There is no
completeness without sadness and longing, for without them there is no
sobriety, no kindness. Wisdom without kindness and knowledge without
sobriety are useless.
Seeing is a peculiar feeling of knowing, of knowing something
without a shadow of doubt.
Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it--what weakens
us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our
self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by
Every effort should be made to eradicate
self-importance from the lives of warriors. Without self-importance we
Self-importance can't be fought with niceties.
Seers are divided into two categories. Those who
are willing to exercise self-restraint and can channel their activities
toward pragmatic goals, which would benefit other seers and man in
general, and those who don't care about self-restraint or about any
pragmatic goals. The latter have failed to resolve the problem of
Self-importance is not something
simple and naive. On the one hand, it is the core of everything that
is good in us, and on the other hand, the core of everything that is rotten.
To get rid of the self-importance that is rotten requires a masterpiece
In order to follow the path of knowledge
one has to be very imaginative. In the path of knowledge nothing is as
clear as we'd like it to be. Warriors fight self-importance as a matter
strategy, not principle.
Impeccability is nothing
else but the proper use of energy. My statements have no inkling of
morality. I've saved energy and that makes me impeccable. To understand
this, you have to save enough energy yourself.
Warriors take strategic inventories. They list everything
they do. Then they decide which of those things can be changed in order
themselves a respite, in terms of expending their energy.
The strategic inventory covers only behavioral patterns that are
not essential to our survival and well-being.
the strategic inventories of warriors, self-importance figures as the
activity that consumes the greatest amount of energy, hence, their effort
to eradicate it.
One of the first concerns of
warriors is to free that energy in order to face the unknown with it.
The action of rechanneling that energy is impeccability.
The most effective strategy for rechanneling that energy consists
of six elements that interplay with one another. Five of them are called
the attributes of warriorship: control, discipline, forbearance, timing,
and will . They pertain to the world of the warrior who is
fighting to lose self-importance. The sixth element, which is perhaps the
most important of all, pertains to the outside world and is called the
A petty tyrant is a tormentor.
Someone who either holds the power of life and death over warriors or
simply annoys them to distraction.
teach us detachment. The ingredients of the new seers' strategy shows
how efficient and clever is the device of using a petty tyrant. The strategy
not only gets rid of self-importance; it also prepares warriors for the
final realization that impeccability is the only thing that counts in the
path of knowledge.
Usually, only four attributes
are played. The fifth, will , is always saved for an ultimate
confrontation, when warriors are facing the firing squad, so to
Will belongs to another
sphere, the unknown. The other four belong to the known, exactly where the
petty tyrants are lodged. In fact, what turns human beings into petty
tyrants is precisely the obsessive manipulation of the known.
The interplay of all the five attributes of warriorship is
done only by seers who are also impeccable warriors and have mastery
over will . Such an interplay is a supreme maneuver that
cannot be performed on the daily human stage.
attributes are all that is needed to deal with the worst of petty tyrants,
provided, of course, that a petty tyrant has been found. The petty tyrant
is the outside element, the one we cannot control and the element that
perhaps the most important of them all. The warrior who stumbles on a
petty tyrant is a lucky one. You're fortunate if you come upon one in your
path, because if you don't you have to go out and look for one.
If seers can hold their own in facing petty tyrants, they
can certainly face the unknown with impunity, and then they can even stand
the presence of the unknowable.
Nothing can temper
the spirit of a warrior as much as the challenge of dealing with
impossible people in positions of power. Only under those conditions
can warriors acquire the sobriety and serenity to stand the pressure of
The perfect ingredient for the making
of a superb seer is a petty tyrant with unlimited prerogatives. Seers
have to go to extremes to find a worthy one. Most of the time they have
satisfied with very small fry. Then warriors develop a strategy using
the four attributes of warriorship: control, discipline, forbearance, and
On the path of knowledge there are four
steps. The first step is the decision to become apprentices. After the
apprentices change their views about themselves and the world they take
the second step and become warriors, which is to say, beings capable of
the utmost discipline and control over themselves. The third step, after
acquiring forbearance and timing, is to become men of knowledge. When men
of knowledge learn to see they have taken the fourth step and
have become seers.
Control and discipline refer to
an inner state. A warrior is self-oriented, not in a selfish way but
in the sense of a total examination of the self.
Forbearance and timing are not quite an inner state. They
are in the domain of the man of knowledge.
The idea of using
a petty tyrant is not only for perfecting the warrior's spirit, but also
for enjoyment and happiness. Even the worst tyrants can bring delight,
provided, of course, that one is a warrior.
mistake average men make in confronting petty tyrants is not to have
a strategy to fall back on; the fatal flaw is that average men take
themselves too seriously; their actions and feelings, as well as those
of the petty tyrants, are all-important. Warriors, on the other hand, not
only have a well-thought-out strategy, but are free from self-importance.
What restrains their self-importance is that they have understood that
reality is an interpretation we make.
tyrants take themselves with deadly seriousness while warriors do not.
What usually exhausts us is the wear and tear on our self-importance. Any
man who has an iota of pride is ripped apart by being made to feel
To tune the spirit when someone is
trampling on you is called control. Instead of feeling sorry for himself
a warrior immediately goes to work mapping the petty tyrant's strong points,
his weaknesses, his quirks of behavior.
all this information while they are beating you up is called discipline.
A perfect petty tyrant has no redeeming feature.
Forbearance is to wait patiently--no rush, no anxiety--a simple, joyful
holding back of what is due.
A warrior knows that
he is waiting and what he is waiting for. Right there is the great joy
Timing is the quality that governs
the release of all that is held back. Control, discipline, and forbearance
are like a dam behind which everything is pooled. Timing is the gate in
Forbearance means holding back with the
spirit something that the warrior knows is rightfully due. It doesn't
mean that a warrior goes around plotting to do anybody mischief, or planning
settle past scores. Forbearance is something independent. As long as
the warrior has control, discipline, and timing, forbearance assures giving
whatever is due to whoever deserves it.
defeated by a small-fry petty tyrant is not deadly, but devastating.
Warriors who succumb to a small-fry petty tyrant are obliterated by their
own sense of failure and unworthiness.
joins the petty tyrant is defeated. To act in anger, without control
and discipline, to have no forbearance, is to be defeated.
After warriors are defeated they either regroup themselves or they
abandon the quest for knowledge and join the ranks of the petty tyrants
There are a
series of truths about awareness that have been arranged in a specific
sequence for purposes of comprehension. The mastery of awareness consists
in internalizing the total sequence of such truths.
The first truth is that our familiarity with the world we perceive
compels us to believe that we are surrounded by objects, existing by
themselves and as themselves, just as we perceive them, whereas, in fact,
there is no world of objects, but a universe of the Indescribable
Force 's emanations.
Before I can explain
the Indescribable Force 's emanations, I have to talk about
the known, the unknown, and the unknowable.
unknown is something that is veiled from man, shrouded perhaps by a
terrifying context, but which, nonetheless, is within man's
The unknown becomes the known at a given
time. The unknowable, on the other hand, is the indescribable, the
unthinkable, the unrealizable. It is something that will never be known
to us, and yet it is there, dazzling and at the same time horrifying in
There is a simple rule of thumb: in the
face of the unknown, man is adventurous. It is a quality of the unknown
to give us a sense of hope and happiness. Man feels robust, exhilarated.
the apprehension that it arouses is very fulfilling. The new seers saw that man is at his best in the face of the
The unknown and the known are really on
the same footing, because both are within the reach of human perception.
Seers, can leave the known at a given moment and enter into the
Whatever is beyond our capacity to
perceive is the unknowable. And the distinction between it and the
knowable is crucial. Confusing the two would put seers in a most
precarious position whenever they are confronted with the unknowable.
Most of what's out there is beyond our comprehension.
The first truth about awareness is that the
world out there is not really as we think it is. We think it is a world
of objects and it's not.
You say you agree with me
because everything could be reduced to being a field of energy. But you
are merely intuiting a truth. To reason it out is not to verify it. I am
not interested in your agreement or disagreement, but in your attempt to
comprehend what is involved in this truth. You cannot witness fields of
energy; not as an average man, that is. Now, if you were able to see them, you would be a seer, in which case you would be
explaining the truths about awareness.
arrived at through reasoning have very little or no influence in altering
the course of our lives. Hence, the countless examples of people who have
the clearest convictions and yet act diametrically against them time and
time again; and have as the only explanation for their behavior the idea
that to err is human.
The first truth is that the
world is as it looks and yet it isn't. It's not as solid and real as
our perception has been led to believe, but it isn't a mirage either. The
world is not an illusion, as it has been said to be; it's real on the one
hand, and unreal on the other. Pay close attention to this, for it must
understood, not just accepted. We perceive. This is a hard fact. But
what we perceive is not a fact of the same kind, because we learn what
Something out there is affecting our
senses. This is the part that is real. The unreal part is what our senses
tell us is there. Take a mountain, for instance. Our senses tell us that
it is an object. It has size, color, form. We even have categories of
mountains, and they are downright accurate. Nothing wrong with that;
the flaw is simply that it has never occurred to us that our senses play
a superficial role. Our senses perceive the way they do because a specific
feature of our awareness forces them to do so.
I've used the term "the world" to mean everything that surrounds us.
I have a better term, of course, but it would be quite incomprehensible
you. Seers say that we think there is a world of objects out there only
because of our awareness. But what's really out there are the
Indescribable Force 's emanations, fluid, forever in motion, and
yet unchanged, eternal.
The reason for the existence of all sentient beings is to enhance
awareness. The old seers, risking untold dangers, actually saw the Indescribable Force which is the source
of all sentient beings. They called that indescribable force the Eagle,
because in the few glimpses that they could sustain, they saw
it as something that resembled a black-and-white eagle of infinite size.
They saw that it is the Indescribable Force that
bestows awareness and creates sentient beings so that they will live and
enrich the awareness it gives them with life. They also saw
that it is the Indescribable Force , that devours that same
enriched awareness after making sentient beings relinquish it at the
moment of death. For the old seers to say that the reason for existence is
to enhance awareness is not a matter of faith or deduction. They
A nagual man or woman is someone flexible enough to be anything.
To be a nagual, among other things, means to have no points to defend.
description of the Indescribable Force as the Eagle, and what
it does, are not truths to defend passionately. Those truths were put
together for the delight and enlightenment of warriors, not to engage any
proprietary sentiments. When I told you that a nagual has no points to
defend, I meant, among other things, that a nagual has no
The Indescribable Force
is as real for seers as gravity and time are for you, and just as abstract
and incomprehensible. The Indescribable Force and its
emanations are as corroboratable as gravity and time and the discipline of
the new seers is dedicated to doing just that. The Indescribable
Force 's emanations are an immutable thing-in-itself, which engulfs
everything that exists, the knowable and the unknowable.
There is no way to describe in words what the Indescribable
Force 's emanations really are. A seer must witness them. They are
a presence, almost a mass of sorts, a pressure that creates a dazzling
sensation. One can catch only a glimpse of them, as one can catch only a
glimpse of the Indescribable Force itself.
There is nothing visual about the Indescribable Force
. The entire body of a seer senses the Indescribable Force .
