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 Encounters with the Nagual, part 2

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Encounters with the Nagual, part 2

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1. I even dreamt. But when I tried stalking, I only got ambiguous results, or wound up feeling ridiculous. ; Apparently, Carlos was aware of my efforts, because at one point he called me, and told me: \"Don't get complicated. You are making a caricature of the teachings. If you want to stalk, observe yourself. We are all excellent hunters, stalking is our natural gift. When hunger presses us, we sharpen ourselves; children cry and achieve what they want; women entrap men and men get even with each other, swindling in business. Stalking is to be able to get away with what you want. \"If you become aware of the world you live in, you will understand that simply staying attentive to it is a kind of stalking. Since we learned to do that long before our capacity to discriminate was developed, we feel it as something perfectly natural and hardly ever question it. But all our actions, even the most altruistic, are imbued with the hunter's spirit. \"Ordinary man doesn't know he is stalking, because his character has been subjugated by socialization. He is convinced that his existence is important, so his actions are at the service of his self- importance, not the expansion of his awareness.\" He added that one of the characteristics of self-importance is that it betrays us. \"Important people don't flow, they give themselves airs, show off their attributes, and lack the necessary grace and the speed to hide. Their luminosity is too rigid, and can only achieve flexibility when they no longer have anything to defend. \"The method of sorcerers consists on focusing on the reality in which we live, but in a new way. Rather than just accumulating information, what they seek is to compact their energy. A warrior is someone who has learned to stalk himself, and is no longer burdened with a heavy image to present to others. Nobody can detect him if he doesn't want them to, because he doesn't have attachments. He is above the hunter, because he has learned to laugh at himself.\" He told me how his instructor Dona Florinda Matus taught him to be inconspicuous. \"Just at the time when my books transformed me into a rich man, she sent me to fry hamburgers in a highway restaurant! For years, I worked with my money in plain sight, without being able to spend it. She said that would teach me not to lose the appropriate perspective. And I learned my lesson! \"Some time after that, I was given another opportunity to be invisible. I had taken some cactuses to the house of a friend and began to plant them. Suddenly, two reporters from The Times, who had spent a long time trying to find me, appeared. They figured I was a peon and asked for the owner of the house. 'Knock there', I told them, and pointed at the door. My friend answered their questions: 'No, I haven't seen him', and the reporters left, wondering where the hell Castaneda could be.\" He went on saying that since the problem of self-importance is a personal matter, each warrior should adapt the teachings to his own conditions. Therefore, the stalking techniques are extremely flexible. But the training is the same for everyone, and concerns getting rid of superfluous routines and acquiring enough discipline to recognize the signs of intent. Both achievements constitute true feats of character. \"The best way of acquiring that degree of discipline is to deal actively with a petty tyrant.\" In response to my queries, he explained that a petty tyrant is somebody who makes our life impossible. In past times, this kind of people could hurt us physically or even kill us; nowadays, that kind of petty tyrants practically don't exist. However, due to the high level of importance that we grant ourselves, anyone in a position of bothering us works as a petty tyrant. Far from avoiding it, we should face, not the petty tyrant, but our own stupidity.
2. \"The petty tyrant is necessary because most of us are too lazy to change by ourselves. He moves the fixation of 'me', making our weaknesses appear. He makes us see the truth - that we are not important - and he is willing to demonstrate it with actions. To learn how to treat him is the only really effective way to refine stalking. \"A petty tyrant is so important for the task that it can become an obsession for an apprentice to look for one and get in touch with him. A sincere gratitude is the only appropriate feeling for a warrior who has found one to fit his measure. \"Petty tyrants are plentiful, what is not plentiful is the guts to look for them, establish a connection with them by means of stalking, and cause their anger, putting oneself within their reach and, at the same lime, scheming devastating strategies. Instead, we spend our life running away from situations that produce pain, irritation, fear, or confusion. In that way, we lose one of the most valuable tools that spirit has put in our path.\" \"What is the strategy to confront that kind of enemies?\" \"Above all, don't see them as enemies; they are involuntary allies in your own cause. Don't lose sight of the fact that the battle is not fought for the ego, but for energy. The important thing is to win, not that the other one loses. A petty tyrant doesn't know that, and that is his weakness. \"In my case, I had the privilege of dealing with several of those people, although I was never given an encounter of the exquisite quality that my teacher had.\" He told me that, when his apprenticeship began, his main impediment to approaching the art of stalking was impatience. To help him, Don Juan once demanded that he establish a friendship with a certain person who lived in an old age home. \"When I met him, he turned out to be an annoying old man who was in the habit of telling everyone how in his youth, in the 1920s, he had been witness to a spectacular event. He was sitting in an Italian coffee shop. Suddenly, a car stopped in front of the door, and out came several people armed with machine guns, and they began to shoot towards the establishment. Thanks to his lucky star, my friend could hide under some tables and was unhurt. \"The anecdote apparently constituted the only treasure in this old man's life. Unfortunately for us who knew him, the old man suffered from amnesia and was always forgetting whom he had told it to. I had to suffer through it again and again for years. Every time I arrived at the retirement home, he would invariably cling to my arm and wonder: 'Did I ever tell you how I was attacked by some gangsters?' \"I felt pity for him, because somehow he made me think of my own uncertain future. But at the end I had enough; I returned to Don Juan and told him: 'I can't stand this old man anymore! He is really infuriating! What is the point of making me visit him?' \"But Don Juan was inflexible; he ordered that, starting from that day, I had to go visit the old man every day, or give up my apprenticeship. \"Alarmed by this threat, I gathered all my patience and tried to complete the task. Sometimes I fantasized, thinking of the possibility that the old man was not the person he seemed to be. That gave me encouragement to continue with my task. One day, when I arrived at the retirement home and asked for my friend, they informed me that he had died.\" Perceptual Homogenization
3. That afternoon, Carlos was talking to us about certain characteristics of perception. He told us that human beings have inherited from the dinosaurs the trait of seeing the sky as a blue color. On the other hand, he claimed that our relatives, the primates, see it as a yellow color. Answering a question from someone, he described the world in which we live as 'a conglomerate of interpretation units.' Understanding that this definition was an obscure one for his listeners, he explained: \"Man belongs to the primate group . His great fortune is that he can achieve unique expressions of awareness due to his capacity for attention and analysis. However, pure perception is always interfered with by the way we interpret. Therefore, our reality molds itself to our description. \"The goal of sorcerers is to perceive all that is humanly possible. Since we cannot escape our biological condition, let us be sublime monkeys!\" \"To perfect our understanding\", he added, \"the path of attention is all we've got.\" That same night I had an opportunity to talk with him, and I asked him to break his statements into smaller pieces for me. He said that due to our biological condition, we all work as units of perception. And it is possible for us to make 'a miracle of attention: Perceptual homogenization'. \"What does 'units of perception' mean?\" I asked. \"It means that, since we are autonomous beings, our perception could also be autonomous. But it is not, because by coming to an agreement with our fellow men, we all perceive the same thing. That extraordinary ability, which began as a voluntary consent aimed at survival, has ended up tying us to our own descriptions\" He affirmed that the flow of the Eagle's emanations is continually new and disconcerting, but we don't see it because we live three steps removed from the real world: Our innate sensitivity, our biological interpretation, and our social agreement. Those steps do not happen simultaneously, but their speed is superior to anything we can consciously determine; because of that, we take for a fact the world we perceive. I asked him to to give an example . He answered: \"Imagine that at this moment you witness a group of the Eagle's emanations. Automatically, you transform it into something sensorial, with characteristics like brightness, sound, movement, etc. Then memory intervenes, which is under the obligation to give everything meaning, and you recognize it, for example, as another person. Lastly, your social inventory classifies it, by comparing the person with those you know; that classification allows you to identify him. Already, you are a good distance away from the real fact, which is indescribable, because it is unique. \"The same thing happens with everything we see. Our comprehension is the result of a long process of purifications or skimmings', as Don Juan called them. We skim everything, and in that way we modify the world that surrounds us to such an extent that there is very little left of the original. Although this situation helps us to live under better conditions, it also enslaves us to our own creation, and makes us predictable. \"When we homogenize our assemblage points, the only things we allow ourselves to perceive are those which do not go against our preconceived idea of the world. We are like horses who after learning a path can no longer enjoy their freedom; all they do is to repeat a pattern. That homogeneity is frightful, it is too much. Start thinking! Something is missing!\" He maintained that any preconceived idea, even something as simple as the names we give things, keeps us tied to reason, because it forces us to create mechanisms of judgement. \"For example, when you say: 'I believe in God', in fact you are saying: 'They told me certain ideas and I have chosen to adopt them; now I even kill for them'. Then you are not the one who decides! It is the other, the implanted judgement.
4. \"The ideal thing is that your determine your life starting from your own experience. If your belief takes something away from you, beware! Everything that doesn't make you free, enslaves you. \"Being focused on a particular aspect of the human inventory has two effects: it turns us into specialists in our field, but, at the same time, it will fossilize the energy conduits, which will then only react to certain stimuli, saturating our self with ideas and opinions. \"A warrior cannot have the luxury of following people's ways, nor can he be a reactionary, because his freedom means to exercise other alternatives.\" I asked him which alternatives he meant, but he gave me a pat on the shoulder and told me that it was too late. \"We will continue another day.\" Predators Of Awareness Our conversation was not resumed before several years had passed. On that occasion - one of his informal meetings - Carlos brought up an entirely new and frightening concept, which gave rise to the most passionate controversies. \"Man,\" he said, \"is a magical being, he has the same capacity to fly into the universe as any one of the millions of awareness that exist. But, at some point in his history, he lost his freedom. Now his mind is no longer his own, it is an implant.\" He claimed that human beings are hostages to a group of cosmic entities who are devoted predators, and who sorcerers call 'flyers'. He said this had been a very secret topic among the ancient seers, but due to an omen, he had realized that the time had come to disclose it. The omen was a picture that his friend Tony, a Christian Buddhist, had taken. In it appeared the sharply outlined figure of a dark and ominous creature, floating above a multitude of the faithful gathered among the pyramids of Teotihuacan. \"My cohorts and I decided that it is time to let you know our true situation as social beings, even at the cost of all the distrust that this information may generate in the public.\" When I had the opportunity, I asked him to tell me more about the flyers, and then he told me one of the most terrifying aspects of Don Juan's world: That we are prisoners of beings who came from the confines of the universe, and that they use us as casually as we use chickens. He explained: \"The portion of the universe accessible to us is the operative field of two radically different kinds of awareness. One, which includes plants and animals, and also human beings, is a whitish awareness; it is young, a generator of energy. The other one is an infinitely older and more parasitic awareness, possessor of an immense quantity of knowledge. \"Besides men and other beings that inhabit this Earth, there is in the universe an immense range of inorganic entities. They are present among us, and occasionally they are visible. We call them ghosts or apparitions. One of those species, which seers describe as enormous, black, flying shapes, arrived here at some point from the depths of cosmos, and found an oasis of awareness in our world. They have specialized in 'milking us'.\" \"That is incredible!\" I exclaimed.
5. \"I know, but it is the pure and terrifying truth. Have you never wondered about people's energetic and emotional ups and downs? It is the predator, who shows up periodically to pick up his quota of awareness. They only leave enough so that we may continue living, and sometimes not even that.\" \"What do you mean?\" \"Sometimes they take too much, and the person becomes gravely ill, and may even die.\" I couldn't believe what I was hearing. \"Do you mean we are being eaten alive?\" I asked. He smiled. \"Well, they don't literally 'eat' us, what they do is a vibratory transfer. Awareness is energy and they can align with us. Since by nature they are always hungry, and we, on the other hand, exude light, the result of that alignment can be described as energy robbery.\" \"But why do they do it?\" \"Because, on the cosmic plane, energy is the most powerful currency, and we all want it, and we humans are a vital race, stuffed with nourishment. Every living being eats other beings, and the most powerful always comes out the winner. Who said man is at the top of the food chain? That idea could only have come from a human being. To inorganic beings, we are the prey.\" I commented that it was inconceivable to me that entities that are even more aware than us could be predatory to that extent. He replied: \"But what do you think you're doing when you eat a lettuce or a beefsteak? You are eating life! Your sensibility is hypocritical. Cosmic predators are no more and no less cruel than we are. When a stronger race consumes another, inferior one, it is helping its energy to evolve. \"I have already told you that in the universe there is only war. The confrontations of men are a reflection of what happens out there. It is normal for one species to try to consume another; a warrior does not complain about it, and tries to survive.\" \"And how do they consume us?\" \"Through our emotions, properly directed by the internal dialogue. They have designed our social environment in such a way that we are constantly shooting off waves of emotions, which are immediately absorbed. Best of all, they like attacks of ego; for them, that is an exquisite mouthful. Such emotions are the same anywhere in the universe where they occur, and they have learned how to metabolize them. \"Some consume us for our lust, anger, or fear; others prefer more delicate feelings, like love or fondness. But they are all after the same thing. Normally, they attack us around the area of the head, heart, or stomach, where we store the thickest part of our energy.\" \"Do they attack animals, too?\" \"These creatures use everything that's available, but they prefer organized awareness. They drain animals and plants in the part of their attention that is not too fixed. They even attack other inorganic beings, but they can see them and avoid them, like we avoid mosquitoes. The only ones who are completely trapped by them are human beings.\" \"How is it possible that all this is happening without us realizing it?\" \"Because we inherit the exchange with those beings almost like a genetic condition, and it feels natural to us. When someone is born, the mother offers it like food, without realizing it, because her mind is also controlled. Baptizing the child is like signing an agreement. Starting from there, she devotes herself to install acceptable behavior patterns; she tames the child, reduces its warring side, and transforms it into a meek sheep. \"When a boy has sufficient energy to reject that imposition, but not enough to enter the path of the warrior, he becomes a rebel, or socially maladjusted.
6. \"The flyers' advantage stems from the difference between our levels of awareness. They are very powerful and vast entities; the idea that we have of them is equivalent to the one an ant will have of us. \"However, their presence is painful and you can measure it in various ways. For example, when they provoke us into attacks of rationality or distrust, or when we are tempted to violate our own decisions. Lunatics can detect them very easily - too easily, I would say - since they feel physically how these beings settle on their shoulders, generating paranoia. Suicide is the stamp of flyers, because the flyers' mind is potentially homicidal.\" \"You say that it is an exchange, but what do we gain from such plunder?\" \"In exchange for our energy, the flyers have given us our mind, our attachments, and our ego. For them, we are not their slaves, but a kind of salaried workers. They bestowed these privileges on a primitive race and gave us the gift of thinking, which made us evolve; indeed, they have civilized us. If not for them, we would still be hiding in caves or making nests on treetops. \"The flyers control us through our traditions and customs. They are the masters of religion, the creators of history. We hear their voice on the radio and we read their ideas in the newspapers. They manage all our means of information, and our belief systems. Their strategy is magnificent. For example, there was an honest man who spoke of love and freedom; they have transformed it into self-pity and servility. They do it with everyone, even with naguals. For that reason, the work of a sorcerer is solitary. \"For millennia, flyers have concocted plans to collectivize us. There was a time when they became so shameless that they were even seen in public, and people made representations of them in stone. Those were dark times; they were everywhere. But now their strategy has become so intelligent that we don't even know they exist. In the past, they hooked us through our credulity, today, through our materialism. They are responsible for modern man's ambition not to have to think for himself; just observe how long somebody will tolerate silence!\" \"Why the change in their strategy?\" \"Because, at this time, they are running a great risk. Humanity is in very quick and constant contact, and information can reach anyone. Either they must fill our heads, bombarding us day and night with all kind of suggestions, or there will be some who will realize and warn the others.\" \"What would happen if we were able to repel those entities?\" \"In one week, we would recover our vitality and we would be shining again. But, as normal human beings, we cannot think about that possibility, because it would imply to go against all that is socially acceptable. Fortunately, sorcerers have one weapon: Discipline. \"The encounter with inorganic beings happens gradually. In the beginning, we don't notice them. But an apprentice begins to see them in his dreams and then while he is awake - something that can drive him crazy, if he doesn't learn how to act as a warrior. Once he understands, he can confront them. \"Sorcerers manipulate the foreign mind, turning into energy hunters. It is for that purpose my cohorts and I have designed Tensegrity exercises for the masses. They have the virtue of liberating us from the flyer's mind. \"In this sense, sorcerers are opportunists. They take advantage of the push they've been given and say to their captors: 'Thanks for everything, see you later! The agreement you made was with my ancestors, not with me'. When recapitulating their life, they are literally snatching the food out of the flyer's mouth. It is like going to the store and returning a product to the shopkeeper, demanding your money back. The inorganic beings don't like it, but they can't do anything about it. \"Our advantage is that we are dispensable, there is a lot of food around! A position of total alertness, which is nothing but discipline, creates such conditions in our attention that we don't taste good any more to those beings. In that case, they turn away and leave us in peace.\" Losing The Mind
7. In another conversation, Carlos said that our reason is a byproduct of the foreign mind, and that we shouldn't trust it. For someone with my mental make-up, this was very difficult to accept. When I asked him about this, he explained that what sorcerers reject is not the capacity of reason to reach conclusions, but the way it is imposed on our life as if it is the only alternative. \"Rationality makes us feel like a solid block, and we begin to grant the greatest importance to concepts like 'reality'. When we face unusual situations, like those which assault the sorcerer, we tell ourselves: 'It is not reasonable', and it seems we have said everything there is to say. \"The world of our mind is dictatorial, but fragile. After some years of continuous use, the self becomes so heavy that it is just common sense to give it a rest in order to continue ahead. \"A warrior fights to break the description of the world which has been injected into him, in order to open up a space for new things. His war is against the self. For that purpose, he tries to be permanently aware of his potential. Since the content of perception depends on the position of the assemblage point, a warrior tries with all his might to loosen the fixation of that point. Instead of creating a cult out of his speculations, he pays attention to certain premises of the path of sorcerers. \"Those premises say that, in the first place, only a high level of energy can enable one to deal adequately with the world. And second: Rationality is a consequence of the fixation of the assemblage point in the position of reason, and that point moves when we achieve internal silence. Third: In our luminous field, there are other positions every bit as pragmatic as rationality. Fourth: When we achieve a point of view which includes reason as well as its twin center, silent knowledge, concepts like truth and lies stop being operative, and it becomes patently clear that man's true dilemma is to have energy, or not have it. \"Sorcerers reason in a different way to ordinary people. For them, to anchor attention is insanity, and to make it flow is common sense. They call the fixing of the assemblage point in non-habitual areas 'seeing '. Staying sane is imperative, but they have found out that rationality is not always sane. To stay sane is a voluntary act, while to be reasonable is just to fix our attention on an area of collective consent.\" \"Are sorcerers opposed to reason, then?\" \"I have already told you: They are opposed to its dictatorship. They know the center of reason can take us very far. Absolute reason is merciless, it doesn't stop halfway; that's why people are afraid of it. When we are able to focus on it with inflexibility, it generates an obligation to be impeccable, because not to be so is not reasonable. To do things with impeccability is to do all that is humanly possible, and a little more. Therefore, reason also takes you to a movement of the assemblage point. \"To act within the precepts of the warrior's path, you need clarity of purpose, the courage to take on the task, and an unbending intent. If you look around, you will see that most people 'of reason' are not, in fact, located in that center, but on its periphery.\" \"Why?\" \"Because they lack energy. Their holes prevent them from having any objectivity. Their attention always fluctuates, and because of that their perception is hybrid, it is ambiguous. They drift like a rudderless boat in the current, at the mercy of their emotions and without a clear view of either shore - the bank of pure reasoning on one side, the bank of the abstract on the other. \"What is required of a modern warrior is a condition of sustained energy gain, until his attention can flow between reason and silent knowledge. When moving in that way, he is more sane than ever, and yet he is not a rational being. From whichever position he assumes, he will always be sighting the other side, and his vision acquires perspective and depth. Sorcerers describe this condition as 'being double1 or 'losing the mind'.
