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  • Silent knowledge
    Part 3

    A level of practical knowledge is included as
    part of teaching the mastery of awareness.

    On this practical level are taught the
    procedures necessary to move the assemblage point.

    The two great systems devised by the sorcerer seers
    of ancient times to accomplish this are dreaming ,
    the control and utilization of dreams; and
    stalking , the control of behavior.

    Moving one's assemblage point is an essential
    maneuver that every sorcerer has to learn.

    Sorcerers consult their past in
    order to obtain a point of reference.

    Establishing a point of reference means
    getting a chance to examine intent and
    nothing can give sorcerers a better
    view of intent than examining
    stories of other sorcerers
    battling to understand
    the same force.

    In sorcery there are abstract cores, and then,
    based on those abstract cores, there are scores
    of sorcery stories about the naguals of our
    lineage battling to understand the spirit.

    The only way to know intent is to
    know it directly through a living
    connection that exists between
    intent and all sentient beings.

    Sorcerers call intent the indescribable,
    the spirit, the abstract.

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  • Silent knowledge

    Part 4

    Every act performed by sorcerers,
    especially by the naguals, is either
    performed as a way to strengthen
    their link with intent or as a
    response triggered by the link itself.

    Sorcerers, and specifically the naguals,
    therefore have to be actively and permanently
    on the lookout for manifestations of the spirit.

    Such manifestations are called gestures of the
    spirit or, more simply, indications or omens.

    When a sorcerer interprets an omen he knows its exact
    meaning without having any notion of how he knows it.

    This is one of the bewildering effects
    of the connecting link with intent .

    Sorcerers have a sense of knowing things directly.

    How sure they are depends on the strength
    and clarity of their connecting link.

    The feeling everyone knows as "intuition" is
    the activation of our link with intent .

    And since sorcerers deliberately pursue the
    understanding and strengthening of that link,
    it could be said the they intuit
    everything unerringly and accurately.

    Reading omens is commonplace for sorcerers--
    mistakes happen only when personal feelings intervene
    and cloud the sorcerers' connecting link with intent .

    Otherwise their direct knowledge
    is totally accurate and functional.

    The spirit manifests itself to a sorcery,
    especially to a nagual, at every turn.

    However, this is not the entire truth.

    The entire truth is that the
    spirit reveals itself to everyone
    with the same intensity and consistency,
    but only sorcerers, and naguals in particular,
    are attuned to such revelations.

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  • Silent knowledge Part 5

    Naguals make decisions.

    With no regard for the consequences
    they take action or choose not to.

    Imposters ponder and become paralyzed.

    Sorcerers speak of sorcery as a magical,
    mysterious bird which has paused in its flight
    for a moment in order to give man hope and purpose.

    Sorcerers live under the wing of that bird,
    which they call the bird of wisdom, the bird of freedom.

    They nourish it with their dedication and impeccability.

    The bird of freedom can do only two things,
    take sorcerers along, or leave them behind.

    Don't forget, even for an instant, that the
    bird of freedom has very little patience
    with indecision, and when it flies away, it never returns.

    When you have been afraid or upset, don't
    lie down to sleep, sleep sitting up on a soft chair.

    To give your body healing rest take long naps,
    lying on your stomach with your face turned to
    the left and your feet over the foot of the bed.

    In order to avoid being cold, put a soft pillow
    over your shoulders, away from your neck, and
    wear heavy socks, or just leave your shoes on.

    Follow my suggestions to the letter without
    bothering to believe or disbelieve me.

    Intent creates edifices before us and
    invites us to enter them.

    This is the way sorcerers understand
    what is happening around them.

    I want you to understand the
    underlying order of what I teach you.

    It means two things: both the edifice that intent
    manufactures in the blink of an eye and places
    in front of us to enter, and the signs
    it gives us so we won't get lost once we are inside.

    At a certain stage, an apprentice enters
    into heightened awareness all by himself.

    Heightened awareness is a mystery only for our reason.

    In practice, it's very simple.

    As with everything else,
    we complicate matters by trying to
    make the immensity that surrounds us reasonable.

