Salvia Divinorum Scotland ~ Castaneda ~ The Lessons of don Juan
JOURNEY TO IXTLAN
part one Stopping the World
6. BECOMING A HUNTER
Friday 26th June 1961
Carlos feels that he cannot make the changes of personality that don Juan recommends,
but that he still really wants to learn about plants. Don Juan says that his
intentions are not enough, and that to know about peyote - he called it
Mescalito for the first time - was a serious affair.
In the early evening don Juan sets up the test to find a beneficial spot on his
front porch. The problem exhausts Carlos but he eventually falls asleep after
noticing a changes of colour on the floor. Don Juan announces that not only has Carlos
found the beneficial spot but also it's opposite, a negative spot.
Saturday, 24 June 1961
Don Juan: Sometimes it's necessary to find a beneficial spot quickly out in the
open. Crows are not always available to give warning, you must learn by yourself
to find a proper place to camp or rest.
Don Juan teaches the technique which he says takes years to perfect and which
consists of gradually forcing the eyes to see separately the same image. This
double perception allows the opportunity to judge changes in the surroundings
which the eyes were not ordinarily capable of perceiving
Looking again for a proper place Carlos picks a spot which he thinks may have
glittered in the corner of his eye. This turns out to be not a beneficial spot. Carlos says he was seeing glitter.
Don Juan: I don't care, you could be seeing an elephant.
How you feel is the important issue.
Don Juan lets him try the spot before he rescues
him from it, charging from a distance and grabbing his arm to lead him away.