cast: sorcery

“A warrior doesn’t seek anything for his solace,” he said in a tone that did not admit reproach. Then he proceeded to smash my arguments. He said that a warrior could not possibly leave anything to chance, that a warrior actually affected the outcome of events by the force of his awareness and his unbending intent.
—  Carlos Castenada -The Second Ring of Power

Do not be mistaken

Lots have been said about the Dark Night of the Soul, the critical point when doubts arise, one’s faith is tested, and becomes purified by hardship, eventually acknowledging God and its power.

But there is no such thing when threading the Crooked Path, though it has been often misused because of its apparently dark connotations. There is neither a Bright Day, nor a Dark Night (there is no calm after the storm), since there shall be no doubt, and the eventual purification leads to the realisation of one’s Power, one’s Weaknesses, and one’s Magnificence.

There is no testing point, since, in fact, the whole of the Crooked Path is a test. Deciding to tread it is a test, deciding to move forward is a test, deciding to overcome one’s deepest fears is a test. There is no easy way, only challenge. The Crooked Path grins at us, showing its teeth to scare off the frightful, and this happens since the very beginning. But this never stops, one must be attentive to detect the signals that are being received. One must be conscious that the Crooked Path never stops asking the Seeker to give himself completely to the cause, to fully commit to the search for his own Power and his place in Existence-or the Otherworld.

There can be Weakness, there can be Defeat, there can be Exhaustion, but there can be no Doubt at all, for there is something that makes the Right-hand path totally irreconcilable with the Crooked Path: the Crooked one is the reaffirmation of Will, and there can be no doubt or hesitation in a spirit lead by true and sacred Will.

Be fluid, at ease in whatever situation you find yourself. Your challenge is to deal with people with ease regardless of what they do to you. Remember what I have said, that it is of no use to be sad and complain and feel justified in doing so, believing that someone is always doing something to us. Nobody is doing anything to anybody, much less to a warrior.
—  Quotes from Don Juan and Carlos Castaneda