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Shamans and shamanic techniques are found in all cultures around the world. Ethnologists have managed to define five characteristics of shamanism:
One who enters and leaves altered states of consciousness at will. One who can travel through inner world in his altered state of consciousness. Journeys that are undertaken to obtain power and knowledge, and to help other people. The reality experienced by the shaman is different and hidden to others. In these different states of consciousness, the shaman interacts with power animals, teachers, spirits, demons, and spirits of the dead. This list enables us to distinguish between shamans and others who practice spiritual techniques such as astral travel. For example: Priests do not travel in altered states of consciousness. Mediums contact spirits, but usually in the form of possession, and they generally do not journey. Mentally ill patients can interact with spirits, but usually as victims. Meditators enter altered states of consciousness but they do not journey. Those who do similar things to shamans are witches, sorcerers, magicians, etc. Historically, shamanism is essentially a rural activity, while magicians are usually urban based.
One activity of the shaman is to act as Psychopomp or guide persons recently dead in their journey to the spirit world. If there are problems or obstacles to this the shaman has techniques to fulfil his or her task. The shaman is often a healer for the community by removing spirit intrusions in the individual, or return things stolen. The shaman has spirit guides who are often in the form of animals, and these work for him - possibly this is the origin of the idea of witches familiars.
Shamans work through visions in a dynamic manner - they can change and manipulate consciousness. Shamans are not only able to forsee the future, but also to change the outcome. As an example, shamans can find out where food or game is located for the community, or averting threats to the community. This is a vital difference between shamanism and clairvoyancy.
There are many techniques for entering altered states of consciousness - drugs, hallucinogens, dancing or monotonous music. Traditionally, potential shamans exhibit behavioural patterns that mark them out for training by the local shaman. Experienced Shamans are able to enter and leave these states without any external aid.
Levels within the Shamanic world
Vital to the shamanic world is a structure within which the shaman can work and move. There are many variations, but central to all systems are the four directions and associated elements (Fire, Water, Air and Earth), with a vertical axis that is divided into three levels or worlds. At the centre there is either a Cosmic Tree or Mountain that is used to gain access to the worlds. There are many names and descriptions for these worlds, but a basic guide is:
Upper Guides and teacher, 'Gods'. Middle Confused, trapped, or destructive spirits. Dead humans, black magicians. Records of past lives and future trends. Lower Power animals, allies or familiars. Psychologists have analysed drug induced experiences which parallel shamanic knowledge, and are worth mentioning in this context.
Hell fire visions. The four main experiences in chronological order are as follows:
1. 2. 3. 4.
Feelings of cosmic unity and ecstasy. Feelings of enormous and endless pain and suffering, hopelessness and engulfment. Intensified pain and suffering, explosions, destruction by fire, torture, sacrifices, battles, sexual and sadomasochistic orgies, the experience of dying. Feelings of rebirth and release. These experiences are analogous to the passage through the birth canal, and are thus initiatory. We are discussing visionary or internal experiences, and should not be confused with activities found in some cults.
Birth Death and rebirth, the dying gods - Jesus and Osiris, for example. World Tree & Mountain The Holy City Jerusalem, the Tree of Life, Mount of Olives, Mount Meru, Mount Olympus. Four Directions Four Elements, Four Evangelists, Four Children of Horus Teachers Gods and Goddesses
Power Animals and levels
Power animals are archetypes of the species, therefore they are indestructible and eternal. Power animals are wild; tame animals or pets have no real power. Insects are generally symptoms of diseases. There are exceptions such as scorpions, spiders and bees. Power animals who come to the shaman are generally friendly. There is a reciprocal relationship between the shaman and the power animal that is equal but in different dimensions. The shaman brings energy and the experience of human life, while the animal brings power, protection and the ability to perform actions more efficiently. Power animals fall into four main types or elements, and this depends upon the direction they are called from:
Fire Lions, tigers, wolves, panthers Water Fish, whales, otters, seals, dolphins Air Eagles, falcons, hawks Earth Lions, tigers, wolves, panthers Access to inner worlds is usually through a gate, cave, spring, or the roots of a tree. The entrance is found by an inner descent until a terrain is seen, which can be countryside, jungle, desert or water. Nearby an animal should be found. The animal may be in a distressed condition, so it may be necessary to give the animal appropriate food and drink. If the animal is agreeable it will accompany or guide the shaman through the landscape, possibly to lead to other animals who can help. (Courses on Shamanism give the impression that finding just one power animal is an incredible achievement, but my experience is that successful shamans have a whole range of animals who assist them.) In the early stages it is vital that the shaman returns exactly the same route. After a few practice runs, the animal can appear to the shaman during normal states of consciousness if necessary, or if the shaman wills it.
Benefits of power animals include increase in luck, positivity, lack of depression and loneliness, and protection from accidents and illness. Some power animals can stay with a shaman for months or years, while others either change on a regular basis or take the shaman to another power animal. Change is a sign of progress. It is important that personal experiences with power animals are kept private in order to preserve power and strength, or the animal may leave.
Different Cosmic Models in Shamanism
The Qabalistic Tree of Life, with its many version and structures is a very useful model for shamanic work. The purpose of using the Tree of Life is not only to explore cosmic realms, but to create balance and order between polarities such as Male and Female, into wholeness. The technical term is Tikkun or Rectifications, where the highest points of the cosmos are united to the lowest (our physical world). The sephiroth on the Tree of Life can be considered to be archetypes of the elements, and thus can be explored using shapes or symbols:
Earth Yellow square Water Silver crescent (points up) Air Blue circle Fire Red triangle Akasha Purple oval or egg shape There are fourteen combinations of these elements that can be placed on the Tree of Life. Tattwa (element) journeys are possibly by visualising the combination of two element symbols so that the shaman is able to walk through them as if by a gate. This journey can be done with a power animal (ensuring the elements are harmonious with the animal). First signs are of smoke of fog, which will disappear to reveal a scene. Symbols seen during the journey can be related to circumstances within the life of the shaman. Once complete, the journey should be ended by returning back the same way and closing the 'door'.
Other Gateways and the Tarot
In addition to the Tattwas or elements, we ascribe the planets to the sephiroth. Use can also be made of the 22 Tarot Trumps as astrological gateways to other worlds. One can also work through the Court Cards and Minor Cards, but it is probably better to visual the Tarot in sum to maintain coherence and wholeness within the awareness. Otherwise, one would have to make 78 different journeys which few have the time and resources to achieve. Care should be taken not to commence such actions during adverse lunar tides. In addition to these exercises, it is advisable to practice the use of mantras or words of power from a spiritual tradition, but these are beyond the scope of this essay.
Beyond the Tree of Life is the 'Void' or Nothingness that is above all descriptions, beyond opposites, and certainly beyond ethics and values. God apparently is indifferent to the circumstances and human condition. It would appear that the role of the shaman is to fill this gap and create an ethical framework. We are discussing the 'Fall'.
The shamans have played an essential role in the defense of the psychic integrity of the community. They are pre-eminently the antidemonic champions; they combat not only demons and disease, but also black magicians... In a general way, it can be said
that shamanism defends life, health, fertility [and] the world of 'light', against death, diseases, sterility, disaster and the world of 'darkness'... What is fundamental and universal is the shamans struggle against what we could call the 'powers of evil.
Mircea Eliade, 1964 With the development of instant communications, and the WWW, clearly the definition of 'community' extends to the whole world and beyond, and not simply a village or surrounding area. We can also consider that developments of scientific research have extended our boundaries from the furthest limits of the universe down to subatomic particles. Our spiritual knowledge is now unrestricted.
We now look at the structure or heirarchy of the Worlds, although notions of one being 'better' than another have to be abandoned. Balanced access to all worlds using the appropriate cosmic model over-rides favouring one method over another, or one particular level over another. In other words, the vision of 'reality' mirrors one's own level of psychic or spiritual development. In these circumstances it should be obvious that changes or developments in spiritual awareness will undoubtedly indicate changes in the model.
As a general guide, the Upper, Middle and Lower worlds can be characterised thus:
The Void in the Levels
Upper Yang or masculine, active, intellectual, expansive, abstract. Pastel colours, floral smells Middle Encountering evil. Processes of action and its consequences; past lives, the progress of departed humans and spirits, finding lost objects Lower Yin, female, passive, concentrated, concrete, focused on feeling. Deeper, primary colours, earthy smells At each level there is also a directional aspect.
Invoking and Evoking Spirits
Invoking is a vertical procedure, bringing power down from higher levels. Evoking is horizontal, creating an artificial element to obtain knowledge, or produce changes in the world, or meet spirits from other worlds or universes. The danger of mediumship or channelling is like having an open house policy: anyone or anything is invited without discrimination. Spirits in this context are usually of a low quality, who rarely bring new or interesting knowledge.
...unlike the shaman, ...the medium cannot control his spirit, and is at its mercy or at that of any other dead person who wishes to possess him... Mediums and 'possessed' persons ... represent the aberrant shamanic tradition.
Mircea Eliade, 1964 The point or principle of shamanic work is to enhance the evolution not only of the shaman but the community he represents, rather than gain control of, or power over others. Wealth is unlikely to accrue. Unlike meditation techniques, where the emphasis is on quieting the mind and senses, shamans need high arousal, either through drums or monotonous sounds, or walking with the eyes unfocussed.
which will detach the ego from selfish desires. This means that we have to create space within the environment for the action or change to take place. 3. Once achievement results it is also important that the gains are consolidated. Sacrifice is an important aspect of any magical act.if there is none. On many occasions it is advisable to check with a God/dess before embarking on a magical act. For ascensions. see the colours fade to pastels. a natural and dynamic balance of these elements is formed. Ask for their assistance. it is vital to forget everything and return to the normal waking state. once the magical has been performed. starting with red through to indigo. or how it may occur. After seeing clouds and space. having set the directions. A space needs to be created in order to place the spirit away from the patient. or the same processes that brought the manifestation will take it away. with which he can ascend or descend. Use of the will or unity of desire in a visualisation can create changes that will manifest in the material world. Above this there will be many levels. 4. Healing is developed by repeated practice and working with power animals. Exploring the Cosmic Realms Once the four directions have been created and maintained within the awareness of the shaman. The God or Goddess may be seen as gigantic figures. One can consider the God and Goddess as aspects of one's own higher self. Alone. What is necessary is to destroy the polarity that exists. so it is necessary to dissolve both the desire and it's opposite in order to create space. Ask the God or Goddess the results of the intended magical action. This is because it is up to the powers of nature who know far better how to fulfil the magic. share in their experiences. Once met. fly up to the Upper World to find a teacher in human form. Merge or expand with the light. Healing and Shamanism The shaman must be powerful (full of power) during healing practises. which is why only respect is necessary. otherwise there is a danger of being invaded by the spirit that is being removed. with Malkuth at or below the feet. Ascend through the colours of the rainbow. Unconscious desires will always subvert intention. To do this: 1. atop a mountain for example. question the person to see if s/he is your teacher. and then into white light. which is basically a visualisation of the Tree of Life imposed around the body of the shaman. surrounded by a brilliant white light. We might get a million pounds. Removing Spirit Intrusions . The process is always to go to a teacher. with the Middle Pillar centred through the body. The concentration is on the goal. Look for a human . in order to create asymmetry. With the horizontal components set up. not the process. we begin from a high point. or with a power animal. 5. Speculation about the possible results will weaken the process. learn as much as is possible. the vertical aspect can be explored. never inviting them to come to the shaman. Advanced techniques involve visualising a column of Tree of Lifes above and below the shaman. Answers will be either visual or silent verbal messages. In other words. the Crown sephira at or above the head. a membrane has to be passed. 2. and then seek advice. A framework or structure is also created with the awareness of the shaman in which to work. ask for a name. verify it.Chakras and Shamanism There is a Golden Dawn technique named the Middle Pillar technique. Spiritual practises should be performed in secrecy and in solitude. Ascend to the Upper World. although there can be benefits in spiritual association with another shaman of like mind. but we may also have the unwelcome interest of the tax man! We have to use the results of a magical action immediately. keep going up. Also a strong and clear mental map of the spiritual realms has been created.
Previous lives are not necessarily presented in chronological or sequential order. and it is possible that the shaman will see the cause of the loss of energy in the first place. These pieces have to be taken back through the colours of the rainbow. it follows that there could be place where all these lost pieces of energy are stored. and so they can become trapped in the Middle World for a variety of reasons. and they are then blown back into the patient. who may be asked for permission to enter to look for the lost energy. The technique is as follows: There is a golden hall full of millions of locked boxes. such as water. and puts it in a neutralising medium. It is usually fairly easy to move backwards and forwards within a life. The shaman washes. and finally white. When the time is right. or sludge. Once the box has been located (this should be an automatic process) and opened. there may be a white light. starting with indigo through to red. otherwise the intrusion can return. To help the dead. enter into a tunnel with a power animal. This process should purify the pieces. At the place. Psychopomp in Shamanism A vital function of shamanism is to be a guide or helper of the dead. slimy snakes. box or previous form of the patient. the other major cause of trauma is birth. or pulls out the spirit. or ask a guide to take you to where the deceased currently resides. Many people who die are not necessarily aware of where they have to go. The best method is for the shaman to order the power animal to go to the life relevant to the problem at hand. A period of time may be necessary to prepare for the journey. a tunnel associated with the patient can be located in the Middle World. so a journey through a horizontal tunnel or cave is necessary. Since energy cannot be lost. so this may be explored as well. Another method is to think oneself at the place of the deceased. which could originate from a previous life. Dealing with the reason or cause of trauma may also be necessary. or the deceased . remove the intrusions from the patient's tunnel. to move to the moment of death and beyond. or even different sexes. with your power animal/s in attendance. the pieces may actually jump out. return via the way you came. and place back in the patient. Once the work is done. The power animal may help with the process. repulsive insects. Questions can be asked when one arrives at a previous life: what is my age? Where am I? My parent's names? My sex? Etc. It is possible that some people who appear in a previous life may also be in this life. where reconciliation will create freedom for the operator.In spirit vision. but within different relationships. tell the deceased that you are there to help them. merely misplaced. Apart from death. Curiosity is not a good reason for doing this process. Reincarnation and Shamanism Sometimes it is necessary to find the cause of suffering or problems within a previous life. Locate the missing energy in the Hall. sucks. crystal. guarded by a gatekeeper. The tunnel will glow with primary colours starting with red going through to purple. Past lives are located within the Middle World. lost energy has to be located and replaced within the patient. they have to be forced. bring it back through the colours of the rainbow. Parasitic intrusions are usually seen as large. The original. A human spirit sometimes needs the extra energy a shaman and power animal can provide in order to complete the journey. To summarise. One reason for doing regressions is in order to create a greater sense of wholeness within one's life. Using power animals is the best way as animals often have access to missing information anyway. and only particular aspects may be emphasized. Extracting intrusions means that energy has been removed from the patient. One philosophical result of these processes is the realisation the we are everything else. unless advised otherwise by your spirits. or that we have been everyone else at some point. as some very traumatic experiences can result. The energy piece(s) may be perceived as a light. If they pieces refuse to return.
and the feeling of being surrounded by spirits was overpowering. fearful of the spirits I was aware of all around me. So when I got to know Punditt better. and I had the run of the place after school hours. I was doing building work in a long corridor. even if permitted. Crossing over with the deceased is obviously not a good thing. one has to do what the Master does. The introduction of colour will assist the deceased. then he would blow on it. My father was the caretaker of several schools. and he undoubtedly helped me. Those who suffered from a violent death may be found trapped in a region which has no colour. and it did not prevent me from doing well academically. There can also be a problem with faulty ideas and conceptions of what Heaven is actually like. I have been doing exorcisms for many years for many people in a variety of circumstances. which is patently not something people in TM could do. but the paradox is that exorcism is so much a fundamental part of my life. after many years in the TM Movement. The very long corridors were terrifying . The true secrets of Exorcism I am an exorcist. However. He would regularly place a hand on the afflicted part of my body (I was feeling no pain. that I had forgotten that is what I do! Just about the first thing Punditt said to me when I entered his small office on Brighton seafront over twenty years ago was that I had a spirit problem.I would run like hell down them. Naturally I never told anyone. and he started to give me alcohol to drink. Childhood experiences of Spirits I remember as a child being scared of spirits. or to a ferry boat. . The proper use of alcohol in developing consciousness One of the more controversial aspects of my training is the extensive use of alcohol. One of the things I learnt was that to be a good student. The shaman may also have to escort the deceased to a bridge. I continued to see Punditt. Despite my misgivings. only black and white. it was this notion of the student doing what the Master does that persuaded me to drink.may meet already departed relatives and friends. I had a similar experience years later when i was living at Mentmore Towers doing work study so I could do the TM-Sidhi course. or whatever symbolism is appropriate to the belief system of the deceased. I had all but given up on the notion of spirits. so I had my doubts when Punditt informed me of my problem. and it is possible that this action will aid others trapped there. Maharishi sits down all day in front of a camera and talks. and that would be that. and for this I have to acknowledge the influence of the TM movement on this. so some people think they have arrived when of course it is an illusion. so I had no idea if it was true or not).
