THE WAY OF SORCERY
C.C.: Los Angeles 1998 (?)
Knowledge and Sorcery
is a state of awareness.
Sorcery is the mastery of intent, the search for total freedom.
Sorcery is the ability to perceive something which ordinary perception cannot.
Sorcery is the power hidden within one's own being. It makes available to us energy fields previously inaccessible.
Sorcery is the ability to use those energy fields that are not employed in perceiving the ordinary world we know.
Whenever a sorcerer interrupts the order of the world of consensus reality, the world of reason stops. Then a new world opens itself to the seer.
A sorcerer knows that when his inventory fails, he either enlarges his inventory or his self-reflection collapses, and a door to the possibility of total freedom opens.
Sorcerers live in a world of intent, which is focused will power. Intent creates edifices before us and invites us to enter them.
A Sorcerer's intent can move his assemblage point, the place where his ordinary, consensus reality appears for him. When it moves, that reality is replaced by another.
Teaching and the Benefactor
A benefactor introduces the apprentice to the warrior's way, to living like a warrior. This is the glue that joins together everything in a sorcerer's world.
first act of a teacher is to introduce the idea that the world we
think we see is only a view, a description of the world.
The main point of teaching is not inculcating data, but moving another person's assemblage point.
A teacher must teach the apprentice how to act without believing.
Nagual's blow is his ability to push the apprentice's attention from
usual to unusual emanations.
Trapping attention means pushing apprentice out of ordinary circumstances by unusual tasks, work, journeys in the desert and so forth.
sorcerers are storytellers. Storytelling for them is not only the
advance runner that probes their perceptual limits but their path to
Knowledge can not be turned into words. It is there to be felt, to be used, not to be explained.
Becoming a Man of Knowledge: Overcoming the Four Enemies
To become a man of knowledge is an unceasing process of labor and learning.
The man of knowledge must be prepared to face the four enemies – fear, clarity, power, and fatigue.
Fear prevents one from ever becoming a man of knowledge. To overcome it, feel fear but don't let it stop you.
Clarity leads to hubris and arrogance. To overcome it, defy it and recognize it as potential trap.
Power leads to cruelty and loss of control. To overcome it, learn self control, and recognize power is not your own.
Fatigue tempts one to rest and give up. To overcome it, resist the temptation and become a man of knowledge.
A man of knowledge then has unbending intent, clarity of mind, respect, fear, wakefulness, and self-confidence.
Stopping the Internal Dialogue
The position of the assemblage point on man's cocoon is maintained by the internal dialogue.
The more resilient human beings are those whose internal dialogue is more fluid and varied.
The internal dialogue stops in the same way it begins: by an act of will.
Trapping attention alters the context of the "ordinary" world and stops the internal dialogue.
Erasing personal history, the warrior's gaze, and "dreaming" with intent are also tools to stop the internal dialogue.
Certain gestures and movements, known to the seers of old, are also techniques to stop the internal dialogue.
Luminous Beings, Rings of Power, the Bubble of Perception, and the Totality of Oneself
We, the luminous beings, are born with two concentric rings of power, but we use only one to create the world.
That ring, which is hooked very soon after we are born, is reason, and its companion is talking.
Between reason and talking we concoct and maintain the world.
The secret of the luminous beings is that we have another ring of power, the will.
The trick of the sorcerer is the same trick of the average man.
Both have a description –
The average man upholds it with his reason;
The sorcerer upholds it with his will.
Both descriptions have their rules and their rules are perceivable,
but the advantage of the sorcerer is that will is more engulfing than reason.
The ring of the will encompasses and engulfs the ring of reason.
A luminous being learns to tune his will,
to direct it to a pinpoint,
to focus it wherever he wants.
It is as if his will,
which comes from the midsection of his body,
is one single luminous fiber,
that he can direct at any conceivable place.
Sorcerers say that we are inside a bubble.
It is a bubble into which we are placed at the moment of our birth.
At first the bubble is open, but soon it begins to close until it has sealed us in.
That bubble is our perception.
We live inside that bubble all of our lives.
And what we witness on its round walls is our own reflection.
The secret of luminous beings: We are perceivers.
Our mistake is to believe that the bubble of perception we ordinarily live within is fixed and unquestionable.
In fact, this bubble can be opened.
When it is opened, the luminous being has a view of his totality.
To lead a person to the totality of himself,
the teacher reorders his view of the world,
clearing the island of the tonal, the little self.
One of the most important goals of sorcery is to reach the luminous cocoon;
a goal which is fulfilled through the sophisticated use of dreaming
and through a rigorous, systematic exertion called not-doing.
To break the shell of the luminous egg means remembering the other self,
and arriving at the totality of oneself.
One can arrive at the totality of oneself only when one understands that the world is merely a view.
The Wheel of Time
"wheel of time" is like a tunnel of infinite length and
width, with reflective furrows, each infinite;
living creatures are compulsorily made by the force of life to gaze into one furrow, to be trapped and to live only in that furrow.
To be trapped compulsorily in one furrow of time entails seeing the images of that furrow only as they recede.
