June 1, 2017

I was asked to translate this piece, and found parts of
it enlightening. I hope you will too.

Preface to Carlos Castaneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan

Translated from Octavio Paz's original Spanish by Carolyn Conger

A few years ago Michaux told me: "I...

September 21, 2016

We all have a longing, no matter how unconscious it may be, to experience nature—trees, wilderness, bodies of water, mountain air, freedom unbound. Even if it’s just sitting on the front porch of the house that we work so hard to make livable and secure, often we want...

April 14, 2016

“Leaving the ordinary world” does not mean leaving it physically or shunning earthly life, it refers to a state of mind. The body is like a lotus root and the mind is like the lotus blossom. The root is in the mud, but the blossom is in the air. People who attain the T...

January 30, 2016

One type of dream that is important to people who know they are in the final stage of life is the predictive dream. Everyone is interested in dreams that foretell what will happen in the future, but it’s especially poignant when a dying person dreams of his or her own...

October 2, 2015

Nothing, Lucilius, is ours, except time. We were entrusted by nature with the ownership of this single thing, so fleeting and slippery that anyone who will can oust us from possession. What fools these mortals be! They allow the cheapest and most useless things, which...

June 25, 2015

Just as our mental and physical energies are always moving between states of expansion and contraction, or activity and rest, the world around us, and in fact the whole universe, is doing the same. Everything changes. In every moment, everything is changing in some way...

June 24, 2015

In the depths of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond; and like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

March 17, 2015

I’d like to share with you a meditative practice that I’ve been using for a few months. It’s a form of contemplation that I call the Portal Jewel practice.

My inspiration came from a dream in which I was a monk sitting in a cave with other monks, hooded in sackcloth, ea...

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