and I was getting desperate. music and drink just about every evening.After a while. music and dancing. the Sufi music from Pakistan. A particularly powerful preparation for being an exorcist is the chilla. I must have had a lot of spirits to be exorcised from me. and I was regularly visiting the graveyard with Punditt in any case. so we are all aspects of Spirit. Methods of exorcism involve music. I decided to look deeper into the literature. In one well-known incident. we are the All. Could it be that the purposes of Zar and Dhikr be not so far apart as we might think? . so I knew about invoking and evoking spirits. the sociable drink became an important aspect of parties at my flat. Since there was curry. secret techniques. which could well mean that the spirit has to be removed from the sufferer. singing and dancing . so in desperation. Jesus became famous as an exorcist. By now. it was only recently that I came across the concept of chilla. I do not remember exactly when. meeting Satan is doubtful. There are other. In fact. in any case. and as a result the devil met him. Pork is of course a forbidden food so why were pigs the tended and reared? It may well be that casting the spirits into pigs is part of the demonisation process that Christianity maintains to this day. None of these techniques worked. I decided to incorporate the spirit within me rather than trying to keep it out.but not the alcohol. Spirits would come into my awareness. although Punditt was evidently conversing with them. or Spirit. and that is where it goes. The tradition of Zar seems to be maintained by women in Islamic countries. I was unaware of what the visits every day for forty days was about. a word that sounds like Seir or Prince in Hebrew. However. and it was clear that I had to do something about it. Punditt never distinguished between Spirit and Spirit. but what I want to get across is that all spirits are aspects of our spiritual path. The Chilla During this time I had done my chilla . dancing… and alcohol. There is a party of food. So. but as you know. Most of the time I was not aware of spirits. or one‟s own spirit or spiritual development. that Jesus was greater than Satan (whose name means Tester in any case). The term for exorcism is Zar. One particularly persistent spirit was getting on my nerves. alcohol. a terrifying experience. and prayer. but that does not make me greater than Satan! From then on. The pigs panicked. I was tested continually (I still am). Success! We are Spirit Philosophically and conceptually. and external entities. Either the chronicler was ignorant of the practice of chilla or he wanted to make some religious point. there is the technique of Zar or exorcism. It seems that Punditt was giving himself regular opportunities to exorcise spirits from me and my friends.exorcism. the main shopping area in Brighton. There is a profound silence at graveyards that is comforting. that too has a tradition of prayer. The fact that in English ‟spirit‟ is ambiguous is interesting. whether we like it or not. we are Everything. The music was of course Qawali. just like the parties in my flat. that I got the answer. lots to drink. he cast out spirits that went into a flock of pigs nearby. The exorcist integrates the problematic spirit into himself. As a recent post makes clear. and the use of the magic circle. and its purpose . casting out spirits. I had read books on ritual magic. the original meaning has been lost. music and sometimes dancing. and it was while I was waiting for a bus to visit Punditt at Churchill Square.forty days visiting a graveyard. Having attended Zhikr or Dhikr regularly in Brighton. Jesus famously did chilla in the desert. Nothing else had worked. where there was curry cooked by Punditt. At some point. and they ran into the sea where they drowned. That Jesus did chilla shows that he was following an ancient practice.
human.what is required is the willingness for the patient not just to be healed. emotional. Punditt was often showing extremes of emotions – suppression of feelings are not good. Black magic is not always obvious Punditt told me told me I had spirit and black magic problems. and I was vegetarian and teetotal. and I have developed many more since. pranayama. If one is not healed. The remarkable aspect to learning and healing is that it can be so painstaking and tedious. Everything is inner-led. spiritual. The truth is that Arabic sources of magic are the basis of many western practices. and not fulfilled. I was entirely unaware of Islamic magic . to be entrusted with this profound and deep knowledge from Asia.I was in my early twenties. As the only white person. looking for external cues results in failure.Spiritual Healing from Black Magic in Islam You do not have to a Moslem to suffer from Islamic black magic. but that does not mean that emotions are suppressed. and requires a lot of prayer and study. Far from it. but for the healer. Spiritual Healing and Teaching is the Key Healing and teaching are two sides of the same coin – one cannot be done without the other.where were the symptoms? Nevertheless. hatha yoga. The development of the Stoic Nature is very important. since I was fourteen. New knowledge requires healing. passionate. In contrast removing black magic takes a lot longer. and I had been meditating. free of fear and other negative emotions. I now have my own group of Adepts who help me with the spiritual work and healing that is so vital. I am very lucky to have the blessings of Punditt Maharaj and his Punditts. and his Spiritual Guides. even in the 21st century. which at the time I did not understand . but to progress further in the spiritual work that we are all here to undergo in this life. it is my responsibility to help mankind and find people who can continue this knowledge in an unbroken chain that goes back centuries. an Englishman. To be a Punditt is to be alive. For long periods nothing seems to happen. I learnt many healing techniques while with Punditt Maharaj. and he also began to teach me his knowledge and powers. When I met Punditt Maharaj for the first time. Despite all this spiritual work. but to bring about greater spiritual progress. Research is continuing. new knowledge cannot be assimilated successfully. not just for you who is being healed. he healed me and my friends. Distance Healing Healing can be done from a distance . . and it is here that strength of patience and faith in one‟s own abilities is so important. I was still not happy. Doing black magic to someone is easy and takes very little effort. as Healing is not just to make whole. doing siddhis. yoga. so an Islamic approach to removing black magic is entirely appropriate.
Many of the techniques are secret. haunting. Use quartz crystals from us to purify your body and surroundings. It sharpens and focuses internal and external vision. It is a very grounding stone.The healing works at so many levels that it is difficult to define. and what techniques will be used. Using Obsidian Crystals The obsidian should be kept with the user at all times for protection. the particles that are believed to comprise dark matter such as neutrinos have no mass so it is currently undetectable. intestines. these healing properties are most apt. or patient. Rules of Spiritual Development Never confuse spiritual levels: contact dark matter spirits (spirits who represent dark energy) at the level of dark matter. the ability to clairvoyantly see the „blue light on black‟ of mudshadows is vital. Physically it benefits the stomach. Use obsidian crystals to purify the connection to dark matter. and can rid one of bacterial or viral infections. Obsidian creates filters and maintains connections to dark matter. The association with the stomach area is particularly interesting since even with the removal of larvae from the naval area. Spirits that appear as dark matter but are found in light matter are masquerading. In the light of the comments concerning dark matter. Psychic Protection with Obsidian Crystals The healing powers of obsidian have been recognised for centuries: Obsidian is a very protective stone. and is excellent for removing negativity. The result is an outflowing of knowledge and revelation for patient and healer. In particular obsidian protects the gentle from abuse. I have had to deal with spirit intrusions. Obsidian is related to the root chakra. Working with Dark Magick Modern physics estimates that only 10% of the matter in the universe can be seen. the list goes on. muscle tissue. Obsidian devours mudshadows and other entities masquerading as dark matter/energy. To differentiate between light and dark matter. The rest is referred to as dark matter. therefore weight. the stomach is not necessarily strong enough. mistakes in previous lives. Sometimes the techniques are related to the culture or belief system of the area. and helps get in touch with buried issues before they explode. Even though dark matter has mass. black magic. and works best in conjunction with the quartz crystals. and very healing. It is also excellent protection against psychic attacks. . Premature connection to dark matter is incredibly painful and can manifest as physical illness or disease. while it may be that a new method has to be used to help the patient. What is difficult to say at the start of any healing how the healing will progress.
Coupled with the fact that the Beings of dark matter are by definition almost invisible. What has gone wrong.and that is the spiritual experience. What are these parodies? Step forward the archons. Obsidian – Power crystals of Dark matter/energy . Even if we believe. West Africa and Caribbean countries such as Haiti.Modern magicians have quite rightly derived inspiration from the latest physics theories. Spirits of Liber 231. the Goetia and Enochian are all related. The Loas are in fact part of the missing dark matter. we have to conclude that magic and spiritual systems are only functioning in 10% of the universe! This is an intolerable situation since the magician or spiritual seeker should be master or mistress of the universe. weakened. we find tarot at the pinnacle. controlled. Something happened to shift the geographical location westwards. So where does Enochian fit into this? Enochian is the most powerful system of magic known. so we have to read his writings knowing that they are filtered through masquerading entities. They have all been denigrated. The problems with Loas are the black magicians and those who imprisoned them. obscuring our view. Do we see a pattern developing? In the Golden Dawn system. „Shine‟ is probably not the best word to describe this process. Assuming that neither the twain shall mix. but once the association with dark matter grows closer. The tarot and Enochian are intimately related. as is the case. and were rediscovered by Aleister Crowley. since we cannot see dark matter! How would we know since we cannot even see them or understand their world? Returning back to the 10/90 split between the two types of matter in the universe. and constitute a major part of the missing dark matter in the universe. such as M Theory. it is not surprising that we are in the situation of not knowing. Approached the right way. there would nevertheless be an attraction between the two. and can be contacted using the system of divination discussed in my book The Tarot and the Magus. but it is all illusion. but since none of these theories fully incorporate an understanding of dark matter. Now. Over a period of time working intensely with crystals it is possible to reach a stage where the archons and mudshadows are so weakened around the magician that dark matter starts to shine through. and how can we rectify the situation? One particularly fruitful source has been the Voudoun loas. they are mere parodies of the power and beauty that lies within the dark matter. but he got close. the desire to travel towards the Unknown. the idea that 90% is unavailable is unimaginable. and ensures that we see however dimly only in ways that these entities allow us to. At the junction point between light and dark matter it is possible for light forms to masquerade as dark forms. Also related are the Tarot spirits of Liber 231 whose origin is Egyptian. the Loas are friendly and helpful. but since they cannot know the reality of the dark. and it could be that the Enochian spirits were used to control the Loas. With experience it is possible to see blue patches on black floating in the air. and they have the appearance of those powers. they originated in ancient Egypt. along with the Enochian magic. The visible 10% that would be attracted to the invisible 90% . they have the power to appear to be dark matter operatives. Although we associate the Loas with Voodoo. the Loas. The proximity of these entities predatory to human beings so close to the dark matter results in them being used as lens to view dark matter. totally unlike their reputation. and otherwise demeaned in the eyes of the world. Since they operate at levels close to that of the dark matter. the mudshadows do not appear as transitory black shadows. Carlos Castaneda did not have the power to fully penetrate to dark matter. In some respects this is easy to do. They are cousins of the Goetia who have also been mistreated and misunderstood. and all other kinds of degenerate forces. mudshadows. Dark matter stays dark. they have light blue neon glowing patches on black which tells the viewer that they are not dark matter at all. the magickal and spiritual universe is far greater than anything envisaged by science. disempowered.
but for some reason they never „felt right‟. They do not have to. this means that I can be at work during all three normal states of consciousness. Being a Punditt means very little rest.My own research has found that obsidian rather than quartz has a particular association with dark matter. or paper. or other materials. There were other times . I also have to get on with my life. For me. and I had to pour the drink out. The Ancient Egyptians used obsidian in talismans. The ancient Mexicans were Toltecs. and relate what my teacher Punditt often did. author of „Golden Dawn Enochian Magic‟ says: “… I prefer small. so I thought I would take things from a different angle. so clearly I had healing properties from an early time. working with spirits who come and go constantly. it had to come from my own hand. Coming closer to the present day. and flush the ash away. Materials used for Healing People would often come to Punditt for help. jet-black obsidian balls. I am reminded in the Bhagavad Gita where Arjuna asks Krishna what are the characteristics of someone in a higher state of consciousness.on the contrary. seal the envelope and hand it to the person who would keep it for a period of time. such as a feather. and he would consecrate an object. Some of the envelopes contained a small piece of thread. John Dee used an obsidian mirror to skry the Enochian system. but generally gives the whole system a shot in the arm. and create an environment where mudshadows and other negative entities cannot function. I made several sets of Enochian magick crystals with the intention of offering them on my website. Doing nothing does not mean laziness . which exists beyond waking. becomes a permanent reality. even though I did not feel any different. the envelope would be returned to Punditt. Healing energy of the Punditts Punditts do nothing! What a shock headline. things happening. and within the system are multiple levels of universes that are still largely unexplored. Pat Zalewski. and he needed a drink. These entities are not „anti‟ mudshadows. they perform a different function. the 4th level of consciousness is turiya. Sex Magick A pair of quartz and obsidian crystals used in sex magick creates beings similar to the mudshadows.” When I first created and worked with quartz crystals. performing spiritual work needed great effort. and it was not until I realised that dark matter was the key. There is always action. but invariably this happens in heightened levels of awareness at deep levels of consciousness unavailable without. and I had to do rituals of sorts to get me into the states of consciousness where actions happen automatically. or stone. which allows the user to maintain extended periods of contact with the junction point between light and dark matter. dreaming and sleeping. put it in an envelope. It is only at the lower levels that ritual and action have any import. There was also times when he was not feeling well. and Krishna answers that you cannot tell! All this means that it is very difficult to quantify how and what I do. It is true. which also have an extraordinary effect that not only alleviates tension. It is true that in the early days. working at high spiritual levels where action does not happen. This is particularly significant since Enochian is the most powerful system of magic yet discovered. so this means that for most of the time there is nothing to show that anything is going on. who used obsidian extensively. or he would tell the person to throw it into running water or burn it. and I give and receive knowledge and healing. In Sanskrit. which had to be imported from Ethiopia. Working with Spirits means to become Spirit. nor could I tell the difference. Sometimes after a month or two. and the connection between the crystal and dark matter makes the difference.
Following on from this is the ability to find lost objects 'treasure'. Some of my protectors are Punditts and Holy Men who are now in Spirit . and I was ill. Even so. Healing can happen anywhere Here is an example of a healing. and it can be done merely by thought . I open so magicians and occultists can attack me. He knew I could do things. and I certainly was not concentrating on sending the problem to the source. Finding knowledge and information about a person or situation remotely is easy. who will tell me what really happened. It is a wonderful system . Brilliant. and I can change the situation. He rang me the next day to tell me that he bumped into one of his enemies the next day. but very helpful in the future. I am always up to date. How can I? Work continues 24/7 so I would have to stay closeted up in the sacred space in a room. and I also fixed that silently.who likes being ignored? When the situation is dealt with. not where the problem came from. magical circles. There are times when information about events are required . and had a walking stick. all I concentrated on was healing. consciousness permeates everything. hexagrams. misfortune.I do not use pentagrams. and he pointed to his shoulder and neck. etc. These days. but I have a better method. retrieve them. Over the years I lost count of the pennies found and . the spirit is not only happy. never going out! Not employing any protection does not mean that I am not protected. I can also do the converse . A minute later. without fuss. I said nothing. which can be illness. and when they do. and he was stunned to realise that it had gone. I asked where the pain was.if you are already in a high state of awareness.I need to know the cause of these events. magical weapons. then urge me to drink more! Once I did this. and I get all the information I need.the Hidden Masters. My friends have known for years that I do not employ any kind of protection . in other words. and what can be done to remedy the situation. accidents. he would stop for a second.filling empty gaps that have appeared for whatever reason. I was in the pub ages ago with a friend. Studying magical systems to learn how to use them is a good idea. During the tuning I often get information. who was double up with pain. then I can do a deal with the spirit. Now. It is like the automatic updates I get on the computer for computer viruses. it is possible to charge and consecrate any object. he stopped smoking soon afterwards as he knew none of my friends smoked. and his shoulder also dropped. I learn their techniques.I do nothing. He could transform the food after I had eaten it! In the early days he was a smoker. who happened to mention that he had to make an appointment with his osteopath. and carried on chatting about other things. and it was noticeable not just to me but my friends that the smoke felt very different than normal smoke. I can say that now. bad luck. The spirit very often appears demonic. I immediately asked him about the pain. Usually within a minute or two I see the spirit who caused the situation.when I had too much to drink. It turned out that he had another pain in his back. particularly when they were outside the office door when we arrived to open. but he was rather impressed. etc. I can tune and charge crystals I have given people around the world remotely. What happens is that my protection comes from spirits and other entities who keep an eye on me. and it seems that his problems appeared at the same time that my friend was cured. Consciousness gives the power of consecration Since consciousness is everywhere. Do less and accomplish more. why it happened. I heal remotely. but it it is angry at the way it has been treated . but it was not the case in the early years. I immediately felt better. As soon as I gave him the signal. delays. etc. and put them where they should be. Very early on in my apprenticeship Punditt warned me not to pick up coins lying on the ground. Almost every morning when I met Punditt he would ask me what I ate for breakfast or evening meal. I felt my shoulder drop.