There is something in all of us that can make us witness with our entire
body. Seers explain the act of seeing the
Force in very simple terms: because man is composed of the
Indescribable Force 's emanations, man need only revert back
to his components. The problem arises with man's awareness; it is his
awareness that becomes entangled and confused. At the crucial moment when
it should be a simple case of the emanations acknowledging themselves,
man's awareness is compelled to interpret. The result is a vision of the
Eagle, and the Eagle's emanations. But there is no Eagle and no Eagle's
emanations. What is out there is something that no living creature can
The characteristic of miserable seers is
that they are willing to forget the wonder of the world. They become
overwhelmed by the fact that they see and believe that it's
their genius that counts. A seer must be a paragon in order to override
the nearly invincible laxness of our human condition. More important than
seeing itself is what seers do with what they
Force attracts our consciousness, much as a magnet attracts iron
shavings. At the moment of dying, all of our being disintegrates under the
attraction of that immense force.
Seers who see the Indescribable
Force 's emanations often call them commands. That's what they
really are, commands.
Everything is made out of
the Indescribable Force 's emanations. Only a small portion
of those emanations is within reach of human awareness, and that small
portion is still further reduced, to a minute fraction, by the constraints
of our daily lives. That minute fraction of the Indescribable
Force 's emanations is the known; the small portion within possible
reach of human awareness is the unknown, and the incalculable rest is the
The new seers, being pragmatically
oriented, became immediately cognizant of the compelling power of the
emanations. They realized that all living creatures are forced to employ
the Indescribable Force 's emanations without ever knowing
what they are. They also realized that organisms are constructed to grasp
a certain range of those emanations and that every species has a definite
range. The emanations exert great pressure on organisms, and through that
pressure organisms construct their perceivable world.
In our case, as human beings, we employ those emanations and
interpret them as reality. But what man senses is such a small portion
of the Indescribable Force 's emanations that it's ridiculous to
put much stock in our perceptions, and yet it isn't possible for us to
disregard our perceptions.
I want you to be very
aware of what we are doing. We are discussing the mastery of awareness.
The truths we're discussing are the principles of that mastery.
One of the greatest forces in
the lives of warriors is fear, it spurs them to learn.
The Indescribable Force
's emanations cannot be rendered at all in a language of comparisons.
Individual seers may feel the urge to make comments about certain
emanations, but that will remain personal.
seers were terrible practical men. They weren't involved in concocting
The new seers, imbued with
practicality, were able to see a flux of emanations and to
see how man and other living beings utilize them to construct
their perceivable world.
The way those emanations
are utilized by man is so simple it sounds idiotic. For a seer, men are
luminous beings. Our luminosity is made up of that portion of the Indescribable Force 's emanations which is encased in our
egglike cocoon. That particular portion, that handful of emanations that
is encased, is what makes us men. To perceive is to match the emanations
contained inside our cocoon with those that are outside.
Seers can see , for instance, the emanations inside
any living creature and can tell which of the outside emanations would
The emanations are something
indescribable. My personal comment would be to say that they are like
filaments of light. What's incomprehensible to normal awareness is that
the filaments are aware. I can't tell you what that means, because I don't
know what I am saying. All I can tell you with my personal comments is
that the filaments are aware of themselves, alive and vibrating, that
there are so many of them that numbers have no meaning and that each of
them is an eternity in itself.
Perception is a condition of alignment; the emanations inside the
cocoon become aligned with those outside that fit them. Alignment is what
allows awareness to be cultivated by every living creature. Seers make
these statements because they see living creatures as they
really are: luminous beings that look like bubbles of whitish
The emanations inside and the emanations
outside are the same filaments of light. Sentient beings are minute
bubbles made out of those filaments, microscopic points of light, attached
to the infinite emanations.
The luminosity of
living beings is made by the particular portion of the Indescribable
Force 's emanations they happen to have inside their luminous
cocoons. When seers see perception, they witness that the
luminosity of the Indescribable Force 's emanations outside
those creatures' cocoons brightens the luminosity of the emanations inside
their cocoons. The outside luminosity attracts the inside one; it traps
it, so to speak, and fixes it. That fixation is the awareness of every
Seers can also see
how the emanations outside the cocoon exert a particular pressure on the
portion of emanations inside. This pressure determines the degree of
awareness that every living being has.
The Indescribable Force 's emanations are more than filaments of
light. Each one of them is a source of boundless energy. Think of it this
way: since some of the emanations outside the cocoon are the same as the
emanations inside, their energies are like a continuous pressure. But the
cocoon isolates the emanations that are inside its web and thereby directs
I've mentioned to you that the old
seers were masters of the art of handling awareness. What I can add now
is that they were the masters of that art because they learned to manipulate
the structure of man's cocoon. I've said to you that they unraveled the
mystery of being aware. By that I meant that they saw and
realized that awareness is a glow in the cocoon of living beings. They
rightly called it the glow of awareness.
seers saw that man's awareness is a glow of amber luminosity
more intense than the rest of the cocoon. That glow is on a narrow,
vertical band on the extreme right side of the cocoon, running along its
entire length. The mastery of the old seers was to move that glow, to make
it spread from its original setting on the surface of the cocoon inward
across its width.
Seeing is to lay bare the core of everything, to witness the
unknown and to glimpse into the unknowable. As such, it doesn't bring one
solace. Seers ordinarily go to pieces on finding out that existence is
incomprehensibly complex and that our normal awareness maligns it with its
concentration has to be total. To understand is of crucial importance.
The new seers placed the highest value on deep, unemotional realizations.
instance, the other day, when you understood about your self-importance,
you didn't understand anything really. You had an emotional outburst, that
was all. I say this because the next day you were back on your high horse
of self-importance as if you never had realized anything.
The same thing happened to the old seers. They were given to
emotional reactions. But when the time came for them to understand what
they had seen , they couldn't do it. To understand one needs
sobriety, not emotionality. Beware of those who weep with realization, for
they have realized nothing.
There are untold
dangers in the path of knowledge for those without sober understanding.
I am outlining the order in which the new seers arranged the truths about
awareness, so it will serve you as a map, a map that you have to
corroborate with your seeing , but not with your
Everybody falls pray to the mistake that seeing is done with the eyes. Seeing is not a
matter of the eyes.
alignment and perception is alignment. The alignment of the
Indescribable Force 's emanations used routinely is the
perception of the day-to-day world, but the alignment of emanations that
are never used ordinarily is seeing . When such an alignment
occurs one sees . Seeing , therefore, being
produced by alignment out of the ordinary, cannot be something one could
merely look at. So, don't succumb to the way seeing is
labeled and described.
When seers see
, something explains everything as the new alignment takes place. It's a
voice that tells them in their ear what's what. If that voice is not
present, what the seer is engaged in isn't seeing .
It is equally fallacious to say that seeing is
hearing, because it is infinitely more than that, but seers have opted for
using sound as a gauge of a new alignment.
voice of seeing is a most mysterious inexplicable thing. My
personal conclusion is that the voice of seeing belongs only
to man. It may happen because talking is something that no one else
besides man does. The old seers believed it was the voice of an
overpowering entity intimately related to mankind, a protector of man. The
new seers found out that that entity, which they called the mold of man,
doesn't have a voice. The voice of seeing for the new seers
is something quite incomprehensible; they say it's the glow of awareness
playing on the Indescribable Force 's emanations as a harpist
plays on a harp.
pressure that the emanations outside the cocoon, which are called
emanations at large, exert on the emanations inside the cocoon is the
same in all sentient beings. Yet the results of that pressure are vastly
different among them, because their cocoons react to that pressure in
every conceivable way. There are, however, degrees of uniformity within
Now, when seers see that the pressure of the emanations at large bears down
on the emanations inside, which are always in motion and makes them stop
moving, they know that the luminous being at that moment is fixated by
To say that the emanations at large
bear down on those inside the cocoon and make them stop moving means
that seers see something indescribable, the meaning of which they
know without a shadow of doubt. It means that the voice of
seeing has told them that the emanations inside the cocoon
are completely at rest and match some of those which are
Seers maintain, naturally, that awareness
always comes from outside ourselves, that the real mystery is not inside
us. Since by nature the emanations at large are made to fixate what is
inside the cocoon, the trick of awareness is to let the fixating
emanations merge with what is inside us. Seers believe that if we let
that happen we become what we really are--fluid, forever in motion,
The degree of awareness of every
individual sentient being depends on the degree to which it is capable
of letting the pressure of the emanations at large carry it.
Seers have seen that
from the moment of conception awareness is enhanced, enriched, by the
process of being alive. The awareness of an individual insect or that of
an individual man grows from the moment of conception in astoundingly
different ways, but with equal consistency. Awareness develops from the
moment of conception.
Sexual energy is something
of ultimate importance and it has to be controlled and used with great
care. Don't resent or applaud what I say, thinking that I am speaking of
control in terms of morality; I mean it in terms of saving and
rechanneling energy. I recommend, therefore, that one control oneself
and understand the Indescribable Force 's command that sex is for
bestowing the glow of awareness. It is the Indescribable
Force 's command that sexual energy be used for creating life.
Through sexual energy, the Indescribable Force bestows
awareness. So when sentient beings are engaged in sexual intercourse, the
emanations inside their cocoons do their best to bestow awareness to the
new sentient being they are creating.
sexual act, the emanations encased inside the cocoon of both partners
undergo a profound agitation, the culminating point of which is a merging,
a fusing of two pieces of the glow of awareness, one from each partner,
that separate from their cocoons.
intercourse is always a bestowal of awareness even though the bestowal
may not be consolidated. Warriors know that the only real energy we possess
a life-bestowing sexual energy. This knowledge makes them permanently
conscious of their responsibility. If warriors want to have enough energy
to see , they must become misers with their sexual
You needn't think this a puritanical
attitude toward sex. There is nothing wrong with man's sensuality. It's
man's ignorance of and disregard for his magical nature that is wrong.
It's a mistake to waste recklessly the life-bestowing force of sex and
not have children, but it's also a mistake not to know that in having children
one taxes the glow of awareness. Seers have seen that on
having a child, the parents' glow of awareness diminishes and the child's
increases. In some supersensitive, frail parents, the glow of awareness
almost disappears. As children enhance their awareness, a big dark spot
develops in the luminous cocoon of the parents, on the very place from
which the glow was taken away. It is usually on the midsection of the
cocoon. Sometimes those spots can even be seen superimposed
on the body itself.
Nothing can be done to give
people a more balanced understanding of the glow of awareness. At least,
there is nothing that seers can do. Seers aim to be free, to be unbiased
witnesses incapable of passing judgment; otherwise they would have to
assume the responsibility for bringing about a more adjusted cycle. No
one can do that. The new cycle, if it is to come, must come of
of adult human beings, matured by the process of growth, can no longer
be called awareness, because it has been modified into something more intense
and complex, which seers call attention.
given time in the growth of human beings a band of the emanations inside
their cocoons becomes very bright; as human beings accumulate experience,
it begins to glow. In some instances, the glow of this band of emanations
increases so dramatically that it fuses with the emanations from the
outside. Seers, witnessing an enhancement of this kind, had to surmise
that awareness is the raw material and attention the end product of
Attention is the harnessing and
enhancing of awareness through the process of being alive.
