Tuesday, April 15, 2008

How to Choose Your True Path


There are many realities, there is only one Truth. You are at a stage where you know there really isn't anything that's a choice: there is one path for you to walk on, and the rest are distractions, tempting as they might be. The fire and the sorrow that you feel in your heart immediately as you contemplate a "choice" - which is in truth distractive - is a blessing. This is why they say that in each instance, the Universe is a blessing, it is based on the principle of positivity.

When you feel that fire, when you feel that hollow - thank Allah! Thank yourself, too, for being alive and sensitive to your condition within (and without). Thank Allah for giving you the capacity to discern what's your destiny from amongst a myriad of intellectual choices.

The mind knows many things, the heart knows only one thing: the Truth.

You were choosing, once again, from what is freely available to you - except, of course, the most disastrous of distractions, for even looking at them can destroy what you have walked towards. You were given all that you desired, which then brought up three questions:
  • What do you desire?
  • Why do you desire it?
  • Even if it's meant for you, why do you still approach your fate from the path of desire? Why not be liberated?
No wonder your heart was on fire again, and you could not sleep. You will not sleep until your intention has been chiseled into beauty.... I will not say perfection, because we are creations, we are in constant change, we are not permanent, we are not perfect nor meant to be.

So, choosing your true path is actually easy, given that your perception is trained to see positivity above negativity. Negativity is somehow more obvious, may be because it pulls our energies so dramatically that we cannot but know it exists. Actually, this ought to be a blessing because through this feeling of being consumed, we ought to know what not to be consumed by.... but it's not enough to feel, what is needed is to act according to what we have perceived.

The fortunate ones, however, train to perceive positivity. It is that beatific, serene, expansive path which puzzles some because it seems to be not "doing" anything. That's the beauty of it, for it does not act upon us as much as it allows us to be who we truly are. Positivity in humans exhibits in the form of those souls around whom we feel safe, joyful, creative, and "ourselves."

The heart knows this all. It is the receptor of feeling. The heart can be blinded by the mind's desire - its chemical, conditioning-driven desires - but the heart truly knows.

You will, Prophecy, always find comfort in choosing that which the heart chooses. That which the heart feels secure in. The path where there is no guilt, no rancor. Of all the mess of choices, your heart knows where love is. It is difficult, sometimes, because we are conditioned so terribly by our world, but ultimately, your peace and growth is in that choice.

I leave you with an affirmation from Don Juan, speaking to his pupil, Carlos Castaneda:

Anything is one of a million paths [un camino entre cantidades de caminos]. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old man asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young, and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it. Now I understand it. I will tell you what it is: Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. My benefactor's question has meaning now. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you. (pg. 105-06)

'But how will I know for sure whether a path has a heart or not?' 'Anybody would know that. The trouble is nobody asks the question; and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path.' (pg. 166)

Selections from The Teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui Way of Knowledge

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