It is easy at higher levels of consciousness to transmute and change that energy. This God has several 'Sons' or 'Messengers' subordinate to him who live in the lower heavens. Healing Experiences of the Shaman at work The Shamanic cosmological model contains the four elements and four directions which enable us to access Dark Matter. and nothing was going to be done. but symbolism is important. It is as if they are being worn down by their own actions. and what is more. but they never seem to land the killer punch. rarely will a shaman allow himself to be possessed by spirits. The definition of shamanism is varied. and I am always finding new methods. whose name often means Sky or Heaven. Shamans are able to communicate and command spirits. All the work of Punditts is done in consciousness. Shamans are recruited by either hereditary transmission or spontaneous calling. but shamans can be magicians The shaman specialises in altered levels of consciousness or trance that enables him to travel through the spiritual realms in order to perform actions to benefit the community. he would keep it! Energy is energy . or having the characteristics of luminosity or loftiness. I find objects charged with energy that is often problematic. Next morning he was there before 10am. White Light or Master of the Sky is another epithet. no fake blood and guts are necessary. or traditional. as knowledge and power degraded. I told my friend not to worry. Enemies come and go. and after a longer delay. but shamanic experiences have been recorded throughout the world. It is very interesting. ecstatic (dreams. and put him on a warning. It was supposed to happen the next day at 10am. Their number is usually seven or nine. . Here is a common example. For some reason a manager took a dislike to him. 'Shaman' is a Siberian word. If there was a five pound note. and found something else the next week. These Messengers watch over and help human. Shamanic techniques are far more sophisticated and safer than astral travel. Mircea Eliade's definition of Shamanism is a Technique of Ecstasy. but the importance of the shamanic work within a community cannot be over-emphasised. and our work is done with Spiritual Powers. These days. Healing is such a vast area. Below are common experiences of Shamans that can be extended when exploring Dark Matter. Shamanism does not use the Tree of Life as a model. but it is always good to have a clean record. and there had to be a disciplinary meeting. These Powers are glimpsed vaguely in western magic as the Holy Guardian Angel. a hour went by. Spirits who do psychic surgery are very good. How this works will be in another article. those who become shamans by their own free will are not as powerful as those who are recruited and trained. Religious experiences in Siberia include a Great God or Creator. Later. another manager came up to him and apologised saying that this manager had not turned up. A result! My friend did not want the job anyway. Time passed. The training is carried out by two methods. Finding the Shamanic Vocation The shamanic life often begins with a spiritual crisis or 'separation'.it is transmutable. trances etc). there appear to be division between the Messengers. Magicians are not shamans. singular. often moving the energy from one object to another. and shamans are the link between the two. Traditionally.disposed of. A friend of mine was in a trashy temporary job in a hotel. but we have many Powers who help us.
the process may take some years before the person is accepted as a shaman within the community. Enlightenment follows. The experience of dreams and ecstasies is the signal for the elder shamans to begin teaching the student. The prospective shaman may try to extend his powers more as a mean of personal survival. perfect health is attainable only as long as shamanism is practised. The main structure to an initiation is of suffering. The gives the shaman the power to control disease in the future. In some cultures. perceive the future or hidden events. Someone going through this process may exhibit sudden changes in moods. signs of potential ability from puberty include: nervousness. sleeping a great deal. quartz or a piece of bone. desire for solitude. The experience is often in terms of height or depth. We may consider that because they were ill. death. Initiations follow this general pattern: Dismemberment of the body Renewal of the internal organs Ascent to the sky and dialogue with the gods and spirits Descent to the underworld and dialogue with spirits and souls of dead shamans Visionary revelations The process of the emergent shaman is characterised by him becoming meditative. they have a supple body and unbounded energy. either the waters or a blacksmith reassembles the body. being absent minded or dreamy. Then. The initiating shaman or spirits then cut up the bodies and cook them in a giant cauldron. Other shamans 'travel' across deserts. The shamanic experience is often undergone by the initiate sleeping in a graveyard or on the grave of a saint. the person still has to prove to the spirits of his abilities through various tests. The spirits give the initiate prophetic dreams. We can consider that the body parts have either been 'cleaned' or replaced. but the shaman is considered to be one who has cured himself of all his maladies. Symptoms of shamanism may be similar to mental disorder. To summarise. and then cured themselves. In other words. In Tantric. or carry him to the underworld in order to be instructed by deceased shamans. Some shamans experience torture by the demons (who are actually shamans). where she lays her eggs depends on the quality of the shaman. In some cultures. the shaman's body is dismembered and reassembled often using fire (cooking).Whether or not shamanism is hereditary. the vocation of the shaman is to cure his own illness. Shamans are often very intelligent. even epileptic fits. Shamanic Powers in the Past . which the initiate experiences as a luminous light (inner light) within his body which enables him to see in the dark. The eagle lives in a great tree. Many latent candidates sleep excessively. appearing absent minded. for example. seeking solitude. ascend a mountain where they enter a cave. or other item is placed within the body of the shaman when his body is reassembled. ascending a tree or flying as a bird. and the secrets of others. the shamanic vocabulary is three times that of the tribe. The person may be instructed by a spirit in a dream of his vocation. In other words. Some traditions maintain that each shaman has an eagle or mythological bird that cuts the shaman's body in pieces and gives them to the evil spirits to eat. However. or melancholia to agitation. For some shamans. but this result in abilities to protect society at large. shamans have the theory and practise of illness and its cure. and resurrection. and care has to be taken. Buddhist or Christian traditions the initiate contemplates or visualises himself as a skeleton. from irritability to normality. Once the spirits depart the bird reassembles the body. and having prophetic dreams.
The language can represent the sounds of animals. and therefore suffer just as much if not more than the patient.how many western doctors have experienced the diseases they treat? The resourcefulness and bravery of the shaman is quite remarkable as he makes his healing journeys. Physical pain can be a sign of spiritual initiation. The shaman has to find the spirit. Only a shaman can undertake this work as he has already been through these experiences. From this perspective shamans are infinitely more qualified to treat disease . it is vital that no fear is shown. the spirit. initiatory death and resurrection was the criteria for creating a shaman. The souls of the dead act as a guide to the shaman when he travels in spirit through the cosmic regions. and the experience is of soreness within the body. Because the shaman is already 'dead'. The shaman has to remove the cause. Spirits appear to a talented shaman without any effort. The shaman's spirits are sent out to find out the situation. God had to intervene in the form of an eagle. The shaman does not pray or make sacrifices to his spirits. and they appear in frightening forms. The result was that 'good' and 'evil' shamans were created. he can transform himself or identify himself with his spirits. The ability to see spirits. The initiation can happen in dreams or the animals may be physically real. The shaman knows the language of nature. Some shamans are able to suck or pull objects out of the body. It may be that the dead soul 'possesses' the shaman. Interestingly. whether awake or in dreams is a sign of shamanic ability. and then the shaman has to fight it himself. who caused the spirit (another shaman. and how strong the spirit is. Spirits who choose the Shaman There is a big difference between the spirit that chooses the shaman. often a tiger or eagle to learn the language. or self-inflicted). he has the freedom to travel throughout the worlds. In dreams or visions there may be sexual intercourse between a spirit and the shaman. or are initiated by souls of dead shamans. The vision of spirits actually seems to equate with magical power. In today's technological age it is quite possible that spirits are more likely to have an AK47 than a sword or spear. its type and place in the hierarchy in the universe. There may be strong sexual elements involved in the development of shamanic powers. or that the shaman was too proud to recognise God. In the beginning. not teaching by spirits and elder shamans. In other words. and the pain or ache can actually have a personality or even move around the body. If one experiences such a spirit. but for other shamans work is required. There are also many stories of ordinary people having sexual relations with spirits. Shamans often meet. either in society. humans with animal heads recall the 72 Goetic spirits. In other cases the patient is possessed by an evil spirit. and as such. which is why he has to undergo the dismemberment and resurrection process described above. Secret Language of the Spirits Shamans learn a secret language to communicate with spirits. or the Godforms of Ancient Egypt. Healing with Spirits The cause of illness is considered to be the theft or rape of the soul.Historically shamans were capable of physically flying through the air. Danger is present at all levels. the shaman becomes spirit in order to travel to other realms. and it is this that transmits the power. The shaman has to be initiated by an animal. Spirits can appear in animal form when they assist on shamanic journeys. The ability to see the dead implies that the shaman is dead to the world too. There is a common root in that it is a requirement of the shaman to return things to their original state. which can often mean taking the spirit within himself. but he can suffer if the spirits are displeased. the origin of the first shaman is associated with the outbreak of evil. They may even appear to . This can also be taken to mean that he is able to unite or return to nature. and in fact they will become helpers. and the assistant spirits who are subordinate to the shaman. or a magical object has been placed in the body sometimes is a combination of the two. The shaman has to discover the cause of the illness. for the perception of them implies power over them. capturing and forcing it back to the patient. The denouement is usually an ascension into the heavens to negotiate with the guardian spirits.
It is also worth noting that the symbolism is constant throughout the world as long as we take into account cultural differences. but usually only shamans or holy men can do it. may we obtain for thee the aggregate of the functions of life". to live long. and even to enter the body of another. Other symbols are a mountain.. to exercise strength. may the host of the gods. The trunk is usually indivisible.perform an operation complete with blood. while personal or microcosmic experiences are of a tent or house with a hole in the roof. To put things simply. connected by a central axis. In other texts. Healers have the ability to generate heat in the hands or at the point of healing. bonds and nets are used to capture spirits. The axis is represented by pillars that reach up to the Pole Star. so that everyone is connected to a universal centre. which can actually be within the shaman. tree. the leaves. stair or ladder. but shamans can work with fire. Visions of a personal house can be very revealing to a shaman: a man living in a small house may actually believe he is in a mansion. which indicates that unity is actually only experienced on this level of earth. he is bringing the universe back into equilibrium. A snake is often associated with the pillar. Cosmology allows spirit travel There are three levels: Sky. The instability of the soul is known. especially when we realise that individuals are unaware of the vision. despite appearances to the contrary. with the roots extending to the underworld. There is a Centre or Sacred Space. and there are warnings not to wake the sleeper suddenly in case he loses his soul. and long to see the sun. One connection that may be considered is the magical staff or wand carried by a shaman (and.. we bring back that (spirit) of thine to dwell there. The shaman uses the axis to communicate or move through the worlds. Other myths and symbols . temple."May thy spirit . Comparing the ability of the shaman visualise his own awareness as a world view of the cosmic mountain with his vision of other people's 'home' show an extraordinary ability. Some spirits or gods are able to use this axis as well.. Earth and Underworld. pyramid. the four quartered earth." Another prayer . royal city. and to cause black magic. the trunk connects to the earth. At the basis is a stone altar. bridge. These objects are usually thrown into water to neutralise them. humans live in their homes. Generating heat One characteristic of shamans is the ability to control or create heat. come back again to perform pious acts. Trees are particularly strong metaphors: the branches reach to the heavens. The siddhis mentioned by Patanjali include the ability to leave the body at will.. These symbols are cosmological or universal. restore thy spirit. Vedic techniques and Shamanism The Rig Veda includes many shamanic techniques: to call back a soul. the priest has to summon back various organs from the cosmic regions. There are birds (divine beings) in its branches. while shamans have the whole cosmos to reside in. for that matter a magician). Trees are symbols of life. In other words. However the shaman heals for the individual or society. to live. which is reflected below. or his workplace may be seen. the distortions and expansions between reality and the inner man reveal much about how he actually sees himself. flowers and fruits symbolise humans or branches of knowledge. the priest addresses the dying man: "Although thy spirit have gone far away to heaven or . Knots. May our progenitors. or be carried off by spirits.
In some cases the shaman is unable to get back. Blacksmiths are also able to construct chains used to imprison evil spirits. Blacksmiths and their wives are venerated. Some magical rites attempt to create or build a bridge or ladder. Smiths are masters of fire and transformations. Initiates cross easily. Dead souls and shamans have to cross a bridge in order to reach the underworld. all people had easy access to the three worlds. with angels either side. The horse is an image of death. and often initiate shamans. or a rainbow. or a sword bridge.Shamans sometimes meet a funerary dog when he descends to the underworld. Eight legged horses are common in shamanic myths. Horses are used by shamans to reach ecstasy by travelling through the air. and there are parallels in Arthurian legend. Islamic and Christian religions. with many evil spirits waiting to pounce. rope. The person has to pass through a narrow space guarded by demons.Jacob's Ladder where he falls asleep on the sacred stone at the centre of the world. . Shamans can turn themselves into dogs or wolves. so it enables the shaman to enter other worlds. Ladders for ascent and descent A common motif . The hobby horse is a reflection of this. columns of smoke. where the bridge is as narrow as hair. Bridges across the Worlds Once. Working of metals also indicate alchemical processes. again connected to funerals. Heat Burning is considered to be a sign of contact with spirits.the impure will find the bridge reduced to a knife edge. Sometimes an arrow is used to pull the initiate upwards. Mohammed sees a ladder rising from the temple in Jerusalem. sunbeams. Crossing bridges are dangerous . The beating of metals can be compared to the dismemberment of the shamanic body. Other cognate examples are seven rung ladders (Seven Heavens).
CARLOS CASTANEDA Before Don Juan the Wanderling When I first met Carlos Castandea I was a newly employed teenager just a few short months out of high school. Nor was he close . was not yet the cipher of an undergraduate student lost among the hundreds enrolled in the anthropology department at UCLA of his early years. Castaneda. while admittedly higher ranking in the overall scheme of things and some ten years older than me.
I had gone to work for a seemingly innocuous little aerospace firm with a huge reputation about six or seven miles north along the coast from the little southern California beach community where I lived. . as far as his academic career was concerned. Arizona --.the powerful shaman sorcerer that eventually became the focus of Castaneda's dozen or so books and that made Castaneda rich and both of them famous. he was really not much more than a vacuousfaced student enrollee at Los Angeles City College struggling along with everybody else to hammer out the 60 units of general education requirements needed for an AA degree. Before our meeting little did either of us know we were on a collision course.which basically meant I got paid for my drawing ability.(see) After I had been there a respectable length of time and got to know a few people I began hanging out with a small.to the later controversial figure he was destined to become. The company was located in what was then not much more than a small oil refinery owned industrial town called El Segundo right next to Los Angeles International Airport. Matter of fact. It was still about a year so before he would transfer to UCLA and many more after that before he would meet the nearly white-haired Yaqui Indian shaman sorcerer he calledDon Juan Matus at the Greyhound bus station in Nogales. I had been hired as a trainee technical illustrator for an even smaller offshoot of the company that helped design and build the high altitude breathing equipment for the then super-secret U-2 spy plane --.
