Serving, requirements for (Warriors' Experience)

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into Russian: Условия для служения (Опыт Воинов). Translated in draft, editing and proof-reading required.
Submitted for translation by Warriorskeep 17.03.2017

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Dearest wicked old nagal, Theun:

I am taking to heart your appeal to apprentices in Communiqué #9 and your personal challenge to me to apply my skills to the challenges mentioned therein. I have placed an announcement about the Toltec Legacy site on my personal website. I have recruited one other person so far to subscribe; nine to go. I can envision multiple ways that my skills could be put to work. Perhaps my visit to the Temple of Peace in July can serve as an opportunity to further discuss possibilities. In the meantime, following is some feminine feedback which I offer with a definite Aim in view: in the spirit of drawing out your Aims, your strategies and your reasoning behind them so that I/we can better take direction. (I would be surprised if you have not already discussed these issues at great length with others; however, we "book Warriors" do not have this advantage.)

You say in Communique #9: "Far too few people as of yet know about me and the teachings. People in general have still not heard of Théun Mares, and if they have, they have no doubt associated me with the many frauds who today parade themselves under the banner of Toltec."

I acknowledge with deep respect your undoubted satisfaction in producing the leather-bound books of unparalleled quality; but the trade paperback and hardback editions that I could once find on the shelves of any Barnes & Noble bookseller have all disappeared. Finding used copies on the Internet is a challenge, especially copies reasonably priced. Even more of a challenge is ordering those exquisite leather-bound books from South Africa. (For example, my credit card was disabled because the bank clerks were worried that the charge on my card was fraudulent. The shipment was held up for weeks for a similar reason. ) My point is: The expense and the obstacles to acquiring your books are substantial for average folks, so this strategy does have the effect of reducing your presence in the marketplace. Would you reconsider publishing trade copies again to promote your cause? How do you plan to make your presence known without having the books available in the marketplace? Personal appearances on the Oprah Winfrey television show made Eckhart Tolle and his book "A New Earth" household words in the United States. If you really want your presence known. <ww> :-)

Likewise, while acknowledging that you have produced a website of impeccable, breathtaking beauty, nevertheless the teaching facility requires a relatively high-end computer in order to run. I was dismayed when travelling recently that my three year-old laptop could not run the site. Many of the friends to whom I have recommended the Toltec Legacy site cannot run it on their older computers. I appreciate the value of overcoming obstacles along the path to reaching the teaching facility, but this strategy does have the effect of selecting out folks of ordinary means. Would you consider authorizing the development of a secondary web application that ties into the central database, but allows for regular folks to connect? (My trade is web application development; further details could be discussed if these skills or this approach would be useful.)

I quote and read from your books often in our study group, but only one person has asked to borrow my loaner copy of The Return of the Warriors last summer. I asked him recently about his impressions of the book. He frowned and said he couldn't recall anything about it. He did remember experiencing strong "ah-ha" feelings while reading it, but once he put the book down, he could remember nothing practical. He did not ask to borrow additional volumes. Another friend considers the Toltec teachings to be The Four Agreements, a book written by Don Miguel Ruiz. She appreciates the book because of its simplicity and clarity, in comparison to the depth and complexity of the readings from your books, which leave her wondering how to understand and apply what she has heard.

One of Don Miguel Ruiz's books, The Voice of Knowledge, is entirely dedicated to just one topic: recognizing the internal dialog as Not-I, written in friendly, warm language that a twelve-year-old could understand. Don Miguel's apprentices have written workbooks such as "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Toltec Wisdom" (!!!) with questions to answer and exercises to work through at the end of each chapter, and a step-by-step method for recapitulation. I mention these books because they have market presence and they reach average folks. My point is: in my experience, your books serve a definite, much needed purpose, but they begin at a level beyond the reach of the average person. Volume III books are written in a style that triggers so much social conditioning of average people here in the U.S. that they reject the whole teaching altogether. This is highly advantageous, of course, if your strategy is to filter out such people; hence my question. Would you consider having members of your unit write books -- especially including females -- for targeted purposes and audiences that are "stepped down" from the level of your writings? (I have excellent editing skills, if they would prove useful in such a project.)