The danger of definitions is that they simplify matters to
make them understandable; in this case, in defining attention, one runs
the risk of transforming a magical, miraculous accomplishment into
Attention is man's greatest
single accomplishment. It develops from raw animal awareness until it
covers the entire gamut of human alternatives. Seers perfect it even
further until it covers the whole scope of human possibilities.
Human alternatives are everything we are capable of choosing
as persons. They have to do with the level of our day-to-day range, the
known; and owing to that fact, they are quite limited in number and scope.
Human possibilities belong to the unknown. They are not what we are
capable of choosing but what we are capable of attaining.
An example of human alternatives is our choice to believe that the
human body is an object among objects. An example of human possibilities
is the seers' achievement in viewing man as an egglike luminous being.
With the body as an object one tackles the known, with the body as a
luminous egg one tackles the unknown; human possibilities have, therefore,
nearly an inexhaustible scope.
Seers say that
there are three types of attention. When they say that, they mean it
just for human beings, not for all the sentient beings in existence. But
three are not just types of attention, they are rather three levels of
attainment. They are the first, second, and third attention, each of them
an independent domain, complete in itself.
first attention in man is animal awareness, which has been developed,
through the process of experience, into a complex, intricate, and
extremely fragile faculty that takes care of the day-to-day world in
all its innumerable aspects. In other words, everything that one can think
about is part of the first attention.
attention is everything we are as average men. By virtue of such an
absolute rule over our lives, the first attention is the most valuable
asset that the average man has. Perhaps it is even our only
Taking into account its true value, the new
seers started a rigorous examination of the first attention through seeing . In order to examine and explain the first attention,
one must see it. Only seers can do that. But to examine what
seers see in the first attention is essential. It allows the
first attention the only opportunity it will ever have to realize its own
The first attention is the glow of
awareness developed to an ultra shine. But it is a glow fixed on the
surface of the cocoon, so to speak. It is a glow that covers the
The second attention, on the other hand, is
a more complex and specialized state of the glow of awareness. It has
to do with the unknown. It comes about when unused emanations inside man's
cocoon are utilized.
The reason I called the
second attention specialized is that in order to utilize those unused
emanations, one needs uncommon, elaborate tactics that require supreme
discipline and concentration.
needed to be aware that one is having a dream is the forerunner of the
second attention. That concentration is a form of consciousness that is
not in the same category as the consciousness needed to deal with the
The second attention is also called
the left-side awareness; and it is the vastest field that one can imagine,
so vast in fact that it seems limitless. It is a quagmire so complex and
bizarre that sober seers go into it only under the strictest
The new seers let the mastery of
awareness develop to its natural end, which is to extend the glow of
awareness beyond the bounds of the luminous cocoon in one single
The third attention is attained when the
glow of awareness turns into the fire from within: a glow that kindles
not one band at a time but all the Indescribable Force 's
emanations inside man's cocoon. The supreme accomplishment of human beings
is to attain that level of attention while retaining the
your self-importance run rampant.
Usually anger is very sobering, or sometimes fear is, or
begins with the permanent pressure that the emanations at large exert
on the emanations trapped inside the cocoon. This pressure produces the
act of consciousness; it stops the motion of the trapped emanations,
which are fighting to break the cocoon, fighting to die.
For a seer, the truth is that all living beings are struggling
to die. What stops death is awareness. The new seers were profoundly disturbed
the fact that awareness forestalls death and at the same time induces
it by being attracted by the Indescribable Force . Since they
could not explain it, for there is no rational way to understand
existence, seers realized that their knowledge is composed of
For example, seers
have to be methodical, rational beings, paragons of sobriety, and at
the same time they must shy away from all of those qualities in order to
completely free and open to the wonders and mysteries of
Only a feeling of supreme sobriety can
bridge the contradictions. You may call the bridge between contradictions
anything you want--art, affection, sobriety, love, or even
In examining the first attention, the
new seers realized that all organic beings, except man, quiet down their
agitated trapped emanations so that those emanations can align themselves
with their matching ones outside. Human beings do not do that; instead,
their first attention takes an inventory of the Indescribable
Force 's emanations inside their cocoons. Human beings take notice
of the emanations they have inside their cocoons, no other creatures do
that. The moment the pressure from the emanations at large fixates the
emanations inside, the first attention begins to watch itself. It notes
everything about itself, or at least it tries to, in whatever aberrant
ways it can. This is the process seers call taking an inventory.
I don't mean to say that human beings choose to take an
inventory, or that they can refuse to take it. To take an inventory is
the Indescribable Force 's command. What is subject to volition,
however, is the manner in which the command is obeyed.
Although I dislike calling the emanations commands, that is what
they are: commands that no one can disobey. Yet the way out of obeying
commands is in obeying them.
In the case of the
inventory of the first attention, seers take it, for they can't disobey.
But once they have taken it they throw it away. The Indescribable
Force doesn't command us to worship our inventory; it commands us
to take it, that's all.
The emanations inside the
cocoon of man are not quieted down for purposes of matching them with
those outside. This is evident after seeing what other
creatures do. On quieting down, some of them actually merge themselves
with the emanations at large and move with them.
But human beings quiet down their emanations and then reflect
on them. The emanations focus on themselves. Human beings carry the command
an inventory to its logical extreme and disregard everything else. Once
they are deeply involved in the inventory, two things may happen. They
ignore the impulses of the emanations at large, or they may use them
in a very specialized way.
The end result of ignoring
those impulses after taking an inventory is a unique state known as
reason. The result of using every impulse in a specialized way is known
first attention works very well with the unknown. It blocks it; it denies
it so fiercely that in the end, the unknown doesn't exist for the first
Taking an inventory makes us
invulnerable. That is why the inventory came into existence in the first
attention consumes all the glow of awareness that human beings have,
and not an iota of energy is left free. So, the new seers proposed that
warriors, since they have to enter into the unknown, have to save their
energy. But where are they going to get energy, if all of it is taken?
They'll get it from eradicating unnecessary habits. Eradicating
unnecessary habits detaches awareness from self-reflection and allows
it the freedom to focus on something else.
unknown is forever present, but it is outside the possibility of our
normal awareness. The unknown is the superfluous part of the average man.
And it is superfluous because the average man doesn't have enough free
energy to grasp it.
Their is a force that is present throughout everything there
is. It is called will , the will of the
Indescribable Force 's emanations, or intent
One of the most worthwhile findings of the
ancient seers was the discovery that organic life is not the only form
of life present on this earth.
For seers, to be alive
means to be aware. For the average man, to be aware means to be an
organism. This is where seers are different. For them, to be aware means
that the emanations that cause awareness are encased inside a
Organic living beings have a cocoon
that encloses the emanations. But there are other creatures whose
receptacles don't look like a cocoon to a seer. Yet they have the
emanations of awareness in them and characteristics of life other than
reproduction and metabolism; such as emotional dependency, sadness, joy,
wrath, and so forth and so on. And the best yet, love; a kind of love man
can't even conceive. If we take as our clue what seers see ,
life is indeed extraordinary.
Those beings make
themselves known to man all the time. And not only to seers but also
to the average man. The problem is that all the energy available is consumed
by the first attention. Man's inventory not only takes it all, but it also
toughens the cocoon to the point of making it inflexible. Under those
circumstances there is no possible interaction.
In the life of warriors it is extremely
natural to be sad for no overt reason. Seers say that the luminous egg,
as a field of energy, senses its final destination whenever the boundaries
the known are broken. A mere glimpse of the eternity outside the cocoon
is enough to disrupt the coziness of our inventory. The resulting melancholy
is sometimes so intense that it can bring about death. The best way to
rid of melancholy is to make fun of it.
nothing more lonely than eternity. And nothing is more cozy for us than
to be a human being. This indeed is another contradiction--how can man
the bonds of his humanness and still venture gladly and purposefully
into the absolute loneliness of eternity? Whenever you resolve this riddle,
you'll be ready for the definitive journey.
new seers have found that the only thing that counts is impeccability.
That is, freed energy.
Pull yourself together and don't fight your fear, roll with
it. Be afraid without being terrified. Put all your concentration on the
your body--a true center of energy in all of us. Fear does not exist
as soon as the glow of awareness moves beyond a certain threshold inside
briefly outline the truths about awareness which I have discussed. 1)
There is no objective world, but only a universe of energy fields which
seers call the Indescribable Force 's emanations. 2) Human
beings are made of the Indescribable Force 's emanations and
are in essence bubbles of luminescent energy; each of us is wrapped in a
cocoon that encloses a small portion of these emanations. 3) Awareness is
achieved by the constant pressure that the emanations outside our cocoon,
which are called emanations at large, exert on those inside our cocoon. 4)
Awareness gives rise to perception, which happens when the emanations
inside our cocoons align themselves with the corresponding emanations at
The next truth is that perception takes
place because there is in each of us an agent called the assemblage point
that selects internal and external emanations for alignment. The
particular alignment that we perceive as the world is the product of
the specific spot where our assemblage point is located on our
In order to corroborate the truths about
awareness, you need energy. Dealing with petty tyrants helps seers
accomplish a sophisticated maneuver: that maneuver is to move their
In order for our first attention to bring into focus the
world that we perceive, it has to emphasize certain emanations selected
from the narrow
band of emanations where man's awareness is located. The discarded
emanations are still within our reach but remain dormant, unknown to
us for the duration of our lives.
The new seers call
the emphasized emanations the right side, normal awareness, the tonal , this world, the known, the first attention. The
average man calls it reality, rationality, common sense.
The emphasized emanations compose a large portion of man's band
of awareness, but a very small piece of the total spectrum of emanations
present inside the cocoon of man. The disregarded emanations within man's
band are thought of as a sort of preamble to the unknown, the unknown
proper consisting of the bulk of emanations which are not part of the
human band and which are never emphasized. Seers call them the left-side
awareness, the nagual , the other world, the unknown, the
Normally the glow of awareness
is seen on the surface of the cocoon of all sentient beings.
After man develops attention, however, the glow of awareness acquires
depth. In other words, it is transmitted from the surface of the cocoon to
quite a number of emanations inside the cocoon.
state of heightened awareness is seen not only as a glow that
goes deeper inside the egglike shape of human beings, but also as a more
intense glow on the surface of the cocoon. Yet it is nothing in comparison
to the glow produced by a state of total awareness, which is
seen as a burst of incandescence in the entire luminous egg.
It is an explosion of light of such a magnitude that the boundaries of the
shell are diffused and the inside emanations extend themselves beyond
Seers who deliberately attain
total awareness are a sight to behold. That is the moment when they burn
from within. The fire from within consumes them. And in full awareness
they fuse themselves to the emanations at large, and glide into
explained to you that the new seers aim to be free. And freedom has the
most devastating implications. Among them is the implication that warriors
must purposely seek change. Your predilection is to live the way you do.
You stimulate your reason by running through your inventory and pitting
against your friends' inventories. Those maneuvers leave you very little
time to examine yourself and your fate. You will have to give up all
repeatedly choose the same emanations for perceiving because of two
reasons. First, and most important, because we have been taught that
those emanations are perceivable, and second because our assemblage points
select and prepare those emanations for being used.