Some of the people in the group knew some people at Mattel who also fancied themselves as artists and some of them joined us as well. in those pre-Don Juan days. philosophy and politics late into the night just like artists and beat poets did. who just happened to be working at Mattel at the time. Secondly and most importantly.sort of loose-knit but quasi-exclusive group of people that fancied themselves artists much as I did of myself. especially those who know little or nothing about Castaneda's pre-Don Juan background. under-the-radar. First. and unheralded group of so-called artists. Over and over it comes up: Why would a person in their right mind. Nearly every Friday after work we would meet in some small out of the way place. as mentioned in the opening paragraphs at the top of the page. beer or coffee and talk art. Castaneda likened himself as an artist --.and truth be told. find themselves at a total loss as to why Castaneda would even bother to show up at our small. Now. in the West Bank sidewalk cafes of Paris. A couple of miles from my job was the Mattel Toy Company. at the time of the meetings Carlos Castaneda was NOT the Carlos Castaneda he came to be AFTER he met the mysterious and powerful Yaqui Indian shamansorcerer he came to call Don Juan Matus. entertain the possibility of participating in such a group of nobodies? The answer is quite simple. of such stature as Castaneda. order some wine. our group was openly receptive to artists that had not made it simply . One of the people that used to show up at those get togethers was Carlos Castaneda. we thought. unprestigious. most people.
1961 in a conversation with Don Juan and published in Castaneda's third book Journey to Ixtlan (1972). I had always wanted to be an artist and for years I had tried my hand at that. my dad had sent my younger brother and me to live with our grandmother on our mother's side in a small suburban beach town southwest . to be a person from Peru was kind of odd and the fact that he was piqued my interest. As for Castaneda being an artist. on Monday. an item in my life that had engaged all my thoughts. July 24. because of an impending divorce. According to his own words. I said art. Four of five years before those artist meetings. Most people I knew at the time with a Hispanic background were of Mexican descent. it is weaved throughout his early personal history and background. I still had the painful memory of my failure. Castaneda was a Peruvian.because none of us had. For me. The most of what I knew of Peru circled around the hidden city of Machu Picchu that I had learned from a very good friend of mine who had been there. Don Juan admonishes him for never assuming responsibility for his acts and Castaneda writes: He (Don Juan) dared me to name an issue.
went to Sears and bought a power mower for me to use. One of those chores was cutting the front lawn. However. A lady barely . the other kids in the neighborhood told me a scary old mummified man that sat staring out the window all day long and hated kids lived there and they warned me if I was smart I would never get any closer to the place than the sidewalk. California. and. The summer had just ended and I was just about to enter high school for the first time while my younger brother was starting the seventh grade. after visiting one weekend and watching me struggling to cut the grass with an extremely ancient and dull push-type hand mower. Around the corner and up the street was a house built on a lot that was on a small hill that was at least five feet above sidewalk level. The first thing my brother and I did after our dad left was build a small cart and haul the mower around the neighborhood cutting lawns for money. after having gone to almost every house on the block trying to drum up some lawn cutting business with no success. I forced myself to climb the stairs to the porch of the mummified man and knock. My dad. Like many kids in those days we had a number of what my grandmother used to call chores that we were expected to do around the house. Because the house had a perpetually unkempt lawn that always seemed in need of mowing I thought it was a perfect place to earn a few bucks.of Los Angeles. One day in the need of some cold hard cash to go to the movies or indulge in some other equally important pastime.
His skin was dry and wrinkly as though he had been badly burned in many places. but . was stocky for his height. About cutting the lawn I would need to talk to the owner. slightly heavyset." said by experienced hands to be the most easy picking location for submarines in a convoy. She took me to a room that was just to the right of the entry way that looked out over the street and sure enough. almost military style haircut. although seemingly tall. plus. sitting in a chair looking out the window was the mummified man. Everybody on board was nervous. blood pressure and other vitals. raspy voice with a short. The man himself. As it turned out the mummified man wasn't mummified at all. Actually he was hooked up to some sort of breathing apparatus attached to an oxygen tank. and he had. on-and-off throughout the day he had IVs stuck into his arms and wires attached in various places for monitoring equipment to record his heart rate. but he couldn't come to the door. During World War II the Liberty ship he was serving on was traveling in a convoy and positioned amongst the other ships in the rear corner on the starboard side that he called "coffin corner.looked out from behind the door and told me she was just the housekeeper and worked there only a couple of days a week. So said. for the most part. not because of the position. because he was so hooked up to machines and couldn't move he basically just sat there all day long and either read books and newspapers or looked out the window. He was a onetime merchant marine. I would have to come in if I wanted to to talk to him.
Hence started what turned out to be a very interesting friendship between me. pick up and deliver packages. He wasn't too concerned about the grass one way or the other. a reliable errand boy a couple of days a week to go the post office. he said. On this trip Olguin was either not in the convoy or assigned to another ship. let alone come in. heavily scared. go to the drug store and library and do minor shopping for such things as vegetables and freshly ground coffee. Partway into the voyage a wolfpack started picking at the edges of the convoy and my friend's ship torpedoed. He said in all the years he had lived there I was the first kid in the neighborhood to actually come up on the porch and to the door. Word had it that any time Olguin was part of the crew and the ship was in coffin corner. because of his karma or good luck or whatever they would not be attacked. an able-bodied seaman by the name of Olguin (possibly Holguin) had always been with them. The legend was alive because not one of the several voyages he had been on and traveling in coffin corner had his ship been hit or even come under attack. barely able to move ex-merchant marine. He spent months in recovery and rehabilitation. . landing in an area with oil burning along the surface of the water. the fire scorching his skin as he plunged through and returned for air. but he could use. A few years after he was released he moved into the place he was in now. In order to save himself he had no choice but to jump overboard. a ninth-grade freshman just into high school and the older.because previously another crew member.
each shelf stuffed with book after book. Easter Island all by itself in the Pacific and Angkor Wat in jungles of Cambodia.Every wall in the room that he sat in day after day. During WWII Bingham gave lectures on the south sea islands to members of the Navy. He had seen the pyramids in Egypt. Along the floor beneath the window were boxes filled with even more books and on the wall space next to the window was what I would call the only picture in the room.with a rather lengthy . On the wall space next to the window on the other side was what looked like a few framed certificates or dipolmas and a couple of plaques. My friend even had a signed first edition copy --. except for the wall with the picture window. One reason is because he knew Hiram Bingham. row after row. Easter Island. was completely covered with bookshelves. He claimed they were more than just passing acquaintances. from floor to celing. My merchant marine friend had traveled extensively throughout the South Pacific. an old movie poster simply thumbtacked to the wall. but actually friends. Machu Picchu and Peru always seemed to be in the forefront of his thoughts. He had been to Machu Picchu high in the Andes of Peru by climbing the Inca Trail and explored Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain in England. as mentioned. speaking fondly of both quite often. the explorer that discovered Machu Picchu. Mayan and Aztec ruins in Mexico and Central America. including. stacked shelf after shelf. He told me he had been all over the world. Somehow the two met along the way and Bingham used him as a source for some of his lecture materials. the Olmec.
Ignatius Donnelly.of Bingham's book. the more and more ancient places he visited and more and more educated he became the more and more he became convinced neither place ever existed. Sometimes we would pick up where we left off and other times we would go off on some tangent discussing someplace else right in the middle of what we were talking about and not come back to the first topic for weeks. Sprague de Camp as well as a complete set of the Lost Continent of Mu books by James Churchwood. Bingham even wrote in the acknowledgement that he hoped the merchant marine would have "a quick and full recovery. He began traveling the world to find or substantiate both places. both pro and con." Every day I came by we would talk about some place he had been to. LOST CITY OF THE INCAS: The Story of Machu Picchu and Its Builders (1948). Our discussions on any one place could run over a period of weeks or sometimes just last the few hours I was there. Peru or otherwise. In his quest. actually obsessed with Atlantis and Mu. But. that Bingham sent him a few years into my friend's recuperation period. He told me when he was around my age he had become driven. besides all the Atlantis and Mu books in . He had lots and lots of books on Atlantis by Edgar Cayce. Each time we talked he would have me get down several books related to the place and we would look at pictures and go over the differences and the similarities of what different authors had written compared to what he had seen and experienced.handwritten personal acknowledgement --. and L.
his library, he had collected reams and reams of books, material, research and explanations that debunked nearly every single aspect of either continent or their civilizations that anybody could ever pose, except possibly one. Weeks, possibly months after his ship had been torpedoed somewhere in the Atlantic he was found all alone strapped with heavy ropes to a piece of debris floating in the middle of the ocean, and except for being unconscious and heavily scared from the burn marks, which had seemingly healed, he was in pretty good shape. Everybody said it was a miracle, that his burns must had healed by the salt water. How he had made it in the open ocean without food or water nobody knew. Most people speculated he had been picked up by a U-boat and ejected at a convenient time so he would be found, although no record has ever shown up to substantiate such an event, nor did he recall ever being on a submarine, German or otherwise. The day he told me the story about being found he showed me a delicate gold necklace that had what looked like a small Chinese character dangling from it. He said one day in the hospital while being given a sponge bath he was looking in a hand mirror at his burn marks when he noticed he had the necklace around his neck. He never had a gold necklace in his life. When he asked the nurse where it came from she said as far as she knew he came in with it as it was found amongst the few personal effects he had with him. She said typically they would not put any jewelry on a patient but some of the staff thought that since he was so scared by the burns that he might like a
little beauty in his life so someone put it around his neck. He told me he had no clue where it came from or how it came into his possession, but for sure he didn't have it on before he was torpedoed. He said everybody always admired it and it appeared to be very ancient. 
I told the story about the necklace in an abreviated sort of way to the artists one Friday, interjecting a strong emphasis on Machu Picchu because it was located in Peru and Castaneda was in the group that night. The mention of Machu Picchu perked up his ears it seemed, so I continued with the only other Peru "story" I was able expound on at any length. I had learned the story from a book given to me by a friend of my Mentor, the person I did study-practiced under. Although my mentor told me he had studied under a maharshi in India he never specifically gave me his name. His friend told me he had studied under the venerated Indian holy man theBhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. To fill me in on Sri Ramana she had given me several books on him, one of which had the following story:
A couple from Peru was visiting the ashrama of Sri Ramana Maharshi one day and he was enquiring about their day-to-day life, and their talk turned to Peru. The couple began picturing the landscape of their homeland and were describing the sea-coast and the beach of their own town. Just then Maharshi remarked: "Is not the beach
of your town paved with marble slabs, and are not coconut palms planted in between? Are there not marble benches in rows facing the sea there and did you not often sit on the fifth of those with your wife?" The remarks of Sri Maharshi created astonishment in the couple. How could Sri Bhagavan, who had never been out of Tiruvannamalai since a boy, know so intimately such minute details about their own place? Sri Maharshi only smiled and said:
"It does not matter how I can tell. Enough if you know that abiding IN the SELF there is no Space-Time." (source)
NOTE: A second equally interesting incident, cast in in a similar vein, and involving the Maharshi but a little too long to go into here, can be found by going to: THE MEETING: An Untold Story of Sri Ramana.
Castaneda was totally fascinated by the story of Sri Ramana and the Peruvian couple, especially the spacetime part, and wanted to know both the name of the author and the name of the book the story came from. I told him I couldn't recall at the moment, but at the next get together I would bring the information. The next time I saw him I gave him a note with all the info on it he requested. He thanked me and except for a brief interlude a year or so later when I saw him from the distance across the seating area at the Nogales Greyhound Bus Station on the
exact same day and time he alludes to of having met Don Juan Matus for the very first time, that was the last I ever saw him. The interesting part of it all is those artist get togethers happened over a period of time before Castaneda, to my knowledge, ever thought of Don Juan Matus. I say so because IF Castaneda was working on the development of the Don Juan character at any time before he purportedly met him at the bus station in Nogales he never said anything about it. I would think our artist discussions after work would have been the perfect forum to bring him up --- yet he didn't. Why? Castaneda just didn't seem to know about such things. If Don Juan Matus was a total made up work of fiction it seems to me, since the timing was perfect, some rudimentary form of Don Juan would have come up in our discussions --- and it was a perfect place to do so as nobody in the group leaned toward the literary side of things so there was no chance any idea Castaneda may have had or presented would have been appropriated or stolen. Even if Castaneda carried a staunch predilection toward holding his cards close to his vest during those early years of our discussions, you would think by now at least, some sort of rough drafts of primitive Don Juans' and his beliefs would have surfaced if he was indeed working on any pre-Don Juan ideas. Additionally, although Castaneda's wife Margaret Runyan confirms that her husband made frequent field trips to Mexico in the time he was supposedly apprenticed to Don Juan --- and while she has
After traveling over some pretty rough non-road roads we got to the point we could go no further by truck so we simply left the old man and the vehicle behind and continued into the mountains on foot --. I know I told a story about my uncle taking me when I was a young boy to a very special cave deep in the desert --. besides the necklace story and the Machu Picchu story.a story that ended up. Where Castaneda's cave was I don't recall. she has NEVER reported that Castaneda was working on the Don Juan idea or talking Don Juan philosophy before the Nogales meeting. at those meetings. My cave. after thirty years passed.all so we could be at the cave to see the sunset. positioned along the ridgeline in such a way so that when . I do know we had met a strange old man who went with us part of the way and that we had gone to the cave for a special time. if it was in Arizona. so remarkably close if not verbatim.publicly dumped on him pretty hard in many areas. or Mexico itself I'm not sure primarily because like most of the excursions I went on with my uncle they were seldom to one place during one trip and time and travel was almost always convoluted. However. That special time was either the summer solstice or fall equinox. My uncle told me the cave was one of three caves. on a minimum of at least two occasions. to one Castaneda told in one of his books. New Mexico. To my knowledge nobody has come forward to state equivocally that Castaneda was expounding a proto Don Juan philosophy anytime before he supposedly met the Shaman. all carved out and man-made.
we were confronted by an emaciated man. My uncle and the man got into a heated argument and the next thing I knew the man was gone. he could have. So too. So. possibly both of the times I told the story. Or it could be. at least up to the appearance of the emaciated man. We ourselves were miles and miles from any road or habitat that I knew of and because it was too dark to travel we had to stay the night at the cave. an almost exact scenario --. what am I saying. unrelated to anything I said. like he had disappeard into thin air. that he himself was taken to one of the seasonal caves by Don Juan Matus or the old man or both. In the middle of the night. . after hearing the story and getting wrapped up in the various events as they unfolded. searched until he found one of the caves or someone who could take him there. seemingly out of nowhere. although such an occurrence seems to be highly remote. that Castaneda copied my story? Could be. The only reason I bring it up is because in Castaneda's eighth book Power of Silence (1988) in the section entitled THE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SPIRIT: The First Abstract Core he describes. I am certain Castaneda was in attendance for at least one.that transpired between himself and Don Juan.carved out cave and all --.the sun went down on special days it would would set directly on the very tip of the tallest mountain miles across the valley.
because of that association and my uncle's knowledge of Sacred Datura and peyote as well as other halluciogens. In Zen. The Buddha.In closing. Castaneda did meet up with my uncle sometime prior to that bus station meeting while traveling in the desert southwest on his infamous Road Trip with the former Pothunter turned anthropologist colleague Bill during the late spring. apparently on a Road Trip in the process of gathering information for future use in his series of Don Juan books. . In 1960 or so Castaneda was an anthropology student at UCLA collecting information and specimens of medicinal type plants used by the Indians in the desert southwest when the two crossed paths. and mushrooms. My uncle had field searched thousands and thousands of plants. even to having had several previously undiscovered species named after him. and Shamanism I bring up the relationship between my Uncle and Carlos Castaneda as follows: In later years. early summer of 1960. he was interviewed by Carlos Castaneda. unconnected with me or any of the above. it should be noted. herbs.
