Are You A Peasant Or A Warrior?

Are you a victim or a winner? Are you a peasant or are you a warrior?

Carols Castanenda’s don Juan describes peasants as ordinary men who view everything in life as either a blessing or a curse. As a peasant you have no personal power over your own destiny, no control. If you are good and behave yourself, maybe you’ll get someone generous to throw you a bone from the table.

Today’s peasants are those who fear and resist change. If you are always painting yourself as a victim or circumstance, because everything wrong with your life is everyone else’s fault, you are controlled by your own internal limitations; and you live your life as a peasant.

Wouldn’t you rather be a warrior? To be someone who sees life as chance to embrace change, and an opportunity to learn and grow? Warriors are masters of life and see their experiences as they unfold as exciting opportunities.

Warriors are constant top performers who always get the job done regardless of external circumstances. Warriors do not worry about their competition, but instead focus on what they want to do and then just go out and do it. They understand that while conditions may have an impact they are not controlled by them.

Here are some great Carlos Castaneda/don Juan quotes. I hope they will inspire you to live like a warrior and not a peasant:

“The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity.”

“The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.”

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”

“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.”

“A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting.”

“Death is the only wise adviser that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you’re about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you’re wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, ‘I haven’t touched you yet.”

“Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

Did any of these quotes resonate with you? Can you now see the difference between living like a peasant and the choice to live life as a warrior?

Do you have any favorite Carlos Castaneda quotes that you would like to share?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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