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Anything is One of a Million Paths

June 22, 2013

I found this on a Facebook post by a friend of mine, and I thought it was so powerful and accurate to where I am in my life right now that it would be worth reposting here on the blog...I'm sure that many people will be able to relate...enjoy.

“Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary."

“This question is one that only a very old man asks. Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long long paths, but I am not anywhere. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.

“Before you embark on any path ask the question: Does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. The trouble is nobody asks the question; and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path. A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it.”

~ Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


2 Responses

Jonathan Creamer
Jonathan Creamer

February 24, 2017

It must be kismet Andre.

Andre Alyeska
Andre Alyeska

February 24, 2017

This is a coincidence, Jonathon. I’m digging around YfM and see this post just now. I’m currently reading The Teachings of Don Juan and read that passage today, in fact. Don Juan, the shaman Carlos Castaneda wrote about was said to from the Toltec lineage. I’m reading in more depth on the Toltec traditions. I find their philosophy very “yogic.”

For those interested, my review of The Gospel of the Toltecs.

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