"(source) After what could be called nothing less than a NOT so successful foray into a more formalized Zen practice under the venerated Japanese Zen master. I ended up living on the island of Jamaica.THE WANDERLING'S JOURNEY Let Me Travel Through the Air Like a Winged Bird (click image) the Wanderling The Buddha said "If a monk should frame a wish as follows: 'Let me travel through the air like a winged bird.' then must he be perfect in the precepts (Sila). nearly a mile above the island's capitol city. attain to insight (Prajna) and be frequenter to lonely places. One day a young girl living in the small village close to where I lived got hit by a car on the mountain road. Kingston. facing out over the Caribbean. Yasutani Hakuun Roshi. bring his thoughts to a state of quiescence (Samadhi). The vehicle took off leaving her injured and . followed then by a stint in the Military and more study practice under my own spiritual guide and Mentor and the somewhat obscure American Zen master Alfred Pulyan. Because of the continuous sultry heat and overwhelming humidity typically encountered along the lower coastal plains of the southern part of the island I chose to set up housekeeping above the mosquito zone somewhat absconded high among the cliffsides of the Blue Mountains. practice diligently the trances (Jhana).
to find a nearly hermit man of spells called an Obeah. he lived. Then the Obeah said: "In ancient times far away a young maiden came upon a starving prince sitting beneath a tree. in his heavy Jamaican patois. Our goal. "Why didn't he take you with him. He took one and gave me the other. "You have felt the breath of the Dark One. The girl's parents. Being poor they were not able to afford a regular doctor. the Obeah would not let me enter his hut. peering at me with an astounding set of eyes that seemed to shine deeply from within with a mysterious. gulping down the liquid while motioning me to do the same. I sat outside in the dark basically just poking the fire with a stick and watching the light flicker amongst the trees." refering to an incident in the military when I literally felt the boney fingers of the Shadow of Deathbrush across my soul. so instead they opted for a less expensive.." the Obeah asked? "I don't know. because I was a white man. Mimicking almost the exact same thing that happend to me as a ten year-old boy at Pendejo Cave with the Native American spritual elder." I said. were poor. (see) . because I knew the parents. Bringing him gruel. and said." I responded. There are other things planned for you. That solution included me." The Obeah poured a warm tea-like broth into two small bowl-shaped cups without handles. once. shrugging my shoulders. Eventually he came over and tipped my chin up looking into my eyes glowing dimmly in the flame-lit darkness." "Yes. even though I helped carry an injured girl up perilous trails high into the mountains. One thing I remember for sure about that night was. local solution. the Obeah squated down without changing or losing eye contact.. "many years ago. intense light of their own. and another village member making a sling hamock suspended between two poles placed on our shoulders and carrying her slung front-toback between us on what turned out to be an all day rugged journey high into the mountains of Jamaica.unconscious in the scrub brush of a muddy ditch alongside the weathered asphalt. like most of the locals. As the night wore on something in the light off my eyes must have caught his attention because I felt him staring at me. others are blurred and long lost.and at first refused to have anything to do with me. You see what he sees. Some things I recall seem as though they just happened.
Then he asked again what I liked about Jamaica. It was like my mind had grown so huge that trying to focus on something as minuscule as a few words to string together into a sentence had become an impossible hardship. The breeze began to blow harder and I could no longer feel the ground underneath me. A huge cloud of steam burst forth followed by a thick cloud of smoke. riding the thermals. (click image) That the Obeah seemed to like. I told him things like the weather and the people. Soon a cool breeze fell across my face even though it came from a direction from across the fire. . I jumped back and turned away. very cold. The smoke was no longer smoke. never flapping their wings. Finally I told him about my Totem Animal. the huge six-foot wingspan condor-like vultures Jamaicans call John Crows. It felt as though I was moving very fast. stumbling to the ground while covering my face and eyes. I wasn't on the ground. But now I wasn't able to answer. fresh air. that glide and soar for hours. As I struggled to form something at least semi-comprehensible the Obeah asked. The Obeahman took a vessel of water and tossed it onto the flames. Cathartes Aura. "What about the old man in a far away place a long time ago that constructed bird-like contraptions in order to fly even as you did as a child?" Da Vinci was the answer. Then it got cold.He asked me what I liked about Jamaica. For an instant I was still in the billowing white smoke. then suddenly I broke through to clean. but I couldn't form the words. I moved my arm away from my face just barely squinting my eyes open. yet as far as I knew I was still on the ground by the fire. but clouds high in the night sky.
With absolutely no effort I was able to swoop down the darkened mountain gullies and high into the air. just barely above the treetops I picked up speed and headed toward the lighted streets and tall buildings of New Kingston. Lime Cay. soaring through the night. (click image) .but hundreds of feet in the air. I turned back toward the mountains as a creeping apprehension seeped into my thoughts. and the Caribbean. Then somehow the exhilaration began to fade. arms along my side. stars over my head. Then. eventually passing above Bamboo Lodge recognizable along the mountain road even in the dark because of a large empty swiming pool. Then nothing. wind in my face. Soon I was even higher in the air over Port Royal.
and in the bushes. Everybody in the village area knew what had happened. The kids apparently went to their parents or adults and told them there was a naked white man in the gully all beat up.(click image) Around ten the next morning a couple of Jamaican kids found me unconscious in a ravine about a mile from Bamboo Lodge and miles from the Obeah's hut. After discovering for sure who it was. as though I had crashed through the trees or something. Since I was one of the few white men in the area the adults must have assumed it was me and told Benji. all scratched up. he brought some shoes and clothes and took me home. the Bamboo Lodge groundskeeper.(source) CASTANEDA'S JOURNEY . naked.
. Carlos Castaneda. I was naked! The motion of standing made me sick again. I remember coming down once.. I can... I recognized some of the landmarks.as neither were ever contingent on the more spiritually instilled supernormal perceptual states of Siddhis mastered at the level of an Arhat like the Buddhists and others are. however..and I began descending like a feather with lateral motions. Notice the similarity in Castaneda's personal experiences and outcomes to those presented previously. while the end results of both of our experiences are closely related to the outcome of the Zen and Buddhist experiences (i.and from there I soared.. in his first book.. of which some is presented below. And the image of my room dissolved. I was about half a mile from don Juan's house. cites his own momentous taste of flight.. I jerked my body so I could look down.e. I sat up.. My speed was extraordinary.. by the Wanderling: "My legs were rubbery and long. then I pushed up. He has both strong advocates and strong detractors. they are quite different in their initial execution --. and the clouds going by me. near the place of his Datura Plants. 127-8). I saw the dark sky above me. above." Almost everything about Castaneda is rife with controversy. applied rather .. the controversies do not seem like they are going to go away any time soon.. I was in my bed in my own room. THE TEACHING OF DON JUAN: A Yaqui Way To Knowledge (pp. speak for myself and to my own personal experience. I stood up.. extremely long. My experience was quite similar in scope to how Castaneda presents his and BOTH of our experiences are similar in extent to the Zen and Buddhist related experiences cited below. Whether what he wrote is true or untrue.the next thing I remember is the feeling of waking up. I saw the dark mass of the mountains.and glided on my back. ability to fly).suddenly I knew it was time to come down.. Both Castaneda's experience and my experience were initiated in a "non-siddhi" like fashion: a "warm tea-like broth" in my case and Sacred Datura in Castaneda's case. I took another step. experienced it himself or described the experiences of others and attributed them to himself.The shaman-sorcerer and author of a dozen best selling books. whether he made it all up or some of it up. However.
He said that my body was disappearing and that only my head would remain.. He commanded me to feel the legs and observe that they were coming out slowly. to accomplish it I had to be docile and do exactly as he told me. He ordered me to extend the tail like a fan.." .as well as differences outlined --between the various Zen... Buddhist and other experiences below and the ones presented above regarding myself and Castaneda.. gave him the ability to fly. "I could repeat every word don Juan had said.. and that the tail would come out of my neck.than drank after being mixed thereof into what could be called none other than a Flying Ointment similar to what is found in witchcraft and other ancient occult practices. who had learned his art from a Diablero. Castaneda relates that through an indoctrination process totally guided by the shaman-sorcerer Don Juan Matus. as a crow. Castaneda's human form gradually gave way to a crow's body.. it should also be noted there is a HUGE but glaring difference separating my experience and any cited by Castaneda.. He ordered me to wink. which inturn. There was one last thing I had to change... He than said that I was not solid yet. I followed each one of his directions.  Even though an analogy is drawn --... it was not until don Juan directed me to see laterally that my eyes were actually capable of having a full view to the side. I must have winked.. .. and to feel how it swept the floor. I had to learn to see like a crow. that I had to grow a tail. because he said I was ready... 172-74. In THE TEACHING OF DON JUAN... pp. the head is what turns into a crow..
a difference that slides my experience directly into the Zen and Buddhist camps of Siddhis and away from any aspects of the areas touched on by Castaneda. So how could all of this come about? In the opening quote found in AUSHADHIS: Awakening and the Power of Siddhis Through Herbs. although the Wanderling was NOT versed in Siddhis or their application at the level necessary to produce the results that transpired at the time of the incident. how all of it can come about and how it is related to Aushadhis as well as the supernormal perceptual states of Siddhis please see: DID THE WANDERLING FLY? TALON AND SCRATCH MARKS FROM THE GIANT BIRD . For futher clarification on the Wanderling's experience.No such transformation even came close or remotely transpired to me under the auspices of the Obeah. via the experiece and ritual of the Obeah. replicating on the short term a mind-strength ability and potential execution of powers similar to or equal to that of a person versed in Siddhis garnered via the highest levels of Spiritual Attainment. According to the precepts as presented by Patanjali in his sutra. verse 1 it is stated that the supernormal perceptual powers of Siddhis CAN be reached through the use of certain herbs. it is written: In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. the capability to act in its stead. Chapter IV. the warm tea-like broth brewed and administered by the Obeah had within itself.
Swami Vishuddhanandji (d.a secret place of great masters. It was only AFTER her full Realization that Queen Chudala first began to observe any manifestations of Siddhis within herself. however. during her fully Enlightened state that she began exploring the various potentials of Siddhis and perfecting her own ability of flight. The Swami is said to have been an adept associated with the mysterious Gyanganj (Jnanaganj) hermitage somewhere in Tibet -. He demonstrated his abilities. is well-known for his supernatural powers related to the use of Siddhis. . most often cited through the use of a Siddhi power known in Sanskrit as the Vayu Gaman Siddhi. in Varanasi in front of hordes of people on several occasions during the 1930s. Vishudhanandaaka. 1937)(sometimes spelled: Vishuddhananda. Swami Divakarsuri and Swami Pragyasuri have been such accomplished ascetics. apparently siphoning his powers from the grounding source of the Vayu Gaman Siddhi. In doing so it became readily apparent to both the spiritual and laypersons alike that it is not a myth. although not Buddhist. It was only post event.BUDDHIST JOURNEYS Throughout Buddhist history there have been many instances of Buddhist and Zen adepts that have exhibited the extraordinary capability of flight. are probably the two most commonly mentioned. Perfume Saint). both cited below. aka: Gandha Baba. The Jain scriptures speak of Jain ascetics who could fly from place to place in a few seconds. It is written that prior to Attainment she would often see women Siddhas (perfected masters) moving through the sky on the way to rendezvous with their sage husbands. Although there are several occasions of individuals flying reported in the Sutras of classical Buddhism and Zen. the Venerable Pindola Bharadvaja and the Zen monk Ying-fung. Not all are males. Utilizing the latent power implied within the context of the Vayu Gaman Siddhi it is reported a person can become capable of flying in the skies and traveling over great distances in very short durations of time.
Inc. Arthur Osborne. others had Western doctorates. zero Lamas today can do that. a native of New York who is now a teacher in the Tibetan Nyingmapa tradition. Each of the teachers had practiced for at least a dozen years in either Japanese or Korean Zen. Russia. the four major Tibetan schools. Ganapathi Muni experienced a remarkable outflow of his Grace.. psychologists. occult abilities. but in Asia. translators. Although throughout his life Ramana never exhibited even the slightest interest in Siddhis. or the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order. some had meditated in caves. essayist. In response to questions on PSYCHIC POWERS SUCH AS FLYING His Holiness concluded: "As far as I know. or psychic powers to outsiders. Most were actively teaching Buddhist meditation. Ramana's biographer writes in Ramana Maharshi And The Path of Self-Knowledge (York Beach: Samuel Weiser. monks and nuns. and countries like South Africa and Brazil. a Western school based on Great Britain.Some time ago twenty-two western Buddhist teachers met with His Holiness The Dalai Lama to discuss a variety of Buddhist related issues. pages 96-97): About a year after his first meeting with Sri Bhagavan. While he was sitting in meditation in the temple of Ganapati at Tiruvottiyur he felt distracted and . he had a fully conscious bilocation experience he rarely discussed wherein he was translocated from his ashram in a matter of minutes to a devotee many." (source) My own Mentor and spiritual guide studied in India under the grace and light of the Enlightened sage Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Some meditators living in caves around Dharamsala are HIGHLY REALIZED and possibly capable of such attainments. There were laypeople. many miles away. Thai or Sri Lankan Buddhism. scholars. 1995. not only in the West. The conference was organized by Lama Surya Das.
but the Enlightened sage HIMSELFSri Ramana Maharshi said: "One day. I could see the physical objects below growing smaller and smaller until they disappeared and all around me was a limitless expanse of dazzling light. Speaking about this incident in later years. so that he also received Grace by touch from the Master. Ying-fung attained some supernatural powers. Ying-fung was a Zen monk who had received instruction from Zen master Nan-chuan. From his meditative practice. cast in in a similar vein. as he was about to rise. I was so fully aware of this incident that I finally concluded that it must be by such means that Sages using the powers of Siddhis travel over vast distances in a short time and Appear and Disappear in such a mysterious manner. he felt the Maharshi's hand upon his head and a terrifically vital force coursing through his body from the touch. can be found by going to: THE MEETING: An Untold Story of Sri Ramana as well as it's prelude page.SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI: The Last American Darshan." A second equally interesting incident. I was lying down and awake when I distinctly felt my body rise higher and higher. At some distance from the roadside was a temple of Ganapati and I entered it. some years ago. While the body thus descended to the ground it occurred to me that I was at Tiruvottiyur though I had never seen the place before. After some time I felt the body slowly descend and the physical objects below began to appear. not Ganapathi Muni. and involving the Maharshi but a little too long to put here. Once he saw two armies fighting each other. At that moment Sri Ramana entered the temple. I found myself on a highroad and walked along it. In order to .longed intensely for the presence and guidance of the Bhagavan. Ganapathi prostrated himself before him and.
The faithful were all impressed and praised him without ceasing. and it fell down immediately. As punishment you to stay in this world to work for more merits and to repent for this misbehavior. he died standing on his head and nobody was able to overturn him. you should take a wife who can help your old mother in the house. Returning home to visit his mother in Ralung. and the PSYCHIC POWER OF FLYING. 'If you decide to devote yourself to the religious life. he said to the faithful.' she complained. Once when in a jubilant mood. Under the Buddha's auspices he attained the holy fruit of Arhat. shapeshifting. you still want to show off and confuse people. "My teaching uses morality to change others and compassion to save living beings. His sister was a nun. FLEW all around and performed many miraculous acts. when you were alive you did not behave according to the rules.stop the fight. (source) By the age of twenty-five. "Old brother. The Buddha was very displeased upon learning of this incident." The Venerable did not in his lifetime enter Nirvana. who came and scolded him. she failed to recognize his achievement and judged him merely by his outward behavior." After saying this. she touched the body lighly. To show his miraculous power. If you are going to be a lay householder. You have MISUSED magic today. Kunga Legpa had gained mastery of both mundane and spiritual arts. "Do you think flying in the sky is magical? I will show you some spectacular acts. He did many unusual things like this. Now when you died. magical display. 'You must decide exactly who you are. he FLEW over the battlefield and the soldiers became so distracted looking at him flying they forgot to fight. He was accomplished in the arts of prescience. (source) Venerable Pindola Bharadvaja is one of the Buddha's sixteen disciples named in The Amitabha Sutra. He asked the Venerable to come forth and admonished him." He then jumped up into the sky. It does not use magic to impress and confuse people. you must work constantly for the good of others.' .
indicates Jesus. a professor in Semitic languages.with no clear explanation forthcoming. In the narrative. However.aspects of which are typically not afforded much credibility. especially those seeped in traditions and cultures of the West. Tjitze Baarda. depending on how Luke 4:29-30 is interpreted. in all his mortal glory prior to the Resurrection. . when reading the verse. The Bible also speaks of at least one other person that came to be known for accomplishing just such a feat as well --. His doctoral dissertation was a two-volume study of the text of the Gospel of John by the fourth century Christian muse and theologian Aphrahat. or stem from the occult --. and thrust him out of the city. Luke 4:29-30 typically relates the outcome thus: "And rose up." Like with Aphrahat. "But he passing through the midst of them went his way.DID JESUS FLY? People. as in the Buddhist or Indian examples. During his research Baarda noticed a somewhat large discrepancy between what Aphrahat presented in his works related to a confrontation Jesus engaged in at Nazareth as found in Luke 4:16-30 and what has been traditionally presented in the Bible. read the examples of flying I have cited above and often discount the possibilities as being unreliable because they are either foreign to them. Jesus returns to Nazareth and goes to the synagogue on the day of the sabbath. that they might cast him down headlong. if you think about it. and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built. the Bible. earned a PhD at the Free University of Amsterdam.the person being one Simon Magus who shows up in Acts 8:9-24. flew on at least one occasion. the final outcome of the incident is not clear --. Soon a confrontation develops between Jesus and those at the synagogue.