Every living being has an assemblage point which selects emanations
for emphasis. Seers can see whether sentient beings share the
same view of the world, by seeing if the emanations their
assemblage points have selected are the same.
of the most important breakthroughs for the new seers was to find that
the spot where that point is located on the cocoon of all living creatures
not a permanent feature, but is established on that specific spot by
habit. Hence the tremendous stress the new seers put on new actions, on
new practicalities. They want desperately to arrive at new usages, new
A matter of great importance is the proper
understanding of the truths about awareness in order to realize that
that point can be moved from within. The unfortunate truth is that human
always lose by default. They simply don't know about their
The new seers say that realization
is the technique. They say that, first of all, one must become aware
that the world we perceive is the result of our assemblage points being
on a specific spot on the cocoon. Once that is understood, the assemblage
point can move almost at will, as a consequence of new habits.
The assemblage point of man appears around a definite area
of the cocoon, because the Indescribable Force commands it.
But the precise spot is determined by habit, by repetitious acts. First we
learn that it can be placed there and then we ourselves command it to be
there. Our command becomes the Indescribable Force 's command
and that point is fixated at that spot. Consider this very carefully; our
command becomes the Indescribable Force 's command.
I've mentioned to you that sorcery is something like
entering a dead-end street. What I meant was that sorcery practices have
no intrinsic value. Their worth is indirect, for their real function is
make the assemblage point shift by making the first attention release
its control on that point.
The new seers realized the
true role those sorcery practices played and decided to go directly into
the process of making their assemblage points shift, avoiding all the
other nonsense of rituals and incantations. Yet rituals and incantations
are indeed necessary at one time in every warrior's life. But only for
purposes of luring one's first attention away from the power of
self-absorption, which keeps his assemblage point rigidly fixed.
The obsessive entanglement of the first attention in
self-absorption or reason is a powerful binding force, and ritual
behavior, because it is repetitive, forces the first attention to free
some energy from watching the inventory, as a consequence of which the
assemblage point loses its rigidity.
happens, if you are not a warrior, you think you're losing your mind.
If you are a warrior, you know you've gone crazy, but you patiently wait.
see, to be healthy and sane means that the assemblage point is immovable.
When it shifts, it literally means that one is deranged.
Two options are opened to warriors whose assemblage points have
shifted. One is to acknowledge being ill and to behave in deranged ways,
reacting emotionally to the strange worlds that their shifts force them
witness; the other is to remain impassive, untouched, knowing that the
assemblage point always returns to its original position.
If the assemblage point doesn't return to its original position,
then those people are lost. They are either incurably crazy, because their
assemblage points could never assemble the world as we know it, or they
are peerless seers who have begun their movement toward the
What determines it is energy!
Impeccability! Impeccable warriors don't lose their marbles. They remain
untouched. I've said to you many times that impeccable warriors may see horrifying worlds and yet the next moment they are
telling a joke, laughing with their friends or with strangers.
The mind, for a seer, is nothing but the self-reflection
of the inventory of man. If you lose that self-reflection, but don't lose
your underpinnings, you actually live an infinitely stronger life than
you had kept it.
The flaw is in our emotional
reaction, which prevents us from realizing that the oddity of our
sensorial experiences is determined by the depth to which our assemblage
point has moved into man's band of emanations.
Man's band of emanations is not like a ribbon, but rather
like a disc. The luminous shape of man is like a ball with a thick disk
inserted into it.
If the ball were transparent you would have the perfect replica of man's
cocoon. The disc goes all the way inside the ball. It's a disk that goes
from the surface on one side to the surface on the other side.
The assemblage point of man is located high up,
three-fourths of the way toward the top of the egg on the surface of
the cocoon. Heightened awareness comes about when the intense glow of the
assemblage point lights up dormant emanations way inside the disk. To see the glow of the assemblage point moving inside that disk
gives the feeling that it is shifting toward the left on the surface of
The transparency of the luminous egg
creates the impression of a movement toward the left, when in fact every
movement of the assemblage point is in depth, into the center of the
luminous egg along the thickness of man's band.
Man is not the unknowable. Man's luminosity can be seen
almost as if one were using the eyes alone.
old seers saw the movement of the assemblage point but it
never occurred to them that it was a movement in depth; instead they
followed their seeing and coined the phrase "shift to the
left," which the new seers retained although they knew that it was
erroneous to call it a shift to the left.
contention of the new seers is that in the course of our growth, once
the glow of awareness focuses on man's band of emanations and selects some
them for emphasis, it enters into a vicious circle. The more it emphasizes
certain emanations, the more stable the assemblage point gets to be. This
is equivalent to saying that our command becomes the Indescribable
Force 's command. It goes without saying that when our awareness
develops into the first attention the command is so strong that to break
that circle and make the assemblage point shift is a genuine
The assemblage point is also responsible
for making the first attention perceive in terms of clusters. An example
of a cluster of emanations that receive emphasis together is the human
body as we perceive it. Another part of our total being, our luminous
cocoon, never receives emphasis and is relegated to oblivion; for the
effect of the assemblage point is not only to make us perceive clusters
of emanations, but also to make us disregard emanations.
The assemblage point radiates a glow that groups together bundles
of encased emanations. These bundles then become aligned, as bundles, with
the emanations at large. Clustering is carried out even when seers deal
with the emanations that are never used. Whenever they are emphasized,
perceive them just as we perceive the clusters of the first
One of the greatest moments the new
seers had was when they found out that the unknown is merely the
emanations discarded by the first attention. It's a huge affair, but
an affair, mind you, where clustering can be done.
The unknowable, on the other hand, is an eternity where our
assemblage point has no way of clustering anything.
assemblage point is like a luminous magnet that picks emanations and
groups them together wherever it moves within the bounds of man's band
emanations. This discovery was the glory of the new seers, for it put
the unknown in a new light. The new seers noticed that some of the obsessive
visions of seers, the ones that were almost impossible to conceive,
coincided with a shift of the assemblage point to the region of man's
band which is diametrically opposed to where it is ordinarily
Those were visions of the dark side of
man. It is somber and foreboding. It's not only the unknown, but the
The emanations that are
inside the cocoon but out of the bounds of man's band can be perceived,
but in really indescribable ways. They're not the human unknown, as is
case with the unused emanations in the band of man, but the nearly
immeasurable unknown where human traits do not figure at all. It is really
an area of such an overpowering vastness that the best of seers would be
hard put to describe it.
The mystery is outside
us. Inside us we have only emanations trying to break the cocoon. And
this fact aberrates us, one way or another, whether we're average men or
warriors. Only the new seers get around this. They struggle to see . And by means of the shifts of their assemblage points,
they get to realize that the mystery is perceiving. Not so much what we
perceive, but what makes us perceive.
seers believe that our senses are capable of detecting anything. They
believe this because they see that the position of the
assemblage point is what dictates what our senses perceive.
If the assemblage point aligns emanations inside the cocoon
in a position different from its normal one, the human senses perceive
new seers are the warriors of total freedom, and their only search is
the ultimate liberation that comes when they attain total awareness.
Warriors prepare themselves to be aware, and full awareness
comes to them only when there is no more self-importance left in them.
Only when they are nothing do they become everything.
Self-importance is the motivating
force for every attack of melancholy. Warriors are entitled to have
profound states of sadness, but that sadness is there only to make them
articulation point of everything seers do is stopping the internal
dialogue. The internal dialogue is what keeps the assemblage point fixed
to its original position.
Once silence is
attained, everything is possible. You stop talking to yourself by
willing it, and thus you set a new intent , a new
command. Then your command becomes the Indescribable Force 's
This is one of the most extraordinary
things that the new seers found out: that our command can become the Indescribable Force 's command. The internal dialogue stops
in the same way it begins: by an act of will . After all, we
are forced to start talking to ourselves by those who teach us. As they
teach us, they engage their will and we engage ours, both
without knowing it. As we learn to talk to ourselves, we learn to
handle will . We will ourselves to talk to
ourselves. The way to stop talking to ourselves is to use exactly the same
method: we must will it, we must intend
Infants are taught by everyone around them to
repeat an endless dialogue about themselves. The dialogue becomes
internalized, and that force alone keeps the assemblage point
The internal dialogue is a process that
constantly strengthens the position of the assemblage point, because
that position is an arbitrary one and needs steady reinforcement.
I have profound admiration for the human capacity to impart
order to the chaos of the Indescribable Force 's emanations.
Every one of us, in his own right, is a masterful magician and our magic
is to keep our assemblage point unwaveringly fixed.
The force of the emanations at large makes our assemblage point
select certain emanations and cluster them for alignment and perception.
That's the command of the Indescribable Force , but all the
meaning that we give to what we perceive is our command, our gift of
The new seers say that since the exact
position of the assemblage point is an arbitrary position chosen for
us by our ancestors, it can move with a relatively small effort; once it
it forces new alignments of emanations, thus new perceptions.
Power plants have that effect; but hunger, tiredness, fever,
and other things like that can have a similar effect. The flaw of the
average man is that he thinks the result of a shift is purely mental.
On both edges of man's band of emanations
there is a strange storage of refuse, an incalculable pile of human
Any person can reach that storehouse by
simply stopping his internal dialogue. If the shift is minimal, the
results are explained as fantasies of the mind. If the shift is
considerable, the results are called hallucinations.
One of the most mysterious aspects of the seers' knowledge is the
incredible effects of inner silence. Once inner silence is attained, the
bonds that tie the assemblage point to the particular spot where it is
placed begin to break and the assemblage point is free to move.
If the assemblage point moves beyond a crucial threshold,
the world vanishes; it ceases to be what it is to us at man's
I've explained to
you that man has an assemblage point and that that assemblage point aligns
emanations for perception. We've also discussed that that point moves from
its fixed position. Now, the last truth is that once that assemblage point
moves beyond a certain limit, it can assemble worlds entirely different
from the world we know.
Without enough energy, the
force of alignment is crushing. You have to have energy to sustain the
pressure of alignments which never take place under ordinary
Warriors are in the world to train
themselves to be unbiased witnesses, so as to understand the mystery
of ourselves and relish the exultation of finding what we really are. This
the highest of the new seers' goals. And not every warrior attains
To be a peerless nagual, one has to love
freedom, and one has to have supreme detachment. What makes the warrior's
path so very dangerous is that it is the opposite of the life situation
modern man. Modern man has left the realm of the unknown and the
mysterious, and has settled down in the realm of the functional. He has
turned his back to the world of the foreboding and the exulting and has
welcomed the world of boredom.
To be given a
chance to go back again to the mystery of the world is sometimes too
much for warriors, and they succumb; they are waylaid by what I've called
high adventure of the unknown. They forget the quest for freedom; they
forget to be unbiased witnessed. They sink into the unknown and love
In order to be unbiased witnesses, we begin by
understanding that the fixation or the movement of the assemblage point
is all there is to us and the world we witness, whatever that world might
The new seers
say that when we were taught to talk to ourselves, we were taught the
means to dull ourselves in order to keep the assemblage point fixed on
I'll tell you
what my teacher said to me when I got to a certain point. He told me that
I had been evicted from the home where I had lived all my live. A result
of having saved energy had been the disruption of my cozy but utterly
limiting and boring nest in the world of everyday life. My depression, he
told me, was not so much the sadness of having lost my nest, but the
annoyance of having to look for new quarters. "The new quarters are not as
cozy," he said, "but they are infinitely more roomy."