8. \"We can arrive at silent knowledge in exactly the same way as our teachers taught us to arrive at reason: By induction. It is like controlling both sides of a bridge. From one side, you can see reason like a net of agreements, which transforms collective interpretations into common sense through the customs of concern. From the other side, you can sense silent knowledge as an unfathomable, creative darkness which extends beyond the threshold of non-pity. Upon crossing this threshold, the ancient sorcerers arrived at the source of pure understanding. \"To be double is to make a connection with oneself, to flow between two points. It is something practically indescribable, but an apprentice experiences it as soon as he saves enough energy. Starting from there, he learns how to deal with reason like a free being, neither reverent nor abject. He acquires what Don Juan called 'intensity'; that is, the capacity to store information in a perceptual block.\" I found the concept of 'intensity' totally obscure. I asked him to explain it further. He answered that perception is composed of content and intensity. Extreme situations, like a sharp awareness of danger, proximity of death, or the effect of power plants, generate great intensity. A sorcerer learns how to store those experiences in the movement of the assemblage point. He added that what is proposed by the way of knowledge is a change of values in how we understand our social interaction as a species, pulling our energy out from everyday life and concentrating it on situations which require that intensive way of living. \"It is about returning man to marvel, to power, to what he has dreamt about; to reconnect him with astonishment and the capacity to create. That rupture is the only thing which can liberate our luminosity from our perceptual uniformity.\" The Movements Of The Assemblage Point On another occasion, talking to a small group of friends, Carlos explained that another effect of the movement of the assemblage point is that things acquire new forms, the clarity of appearances gives way to a deeper and more essential clarity, and live beings adopt the form of enormous, round fields of light. He said that the luminous configuration of a man or woman is a portrait of their existence. Seers look at each detail, and in that way they determine whether a person is prepared for apprenticeship or not. \"Most people mistreat their tonal; in consequence, their fibers fall like the pleats of an old curtain. Those 'tired' fibers work as a kind of glue, blocking the natural course of energy. Don Juan called them 'tonal bells', because they are shaped like that; they are dark and give the impression of a heavy weight. When moving, those fields slither or give brief jumps, as if they are dragging something, or as if the person has put on a bear suit too big for him. \"In warriors, on the other hand, the pleats have tension. Their cocoons are almost spherical and they overflow with vigor; the lower part is compact like a solid rubber ball and it bounces, lifting off from the ground. When
9. they advance, these globes don't slither sorely, but rather jump with joy and sometimes drift over a long distance. Don Juan called them precisely that, 'the planers', and said it was a pleasure to bump into one of them on the street. \"But only seers are able to redesign their luminosity in such a way that they can take completely off from the Earth, and fly. Some are able to break their limits, which is perceived as if those warriors have ruptured the skin which imprisoned their energy, exposing the radiant central core. They are traveling sorcerers, and they don't depend on their physical body to be aware and to act anymore. \"The task of an apprentice is to re-center his energy body through acts of impeccability and force that lead to the movement of the assemblage point. Above all, he should achieve mobility for his energy, making it flow in a natural way. In that way, his fibers stretch out and begin to shine with an amber shade. \"Perception takes place in a point of intense white light that is generally rigidly fixed inside a very specific area, which sorcerers call 'the human band'. That point aligns emanations we receive from the outside with those which are found inside our luminous field, similar to the way an antenna picks up radio waves and transforms them into sound.\" To our surprise, he assured us that to see that point is a relatively simple matter, which happens already in the early stages of the path. \"It's enough to suggest it in the appropriate way. An apprentice should never say: 'I am useless, I don't see anything', but the opposite: 'I might see it... yes, there it is!' If we repeat that intent over and over, sooner or later the assemblage point will enter into our perceptive field, and that is the first step towards moving it deliberately.\" One in the group asked him how we could witness our own perception. He explained that, since we have no way of perceiving anything if it does not pass through the assemblage point, the only way of understanding this matter is to say that the point perceives itself. Whatever we see is the result of its operation. Because of that, we have the sensation of a flame burning where our emanations join with those from the outside. He said that we might equally well describe the phenomenon in auditory terms, or as an electric crack that signals alignment. \"The important thing is to verify it for yourselves, because that will put you beyond the mind, it will fill you with silent knowledge. The mere act of seeing it has an impact which moves the fixation of the assemblage point.\" He continued by saying that an experienced sorcerer is able to displace his attention very far from the human band. This enlarges the reach of his perception considerably. \"Some go on a trip to the realm of the inorganic beings; that alignment is very gratifying for his energy, and the traveler returns home renewed. Others have an inclination to go to the lower area, the area of the beast, the most sordid corner of awareness. For human beings, that is a dangerous place, because to remain there for a long period can produce physical lesions.\" • They asked him where the self stays while the assemblage point moves to the low area. He answered: \"It seems you are thinking that the assemblage point fits inside your inventory of reasonable things, but that's not so. Don't see it as a solid object or as another part of your body. We don't have an assemblage point, we are it! \"While a warrior is imprisoned within the limits of the human form, the furthest place he can transfer his assemblage point is to an area of interpretive vacuum, which new seers call 'limbo'. That is a real space on the frontier of the other world, a transition area on the periphery of the other attention. \"These movements accumulate and serve to condense our personal power, until they finally crystallize in a kind of luminous matrix that Don Juan called 'the dreaming positions'. Through exploration of those positions, the individual experience of a sorcerer leaves the human groove and becomes practically limitless.
10. \"The movement of the assemblage point is not just propelled by an interest in accessing astonishing visions, but is above all directed by the fact that each controlled displacement liberates enormous quantities of energy. Ideally, the warrior applies his unbending intent and lights up his energy field as if he becomes one gigantic assemblage point, to witness everything once and for all. In that case, the point shoots out and up, the traveler becomes a blast of light, and he never recovers his form again. This is the greatest challenge, the union of our awareness with infinity.\" The Survival Of The Assemblage Point Although Carlos frequently mentioned the topic of death, he avoided talking about what happens after a person dies. This occasion seemed like a good opportunity to investigate his opinion on it. \"Carlos,\" I asked him, \"what happens to us when we die?\" \"It depends,\" he answered. \"Death touches us all, but it is not the same for all. Everything depends on one's energy level.\" He assured me that the death of an ordinary person is the end of his journey, the moment when he has to return to the Eagle all the awareness he obtained while alive. \"If we don't have anything else than our life force to offer it, we will be finished. That kind of death erases any feeling of unity.\" I asked him if that was his particular opinion, or part of the traditional knowledge of seers. He answered: \"It is not an opinion; I have been on the other side and I know. I have seen children and adults wandering over there and I have observed their efforts to remember themselves. For those who dissipated their energy, death is like a fleeting dream, filled with bubbles of steadily fading memories, and then nothing.\" \"Do you mean that when we dream, we approach the state of the dead?\" \"We don't just approach it, we are there! But since the vitality of our body remains intact, we can return. To die is literally a dream. \"You see, when an ordinary person dreams, he is not able to focus his attention on anything; he doesn't have anything but his fragmented memories, fed with experiences he has accumulated in the course of his life. If that person dies, the difference is that his dream lengthens and he doesn't wake up again. It is the dream of death. \"The journey of death can take him to a virtual world of appearances, where he will contemplate the materialization of his beliefs, of his heavens and private hells, but nothing else. Such visions start disappearing in time, as the impulses of memory wear out.\" \"And what happens to the souls of those who die?\" \"The soul doesn't exist, what exists is energy. Once the physical body disappears, the only thing left is an energy entity fed by memory. \"Some individuals are so oblivious of themselves that they die almost without realizing it. They are like people with amnesia, people who have a blockage of the assemblage point and can no longer align memories, they don't have any continuity; as such , they feel permanently on the brink of oblivion. When they die, those people disintegrate almost instantaneously; the impulse of their lives only lasts for a few years at the most.
11. \"However, most people take a little longer disintegrating, between one hundred and two hundred years. The ones who had lives full of meaning can resist for half a millennium. The range expands even more for those who were able to create bonds with masses of people; they can retain their awareness during entire millennia.\" \"How do they achieve that?\" \"Through the attention of their followers. Memory creates bonds among live beings and those who have left. That's how they stay aware. And that's why cults of historical personalities are so pernicious. That was the intent of those who, in the past, were mummified: To preserve their name in history. Ironically, it is the greatest damage that can be inflicted on energy. If you seriously want to punish a person, bury him in a lead casket; his confusion never ends. \"It doesn't matter what he does or how he has lived; an ordinary person doesn't have the smallest chance of continuing ahead. For sorcerers who live facing eternity, five years or five millennia are nothing. That's why they say that death is instantaneous disintegration.\" I wanted to know if dead people can return to contact the living. He answered: \"Relationships among residents of various spheres of awareness can only be made through the alignment of the assemblage point. Death is a final perceptive barrier. Living people can go to the realm of the dead through dreams, but that is the kind of thing a warrior won't enter into, because it only wears away his energy. Something very different, on the other hand, it is to contact sorcerers who have left.\" \"Why?\" \"Because they were able to reach their energy double, and retained their individuality through their techniques.\" \"How can we enter into relationships with that kind of awareness?\" \"In dreaming. However, it is very difficult for a sorcerer who has already left to fix his attention on this world, unless he has some specific task to complete, and it is even more difficult for an ordinary man to support that contact. \"Interaction with these beings is gratifying for warriors, but terrifying for others, because an inorganic sorcerer is not a ghost, but an intense source of aware and implacable energy, able to damage those who come near him through recklessness. That kind of contact can be even more dangerous than an exchange with a live sorcerer.\" \"What does the danger consist of?\" \"It is the nature of energy. If you believe sorcerers are friendly people, you are mistaken; they are naguals! \"There is a very morbid feature in our constitution that impels us to use any means necessary. It is something natural, we cannot avoid it. That feature is exacerbated in a sorcerer, and magnified after his departure, because there are no longer any inhibitions to counteract it. When the sorcerer becomes inorganic, he returns to what he always was: A cosmic, predatory emanation.\" Cyclical Beings Before I met Carlos, influenced by my oriental readings, I had been in favor of the doctrine of reincarnation. It seemed a logical alternative to the Christian belief in the resurrection of the body. However, in one of his
12. conversations, he observed that the dogmas of Christianity and of the Eastern religions were suspiciously similar, because they start from a common denominator: The fear of death. His comment threw me into a slate of perplexity. It was a totally new focus on something that had always fascinated me. When I asked his opinion, Carlos tried to deviate my interest to another topic, as if it were not worthwhile to speak of that matter. But later, changing tactics, he told me that all my beliefs about the survival of the personality were the result of social suggestions. \"They have told you that we have time, that there is a second opportunity. Lies! \"Seers affirm that a human being is like a drop of water that separated from the ocean of life and began to shine by itself. That shine is the point of assembling perception. But, once the luminous cocoon is dissolved, individual awareness disintegrates and becomes cosmic. How could it return? For sorcerers, each life is unique, but you are hoping to repeat it? \"Your ideas originate in the high opinion you have of your own unity. But, like everything else, you are not a solid block, you are flowing. Your 'me' is a sum of beliefs, a memory; nothing concrete!\" I asked him why religions preach their very different doctrines. He answered: \"It is easy to understand; they are answers to the ancestral fears of human beings. Each culture generated its own explanatory propositions, but only seers were beyond beliefs, corroborating those aspects of emanations of the Eagle for themselves.\" He explained that there are energy clusters in the universe, to which we are hooked like the beads of a rosary are hooked to each other. We are cyclical; we are the result of a luminous stamp, and every time a new being is born, he embodies the nature of that pattern. But the chain that unites us is not of a personal nature; it doesn't imply transfers of memory or personality, or anything like that. \"To survive death, it is necessary to be a sorcerer. By satisfying the Eagle with a living replica, sorcerers are able to keep the flame of their individual awareness burning for eternities. But that is a feat. Do you think this greatest achievement of a warrior should be a free gift?\" I commented that recent studies had demonstrated that some people, under very special circumstances, are able to remember events of a past life. He insisted that it was an erroneous interpretation of facts. \"It is true that anyone can tune in to certain living emanations that look place in other times, and feel that he has lived not only one, but many lives. But that is only one alignment among millions of possible alignments.\" The Sorcerer's Alternative I asked him if an ordinary person has any chance of surviving death. He answered that there is always one possibility: The way of the warrior. \"If you want to understand this, don't look at it in black and white. See it more in terms of movements of the assemblage point. The challenge of a warrior is to fix his attention, and fight to maintain the awareness of his individuality even after his departure.
13. \"When we reach a certain threshold of perception, we see that physical death is a challenge. Just as there are two ways of living, there are two ways of dying; in both we can act as impeccable warriors - or as unconscious idiots. That difference is everything.\" \"Do you mean that what happens after death depends on how we prepare for it?\" Perceiving the intention of my question, he answered: \"Yes, but not in the way you want to interpret it. The idea that being good or complying with certain commandments will facilitate things is a fallacy which has been transmitted to us by the social order. The only preparation that is worthwhile is to take on the rigors of the way of the warrior, which teaches us how to save energy and be impeccable. \"Since there are two forms of living and dying, there are also two kinds of people: those who feel immortal, and those who are already dead. The first ones harbor hopes, the last ones do not. A warrior is somebody who knows that his time is already up, but still continues to fight, because that is his nature. If you look into his eyes, you will find emptiness.\" \"But then what is the sorcerer's alternative really about?\" \"There is only one way for a man to be ahead of his own end: Through managing his energy. That work consists of dreaming, stalking and recapitulation. These three techniques together give one result: The completion of the energy body. \"In a general sense, the duration of our existence depends in great measure on how we treat our energy. We leave this life filled to the brim with everyday concerns, we are eroded by the things we see and touch, and for that reason we die. But if we call back to ourselves all that vital force through recapitulation, death can no longer be the same, because we will have our totality. \"From the seers' point of view, a warrior who has recapitulated his life does not die. His attention is so compact that it is one continuous and coherent line; it is not dispersed. His recapitulation never ends, it continues for eternity, because it is the work of retracing his steps, of existing on his own and being complete. \"Just like we need a certain quantity of experience to function as individuals, a sorcerer requires sufficient practice in the second attention to be a true sorcerer; otherwise, he won't be prepared when the time comes, and he will depart into infinity as an incomplete sorcerer. Nevertheless, a warrior who struggled all his life to reach the parameters of impeccability does have a second chance . He can gather the events of his existence, and pick up the scattered energy in order to pass into the world of the nagual.\" I asked him what a sorcerer does in that world. He answered: \"For most people, to die is to speechlessly enter something very unfamiliar, much like what we experience in ordinary dreams. There, nothing has a linear sequence, and the concepts of time, space, and gravity do not apply. Imagine what a warrior with the control of his dreaming double can do on a journey of that nature! No doubt you can see that this is a great feat of awareness. \"A sorcerer is somebody who spends his life tuning himself through arduous discipline. When his time arrives, he faces death like a new stage in his travel along the path. Unlike to an ordinary man, he doesn't try to soothe his fear with false hopes. \"The warrior departs for his definitive journey filled with joy, and his death greets him and allows him to keep his individuality like a trophy. His sense of being is so finely tuned that he becomes pure energy, and disappears with the fire from within. In that way, he is able to extend his individuality for thousands of millions of years.\" \"Thousands of millions?\" \"That's it. We are children of the Earth, it is our ultimate source. The option of sorcerers is to unite with the awareness of the Earth, for as long as the Earth will live.\"
14. The Final Choice That afternoon, he was limping when he came to the meeting. We asked him what had happened, and he told us that while he was at the hotel, for one fraction of second a toe on his left foot lit up and was scorched with an internal fire. \"I had to move quickly, because my assemblage point had begun the process of alignment!\" Moved by his strange experience, he talked for a long time about the final exercise of sorcerers, by means of which they catch fire from inside and enter pure awareness in their totality, shoes and all. One of the people in the room asked him why, if the passing into awareness is the final objective of sorcerers, he had fought to retain his individual self today, instead of taking advantage of the opportunity. With a roguish smile, Carlos told us that the question made him remember one of his ancestors, a Portuguese, who devoted himself to the business of transporting people to Brazil, with the story of the promised land. The man made a small fortune that way, and he did a great job creating propaganda about the advantages of Brazil, but he had never been there. \"And here I am, transporting you!\" After we had laughed at his anecdote, Carlos changed the expression on his face. In a very formal tone, he explained that warriors don't act for reasons of self-importance, and therefore, their decisions are not theirs. \"Don Juan told me how some men of knowledge, after a life of impeccable fight, decide to remain, while others dissolve like a puff of wind into infinity. \"The thing that makes some warriors fight to retain their self, is something unrelated to personal concerns. To belong to a lineage of power implies bonds of such a deep nature that our personality is annulled. It becomes just a minuscule detail in an energy structure that the new seers call 'the Rule'. \"In that situation, individual choice no longer exists for the warrior, properly speaking. All he can do is accept his destiny and fulfill the commands of the Rule; anything else would just lead to his extinction.\" The Seers Of Ancient Mexico In the beginning, one of my worries had to do with Carlos' historical sources. To what extent were Don Juan's teachings the product of a tradition of men of knowledge which stretched back thousands of years, and to what extent had they been influenced by Western ideas? On various occasions, I tried to validate what Carlos told us through comparisons with what has been left to us from prehispanic antiquity, but I must admit that I always ended up frustrated. I wanted to question it in terms of the most orthodox anthropology. However, it seemed inappropriate to approach this delicate matter in front of people, so I postponed my questions. One afternoon, I mentioned what was on my mind. He was perfectly affable, and told me that this was a doubt that assaulted almost all his listeners, because we have all been presented with the image of the communities of ancient Mexico as primitive towns.