However. thrown off the cliff by the mob and "flew. in his research of Aphrahat's works. states that Jesus was indeed. down to Capernaum --. cast from the precipice by the mob and "flew. In no fewer than nine instances in the Commentary Ephrem either directly states or obliges one to infer that Jesus was. Pennsylvania State University inTC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism (1996) writes: The causal reader is inclined to dismiss Aphrahat's account as his own overly dramatic invention. just allow him to walk away is questionable. In 1881 Theodor Zahn had already noted the reading.The traditional verse seems to indicate that Jesus simply "passed through their midst." unhurt." it is supposed. garnered from a number of ancient texts. indeed. when he set about reconstructing the text of the Diatessaron. Aphrahat's verse of the events reads: "They stood up and they led Him out from the town and brought Him by the side of the hill where the town was built in order to cast Him down." unhurt. Baarda then turns to Ephrem's Commentary and presents evidence from both the Armenian version and the Syriac text (discovered only in 1957 and published in 1963). Petersen (1950-2006). down to Capernaum. Aphrahat's translation. They cast Him down from the height into the depth and He did not fall and was not hurt/harmed. Baarda. . Considering the terseness of the verse. "Through their midst He passed and He flew [in the air] and He descended [from above] to Kapharnaum. as well at a number of other sources. why a mob that was so riled up that they would force Jesus out of the city and up to the top of a hill with every intent of casting him down --. formally of the Department of Religious Studies. by just walking away unmolested through the crowd. But Baarda knows both the ancient and modern sources too well to fall into this trap. discovered quite a different translation that opens up a fuller explanation of events. Zahn determined that a similar reading probably stood in Tatian's second century harmony. that is.but instead. Basing himself on the Armenian version of Ephrem's Commentary on the Diatessaron." William L.a city located twenty to thirty miles away from Nazareth.
"Pray for me to the Lord. who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours..The other person in the Bible said to have exhibited an ability to fly was Simon Magus. and after being baptized he continued with Philip (i. both men and women. "Give me also this power." And they gave heed to him. but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." . They all gave heed to him. he was amazed. saying "This man is that power of God which is called Great. if possible. And seeing signs and great miracles performed.e. because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter. a Samaritan from a village called Gitto. the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. He first shows up in Acts 8:924: "But there was a man named Simon who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the nation of Samaria. that nothing of what you have said may come upon me. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. "Your silver perish with you. Saint Philip the Evangelist). For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity. and pray to the Lord that. saying that he himself was somebody great. for your heart is not right before God. he offered them money." But Peter said to him. Even Simon himself believed. Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God." And Simon answered. because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. they were baptized. saying. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands. from the least thought him greatest. for it had not yet fallen on any of them. they sent to them Peter and John. that any one on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.
that the disciple of Jesus. according to Stephan A. when confronted with Peter's opposition in Judea. honored with a statue erected on the river Tiber. except for being a god. Because of his powers he was as enthusiastically received and considered by many as a god. He could also throw himself into fire without harm. although he had been baptized into the Christian faith by Phillip. translated by M. Peter. Hoeller also writes that previously. and let it appear at this time. I say unto thee: If thy God is able. Hoeller in Jung and the Last Gospels (1989). was the ability to make himself visible or invisible at will. as Siddhis. received a supernal summons to speed to Rome and flies through the air from Aricia arriving at the gates in a cloud of dust. at this time when I am going up before all this people that behold me. well known supernormal perceptual states known in the ancient world. . animate statues.The Bible states in Acts. and as a god. did mighty acts of magic. throw himself down from a mountain unhurt.a recognition of such magnitude that it. Simon Magus.all. as a non citizen. came into Rome and engaged in a series of mystical debates with Simon Magus in an effort to undermine any claims of godship by him. that Simon Magus previously practiced magic. if it be worthy of God. between the two bridges --. and ascend by flight into the air --. in one form or the other. James: "So then this man standing on an high place beheld Peter and began to say: Peter. as cited above. pass through rocks as if they were clay. Simon Magus simply rose into the air and flew away. Among his various skills. could not have been done even with the full approval of Caesar and the Senate of Rome. as recorded in the Clementine Homilies and preserved in Christian literature. and stoned you that were chosen of him. and still to this day. loose himself when bound. appear with two faces. let him show that faith in him is faith in God. as documented by a number of ancient scribes and recorders. whom the Jews put to death. Following an unknown passage of time after the events in Acts 8:9-24. make trees spring up. In the final chapters of the Acts of Peter the disciple and Simon Magus agreed to engage in a contest to win the faith of the Roman citizens.R. contrary to the beliefs of the faith. constantly amazing the citizens and nation of Samaria with his abilities. Tradition holds. While in Rome. The following is found in the Acts of Peter XXXII.
And Peter seeing the strangeness of the sight cried unto the Lord Jesus Christ: If thou suffer this man to accomplish that which he hath set about. ascending up. and giant feathers. of an unknown nature and an unknown origin. who I am. is there any hint or suggestion that Simon Magus did not fly. and all beheld him raised up above all Rome and the temples thereof and the mountains. giant birds." Legend implies that Peter specifically challenged Simon to fly through the air. A second version states that Simon Magus was killed on the spot by the fall. affirming in a sense that Simon Magus could indeed and DID fly. Nowhere in any of the versions. In the version quoted above Simon Magus broke his legs in three places and retired in shame. my uncle stated many times that he felt the reason for my destiny and fascination regarding all aspects of giant flying creatures went back to an incident that involved the fly over of a giant airborne object that I witnessed as a young boy. not favored by Christians --. and let him not die but be brought to nought. and all somehow and in someway related back to the Wanderling? Basically. and the signs and wonders which thou hast given them through me will not be believed: hasten thy grace. and thenceforth believed Peter. will show myself unto all this multitude. and when he easily did so.For I. Why all the fuss about giant flying creatures. Peter just as easily caused him to fall to the ground though prayer. Then every man cast stones at him and went away home. dying some time later. and break his leg in three places. The object. the faithful looked toward Peter. and let him fall from the height and be disabled. The church of Santa Francesca Romana in Rome claims to have been built on the spot in question where Simon Magus crashed to earth.states that it was actually the disciple and NOT Simon Magus who broke his legs in the attempt to imitate him. now will all they that have believed on thee be offended.but the most plausible given Peter's known tendencies toward doubts --. O Lord. And he fell from the height and brake his leg in three places. And behold when he was lifted up on high. was seen by literally thousands of people along the coast of California barely three . flying over the temples and hills of Rome to the amazement of the crowd. A third version. however.
as the story goes. totally unrelated to anything I was doing. during the early morning hours of February 25. Scott Littleton whose critiques of my eyewitness accounts of the event are explored in Littleton Vs. While there..] . doing some research on what he had to say I stopped in a small park in the San Fernando Valley just north of Los Angeles. the incident is mostly forgotten now except by maybe myself and a major chronicler of the event C. One of the most interesting aspects of the whole event was the downstream outflow put into motion seemingly by Karma and conditions. Years and years after the event.months into World War II. The huge object was never clearly explained and was basically hushed up without response from the authorities. Anyway. Eventually to be called the Battle of Los Angeles or as I call it the UFO Over L. The Wanderling. I just happened across a man of great Spiritual Attainment by the name of Robert Adams. The slow moving object. a man who had met and studied under the great Indian holy man Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.A. It eventually disappeared out over the Pacific after cruising along the coast and cutting inland for a while. said to be as big or bigger than a Zeppelin. was caught in the glare of the searchlights from Santa Monica to Long Beach and seemed impervious to the the constant barrarge of shells. Somewhere along the way I met a man who said he had experienced the northern most flight path of the object as it was crossing over the mountains into the Los Angeles basin. 1942 the whole city and surrounding communities were in an uproar as thousands of rounds of anti-aircraft shells were expended in an attempt to pull down whatever it was in the sky that night.
. has its origin in manchú-tangu and has reached the ethnologic . used internationally.SHAMANISM ----- ----- PRESENTED BY ..the Wanderling The word shaman.
or divination using stones. bones and other items --. but are not always. Priest. wind. The intermediate Chinese term is scha-men. a Medicine Man or Medicine Woman. and sorcerer. Further ethnologic investigations shows that the true origin for the word Shaman can be tracked from the Sanskrit initially. brujo. "to know". in Sanskrit sramana translated to something like "buddhist monk.usually used in conjuction with a Shaman's circle. A Shaman can be. derived from the verb scha-. shape shifting. so shaman means someone who knows. In contemporary. ascetic". Magician. indicating a much deeper but now overlooked connection between early Buddhism and Shamanism generally. In Pali it is schamana. work with earth energies and 'see' visions. (source) Shamans are individuals with the ability to heal. Personal experience is the prime . magical flight. is wise. There are also those who practice Shamanism pulling their power from the dark side called. A Shaman may exhibit or concentrate on a particular specialty such as control over fire. The word originated from saman (xaman). a sage. then through Chinese-Buddhist mediation to the manchú-tangu.vocabulary through Russian. among other things Diablero. The essential characteristics of Shamans are mastery of energy and fire as a medium of transformation. historical or traditional shamanic practice the Shaman may at times fill the role of Medium. Metaphysician or Healer.
While the Tungus have no word for Shamanism. For the most complete and comprehensive exploration on the internet of all those roles of a Shaman as well as others see Shamans and Shamanism. even to backtracking its use historically. when applied to the healing and spiritual parctices of indigenous cultures long eradicated in the mists of time such as the early European tribes. and the mixing up of. by Jose Maria Poveda. what a Shaman is or isn't and what Shamanism is or isn't in relation to certain spirituality aspects of Native Americans and other North American indigenous cultures. determinant of the status of a Shaman. historians of religion and others in contemporary society to designate the experience and the practices of the Shaman. translated into english from his book Chamanismo. A clarification of much of what that controversy involves is explored and discussed at length in a paper titled: WE DO NOT HAVE SHAMANS The Case Against "Shamans" In the North American Indigenous Cultures The distinguishing characteristic of Shamanism is its focus on an ecstatic trance state called State of Flow in which the soul of the . Among the Tungus of Siberia it is both a noun and a verb. For example. a great amount of confusion with the use of. Its usage has grown to include similar experiences and practices in cultures outside of the original Siberian cultures from which the term Shaman originated. As mentioned above. There seems to be for many. the term 'Shaman' comes to the English language from the Tungu language via Russian. it has come into usage by anthropologists.
These journeys of Soul may take the Shaman into the nether realms. Shaman is believed to leave the body and ascend to the sky (heavens) or descend into the earth (underworld). there are women Shamans as well. So too. The ability to consciously move beyond the physical body is the particular specialty of the traditional Shaman. to Shaman. Shamanic Flight. It is a commonly held belief that Shamans in their practice make use of spirit helpers called Familiar Spiritswith whom he or she communicates. all the while retaining control over his or her own consciousness. higher levels of existence or to parallel physical worlds or other regions of this world. going under a variety of words and terms from Curandera. is in most instances NOT an experience of an inner imaginary landscape. to Medicine Woman. (see) THE ZEN-MAN FLIES (click) While most Shamans in traditional societies are men. to Bruja. but IS the Shaman's flight beyond the limitations of the physical body and it's ability to fly. the same is said of the Shaman and the use of an Ally. Traditional Shamans developed techniques for lucid dreaming and what is today called the 'out-of-the-body experience'. . to Sheshaman.
Such a society or tradition may have become very specialized and recombined aspects of mysticism. In most tribal myth collections the Shaman is often intertwined with a remarkable joker. or a culture hero called the Trickster. movement between this world and a parallel Otherworld. Post-Shamanic: While shamanism may be readily identified among many hunting and gathering peoples and in some traditional herding societies. who is at the same time a serious figure. As noted in this article. Along with these techniques. identifying specific groups of individuals who might be called Shamans is a difficult task in more stratified agricultural and manufacturing based societies. descent into the nether. Among the traditional examples are being struck by lightening. Survival of these initial inner and outer brushes with death provides the Shaman with personal experiences which strengthen his or her ability to work effectively with others. These methods for exploring the inner landscape are being investigated by a wide range of people. a serious life-threatening illness or lucid dream experiences in which the candidate dies or has some organs consumed and replaced and is thus reborn. some come from traditional societies and others are modern practitioners of non-traditional Shamanism or neo-Shamanism. With this renewed interest in these older traditions these Shamanic methods of working with dreams and being conscious and awake while dreaming are receiving increased attention. Some are academics.worlds. a jester of sorts. are present in its history. prophecy and Shamanism into . Shamanism is classified by anthropologists as an archaic magicoreligious phenomenon in which the Shaman is the great Master of Chaos Magic. A society may be said to be Post.Shamanic when there are the presence of Shamanic motifs in its traditional folklore or spiritual practices indicate a clear pattern of traditions of ascent into the heavens. There is extensive documentation of this in ethnographic studies of traditional Shamanism. Having experienced something. a fall from a height. the NDE or Near Death Experience have played a significant role in shamanic practice and initiation for millenia. the 'call' to Shamanism is often directly related to a Near Death Experience by the prospective Shaman. a Shaman is more likely to understand what must be done to correct a condition or situation. a transformer of the world.
This is one of the bewildering effects of the connecting link with intent. Castaneda. more specialized or more "fully developed" practices and may have assigned those to highly specialized functionaries. A major aspect of the Shaman often overlooked as to its potential is the Power of the Omen." . How sure they are depends on the strength and clarity of their connecting link. as well as his teacher. Sorcerers have a sense of knowing things directly. the Shaman is able to serve as a bridge between the mundane and the higher and lower states. With this knowledge. Don Juan. Few indeed have the stamina to adventure into these realms and endure the outer hardships and personal crises that have been reported by or observed of many shamans. had equally harrowing experiences. including Near Death Experiences and meeting the inorganic being the Death Defier. According to Castaneda "When a shamansorcerer interprets an omen he knows its exact meaning without having any notion of how he knows it. When such practices and functionaries are present or have replaced the traditional Shamans found in historical or traditional Shamanism the use of Post-shamanic is appropriate. and Don Juan's teacher Julian Osorio and his teacher's teacherElias Ulloa. Carlos Castaneda who. under the Yaqui Indian Shaman-sorcerer Don Juan Matus. Knowledge of other realms of being and consciousness and the cosmology of those regions is the basis of the Shamanic perspective and power along with the ability to create White Light Shields to ward off predatory inorganic and other negatives. wrote close to a dozen books outlining his harrowing experiences and adventures that outlined just such hardships as he rose from apprentice to full-fledged Shaman.
an anthropologist colleague. but the Shaman was gone. into mist. in The Active Side of Infinity. Although I didn't see him turning into a cloud. writes that sometime before the eventual meeting between the Yaqui sorcerer Don Juan Matus and himself. he disappeared.CLOUD SHAMANS the Wanderling "For instance. I couldn't explain where he went. but I chased him once. Carlos Castaneda. I was there half a minute after he was. there are Cloud Shamans who turn into clouds. There were no rocks or vegetation around the place where he ended up." (see) As he reached toward the end of his series of books. I never saw him disappearing or turning into mist in front of my eyes. I have never seen this happen. quoted above and sometimes called Bill and sometimes left unnamed. told him what he knew about Cloud Shamans. and he simply vanished in an area where there was no place for him to hide. . but I knew a Cloud Shaman.
Several months before the colleague ever told him anything about Cloud Shamans. "When we were talking about Shamans and Shamans' transformations. The following is what Castaneda writes his colleague Bill said about him: "I think that old man sitting on the bench by the corner over there is the man I told you about. the following is presented in The Informant and Carlos Castaneda: "Only a few weeks earlier. face-to-face. while Castandea was waiting in the infamous Greyhound Bus Station in Nogales. the colleague he just returned with from the Road Trip -. on that fateful day he reportedly met Don Juan Matus for the first time." "What man is that? What did you tell me about him?" Castaneda asked. Bill." "Yes. Arizona. simply seemed to evaporate into the rocks and sagebrush without a trace. I am not quite sure because I've had him in front of me.and the same person who told him about Cloud Shamans in the first place --was with him. only once." Castaneda said. I told you that I had once met a Cloud Shaman. Regarding the incident. the informant. "Is that man the Cloud Shaman?" . At the time ofTHAT experience Castaneda had never heard of a Cloud Shaman." Later. I remember that. yes. Castaneda had a similar experience in the desert between himself and the mysterious bio-searcher called the informant. cloaked by shimmering desert heat waves. leaving Castaneda without a source. hence there was no connection between the experience and the phenomenon. Looking out across the depot Bill noticed an old man he recognized sitting on the other side of the room.
