I just finished reading "The Eagle's Gift" by Carlos Castaneda. This is probably the 4th or 5th time I've read it. These are just such an excellent series of books & I've started "Journey to Ixtlan. This is a passage from it.
"Little by little you must create a fog around yourself; you must erase everything around you until nothing can be taken for granted, until nothing is any longer for sure, or real. Your problem now is that you're too real. Your endeavors are too real; your moods are too real. Don't take things so for granted You must begin to erase yourself."
Which reminded me of this newspaper clipping from The NY Times that I found 20 years ago stuck inside an old record sleeve.