15. He added that my mistrust regarding his statements was normal, and that the problem I was presenting in such a straightforward way, was actually about finding definitions for experiences which don't fit within the syntax of modern languages. \"I made a similar error with my teacher. For Don Juan, anything that didn't serve the objective of the teachings was-a waste of time. Every time I tried to find some relationship between his words and those I read in history books, he simply stopped speaking and turned away. \"Once I asked him about his reticence and he answered: 'Behind your professional concern hides a professional doubt. If you don't discard it, you won't understand the core of what I am telling you. I know the sources of the information which I am passing on to you, so I don't need to prove them '. \"Later, he spoke about a time in which sorcerers traveled enormous distances across the world, in order to share the results of their spiritual search with colleagues on other latitudes. Unlike today, sorcerers moved in dreaming with complete freedom, and nothing was more respected than being a seer. \"The credit for the knowledge those men accumulated cannot be awarded to any one country in particular, the knowledge is universal. But the organization of their principles into the arrangement which today is called 'nagualism' or 'the path of the warrior' definitely took place in ancient Mexico. \"Starting from their primary observations, the ancient seers arrived at the most profound understanding of universal truths that man has ever achieved. The power of their attention had so much force that it is still active today, generating potentialities which are affecting certain areas of Mexico and the Southern United States, creating favorable conditions for an energy concentration that you'd be hard put to find anywhere else in the world. \"Partly, those sorcerers were helped by a peculiar configuration of the luminous field of the Earth, whose epicenter rotates around the Valley of Mexico. They see that peculiarity as a gigantic funnel or pleat of light, where emanations coming in from the universe fit with those of the planet, producing a heightened level of awareness. \"Don Juan thought that the formation is natural and was used to maximum advantage by the seers to increase their power. But in my analysis of the matter, I have come to the conclusion that it is the other way around: The seers of antiquity fixed their attention on this area of the world, and the planet in its entirety responded to that intent, creating a gigantic catalyst of cosmic emanations. However we choose to interpret it, the fact remains: This is the center; anything can happen here!\" A Journey To The Roots While we were contemplating the ruins of what in the past was the main temple of the Aztecs, Carlos surprised me by making an extravagant declaration. He told me that in this very place, located in the heart of the capital's
16. main square, resided the protector of Mexico, whom he described as an inorganic being in the shape of a tube of light, the size of a twenty-story building. I looked at him, trying to figure out if he was joking, but his eyes were totally serious. From there, the conversation shifted to a topic of great interest to me: The enigma of prehispanic cultures. He affirmed that while we nowadays use books to transmit knowledge, the ancient sorcerers kept it in positions of the assemblage point. And they used their sculptures of stone, wood, and ceramics as catalysts for the movement of that point. So their knowledge took the form of magnificent works of art, because for them knowledge was not only information, but, above all, a sublime vision of life. \"The power of that vision has lasted until the present. All the naguals I am aware of were Toltecs, that is, accomplished artists. They combined impeccable control of their emotions with a high aesthetic sensibility provided by their experiments with awareness. The result was an unheard-of capacity to communicate sensations, and make sense of extreme experiences that would have entangled other men to the point where they could just babble incoherently. \"Some naguals of my lineage were attracted to the plastic arts, others to theater, music, or dance. There were some whose predilection was tales of power; stories which are able to unleash the same effects on all their listeners, because they are not based on the cleverness of reason, but on the marvels of our being aware. Today we call those stories 'myths', and of course, we don't understand them.\" Carlos went on to say that, judging from their artistic expression, the obsession of the sorcerers of ancient Mexico with transmitting their knowledge to those who surrounded them has no parallel anywhere else on Earth. The agreement they made with their pupils had different parameters from our Western, 'rational' agreements. The prehispanic reality included aspects we would not consider normal, because they had to do with energy fields that are not in use anymore. As an example of one of those fields, he mentioned the emphasis on dreaming, which was of consuming interest to prehispanic people. Remnants of it can still be found today in isolated tribes in the country. He concluded by saying that, due to the lack of synchronicity among the emanations aligned by ancient and modern concerns, it is almost impossible to cross the interpretive barrier that separates us from those cultures. So, as ordinary men, we will never fully understand their artistic creations. \"Fortunately, a sorcerer has special tools, because he has learned how to make his assemblage point flexible. He can connect his attention with the modality of awareness of other times, and he knows how to adjust his concern with that of sorcerers who have departed. \"Don Juan was an expert on prehispanic cultures. For him, old stones didn't hold any secrets. He sometimes brought me on a tour through the buildings of the museum of anthropology in order to make me experience a verification of these special agreements for myself.\" Then Carlos told me about one of those visits, when he himself witnessed the specialized ways in which sorcerers contemplate the past. \"That morning, we had discussed historical topics; I was trying to convince him of the seriousness of my theories, and he was openly making fun of me. I got into a very heavy mood. Before entering the museum, he manipulated my luminosity and made me enter a different state of awareness. His maneuver had the effect of charging the art works with life. Everything was there: the luminous egg, dreaming, the warrior's way, the movement of the assemblage point... it was tremendous! \"As I verified the authenticity of the teachings, I made a swift and thorough assessment of my position as a researcher. I understood that, in great measure, academic institutions had programmed me, not to impartially gather information, but to corroborate a certain description of the world, and this position prevented me from surrendering entirely to knowledge. So, when I did my fieldwork, I was not so much an impartial seeker of truth as an ambassador for another way of life. This generated an inevitable collision which often translated into distrust and mutual suspicion.
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17. \"As I was leaving my experience in the museum and returning to my habitual view, I could no longer understand, or even remember, my previous state of euphoria. But strangely enough, from that moment on, my academic point of view began to change. I learned how to see things as they were, without conceptual veils. Until then I had been an investigator at the service of a system of agreements - the Western culture. Suddenly I began to feel more and more comfortable with the idea that, under the anthropologist's skin, there was an ordinary man involved in the task of finding his destiny.\" I asked him to give me some concrete example of how sorcerers interpret old monuments. In response, he asked me: \"Have you seen the atlants of Tula?\" I told him I had, and he explained that those impressive figures of the Toltec age are a description of the party of the nagual. He maintained that the sixteen priests in bas-relief, which are in the four columns, behind the statues, represent the complete group of warriors, divided into four teams, one for each of the cardinal points. \"They are cosmic travelers, and their mission is to flow with the energy of infinity. The objects they carry with them symbolized each of their functions. These priests are a party in mid-flight, an image of the final objective of the path, which is to reach the third attention.\" For a long while, he continued giving his own interpretations of various archaeological objects. His stories were so graphic; he gave me the sensation of walking with him on the millenary paths of a prehispanic city. I could almost distinguish the enormous and impenetrable Olmecan heads there, at the end of central square; the human warmth of the smiling Huastecas statuettes which looked at us from the niches of the pyramids; the delicate Mayan stelas, talking nearby... Carlos affirmed that the simple act of contemplating some archaeological pieces in a state of inner silence is enough to project the observer's attention to the position of the ancient artists. Hence, some of those pieces work as veritable traps of attention. \"Many of them were designed like that with deliberate intention. Their purpose was not ornamental or symbolic. Each one of their proportions and designs contain a detonator of psychic states and flows of energy. Those pieces are, you might say, catapults for the assemblage point. No professional investigation will ever be able to figure them out, because their creators were not in the least interested in adjusting themselves to rational criteria. To align with them, we have to have the guts to meet the challenge, and perceive in terms of silent knowledge.\" He maintained that, because of their intent, the creations of prehispanic antiquity are true deposits of the second attention, an oasis of power in the middle of the dry sterility into which current civilization has thrown man. \"By encouraging me to present the heritage of ancient Mexico to the world at large, Don Juan began a kind of journey to the roots in order to validate aspects of the teachings which had remained hidden right up until today, and return to man the true dimensions of his being. \"As seekers of knowledge, we can have the full benefit of the old seers' intent today, in order to continue their work with renewed vigor.\" Somewhat shyly, I asked Carlos if we could meet in some museum or archaeological site, where he could give me a practical demonstration of the keys to sorcery. But he didn't approve of that suggestion. His answer was emphatical: \"All you want to know about your country; go and find out for yourself! As a Mexican, you are the best qualified to recover the Toltec message. That is your task, your commitment to the world. If you are too lazy to take it on, somebody else will.\"
18. The Antennas Of The Second Attention One time, while we drank coffee in a restaurant in the center of the city, I told him that I got confused by his enthusiasm when he spoke of ancient Mexico, in contrast with the warning made in one of his books about the dangers of visiting ruins or picking up objects from that time. I was referring to the thrilling stories he wrote about some of his fellow apprentices, who got into serious trouble due to their habit of prowling around archaeological sites. He replied that I had misunderstood. \"What happens is that I don't confuse the abstract knowledge of the new seers with the cultural focus of the seers of antiquity, because they are not the same thing. The old seers lived in the second attention, they were fascinated with its intricate details and they tried to reproduce them in their daily life by means of their sculptures and buildings. In that way, they put big chunks of that dark fascination within reach of the masses. \"But Don Juan said that any form of representing knowledge is a subterfuge, it shuts you off from true, silent knowledge. In spite of the prodigious quantity of information that they were able to extract from the other side, the old seers ended up paying a high price for their propensity: Their freedom. \"Therefore, one of the priorities of a modern nagual is to direct his apprentices, at least during the first stages of the path, so that they are not trapped by the external side of knowledge. \"Also, there was another reason why Don Juan insisted to some of us that we must not waste our time trying to make sense of something that has none. At that time, most of his apprentices had still not lost their human form, which meant that we felt impelled to classify knowledge, systematizing it as quickly as possible. That is not valid with the artifacts of ancient Mexico, because what has come down to us is too fragmented . There is still a lot of work to be done, and it is risky work, which can turn against the investigator.\" \"Why?\" \"As I have already told you, these creations are not innocent. The problem with them is the passion they stir up. The old seers were masters of obsession. Their works are full of tricks, and all of it continues operating today with the same vigor as on the very first day, because the fixation of a sorcerer's attention doesn't wear away with time.\" He added that the Mexican tradition of wisdom was designed by men of power in a supreme act of altruism. The intent was to rescue our essential freedom, but it only worked for a short time. And because they were steeped in rituals and superfluous beliefs, in the end their creations became means of fixating the assemblage point of that society. \"Those works are enormous concentrations of intent, but the teachings they guard are not pure, they are blended with the self- importance of their creators, and to focus on them should only be done through stalking. Pyramids are particularly powerful captors of attention. They can bring us quickly to states of inner silence, but they can also turn against us. There comes a point when it is preferable to abstain from them rather than venture without defenses into the domain of the old seers. \"Keeping in mind my morbid inclinations, Don Juan had forbidden me to go to museums or archaeological sites on my own. He said that those places were only to be trusted when in the company of sorcerers. One day, while walking trough the ruins of Tula, I had a truly unpleasant experience and began to change my opinion.\" \"What happened to you?\" I asked him. \"Something that made me tremble with fear,\" he answered. \"I could see that the pyramids exuded enormous energy fields,
19. undulating like a bottomless sea, completely wrapped around the visitors. A very enjoyable condition for certain sorcerers, but not for us.\" I asked him if that phenomenon is only linked to Mexican pyramids, or if it can be seen in other parts of the world, too. He answered that fixation is not a local phenomenon, it is universal. It appears wherever awareness strives to exist. But on Earth, only the human society invests a considerable part of its energy in creating symbolic objects of no utilitarian value, whose exclusive purpose is to generate states of attention. \"In fact, if they did not have this characteristic quality of being extraordinary energy accumulators, those objects and monuments would not exist. They are in this world, but they are not from here. They are agents from the other side, antennas of the second attention. Their design and construction were personally directed by inorganic beings in every latitude and era. \"Once, while traveling through Italy, I went to see a famous sculpture. I hardly dared to get up close, I was so captivated by its beauty. I observed that people passing by could not help projecting their feelings towards the image. The emotional climate was so powerful that I could easily perceive how those feelings elongated in the shape of fibers towards a shadow which was vibrating behind the sculpture. And I was not the only one who realized the phenomenon. There was a tourist there who, when he was 'attacked', took a stone and threw it against the statue. I applauded! Those things are centers of humanity's fixation. They condition the attention, they bind it.\" I commented that it seemed pitiful that the most magnificent creations of humans were in fact vehicles of their fixation. Carlos replied that I had it backwards. He said that the problem is not in the monuments, or in the intent that gave them existence, or even in the inorganic entities who use them as traps, but in ourselves. \"Those works belong to another modality of attention; they have the ability to move the assemblage point, and that gives a rest to our fixation. But there is nothing more obsessive than the second attention, and to feed it with unrestrained enthusiasm can put us in a state of total energetic submission. \"However, that doesn't mean you cannot defend against those places. There are two ways by means of which we can counteract their heavy intent: turning away from them, or cultivating impeccability. \"A warrior is able to emerge intact from any conceivable situation. When we cut our ties with our human form, nothing external can affect us any more. Then the monuments of old Mexico are revealed in all their splendor and, at the same time, they take up position where they really belong: The place of silent understanding.\" 8 Validating The Nagual
20. In the months following our first encounter, my commitment to Carlos stayed on the level of attending his lectures and reading his books. But it didn't take long before the magic of his teachings began to attract me with a force of its own. This situation confronted me with a choice, which I suppose presents itself to every apprentice of nagualism: On the one hand, I could analyze the strange ideas of sorcerers in the light of academic knowledge, assimilating only what I could understand and verify. On the other hand, there was always the possibility of accepting Carlos' words to the letter, provisionally relegating my prejudices until I could work out a framework of my own, supported by experience. When I told him about my dilemma, he was happy and told me the two options I had considered had one important thing in common: Practice. So it didn't matter which one of them I would adopt, as long as I was inflexible in my conclusions. I tried to elicit some explanations from him that might serve as a point of support in my mind and enable me to accommodate his postulates, but he interrupted me with a gesture: \"A warrior is not ahead of knowledge,\" he told me. \"He doesn't make enquiries out of habit, nor does he succumb to the sense of not understanding. When he wants to know something, he experiences it.\" I made him notice that the word 'experience' had a very different meaning according to who pronounced it. For him, it meant a way of facing life; for me, the need to understand a phenomenon on an intellectual level. I thought I saw Carlos repressing an ironic smile. In a very kind tone, he explained that the knowledge and exercises of sorcerers are not by themselves difficult to understand or to practice. What makes them seem crazy, is the fact that they were designed by a culture alien to us, and for people with a different understanding of the world. He attributed my initial distrust to my rational configuration, not to any impediment of energy. He added that modern science has not been able to penetrate the Tollec knowledge because it has no appropriate methodology, not because the principles of sorcerers and scientists are intrinsically incompatible. \"In spite of all their good intentions, researchers are unable to move their assemblage points on their own. That being the case, how could they understand what sorcerers say? \"The lack of energy is a serious barrier between ordinary man and sorcerers, because, without the necessary power, corroboration of the phenomena of sorcery is impossible. It is as if two people are trying to communicate in different languages. In general, sorcerers lose in that kind of exchange. In other times, people were threatened into believing they would lose their soul if they listened to the sorcerer; today modern man is indoctrinated to believe that this vision is unscientific. \"The truth is something else. Practicing the warriors' principles, far from damaging our mental clarity, gives us valuable tools with which to manage knowledge. That is because these principles, when they are guided towards accumulating energy, zealously follow two scientific postulates: Experience, and verification. \"Contrary to what many think, the need to corroborate is not exclusive to Western culture, it is also an imperative in the Toltec tradition. Nagualism, as an ideological system, is not based on dogmas, but on the personal experience of generations of practitioners. It. would be absurd to think that all those people, over thousands of years, have placed their trust in simple lies. \"Since its starting point is experimentation, we can say that nagualism is not a belief system, but a science.\" This statement was too much for me. Certain topics in Carlos' teaching had an undeniable practical value; for example, his constant advice to control self-importance, to acquire a clear vision of the privilege of living in this instant, and to adopt the strategic principles of the warrior's way. However, other points of his conversations went beyond my capacity to understand. I simply could not accept that, in a parallel space to this world, a universe of laws that has nothing to do with our daily logic exists, populated by conscious entities that my senses cannot perceive. From the expression on my face, Carlos no doubt realized that I
21.didn't entirely agree with what he had said, because he added: \"For you, to corroborate is to explain, while for sorcerers is to witness indescribable things without subterfuge or mental tricks. You believe that the reach of your senses is the real limit of the universe, but you don't stop to think that your senses are very poorly trained. \"I am not inviting you to believe, but to see, and I assure you that seeing is sufficient proof of everything I have told you. However, I cannot attest the energetic essence of the world for you; that you have to intend on your own, and to find inside your innate potentialities the way of carrying it out. \"What differentiates a contemporary scientist from a seer is that for the former, what's at stake is his own life, while for the latter, the only thing he stands to lose if something goes wrong in his investigations, is his time. The methods of both are equally rigorous, but different. \"A sorcerer cannot be satisfied if he can't verify for himself the stories he has been told. Just as there are degrees and levels of scientific instruction, the sorcery apprentice soon discovers that there are certain very defined stages in the increase of his perception, and he won't rest until he reaches them, or perish in the attempt. So, as a method of investigation, nagualism is totally reliable. \"My instructor showed me that the mark of the new seers is their capacity to synthesize; they are abstract sorcerers.\" Carlos put great emphasis on this term, accentuating each syllable. \"In fact, their focus is more rigorous than the focus of science, because seers are involved in an enterprise of a colossal magnitude, which men of science don't even dare to formulate: The verification of our interpretation concerning the consensual reality in which we live. With that as a starting point, you can see how sorcery is the best ally of formal thought. \"Some day, it will be possible to break the ice, and science will discover that it shares a great vocation with nagualism: a passion for truth. Then both modalities of investigation will shake hands and cease being antagonistic points of view. They will fuse into one intent to penetrate the mystery.\" While we said goodbye, I remarked to Carlos that his statements were on the opposite extreme of the view that most people have on the topic of sorcery. He shrugged, as if to say: \"And what does that matter?\" Return To The Essence After practicing for a while, Carlos' teachings began to leave an imprint in me. What was mistrust at the beginning, soon became an astonished verification of states of awareness beyond my mental parameters. Suddenly I was possessed by ah urgent need to understand, although not with my reason, but with the totality of my body. I came to a point where the foundations of my everyday existence finally crumbled, and it became evident to me that the perception of sorcerers contains universes of experiences which, until then, I hadn't had the slightest awareness of.