In addition, or as an alternative, I propose to compile a collection of your Warriors' stories of how they used the teachings and your guidance to meet their challenges and transmute egotism. These stories would speak to the heart but in a way that also reaches the consciousness of average people. Such stories inspire others to find the courage to follow in the footsteps of those who have accomplished the extraordinary through intelligent application of true teachings and sheer persistence. Not to mention entice them to buy your other books and to subscribe to your teaching facility once hooked. (I have an eye for integrating stories and teaching, if these skills would prove useful.)

It takes many years for average people to balance their emotions and to sufficiently develop their minds just to function in their ordinary lives, much less attain the skills of the Hunter or Warrior. Would you consider authorizing study groups in the nature of "Adult Kindergarten" for introducing the basic teachings and encouraging pre-apprentices to develop supportive habits to put their lives in order? Such groups could serve as a small step in transforming the larger culture, as well as serve to grow the presence of your teachings. (I have training in facilitating groups from my Gurdjieff community experience and my master's program in organizational leadership, if these skills would prove useful.)

This leads me to my last question: in my own quest for Seeking After Truth, I had the honor to meet and discuss my questions with a Sufi-turned-Christian Elder raised in the Kebzeh warrior tradition. Once he heard I was from a Gurdjieff community (he has met many of us), he proposed that I communicate a challenge: that all the splinter groups who call themselves followers of Gurdjieff meet annually or more often to work out their differences so that they could unite under one banner. Indeed, his proposal cuts right to the core issue of separatism and polarization. I recall that you mentioned that the Toltec's Doctrine of Separate Development must come to an end. My question is: do you consider Don Miguel Ruiz to be one of the "many frauds who today parade themselves under the banner of Toltec"? Joining forces with his work would give the Toltec teachings broad scope all across the globe. Are the differences between your lineages and approaches reconcilable? (I have a connection with one of Don Miguel's apprentices, if that would be useful.)

This Elder also confirmed my impression that the Gurdjieff system as it exists today is incomplete, and he challenged me to complete it, both within myself and among the Gurdjieff groups. I was already reading your books with this precise Aim in view at the time. Now I'm truly Dreaming: I could meet the challenges that this Elder proposed to me regarding the Gurdjieff groups and meet the challenge you have proposed to your apprentices to increase the subscriber base of your online teaching facility and to make your teachings better known by introducing the idea to the worldwide base of Gurdjieff groups that the original Source and the Completion of the Gurdjieff Work lies within the ancient Toltec Teachings. With my knowledge of the Enneagram, which is a formulation of cosmic law attributed to Gurdjieff, I could use Gurdjieff's own teachings to demonstrate to them what is missing from their present-day body of knowledge (if such an approach would be in alignment with your Aims.)

I await your response.

Answer:

