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A Great Initiation Called Death

By Julian Rose, Waking Times

There’s no point in pretending it’s something not to think about. We do anyway don’t we? But it’s how we think about it that matters – and how we feel about it, even more so.

Carlos Castaneda rivets our attention on the ever imminent reality in proclaiming the Shaman’s rule:

…that unless one can stand face to face with the unflinching reality of death – one is unsuited to the role of warrior traveler.

Now some might retort, “We are not aspiring to be warriors anyway, so why make a big deal out of it?” OK, but let’s not confuse the more standard war-like connotation of that word ‘warrior’ with its further meaning as: warrior traveler. Continue reading A Great Initiation Called Death