Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.

follow the heart

I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere

Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old man asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young, and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it. Now I do understand it. I will tell you what it is: Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. My benefactor’s question has meaning now. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn’t. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.


by Carlos Castaneda (25 December 1925 – 27 April 1998)
from The teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui way of knowledge (1968)
image and inspiration for this excerpt – alicepopkorn

| More

One Response to “Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.”

  1. Juanita Says:

    This is so true. If one asked oneself that question honestly before making any major decision, it would probably lead to a lot less compromising being done.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.