    The Manifestations of the Spirit is the name
    for the first abstract core in the sorcery stories.

    Sorcerers know this as the edifice of intent ,
    or the silent voice of the spirit, or
    the ulterior arrangement of the abstract.

    Ulterior means knowledge without words,
    outside our immediate comprehension,
    not beyond our ultimate possibilities for understanding.

    The ulterior arrangement of the abstract is
    knowledge without words or the edifice of intent .

    The ulterior arrangement of the abstract is to know
    the abstract directly, without the intervention of language.

    The abstract is the element without which there could be
    no warrior's path, nor any warriors in search of knowledge.

    Warriors are incapable of feeling compassion
    because they no longer feel sorry for themselves.

    Without the driving force of self-pity, compassion is meaningless.

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  • Silent knowledge

    For a warrior everything begins and ends with himself.

    However, his contact with the abstract causes
    him to overcome his feeling of self-importance.

    Then the self becomes abstract and impersonal.

    Dreaming is a sorcerer's jet plane.

    They can create and project what sorcerers
    know as the dreaming body , or the Other,
    and be in two distant places at the same time.

    The spirit makes adjustments in
    our capacity for awareness.

    That's a statement of fact.

    You can say that it's an incomprehensible fact
    for the moment, but the moment will change.

    While we dream the assemblage point
    moves very gently and naturally.

    Mental balance is nothing but the fixing of the
    assemblage point on one spot we're accustomed to.

    Dreams make that point move, and dreaming
    is used to control that natural movement.

    There are two different issues.
    One, the need to understand indirectly
    what the spirit is, and the other,
    to understand the spirit directly.

    Once you understand what the spirit is,
    the second issue will be resolved
    automatically, and vice versa.

    If the spirit speaks to you, using its silent
    words, you will certainly know
    immediately what the spirit is.

    The difficulty is our reluctance to accept the idea
    that knowledge can exist without words to explain it.

    Accepting this proposition is not
    as easy as saying you accept it.

    The whole of humanity has moved away from the abstract.

    It takes years for an apprentice to be able to go back
    to the abstract, that is, to know that knowledge
    and language can exist independent of each other.

    The crux of our difficulty in going back to the
    abstract is our refusal to accept that we can
    know without words or even without thoughts.

    Knowledge and language are separate.

    I told you there is no way to talk about the spirit
    because the spirit can only be experienced.

    Sorcerers try to explain this condition when they
    say that the spirit is nothing you can see or feel.

    But it's there looming over us always.

    Sometimes it comes to some of us.

    Most of the time it seems indifferent.

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  • Silent knowledge
    Part 7

    The spirit in many ways is a sort of wild animal.

    It keeps its distance from us until a moment
    when something entices it forward.

    It is then that the spirit manifests itself.

    For a sorcerer an abstract is something
    with no parallel in the human condition.

    For a sorcerer, the spirit is an abstract simply
    because he knows it without words or even thoughts.

    It's an abstract because he can't conceive what the spirit is.

    Yet without the slightest chance or desire to understand it,
    a sorcerer handles the spirit. He recognizes it, beckons it,
    entices it, becomes familiar with it, and expresses it with his acts.

    Think about the proposition that knowledge might be
    independent of language, without bothering to understand it.

    Consider this. It was not the act of meeting me that mattered to you.

    The day I met you, you met the abstract.

    But since you couldn't talk about it, you didn't notice it.

    Sorcerers meet the abstract without thinking
    about it or seeing it or touching it or feeling its presence.

    The second abstract core of the
    sorcery stories is called the Knock of the Spirit.

    The first core, the Manifestations of the Spirit,
    is the edifice that intent builds and places before a sorcerer,
    then invites him to enter. It is the edifice of intent seen by a sorcerer.

    The Knock of the Spirit is the same edifice seen
    by the beginner who is invited--or rather forced--to enter.

    A nagual can be a conduit for the spirit only after the spirit
    has manifested its willingness to be used--
    either almost imperceptibly or with outright commands.

    After a lifetime of practice, sorcerers,
    naguals in particular, know if the spirit is inviting
    them to enter the edifice being flaunted before them.

