"The sorcerer's description of the world is perceivable. But our insistence on holding on to our standard version of reality renders us almost deaf and blind to it."
"For the sake of validating this premise I will concentrate the best of my efforts into leading you into a genuine conviction that what you hold in mind as the world at hand is merely a description of the world; a description that has been pounded into you from the moment you were born.
"Everyone who comes into contact with a child is a teacher who incessantly describes the world to him, until the moment when the child is capable of perceiving the world as it is described. We have no memory of that portentous moment, simply because none of us could possibly have had any point of reference to compare it to anything else. From that moment on, however, the child is a member. He knows the description of the world; and his membership becomes full-fledged, perhaps, when he is capable of making all the proper perceptual interpretations which, by conforming to that description, validate it.
"The reality of our day-to-day life, then, consists of an endless flow of perceptual interpretations which we, the individuals who share a specific membership, have learned to make in common.
"The idea that the perceptual interpretations that make up the world have a flow is congruous with the fact that they run uninterruptedly and are rarely, if ever, open to question. In fact the reality of the world we know is so taken for granted that the basic premise of sorcery, that our reality is merely one of many descriptions, can hardly be taken as a serious proposition.
"As a teacher of sorcery, my endeavor is to describe the world to you. Your difficulty in grasping my concepts and methods will stem from the fact that the units of my description are alien and incompatible with those of your own.
"I am teaching you how to see as opposed to merely looking, and stopping the world is the first step to seeing.
—Don Juan to Carlos Castenada, excerpt from Journey to Ixtlan
How do we stop the world? We need to make a radical shift from our routine habits to become aware of, and open to, another reality. Toltec initiate Mario Mayorga will be be our guide in our online webSalon The Path of Toltec Wisdom · Life as Art coming up on Sunday, February 2 and we invite you to bring your comments and questions. RESERVE YOUR PLACE BELOW.
For those who want to go deeper, Path with a Heart - Pilgrimage and Vision Quest provides an opportunity to be with yourself and nature in a way that can enlighten your path and transform your life. Using ancient Toltec practices, you will be able to experience underwater caves and waterfalls, mountains and deserts, and emerge with a new perception of the world. If you've been feeling a call to significantly change your world, I invite you to find out more and sign-up for this spiritual adventure.
• 60 to 90-minute video seminar with Mario Mayorga
• Add your voice to the interactive fireside chat with a global community
• Watch as often as you like...unlimited online access to the recording
• Why not invite your friends to join you?
• Web·Salon fee by donation (suggested donation €15)
Mario has more than 25 years of relationship with the most preserved indigenous groups of Mexico sharing Toltec roots, specifically the Huichols, Mazatecs, Nahuas, and Mayas.
He is the founder and director of Con Ciencia Indígena (with Indigenous Science), teaching workshops and leading retreats and vision quest pilgrimages. As a member of Conservacion Humana A.C., he was instrumental in the re-opening of an almost lost millenary pilgrimage route, a 680 kilometers walk to the most sacred lands of the Huichol nation.
Mario was filmed by The History Channel for a segment in the series “Strange Rituals” in the episode “Last Rites”.
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