The Teachings of Don Juan



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To direct the progression towards a more pragmatic use of non-ordinary reality, don Juan explained my peculiar way of perceiving the component elements as being a crow's way of seeing the world. And, logically, that way of seeing presupposed entrance into a range of phenomena beyond normal possibilities in ordinary reality.

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The last experience recorded in my field notes was a special state of ordinary reality; don Juan produced it by isolating component elements of ordinary reality through the process of cuing about his own behaviour.

The general processes used in directing the intrinsic level of non-ordinary reality produced the following results during the course of the second special state of ordinary reality. The progression towards the specific resulted in the easy isolation of many elements of ordinary reality. In the first special state of ordinary reality, the very few component elements that were isolated through the process of cuing about the environment were also transformed into unfamiliar forms deprived of ordinary consensus; however, in the second special state of ordinary reality its component elements were numerous, and, although they did not lose their quality of being familiar elements, they may have lost their capacity for ordinary consensus. Such component elements covered, perhaps, the total environment that was within my awareness.

Don Juan may have produced this second special state in order to strengthen the link between ordinary and non-ordinary reality by developing the possibility that most, if not all, of the component elements of ordinary reality could lose their capacity to have ordinary consensus.

From my own point of view, however, that last special state was the final summation of my apprenticeship. The formidable impact of terror on the level of sober consciousness had the peculiar quality of undermining the certainty that the reality of everyday life was implicitly real, the certainty that I, in matters of ordinary reality, could provide myself with consensus indefinitely. Up to that point the course of my apprenticeship seemed to have been a continuous building towards the collapse of that certainty. Don Juan used every facet of his dramatic exertion to accomplish the collapse during that last special state, a fact prompting me to believe that complete collapse of that certainty would have removed the last barrier that kept me from accepting the existence of a separate reality: the reality of special consensus.
Appendix B
Outline for structural analysis
THE OPERATIVE ORDER
THE FIRST UNIT
Man of Knowledge

To Become a Man of Knowledge Was a Matter of Learning

There were no overt requirements

There were some covert requirements

An apprentice was selected by an impersonal power

The one that was chosen (escogido)

The power's decisions were indicated through omens

A Man of Knowledge Had Unbending Intent

Frugality

Soundness of judgement

Lack of freedom to innovate

A Man of Knowledge Had Clarity of Mind

Freedom to seek a path

Knowledge of the specific purpose

Being fluid

To Become a Man of Knowledge Was a Matter of Strenuous Labour

Dramatic exertion

Efficacy


Challenge
A Man of Knowledge Was a Warrior

He had to have respect

He had to have fear

He had to be wide-awake

Awareness of intent

Awareness of the expected flux

He had to be self-confident

To Become a Man of Knowledge Was an Unceasing Process

He had to renew the quest of becoming a man of knowledge

He was impermanent

He had to follow the path with heart
THE SECOND UNIT

A Man of Knowledge Had an Ally

An Ally Was Formless

An Ally Was Perceived as a Quality

The ally contained in Datura inoxia

It was woman-like

It was possessive

It was violent

It was unpredictable

It had a deleterious effect on the character of its followers

It was a giver of superfluous power

The ally contained in Psilocybe mexicana

It was male-like

It was dispassionate

It was gentle

It was predictable

It was beneficial to the character of its followers

It was a giver of ecstasy

An Ally Was Tamable

An ally was a vehicle

The ally contained in Datura inoxia was unpredictable

The ally contained in Psilocybe mexicana was predictable

An ally was a helper

THE THIRD UNIT


An Ally Had a Rule

The Rule Was Inflexible

Exception due to ally's direct intervention

The Rule Was Non-cumulative

The Rule Was Corroborated in Ordinary Reality

The Rule Was Corroborated in Non-ordinary Reality

The states of non-ordinary reality

Non-ordinary reality was utilizable

Non-ordinary reality had component elements

The component elements had stability

They had singularity

They lacked ordinary consensus

The specific purposes of the rule

First specific purpose, testing (Datura inoxia)

Manipulatory technique, ingestion

Second specific purpose, divination (Datura inoxia")

Manipulatory technique, ingestion-absorption

Third specific purpose, bodily flight (Datura inoxia)

Manipulatory technique, ingestion-absorption

Fourth specific purpose, testing (Psilocybe mexicana)

Manipulatory technique, ingestion-inhalation

Fifth specific purpose, movement (Psilocybe mexicana)

Manipulatory technique, ingestion-inhalation

Sixth specific purpose, movement by adopting an alternate form (Psilocybe mexicana)

Manipulatory technique, ingestion-inhalation

THE FOURTH UNIT


The Rule Was Corroborated by Special Consensus

The Benefactor

Preparing special consensus

The other states of non-ordinary reality

They were produced by Mescalito

It was contained

The container was the power itself

It did not have a rule

It did not need apprenticeship

It was a protector

It was a teacher

It had a definite form

Non-ordinary reality was utilizable

Non-ordinary reality had component elements

The special states of ordinary reality

They were produced by the teacher

Cuing about the environment

Cuing about behaviour

The recapitulation of the experience

The recollection of events

The description of the component elements

Emphasis


Positive emphasis

Negative emphasis

Lack of emphasis

Guiding special consensus

The extrinsic level of non-ordinary reality

The preparatory period

The period prior to non-ordinary reality

The period following non-ordinary reality

The transitional stages

The teacher's supervision

The intrinsic level of non-ordinary reality

Progression towards the specific

Specific single forms

Progressive complexity of perceived detail

Progression from familiar to unfamiliar forms

Specific total results

Progression towards a more extensive range of appraisal

Dependent range

Independent range

Progression towards a more pragmatic use of nonordinary reality

Progression towards the specific in special states ofordinary reality
THE CONCEPTUAL ORDER
The Apprentice

The fallacious adoption of the conceptual order

The bona fide adoption of the conceptual order

Reality of special consensus



The reality of special consensus had pragmatic value

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