22. During this whole process, I went through an intense identity crisis, behaving as a daring and unprejudiced investigator at one moment, while at the next moment turning into the epitome of mental resistance. I realized that these emotional fluctuations had to do with Carlos' conversations. After listening to him, weeks passed in feverish activity, attempting dreaming and practicing all the techniques I had heard or read about. But, little by little, my initial enthusiasm cooled down, and I would return to the uncomfortable feeling of not understanding anything. Faced with the chaos of new sensations which began to saturate me, I discovered that I only had one defense: Reason. More than ever, I tried to convince myself that, ultimately, only the things which can be fully explained can be true. In spite of everything Carlos had noted about how deceptive reason can be, I would only be willing to tolerate this point if I myself witnessed some prodigious act that truly challenged natural laws. That morning, we had an appointment in a restaurant in front of the hotel where he stayed. We were practically alone in the room, apart from a shoe-shiner who nodded in a corner, and the waiter who looked at us with an air of boredom. Judging that this was an appropriate moment, I asked: \"Can you prove your teachings to me with some act of power?\" He looked at me with astonishment, as if he had expected anything but this, and took some seconds to answer me. \"Unfortunately,\" he said, \"I cannot prove anything to your mind. It's too far gone. \"To validate the nagual, you need free energy, and for that, the only source I know of is impeccability. In the world of energy, everything has its price, so it depends on you. I cannot silence your mind, but you can, and thus verify what I'm telling you for yourself.\" I asked him what I could do with the doubts which inevitably arose in my mind. He answered: \"Uncertainty is the natural state of victims; on the other hand, trust and audacity are the characteristics of predators. You decide. \"The main thing is that you realize that there is no such thing as 'the teachings of Castaneda'. I just try to be direct and to act from my silence - a course of action which I recommend for you, because it does away with madness. I am not a powerful nagual like Don Juan, nor am I your benefactor. But I've been a witness to acts that would leave you speechless with surprise, and I don't mind at all telling you about it. It's just that those stories won't tell you anything, unless you lower your guard and allow them to penetrate you. \"If you want to.verify the tales of power, you have to open up to experience. Don't shield yourself behind your interpretations, because in spite of all our studies as modern, ordinary men, we know very little about the world. \"You, like any other sorcery apprentice, have an enormous training field. For example, your emotional ups and downs, your energy drainages. Plug them, and you will see how things change. Those eight hours you spend every night like a vegetable, without realizing anything. Explore them, take control and dare to be a witness. If you elucidate the secrets of your dreams, in the end you will see what I see and there won't be any more doubts in your mind.\" We remained silent for a moment while our plates were served. Carlos interrupted the silence. \"Remember, doubts are just mental noise. Nothing very deep.\" I replied that according to what little I had learned in my passage through life, doubt is the base of all true knowledge. But he had a different theory; he argued:
23. \"So much time is spent accumulating stuff that it becomes very difficult to accept anything new. We are willing to waste years of our life filling out forms, or discussing with friends; but if someone tells us the world is unique and full of magic, we feel distrust and we run to take refuge in our catalog of preconceived ideas. \"On the other hand, a predator fights all his life to perfect his hunting techniques, always keeps his sense of opportunity alert, and is never confused by the appearance of things. He is cautious and patient. He knows that his prey may jump out from any bush, and that the smallest hesitation can be the difference between continuing to live, or perishing. He carries no doubts. \"A warrior is a hunter, not a cynical opportunist. Either he fully accepts the challenge of knowledge, with all that it involves, or his own achievements will regress him to a more awful condition than that of an ordinary man.\" I felt that his words contained a veiled reproach. I tried to justify myself, but he interrupted me: \"It is obvious that you have been practicing. In those circumstances, your mind is disturbed. But the pain of your worrying will disappear as soon as you recognize that what you worry about is an implanted doubt. \"Like all of us, you have been trained to pass all the information you receive through the filter of reason. You remind me of a dog that lived in a senior citizens' home. When somebody, out of pity, threw him some crumb, he got so excited that he couldn't enjoy it calmly anymore. You are just like that. You are so grateful to your science that you think you owe it something, that you cannot be unfaithful to it. You don't dare to dream, you cannot enjoy the magical side of the world. \"You have given yourself a much too deceptive parameter for your verifications: Reason. What I propose is that you substitute that approach with another, more reliable and, above all, much wider one: Sanity. I have already explained to you that sorcerers claim there is a radical difference between the two concepts. To understand it better, think, for example, about the history of the world; most of it was made by very sane people who nevertheless dared to challenge commonly held beliefs, they were opposed to what seemed reasonable at that time. \"If you travel beyond our world, you will see that it is the same there. The universe is not reasonable, but it can be faced with energy and sanity. When you learn how to use it, then you understand it in a basic way, without words. Who needs words when one is a witness? \"I agree with you in that, from an everyday point of view, concepts of sorcery are completely senseless. But there is a deep dimension to our awareness, where the complaints of the mind don't penetrate, and a warrior won't rest until he finds it. Once there, he discovers that his own reason, when it is exercised with inflexible rigor and in its entirety, will automatically lead to sorcery, because the essence of reason is sobriety, indifference, and non-pity. \"Once he is the owner of his reason and no longer manipulated by it, a sorcerer can attempt the feat of speech, putting into words the unfathomable enigma of existence. But that is such a difficult art that you can only approach it by means of a great energy surplus. \"To be a warrior is an endless fight to be impeccable. The trick of sorcerers is that they know that the energy we invest in enslaving ourselves, is the same energy that can liberate us. We just have to rechannel it, and the tales of power will begin to materialize in front of our eyes. \"Therefore, don't fight against your uncertainly, go with it, use it as a stimulus for verification and put it to the service of your energy needs. Verify everything, don't let a tale of power remain in the domain of myths. Commit yourself intimately to knowledge, but commit as a warrior, not as a slave of reason!\" He pointed out an Indian girl who was passing by down the street, with a boy of nine months or so tied to her back. The face of the child radiated an insatiable curiosity, spilling and bubbling out of his black, round eyes which were like small obsidian mirrors, eagerly looking at everything. Carlos continued:
24. \"The warrior's commitment with the spirit consists of a return to our original nature. It is a pact we all seal, by the simple fact of having been born. \"Man is born with the impulse to witness everything, but it is brutally mutilated during the first years, and so we must rediscover it. You have to clean your concern of all prejudice and return to that boy's pure curiosity. A warrior is forced to verify all the knowledge that arrives at his door, to experience it in full, no matter where it comes from. And then he has to have the necessary discerning ability to select and keep what is useful:\" \"Should I also apply that discerning ability to the path you preach?\" He seemed bothered by my question; and replied in a firm tone: \"I have already told you that there is no 'Castanedan' way, just as there is no Buddha's way, nor one of Jesus Christ! Haven't you understood yet that teachers are not necessary? I am not selling you merchandise, I don't care if you agree with me. I am only pointing out the address to you, out of sheer impersonal affection: Go and verify it, if that is what you want, and if not, keep your doubts.\" When we said goodbye, Carlos told me: \"You should not pay too much attention to your worries. They are symptomatic. Something in your interior is giving in, and it is normal for your human form to defend itself. Very soon, your dealings with the nagual will make you shake in your boots, and you will need your sanity like never before. Maybe you will regret ever having asked me for a sign!\" I Believe Because I Want To It's difficult for me to write about such a personal concept as the 'verification of the postulates of sorcerers'. To enable me to agree with them was not a matter of arriving at coherent explanations, but of being involved in a minimum of practical commitments, and building a new kind of consensus from there. The elements of that new language, the true dialogue of warriors, are not founded in our reason, but in our energy savings. As Carlos explained to me, the validation of such an irrational topic as 'the movement of the assemblage point' can only be done via premises of power. Since any intent to explain something is a product of the fixation of the assemblage point in a specific position, there is no other way to corroborate its movement than moving it for ourselves, and see what happens. Faced with the overwhelming logic of his argument, I asked him: \"Does that mean that it's not possible to verify the statements of sorcerers from the outside?\" \"On the contrary!\" he answered. \"The effects of power can only be lived from the outside, because, once our attention flows, we stop being a rigid and isolated 'me', and instead we blend into the world that surrounds us. That's why seers say that the mystery of the world is not inside, but outside. Or in other words, the solution is not mental, it is practical!\" I asked him what was practical about a topic as vague as the movement of the assemblage point.
25. He replied that the movement was something vague for me, because I didn't have any voluntary control over my states of awareness. As an example, he mentioned learning how to read and write, something that may seem completely unimportant to a savage, but ends up becoming a vital necessity for civilized man. And that example, he said, could only give a bleak idea of how urgent the control of the assemblage point becomes for a sorcerer. I wanted to know how it was possible that a topic of such importance goes unnoticed in the life of the immense majority of people. He answered that the movement of the assemblage point is something as natural, and at the same time as sophisticated, as speaking or thinking. If we are not taught how to do it, we never do it. He assured me that the key to either reaching or losing the extraordinary achievements of sorcery resides in consensus, in the agreements we make. \"To verify facts, one first has to agree on their meaning. Unfortunately, for most people to agree means to be rigid, and not depart from the official description. We must have a strong will to learn, if we are to dare exploring other areas of consent. \"Sorcerers have found that there are two ways of agreeing. The first one is the collective consensus; it starts from reason and it can take you very far, but it will inevitably throw you into a paradox in the end. The other is the consensus induced by a movement of the assemblage point, and it can only be corroborated by those that share similar circumstances. \"A consensus based on individual experience has an advantage over one based on explanations, because the life of the senses is complete in itself; reason, on the other hand, only works by means of comparisons, positive and negative, certain or false, and so on. \"The first effect of penetrating the consensus of sorcerers is that those dualities we have always accepted as something self-evident stop being operative, which in the beginning is extremely disconcerting for the reason. In time, sorcerers learn that in a world where there are no solid objects, but rather beings who flow among various states of awareness, it doesn't make sense to try to separate truth from lies. \"Don Juan said that the truth is like the cornerstone of a building, a sensible man should not try to remove it! When we surrender to definitions, our energy becomes stagnated, or blocked. The tendency to do that is an imposition of the foreign mind, and we have to put an end to it. To substitute the reason-based consensus with experience was what Don Juan called 'to believe without believing'. For sorcerers, this completely redefines the concept of corroboration. \"They don't look for definitions, but for results. If a practice is able to elevate our level of awareness, what does it matter how we explain it to ourselves! The means by which we will start acting to save and increase our energy are not important, because once we are in possession of our totality, we enter a new field of attention where we don't care about concepts anymore, and things demonstrate themselves. \"Perhaps you think these statements just give permission to be irresponsible. But a warrior understands the real message: 'Reality' is a 'doing', and a doing is measured by its fruits. \"Anyone who judges a sorcerer from an everyday point of view, will judge him to be an irremediable liar, because the universes of both don't coincide. And if the sorcerer tries to explain inexplicable things with borrowed words, he will inevitably become entangled in contradictions and be seen as a humbug or a lunatic. That's why I have said that from the point of view of the everyday world, the world of the nagual is a fraud. \"In fact, this goes for all 'isms', nagualism is not an exception. But as opposed to the defenders of reason, who seek followers for their particular kind of agreement, a sorcerer won't tell you that his vision of the world is the real one; he tells you: 'I believe because I want to, and you can do it, too'. This expression of will is something very powerful, and will provoke, as an avalanche, events of power. \"If you pay close attention, you will notice that children don't just
26. 'innocently' believe in the magic of the world; they believe because they are complete and they see! And the same thing happens with sorcerers. The fabulous stories I have told you don't belong to the plane of reality in which you and I are having this conversation, but they happened! \"Nagualism is like somebody who inherited a story and a treasure map, but doesn't believe in it, so he comes to you and gives his secret to you. And you are so clever, or so naive, that you take the story as truth and dedicate yourself to deciphering the map. But the map is coded with various keys, which makes you learn several languages, go to difficult places, dig in the ground, climb mountains, descend into ravines, and dive in deep waters. \"In the end, after years of searching, you arrive at the place where the treasure should be, and - oh how disappointing! - you just find a mirror. Was it a lie? Well, you are healthy, strong, well educated, full of adventures, and you've had a great experience. Truly, there was a treasure there! \"Keeping in mind that there are neither truths nor lies in the flow of energy, a warrior chooses to believe by predilection, for the excitement of the adventure, and in this way he learns to focus on the world from another point of view - the focus of silence. It is only then that the immense treasure of the teachings is revealed.\" A New Stage Of Knowledge When the presentation of his new book ended, we left and walked along Insurgentes Avenue. It was night, a little cold, and surprisingly clear. The air smelled clean. While we walked, Carlos commented that what he didn't like about that kind of activity was meeting so many sycophants, and the fact that they forced him to toast with champagne. His technique was to keep one full glass during the whole event, without having even one sip; that way, they stopped inviting him. He added that his literary career began with a challenge. One time, Don Juan put forward the proposal that in order to utilize the heaps of notes he had taken during his apprenticeship, he should write a book. \"In the beginning I considered it a joke, since I was not a writer. However, Don Juan outlined it to me as a sorcery exercise.\" Once he had started, he began to take pleasure in the work, and ended up understanding that, for him, books were an avenue to his real mission as a nagual. I asked him if he didn't fear that divulging the knowledge to all kinds of people would end up corrupting it. \"No!\" he answered. \"What degenerates knowledge is secrecy. Putting it within reach of people renews it. Nothing is more healthy for energy than fluency, and that concerns the knowledge of sorcerers most of all. We are temporary recipients of power, we are not entitled to retain it. Also, this knowledge only makes sense for those who practice it and achieve the necessary energy to corroborate it. The rest don't matter.
