“The nagual is the part of us which we do not deal with at all ... At the time of birth, and for a while after, we are all nagual. We sense, then that in order to function we need a counterpart to what we have. The tonal is missing and that gives us, from the very beginning, a feeling of incompleteness. Then the tonal starts to develop and it becomes utterly important to our functioning, so important that it opaques the shine of the nagual, it overwhelms it. From the moment we become all tonal we do nothing else but to increment that old feeling of incompleteness which accompanies us from the moment of our birth and whichs tells us constantly that there is another part to give us completeness”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

3 Thoughts on Idiocy


1: There are idiots.

I understand idiocy as a lack of integrity between what one knows and what one does. If I know “better” and yet act “lesser” that, in my mind, makes me an idiot. So when I say that someone is an idiot I don’t mean it in a pejorative way … I am simply saying that I perceive that person as being untrue to him/her higher-self. As I write this I  realize that this conclusion seems to go against the accepted definition … to me an idiot is not really self-involved but rather insufficiently involved with one-self.

2: I can be an idiot too.

I believe we live in a world where some people have more access to “better” then others. I consider myself a fortunate individual … I’ve had plenty of access to “better” in my life. I now live amongst people who, for the most part, have not been as fortunate as me. This leads to many situations in which I perceive them doing things I know to be “lesser” … things that I know can be done “better”. There is still in me an old (and apparently angry) habit that thinks of them as idiots. But when I actually pause and think about it I realize that I am the one without integrity. That I know better does not mean that they know better however that I know that they don’t know better means I should. I am an idiot for expecting them to behave based on what I know.

3: No, I am my own teacher

If I do happen to misperceive idiocy in someone else and in doing so dicover my own idiocy that doesn’t nake that other person a “teacher” (thinking that merely confirms my idiocy). That makes me my own teacher.

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