Our Sunday Guest: don Juan Matus shares his thoughts on Seeing.   Leave a comment

            “Whenever you look at things you don’t see them.  You just look at them, I suppose to make sure that something is there.  Since you’re not concerned with seeing, things look very much the same every time you look at them.  When you learn to see, on the other hand, a thing is never the same every time you see it, and yet it is the same.  I told you, for instance, that a man is like an egg.  Every time I see the same man I see an egg, yet it is not the same egg.”

            “Real people look like luminous eggs when you see them.  Nonpeople always look like people.  That’s what I meant when I said you cannot see an ally.  The allies take different forms.  They look like dogs, coyotes, birds, even tumbleweeds, or anything else.  The only difference is that when you see them they look just like what they are pretending to be.  Everything has its own way of being when you see.  Just like men look like eggs, other things look like something else, but the allies can be seen only in the form they are portraying.  That form is good enough to fool the eyes; that is.  A dog is never fooled, neither is a crow.”

                                                                                                            ~ don Juan Matus

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Excerpted from:



Further Conversations with Don Juan

Touchstone Books, 1971


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