27. \"I entered the world of the nagual at the precise moment when a rupture was necessary. That forced me to face the most dramatic decision of my life: To publish the teachings. It has been very hard for me to be the representative of such a watershed, and for years I lived with the \"trauma of not understanding what I was doing. There were people who even wrote me threatening letters in the name of tradition; the sorcerers of the old guard didn't want to lose their prerogatives.\" I told him how extraordinary I thought it was, that he should choose to break so drastically with the millennial tradition of secrecy. \"I didn't break anything!\" he replied. \"The command of the spirit was clear. All I did was comply with it. \"In the beginning of my apprenticeship, I was prepared to take the reins of the lineage. One day everything changed. Warriors of the party saw that my energy structure was different to the nagual Juan Matus' energy, and they interpreted it as a command with no possibility of appeal. As the Rule dictates, they put in my hands the heavy responsibility of closing the lineage. \"For centuries, parties of warriors had acted as a sponge, absorbing experience to corroborate the sophisticated principles of the way of knowledge. The only exit left for me was to return that knowledge to the people. \"The cycle of my books is a beginning, a humble intent to put within reach of modern man fragments of a knowledge which was hidden for generations. The moment for corroborations will come later, and other cycles will follow, because once the teachings of sorcerers come into the hands of the public, it is inevitable that some begin to question and experiment with perception, and in that way discover the entire potential of which we are capable.\" I asked him how Don Juan's and his cohorts had reacted when they realized that the secrets of the group were being disclosed. He answered: \"I have already described how on one occasion, when I brought a copy of one of my books to Don Juan, he returned it to me with a scornful comment. That is only half of the truth. The fact is that he was the author of those texts. He didn't write them letter by letter, but he was in charge of the whole matter and he supervised every one of my statements. In time, I discovered that Don Juan's strategy had been carefully calculated. \"The plan of the nagual has supreme audacity and a brilliant simplicity. He introduced the knowledge of seers to the public, not to contribute to the grandeur of academia, but to elevate the level of awareness in the masses; and he presented it through the very institutions that might refute him. He knew that exposing the teachings through a mystic or religious format would not penetrate as deeply as a presentation with the support of a scientific guarantee. For that reason he demanded that I shape my first book as a thesis for my degree. \"The operation of the nagual Juan Matus initiates a new stage in the transmission of knowledge, an unprecedented stage. The secrets of the movement of the assemblage point have never been put within reach of the public before!\" The Appointment Is With Dreaming When I told him that I had been visiting certain groups based in the Mexican tradition in search of keys to ancient knowledge, Carlos took it as a joke and started to laugh. Seeing my disconcerted reaction, he asked me
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28. not to take his laughing personally. It was just that my investigations reminded him of his own actions when he came to Mexico as a student in search of information. He explained that, according to Don Juan's teachings and what he himself had been able to discover, there are two kinds of tradition: The formal, and the energetic. The first one doesn't have anything to do with the other. \"The formal tradition depends on secrets and the preservation of routines, it teaches allegories and produces shepherds and flocks. The energetic tradition deals with concrete achievements, like seeing and moving the assemblage point; its strength is renewal and experimentation, and it produces impeccable warriors. \"A warrior is devoted to his task, he doesn't waste his energy on following anybody. He doesn't care about social customs, whether they may be contemporary or represent millennia of tradition. Also, secrecy is not part of his stalking.\" I replied that, in my opinion, believing that an ancestral knowledge exists in various traditions on Earth is justified by the fact that techniques of manipulation of awareness cannot be imparted by means of books, but only from mouth to hear. The interaction with a teacher of wisdom has to be personal. He commented: \"You read that somewhere, right?\" We both laughed. He told me that truly useful knowledge is very simple, and can be expressed in very few words. \"It is not necessary to make so much noise about it, and it doesn't matter how it is transmitted. If it is orally, well, great - but any other means will serve equally well. The important thing is to convince oneself that there is no time for foolishness, because death is at our heels. Beyond that truth, a warrior needs very little, because his sense of urgency will make him save his energy and his accumulated energy will allow him to discover his totality.\" I commented that, according to what I had read, divulging secret knowledge is characteristic of 'black' sorcerers; on the other hand, 'white' sorcerers transmit what they know with restraint, because they are aware that knowledge involves a certain danger to those who are not prepared to receive it. Carlos shook his head with incredulity. \"But what is going on with you?\" he asked. \"What destroys us is ignorance, not knowledge! There is nothing in the profundities of knowledge that can put man's authentic interests at risk! \"You started from an erroneous, but very common idea: That there are two kinds of knowledge, an 'outside' one and an 'inside' one. Seers, on the other hand, say that knowledge is one, and what does not bring you to freedom is not worthwhile. For them, the truth is the opposite of what you say; the dark sorcery of the ancients is associated with secrets, while transparency is the characteristic of the new seers.\" \"Then, Carlos, do you deny the existence of any initiated knowledge inside the Mexican tradition?\" Instead of answering, Carlos demanded that I define the term 'initiated'. This got me in trouble, since in fact I didn't have a very clear idea about this. Making an effort, I explained to him that initiates are people who, thanks to their merits, become recipients of a particular traditional knowledge the rest of their fellow men do not share. While I spoke, Carlos agreed gravely. When. I finished, he commented: \"That definition is a portrait of the importance you grant yourself\". He maintained that classifying human beings for what they know is a mere arrangement of the collective inventory, something like making distinctions among a line of ants because some are slightly darker than others. \"The ironic thing is that we human beings do in fact divide ourselves into two groups: Those who dissipate their energy, and those who conserve it. You can call the last ones whatever you want, sorcerers, Toltecs, initiated; and it's the same whether they have a teacher or not. Their luminous reality is such that they are a step away from freedom.
29. What nobody can teach them, warriors obtain by themselves by listening to the silent commands of the spirit. \"To open up to power is a natural process. No man can tell another: 'You are already open!' - unless he is a charlatan. Nor are there any shortcuts that will automatically bring us to freedom. The secrets of initiation are symbols of the arrogance of the ancients, keys without a door, they will get you nowhere. You can spend your life pursuing them and when you finally obtain them, you'll discover you have nothing. \"You believe that what differentiates knowledge is the way it is transmitted, whether by books or by oral tradition. It has not occurred to you that both methods are the same, because both belong to our everyday agreements. What is important about the way you receive information? What matters is that you become convinced to act! \"The method of sorcerers is the systematic saving of energy. They state that what separates men is not what they know, but how much energy they possess; therefore, the true way to transmit knowledge is in increased states of awareness. The appointment of sorcerers is not with a book or a ceremony, but with dreaming. When a warrior learns how to capture experience through his dreams, it doesn't matter under which label the teachings are presented, since his perception is pure and he can corroborate it with his seeing.\" Bringing The Teachings To The Masses In another of our conversations he told me that, although they were antithetical in many aspects, there was one thing neither the old nor the new seers questioned: The need to keep the knowledge hidden. They transformed the Toltec language into a forest of metaphors, where almost anything could be said with almost any combination of words. And it was also they who sank prehispanic societies under an unbearable load of rituals, procedures, and secret passwords. Instead of strengthening sorcery, this weakened it. \"The heritage of secrecy still burdens some groups of knowledge, although I have tried to shake it.\" I asked him why sorcerers try to hide knowledge. He answered that each cycle of seers had their own reasons for doing it. \"The ancients started with an understanding that we are transitory, but they allowed themselves to become corrupted by seductive ideas of survival. As a result, they were filled with self-importance and lapsed into exclusivity. They were like the pyramids they built: As obvious and attractive as they were secretive and inaccessible. They preferred to keep themselves apart from the average people whom they saw as unworthy and ignorant. But, at the same time, they couldn't do without a court of followers. That contradiction caused long wars for control of the flock and destroyed a great deal of real knowledge. \"Self-importance and its unpleasant relatives, secrecy and exclusivity, feed on the fixation of the assemblage point. For that reason, the ancients had a great interest in generating rigid traditions, in order to achieve maximum stability at the core of their societies. In reality, their concern for the spirit was very mixed up with their ambitions for temporal power.
30. \"The new seers discontinued all that by giving the fluidity of the assemblage point first priority. They had observed that, as soon as that point moves, the idea of secrecy changes into idiocy, because in the realm of energy there are no rigid limits between conscious beings. In consequence, what became most important for them was to get rid of all speculation and emphasize the practical side of the path. \"However, they soon came into contact with a bitter reality, and that was that ordinary people didn't understand them; on the contrary, they were afraid and tried to destroy them whenever they saw them. The secrecy of the new seers was not motivated by the feelings of superiority that moved their predecessors, but was adopted for strategic reasons. They had to endure extreme persecution and were forced to protect themselves. \"It is an historical irony that, in spite of the legitimacy of their motives, in time the strategy of the new seers has caused the same effects as the arrogance of the old ones. After centuries of secrecy, all their energy had gone into hiding their knowledge, and many ended up forgetting what it was they had hidden. \"At present, the modality of our time is changing quickly; in consequence, something else, which seemed immovable, is also changing: The way the teachings are transmitted. Naguals nowadays are forced to find new channels for the energy, even if it means to eradicate the most entrenched customs.\" \"Why is this change happening?\" \"Because circumstances have moved ahead of tradition. To maintain the knowledge hidden is no longer a vital demand. There are those who will criticize you for disclosing it, but nobody will kill for that reason today. So to continue the practice of censoring portions of knowledge has become catastrophic for the total objective of sorcery, because those portions ferment inside us and serve as food to the deep-seated sense of importance. \"My first task as a nagual was to put an end to the secrecy of my predecessors. The choice of modern warriors is freedom. Today, we can say whatever we want, giving our listeners the choice to take it or leave it. This has led to an extraordinary consequence, which previous naguals could never enjoy: Mass practicing. \"Mass practicing is our security valve. You can deceive people's minds, because after all their minds are not their own. But you cannot confuse the luminous mass of hundreds or thousands of intents focused collectively on the goal of freedom. \"Mass is energy, and energy allows us to break out of the stagnation of attention. Through collective practice of the magical passes, I have witnessed a true energetic manifestation around the world, something that for the first time has allowed me to believe in the feasibility of my task. My cohorts and I are so excited with what is happening that we don't have words to describe it.\" The Magical Passes For some years, Carlos had been teaching some movements to small groups that he called 'magical passes', because, according to him, they served to prevent energy from stagnating and forming 'balls'. 'The Play of the Drum' was one of the passes, 'The Arrow to the Right and Left', and 'The Dynamo' were among the others. He said Don Juan would practice them at any time of the day, wherever he happened to be. Mostly, he would do them before or after carrying something, or when he had been in the same position for a long while. The matter interested me a lot, because I myself practiced some oriental postures, and was generally inclined towards physical exercises. Therefore, at the first opportunity that presented itself, I asked him where he had learned the magical passes.
31. He answered: \"They are the heritage of the ancient seers.\" At that time, he was not much seen in public. But, little by little, his secrecy had become less rigid, and large groups of people began to approach him. As he began to teach the passes in public, Carlos began to change them somewhat, making them more complicated and dividing them into categories. He ended up giving them a name taken from architecture: Tensegrity, which, he told us, was the combination of two terms, tension and integrity. From the very first, there were some detractors, resentful people who - without stopping to appreciate the practical side of these exercises - began to spread the word that the nagual had just invented them. When I mentioned that I was worried about this, he was firm: \"Tensegrity is my intent! A nagual has authority, and this is my gift to the world. \"Don Juan and his warriors taught their apprentices many specific movements which filled us with energy and well-being, and helped free us from the yoke of the foreign mind. My role has been to modify them slightly, taking them out of the sphere of the personal and adapting them to people in general, so that they become useful to other groups of practitioners.\" He told me that the method he had chosen in the beginning, of teaching the magical passes in a limited form, was in certain ways a failure, since those who were moved to practice them were too few to accumulate enough 'energetic mass'. So, in this new phase, he had created a system able to impact on the awareness of multitudes. \"My cohorts and I will open a great door in the energy. That fissure is so powerful that it will last for ages, and those who approach it to look inside will be swallowed to another world. With Tensegrity, what I seek is to train those who are interested so that they can support that transition. Those who don't have enough discipline, will perish in the intent. \"The plan of disclosing the teachings is the summary of thirty years of practices and experiments. As a man and as a nagual, I have done as much as I have been able to do to make it work, because I know that the collective mass of many warriors can cause a commotion in the modality of our time.\" 10 The End Of The Lineage On various occasions, Carlos affirmed that Don Juan Matus1 lineage ended with him. But when I wanted to know more about it, he insisted that, for now, he could not give me any more details. \"I can't know exactly what the design of power will be; who am I to determine something like that? I know the traditional form of the lineage which I belong to ends with me, but whether a new format will continue into the future or not is something that is determined by a superior force.\" He told me he had spent years waiting for signs of continuity - concretely, a person that had the luminous characteristics to be the new nagual - but those signs didn't appear. Consequently, he had decided to act in an impeccable way, as if he were the last nagual on earth. From that came his urgency to tell everything. \"Take advantage of me!\" he told me. \"I am liquidating all that was given to me.\" With Sadness, I asked if it meant that, after him, there would be no more teaching of the knowledge. He answered:
32. \"No, that's not what I mean. My destiny is to close a line, nothing more. I am sure the spirit will find the way of continuing ahead, because the current of knowledge cannot stop. \"The extinction of a lineage of sorcerers or the birth of another are constant incidents in the flow of energy. I know several parties of warriors living now, getting ready for the final jump, and I can also foresee the beginning of a new cycle, corresponding to the renewal of cultural paradigms for the next millennium.\" The Evolution Of The Path That morning, Carlos asked me to choose my question carefully, because he didn't have much time to talk to me before catching his plane. I said that I had been reading in his books about the cycles of warriors he called old and new seers, but I couldn't catch the difference between them. He replied that I had chosen a good topic for conversation, since understanding that difference was a basic requirement to make sure one avoided the errors of the old seers. He explained that, like everything in this universe, the path of sorcerers is evolutionary. For that reason, a nagual is always forced to refer to the teachings in new ways. As a consequence of that strategy, nagualism as a total system of practices is divided into breeds or cycles. \"Ever since man's adventure in search of the spirit began, and up until today, there have been three breeds of sorcerers at least: Those of the first period; the ancient seers; and the new ones. The first sorcerers lived a long time ago and were very different from us. Today we hardly understand their vision of the world, but we know that they survived under very difficult conditions, where any one of us would have succumbed. \"The ancient seers were a refinement of that original kind. They adapted to America's soil and knew how to create here real civilizations. They were formidable men, who used intent at a level that is incomprehensible to us. They were intoxicated with power. They could move gigantic stones, fly, or transform themselves at will. They cohabited with inorganic beings and created a culture to fit them, replete with fabulous stories. \"Legends describe them best. Those sorcerers are the heroes of our mythology. What they sought was to live at any price, and they got it! \"The ancient seers began to move their assemblage points through the consumption of power plants. After that, their inorganic teachers told them how to do things. They only needed to focus their interest in order to understand what this world is, and that interest made them design the most extraordinary techniques for the exploration of awareness. \"But don't think that the old seers were just men of action. They were, also very profound thinkers who took the art of comprehending to the limits of attention. Compared to them, we are beasts. Nowadays, man is not interested in the reason why he is alive, which is why he finds no peace and can't find himself. We have a lot to learn from those precursors, who found the answers which can bring us out of the dead end we are facing.\"
33. \"What dead end are you talking about?\" \"Our vision of a world of objects. That vision has been very useful, but at the same time the worst among our calamities. Modern man's concerns are the same as those of an animal: Use, possess, annihilate. But this animal has been domesticated, and is condemned to live inside a material inventory. Since every one of the objects he uses has a long history, modern man lives his life lost inside his own creation. \"In contrast, what concerned the ancient seers was the relationship between the cosmos and the being that is going to die. They were able to acquire their own vision. They didn't stop at one of the stations along the way, and forget that they were travelers.\" I asked him why, if their vision was correct, there came a moment when the old seers were substituted by the cycle of new seers. He answered that seeing is no guarantee of impeccability. \"The old seers could not separate a great dose of self-importance from their practices. Since they enjoyed having power over their fellow men, they were never able to focus clearly on the proposal of total freedom. Although they were unbeatable seers, it was impossible for them to foresee that their enthusiasm to discover the world should end up involving them in commitments that would trap them. \"Most modern sorcerers are the heirs of the old seers. By ignoring the warrior's principles, they have devaluated the knowledge. They have become storytellers, herbalists, healers, or dancers; they have lost control of the assemblage point. In many cases, they do not even remember that the point exists. \"The new seers tried to stop all this; they took what they could use from the vision of the ancients, but they were wiser and more moderate. They cultivated an unbending intent and turned all their attention towards the way of the warrior. In that way they changed the entire intent of the practices. Upon completing their energy, some of them glimpsed a higher goal than the adventure of the second attention and pondered the possibility of being free. \"Through their seeing, the new seers discovered something horrifying: That the enthusiasm of the old seers served as nutrition to certain conscious entities who were energy parasites. In the beginning, the contract between these beings and humans seemed very beneficial, we gave them part of our energy and they rewarded us with what was then a novelty: Reason. But in time it became obvious that the contract was a swindle. Reason is only good for making inventories of things, not for understanding them. Also, it has an unpleasant by-product which seers see as a membrane covering our luminosity: Self-importance. \"For the new seers, that was intolerable, because they had a goal in mind which had never occurred to the old seers: The possibility of merging with the universe directly, without using the inorganics as intermediaries. \"The new seers were pragmatic sorcerers, passionate about validation. In their desire to erase from their practices every last vestige of ego, they became distrustful people. Their method was elimination, they suppressed all that didn't point directly to their objective of total freedom. The result was that they became able to fixate their intent on intent itself, becoming one. Unhappily, that method forced them to sacrifice enormous portions of their knowledge. \"Their intent was so ferocious that it took them to close in on themselves. They filled their teaching with secrets. Since social relationships were not important for their objectives, they isolated themselves from society, creating their own, minuscule groups. Almost all of them left to live in the mountains, the forest, or the desert, where they remain until today, acquiring ethnic characteristics. That has certainly not helped them to refine the art of stalking; what's more, in the end it transformed their search for freedom into a purely rhetorical objective.\"
34. The Seers Of The New Era \"The old and the new seers represent two extreme positions facing the same challenge, the result of the adaptation of sorcerers to very concrete historical circumstances. But today, times, have changed. \"By the Eagle's design, at least one of the lineages of new seers has been able to redirect its task. The last twenty-seven naguals of my line had tried to recover the fearless spirit of the old seers, while at the same time maintaining the sobriety of purpose of the new. In that way, we were able to gather enough energy to attempt a new and more balanced adaptation of the teachings. \"According to Don Juan, massive changes in energy are happening at the present time, which will inevitably cause the emergence of a new cycle of warriors. To differentiate them from their predecessors, I have called them modern seers, or seers of the new era.\" Before continuing with his story, Carlos clarified for me that his concept of the new era had nothing to do with the New Age contemporary mystic movement, but was rather an extension of the old prehispanic belief in a series of eras, following on one after the other in the history of the world. I asked him why he had not mentioned anything about this new breed of warriors in his books. He answered: \"My books describe a phase of my apprenticeship relative to my benefactor and his cohorts. Although they had conceptualized a new cycle as a strategic need, it was not part of their immediate life. They realized that their own actions departed from the Rule of the new seers when they allowed and even encouraged the popularization of the knowledge. But they left it to me to find the appropriate terms in which to describe what was happening.\" \"At what time did these seers begin to appear?\" \"They are barely appearing yet. \"Everything began with the conquest of Mexico. The new seers took that change as a sign, and understood that it was necessary to review the tradition. But things would still have stayed the same if it hadn't been for the manifestation in our lineage of a being whom we call 'the death defier'. He returned the sense of adventure and fascination for the unknown to the new seers. Contact with that entity has been decisive for us.\" Eagerly, I asked him to tell me more about the death defier, one of the most extraordinary and incomprehensible characters of his books. He answered: \"The death defier is an entity of supreme awareness. He was born about ten thousand years ago. But he appeared physically in the lineage at the time of the nagual Sebastian, in the year of 1723.\" \"Was the death defier a person?\" \"He was a man in other times, when the thirst for knowledge was alive and mankind surrendered himself to his love for the Earth. He is the typical exponent of that mentality. If you spoke with him, you would notice that we share the same yearning for companionship, and an urge for the expansion of awareness. But you would also notice strange things. He lives in another vision. His sense of self is very different from ours, because it embraces a very wide range of sensations. He doesn't have gender, age, nationality, or a defined language. He doesn't have friends or relatives; and worse, there is nobody in the world like him. He passes through the world like a ghost and spends most of his time ensconced in some deep niche of dreaming. \"His contribution to our lineage, as much in techniques as in theoretical knowledge, was monumental. That warrior knew all the
