"But it is inconvievable that a coyote could talk," I said.
"It wasn't talk." don Juan replied. "Your body understood but you failed to recognise that it was not a coyote to begin with and it certainly was not talking the way you and I talk. Yesterday you stopped the world and you might have even seen, because the world had collapsed".
"The world was like it is today, don Juan".
"No it wasn't. Today coyotes do not tell you anything, and you cannot see the lines of the world. Yesterday you did all that because something had stopped in you".
"What was the thing that stopped in me?"
"What stopped in you yesterday was what people have been telling you the world is like. People tell us from the time we are born that the world is such and such and so and so, and naturally we have no choice but to see the world the way people have been telling us it is".
"Yesterday you saw the world as inner world travelers tell you it is. In that world coyotes talk and so do deer and trees. But what I want you to learn is seeing. Seeing happens only when one looks between the worlds, between the world of ordinary people and the world of the inner world travelers".
"The real thing is when the body realizes that it can see. Only then is one capable of knowing that the world we look at every day is only a description. My intent has been to show you that".