JOURNEY TO IXTLAN

Introduction

Basic Premise: The world of everyday life is not real, or out there, as we believe it is. Reality, or the world we all know, is only a description.

We describe the world to children. They have no point of reference to compare it to. The perceptual interpretations by conforming to the description, validate and reinforce the description. While the description is not open to question and is taken for granted the basic premise that our reality is one of many descriptions cannot be taken as a serious proposition.

Don Juan was not concerned if Castaneda would take this proposition seriously or not.

His contention was that he was teaching Castaneda to see as opposed to merely looking and that stopping the world was the first step to seeing.

Precondition for stopping the world:

One had to be convinced. In other words, one had to learn the new description in a total sense for the purpose of pitting it against the old one, and in that way break the dogmatic certainty that the validity of our perceptions, or our reality of the world, is not to be questioned.

 

- A Disruptive child:

Carlos tells Don Juan of a friend's problem with his disruptive child, having tantrums, doing terrible things. Don Juan agrees his friend has a problem but says... "There is no need for you or me to regard his actions in our thoughts one way or the other."

The worst thing one could do is force one to agree with you. A warrior would proceed strategically. This requires personal power. If one wants to stop our fellow men one must be outside the circle that presses them. That way one can direct the pressure. For example with the child get someone else to spank the him and teach him a lesson. The fright will not injure. What injures is having the someone always on your back telling you what and what not to do.