35. arts of the ancients, and much more! You can say that it was his appearance on the scene that led to the germination of the cycle of modern seers. \"The second sign which showed that the time of change was near, was the presence of a foreigner in the lineage: The nagual Luhan. As you already know, Luhan was Chinese. Although he had received a high education in his own country, his adventurous personality made him become a sailor, and he lived an erratic existence all over the planet, until one day his luck put him in the way of power. \"The young Luhan had disembarked in the port of Veracruz, and he was strolling around in search of amusement, when a dangerous incident brought him staggering out from a bar, where he collided head first into the nagual Santiesteban, who didn't have time to react. This event, unusual in the life of a sorcerer, was taken as a sign. \"You can imagine the bewilderment of the new seers! The spirit had spoken in an obvious way, and ordered that secrets guarded by generations of warriors should be put in the hands of a stranger. In that way, Luhan was accepted as the new nagual and his knowledge of martial arts became part and parcel of the heritage of the lineage. \"But the confirmation of these signs happened two centuries later, when another nagual whose luminous constitution was not of the conventional kind came into the hands of a certain strange old man, Don Juan Matus. Neither he nor I knew it then, but the destiny of the knowledge of the new seers had been sealed.\" arts of the ancients, and much more! You can say that it was his appearance on the scene that led to the germination of the cycle of modern seers. \"The second sign which showed that the time of change was near, was the presence of a foreigner in the lineage: The nagual Luhan. As you already know, Luhan was Chinese. Although he had received a high education in his own country, his adventurous personality made him become a sailor, and he lived an erratic existence all over the planet, until one day his luck put him in the way of power. \"The young Luhan had disembarked in the port of Veracruz, and he was strolling around in search of amusement, when a dangerous incident brought him staggering out from a bar, where he collided head first into the nagual Santiesteban, who didn't have time to react. This event, unusual in the life of a sorcerer, was taken as a sign. \"You can imagine the bewilderment of the new seers! The spirit had spoken in an obvious way, and ordered that secrets guarded by generations of warriors should be put in the hands of a stranger. In that way, Luhan was accepted as the new nagual and his knowledge of martial arts became part and parcel of the heritage of the lineage. \"But the confirmation of these signs happened two centuries later, when another nagual whose luminous constitution was not of the conventional kind came into the hands of a certain strange old man, Don Juan Matus. Neither he nor I knew it then, but the destiny of the knowledge of the new seers had been sealed.\" Intellectual Preparation In one of the last conversations we had, Carlos characterized the seers of today as warriors who are distinguished by their frankness. They reject the furtive attitudes that have traditionally distinguished sorcerers, and have renounced every doctrine that it's not crystal clear and based on immediate verification. \"Another peculiarity which identifies them is that, as opposed to their ancestors, they are collectively guided toward freedom. The old seers thought about freedom as a theoretical goal, something that was beyond their concrete possibilities - while the new seers saw it exclusively as an individual commitment. For the seers of
36. today, however, to be free is the collective purpose of the group of power, the essence of their actions and their reason for being. \"Modern warriors are inflexibly committed to each other. They have sacrificed their concerns as individuals for the sake of the group. Their bond of power gives them encouragement and provides a continual challenge to prevent them from lowering their guard, and their oath as warriors is based on the purpose of departing together to the third attention. Closer than ever to freedom, these warriors are more independent and more self-sufficient than their predecessors. \"But the most remarkable thing about them is their capacity of revision. At this time, seekers of knowledge are forced to thoroughly examine everything that has been said in the past, adapting traditional knowledge to the modality of the time, in order for the warrior's way to be truly and finally understood by people, \"The technique which prevents that revision from drifting towards the capricious is seeing. To see the luminous nature of the world permits us to choose, without any possibility of error, the most appropriate symbols to transmit ideas. \"Part of my task as a nagual has been to renew the nomenclature. Words wear out. Don Juan himself used terms which, from my point of view, were already archaic, because they were linked to the Mexico of antiquity, not with today's world. However, due to lack of time, I have not dedicated enough attention to this matter. It is a task that I'm giving to those who want to assume it. \"The stage of knowledge inaugurated by my books breaks the course of nagualism in two. I have come to put emphasis on intent, the pursuit of sanity, the sobriety and sense of a group of power, and to abolish the servitude of secrecy and openly reveal the magical passes. \"The goal of modern seers is, more than ever, total freedom; but to achieve it, it is important that the strategies are continually refined. A society that no longer openly persecutes sorcerers does not serve us as a training ground. It is our duty, then, to find new fields where we can exercise and train our potentialities. \"According to Don Juan, the best of those fields is the intellect. And it also functions as a guarantee that strategies of popularization and adaptation will work correctly. Ignorance can no longer be accepted, the time of the wild sorcerers is already past. The sorcerers of the old guard were stagnated in their traditions, and they lost their ticket to eternity; we don't want the same thing to happen to us now. Therefore, the Rule for the seers of the new era is preparation; that is their distinctive stamp. They should not only prepare in terms of the arts of sorcery, but also cultivate their minds in order to know and understand everything. The intellect is the comfort of today's Toltec, just as in the past, it was the affection for rituals. \"Don Juan said that each warrior of this new cycle should have at least a university degree, to lake advantage of the defenses against disinformation which modern science has created. That will heighten the chances of survival for the entire party, and in the future this will be even more valuable.\" 11 The Task Of The Nagual
37. \"Could you tell me what task the nagual Juan Matus gave to you?\" He looked at me with a surprised expression. Usually, Carlos would hide his answers in between his words, or give them out little by little throughout his conversations. But this time he changed tactics. He told me my question was so extraordinary that the only thing he could do was to take it as an omen. But the answer was such a personal thing that he could only tell me about it in an appropriate place. Therefore, he suggested that we meet the next day in the Tacuba café one of Don Juan's favorite restaurants. After breakfast, he told me in a solemn tone that I should silence my internal dialogue, because we were about to visit a sacred place where a famous warrior of antiquity was buried. He added that the day was perfect for it, because since dawn a dark fog had hung over the city. \"And since everything has became sinister, our omens today will come from the left.\" At first, his suggestive efforts made me feel privileged. But as we came closer to the main square, I became more and more apprehensive. We entered through the small door set in the beautiful side door of the Cathedral of Mexico, and came into the gigantic main part of the church. Immediately, Carlos walked up to the fount of holy water, wet his fingers, and crossed himself. I was struck by the familiarity of his movements, it seemed like he was used to going to church. Seeing my curiosity, he explained that a warrior should respect all conventions, particularly those of an institution like the Catholic Church, which has served as a sanctuary for sorcerers for centuries. We sat down on the pews of the central nave of the church and remained silent for a while. There were very few people there, and the atmosphere was very calm. I noticed that he was sitting up straight and his eyes, neither open nor closed, were lost in the busy mass of decorations of the main altar. The light scent of candles drifted down to our pew, and also the murmur of children's voices that were rehearsing a chorus; or maybe it was a recorded tape. Little by little I became engrossed in my own thoughts, until I lost track of where I was. His voice startled me: \"The task which my teacher gave me, and my mission as a nagual for the era which is commencing, is to move the assemblage point of the Earth.\" 1 was expecting anything but that. For a few seconds, my mind didn't react; I simply didn't have a clue what Carlos was saying. But suddenly, the monstrosity of his task hit me in the center of my reason, and I found myself thinking that Carlos had either gone crazy, or he was talking about something I didn't have the faintest idea about. Disconcerting me even further, he seemed to read my thoughts, because he made a little nod of agreement and murmured: \"That's it. You have to be crazy to let yourself commit to something like that, and even crazier to believe that it is possible to do.\" I asked him how a man could possibly even think about a feat like that. He answered: \"Just like the other world has its mobile unit - the inorganic beings - Earth also has one, and it's us. We are children of the Earth. The movement of the assemblage point of a sufficient number of warriors can change the modality of the time, and that is what I am working towards.\" He explained that the assemblage point of Earth has changed many times in the past, and will do so in the future. In recent times it has been moving steadily towards the area of reason. \"That is magnificent, because, once it is fixated there, humanity will have an opportunity to move to the other side, and many men and women will become aware. The challenge for the seers of the future will be to maintain
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38. that focus for the necessary length of time until it becomes fixated there, becoming a permanent position for the planet, a new center, which we will be able to turn to anytime in a perfectly natural way. \"The refocusing of the Earth's attention is the product of the combined action of many generations of naguals. The new seers conceived of it as a possibility, and discovered that it was part of the Rule. They incubated it with their intent, and determined that now is the time to begin it.\" \"What is the effect of that movement?\" \"To move the fixation of the planet is the only way out from the dramatic state of slavery to which we have been reduced. The course of our civilization has no exit, because we are isolated in a remote location of the cosmos. If we don't learn how to travel along the avenues of awareness, we will come to such a state of frustration and despair that humanity will end up destroying itself. Our options are the way of the warrior, or extinction. \"However, I cannot know what the total effects of my task wilt be. The Earth's assemblage point is very big; it has an enormous inertia. My mission is to start the fire, but it will take time to get the blaze going. In fact, that task is not mine only, but belongs to all the seers who must come. \"Knowledge of the assemblage point is an unprecedented gift from the spirit to modern man, and it is the catalyst for changing the modality of this era. It is not a Utopia, but a real possibility that is waiting there, just around the corner. \"I don't want to speculate on my chances of being successful with this task; I just persist, because it is all that's left for me to do. Personally, I have no doubts. In my view, the future is luminous, because it belongs to awareness, which for sorcerers means that it belongs to nagualism.\" Encounter In The Crypt After describing his task, Carlos rose from the bench and went closer to the rail around the entrance to the crypt below the church. I followed him. Pointing at the stairway with his chin, he told me: \"You should go down there. Inside, you will see a circle in the floor, which corresponds to the exact center of the main dome of the church. According to tradition, that is the original place where Cuauhtemoc, the last Aztec emperor, was buried.\" I asked him how historically accurate that information was. He replied that he didn't know, but that the catacomb was an interesting place, regardless. \"All I want you to do is stand for a while in the center of that circle with your eyes closed, to tune yourself in to the energy of the place. It is a place of power from the sorcerers of antiquity, and it will help you in your task.\" Briefly holding my hand, he added that he could not accompany me this time because someone was waiting for him somewhere, and he wished me luck. Without giving me time to react, he turned and left. Carlos' attitude - asking me to go down in the crypt, and then leave in a hurry - left me confused. I didn't know what to do. With some misgivings, I leaned out over of the narrow stairway and felt a cold, humid breeze. Filled with an irrational apprehension, 1 went down the stone steps to the entrance door.
39. The crypt was empty. It had a gloomy air, was poorly lit, smelled of mold and the dust of centuries, and it was utterly quiet. While I explored the tombs belonging to some privileged families of old Mexico, a chill traveled up and down my back. If it had not been for my desire to fulfill the task Carlos had given me, I would have run out of there. Trying to control my over-excited imagination, I placed myself in the place Carlos had indicated, a circular space defined by the intersection of two passageways. I closed my eyes and made an effort to silence my mind. After a moment, I realized that my internal dialogue had quieted by itself. I don't know how much time passed. Suddenly, I felt I was being observed. 1 opened my eyes quickly, just in time to see, standing a short distance from where I was, a man wearing a hat, with indigenous features and a penetrating gaze. He was tall, strong, and quite old; he had a rural appearance, dressed in a loose white shirt and sandals, and carrying a rucksack. When noticing that I had discovered him, he slipped quickly towards an enclosure at the end of the passageway called the 'the bishops' crypt'. His steps didn't make the smallest noise. Although I was very afraid, my curiosity was even greater, and while menially preparing myself to face this strange character, I crossed the short distance which separated us - about seven or eight meters. When I came into the crypt, my surprise was total. There was nobody there. A quick inspection confirmed (hat the enclosure had no other exit, nor any space for a person to hide. This time I panicked. I had goose bumps, and got the hell out of there PART III
40. THE RULE OF THE THREE- PRONGED NAGUAL Introduction From an early age, the reflective bent of my character made me seek an explanation of who I am and what my purpose in life might be. Knowing of my search, a fellow student came to me once and told me that Carlos Castaneda was giving a private talk in his house, and that I could come if I wanted. I had waited for an opportunity like this for a long time, and was enchanted by the invitation. Castaneda was a famous anthropologist, the author of several books on the culture of the Mexican sorcerers of the ancient past. In his books, he describes how, while still a student at the University of California, he did some work among the Yaqui Indians in northern Mexico, in order to learn about the medicinal plants they used. On one of these trips, he met an old herbalist, famed as a sorcerer, who called himself Juan Matus. In time, the old man took him on as an apprentice, and introduced him to a completely unknown dimension for modern man: The traditional wisdom of the old Toltec seers, commonly known as 'sorcery' or 'nagualism'. In a dozen books, Carlos describes a teacher/apprentice relationship that lasted for thirteen years. In the course of that time, he underwent an arduous training that led him to personally corroborate the foundations of that strange culture. The experiences he acquired during his apprenticeship ended up making the young anthropologist succumb to his fascination with the knowledge, and he was absorbed by the system of beliefs he was studying. This outcome shifted him a great distance away from his original goals. 'Nagualism' was the name sorcerers from prehispanic Mexico gave to their system of belief. According to history, those men were profoundly concerned with their relationship to the universe, to such a degree that they dedicated themselves to the task of investigating the limits of perception through the use of hallucinogenic plants which allowed them to change levels of awareness. After practicing for generations, some of them learned how to see, in other words, to perceive the world, not as an interpretation, but as a constant flow of energy. Nagualism consists of a group of techniques designed to alter our everyday perception, producing psychic and physical phenomena of extraordinary interest. For example, the Mexican tradition claims that a nagual is able to transform himself into an animal, because he has learned how to dream himself in a different form than that of a human being. Behind this popular belief is the fact that sorcerers explore their subconscious with the purpose of throwing light on unknown aspects of our being. Nagualism was a socially accepted practice for thousands of years, comparable to our religion or science. In time, its postulates grew in abstraction and synthesis, becoming a kind of philosophical proposition, the practitioners of which took the name Toltecs.
41. The Toltecs were not what we ordinarily think of as 'sorcerers', that is, individuals who use supernatural forces to damage others, but rather extremely disciplined men and women who were interested in complex aspects of consciousness. In his books, Carlos made a talented effort to adapt the knowledge of naguals to our time, lifting it out of its rural atmosphere and making it accessible to people with a Western background. Starting from Don Juan's teachings, he defined the premises of the path of the warrior, or the path of impeccable behavior, consistent in control, discipline, and sustained effort. Once internalized, these principles carry the practitioner to other more complex techniques whose object is to perceive the world in a new way. Having achieved this, the student is in a position to move in a voluntary and conscious way in the environment of dreams, in just the same way as he moves in his daily life. This technique is supplemented with what Don Juan called 'the art of stalking', or the art of knowing oneself, and with a daily exercise called 'recapitulation' because it consists of reviewing events of our personal history to find their hidden plot. Dreaming and recapitulation together make it possible to create what is called 'the energetic double', a practically indestructible entity, able to act on its own accord. One of the most significant discoveries of the Toltec seers was that human beings possess a luminous configuration, or energy field, around the physical body. They also saw that some were equipped with a special configuration, divided into two parts. These were called naguals, that is, 'duplicated people'. Because of their particular configuration, a nagual has greater resources than most people. They also saw that, because of their double and exceptional energy, they are natural leaders. Starting from these discoveries, it was inevitable that seers would settle down according to the commands of energy, organizing harmonious groups whose participants complemented each other. Warriors of these groups were committed to the search for new levels of awareness. In time, they began to realize that behind their practices and organizational forms, there was an impersonal Rule. In their sense of the word, the Rule is the description of the design and the means by which various luminous configurations of the human species can become united, eventually to integrate into a single organism called 'the party of the nagual'. The goal of these groups is total freedom; the evolution of awareness to the point of enabling them to travel through the ocean of cosmic energy, perceiving all that is accessible to us. There is a special section of the Rule that describes how generations of warriors are intertwined, forming lineages, and how these lineages are renewed every once in a while. The fate of Carlos was to live through one of those stages of renewal. However, he did not understand what that meant before he received a message which guided him towards the popularization of the teachings. When I met him, he still had great reservations about the public domain and tried to keep his distance from people. Our relationship was mainly through talks he gave to small groups, and private conversations. He demanded that I should pass unnoticed among the others, so that I would keep my personal history under a measure of control. Later, he admitted that this request also had a deeper motive: I had a commitment to the spirit, and should execute my task four years after Carlos' departure. When I asked him why, he told me that he knew that his work would be obstructed by detractors who would try to frustrate the plan designed by Don Juan for a revolution of awareness. My function would be to give testimony of the message that I had received. The Omen
42. One time, after giving a talk in the private dining room of a restaurant where he invited all of us to dine, Carlos asked me to come with him to another place. Minutes later, we both left, while the others were still in the middle of a lively conversation. On the way, we had to cross a large avenue. To gel ahead of the cars, 1 ran towards a triangular traffic island in the middle of the street, believing that Carlos was right behind me. But when I got there, I realized that he was still waiting on the other side. Then something unexpected happened; a great gust of wind came rushing down the avenue, so strong that I had to hold on to the metal post of a traffic sign. Before I had time to protect myself, a cloud of dust got into my eyes and throat, making me cough and leaving me blind for a moment. When I recovered, Carlos was at my side, looking at me with a radiantly happy face. He patted my back and made a very strange comment: \"I know what to do with you!\" I looked questioningly at him, and he explained: \"That was the same wind, it is after you.\" His words made me remember the moment we met, when an autumn wind had forced us to hastily close the windows of the room where a group of friends were waiting for him. \"On that occasion, you saw it as a strong wind, but I knew that it was the spirit making whirls over your head. It was a sign, and now I know why it pointed you out.\" I asked him to explain this enigmatic statement, but his answer was even more obscure: \"I am heir to certain information. It is an aspect of the teachings that concerns me so deeply that I can't explain it to the others. It should be said through a messenger. While I was watching how the spirit danced with you on the edge of the avenue, I knew that the messenger is you.\" I insisted he must tell me more, but he said this was neither the time nor the appropriate place. What Is The Rule? Some time later, we were walking to the Alameda park. Near the Palace of Fine Arts, he signaled to me that we should sit down on a bench, miraculously empty, on one side of the square. The bench was made of wrought iron. Its location - right in front of the main door of an old church built from blocks of red and black lava - had the virtue of slightly blocking my internal dialogue, which transported me to an oasis of serenity amid the bustle of cars and people passing by. As it turned out, Carlos had foreseen this impact and its didactic function. He commented that it was Don Juan's favorite bench, which I found very moving. Rubbing his hands together, he assured me that it was time to get to the point. \"Do you know what the Rule is?\" he asked. Although I had read something about it in one of his books, I had not understood much, so I shook my head no. He went on: \"It is the name that seers have given to the guide of a party of sorcerers, a kind of navigational chart, or a sample book of a warrior's assignments and duties within the framework of his practices.