My eviction notice came in the form of a great depression, a loss
of the desire to live. When I told my teacher that I didn't want to live,
he couldn't help laughing.
The position of the assemblage point on man's cocoon is maintained
by the internal dialogue, and because of that, it is a flimsy position
We are going to
talk about the great bands of emanations. It is another key discovery
that the old seers made, but in their aberration they relegated it to oblivion
until it was rescued by the new seers.
The Indescribable Force 's emanations are always grouped in
clusters. The old seers called those clusters the great bands of
emanations. They aren't really bands, but the name stuck.
For instance, there is an immeasurable cluster that produces
organic beings. The emanations of that organic band have a sort of
fluffiness. They are transparent and have a unique light of their own,
a peculiar energy. They are aware, they jump. That's the reason why all
organic beings are filled with a peculiar consuming energy. The other
bands are darker, less fluffy. Some of them have no light at all, but
a quality of opaqueness.
Organic beings belong to
the same great band. Think of it as an enormously wide band of luminous
filaments, luminous strings with no end. Organic beings are bubbles that
grow around a group of luminous filaments. Imagine that in this band of
organic life some bubbles are formed around the luminous filaments in the
center of the band, others are formed close to the edges; the band is wide
enough to accommodate every kind of organic being with room to spare. In
such an arrangement, bubbles that are close to the edges of the band miss
altogether the emanations that are in the center of the band, which are
shared only by bubbles that are aligned with the center. By the same
token, bubbles in the center miss the emanations from the edges.
As you can understand, organic beings share the emanations
of one band; yet seers see that within that organic band
beings are as different as they can be.
as many of these great bands as infinity itself. Seers have found out,
however, that in the earth there are only forty-eight such
For seers, that means there are forty-eight
types of organizations on the earth, forty-eight types of clusters or
structures. Organic life is one of them.
seers counted seven bands that produced inorganic bubbles of awareness.
In other words, there are forty bands that produce bubbles without awareness;
those are bands that generate only organization.
Think of the great bands as being like trees. All of them
bear fruit; they produce containers filled with emanations; yet only eight
of those trees
bear edible fruit, that is, bubbles of awareness. Seven have sour fruit,
but edible nonetheless, and one has the most juicy, luscious fruit there
What makes those eight bands produce awareness
is the Indescribable Force ; which bestows awareness through
its emanations. To say that the Indescribable Force bestows
awareness through its emanations is like what a religious man would say
about God, that God bestows life through love. However, the two statements
are not made from the same point of view. And yet I think they mean the
same thing. The difference is that seers see how the
Indescribable Force bestows awareness through its emanations
and religious men don't see how God bestows life through his
The Indescribable Force bestows
awareness by means of three giant bundles of emanations that run through
eight great bands. These bundles are quite peculiar, because they make
seers feel a hue. One bundle gives the feeling of being beige-pink,
something like the glow of pink-colored street lamps; another gives the
feeling of being peach, like buff neon lights; and the third bundle gives
the feeling of being amber, like clear honey.
it is a matter of seeing a hue when seers see
that the Indescribable Force bestows awareness through its
emanations. Religious men don't see God's love, but if they
would see it, they would know that it is either pink, peach,
Man, for example, is attached to the
amber bundle, but so are other beings. To know which beings share those
emanations with man is something you will have to find out for yourself
through your own seeing . There is no point in my telling you
which ones; you would only be making another inventory. Suffice it to say
that finding that out for yourself will be one of the most exciting things
you'll ever do.
The pink and peach bundles belong
to other living beings. I've told you that the glow of awareness in man
has different colors. They are not really colors but casts of
The amber bundle of awareness has an
infinitude of subtle variants, which always denote differences in quality
of awareness. Pink and pale-green amber are the most common casts. Blue
amber is more unusual, but pure amber is by far the most rare.
Seers say that the amount of energy that one saves and
stores determines the cast. Countless numbers of warriors have begun
with an ordinary pink amber cast and have finished with the purest of all
The three bundles with all their casts
crisscross the eight bands. In the organic band, the pink bundle belongs
mainly to plants, the peach band belongs to insects, and the amber band
belongs to man and other animals.
situation is prevalent in the inorganic bands. The three bundles of
awareness produce specific kinds of inorganic beings in each of the seven
You may want me to elaborate on the
kinds of inorganic beings that exist, however, that is another thing
that you must see for yourself. The seven bands and what they
produce are indeed inaccessible to human reason, but not to human
The great bands are neither
flat nor round, but indescribably clustered together, like a pile of
hay, which is held together in midair by the force of the hand that pitched
Thus, there is no order to the emanations; to say that there is a central
part or that there are edges is misleading, but necessary to
Inorganic beings produced by the
seven other bands of awareness are characterized by having a container
that has no motion; it is rather a formless receptacle with a low degree
of luminosity. It does not look like the cocoon of organic beings. It
lacks the tautness, the inflated quality that makes organic beings look
like luminous balls bursting with energy.
similarity between inorganic and organic beings is that all of them have
the awareness-bestowing pink or peach or amber emanations.
Those emanations, under certain circumstances make possible
the most fascinating communication between the beings of those eight great
Usually the organic beings, with their
greater fields of energy, are the initiators of communication with
inorganic beings, but a subtle and sophisticated follow-up is always
the province of the inorganic beings. Once the barrier is broken, inorganic
beings change and become what seers call allies. From that moment
inorganic beings can anticipate the seers most subtle thoughts or moods
The old seers became mesmerized by such
devotion from their allies. Stories are that the old seers could make
their allies do anything they wanted. That was one of the reasons they
believed in their own invulnerability. They got fooled by their
self-importance. The allies have power only if the seer who sees them is the paragon of impeccability; and those old
seers just weren't.
Inorganic beings are not as
plentiful as organic ones, but this is offset by the greater number of
bands of inorganic awareness. Also, the differences among the inorganic
beings themselves are more vast than the differences among organisms,
because organisms belong to only one band while inorganic beings belong
to seven bands. Besides, inorganic beings live infinitely longer than
The old seers also came to realize that
it is the high energy of organisms and the subsequent high development
of their awareness that make them delectable morsels for the Indescribable Force . In the old seers' view, gluttony was
the reason the Indescribable Force produced as many organisms
The product of the other forty great
bands is not awareness at all, but a configuration of inanimate energy.
The old seers chose to call whatever is produced by those bands, vessels.
While cocoons and containers are fields of energetic awareness, which
accounts for their independent luminosity, vessels are rigid receptacles
that hold emanations without being fields of energetic awareness. Their
luminosity comes only from the energy of the encased emanations.
You must bear in mind that everything on the earth is
encased. Whatever we perceive is made up of portions of cocoons or vessels
with emanations. Ordinarily, we don't perceive the containers of inorganic
beings at all.
The total world is made of the
forty-eight bands. The world that our assemblage point assembles for
our normal perception is made up of two bands; one is the organic band,
other is a band that has only structure, but no awareness. The other
forty-six great bands are not part of the world we normally
There are other complete worlds that our
assemblage points can assemble. The old seers counted seven such worlds,
one for each band of awareness. I'll add that two of those worlds, besides
the world of everyday life, are easy to assemble; the other five are
shift of the assemblage point to the area below its customary position
allows the seer a detailed and narrow view of the world we know. So
detailed is that view that it seems to be an entirely different world.
It is a mesmerizing view that has a tremendous appeal, especially for those
seers who have an adventurous but somehow indolent and lazy
The change of perspective is very
pleasant. Minimal effort is required, and the results are staggering.
If a seer is driven by quick gain, there is no better maneuver than the
below. The only problem is that in those positions of the assemblage
point, seers are plagued by death, which happens even more brutally and
more quickly than in man's position.
thought it was a great place for cavorting, but that's all. A true change
of worlds happens only when the assemblage point moves into man's band,
deep enough to reach a crucial threshold, at which stage the assemblage
point can use another of the great bands.
It's a matter of energy. The force of alignment hooks another band,
provided that the seer has enough energy. Our normal energy allows our
assemblage points to use the force of alignment of one great band of
emanations. And we perceive the world we know. But if we have a surplus
of energy, we can use the force of alignment of other great bands, and
consequently we perceive other worlds.
seem like an oddity to you, but trees, for instance, are closer to man
than ants. I've told you that trees and man can develop a great
relationship; that's so because they share emanations.
The cocoon of a giant tree is not much larger than the tree itself.
The interesting part is that some tiny plants have a cocoon almost as big
as a man's body and three times its width. Those are power plants. They
share the largest amount of emanations with man, not the emanations of
awareness, but other emanations in general.
Another thing unique about plants is that their luminosities
have different casts. They are pinkish in general, because their awareness
pink. Poisonous plants are a pale yellow pink and medicinal plants are
a bright violet pink. The only ones that are white pink are power plants;
some are murky white, others are brilliant white.
But the real difference between plants and other organic
beings is the location of their assemblage points. Plants have it on the
lower part of
their cocoon, while other organic beings have it on the upper part of
With the inorganic beings, some have
it on the lower part of their containers. Those are thoroughly alien
to man, but akin to plants. Others have it anywhere on the upper part of
their containers. Those are close to man and other organic
The old seers were convinced that
plants have the most intense communication with inorganic beings. They
believed that the lower the assemblage point, the easier for plants to
break the barrier of perception; very large trees and very small plants
have their assemblage points extremely low in their cocoon. Because of
this, a great number of the old seers' sorcery techniques were means
to harness the awareness of trees and small plants in order to use them
guides to descend to what they called the deepest levels of the dark
You understand, of course, that when they
thought they were descending to the depths, they were, in fact, pushing
their assemblage points to assemble other perceivable worlds with those
seven great bands. They taxed their awareness to the limit and assembled
worlds with five great bands that are accessible to seers only if they
undergo a dangerous transformation. In their aberration they believed
it was worth their while to break all the barriers of perception, even
they had to become trees to do that.
It is very easy in the path of knowledge to get lost in
intricacies and morbidity. Seers are up against great enemies that can
destroy their purpose, muddle their aims, and make them weak; enemies
created by the warrior's path itself together with the sense of indolence,
laziness, and self-importance that are integral parts of the daily
The mistakes the ancient seers made as a
result of indolence, laziness, and self-importance were so enormous and
so grave that the new seers had no option but to scorn and reject their
The most important thing the new seers
needed was practical steps in order to make their assemblage points shift.
Since they had none, they began by developing a keen interest in seeing the glow of awareness, and as a result they worked out
three sets of techniques that became their cornerstone.
With these three sets, the new seers accomplished a most
extraordinary and difficult feat. They succeeded in systematically making
the assemblage point shift away from its customary position. The old seers
had also accomplished that feat, but by means of capricious, idiosyncratic
What the new seers saw in
the glow of awareness resulted in the sequence in which they arranged the
old seers' truths about awareness. This is known as the mastery of
awareness. From that, they developed the three sets of techniques. The
first is the mastery of stalking , the second is the mastery
of intent , and the third is the mastery of
dreaming . I taught you these three sets from the very first
day we met.