    They have learned to discipline their connecting links to intent .

    So they are always forewarned,
    always know what the spirit has in store for them.

    Progress along the sorcerers' path is,
    in general, a drastic process the purpose of
    which is to bring one's connecting link to order.

    In order to revive that link sorcerers need a rigorous,
    fierce purpose--a special state of mind called unbending intent .

    An apprentice is someone who is striving
    to clear and revive his connecting link with the spirit.

    Once the link is revived, he is no longer an apprentice,
    but until that time, in order to keep going he needs
    a fierce purpose which, of course, he doesn't have.

    So he allows the nagual to provide the purpose and
    to do that he has to relinquish his individuality.

    That's the difficult part.

    Volunteers are not welcome in the sorcerers' world,
    because they already have a purpose of their own,
    which makes it particularly hard for them
    to relinquish their individuality.

    If the sorcerers' world demands ideas and actions contrary
    to the volunteers' purpose, volunteers simply refuse to change.

    Reviving an apprentice's link is a nagual's
    most challenging and intriguing work.

    And one of his biggest headaches too.

    Depending, of course, on the apprentice's personality,
    the designs of the spirit are either sublimely
    simple or the most complex labyrinths.

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  • Silent knowledge
    Part 8

    The power of man is incalculable.

    Death exists only because we have
    intended it since the moment of our birth.

    The intent of death can be suspended by
    making the assemblage point change positions.

    I have given you different versions of what the sorcery task consists.

    It would not be presumptuous of me to disclose
    that, from the spirit's point of view, the task
    consists of clearing our connecting link with it.

    The edifice that intent flaunts before us is, then,
    a clearinghouse, within which we find not so much
    the procedures to clear our connecting link as the
    silent knowledge that allows the clearing process to take place.

    Without that silent knowledge no process could work, and
    all we would have would be an indefinite sense of needing something.

    The events unleashed by sorcerers as a result of
    silent knowledge are so simple and yet so abstract
    that sorcerers decided long ago to speak of
    those events only in symbolic terms.

    The manifestations and the knock of the spirit are examples.

    For instance, a description of what takes place
    during the initial meeting between a nagual and
    a prospective apprentice from the sorcerers'
    point of view, would be absolutely incomprehensible.

    It would be nonsense to explain that the nagual,
    by virtue of his lifelong experience, is focusing
    something we couldn't imagine, his second attention--
    the increased awareness gained through sorcery training--
    on his invisible connection with some indefinable abstract.

    He is doing this to emphasize and clarify someone
    else's invisible connection with that indefinable abstract.

    Each of us is barred from silent knowledge
    by natural barriers, specific to each individual.

    The most impregnable of my barriers was the
    drive to disguise my complacency as independence.

    We as average men do not know, nor will we ever know,
    that it is something utterly real and functional--
    our connecting link with intent --
    which gives us our hereditary preoccupation with fate.

    During our active lives we never have the chance
    to go beyond the level of mere preoccupation,
    because since time immemorial the lull of
    daily affairs has made us drowsy.

    It is only when our lives are nearly over that our hereditary
    preoccupation with fate begins to take on a different character.

    It begins to make us see through the fog of daily affairs.

    Unfortunately, this awakening always comes
    hand in hand with loss of energy caused by aging,
    when we have no more strength left to turn our
    preoccupation into a pragmatic and positive discovery.

    At this point, all there is left is an amorphous,
    piercing anguish, a longing for something indescribable,
    and simple anger at having missed out.

    The third abstract core is called the trickery of the spirit,
    or the trickery of the abstract, or stalking oneself,
    or dusting the link.

    Perception is the hinge for everything man is or does,
    and perception is ruled by the location of the assemblage point.

    Therefore, if that point changes positions, man's
    perception of the world changes accordingly.

    The sorcerer who knows exactly where to place
    his assemblage point can become anything he wants.

    The art of stalking is learning all the quirks of your disguise.

    To learn them so well no one will know you are disguised.

    For that you need to be ruthless, cunning, patient, and sweet.

    Stalking is an art applicable to everything.

    There are four steps to learning it: ruthlessness,
    cunning, patience, and sweetness.