Ah, I see I have flushed out the Lady East in full flight, and what a gorgeous flight it is! Wow! B-:) Now I will answer your questions one a time and in point form for the sake of concise brevity. I only hope that you will not be too angry with me after my responses! <ww> and LOL! But perhaps first I should let you know what we have already put into motion and are busy working on, for this will somewhat answer your questions, although I will still answer each question specifically. :) Although my philosophy has always been to live and to let live in peace, the on-going saga of the frauds is now become a very real challenge. Yet I am still loathe, as I have always been, to hurt people who in some way ARE being of service to humanity. However, it has repeatedly been brought to my attention that MANY well-meaning people who are searching, are put off by the approach of the frauds and, as a result, today regard anything to do with the word "Toltec" as being nothing more than shamanism, airy-fairy thinking and, in general, a load of shit! Please excuse my French. In order to do something about rectifying this I have recently made the decision to do away with words such as "Toltec" and "nagal" in reaching out to the masses. Although it is obviously impossible for me to divorce myself entirely from my tradition and from who and what I am, and quite apart from the fact that it also saddens me very deeply, I feel this is very necessary to do. And so I am from now on under-playing my tradition as much as I can, although I am leaving it intact amongst those that are the converted, so to speak. But in making myself available to become more widely publicised I am instead focusing on terms such as "friend of humanity" and "Lightbringer," for apart from being nagal, I also find myself on the Path of the Lightbringer. In order to make myself more widely known I have been forced to consent to what Toltecs have always shied away from for many excellent reasons, namely, going fully public. LOL! I have NO doubt that this will be the death of me, but we no longer have a choice! I am for SURE going to die at some stage, and if this is to be in 10 years time, or next year, then why not right now, today? :) So from now on I will be on You-Tube and many other stations in the form of video interviews. The first two of these have already been made, and there are more to follow in which I will be interviewed on subjects and topics that are uppermost in people's minds today. As I have to speak the truth, and as I have already stated, I have no doubt that this will sooner or later bring down upon my head the wrath of Big Brother, and what happens after that remains to be seen. :) In addition to this we are also just about to launch a new website on which I will be making "This Darned Elusive Happiness" (Part One of Volume III) available for free, as well as offering to give people guidance on their relationships, for I believe that this today is where lies the greatest need in the lives of average men and women. With this we will also launch a new domain for The Temple of Peace. When we launch these two new websites we will also launch the first of the videos. I have also had ongoing issues surrounding the foreign translations of my books, for although we have through the years tried MANY, in each and every case the translations have been of such a poor quality as to distort the teachings and so I have been forced to cancel the agreements and to withdraw the translations from the market place. Now, at last, we will shortly have decent translations in the Russian language, which is by FAR my biggest readership, as well as e-books in German and in French. This too should help spread the teachings.

And now to answer your questions.

"I acknowledge with deep respect your undoubted satisfaction in producing the leather-bound books of unparalleled quality......"

LOL! Ouch, that was a blow beneath the belt! <g> The truth of the matter is that my books have NEVER been best-sellers and, as a result, my original publisher went bankrupt trying to market my books. He is still one of my Scholars and I love him very deeply, not only for his unconditional friendship, but also for his heartfelt and selfless service, but power made it clear that we were NOT being supported on the open market. To save the teachings I took back the publishing and did the only thing I could afford to do, print on demand and do this with the only printers and bookbinders in South Africa who could do this. Also, in order to make the books financially viable we had to withdraw from the very HIGH cost of having books in bookstores, for this entails shipping, warehousing, dispatch and handling. Hence the current books being offered only on-line, and hence their cost, for print on demand and bookbinding is not cheap, and neither is the postage. But at least the teachings were saved and are still available, albeit it at some cost. The quality? Yes. Toltecs do not support anything which is cheap and nasty. Cheap and nasty is exactly what it means - it is CHEAP and therefore EASILY come by and EASILY disposed of, and it is NASTY because it conveys the WRONG message! The teachings are humanity's HERITAGE and I don't see that as being cheap or nasty, and neither are the lives and the work of my brothers and sisters, who have laboured for millennia throughout untold hardships, cheap and nasty! I owe it to ALL concerned to uphold the BEAUTY and the QUALITY of the Yellow Rose of Friendship.

"Finding used copies on the Internet is a challenge......." :)

And yet people are so STUPID that they prefer to buy a used book from Amazon at a HIGHER price than the cost of a new one from my bookstore! LOL!

"Would you reconsider publishing trade copies again to promote your cause?"

No. And this for the reasons I have explained above. But perhaps we COULD look at e-books? I will speak to my Scholar about this. Thank you! :)

"Personal appearances on the Oprah Winfrey television show......." :)

I have been offered this before and graciously declined. I am Toltec, and no matter how much I continue to bow down to the demands of the time, I CANNOT bring myself to appear on a television show like that of Oprah. I have nothing against Oprah, but it is the GLAMOUR and the BLIND belief of the people, that if Oprah says it's good, then it MUST be! I cannot support blind belief without COMPROMISING the teachings. I have often, because of the desperate nature of our times reconsidered this possibility, but each and every time the mere thought of compromising the teachings has made me nauseas! My friend, I would rather die at the hands of the Old Sorcerers, than to compromise the teachings - the heritage of humanity. :)

"Likewise, while acknowledging that you have produced a website of impeccable, breathtaking beauty, nevertheless the teaching facility requires a relatively high-end computer in order to run." :)

Once again, as I said above, QUALITY is the name of the game! There was absolutely NO way in which I could deliver a website in which the FEELING alone would bring across the message without going the route we did - and this after MUCH discussion and decision-making.