Stalking had very humble
and fortuitous origins. It started from an observation the new seers made
that when warriors steadily behave in ways not customary for them, the
unused emanations inside their cocoons begin to glow. And their assemblage
points shift in a mild, harmonious, barely noticeable fashion.
Stimulated by this observation, the new seers began to
practice the systematic control of their behavior. They called this
practice the art of stalking . The name, although
objectionable, is appropriate, because stalking entails a
specific kind of behavior with people, behavior that can be categorized as
The new seers, armed with this
technique, tackled the known in a sober and fruitful way. By continual
practice, they made their assemblage points move steadily.
Stalking is one of the two greatest
accomplishments of the new seers. And stalking is merely
behavior with people.
You can now understand that
shifting the assemblage point was the reason why the new seers placed
such a high value on the interaction with petty tyrants. Petty tyrants
seers to use the principles of stalking and, in doing so,
help seers to move their assemblage points.
Stalking belongs exclusively to the new seers. They are the
only seers who have to deal with people. The old ones were so wrapped up
in their sense of power that they didn't even know that people existed,
until people started clobbering them on the head.
The mastery of intent together with the mastery of
stalking are the new seers' two masterpieces, which mark the
arrival of the modern-day seers. In their efforts to gain an advantage
over their oppressors the new seers pursued every possibility. They knew
that their predecessors had accomplished extraordinary feats by
manipulating a mysterious and miraculous force, which they could only
describe as power. The new seers had very little information about that
force, so they were obliged to examine it systematically through
seeing . Their efforts were amply rewarded when they
discovered that the energy of alignment is that force.
They began by seeing how the glow of awareness
increases in size and intensity as the emanations inside the cocoon are
aligned with the emanations at large. They used that observation as a
springboard, just as they had done with stalking , and went
on to develop a complex series of techniques to handle that alignment of
At first they referred to those
techniques as the mastery of alignment. Then they realized that what
is involved is much more than alignment; what is involved is the energy
comes out of the alignment of emanations. They called that energy
Will became the second
basis. The new seers understood it as a blind, impersonal, ceaseless burst
of energy that makes us behave in the ways we do. Will
accounts for our perception of the world of ordinary affairs, and
indirectly, through the force of that perception, it accounts for the
placement of the assemblage point in its customary position.
The new seers examined how the perception of the world of
everyday life takes place and saw the effects of
will . They saw that alignment is ceaselessly renewed
in order to imbue perception with continuity. To renew alignment every
time with the freshness that it needs to make up a living world, the burst
of energy that comes out of those very alignments is automatically
rerouted to reinforce some choice alignments.
new observation served the new seers as another springboard that helped
them reach the third basis of the set. They called it intent
, and they described it as the purposeful guiding of will ,
the energy of alignment.
As time passed and the
new seers established their practices, they realized that under the
prevailing conditions of life, stalking only moved the
assemblage points minimally. For maximum effect, stalking
needed an ideal setting; it needed petty tyrants in positions of great
authority and power. It became increasingly difficult for the new seers to
place themselves in such situations; the task of improvising them or
seeking them out became an unbearable burden.
new seers deemed it imperative to see the Indescribable
Force 's emanations in order to find a more suitable way to move
the assemblage point. As they tried to see the emanations
they were faced with a very serious problem. They found out that there is
no way to see them without running a mortal risk, and yet
they had to see them. That was the time when they used the
old seers' technique of dreaming as a shield to protect
themselves from the deadly blow of the Indescribable Force 's
emanations. And in doing so, they realized that dreaming was
in itself the most effective way to move the assemblage point.
One of the strictest commands of the new seers was that
warriors have to learn dreaming while they are in their
normal state of awareness. Following that command, I began teaching you
dreaming almost from the first day we met.
Dreaming has to be taught in normal awareness because
dreaming is so dangerous and dreamers so
vulnerable. It is dangerous became it has inconceivable power; it makes
dreamers vulnerable because it leaves them at the mercy of
the incomprehensible force of alignment.
seers realized that in our normal state of awareness, we have countless
defences that can safeguard us against the force of unused emanations that
suddenly become aligned in dreaming.
Dreaming , like stalking , began with a simple
observation. The old seers became aware that in dreams the assemblage
point shifts slightly to the left side in a most natural manner. That
point indeed relaxes when man sleeps and all kinds of unused emanations
begin to glow.
The old seers became immediately
intrigued with that observation and began to work with that natural shift
until they were able to control it. They called that control dreaming , or the art of handling the dreaming
There is hardly a way of
describing the immensity of their knowledge about dreaming .
Very little of it, however, was of any use to the new seers. So when the
time of reconstruction came, the new seers took for themselves only the
bare essentials of dreaming to aid them in
seeing the Indescribable Force 's emanations and
to help them move their assemblage points.
old and new, understand dreaming as being the control of the
natural shift that the assemblage point undergoes in sleep. To control
that shift does not mean in any way to direct it, but to keep the
assemblage point fixed at the position where it naturally moves in sleep,
a most difficult maneuver that took the old seers' enormous effort and
concentration to accomplish.
have to strike a very subtle balance, for dreams cannot be interfered
with, nor can they be commanded by the conscious effort of the
dreamer , and yet the shift of the assemblage point must obey
the dreamer 's command--a contradiction that cannot be
rationalized but must be resolved in practice.
After observing dreamers while they slept, the old seers hit
upon the solution of letting dreams follow their natural course. They have
seen that in some dreams, the assemblage point of the
dreamer would drift considerably deeper into the left side
than in other dreams. This observation posed to them the question of
whether the content of the dream makes the assemblage point move, or the
movement of the assemblage point by itself produces the content of the
dream by activating unused emanations.
realized that the shifting of the assemblage point into the left side
is what produces dreams. The farther the movement, the more vivid and bizarre
the dream. Inevitably, they attempted to command their dreams, aiming to
make their assemblage points move deeply into the left side. Upon trying
it, they discovered that when dreams are consciously or semiconsciously
manipulated, the assemblage point immediately returns to its usual place.
Since what they wanted was for that point to move, they reached the
unavoidable conclusion that interfering with dreams was interfering with
the natural shift of the assemblage point.
there the old seers went on to develop their astounding knowledge on
the subject--a knowledge which had a tremendous bearing on what the new
aspired to do with dreaming , but was of little use to them
in its original form.
Thus far you have understood dreaming as being the control of dreams, and every one of the
exercised I have given you to perform, such as finding your hands in your
dreams, was not, although it might seem to be, aimed at teaching you to
command your dreams. Those exercises were designed to keep your assemblage
point fixed at the place where it had moved in your sleep. It is here that
the dreamers have to strike a subtle balance. All they can
direct is the fixation of their assemblage points. Seers are like
fishermen equipped with a line that casts itself wherever it may; the only
thing they can do is keep the line anchored at the place where it
Wherever the assemblage point moves in
dreams is called the dreaming position. The old
seers became so expert at keeping their dreaming
position that they were even able to wake up while their
assemblage points were anchored there.
seers called that state the dreaming body ,
because they controlled it to the extreme of creating a temporary new body
every time they woke up at a new dreaming
position . I have to make it clear to you that
dreaming has a terrible drawback. It belongs to the old
seers. It's tainted with their mood. I've been very careful in guiding you
through it, but still there is no way to make sure.
I'm warning you about the pitfalls of dreaming , which
are truly stupendous. In dreaming , there is really no way of
directing the movement of the assemblage point; the only thing that
dictates that shift is the inner strength or weakness of
dreamers . Right there we have the first pitfall.
At first the new seers were hesitant to use dreaming . It was their belief that dreaming ,
instead of fortifying, made warriors weak, compulsive, capricious. The old
seers were all like that. In order to offset the nefarious effect of
dreaming , since they had no other option but to use it, the
new seers developed a complex and rich system of behavior called the
warrior's way, or the warrior's path.
system, the new seers fortified themselves and acquired the internal
strength they needed to guide the shift of the assemblage point in dreams.
The strength that I am talking about is not conviction alone. No one could
have had stronger convictions than the old seers, and yet they were weak
to the core. Internal strength means a sense of equanimity, almost of
indifference, a feeling of being at ease, but, above all, it means a
natural and profound bent for examination, for understanding. The new
seers called all these traits of character sobriety.
The conviction that the new seers have is that a life of
impeccability by itself leads unavoidably to a sense of sobriety, and
this in turn leads to the movement of the assemblage point.
I've said that the new seers believed that the assemblage point
can be moved from within. They went one step further and maintained that
impeccable men need no one to guide them, that by themselves, through
saving their energy, they can do everything that seers do. All they need
is a minimal chance, just to be cognizant of the possibilities that seers
All that is required is
impeccability, energy, and that begins with a single act that has to
be deliberate, precise, and sustained. If that act is repeated long enough,
one acquires a sense of unbending intent , which can be
applied to anything else. If that is accomplished the road is clear. One
thing will lead to another until the warrior realizes his full potential.
When a warrior understands all of that, it will indeed be a godsent
example of the strength that I am talking about. At that point his
assemblage point will have shifted, it will have been moved by sobriety to
a position that fosters understanding, instead of being moved by
capriciousness, to a position that only enhances
name dreaming body means a feeling, a surge of
energy that is transported by the movement of the assemblage point to any
place in this world, or to any place in the seven worlds available to
The procedure for getting to the dreaming body starts with an initial act which
by the fact of being sustained breeds unbending intent .
Unbending intent leads to internal silence, and internal
silence to the inner strength needed to make the assemblage point shift in
dreams to suitable positions.
This sequence is the
groundwork. The development of control comes after the groundwork has
been completed; it consists of systematically maintaining the dreaming position by doggedly holding on to the
vision of the dream. Steady practice results in a great facility to hold
new dreaming positions with new dreams, not so
much because one gains deliberate control with practice, but because every
time this control is exercised the inner strength gets fortified.
Fortified inner strength in turn makes the assemblage point shift into
dreaming positions which are more and more
suitable to fostering sobriety; in other words, dreams by themselves
become more and more manageable, even orderly.
development of dreamers is indirect. That's why the new seers
believed we can do dreaming by ourselves, alone. Since
dreaming uses a natural, built-in shift of the assemblage
point, we should need no one to help us.
badly need is sobriety, and no one can give it to us or help us get it
except ourselves. Without it, the shift of the assemblage point is
chaotic, as our ordinary dreams are chaotic. So, all in all, the procedure
to get to the dreaming body is impeccability in
our daily life.
Once sobriety is acquired and the dreaming positions become increasingly stronger,
the next step is to wake up at any dreaming
position . That maneuver, although made to sound simple, is
really a very complex affair--so complex that it requires not only
sobriety but all the attributes of warriorship as well, especially
Intent , being
the most sophisticated control of the force of alignment, is what
maintains, through the dreamer 's sobriety, the alignment of
whatever emanations have been lit up by the movement of the assemblage
There is one more formidable pitfall of dreaming : the very strength of the dreaming
body . For example, it is very easy for the
dreaming body to gaze at the Indescribable
Force 's emanations uninterruptedly for long periods of time, but
it is also very easy in the end for the dreaming
body to be totally consumed by them. Seers who gazed at the
Indescribable Force 's emanations without their
dreaming bodies died, and those who gazed at
them with their dreaming bodies burned with the
fire from within. The new seers solved the problem by seeing
in teams. While one seer gazed at the emanations, others stood by ready to
end the seeing .
possible for a group of seers to activate the same unused emanations.