    Ruthlessness should not be harshness, cunning
    should not be cruelty, patience should not be
    negligence, and sweetness should not be foolishness.

    These four steps have to be practiced and perfected
    until they are so smooth they are unnoticeable.

    Knowing what intent is means that one can,
    at any time, explain that knowledge or use it.

    A nagual by the force of his position is obliged
    to command his knowledge in this manner.

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  • Silent knowledge
    Part 9

    A warrior needs focus.

    Heightened awareness is like a springboard.

    From it one can jump into infinity.

    When the assemblage point is dislodged,
    it either becomes lodged again at a position
    very near its customary one
    or continues moving on into infinity.

    People have no idea of the
    strange power we carry within ourselves.

    At this moment, for instance,
    you have the means to reach infinity.

    Egomania is a real tyrant.

    We must work ceaselessly to dethrone it.

    You can learn to be ruthless, cunning, patient, and sweet.

    Ruthlessness, cunning, patience,
    and sweetness are the essence of stalking .

    They are the basics that with all their
    ramifications have to be taught in careful, meticulous steps.

    Sorcerers' behavior is always impeccable.

    Sorcerers, though, have an ulterior purpose for
    their acts, which has nothing to do with personal gain.

    The fact that they enjoy their acts does not count as gain.

    Rather, it is a condition of their character.

    The average man acts only if there is the chance for profit.

    Warriors say they act not for profit but for the spirit.

    We have no thought of personal gain.

    Our acts are dictated by impeccability--
    we can't be angry or disillusioned.

    The two masteries: stalking and intent ,
    are the crowning glory of sorcerers old and new.

    Stalking is the beginning.

    Before anything can be attempted on the warrior's path,
    warriors must learn to stalk ; next they must learn to intend ,
    and only then can they move their assemblage point at will.

    Words are tremendously powerful and
    important and are the magical property of whoever has them.

    Sorcerers have a rule of thumb:
    they say that the deeper the assemblage point moves,
    the greater the feeling that one has knowledge
    and no words to explain it.

    Sometimes the assemblage point of average persons
    can move without a known cause and
    without their being aware of it, except that they
    become tongue-tied, confused, and evasive.

    The very first principle of stalking
    is that a warrior stalks himself.

    He stalks himself ruthlessly,
    cunningly, patiently, and sweetly.

    Stalking is the art of using behavior
    in novel ways for specific purposes.

    Normal human behavior in
    the world of everyday life is routine.

    Any behavior that brakes from routine
    causes an unusual effect on our total being.

    That unusual effect is what sorcerers seek,
    because it is cumulative.

    The sorcerer seers of ancient times,
    through their seeing , first noticed that unusual
    behavior produced a tremor in the assemblage point.

    They soon discovered that if unusual behavior
    was practiced systematically and directed wisely,
    it eventually forced the assemblage point to move.

    The real challenge for those sorcerer seers,
    was finding a system of behavior that was
    neither petty nor capricious, but that
    combined the morality and the sense of beauty
    which differentiates sorcerer seers from plain witches.

    Anyone who succeeds in moving his assemblage point
    to a new position is a sorcerer. And from that new position,
    he can do all kinds of good and bad things to his fellow men.

    Being a sorcerer, therefore, can be like being a cobbler or a baker.

    The quest of sorcerer seers is to go beyond that stand.

    And to do that, they need morality and beauty.

    For sorcerers, stalking is the foundation on
    which everything else they do is built.

    It is the art of controlled folly.

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  • Silent knowledge
    Part 10

    Sorcerers say that heightened awareness is the portal of intent .

    And they use it as such. Think about it.

    You must reach the point where you understand what intent is.

    And, above all, you must understand that
    that knowledge cannot be turned into words.

    That knowledge is there for everyone.

    It is there to be felt, to be used, but not to be explained.

    One can come into it by changing levels of
    awareness, therefore, heightened awareness is an entrance.

    But even the entrance cannot be explained.

    One can only make use of it.

    The natural knowledge of intent is available to anyone,
    but the command of it belongs to those who probe it.

