.
They are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed, and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, followers of routine, and egomaniacs.
The predators gave us their mind, which becomes our mind. The predator’s mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now. What I’m saying is that what we’re up against is not a simple predator. It is very smart, and organized. It follows a methodical path to render us useless. Man, the magical being that he is destined to be, is no longer magical. He’s an average piece of meat.
The ‘flyer’ predator goes under other names in other cultures, such as, jinn, archon, vampire, etc. Many of us have experienced them in some form or other. They can be pretty vicious, but since they fear their own downfall, will flee when directly confronted by manifestations of truth.
The interruption is the sorcerer. In order for you to stay behind, you need all your strength, all your forbearance, and above all, a warrior-traveler’s guts of steel. The interruption is the sorcerer. In order for you to stay behind, you need all your strength, all your forbearance, and above all, a warrior-traveler’s guts of steel.”