It is as though Castaneda's opinion of the incident. is drawing an inference about their conversation regarding Cloud Shamans from the discussion recorded in the top of this section --. What he seems to be trying to impart is. at the time of the conversation in the bus station it seems the colleague was unaware of the incident in the desert when Castaneda and the informant were bio-searchingSacred Datura and he. prior to being at the bus station. the old man in the bus station. He is not amazed. In connection with the above." Apparently. had not thought of the incident in a "Cloud Shaman" type context. knowing nothing of Cloud Shamans or their capabilities at the time. the colleague. he is not surprised."No. I saw BOTH of them together in the distance various times. occurred sometime BEFORE any conversation came up regarding Cloud Shamans because Castandea comes across as being quite oblivious to the whole thing. even though Castaneda met the informant somewhere or someplace along the way during those travels with the colleague Bill.NOT relating it to any connection with the desert incident where the informant just disappeared in front of Castaneda eyes (because Bill didn't know about the incident in the desert). the disappearance of the informant. when he says: "I think he (that is." It is quite clear by the contents of the above conversation that Castaneda and his colleague had. many years ago. the informant. Bill. the phenomenon being more or less explainable somehow on the conventional level." It appears as well that same incident." the colleague said emphatically to Castaneda. discussed Cloud Shamans --.most likely. The two had traveled weeks together throughout Arizona and New Mexico visiting "all the places where he (the colleague) had done work in the past. if not the specific conversation cited in the opening paragraph at the very top of this page. at least a similar one or ones left unrecorded. "simply seemed to evaporate into the rocks and sagebrush without a trace. whether it is Don Juan Matus or not) is a companion or a teacher of the Cloud Shaman" and that he . at one time. "But I think HE is a companion OR a teacher of the Cloud Shaman. he does not report it. in reminding Castaneda about Cloud Shamans.
many years ago" is that the Cloud Shaman AND Castaneda's bio-searching informant are one and the same person. it doesn't really matter as the "old man" is not yet known by any of the players as being anybody that will become somebody of any stature in their lives." .only at the time of his conversation with his colleague at the bus station Castaneda isNOT putting all the concepts. they are friends or companions --. regardless of his abilities. Interestingly enough. a FULL thirty-one years later. in The Active Side of Infinity. that is. the colleague IS. the incident in the desert. At that moment in time however. know each other.an old man that until the exact moment he saw him sitting there on the bench. many years ago" and realizes that the Cloud Shaman he saw with the "old man" AND the bio-searcher. doesn't seem like someone the colleague was overtly concerned about one way or the other in a very long time. and the informanttogether. and for years to come.saw "both of them together in the distance various times. writes: "The relationship of the old man to the Cloud Shaman was never voiced by my friend. to the point where he believed that he had told me about him. the eleventh book in his series of Don Juan books. He is also saying that the Cloud Shaman-comeinformant and the "old man. without necessarily implying any lack of understanding pertaining to any of the situation as outlined above. Castaneda finally brings up Cloud Shamans and. that is the informant. most of all Castaneda. Having caught up with the informant in the field while traveling with Castaneda on their Road Trip throughout Arizona and New Mexico. and surely a person he never thought of on the Road Trip --he suddenly remembers seeing "both of them together in the distance various times. the existence of Cloud Shamans. then seeing the "old man" in the bus station --. However. are one and the same person. but obviously it was foremost in his mind." Don Juan Matus.
A few years later the two of them crossed paths a second time at the infamous fused glass debris field associated with the Roswell UFO. as large of a place as it is. which was witnessed by Bill.H. intermingled. Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon is an area that could easily attract the two of them to be in the same place at the same time. Nininger the founder of the American Meteorite Museum. the first meteorite museum in the world." the informant was one of the people he had in mind to meet up with. At the time of that meeting --. For example. vast and sometimes magical and mysterious place. However. The two originally met at Meteor Crater in Arizona just after World War II. The butte has various rooms along the upper edges thought to be associated with the dagger. transpired between the informant and .and well before the Cloud Shaman circumstance between Castaneda and the informant --. in July of 1947. which is known for the astrological Sun Dagger. an object of unknown origin that came down near Roswell. and where the action was it was not unusual to find the informant. long before he ever met Castaneda. Castaneda's colleague Bill. Throughout the years following World War II there seemed to be nothing BUT a continually overlapping. that is the informant.a background covered fairly well in The Pothunter as well as in an article exploring the Omen like aspect to it all. the friend Castaneda is refering to in the above sentence.The plain fact is. As a freelance archaeologist in the field Bill went to where the action was. it is not unusual with those of similar or like pursuits such as the bio-searcher and Castaneda's archaeologist colleague to have found themselves in similar or like areas here and there at the sametime in relation to their pursuits. and interwoven background between the two --.a very cloud shamanlike event. The expansive canyon area contains many charted and uncharted ruins and petrographs as does the butte itself. H. The desert southwest is a huge. When the colleague told Castaneda he intended to go to "all the places where he had done work in the past. renewing in this fashion his relationships with the people who had been his anthropological informants. Bill was doing work of an unknown nature in the Canyon Diablo scatter field surrounding the impact site for Dr. New Mexico. Taken together all things that would be an attraction for either of the two men. Around that same time the bio-searcher was doing minor archaeological work related to the ruins associated with the little known ancient Native American pit houses thought to be of ceremonial nature located along the the southwest rim of the crater. knew the bio-searcher. Fajada Butte is thought by the indigenous population to have special powers when it comes to various medicinal plants that grow in and around and on the butte. many filled with chards and other ancient artifacts.
Although I didn't see him turning into a cloud. There were no rocks or vegetation around the place where he ended up. Initially. like Bill. One of the military investigators. I couldn't explain where he went. I was there half a minute after he was. because of the bio-searcher's intimate knowledge of indigenious plants of the desert southwest he was called in to assist the noted scientist and meteorite hunter Dr. Some of those same people. so something like the incident in Roswell would do nothing but pique their interest to such a point they had to go. and he simply vanished in an area where there was no place for him to hide. had personally observed the mysterious flying objects called Foo Fighters during the war that paralleled or followed aircraft and had been seen over and over by aviators on all sides of the action. under guard. at the time of the suspected crash at Roswell a ripple effect had been created that flowed throughout the whole loosly knit underground and fringe elements of the archaeological and anthropological community that had arisen in the desert southwest shortly after World War II. he disappeared. also assigned." Although basically unknown or unhearlded now. A search of the area showed no sign of the bio-searcher in . had him taken. to the vehicle he arrived in and told to stay there. almost anybody with any sort of intellectual moxie or curiosity in the area showed up on the scene in one fashion or the other to see what they could find out. Others that had been wending their way toward the desert environs of Arizona and New Mexico had been in the Los Angeles region participating in the war effort. apparently didn't like the bio-searcher's unorthodox methods and because of a disagreement over some debris found at the site. Lincoln La Paz in the investigation of the downed object. When the military investigator returned to the truck he found the bio-searcher gone. but the Shaman was gone. Some had either witnessed first hand the giant airborne object of an unknown nature that came to be known as the UFO Over Los Angeles early in the war or knew somebody who had. and the guard assigned to watch him having no clue where he went or what happened to him. According to Roswell Incident Updated. either in a civilian capacity or for the military.some military personnel at the site AND may very well have been the same incident cited at the top of the page wherein Billsays: "I chased him once.
the desert and the surrounding environment somehow swallowing him up without a trace. (source) See also Footnote  at the bottom of The Informant and Carlos Castaneda as well as Footnote .the vicinity. as though he simply disappeared or vanished. .
How Does It Work? "I do not deny that White Light Shields are protective. I simply maintain that Shamans channel what I call heavy voltage.POWER OF THE SHAMAN: ---------- ---------- Where Does It Come From. Ordinary people may NOT .
consisting of a roughlyhewn bow made of yew. sometime between 33503140 BC." (source) PRESENTED BY the Wanderling PROLOGUE: In the fall of 1991. several unfinished arrows. it was concluded that the man appeared to have been a Shaman. and an . presumably dying of exposure when caught out in the open during a mystical retreat on the side of the treacherous mountain. high above the tree line. in the remote part of an ancient mountain range.have the power to draw upon sufficient "voltage" to produce the desired effect. Like many shamans from many cultures the body was tattooed. After a rather intensive investigation over a period of years by a team of scientific experts from a variety of fields. his body nearly intact and almost perfectly preserved. tests showed the man had been frozen 5000 years years before. Several associated facts presented themselves for such speculation. Incredibly. fully dressed in clothes of a tribal nature. a group of modern day hikers stumbled across the body of a man frozen to death in the snow. his weapons.
for the most part quite valuable in those days. again underscores his mountain sojourn as having a more "mystical retreat" aspect to it. is not only hallucinogenic but has been used by various shamans cultures as an aid to ecstasy before the dawn of history. And finally. an object not typically found in hunting as much as used to trap spirits and seen in various forms as adream catcher and such. also closely associated with the birch. he was NOT actually on one. and because it was metal. It is possible that.all wood dagger. while it is true the frozen man's location was somewhat close to ancient trade routes and trails which ran through passes nearby. he also carried with him. a copper-headed axe. which would indicate. Last. could at least have been believed to be so. he carried amedicine bag containing. among other things. a leather thong on which was threaded two pieces of a common birch fungus Piptoporus betulinus which contains polyporic acid C. and unusually so. if not authentically hallucinogenic. marking him as an individual of high status. if not a specific knowledge of herbs and natural ingredients. Amanita muscaria. A similar fungus. an effective antibody. A very rare object for the time. Aerial photographs of the area show that the site he was . an item not discussed at any length in the numerous reports on the frozen man was a net he carried. Taken together. the ones the frozen iceman carried. at least a general acceptance of their use. especially against stomach microbacteria. the fact that he carried only what HE needed and not a variety for wider shamanistic use. resembled dummy weapons associated with shamans in other cultures.
 INTRODUCTION: Shamanism is truly an ancient cross cultural world-wide phenomenon. suggesting the possibility that he had traveled there to be closer to the gods. Yet there he was. not just by me on my own. Not in the tundra of Siberia or the ancient ice path of the Rocky Mountains in North America. that ties us to that past. there remains a thread. albeit sometimes lost to those of the modern era in the murky reaches of time. African Tribes. but where he was found. The body was well above known trails. high in the mountains above the 10. or elsewhere. whether it is linked to Early European Tribes. Native American Tribes. a 5000 year old frozen Shaman right in the heart of Europe. because a preponderance of the evidence seemed to implicate nothing other than that. however slight or however tenuous.found is not in easily accessible terrain. but by those who . an area NEVER thought of in the present era for any sort of a background in things Shaman or even of tribal people. For many of us though. and alone it seems. as the above story on the Iceman might attest. a location that eventually became modern day Europe. As things have unfolded in my life the viability of that thread has been made clear.400 foot level. thus it is thought unreasonable he simply strayed there from one of the passes. but the Oetzaler Alps between Austria and Italy. The problem most people had with the situation was not that the man might have been a Shaman.
the Shamanistic beliefs found in some of the countries in and around the Caribbean. speak of where the power of the Shaman he exhibited. as a very young boy. You yourself may not even know per se' although your whole life you may have had "this feeling. I traveled. and where I learned. and from which I learned. How does one know if they have a "calling?" It is not so much YOU that determines such a thing. It is admitted I am unable to speakspecifically to or of Shamanistic beliefs of ALL Shaman related cultures. as will be mentioned below. misused. or implemented. in earlier years. From that same experience I can speak as well of the results of what happens when that "power" is used. ANIMAL TOTEMS: Your Selection or Their Selection? . is drawn." It just needs to be focused and that is what another Shaman can do. In my adult years my practicing backround in things Shaman is primarily based on Obeah. somewhat intensively with my Uncle in similar "circles" throughout various indigenious cultures of the desert southwest. because of my background of having been apprenticed to a Jamaican man of spells called an Obeahman for many years.have never lost touch with their specific cultures or beliefs. That is what happened in my case and to countless others like me throughout the centuries. However. the "power" of the Shaman "comes from. but the "selection out" that occurs from or by another Shaman that senses an innate ability that is somehow radiated or felt. I can however. regardless of what culture a Shaman resides. in the end Shamanism is a calling." For the most part and for those most truly involved.
I went for a hike deep into the desert unescorted. You only felt safe because you weren't there. for some reason. in today's neo-Shaman environment there has been a stress placed on finding one's "power animal. meat-eating birds circle and descend. and every bit as important. As well. or even more so. and he swore this to be true --. although I sensed something very extraordinary or "different" about her. When my Uncle discovered I was gone he went looking for me.that the vultures and I were sharing meat from the carcass between us. he was for all practical purposes. One day. Santa Fe. When my Uncle told his estranged wife about the incident she suddenly was very interested in me. my Uncle. spent nearly sixty of his eighty-four years in the desert southwest. New Mexico area sometime in his twentys. for the most part. From what he was able to discern from his initial vantage point I was neither afraid of them nor were they remotely afraid of me.although I have absolutely no recollection of it and construe it as a possible total misinterpretation of facts --.My Father's brother. although he maintained a loosly related association with his wife. having moved to the Taos. Where there is carrion lying on the ground. My Uncle had been married at one time as well. because of this incident. The medicine woman knew that. and initally. I was quite young when my mother died and when my Father remarried he brought my Uncle in to "oversee" me. During my walk I happened across the carcass of a dead rabbit and was fascinated by it for some reason. She was a very powerful curandera that I had met only in passing." The contemporary neo-Shaman workshops blind people to the fact that real animals are also spirit and power. when I was around ten years old or so. divorced. She reminded me of a lightning or thunderstorm raging in the distant mountains. become one. seemingly two. although you knew if you were. When my Uncle found me after cresting a small hill he saw me squatted down with the carcass. the storm had the power to wash you away or destroy you by the might of it all. Joining me quite comfortably in a circle with the rabbit were three what were. than than a spirit guide that appears in some vision. to eventually become my Totem Animal --VULTURES. she never payed much attention to me one way or the other. but. You see. Life and Death. a secret Ojibwe Medicine Society. The woman he was separated from was a Native American of the Little Shell Plains Ojibwe and a fourth levelMidewiwin. The living attack the .
as a very young boy. by being disposed of. Or they seem to. was a small. Tied to the quill shaft. a ten year old boy. at the suggestion of his wife. was tall. After arrival the two sat together in the shade outside the man's shack and talked for a good part of the day while I either played with the dogs or sat in the cab of the truck fiddling with the radio. Soon my Uncle and I were on the long dusty road back. I was leaning out the window.dead. I was introduced to things Shaman: We were on one of our excursions deep into a remote part of the southern New Mexico desert to visit a very strange man my Uncle was somehow associated with. IF you must think in terms of gain and loss. "art" related ties he had with them. It was nearly as wide as the span of my hand and it's length was as long as I. to their own profit. only to disappear from sight . It was on one of those trips. much bigger around than any piece of schoolroom chalk. During many of those travels I went along. double strand of leather string with ten colored beads attached. longest feather I had ever seen. as kids are wont to do on occasion. flowing the feather in the wind as we sped along. He told me the feather once belonged to a very magnificent bird that was very important to his culture and the desert's well being. which was much. as he called them. Suddenly the feather was whipped out of my hand and I watched it as it blew high into the sky. then by the desert breeze itself. --Adapted from "Zen and the Birds of Appetite" During those years my Uncle spent a lot of time traveling in and about some very isolated sections of the desert and interacting with the indigenous populations thereof because of various. They gain as well. but now it belonged to me. Just as we were leaving the man came up to me and handed me a huge long black with white feather. The dead lose nothing by it. the biggest. and. caught first in the turbulance from the truck. one for each of my years he said.