43. \"After exhaustive verifications, the sorcerers of ancient Mexico came to the conclusion that, just as all live beings possess a defined biological pattern which allows reproducing and evolving, we also have an energy pattern responsible for our development as luminous beings. \"The mold of a species extracts its energy from the Rule. The Rule is a kind of womb, it contains an evolutionary plan for every living being, not only on Earth, but also in any corner of the universe where there is awareness. Nobody can break away from it. The most we can do is ignore that it exists, in which case we won't reach the stage where we can be what we truly are: Live mass in the service of a purpose that we don't understand. \"Said in sorcerers' terms, the Rule is the diagram of the Eagle's commands, an equation which correlates the effectiveness of actions with the saving of energy. In the practical sphere, such a combination cannot produce anything but a warrior. \"The Rule is complete, and covers all facets of the warrior's way. It describes how a nagual party is created and nurtured, how generations are connected to form a lineage, and it guides them towards freedom. But in order to use it as a key to power, we have to verify it for ourselves.\" \"How can you verify it?\" \"The Rule is self-evident to the sorcerer who sees. For a beginner like you, the best way of attesting its functionality consists of detecting its intrusion in the course of your life.\" The Origin Of The Rule I asked him how man had come into contact with this matrix. Hereplied: \"It has always existed. However, seers are its discoverers and guardians. \"The Rule is the origin of the universal order. Its operation and purpose are ignored, not because they are not known, but because they are not understood. Hundreds of generations of sorcerers gave their lives in their zeal to elucidate it, and to develop practical proposals for every one of its conceptual units. \"In the beginning, no man attempted to catch a gleam of this structure, because nobody knew it was there. As the seers of old Mexico came into contact with other aware entities on this Earth, much older and more experienced than (he seers themselves, they began acquiring portions of the Rule. One day they saw that all those portions fit into each other like a puzzle. That day, they discovered what they called 'the map', and the lineage of the seers of antiquity began. \"Through their seeing, they verified each portion related to dreaming. They tested every combination, determining their effects on awareness. They organized exercises of dreaming on seven levels of increasing depth, and they penetrated the innermost twists and turns of the universe. Little by little, they developed the pattern for the nagual party, a structure in the shape of an extremely stable pyramid, capable of expressing the designs of power with transparent clarity.
44. \"But there was one thing the ancients didn't verify: The Rule for the stalkers. They viewed stalking as a latent possibility which was not worthwhile to explore in practice.\" \"Why?\" \"Because, in an era when being a sorcerer meant being at the top of the social scale, stalking as an art had no purpose. It would have been a poor investment. But when the modality of the time changed, that line of reasoning brought the old seers almost to the edge of extinction. \"It was not until the appearance of the Toltecs that the other great portion of the Rule revealed its extraordinary content. Lineages who were able to apply it were the only ones who survived; the rest were dissolved, and got lost in the vortex which signified the fall of the old seers' regime. The incorporation of stalking determined the birth of the new seers. With them, the Rule of the nagual was completely elucidated.\" \"When did that happen?\" \"The period of the new seers began about five thousand years ago, and reached its peak in the times of Tula. Through stalking, the fundamental contribution of those warriors to sorcery was the notion of impeccability'. An Impersonal Organism \"The objective of the Rule of the nagual is to generate parties; that is, self-aware organisms capable of flying into the immensity out there. Such organisms are made up by the sum of a group of warriors who have harmonized their individual intents. The purpose of that design is to perpetuate a non-human dimension of awareness.\" \"Non-human?\" \"That's it. A dimension in which personality is no longer the aim. \"Human beings are unable to enter and remain for any extended length of time inside the realm of cosmic awareness - the state which Don Juan called 'the third attention'. Either we leave it and forget, or we stay and melt into that unfathomable sea. But the power that governs us has found the way to get around this limitation, by creating organisms in which individual entities work as members. \"At the core of these organisms a radically new kind of attention is generated, an intent oriented towards exploring the unknown, investigating in teams what we otherwise cannot know. Feelings of individuality are no longer their operative center, because they have been substituted by something much more intense: Living as part of the whole, an energy state that no ordinary man can even conceive of. There are no routines, there is no ego, there is no ignorance, there is no interpretation. That kind of organism is only one stage on the infinite path of awareness, but for us human beings, that stage is final.\" I asked him how the awareness of a party operates. He gave me an analogy of the physical body.
45. \"Although only in a hazy way, each one of our cells is conscious of their unity and, within certain limits, each one can act independently. However, their individual intent is subordinate to a superior purpose, which is to form the whole, which we call 'me'. \"When we finally arrive at the incredible achievement of realizing the global purpose, we can discern a superior evolutionary line. We perceive the possibility of being integrated with our complementary energetic beings, creating a form of life whose purposes are as far from the concerns of the daily world as the awareness of a single cell is from our totality. New seers call that life-form 'the party of the nagual'.\" \"Who are our complementary energetic beings?\" \"Human beings who possess luminous characteristics that complement each other. \"Energy is recurrent, it generates patterns that we all share. In general terms, it can be said that there are four basic luminous patterns with twelve variants, synthesized by the nagual man and nagual woman. As a tonal approaches the ideal luminosity for its type, it manifests a superior degree of awareness. \"When ideal models meet, they combine. The feelings of attraction among human beings can be explained as a result of the fusion of their energy molds. Normally, such a fusion is partial, but sometimes a sudden and inexplicable wave of sympathy occurs; a seer would say that an act of energy reciprocity has taken place. \"The warriors of a party combine in such a way that their relationship produces optimal results in the sense of gaining and accumulating power. \"It is difficult to find characteristic luminous bodies who are available for the task of the nagual; the usual is to find tonals deformed by the life of the world. But when a nagual is able to integrate his party, the energy of his warriors will fuse. They sacrifice their individuality for a superior goal, and returning to their previous isolation is no longer possible, it would only mean death for them. You may say that a party is not composed of individuals, but is rather a single, living organism, with capabilities that are not human.\" Assembling A Party \"What awareness of the objective of (he party does each member have?\" \"Full awareness. Each one of them knows the tales of power pertinent to their specialty, and they know that their function is part of a purpose that transcends them. \"The relationship between the Rule and the party is expressed in their tasks. For example, when the female warriors of a group receive the command of tracking energy in space until they find possible candidates for a new generation of sorcerers, they concentrate on that (ask as their avenue to freedom. They're not interested in anything else. If the discipline of that intent cracks, the result can be chaotic.\" He gave me an example of the effect of a personal concern slipped inside a sorcerer's task. \"Soon after I started my apprenticeship, and although nobody asked me to do it, I offered to help Don Juan establish the new party. Every time a beautiful girl paid attention to me, I saw in her my complementary energetic being, and tried to 'sell her' to Don Juan, eulogizing her qualities. \"At first, the warriors took it as a joke. But little by little they got pissed off, and one day when I brought my new 'nagual woman' to introduce to them, I couldn't find them. They had all moved out of the house. To feel lonely helped me to recover my sobriety. \"The party is a self-conscious being that overcomes us thoroughly. To participate in its intent is something so exceptional that as soon as an apprentice glimpses its totality, his ego position just melts. That does not imply that he automatically becomes impeccable; for years, he will still have to make an effort to temper his
46. character and to extinguish his self-importance, as well as the obsession of power. \"Only the nagual man and woman have a total vision of the functioning of the party. Continuing the analogy, they would tell you that they are the nerve cells of the party; the units which direct the process of perpetuation. The other members serve as support, and they carry out the concrete tasks of duplicating the group. \"The work of the nagual is exhausting. He has to have perfect control of the arts of stalking and dreaming, he has to learn to see and to develop his capacity of manipulation to the maximum, and he has to serve as an example of sobriety in order to maintain the cohesion of the group. If they are allowed to be carried away by their emotions, the result is disintegration.\" I asked him why. \"Because the party is an organism of critical mass. If any one of its components goes astray from the goal, the resulting dysfunction causes a collapse, and everything would have to be restarted. That is why the nagual is obliged to demand from his warriors that they give all of themselves, and he must distribute their tasks so that ail of them can participate with optimism and trust, The oil of the party is the impeccability of its members, and its fuel the yearning for total freedom.\" The Structure Of The Party \"How many warriors make up a group?\" \"The normal structure of a party is quadripartite, that is, based on the number four, since the Rule has a pyramid form. Its formation and growth are carried out in accordance with that basic structure. As in the pyramids, the architecture of the group consists of a base with four corners, each corner made up of three warriors: One female dreamer, one female stalker, and one male assistant. The corners are connected to each other through messengers, and the nagual couple is above them all. \"The Rule manifests itself to a double man or woman by means of a vision, and they have to accept it to be considered naguals. Following that acceptance, the naguals are joined by their warriors little by little, always following the signs of the spirit. Their capacity to lead is natural and indisputable, because, being double, they reflect each one of the energetic types in their party. \"Naguals can be defined as a man and a woman of extraordinary energy, involved in an act of fertilization of an infinitely greater scope than anything within human recognition. As long as they remain together, they are usually presented in society as husband and wife. \"The ability of the nagual man is to find and use the most appropriate words to express things with accuracy, intellectual clarity, fluency, and beauty. Among seers of the lineage which Don Juan's group belonged to, the omen to occupy this position was to be dying. All their leaders, except me, were found under such conditions.\" \"Why was your case different?\" \"Because, properly speaking, I am a surplus nagual. I didn't come to continue the lineage, but to seal it.\"
47. \"And what is the Rule for the nagual woman?\" \"The nagual woman is the light that guides all effort, the true mother. Normally, she leaves before the rest of the group and stays fluctuating between the first and the second attention, visiting the apprentices in dreams. She functions as a lighthouse, and if necessary she can return from the second attention to sow a new generation of seers. \"When it comes to warriors, they come in two bands, stalkers and dreamers. They have two kinds of functions: Portals, and guardians. The portals belong to the direction of the south. They are the strainer or filter through which apprentices must pass. They determine whether a warrior stays or leaves, and they have the main influence on how members of the team are provided. They are also the organizers of power meetings. \"The guardians are kind of an external version of the portals; there is a white one and a black one. They are in charge of watching over the smooth functioning of the group, which means they are alert to possible external attacks, and they also stand ready to solve any internal problems. Among the new seers, women are in charge of all these functions.\" \"Why is it that?\" \"Because women have greater mobility and more energy than men. Practically the entire universe is feminine by nature, and teams of witches travel through it as if they were at home in their own house. That capacity to circulate without interference from the dark energy makes them the battery of the group. \"On the other hand, we men are detected at once, because our energy is bright, and betrays us. Also, since we were not made to give birth, we do not have a specialized organ for dreaming. Except for the nagual, the male elements of a party don't carry much sparkle. \"Nevertheless, the Rule dictates that there are four male warriors dedicated to organize, explore, and understand. For this purpose, they fix their assemblage points in very specific energetic locations. Their presence serves to stabilize the group, neutralizing the frequent explosions of power staged by the female warriors. If not for them, the structure would explode as soon as the women achieve some degree of efficiency. So the men function as anchors; they fix the group until a maximum of power is reached. \"Due to its form, Don Juan called the party 'the organization of the snake'. It is a concept that he inherited from the old seers, referring to the pattern of squares on the skin of the rattlesnake. He affirmed that the head of the animal, with its fixed and hypnotic eyes, represents the nagual couple. The chest corresponds to the warrior dreamers, whose function is to inhale visions and distribute them to the whole group. The stomach represents the stalkers, able to digest any conceivable situation. The tail is the assistants, who are in charge of giving mobility to the group. It is a very fluid disposition.\" \"Are there any parties which are organized differently?\" \"The warriors are largely the result of the implacable manipulation of the nagual. I'm sure you can see how, after years under this constant pressure, the form of a group - including the particular hue adopted by the luminosity of each member - becomes very specific. This is why so many lineages of sorcerers exist. But all of them have, basically, the same kind of pyramid-shaped parties which I have described to you, since experience has shown that this is the most stable formula.\" The Purpose Of The Rule
48. \"What is the purpose of a party?\" \"From the Eagle's point of view: To explore, to verify, and to expand the Rule. Each generation of warriors should leave their print on it, because the Rule is accumulative. The heritage of the lineage consists of a series of positions of the assemblage point, to which successive parties go adding their own acquisitions. It is normal that lineages make a 'journal' of incidents where the naguals note their discoveries. \"The basic interest of an organism is to reproduce itself. Therefore, one way of defining it would be to say that the Rule is the recipe for a reproductive process. What it seeks is the perpetuation of awareness, something which, beyond a certain point, cannot be accomplished through individual channels. The resources that each warrior personally acquires during his training are secondary achievements, \"From the sorcerers' point of view, the object of grouping themselves is to ensure their passage to another level of attention, since without energy mass there is no flight.\" \"Do you mean that solitary warriors don't have a chance?\" \"No. What I'm saying is that a party can go further. \"Imagine that you live in a colony of gregarious caterpillars who are in a state of metamorphosis. Suddenly, one of the cocoons breaks open, and its resident leaves in a momentary explosion of light and color. The sensation you're left with is that the caterpillar disappeared. For the caterpillar itself, on the other hand, its true life as a butterfly will have begun. Now then: A solitary caterpillar is more likely to end up in the stomach of a bird. \"In the same way, the ulterior objective of warriors is the definitive jump to the third attention; the liberation from all forms of interpretation. The quantity of energy that is necessary for this can only be achieved by means of a special consensus of critical mass, in order to generate the necessary agreements to compact the energy. \"However, since many parties are not able to reach the completion of their energy, naguals have built an inhabitable oasis inside the second attention, an enormous edifice of intent in a remote region of dreaming, where seers go alone or in small groups. I call it 'the dome of intent', because its visible form is dome-shaped, but Don Juan preferred to call it 'the cemetery of the naguals'.\" \"Why did he call it that?\" \"Because staying in that space to live implies the sorcerer's literal death. In a sense not at all allegorical, it is a cemetery. Although those who choose that destiny have achieved the expansion of awareness for an enormous period of time, they will have to do without it when the moment arrives. \"So, for many sorcerers, the immediate goal of the party is the dome of the naguals, in the hope of being able to use it as a transit port where they can accumulate provisions for a great expedition. To get there, it is not necessary that the whole group leave at the same time. Sometimes, warriors choose to go one by one. In that case, they can partially return, as long as the totality of the group's energetic structure has not been completed. \"As you can see, the challenges warriors are involved in during their human existence are barely the prelude; the really tremendous stuff comes later. Don't ask what they dedicate themselves to while they remain in that world; it would sound like a fairy tale to you. The important thing is: All their activities are governed by the Rule.\" I commented that, keeping in mind the goal of the party, the Rule could be interpreted as the prehispanic equivalent of what other cultures called 'divine laws', that is, a group of normative regulations designed for man's salvation. He replied: \"It is not the same, because it does not come from a supreme being. The mechanism of the Rule is impersonal, it lacks kindness or compassion. It has no other objective than its own continuity.
