“Personal history must be constantly renewed by telling parents, relatives, and friends everything one does. On the other hand, for the warrior who has no personal history, no explanations are needed; nobody is angry or disillusioned with his acts. And above all, no one pins him down with their thoughts and their expectations.”~ Carlos Castaneda Quotes from Journey to Ixtlan
My friend Bruce Scott, always tells me a story in less than a minute. It is his practise to question why he is telling the story, he asks himself “Why am I telling you this and what am I wanting you to know?“. I like this. It feels spacious, freeing us from our habit of repeating our personal history over and over. Words are energy, their have power over us and over others. If we tell ourselves a story about our past, present or future enough times, we will begin to believe it and all our actions will come from this belief. Some of us, most of us, carry stories about ourselves that are not even our own, other people have given them to us.
The “Warrior’s” work is to bring awareness to all the stories and beliefs that are held within the mind and then free themselves from it. The best way to free ourselves is to stop speaking it out loud to “parents, relatives, and friends” . It takes practise, to break a habit we have occupied for many years, we need to be patient with ourselves. If, we become aware of ourselves repeating an old story to someone, we could know that our awareness is enough.