did not fully grasp . sad sort of way. even though it was of a huge size.altogether. If you follow the links regarding my Uncle and the Obeah you will see later both the original feather and a present day heir to that feather.5 meters (60 inches. a giant avian had roosted or landed there. if even for a short time. The feather was a very rare and important symbol. estimated to have been nearly as large as a wing feather from the twenty-five foot wingspan Teratorn type bird Argentavis Magnificens. FIVE FEET) and a width of 20 centimeters (8 inches). a giant feather as long as I was tall. as a young ten-year old boy with a vivid imagination. Left in the dust also. When the feather was first given to me. mystically.. forever to the desert winds. my Totem Animal. The next morning my Uncle and I got up and went out to the truck to do a few errands. I saw the feather fly high into the sky to be gone I thought. I. However. clear footprints of a huge bird along with scratches and talon marks on the tailgate as though. played very important roles in my experiences of things Shaman.that is. Laying alone in middle of the pick-up bed near the back of the cab in a very fine smooth layer of dust was a long black with white feather. with a feather length of 1. It was given to me after I had been selected out. only to somehow. True. were what appeared to be several very large. but for some reason it's loss affected me in a deep. with a small. of which I immediately lost. and this is the point I wish to make clear. double strand leather string with ten colored beads tied to it's quill. it was only a feather. See footnote  A couple of quick comments regarding the giant feather. (see) (click image) What is trying to made apparent in the above is that I did not select the feather.. reappear overnight placed carefully in the back of the pickup truck where it would be sure to be found by either myself or my Uncle the next morning.
was Enlightened. To learn the fate of the feather. New Mexico desert he loved. without the herds. so a feather as long as I was tall did not seem at all that improbable. See also the home of the ancient ones of the desert southwest. speaks volumes. after he looked deeply into my eyes and saw that the Shadow of Death had brushed . Years later I was to travel to and live in Jamaica where through a series of events I met a Shaman man of spells called an Obeah. migration became very difficult and many of the young birds as well as some of the adults died on their way south. We are talking twenty-five foot wingspan Teratorn type birds.the ramifications of it all. nor have I ever seen a second or other feathers of such large size. Santa Fe. For me at the time. It was under the auspices of the relationship between the Obeah and myself. and tales of the sacred Native American site The Sun Dagger. what happened to it. Pendejo Cave. and valuable to me. but for a bird to have required such an enormous feather in the first place. For those who would question the validity of the existance of a feather of such size in the first place. In any case. that is. Not everybody makes the connection. like his teacher before him. please visit Meditation Along Meteor Crater Rim. meaningful. but it is pretty simple stuff. by the time I was old enough for high school my Father had divorced and remarried and my Uncle had long ago gone back to the Taos. and he. as stated in the closing sentence of the Legend of the Giant Bird: The loss of the Buffalo would have a devastating effect on the migratory habits of birds of such size. They needed large open area suchs as the Great Plains or the Argentine Pampas to navigate and hunt. It was he who introduced me to things Zen. it would have to had been truly a giant creature. a mere ten year old boy with then no history or background. I never saw the bird the feather came from. It was during those high school years I met a person that had studied under a venerated Maharshi in India. it did not seem impossible that a bird could not be of any size. It was only into high school and beyond that it came to me that I had been in the presence of something truly remarkable. For the Shaman to have imparted something so rare. animals so huge they couldn't hunt in woodlands or heavy foilage.
and give him the strength necessary to perform acts. In fact.across my soul." what that power could do and where that power "came from. and further his knowledge. right or wrong. an ally is the indispensable aid to knowing. whether big or small." The Wanderling's Journey (click image) THE SHAMAN'S POWER: From Whence Does It Come? An Ally is a power a man can bring into his life to help him. guide his acts. This ally is necessary to enhance a man's life. that I truly learned of Shamanistic "power. advise him. "THE TEACHINGS OF DON JUAN: A Yaqui Way to Knowledge." . Carlos Castaneda.
" He goes on to say in a copyrighted interview in Time Magazine (March 5. Castaneda had written previously in his first book THE TEACHINGS OF DON JUAN: A Yaqui Way Of Knowledge (1968): . 1973): "The full use of power can only be acquired with the help of an "ally". In his works Castaneda writes that a sorcerer's power. There is some controversy if Don Juan Matus was a real person or a composite of several different people. a spirit entity which attaches itself to the student as a guide. his reward is "true power the final acquisition of sorcery membership."I do not deny that White Light Shields are protective. Ordinary people may NOT have the power to draw upon sufficient "voltage" to produce the desired effect. he will. In lineage his teacher's teacher was a Shaman-sorcerer known as a Diablero. but one or several.like Jacob with the Angel ." Carlos Castaneda apprenticed under a Yaqui Indian Shaman named Don Juan Matus that Castandeda refers to interchangeably as a sorcerer and man of knowledge. a Shaman's power. when all interpretation ceases. in Don Juan's slightly enigmatic terms.and loses. an occult spell-master with evil powers said to have the ability to shape shift. that is. For if he wrestles with the ally . most agree Castaneda's observations regarding Shamans and Shamanism still remain valid. I simply maintain that Shamans channel what I call heavy voltage." as Castaneda did in the earlier books. "be snuffed out." Gloria Feman Orenstein. is "unimaginable." However. The apprentice may duck this battle." But if he wins. The ally challenges the apprentice when he learns to "see. "Toward an Ecofeminist Ethic of Shamanism and the Sacred.
While what Castaneda is trying to impart from his first book rings true ".. it is NOT implied or garnered from another. and this is the clinker. whereas the average man does not. ally or no. in relation to the 1973 interview. and the fact that a man of knowledge has an ally is by itself proof that the operational goal of the teaching is being fulfilled. the "full use of power can only be acquired with the help of an 'ally'".The idea that a man of knowledge has an ally is the most important of the seven component themes. The key here is." A STUDENT. whereas the average man does not. either you have it or you don't. The true Power of the Shaman is not divisible.. drugs. not a full fledged Sorcerer or Shaman.. TOHAVE AN ALLY IMPLIES HAVING POWER. However. an ally is a power which allows one to transcend the realm of ordinary reality." However.. the power and the Shaman are ONE. and what most people miss when they start discussing an "ally" is "a spirit entity which attaches itself to the student. predict the future. that is to say. It is not held and shared with or by an ally then metered out in some fashion. like the use of medicinal plants." the "having an ally" should really read "having power. facilitate or induce spells. but denied the necessary use of later -. the same source the "ally" would draw upon for power." People think that an ally is an entity of some sort. a man of knowledge has an ally. In my classificatory scheme a man of knowledge has an ally. and having an ally is what makes him different from ordinary men. and having an ally is what makes him different from ordinary men. Sorcerers and Shamans using powers to call up answers. In reality.a euphemism for the POWER of THE POWER OF THE SHAMAN. that Castaneda speaks of. An ally is A POWER capable of transporting a man beyond the boundaries of himself. Consequently. when in reality it is an euphemism --. or garner assist or knowledge .to have an ally IMPLIES having power. for it is the only one that is indispensable to explaining what a man of knowledge is. Castaneda actually says so when he presents in his first book that "An ally is a power" and ".is a second level of use between the Shaman and the actual power source.which he used intially. or herbs (Aushadhis) --.
inherited. transitional event." in obeisance from other realms. citing another. Basically what you have here is a word-based description shaped around the phenomenon. offers in his very first chapter something similar to the following: . only thought to have one. One such trial occurs when the aspirant sorcerer (shaman) has accumulated enough personal power to meet the entity referred to as the ally. meaning a "household servant. they no longer are." and was intended to express the idea that Sorcerers and Shamans had spirits as their servants. meet. (see) In the essay Starwars. Having a "familiar" as a servant is a far cry from a ally as outlined above. and the Force. as done so by the Buddha. Just the same." Any of you that are familiar with the massive trials and tribulations faced by the Buddha as he reached toward Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree battling the three Daughters of Mara and a host of other demons will recognize the same elements in the statement above. the author writes: "Tests and trials are commonplace in the quest for knowledge: a prerequisite in fact. This encounter cannot be avoided – it is a mandatory. grab onto and overcome it. The aspirant must confront the ally. Once defeated. It is a verbal explanation by the layperson to make sense of how any unexplained form of the Power of the Shaman manifests itself. discussing the Shaman and any potential allies they may or may not have." That doesn't mean they HAVE one. or battle. Allies are essentially shapeless and featureless forms – all differing and quite terrifying. albeit as it were. ready to obey their commands. the punchline is Sorcerers and Shamans "were thought to have familiars.from planes other than the conventional were thought to have a spiritual servant. Jose Maria Poveda in his rather extensive book on shamanism. a "familiar spirit. The word "familiar" is from the Latin familiaris. Castaneda. although the power remains.
encompassing. the dark sea of awareness. and it is not just "out there" as Castaneda implies. In the same sense." By 1998 and Castaneda's last book allies are beginning to take a back seat and he goes on to write in The Active Side of Infinty speaking of INFINITY and the importance of INFINITY: Infinity is everything that surrounds us: the spirit."Don’t allow yourself to be directed by an identity that calls itself your guide. more valid for the experience of the soul than being directed by an external entity. My steps and yours are guided by infinity. much more satisfying. Of course the infinity of which Castaneda speaks is synonymous with the "emptiness" refered to in ancient texts as Sunyata. encompassed and THE encompassing. as palpable as you and I are. A limousine is usually considered something like a large luxurious automobile usually driven by a chauffeur. if you call it anything else. That is. more valid for the experience of the soul than being directed by an external entity. much more satisfying." "Because invoking INFINITY is much larger. yet it is there. a town car or whatever. The majority of the people reading this will probably be familiar with the meaning of the word limousine. Why? Because invoking infinity is much larger. The word limousine is a french word and there is really no english equivalent. specific word that encompasses the full the meaning of the power of . It is something that exists out there and rules our lives. It is impossible to determine what this intent of infinity is. What put you and me together was the intent of infinity. Sunyata is the WHOLE. for those of us who speak english there is no single. The circumstances that seem to be ruled by chance are in essence ruled by the active side of infinity: intent. it is either a limousine or it isn't.
will. You may be able to stand against a mild wave or two. There are differences. That level of expertise can vary from being very minuscule and tiny to beyond scope --. There is a Japanese word. There is another word. from the truly ancient. writes in his book DreamingAwake: "Power is one of the first barriers the warrior (Shaman) must pass in becoming a Man of Knowledge. karma. Jeffery Ellis. Always in command of both himself and the circumstances of his life. This is more than the ability to concentrate in the usual sense of the word.the Shaman. The word of which I speak is Joriki. focused through his own abilities or level of expertise. still water. and intent of the individual. carburetor. Joriki roughly translates into: the power or strength which arises when the mind has been unified and brought to one-pointedness. ancient language Sanskrit that hasn't fallen into the everyday lexicon that carries with it a similar meaning." . Power is intoxicating. he is able to move with perfect freedom and equanimity. It is a dynamic power which.with the results depending on the abilities. but even giant mountains are eventually turned to nothing but sand or even less by their power. If you have ever focused the sun to a pinpoint on your skin using a magnifying glass and felt how quickly and powerful the burning sensation is. that is more like Joriki. Magic and Siddhi create a drunkenness that is very tricky to sidestep. tomato. that has become assimulated into our language. however. which have no other real specific english equivalent. and kayak. The cultivation of certain supranormal powers is also made possible by Joriki. once mobilized. like Aladdin and the Genie. a Buddhist-Shaman of some reknown and co-founder of The Toltec Mystery School in Boulder. In the end the Power of the Shaman is akin to a longer reach or extension of the Shaman. neither is he at the mercy of his environment. enables us even in the most sudden and unexpected situations to act instantly. Siddhis. One who has developed Joriki is no longer a slave to his passions. like many words that have come to us through other cultures such as patio. and in a manner wholly appropriate to the circumstances. without pausing to collect our wits. What you wish for comes true. Siddhi is more like the power of ocean waves. Colorado. as is the state in which the mind becomes like clear.
If they were the same they would not be different. Conditions? The word conditions is an english word used in context from the Sutras for the Sanskrit word Pratyaya which means (roughly): "the pre-existing conditions thatallow primary causes to function. therefore there is an evolution or transformation of the series. that arises. they bear fruit. that does not occur. Which is elaborated on from very ancient texts: Acts do not perish. On a coarse grain level the differences manifest themselves more readily.THE "POWER" There is an axiom that goes: This being present. or playing field where acts or impulses unfold. that is they are not the same. On a fine grain level the differences are practically imperceptible. without this. and this is the punchline: The successive moments of this procession are different. Take those differences and place them into their operating field of conditionsand the evolution or transformation compounds itself. On meeting the right combination of conditions and time. They can be . Conditions are the milieu." Which basically means if the conditions are absent. then the causes are prevented. Vasubandhu the great Indian Abhidharma master wrote: Material and mental elements uniterruptedly succeed one another in a series. stage set. The successive moments are different. a procession that has action as originating cause He continues to write. even after hundreds and thousands of years.
sometimes the flow IS strong or stronger relative to the Shaman. decreased by other conditions. even though they are spent. no matter how complex any system may be or appear to beAND. However. or replaced by other conditions to accelerate or postpone results in the stream of events. that is. When conditions do manifest themselves they are for the most part not defined. small." Remember. meaning they cannot create or impact figuratively further downstream responses. or imperceptable). they are still extremely powerful in how they impose themselves on the immediate circumstances in which they are operating. but there are also times when the flow CAN be diverted in almost any direction. where small yet powerful well aimed Shaman directed impluses ever so slightly nudge the conditions which inturn modify the outcome. but that is where the knowledge of the Shaman comes in. This latter idea is known as Sensitive Dependence On Initial . from the quote above: ANY shift (that is ANY shift no matter how large. in any fashion in the conditions up or down or across the stream relative to the cause will impact the resultant outcome of that cause. Which means that conditions can. they rely upon an underlying order. but not necessarily DO modify. other times their abilities and power can overcome the "flow. It is IN those areas of conditions that the Shaman operates. It should be noted that on the scientifc side of things. even though it may not be able to be determined or known. To wit: Any shift in any fashion in the conditions up or down or across the stream relative to the causewill impact the resultant outcome of that cause. (source) And that is true. they are undefined or spent.increased by other conditions. To that extent very simple or small systems and events can cause very complex behaviors or events. Often they must bide their time and wait. Sometimes the flow from the past is so strong that little can be done except to stand fast. They arise primarily on a broader scale from causes in the distant past.
ascetic". The intermediate Chinese term is scha-men. (source) . Further ethnologic investigations shows that the true origin for the word Shaman can be tracked from the Sanskrit initially. The person wanting the change or perpetrating the change catches all the resultant outcomes from that change. Somewhat interesting is the fact that the word shaman. the resultant outflow from that or any change does not fall on the back of the Shaman IF he is acting in the stead of another person. is wise. In Pali it is schamana. Karma-wise. a sage. over time.Conditions. the coincidence of characteristics and striking similarities between Buddhist adepts and ShamansShamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstacy. used internationally. can have huge and momentous consequences. The word originated from saman (xaman). It is as though the Shaman does not exist and is in effect merely an extension or limb of the person perpetrating the change. Some people would argue quite stringently that Buddhism and Shamanism are for the most part nowhere related and to draw an anology would be creating a thin line. almost imperceptible happenstances or events. in Sanskrit Sramanatranslated to something like "buddhist monk. See: Good and Evil In Zen Enlightenment and attendant links. "to know". then through ChineseBuddhist mediation to the manchú-tangu. indicating a much deeper but now overlooked connection between early Buddhism and Shamanism generally. For example. thus allowing a change that would otherwise NOT transpire or occur in the normal flow of events if they had not interceded. However. the abilities of the Arhat relating to the sixfold knowledge of the worthy ones that includes not only the ability similar to the Cloud Shaman to appear and disappear at will. a circumstance discovered in the early 1960s by Edward Lorenz the scientist usually credited with the discovery of the Butterfly Effect --making reference to the fact that small. has its origin in manchú-tangu and has reached the ethnologic vocabulary through Russian. However. derived from the verb scha-. so shaman means someone who knows. but also the oft cited case in Buddhism and Zen by theVenerable Pindola Bharadvaja where the venerable Arhat was adomished by the Buddha for flying and performing miraculous acts infront of the faithful. Shamans and others of the same propensities or ilk develop the abilities needed to use the key that allows them to interact with conditions.
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