"Would you consider authorizing the development of a secondary web application that ties into the central database, but allows for regular folks to connect?"

We DID consider doing this ourselves, but in the end I made the decision not to. Why? Well because people want life on their OWN terms, and they want it with little to no cost to themselves, and therefore once again we are back to compromise. Furthermore, once we have developed The Game of Life you will begin to see why it is also important for people to use the website as we have planned it. What you have now is only the teaching facility so that you and those like you do not have to wait for the rest to be materialised before you can start working. The Game of Life is an internet game like has never before been seen, but in order for it to BE the game of LIFE it NEEDS all the bells and the whistles. :) It would be great if we DID have an EASY access to the Mystery we call Life, and a Path of, shall we just say, Least Resistance! LOL! But Life does not work this way. Furthermore, and here I am NOT meaning to be harsh, but it is my experience after many years of working both within the formal sector of education as well as my work now, that if people are poor financially, then this is a reflection of being poor all round - physically, emotionally and mentally. I know that there ARE exceptions to this, but generally speaking it is true. Therefore of what good would it be to bring humanity its PRICELESS heritage for as little cost as possible? It would, no doubt, be SQUANDERED and PLUNDERED in no time at all! What people NEED most of all today is NOT charity, but the KNOWLEDGE of how to help themselves!

"I quote and read from your books often in our study group, but only one person has asked to borrow my loaner copy of The Return of the Warriors last summer. I asked him recently about his impressions of the book. He frowned and said he couldn't recall anything about it."

LOL! And so I rest my case in what I have already shared with you. :)

"Another friend considers the Toltec teachings to be The Four Agreements, a book written by Don Miguel Ruiz." :)

And so let your friend be in peace, for this is all she CAN grasp as of yet. Not EVERYONE, my dear friend, are as of yet fortunate enough to have the ACQUIRED ABILITY, let alone the personal power, with which to grasp the One Truth! Humanity, on the whole, is now only BARELY adult!

"My point is: in my experience, your books serve a definite, much needed purpose, but they begin at a level beyond the reach of the average person."

No. This is not true. And only a very little OBJECTIVE thought will show you why I say it is not true. Volume I is WELL within the grasp of anyone who is LITERATE and who is WILLING to use their gray matter! And I slowly, deliberately and with HUGE care, build upon every concept imparted so as to make it as CLEAR as is possible to do WITHOUT turning the teachings into mumbo-jumbo. I cannot and nor will I pamper to the illiteracy and the sheer LAZINESS of the average citizen of the United States. North Americans WANT everything handed to them on a platter and already chewed for them! And Big Brother has not been slow to cash in on this laziness, and hence the HUGE control the Old Sorcerers have gained. By all means be as angry about this as you will, but hopefully the anger will bring you the needed clarity. :)

"Volume III books are written in a style that triggers so much social conditioning of average people here in the U.S. that they reject the whole teaching altogether."

LOL! Yes, I know, and it was intended! But the time will come when people will be FORCED into seeing the TRUTH for what it really is! We cannot hide in our bullshit for ever and a day! The male and the female books were intended for those that are READY to read them, and to PROVOKE the INDIGNATION and STUPIDITY of those that only wish to play at being PAPER warriors, PAPER males and females!

"Would you consider having members of your unit write books -- especially including females -- for targeted purposes and audiences that are "stepped down" from the level of your writings?"

Sigh! Although your idea is good and has MUCH merit, I WISH that those around me had the time to record teachings given freely every day and that become lost for ever because of never seeing a "pen and paper," for I do not have the time to record ALL of my teachings. But, my friend, each and every person around me is already worked to the BONE, day in and day out, to bring as much as we have brought to humanity. I acknowledge that what we bring is not enough, not by a LONG shot, but more hours in the day we just do not have. It is NOT more work that needs to be piled onto the willing and already over-burdened shoulders of my warriors, but what IS needed are more WILLING hands from amongst those of you who CAN serve in some way.