49. \"Allowing themselves to be seduced by the analogies, the ancient seers made the error of identifying the Rule with their particular interpretations, and wound up worshipping it and erecting temples in its honor. The new seers rejected all that. When they explored stalking, they dusted off the essence of sorcery and rediscovered the goal of total freedom, which does not resemble religious goals in any way. It erased in them the fascination for the human mold, but it had a secondary effect that I have already explained to you: The wild enthusiasm of the old seers was substituted by furtive and suspicious attitudes. \"In the end, the effect stalking had on the nagual parties was to betray their initial motives. In time, the goal of total freedom was reduced to rhetoric. Almost all the sorcerers of Don Juan's lineage preferred the flight to the second attention. With the exception of the nagual Julian Osorio, none of them wanted to be deprived of the adventure and ecstasy of visiting the dome of the naguals, constructed of intent, located on one of the stars of the constellation of Orion.\" Three-Pronged Naguals \"The Rule is final, but its design and configuration are in constant evolution. But unlike evolutionists, who view the adaptations of life as a haphazard accumulation of genetic mutations, seers know there is nothing random about the Rule. They see how a command of the Eagle, in the form of a wave of energy, shakes the lineages of power from time to time, producing new stages in sorcery. \"A more exact way of describing it, is to assume that all possible variations of the Rule are contained in a womb of potential, and what changes over time is the degree of knowledge the sorcerers have of that totality, and what emphasis they put on particular portions of it. Such periods of change are recurrent, and they are represented by the number three.\" \"Why three?\" \"Because the old Toltecs associated the number three with dynamics and renewal. They discovered that ternary formations - formations based on the number three - announce unexpected changes. \"The Rule dictates that, from time to time, a special kind of nagual will appear in the lineages; a nagual whose energy is not divided into four parts, but instead has only three compartments. Seers call them 'three-pronged naguals1.\" I asked him how they where different from the others. He answered: \"Their energy is volatile, they are always moving, and because of that they find it difficult to accumulate power. From the point of view of the lineage, their composition is faulty; they will never be true naguals. In compensation, they lack the timidity and reservation that characterize the classic naguals, and they possess an unusual capacity to improvise and communicate. \"We can say that three-pronged naguals are like the cuckoo birds incubated in other birds' nests. They are opportunists, but they are necessary. Unlike the naguals of four points, whose freedom it is to pass unnoticed, those of three points are public personalities. They disclose secrets and cause fragmentation of the teachings, but without them, the lineages of power would have been extinguished a long time ago. \"Among the new seers, the Rule is that a nagual leaves a new party as a descendant. Some, due to their enormous energy surpluses, are able to help organizing a second or third generation of seers. For example, the nagual Elias Ulloa lived long enough to create his successor's party and to have an influence on the following one. But this does not mean a fork in the lineage; all those groups were part of the same transmission line.
50. \"On the other hand, the three-pronged nagual is authorized to transmit his knowledge radially, which does lead to a diversification of lineages. His luminous cocoon has a disintegrating effect on the group, which breaks the lineal structure of transmission and foments a desire for change and action in warriors, and an active disposition to be involved with their fellow men.\" \"Was that what happened to you?\" \"That's what happened. Due to my luminous disposition, I don't have any qualms about leaving kernels of knowledge behind, wherever I go. I know that I need an enormous quantity of energy to fulfill my task, and that I can only obtain it from masses. For that reason I am willing to broadcast the knowledge far and wide, and transform and redefine its paradigms.\" The Portion Of The Rule For The Three-Pronged Nagual \"As you know, my teacher became aware of the Rule for the three- pronged nagual when he tried to analyze certain anomalies in the new group. Apparently, I could not get in tune with the rest of the apprentices. Then he paid me sufficient attention to see that I masked my energy configuration.\" \"Do you mean that Don Juan's seeing had been mistaken?\" \"Of course not! What was mistaken was his looking. To see is the final form of perception; there are no appearances, so it is not possible to be deceived. However, due to the pressure that he had exerted on me for years, my energy struggled to mold itself to his. That is common among apprentices. Since he was divided into four compartments, I also began to manifest a similar energetic weight in my actions. \"Once I was able to shake off his influence (it took me almost ten years of arduous work), we discovered something astonishing: My luminosity only had three compartments; it didn't correspond to an ordinary, modern person, who only has two, nor to a nagual. This discovery caused a great commotion in the group of seers, since they all saw it as a portent of profound change for the lineage. \"Then Don Juan went back to the tradition of his predecessors, and dusted off a forgotten aspect of the Rule. He told me that the election of a nagual cannot in any way be considered as a personal whim, since it is the spirit who chooses the successor of a lineage at all times. Therefore, my energetic anomaly was part of a command. Faced with my urgent questioning, he assured me that a messenger would appear in due time and explain to me the function of my presence as a three-pronged nagual. \"Years later, during a visit to one of the rooms in the National Museum of Anthropology and History, I observed a native dressed in the old-fashioned Tarahumara costume, who seemed to have the most absorbing interest in one of the exhibition pieces. He examined it from all sides and demonstrated such a total concentration that it made me curious, and I went closer to look. \"When he saw me, the man spoke to me and began to explain the meaning of a group of excellent, painstaking drawings sculpted into the stone. Then, while I meditated on what he had told me, I remembered Don Juan's promise, and realized that this man had been an envoy from the spirit, who had passed on to me the portion of the Rule concerning the three-pronged nagual.\" \"And what does that portion say?\"
51. \"It affirms that, just as the party has an energy matrix of the number seventeen (two naguals, four female dreamers, four female stalkers, four male warriors, and three scouts), a lineage, which is formed by a succession of parties, also has a structure of power, of the number fifty-two. The Eagle's command is that every fifty-two generations of four-pointed naguals, there will appear a three- pronged nagual who serves as a cathartic action for the propagation of new four-point lineages. \"The Rule also says that the three-pronged naguals are destructive to the established order, because their nature is neither creative nor nurturing, and they have the tendency to enslave all those who surround them. It adds that, to achieve freedom, these naguals should do it alone, because their energy is not tuned to guide groups of warriors. \"Like everything in the world of energy, the block of fifty-two generations is divided into two parts; the first twenty-six concerning themselves with expansion and the creation of new lines, the rest oriented towards conservation and isolation. This pattern of behavior has been repeating itself millennium after millennium, so sorcerers know that it is part of the Rule. \"As a result of the activities of a three-pronged nagual, the knowledge becomes widely known, and new cells of four-point naguals are formed. From that starting point, lineages recapture the tradition of transmitting the teachings in a lineal form.\" \"How often do three-point naguals appear?\" \"Approximately once per millennium. That is the age of my lineage.\" The Task Of The Seers Of Today \"Upon verifying the Rule of the three-pronged nagual, Don Juan deduced that, inevitably, the time of a new breed of warriors was at hand; I have called them the modern seers.\" \"Are there any peculiarities in the luminous composition of those warriors?\" \"No. In every era, man's energy pattern has been very homogeneous, so the organization of the parly is the same. However, the warriors of today are experiencing a slide towards green in their luminosity, which means that they are recovering characteristics of the old seers. This is something unforeseen, although it is for sure covered by the Rule. \"The true difference between seers of the past and those of today is in their behavior. At the moment, we are not subjected to the same repressions as in previous eras, and therefore sorcerers have fewer restrictions. Clearly, this has a purpose: Popularization of the teaching. \"I have lived a moment of renewal. My task is to close the lineage of Don Juan with a golden key, and to open up possibilities for those who come later. That is why I have said that I am the last nagual of my lineage, not in an absolute sense, but in the sense of radical change.\" At this point, Carlos took a break in his presentation and reminded me of a conversation we had when we first met.
52. At that time, I had asked him to tell me tales of power. He replied that he could not refuse what I was asking, but to hand over those stories without any directions would have been to trivialize them. \"I hope what you have seen during these years fulfills your expectations. I did what I could, considering your limitations as well as mine. I know you have already begun to train your dreaming double, and that guarantees that you can continue by yourself; your double won't leave you alone until you arrive at your totality. The theoretical part is finished, and it is time to give you a last gift.\" The tone of Carlos' voice as he spoke these words, somewhere between familiar and solemn, made me concentrate all my attention. \"The final teaching says that in connection with intent, every person, whoever it may be, who approaches the nagual, has his place inside the total context of the Rule. So you are not alone; sorcerers are expecting something from you.\" \"What?\" I asked, a little confused. He explained: \"All warriors have a task. Yours is to fulfill what the spirit told you to do; that is your path to power.\" \"And what is that task?\" \"Well, your personal mission is something your benefactor will communicate to you some day. However, in accordance with the Rule of the three-pronged nagual, I am following a long-term strategy devised by Don Juan, which commits you to my teacher's intent. \"What is expected from you is that you say to those who surround you: 'You are free, you can fly by yourselves! You have the necessary information, what are you waiting for? Act impeccably, and see how energy finds a way.' \"Warn everyone that with the culmination of Don Juan's lineage, the knowledge is wide open. Each warrior is responsible for himself, and can provide himself with the minimum opportunity, which is to organize his own party.\" PART IV
53. The World Of The Old Seers Today With the permission of the one who has no name, I proceed with my testimony to complete this account and present the truth in its entirety. One day, very early in the morning, a phone call woke me up. It was Carlos and, frankly, he sounded bad. He said that he was in the Hotel Camino Real in Mexico City, and that he was very sick. He added that he had been unable to sleep that night, and had waited until dawn so that he could call me. I asked him how I could help him. He replied that he urgently needed a particular medicine specially prepared for him by an herbalist in a town nearby, and asked if I would go there and get it for him. I was at his command. He gave me directions and the name of the person who would have the potion. At that point, he made a comment which seemed odd to me, since it had nothing to do with what we were talking about: \"When Hernan Cortes arrived in Mexico, he gave the order to burn his ships. That was the magical act which guaranteed victory. For him, it meant he had to win, or perish; he had no other option. We should bear in mind that any undertaking could be our last.\" He went on to say that he had a bad stomachache, and those plants were the only thing in the world that could alleviate his pain. I didn't hesitate. Hanging up the phone, I was already on my way to Tepoztlan, a picturesque town clinging to a mountainside an hour's bus ride from Mexico City. My intention was to return with the package as soon as possible, to help Carlos with his pain. Today, with the perspective I have gained after all these years, I understand what he meant when he said that any undertaking might be our last. I got off the bus and went directly to the market. Walking down the street, I could not stop marveling at the beauty of the landscape. High up on the hill above the town one could see the pyramid of Tepozteco. It was a sunny day and it took me just a few minutes to gel to the center of town. In the market, I looked for the herbs section and asked for Don Eladio. Nobody seemed to know him, or maybe they didn't want to answer my questions. I stood there without knowing what to do, until a middle-aged gentleman with indigenous features, dressed in white with a straw hat and sandals, asked how he could help me. I replied that I was looking for Don Eladio, the herbalist, and that I came on behalf of Mr. José Cortes. His face lit up; with a great smile, he extended his hand to greet me and told me he was Eladio Zamora, and that he was at my service. I told him that I had come for the medicine he had ordered.
54. He seemed not to know what I meant, but when I told him Mr. Jose Cortes was suffering from a strong stomachache, he reacted as if he had remembered something. In a dramatic tone, he told me that he knew what it was about, but that unfortunately he had been unable to gather the herb in question, and didn't have it available at that moment to prepare the beverage. I was alarmed, since I knew what happened to those who failed in some task which Carlos had given them: They were simply discarded. I asked Don Eladio if I could get the plant somewhere else. He shook his head. \"It is useless to look for it, nobody sells it here.\" I insisted that there must be some place where I could find it. Seeing my despair, he told me that he could not go and get it at this moment, but maybe if I came back on the weekend... I became very nervous and told him that if he would describe the plant to me and the place where it grew, I was willing to go and look for it on my own, to enable him to prepare the medicine. Upon seeing my determination, Don Eladio consented, but warned me that getting to the place where the plant grew was tiring and dangerous. \"I am willing to do anything!\" I exclaimed. He seemed to appreciate my words, because he brought out an old botany book, and after leafing through the pages, he showed me a drawing of the plant. He said that the only place where it grew was in a narrow canyon among the hills a good distance away, and explained how to get there. I calculated that it would take me a couple of hours to reach the place, so I said goodbye immediately and was on my way. The beauty of those places is overwhelming. I was filled with joy at the thought that warriors of ancient ages once traveled along those barren paths, thousands of years old. The hill was further away than it had seemed. When I came to the narrow canyon, I entered it as best as I could among the tall grasses which were growing everywhere. The place in question is formed by the junction of two hills, where the water from recent rains accumulates in scattered puddles and flows in a slow, lazy stream. I looked for the plant for a long time. I finally found it, but as I bent down to pick it, a strong blow hit me on the head, and I lost consciousness. A penetrating scent woke me up. I was lying on a mat, on top of a pile of herbs. I Looked around and discovered that I was in a rustic cabin. The floor was of stamped earth, and wooden beams darkened by smoke supported the tiled roof. Near a clay oven where a fire was burning sat an old woman dressed in Indian clothes. I noticed that her skin was white. Seeing that I was awake, she smiled and said: \"Well I'll be damned! Welcome back to the land of the living! For a while there I thought you were fucked!\" I didn't know what to say. I tried to move and felt a searing pain in my head; my whole body ached. The old lady hurried closer to me and in an urgent voice ordered me not to move, since I was only alive by a miracle.
55. Judging by the pain I felt, I could well believe my condition was serious, and did as she told me. I asked her what had happened to me. She replied that she didn't know. She thought that I had been attacked by robbers who had beaten me up and left me for dead in the hills. Pointing at the clothes I was wearing, she said I was naked when she found me. At that moment I realized that I was dressed in a white robe embroidered with hummingbirds, like the ones indigenous women use. The old lady introduced herself. She told me her name was Silvia Magdalena, that she was a devoted herbalist, and that she was healing my injuries. She remarked that it was a stroke of luck that she had found me, laying as if thrown there in her path, bleeding and almost dead. She added that I had already spent three days unconscious, and that in a couple of days I could get up. Her words startled me. I wanted to get up again, but I was so weak that I fell back on the mat. I told her how shocked I was by what she told me, and in a moaning voice explained how I had come there in search of some herbs for a friend, but that I had failed in my task, and because of that I would surely never see him again. Listening to my complaining, she started to laugh. I didn't understand why. Seeing my confused expression, she said: \"Don't mind me! I'm just given to fits of laughter.\" The following days were the strangest of my life. Every day, I had the opportunity to study how Dona Silvia cured her patients, who were suffering from all kinds of illnesses. When I began to recover a little from my injuries, she even asked me to help her. In that way, without really realizing it, I began working as a healer. In time, I learned everything connected to the art. She taught me how to clean people's energy, and to make cures for various kinds of illnesses, as well as a lot of chiropractic techniques - and an immense number of tea recipes. I soon understood that Dona Silvia Magdalena was a witch, and that I had been taken on as her pupil. The simple fact of being near her was a true delight for me. The humor and drama in everything she did were magnificent, and they reminded me of Carlos' descriptions of his teachers. I spent almost three months on that mat. The most difficult part was in the beginning, when I could not move and the healer's assistants had to come and take me to the bathroom. That the bathroom was outside the house didn't make the situation any easier. One day, when I was much better, Dona Silvia told me that at the next full moon, there would be an initiation ceremony for me. I had already learned much of her world, and accepted the invitation as a true honor. She added: \"All I can say is that those who participate in these ceremonies are changed forever, and they can never be the same again. There is no return.\" As usual, I didn't understand what she meant. She always used strange expressions. It was around nine in the evening when she asked me to come with her. We walked in the darkness for nearly an hour, until we arrived at a place where some people sat around a bonfire. When we came closer, she made a gesture indicating that I should sit down on a particular rock. The place of the meeting was near a waterfall; I could hear the roar of it, and felt a humid air wafting up to where we were. The fire gave enough light to see the other participants. It was a group of fifteen people, most of them young, although there were some old ones like Dona Silvia. I felt a little uncomfortable and apart, because it seemed that I was the only new one present.
56. I had never been to a ceremony of this kind, and didn't know how to proceed or what was in store; this made me very apprehensive. The participants solemnly chanted something that I could not understand, but it filled me with an indefinable yearning. We waited for a while, and then a man appeared out of the darkness dressed in the skin of a coyote. He approached the fire, dancing in a weird way. He wore the animal's head as a mask, so I could not see his face. From his manners and movements, I immediately understood that he was a sorcerer. Without saying a word, the man came up to me. With a very skilled gesture, he grabbed my left hand and pressed it against his side with his arm while turning around. I felt a sharp pain between my fingers and wanted to retract my hand, but he held it in a strong grip. When he released me, I saw that he had made a cut between my middle and ring fingers. Blood was flowing freely from the cut. I was shocked; I would have run away if I hadn't been paralyzed by terror. Then the sorcerer squeezed my hand to force out more blood, and poured a little on the ground, some on the fire, and the rest in a clay vessel. Next, he ordered me to get up, take my clothes off, and keep my eyes closed. There was such a force and authority in his words that I obeyed. For a long time, the sorcerer prayed and sang around me. Then I felt him blowing on me, and rubbing fragrant herbs all over my body. Finally, he cleansed me with the fire of a torch or something like that. At one point, I felt a hot and viscous substance being spilled on my head. I was intensely curious, but I didn't dare to disobey him and look. Finally, he ordered me to open my eyes. What a shock: My body was covered with blood! On a rock in front of me, I saw the headless body of a small, black, male goat. I wanted to protest, but the solemnity of the situation stopped me. Then they told me to go and clean myself; so I did. I walked nude in front of them all and went to the waterfall. The water was cold, but my body was burning hot, and the cold water felt very good while it washed away the red blood covering my body. When I came out of the water, somebody was waiting for me with a towel so I could dry myself off. They gave me my clothes and I got dressed, still stunned by these unexpected events. Then I returned to take my place by the fire. Just as I sat down, those gathered in the circle began to pass around some baskets filled with peyote buttons. Each one took a button and passed the basket to the left. I thought about refusing it, but there was no reason to; I had already made my decision, so I said to myself: \"So what?\", and surrendered joyfully to participate in the ceremony. We were eating peyote and singing for most of the night. At one point, when the effect of the plant had begun to fade, the sorcerer came up to me, stopped in front of me, and took off the mask. I almost fainted with fear. I could have sworn he was the same ghost that I had seen in the crypt of the cathedral! A chill ran down my back and I wanted to scream, but the sorcerer spoke to me in a strange voice; it was very rough or dry somehow. He told me that his name was Melchor Ramos, and that I was welcome among them. I didn't know what to answer; I just nodded. I was in a very special state of awareness, and the clarity I enjoyed at that moment was not customary for me in my daily life. Near dawn, the assistants made an enormous spiral with embers from the fire. Don Melchor came to me and told me I should look \" at the spiral until Xolostoc (the devil) revealed himself to me. With growing apprehension, I did what he bade me, saying to myself that all this was merely symbolic. But after a moment of staring at the embers, I became dizzy and felt as if I was falling through a tunnel, towards a total blackness, where I could no longer recognize myself as me.
57. Since that night, I have never returned to the world I came from. I understand now everything that has happened to me, and I am thankful for my fabulous good luck which brought me to these magnificent beings who are my teacher and my benefactor.
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