When I was 19, I read a series of books by Carlos Casteneda. In a nutshell, he was a Cali student who went to Mexico interested in Peyote and reluctantly ended up under the tutelage of a Yaqui medicine man for many years. These books were so interesting and really push your brain to the limits of suspending logic. Crazy hippie. Or was he?
I wrote down several quotes from those books that really meant something to me.
This is one:
Everything we do, everything we are, rests on our personal power. If we have enough of it, one word uttered might be sufficient to change our lives.
My dear. Dwell on that. It is a piece of wisdom that once it sinks in, once you arrive at this understanding yourself, will blow your mind. Because you will find that the answer to every question you have is right under your nose. It is always there. But it takes so long to get to it. We often come to the simple answer kicking and screaming. And then once you finally get it you’re like, oh.
We are taught to think that the answer is found in something above us somehow, like a religion or a science. We convolute truth with complexities to the point where we don’t know our heads from our arses sometimes. We get so confused. But it is because we are told so many lies from cradle to grave. This is not necessarily done with malice. Ignorance is not intentionally malicious. It is all part of an evolutionary process. If you pay attention as you go through life, you will start to notice that the answer to all of your questions already exist. It just takes you some time to get to it. As such, one word uttered, once you finally open your doors of perception to it, can change your life. And you realize you have heard it before. There are laws of truth in the universe. You just have to see them. People before you have walked the same path.
Gosh, something so simple and I’m adding too many words. Just ponder that quote. It is big. If you harness your powers, you are limitless. I’m not saying its easy. Ever. But thats the point. You have to earn your way back to simplicity by going through all of your complexities and working it out. You could find that something someone who served you coffee this morning said was the answer you were looking for. Or something you saw a cat do. Or one word written on a wall. Or someone saying something as simple as… yes.