The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.— Carlos Castaneda
The most fantastic Carlos Castaneda quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
The self-confidence of the warrior is not the self-confidence of the average man. The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness. The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity.
Self-importance requires spending most of one's life offended by something or someone.
Discipline, as understood by a warrior, is creative, open, and produces freedom.
It is the ability to face the unknown, transforming the feeling of knowing into reverent astonishment; of considering things that exceed the scope of our habits, and daring to face the only war that is worthwhile: The battle for awareness.
The art of being a warrior is to balance the wonder and the terror of being alive.
The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.
A warrior lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting.
Things don't change, only the way you look at them.
We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length--and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.
To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one.
It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other.
A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting.
The greatest flaw of human beings is to remain glued to the inventory of reason.
Reason doesn't deal with man as energy. Reason deals with instruments that create energy, but it has never seriously occurred to reason that we are better than instruments: we are organisms that create energy. We are bubbles of energy.
We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye.
In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shamens call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.
As long as a man feels that he is the most important thing in the world he cannot really appreciate the world around him.
We don't need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.
In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.
You are like you are, because you tell yourself that you are that way.
Once a man worries, he clings to anything out of desperation;
and once he clings he is bound to get exhausted or to exhaust whomever or whatever he is clinging to. A warrior-hunter, on the other hand, knows he will lure game into his traps over and over again, so he doesn't worry.
The path to knowledge is a forced one.
In order to learn, we must be pushed. On the path of knowledge we are always fighting something, avoiding something, preparing for something; and that something is always inexplicable, greater and more powerful than us.
The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.
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.
The dying sun will glow on you without burning, as it has done today.
The wind will be soft and mellow and your hilltop will tremble. As you reach the end of your dance you will look at the sun, for you will never see it again in waking or in dreaming, and then your death will point to the south. To the vastness.
Warriors do not win victories by beating their heads against walls, but by overtaking the walls. Warriors jump over walls; they don't demolish them.
Intent is not a thought, or an object, or a wish.
Intent is what can make a man succeed when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated. It operates in spite of the warrior's indulgence. Intent is what makes him invulnerable. Intent is what sends a shaman through a wall, through space, to infinity.
It takes all the time and all the energy we have to conquer the idiocy in us
Self importance is man's greatest enemy.
The internal dialogue is what grounds people in the daily world.
The world is such and such or so and so, only because we talk to ourselves about its being such and such and so and so. The passageway into the world of shamans opens up after the warrior has learned to shut off his internal dialogue
If a warrior is to succeed at anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.
Seek and see all the marvels around you.
You will get tired of looking at yourself alone, and that fatigue will make you deaf and blind to everything else. - Don Juan
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.
Fright never injures anyone. What injures the spirit is having someone always on your back, beating you, telling you what to do and what not to do
Do you know at this very moment you are surrounded by eternity? And do you know that you can use that eternity if you so desire?
Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain. To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.
The ego is like a tired old dog. We can never kill it, so put it out on the back porch, let it rest there, and step around it.
The hardest thing in the world is to assume the mood of a warrior.
It is of no use to be sad and complain and feel justified in doing so,believing that someone is always doing something to us. Nobody is doing anything to anybody, much less to a warrior.
It doesn't matter what one reveals or what one keeps to oneself.
Everything we do, everything we are, rests on our personal power. If we don't have enough personal power the most magnificent piece of wisdom can be revealed to us and it won't make a damn bit of difference.
Forget the self and you will fear nothing, in whatever level or awareness you find yourself to be.
Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge.
A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.
Modern man has left the realm of the unknown and the mysterious, and has settled down in the realm of the functional. He is turned is back to the world of the foreboding and the exulting and has welcomed the world of boredom.
To seek freedom is the only driving force I know.
Freedom to fly off into that infinity out there. Freedom to dissolve; to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which, in spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than what it is: a mere candle.
Your problems is that you think you have time.
A warrior knows that he is only a man.
His only regret is that his life is so short that he can't grab onto all the things he would like to. But for him, this is not an issue; it's only a pity.
A warrior considers himself already dead, so there is nothing to lose.
The worst has already happened to him, therefore he's clear and calm; judging him by his acts or by his words, one would never suspect that he has witnessed everything.
To achieve the mood of a warrior is not a simple matter.
It is a revolution. To regard the lion and the water rats and our fellow men as equals is a magnificent act of a warrior's spirit. It takes power to do that.
No person is important enough to make me angry.
A warrior must cultivate the feeling that he has everything needed for the extravagant journey that is his life. What counts for a warrior is being alive. Life in itself is sufficient, self-explanatory and complete. Therefore, one may say without being presumptuous that the experience of experiences is being alive.
Think about it: what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.
For a warrior, to be inaccessible means that he touches the world around him sparingly. And above all, he deliberately avoids exhausting himselfand others. He doesn't use and squeeze people until they have shriveled to nothing, especially the people he loves.
When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.
We are timid only when there is something we can still cling to.
There is a flaw with words, they always force us to feel enlightened, but when we turn around to face the world they always fail us and we end up facing the world as we always have, without enlightenment