And in this case also, there are no known steps, it just happens; there
technique to follow.
together , something in us takes the lead and suddenly we
find ourselves sharing the same view with other dreamers .
What happens is that our human condition makes us focus the glow of
awareness automatically on the same emanations that other human beings are
using; we adjust the position of our assemblage points to fit the others
around us. We do that on the right side, in our ordinary perception, and
we also do it on the left side, while dreaming
Any warrior can be successful with people provided that he
moves his assemblage point to a position where it is immaterial whether
him, dislike him, or ignore him.
The two basic qualities of warriors are sustained effort
and unbending intent .
It goes without saying that the most difficult thing in the
warrior's path is to make the assemblage point move. That movement is the
completion of the warrior's quest. To go on from there is another quest;
it is the seers' quest proper.
In the warrior's
way, the shift of the assemblage point is everything. The old seers
absolutely failed to realize this truth. They thought the movement of
the point was like a marker that determined their positions on a scale
worth. They never conceived that it was that very position which
determined what they perceived.
The position of
the assemblage point dictates how we behave and how we feel. The way
to move that point is to establish new habits, to will it to
The only way
to deal with peerless warriors is not to have self-importance, so that
one can celebrate them unbiasedly.
Realizations are of two kinds. One is just pep talk, great
outbursts of emotion and nothing more. The other is the product of a shift
of the assemblage point; it is not coupled with an emotional outburst but
with action. The emotional realizations come years later after warriors
have solidified, by usage, the new position of their assemblage
itself is a living being. The old seers saw that the earth
has a cocoon. They saw that there is a ball encasing the
earth, a luminous cocoon that entraps the Indescribable Force
's emanations. The earth is a gigantic sentient being subjected to the
same forces we are.
The old seers, on discovering
this, became immediately interested in the practical uses of that
knowledge. The result of their interest was that the most elaborate
categories of their sorcery had to do with the earth. They considered
the earth to be the ultimate source of everything we are.
The old seers were not mistaken in this respect, because the earth
is indeed our ultimate source. It was the old seers who, on discovering
that perception is alignment, stumbled onto something monumental. That
magic key that opens the earth's doors is made of internal silence plus
anything that shines.
Just cut off the internal
dialogue. The key to everything is the firsthand knowledge that the earth
is a sentient being and as such can give warriors a tremendous boost; it
is an impulse that comes from the awareness of the earth itself at the
instant in which the emanations inside warriors' cocoons are aligned
with the appropriate emanations inside the earth's cocoon. Since both the
and man are sentient beings, their emanations coincide, or rather, the
earth has all the emanations present in man and all the emanations that
are present in all sentient beings, organic and inorganic for that matter.
When a moment of alignment takes place, sentient beings use that alignment
in a limited way and perceive their world. Warriors can use that alignment
either to perceive, like everyone else, or as a boost that allows them
enter unimaginable worlds.
The unknown is not
really inside the cocoon of man in the emanations untouched by awareness,
and yet it is there, in a manner of speaking. When I say that we can
assemble seven worlds besides the one we know, don't take it as being
an internal affair.
The portion of emanations inside
man's cocoon is in there only for awareness, and awareness is matching
that portion of emanations with the same portion of emanations at large.
They are called emanations at large because they are immense; and to say
that outside man's cocoon is the unknowable is to say that within the
earth's cocoon is the unknowable. However, inside the earth's cocoon
is also the unknown, and inside man's cocoon the unknown is the emanations
untouched by awareness. When the glow of awareness touches them, they
become active and can be aligned with the corresponding emanations at
large. Once that happens the unknown is perceived and becomes the
never lets anyone know that he is in charge. A nagual comes and goes
without leaving a trace. That freedom is what makes him a
assemblage point moves beyond a crucial limit, the results are always
the same for every man. The techniques to make it move may be as different
they can be, but the results are always the same, meaning that the
assemblage point assembles other worlds, aided by the boost from the
The boost from the earth is the same for
every man. The difficulty for the average man is the internal dialogue.
Only when a state of total silence is attained can one use the boost. You
will corroborate that truth the day you try to use that boost by
It takes years to become an impeccable
warrior. In order to withstand the impact of the earth's boost you must
be better than you are now.
The speed of that boost
will dissolve everything about you. Under its impact we become nothing.
Speed and the sense of individual existence don't go together.
There's one thing you haven't understood yet about the
earth's being a sentient being; that the supreme awareness of the earth
is what makes it possible for us to change into other great bands of
We living beings are perceivers. And
we perceive because some emanations inside man's cocoon become aligned
with some emanations outside. Alignment, therefore, is the secret
passageway, and the earth's boost is the key.
Alignment has to be a very peaceful, unnoticeable act. The
sobriety needed to let the assemblage point assemble other worlds is something
be improvised. Sobriety has to mature and become a force in itself before
warriors can break the barrier of perception with impunity.
The position of the assemblage point is everything, and the
world it makes us perceive is so real that it does not leave room for
anything except realness.
When the assemblage
point assembles a world, that world is total. This is the marvel that
the old seers stumbled upon and never realized what it was; the awareness
the earth can give us a boost to align other great bands of emanations,
and the force of that new alignment makes the world vanish.
Every time the old seers made a new alignment, they believed
they had descended to the depths below or ascended to the heavens above.
They never knew that the world disappears like a puff of air when a new
total alignment makes us perceive another total world.
To see the
Indescribable Force 's emanations you must first move your
assemblage point until you see the cocoon of man.
Alignment is a unique force because it either helps the
assemblage point shift, or it keeps it glued to its customary position.
The aspect of alignment that keeps the point stationary is
will ; and the aspect that makes it shift is intent .
One of the most haunting mysteries is how will , the
impersonal force of alignment, changes into intent , the
personalized force, which is at the service of each individual.
The strangest part of this mystery is that the change is
so easy to accomplish. But what is not so easy is to convince ourselves
it is possible. There, right there, is our safety catch. We have to be
convinced. And none of us wants to be.
possible for you to intend your assemblage point to shift
deeper into your left side, to a dreaming
position . Warriors should never attempt seeing
unless they are aided by dreaming .
To move the assemblage point away from its natural setting
and to keep it fixed at a new location is to be asleep; with practice,
seers learn to be
asleep and yet behave as if nothing is happening to them.
For purposes of seeing
the cocoon of man, one has to gaze at people from behind, as they walk
away. It is useless to gaze at people face to face, because the front of
the egglike cocoon of man has a protective shield, which seers call the
front plate. It is an almost impregnable, unyielding shield that protects
us throughout our lives against the onslaught of a peculiar force that
stems from the emanations themselves called the rolling force, or the
The tumbler is a force from the Indescribable Force 's emanations. A ceaseless force that
strikes us every instant of our lives. It is lethal when seen
, but otherwise we are oblivious to it, in our ordinary lives, because we
have protective shields. We have consuming interests that engage all our
awareness. We are permanently worried about our station, our possessions.
These shields, however, do not keep the tumbler away, they simply keep us
from seeing it directly, protecting us in this way from
getting hurt by the fright of seeing the balls of fire
hitting us. Shields are a great help and a great hindrance to us. They
pacify us and at the same time fool us. They give us a false sense of
A moment will come in your life when you
will be without any shields, uninterruptedly at the mercy of the tumbler.
It is an obligatory stage in the life of a warrior known as losing the
Seers describe the human form as the
compelling force of alignment of the emanations lit by the glow of
awareness on the precise spot on which normally man's assemblage point
is fixated. It is the force that makes us into persons. Thus, to be a person
is to be compelled to affiliate with that force of alignment and
consequently to be affiliated with the precise spot where it
By reason of their activities, at a
given moment the assemblage point of warriors drift toward the left.
It is a permanent move, which results in an uncommon sense of aloofness,
control, or even abandon. That drift of the assemblage point entails
a new alignment of emanations. It is the beginning of a series of greater
shifts. Seers very aptly called this initial shift losing the human form,
because it marks an inexorable movement of the assemblage point away from
its original setting, resulting in the irreversible loss of our
affiliation to the force that makes us persons.
Seeing is a euphemism for moving the assemblage point.
There are balls of
fire that are of crucial importance to human beings because they are
the expression of a force that pertains to all details of life and death,
something that the new seers called the rolling force.
The rolling force is the means through which the Indescribable Force distributes live and awareness for
safekeeping. But it also is the force that, let's say, collects the rent.
It makes all living beings die. The ancient seers describe the tumbler as
an eternal line of iridescent rings, or balls of fire, that roll onto
living beings ceaselessly.
Luminous organic beings
meet to rolling force head on, until the day when the force proves to
be too much for them and the creatures finally collapse.
By becoming familiar with the rolling force through the mastery
of intent , the new seers, at a given moment, open their own
cocoons and the force floods them rather than rolling them up like a
curled-up sowbug. The final result is their total and instantaneous
assemblage point, first by setting up your unbending intent
to move it, and second by letting the context of the situation dictate
where it should move. Don't worry about procedures, because most of the
really unusual things that happen to seers, or to the average man for that
matter, happen by themselves, with only the intervention of
intent . You are not consciously refusing to let your
assemblage point move. Every human being does that
Something is going to scare the
living daylights out of you. Don't give up, because if you do, you'll
die. Warriors live with death at their side, and from the knowledge that
is with them they draw the courage to face anything. The worst that could
happen to us is that we have to die, and since that is already our
unalterable fate, we are free; those who have lost everything no longer
have anything to fear.
Your first attention doesn't want to give up control.
A shift of the assemblage point is marked by a
change in light. In the daytime, light becomes very dark; at night,
darkness becomes twilight. Don't indulge in fear, especially after you
have realized that warriors have nothing to fear. When fear disappears
the ties that bind us dissolve.
The earth's boost is the force of alignment of only the
amber emanations. It is a boost that heightens awareness to unthinkable
degrees. To the new seers it is a blast of unlimited consciousness, which
they call total freedom.
The tumbler's boost, on
the other hand, is the force of death. Under the impact of the tumbler,
the assemblage point moves to new, unpredictable positions.
Technically, as soon as the assemblage point shifts, we are
asleep. You are absolutely asleep without having to be stretched
During normal sleep, the shift of the
assemblage point runs along either edge of man's band. Such shifts are
always coupled with slumber. Shifts that are induced by practice occur
along the midsection of man's band and are not coupled with slumber,
yet a dreamer is asleep.
The new seers
maintain their assemblage points along the midsection of man's band.
If the shift is a shallow one, like the shift into heightened awareness,
the dreamer is almost like anyone else in the street, except for
a slight vulnerability to emotions, such as fear and doubt. But at a
certain degree of depth, the dreamer who is shifting along
the midsection becomes a blob of light. A blob of light is the
dreaming body of the new seers. Such an
impersonal dreaming body is conducive to
understanding and examination, which are the basis of all that the new
I have given
you a detailed account of the two forces that aid our assemblage points
to move: the earth's boost and the rolling force; plus the three techniques
worked out by the new seers--stalking , intent ,
and dreaming --and their effects on the movement of the
Now, the only thing left for you
to do before the explanation of the mastery of awareness is complete
is to break the barrier of perception by yourself. You must move your assemblage
point, unaided by anyone, and align another great band of emanations. Not
to do this will turn everything you've learned and done with me into
merely talk, just words. And words are fairly cheap.
