native american philosophy

For the shamans of ancient Mexico, the predatory condition of the universe is to be continually testing awareness. They saw that the universe creates zillions of organic beings and zillions of inorganic beings. By exerting pressure on all of them, the universe forces them to enhance their awareness, and in this fashion, the universe attempts to become aware of itself.
—  Carlos Castenada - The Teachings of Don Juan; A Yaqui Way of Knowledge