From the Saroeso library
The Way of the Peasant
Starts with a dreamy child who is fascinated by the agility of ants and watches dreamily the movement of the grass as the wind blows or rain falls on water, making a mirror of a still pool, reflecting the unseen. Heesht watches and follows with interest the autumn flocks of birds as they patrol in their thousands. Heesht’s interest is not diverted by the singular movement but surveys the all as one. It does not shift, it is not captured by one thing or another. It is as though the spiders web of captivity of interest does not exist. The butterfly of thought is not caught in the web of why, where or how. Heesht follows the moment and rides the continuously changing reflections. Heesht sees the rising and falling of clouds of insects in the air and is held by the web of movement’s interest. It follows the rising and falling of the smoke from the fire as it tells its tale and watches the snow and the sleet following the wind and the weather. Heesht listens to the bells of the sheep ringing in the hills and sees the slow rising and falling of the hills and valleys and the swelling and shrinking of water in the tides on the seashore. It sees the circling of the lights around the northern or southern star and the paths followed by the sun and the moon in their travels around the sky.
To recognise a budding shaman on its growing is the main task of a shaman. Heesht shows itself at a very early age and can be spoilt at this age. The faculty must be nurtured at an age when it is assumed the child has few chances to act on its own. All grown ups can remember the unnerving gaze of a young child: it just looks at you, not judging, with the result that you judge yourself, and this ends with you liking yourself or otherwise. It triggers off your own mirror in effect, and you see yourself through its eyes. You must look for the child with this faculty and the ability to sustain its state for longer than 100 breaths. Timing is essential in detection of the budding Heesht, then further tests: does the child appear to see entities not physically present? One danger is mistaken kindness – one must not pity the child, but one must feel what it feels. Does Heesht like clouds, insects, birds or animals? Does it spend its time in high places watching them; is it fascinated by flowing water, thunder, lightning or the stars in the sky? Is dusk or dawn interesting to it? Mistaken attempts to attract its interest must be resisted – you remember what happened to you when you were enjoying a scene, and the other person said ‘Did you see…’ that bird? or that sight? or that beautiful experience?
|Isiladia||Pure reflection||field||equanimity mugagabe/
|ignorance / wisdom||1|
|Adi aldatua||abstract attention||force||reverie||volitional formations||2|
|Aldamena||scattered attention||flow||hidden agenda||progenitive||consciousness||3|
|Atzemana||Captured attention||force||mind base||5|
|Galdegai egina||focussing attention||field||form||feeling||7|
|Ezarria||Imposed attention||force||agenda decision||craving||8|
Ikusia – sight
Soinua – sound
Dasta – Taste
Ukimena – touch
Suma – smell
Ahalegina – effort
orabidea – orientation
*mest = mass, energy, space, time
The basque words above are open to change – we are not sure if we have the right ones – in fact the whole document is open to change and additions are welcomed.