    Sorcerers believe that until the very moment of
    the spirit's descent, any of us could walk away
    from the spirit; but not afterwards.

    The fourth abstract core is called the
    descent of the spirit or being moved by intent .

    It is the full brunt of the spirit's descent.

    The fourth abstract core is an act of revelation.

    The spirit reveals itself to us.

    Sorcerers describe it as the spirit lying in
    ambush and then descending on us, its prey.

    Sorcerers say that the spirit's descent is always shrouded.

    It happens and yet it seems not to have happened at all.

    There is a threshold that once crossed permits no retreat.

    Every sorcerer should have a clear memory
    of crossing that threshold so he can remind
    himself of the new state of his perceptual potential.

    One does not have to be an apprentice of sorcery
    to reach this threshold, and the only difference
    between an average man and a sorcerer,
    in such cases, is what each emphasizes.

    A sorcerer emphasizes crossing this threshold
    and uses the memory of it as a point of reference.

    An average man does not cross the threshold
    and does his best to forget all about it.

    Sorcerers say that the fourth abstract core
    happens when the spirit cuts our chains of self-reflection.

    Cutting our chains is marvelous,
    but also very undesirable, for nobody wants to be free.

    What a strange feeling:
    to realize that everything we think,
    everything we say depends on the position of the assemblage point.

    The secret of our chains is that they imprison us,
    but by keeping us pinned down on our
    comfortable spot of self-reflection,
    they defend us from the onslaughts of the unknown.

    Once our chains are cut, we are no longer
    bound by the concerns of the daily world.

    We are still in the daily world, but we don't belong there anymore.

    In order to belong we must share the concerns of people.

    And without chains we can't.

    What distinguishes normal people is that we share
    a metaphorical dagger: the concerns of our self-reflection.

    With this dagger, we cut ourselves and bleed;
    and the job of our chains of self-reflection is to
    give us the feeling that we are bleeding together,
    that we are sharing something wonderful: our humanity.

    But if we were to examine it, we would discover
    that we are bleeding alone; that we are not sharing
    anything; that all we are doing is toying with our
    manageable, unreal, man-made reflection.

    Sorcerers are no longer in the world of daily affairs
    because they are no longer prey to their self-reflection.

    The universe is made up of
    energy fields which defy description or scrutiny.

    They resemble filaments of ordinary light,
    except that light is lifeless compared to the
    Indescribable Force 's emanations, which exude awareness.

    Normal perception occurs when intent ,
    which is pure energy, lights up a portion of the
    luminous filaments inside our cocoon, and at the
    same time brightens a long extension of the same
    luminous filaments extending into infinity outside our cocoon.

    Extraordinary perception, seeing ,
    occurs when by the force of intent ,
    a different cluster of energy fields energizes and lights up.

    When a crucial number of energy fields are
    lit up inside the luminous cocoon, a sorcerer
    is able to see the energy fields themselves.

    Awareness takes place when
    the energy fields inside our luminous cocoon are
    aligned with the same energy fields outside.

    Only a very small portion of the total number
    of luminous filaments inside the cocoon are
    energized while the rest remain unaltered.

    The filaments do not need to be aligned to be lit up,
    because the ones inside our cocoon are the same as those outside.

    Whatever energizes them is definitely an independent force.

    We can't call it awareness because awareness
    is the glow of the energy fields being lit up.

    The force that lites up the fields is named will .

    Will is the force that keeps the Indescribable Force 's
    emanations separated and is not only responsible for our
    awareness, but also for everything in the universe.

    This force has total consciousness and it springs
    from the very fields of energy that make the universe.

    Intent is a more appropriate name for it than will .

    In the long run, however, the name proves disadvantageous,
    because it does not describe its overwhelming importance nor
    the living connection it has with everything in the universe.

    Our great collective flaw is that we live our
    lives completely disregarding that connection.

    The busyness of our lives, our relentless interests,
    concerns, hopes, frustrations, and fears take precedence,
    and on a day-to-day basis we are
    unaware of being linked to everything else.

    Being cast out from the Garden of Eden
    sounds like an allegory for losing our
    silent knowledge, our knowledge of intent .

