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At this point I asked don Juan the unavoidable question.
“Did I really become a crow? I mean would anyone seeing me have thought I was an ordinary crow?”
“No. You can’t think that way when dealing with the power of the allies. Such questions make no sense, and yet to become a crow is the simplest of all matters. It is almost like frolicking; it has little usefulness. As I have already told you, the smoke is not for those who seek power. It is only for those who crave to see. I learned to become a crow because these birds are the most effective of all. No other birds bother them, except perhaps larger, hungry eagles, but crows fly in groups and can defend themselves. Men don’t bother crows either, and that is an important point. Any man can distinguish a large eagle, especially an unusual eagle, or any other large, unusual bird, but who cares about a crow? A crow is safe. It is ideal in size and nature. It can go safely into any place without attracting attention. On the other hand, it is possible to become a lion or a bear, but that is rather dangerous. Such a creature is too large; it takes too much energy to become one. One can also become a cricket, or a lizard, or even an ant, but that is even more dangerous, because large animals prey on small creatures.”
I argued that what he was saying meant that one really changed into a crow, or a cricket, or anything else. But he insisted I was misunderstanding.
“It takes a very long time to learn to be a proper crow,” he said. “But you did not change, nor did you stop being a man. There is something else.”
“Can you tell me what the something else is, don Juan?”
“Perhaps by now you know it yourself. Maybe if you were not so afraid of becoming mad, or of losing your body, you would understand this marvelous secret. But perhaps you must wait until you lose your fear to understand what I mean.”
(‘The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge’ by Carlos Castaneda, University of California Press 1979, p. 129.)
טקסט זה מדבר על השאלות שמופיעות אצל כל מיסטיקן מודרני: האם מה שאני חווה הוא אובייקטיבי או רק נדמה לי? איך להתגבר על הפחד המלווה את החוויה המיסטית? מה צריכה להיות המטרה של אותה החוויה?
קרלוס קסטנדה, אחד המיסטיקנים המעשיים ביותר של ימינו מנסה לתת הסברים בתשובות של המורה המיסטי האינדיאני דון חואן.