"In addition, or as an alternative, I propose to compile a collection of your Warriors' stories of how they used the teachings and your guidance to meet their challenges and transmute egotism."

Excellent! And thank you from the bottom of my heart! :) Go for it with my blessing and with my heart.

"Would you consider authorizing study groups in the nature of "Adult Kindergarten" for introducing the basic teachings and encouraging pre-apprentices to develop supportive habits to put their lives in order? Such groups could serve as a small step in transforming the larger culture, as well as serve to grow the presence of your teachings. (I have training in facilitating groups from my Gurdjieff community experience and my master's program in organizational leadership, if these skills would prove useful.)"

I would indeed welcome and support such a step. In this respect perhaps you would also like to consider that in addition to your own excellent skills, there is also Elizabeth, one of my warriors. Elizabeth used to run the Institute for the Study of Man, and I wrote for her and taught to her, all the ISM courses for this very purpose. Elizabeth is also a teacher second to none, besides which I have also taught her to stalk second to none! LOL! Elizabeth would love to once again become active in facilitating courses of the nature you describe. Perhaps you would consider teaming up with her? Two of the courses that were already being taught by Elizabeth when we first met, were originally written by Gurdjieff, but had since then become distorted; I merely rewrote them so as to once again make them true to Gurdjieff's own unique way of teaching.

"Once he heard I was from a Gurdjieff community (he has met many of us), he proposed that I communicate a challenge: that all the splinter groups who call themselves followers of Gurdjieff meet annually or more often to work out their differences so that they could unite under one banner."

Although Gurdjieff never spoke about Toltec, he was one of the greatest warriors that ever walked this earth. His profound knowledge, and his great love of and for all of life, has always been one of my greatest inspirations. He and H.P. Blavatsky had a courage that makes an old nagal's heart skip and leap with joy! :)

"My question is: do you consider Don Miguel Ruiz to be one of the "many frauds who today parade themselves under the banner of Toltec"? Joining forces with his work would give the Toltec teachings broad scope all across the globe. Are the differences between your lineages and approaches reconcilable?"

Sigh! Miguel Ruiz! Or DON, as he in his self-importance likes to have himself referred to. Miguel once sent his right-hand lady, the one who subsequently wrote "The Idiot's Guide....." to one of my retreats to entreat me to join forces with him. When I pointed out to this lady that Miguel and I do NOT walk the same path, and neither do we speak the same language, she at first became EXCEEDINGLY angry at me, then paused, and started to reason with me, then paused again and all but begged me. When I still refused to join forces with Miguel, she was so angry that she developed a urinary tract infection, left the retreat and started to plagiarise my books. I left her and Miguel in peace, for in their own way they do serve a need. The DON, as he calls himself, is a fraud, and I will have nothing to do with him or any of his apprentices. "This Elder also confirmed my impression that the Gurdjieff system as it exists today is incomplete, and he challenged me to complete it........" It is true. Sadly Gurdjieff so utterly exhausted himself in being of service, and he did so gladly and willingly, that he died before he could finish his life's work. :(

"Now I'm truly Dreaming: I could meet the challenges that this Elder proposed to me regarding the Gurdjieff groups and meet the challenge you have proposed to your apprentices to increase the subscriber base of your online teaching facility and to make your teachings better known by introducing the idea to the worldwide base of Gurdjieff groups that the original Source and the Completion of the Gurdjieff Work lies within the ancient Toltec Teachings. With my knowledge of the Enneagram, which is a formulation of cosmic law attributed to Gurdjieff, I could use Gurdjieff's own teachings to demonstrate to them what is missing from their present-day body of knowledge (if such an approach would be in alignment with your Aims.)" :)

This is dreaming TRUE to the One Purpose, my friend! And on behalf of Gurdjieff and me, if you ARE willing to do this, then thank you once again from the bottom of my heart! It would be a huge HONOUR and an enormous PRIVILEGE for me to be associated with the lofty and truly PROFOUND work of a warrior as great as Gurdjieff! B-:) and taking off my hat. With deep admiration for a very courageous and clear-thinking lady, And with my warmest regards, I stand for ever, and humbly, in service of the One Purpose, Theun