    Sorcery, then,
    is a going back to the beginning, a return to paradise.

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  • Silent knowledge
    Part 11

    The spirit is the force that sustains the universe.

    Intent is not something one might use or command
    or move in any way--nevertheless, one could use it,
    command it, or move it as one desires.

    This contradiction is the essence of sorcery.

    To fail to understand it has brought
    generations of sorcerers unimaginable pain and sorrow.

    Modern-day naguals, in an effort to avoid paying
    this exorbitant price in pain, have developed a code
    of behavior called the warrior's way, or the
    impeccable action, which prepares sorcerers by
    enhancing their sobriety and thoughtfulness.

    Sorcerers concern themselves exclusively with the
    capacity that their individual connecting link with
    intent has to set them free to light the fire from within.

    All modern-day sorcerers have to
    struggle fiercely to gain soundness of mind.

    Sorcery is an attempt to reestablish our knowledge of
    intent and regain use of it without succumbing to it.

    The abstract cores of the sorcerer stories are shades
    of realization, degrees of our being aware of intent

    It does not matter what our specific fate is as
    long as we face it with ultimate abandon.

    A warrior is on permanent guard
    against the roughness of human behavior.

    A warrior is magical and ruthless, a maverick with the
    most refined taste and manners, whose worldly task
    is to sharpen, yet disguise, his cutting edges so that
    no one would be able to suspect his ruthlessness.

    Sorcerers constantly stalk themselves.

    The sensation of being bottled up
    is experienced by every human being.

    It is a reminder of our existing connection with intent .

    For sorcerers this sensation is even more acute,
    precisely because their goal is to sensitize their
    connecting link until they can make it function at will.

    When the pressure of their connecting link
    is too great, sorcerers relieve it by stalking themselves.

    Stalking is a procedure, a very simple one.

    Stalking is special behavior that follows certain principles.

    It is secretive, furtive, deceptive behavior designed to deliver a jolt.

    And, when you stalk yourself you jolt yourself,
    using your own behavior in a ruthless, cunning way.

    When a sorcerer's awareness becomes
    bogged down with the weight of his perceptual
    input, the best, or even perhaps the only, remedy
    is to use the idea of death to deliver that stalking jolt.

    The idea of death therefore is of
    monumental importance in the life of a sorcerer.

    I have shown you innumerable things about
    death to convince you that the knowledge of
    our impending and unavoidable end is what gives us sobriety.

    Our most costly mistake as average men is indulging
    in a sense of immortality. It is as though we believe that
    if we don't think about death we can protect ourselves from it.

    Not thinking about death protects us from worrying about it.

    But that purpose is an unworthy one
    for average men and a travesty for sorcerers.

    Without a clear view of death,
    there is no order, no sobriety, no beauty.

    Sorcerers struggle to gain this crucial insight in order
    to help them realize at the deepest possible level that
    they have no assurance whatsoever their lives
    will continue beyond the moment.

    That realization gives sorcerers the courage to be patient and
    yet take action, courage to be acquiescent without being stupid.

    The idea of death is the only thing that can give sorcerers courage.

    Strange, isn't it?

    It gives sorcerers the courage to be cunning
    without being conceited, and above all it gives
    them courage to be ruthless without being self-important.

    Sorcerers stalk themselves
    in order to break the power of their obsessions.

    There are many ways of stalking oneself. If you don't want to
    use the idea of your death, you can use poems to stalk yourself.

    I stalk myself with them. I deliver a jolt to myself with them.

    I listen, and shut off my internal dialogue
    and let my inner silence gain momentum.

    Then the combination of the poem
    and the silence delivers the jolt.

    See if you can feel what I'm talking about
    with this poem by José Gorostiza.

    ...this incessant stubborn dying,
    this living death,
    that slays you, oh God,
    in your rigorous handiwork,
    in the roses, in the stones,
    in the indomitable stars
    and in the flesh that burns out,
    like a bonfire lit by a song,
    a dream,
    a hue that hits the eye.

