Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sorcerer or Shaman



This month Minnie is exploring the alphabet by digging out the unusual, often unexplained and alternative way of thinking. Stories of creatures, places and mysteries that have been passed down to us through centuries tease our imagination, live in our dreams and dare us to explore the impossible. Join Minnie each day as she discovers something unusual in the alphabet.

 
"We’re off to see the Shaman and follow the yellow brick road, just make sure you wear comfortable shoes."
Many years ago, while working for one of the buyers at B. Dalton Booksellers, I came across a series of books that changed my way of thinking. These were books on Nagual Sorcery and the sorcerer Don Juan Matus written by Carlos Castaneda. Matus is described as a Yaqui Indian to whom Castaneda was first introduced at a bus depot in Yuma, Arizona in the early 1960s. He turns out to be a 'Man of Knowledge' who imparts much of his wisdom and clarity through his 'connection' with Castaneda. The Knowledge is passed on to Castaneda by means of actual experiences, simple exercises and much patience on the part of both which ends in further transforming both characters' view of the world.

©2010-2012 *AlMaNeGrA

The existence of this man has caused some controversy. Regardless of whether don Juan is a fictional character, or an actual human subject of study in Castaneda's books, Juan tells Castaneda that he is a brujo (Spanish for sorcerer or medicine man); a sort of healer, sorcerer or shaman, who had inherited an ancient Mesoamerican practice for vastly enhancing one's awareness of, and interaction with, the energies of the Earth and its assorted beings.
Don Juan's philosophy might be summed up in a passage from Castaneda's first book, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge:

“For me there is only the traveling on the paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge for me is to traverse its full length. And there I travel—looking, looking, breathlessly.”

Do Sorcerers really exist? I believe they do, but the definition might need further examination. If you have not read these books I recommend you do so. Most likely they will also open your eyes to another way of thinking.

10 comments:

icedgurl said...

trekking your blog!!! i think there is. but its not like what we imagine. i think they are more modernized as if the are normal people. hmmmm.....

cheers!
..TREK..

J.W. Alden said...

Very interesting! The sorcerers I deal with are usually of the fictional variety, but an open mind is never a bad thing to have.

J.W. Alden

Lynn Proctor said...

i wouldn't know if they exist but they sure make for interesting discussions

Karen Walker said...

oooh, I have not read these books but I will now. Thanks, Siv.
Karen

Pk Hrezo said...

Interesting. I find the concept fascinating... and it's been around forever.

Stephanie V said...

We humans will always need sorcerers and magic. Most of us indulge in magical thinking every day...it would be good to know what real magic was.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't think they exist the way we tend to think about them in Medieval times.

mindthagap said...

I'm vising from A-Z, very intriguing, thanks for the lesson!

mshatch said...

I have one of Carlos Castaneda's books. You've made me want to read it.

Susan Kane said...

Even the Bible verifies the existence of sorcerers. The source of power does not come from God. That alone would makes me nervous.