When the assemblage point is moving away from its customary
position and reaches a certain depth, it breaks a barrier that momentarily
disrupts its capacity to align emanations. We experience it as a moment
perceptual blankness. The old seers called that moment the wall of fog,
because a bank of fog appears whenever the alignment of emanations
There are three ways of dealing with it.
It can be taken abstractly as a barrier of perception; it can be felt
as the act of piercing a tight paper screen with the entire body; or it
be seen as a wall of fog.
great comfort and ease in seeing it as a wall of fog, but
there is also the grave danger of turning something incomprehensible into
something somber and foreboding; hence, my recommendation is to keep
incomprehensible things incomprehensible rather than making them part of
the inventory of the first attention.
assembling other worlds allow the assemblage point to gain experience
in shifting. The initial boost to dislodge your assemblage point from its
usual position comes from intent . Since alignment is the
force that is involved in everything, intent is what makes
the assemblage point move.
The mastery of
awareness is what gives the assemblage point its boost. After all, there
is really very little to us human beings; we are, in essence, an
assemblage point fixed at a certain position. Our enemy and at the same
time our friend is our internal dialogue, our inventory. Be a warrior;
shut off your internal dialogue; make your inventory and then throw it
away. The new seers make accurate inventories and then laugh at them.
Without the inventory the assemblage point becomes free.
The mold of man is a huge cluster of
emanations in the great band of organic life. It is called the mold of
man because the cluster appears only inside the cocoon of man.
The mold of man is the portion of the Indescribable
Force 's emanations that seers can see directly
without any danger to themselves.
To break the
barrier of perception is the last task of the mastery of awareness. In
order to move your assemblage point to that position you must gather
Anger is a natural reaction to the
hesitation of the assemblage point to move on command. It will be a long
time before you can apply the principle that your command is the Indescribable Force 's command. That's the essence of the
mastery of intent . In the meantime, make a command now not
to fret, not even at the worst moments of doubt. It will be a slow process
until that command is heard and obeyed as if it were the
Indescribable Force 's command.
is an unmeasurable area of awareness in between the customary position
of the assemblage point and the position where there are no more doubts,
which is almost the place where the barrier of perception makes its
appearance. In that unmeasurable area, warriors fall prey to every
conceivable misdeed. Be on the lookout and don't lose confidence, for
you will unavoidably be struck at one time or another by gripping feelings
The new seers recommend a very simple act
when impatience, or despair, or anger, or sadness comes their way. They
recommend that warriors roll their eyes. Any direction will do; I prefer
to roll mine clockwise. The movement of the eyes makes the assemblage
point shift momentarily. In that movement, you will find relief. This
is in lieu of true mastery of intent .
To see the mold of man on your own, unaided by anyone, is an
important step, because all of us have certain ideas that must be broken
before we are free; the seer who travels into the unknown to
see the unknowable must be in an impeccable state of being.
To be in an impeccable state of being is to be free of rational
assumptions and rational fears.
The old seers as
well as the mystics of our world have one thing in common--they have
been able to see the mold of man but not understand what it is.
Mystics, throughout the centuries, have given us moving accounts of their
experiences. But these accounts, however beautiful, are flawed by the
gross and despairing mistake of believing the mold of man to be an
omnipotent, omniscient creator; and so is the interpretation of the old
seers, who called the mold of man a friendly spirit, a protector of
The new seers are the only ones who have the
sobriety to see the mold of man and understand what it is;
the pattern of every human attribute we can think of and some we cannot
even conceive. We are what it stamps us with.
Anyone who sees the mold of man automatically assumes that it
is God. The new seers have seen that what we call God is a
static prototype of humanness without any power. We are simply the product
of its stamp; we are its impression. The mold of man is exactly what its
name tells us it is, a pattern, a form, a cast that groups together a
particular bunch of fiberlike elements, which we call man.
Real affection cannot be an
are two ways of seeing the mold of man. You can
see it as a man or you can see it as a light.
That depends on the shift of the assemblage point. If the shift is
lateral, the mold is a human being; if the shift is in the midsection of
man's band, the mold is a light.
where one sees the mold of man is very close to that where
the dreaming body and the barrier of perception
appear. That is the reason the new seers recommend that the mold of man be
seen and understood.
Freedom is like a contagious disease. It is transmitted;
its carrier is an impeccable nagual. People might not appreciate that,
that's because they don't want to be free. Freedom is frightening.
Remember that. But not for us.
The dreaming body and the barrier
of perception are positions of the assemblage point, and that knowledge is
as vital to seers as knowing how to read and write is to modern man. Both
are accomplishments attained after years of practice.
The dreaming body is known by different
names. The name I like the best is, the Other. We can be in two places at
once, we can experience a sort of perceptual dualism. There is no end to
the mystery of man and to the mystery of the world.
The only thing that soothes those who journey into the unknown,
is oblivion. What a relief to be in the ordinary world!
For warriors, there are two positions of the assemblage point where
there are no more doubts. In one you have no more doubts because you know
everything. In the other, which is normal awareness, you have no doubts
because you don't know anything.
assumptions should interfere with the actions of a seer. Rationality
is a condition of alignment, merely the result of the position of the
assemblage point. You have to understand this when you are in a state
of great vulnerability.
To understand it when your assemblage point has
reached the position where there are no doubts is useless, because
realizations of that nature are commonplace in that position. It is
equally useless to understand it in a state of normal awareness; in that
state, such realizations are emotional outbursts that are valid only for
as long as the emotion lasts.
You can travel by
waking up at a distant dreaming position. By
moving your assemblage point from normal awareness all the way to the
position where the dreaming body appears, your dreaming
body can actually fly over incredible distances in the blink of an
eyelid. The mystery is in the dreaming position. If it is
strong enough to pull you, you can go to the ends of this world or beyond
it, just as the old seers did. They disappeared from this world because
they woke up at a dreaming position beyond the limits of the
There is no way of knowing how
it is done. Strong emotion or unbending intent , or great
interest serves as a guide; then the assemblage point gets powerfully
fixed at the dreaming position , long enough to
drag there all the emanations that are inside the cocoon.
Now you need to have one last
clarification: the coherent but irrational realization that everything
in the world we have learned to perceive is inextricably tied to the position
where the assemblage point is located. If the assemblage point is
displaced from that position, the world will cease to be what it is to
A displacement of the assemblage point beyond
the midline of the cocoon of man makes the entire world we know vanish
from our view in one instant, as if it had been erased--for the stability,
the substantiality, that seems to belong to our perceivable world is just
the force of alignment. Certain emanations are routinely aligned because
of the fixation of the assemblage point on one specific spot; that is all
there is to our world.
The soundness of the world
is not the mirage. The mirage is the fixation of the assemblage point
on any spot. When seers shift their assemblage points, they are not
confronted with an illusion, they are confronted with another world;
that new world is as real as the one we are watching now, but the new fixation
of their assemblage points, which produces that new world, is as much of
mirage as the old fixation.
There is probably no
way to soothe anyone who realizes the journey of the dreaming
You say that you feel terribly sad. Who cares about sadness?
Think only of the mysteries; mystery is all that matters. We are living
beings; we have
to die and relinquish our awareness. But if we could change just a tinge
of that, what mysteries must await us! What mysteries!
Warriors end their training when they are
capable of breaking the barrier of perception, unaided, starting from
a normal state of awareness.
The only force that can
temporarily cancel out alignment is alignment. By intending a
new position for your assemblage point and by intending to
keep it fixed their long enough, you will assemble another of the seven
worlds and escape this one. You'll be separated from your normal world by
the very barrier that you have broken: the barrier of perception. But you
will remain. That is the mystery.
The wall of fog,
the plain with yellow dunes, the world of the apparitions--all are lateral
alignments that our assemblage points make as they approach a crucial
To assemble other worlds is not only a
matter of practice, but a matter of intent . And it isn't
merely an exercise of bouncing out of those worlds, like being pulled by a
rubber band. You see, a seer has to be daring. Once you break the barrier
of perception, you don't have to come back to the same place in the world.
See what I mean.
For warriors the danger of
assembling other worlds is that those worlds are as possessive as our
world. The force of alignment is such that once the assemblage point
breaks away from its normal position, it becomes fixed at other positions,
by other alignments, and warriors run the risk of getting stranded in
Breaking the barrier of
perception is the culmination of everything seers do. From the moment
that barrier is broken, man and his fate take on a different meaning for
What you are going to do is to make this
world vanish. But you are going to remain somewhat yourself.
This is the ultimate bastion of awareness, the one the new seers count on.
They know that after they burn with consciousness, they somewhat retain
the sense of being themselves.
This street, like
all others, leads to eternity. All you have to do is follow it in total
Intend the movement of your assemblage point. You must
remember that intent begins with a command.
If warriors are going to have an internal dialogue, they should
have the proper dialogue. That's the detached manipulation of intent through sober commands.
manipulation of intent begins with a command given to
oneself; the command is then repeated until it becomes the
Indescribable Force 's command, and then the assemblage point
shifts, accordingly, the moment warriors reach inner silence.
The fact that such a maneuver is possible is something of
the most singular importance to seers. It means escaping the Indescribable Force by moving their assemblage points to a
particular dreaming position called total
The old seers discovered that it is
possible to move the assemblage point to the limit of the known and keep
it fixed there in a state of prime heightened awareness. From that
position, they saw the feasibility of slowly shifting their
assemblage points permanently to other positions beyond that limit--a
stupendous feat fraught with daring but lacking sobriety, for they could
never retract the movement of their assemblage points, or perhaps they
never wanted to.
Adventurous men, faced with the
choice of dying in the world of ordinary affairs or dying in unknown
worlds, will unavoidably choose the latter. The new seers, realizing that
their predecessors had chosen merely to change the locale of their death,
came to understand the futility of it all; The futility of struggling to
control their fellow men, the futility of assembling other worlds, and,
above all, the futility of self-importance.
the most fortunate decisions that the new seers made was never to allow
their assemblage points to move permanently to any position other than
heightened awareness. From that position, they actually resolved their
dilemma of futility and found out that the solution is not simply to
choose an alternate world in which to die, but to choose total
consciousness, total freedom.
By choosing total
freedom, the new seers unwittingly continued in the tradition of their
predecessors and became the quintessence of the death defiers.
The new seers discovered that if the assemblage point is
made to shift constantly to the confines of the unknown, but is made to
return to a position at the limit of the known, then when it is suddenly
released it moves like lightning across the entire cocoon of man, aligning
all the emanations inside the cocoon at once.
new seers burn with the force of alignment, with the force of
will , which they have turned into the force of intent
through a life of impeccability. Intent is the alignment of
all the amber emanations of awareness, so it is correct to say that total
freedom means total awareness.
Freedom is the Indescribable Force 's gift to man. Unfortunately, very few
men understand that all we need, in order to accept such a magnificent
gift, is to have sufficient energy. If that's all we need, then, by all
means, we must become misers of energy in order to accept the
Indescribable Force 's gift