    ...and you, yourself,
    perhaps have died eternities of ages out there,
    without us knowing about it,
    we dregs, crumbs, ashes of you;
    you that still are present,
    like a star faked by its very light,
    an empty light without star
    that reaches us,
    its infinite catastrophe.

    As I hear the words, I feel that that man
    is seeing the essence of things and I can see with him.

    I care only about the feeling the poets longing brings me.

    I borrow his longing, and with it I borrow the beauty.

    And marvel at the fact that he, like a true warrior,
    lavishes it on the recipients, the beholders,
    retaining for himself only his longing.

    This jolt, this shock of beauty, is stalking .

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    Carlos Castaneda Interview with Theodore Roszak 1969 36min

    "DON JUAN THE SORCERER" - Carlos Castaneda interviewed
    by Theodore Roszak.

    Author of "The Teachings of Don Juan" discusses his
    experiences with hallucinogenic substances used under
    the guidance of his Yaqui Indian teacher, don Juan Matus.


    For those that may need clarification Don Juan
    gave Carlos drugs to loosen his assemblage point.

    This is only done for those that have
    a very ridge belief system.
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    Part 12

    Death is not an enemy, although it appears to be.
    Death is not our destroyer, although we think it is.

    Sorcerers say death is the only worthy opponent we have.
    Death is our challenger.
    We are born to take that challenge, average men or sorcerers.
    Sorcerers know about it; average men do not.

    Life is the process by means of which death challenges us.

    Death is the active force. Life is the arena.

    And in that arena there are only two contenders at any time:
    oneself and death.

    We are passive. Think about it.

    If we move, it's only when we feel the pressure of death.

    Death sets the pace for our actions and feelings and
    pushes us relentlessly until it breaks us and wins the bout,
    or else we rise about all possibilities and defeat death.

    Sorcerers defeat death and death acknowledges the defeat
    by letting the sorcerers go free, never to be challenged again.

    Death stops challenging them.

    It means thought has taken a somersault into the inconceivable.

    A somersault of thought into the
    inconceivable is the descent of the spirit;
    the act of breaking our perceptual barriers.

    It is the moment in which man's perception reaches its limits.

    Sorcerers practice the art of sending scouts, advance runners,
    to probe our perceptual limits.
    This is another reason I like poems. I take them as advance runners.

    But poets don't know as exactly as sorcerers
    what those advance runners can accomplish.

    As the energy that is ordinarily used to maintain
    the fixed position of the assemblage point becomes
    liberated, it focuses automatically on that connecting link.

    There are no techniques or maneuvers for a sorcerer to learn
    beforehand to move energy from one place to the other.

    Rather it is a matter of an instantaneous shift taking place
    once a certain level of proficiency has been attained.

    The level of proficiency is pure understanding.

    In order to attain that instantaneous shift of energy,
    one needs a clear connection with intent ,
    and to get a clear connection one needs only
    to intend it through pure understanding.

    Pure understanding is a sorcerer's
    advance runner probing that immensity out there.

    The nature of ruthlessness is that it is the opposite of self-pity.

    All sorcerers are ruthless.

    As I have said, the fourth abstract core of
    the sorcery stories is called the descent of
    the spirit, or being moved by intent .

    Descent of the spirit, or being moved by intent

    In order to let the mysteries of sorcery reveal
    themselves it is necessary for the spirit to descend.

    The spirit chooses a moment when a man is distracted,
    unguarded, and, showing no pity, the spirit lets its
    presence by itself move the man's
    assemblage point to a specific position.

    This spot is known to sorcerers as the place of no pity.

    Ruthlessness becomes, in this way, the first principle of sorcery.

    The first principle should not be confused with the first
    effect of sorcery apprenticeship, which is the shift
    between normal and heightened awareness.

    To all appearances, having the assemblage point shift is
    the first thing that actually happens to a sorcery apprentice.

    So, it is only natural for an apprentice to assume that
    this is the first principle of sorcery.

    But it is not. Ruthlessness is the first principle of sorcery.

    What we need to do to allow magic to get hold of us
    is to banish doubt from our minds.

    Once doubts are banished, anything is possible.

    Stop thinking by intending the
    movement of your assemblage point.

    Intent is beckoned with the eyes.

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