To be free from the spellbinding force of those grooves means that one can look in either direction, as images recede or as they approach.
The Three Attentions
Sorcerers know a three-part division of human consciousness:
the first attention, which is the smallest, limited to everyday awareness, especially the physical body and its ailments;
the second attention, which can perceive the luminous cocoon and the nature of energy, but requires training to bring up from the background;
the third attention, the most vast of all, an immeasurable consciousness which engages indefinable aspects of the world.
The first attention works only with the known. It blocks the unknown.
It denies the unknown so fiercely that in the end it doesn't exist for the first attention.
If you don't focus your first attention on the world, the world collapses.
The surest way to make a direct hit on the second attention is through ritual acts,
intricate repetitious movements.
The ancient sorcerer's knowledge includes dancing, curing, bewitching, talking,
but the new seers also recommend stalking, dreaming, and intent,
more sophisticated and individual pursuits which can access the third attention.
Losing the human form is the essential requirement for unifying the three attentions.
The Art of the Warrior
of the art of the warrior include
the ability to choose his battleground,
the need to discard all that is extraneous,
to abandon oneself,
to retreat for a moment,
and to compress time.
The most effective way to live is as a warrior.
The warrior preserves his energy to access intent.
The warrior's intent stops the internal dialogue.
When a warrior stops his internal dialogue, his world collapses.
The warrior knows that he can collapse his world and remake it with intent.
secret of a warrior is that he believes without believing.
An average man cares that things are either true or false, but a warrior doesn't.
A warrior doesn't need to believe; as long as he keeps on acting without believing he is not-doing.
A warrior accepts nonordinary events without accepting, and disregards them without disregarding them.
Warriors know how to use belief and behavior in novel ways for specific purposes.
warrior has only his will and his patience and with them he builds
anything he wants.
A warrior learns to tune his will, to direct it to a pinpoint, to focus it wherever he wants.
A warrior is an impeccable hunter who hunts power.
The warrior seeks only impeccability in his own eyes.
An impeccable warrior can turn anything into his prey; he can even hunt his own weaknesses.
When we become warriors, intent becomes our friend: it lets us be free for a moment.
One of the warrior's tasks is to be alert to his cubic centimeter of chance, & have the prowess to grab it.
War, for a warrior, is that total struggle against the individual self that has deprived man of his power.
Warriors are incapable of feeling sorry for themselves.
Warriors must focus their power on the spirit, on the true flight into the unknown.
If a warrior succeeds in his hunting he becomes a man of knowledge.
When he succeeds, a warrior understands the nature of awareness, and transcends the human condition.
To be a warrior is an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives.
The art of sorcerers is to be outside everything and be unnoticeable.
The art of sorcerers is never to waste their power.
Impeccability is freedom and also the only way to scare away the human form.
The action of rechanneling personal energy is impeccability.
Impeccability is nothing else but the proper use of energy.
Impeccability is not morality. It is simply the best use of our energy level. It calls for frugality, thoughtfulness, simplicity, innocence; above all it calls for lack of self-reflection.
Sorcerers must be impeccable in their effort to change, in order to scare the human form and shake it away.
The human form has no form. It's anything, but in spite of not having form, it possesses us during our lives and doesn't leave us until we die.
A sorcerer is never under siege. A warrior has nothing in the world except his impeccability, and impeccability cannot be threatened.
The course of a sorcerer's destiny is unalterable. The challenge is how impeccable he can be within those rigid bounds.
A sorcerer is in the hands of power and his only freedom is to choose an impeccable life.
A sorcerer cannot be helpless, or bewildered or frightened, under any circumstances.
For a sorcerer there is time only for his impeccability; everything else drains his power, impeccability replenishes it.
As a rule of thumb, when you feel like an immortal being with all the time in the world you are not impeccable.
The course of a sorcerer's destiny is unalterable. The challenge is how impeccable he can be within those rigid bounds.
It is much harder to be impeccable under normal circumstances than to fare well under conditions of maximum stress.
Perception of the World
world is not an illusion; it's real on the one hand, and unreal on
What's out there are the Eagle's emanations, fluid, forever in motion, and yet unchanged, eternal.
But really there is no Eagle and no Eagle's emanations.
What is out there is something that no living creature can grasp.
mold of man is a huge cluster of emanations in the great band of
It is the portion of the Eagle's emanations that seers can see directly without danger to themselves.
Every species has a mold of its own.
Once the glow of awareness focuses on man's band of emanations and selects some of them for emphasis, it enters into a vicious circle.
The more it emphasizes certain emanations, the more stable the assemblage point gets to be.
Thus our command becomes the Eagle's command.
To break this circle, and get the assemblage point to shift, is a genuine triumph.
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.
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 enough energy.
Gathering energy, the sorcerer can heighten his awareness beyond ordinary limits.
Heightened awareness is like a springboard from which one can jump into infinity.
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 Eagle's emanations.
The earth is a gigantic sentient being subjected to the same forces we are.
The awareness of 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.
Earth's boost is a force of heightening awareness,
A blast of unlimited consciousness seers call total freedom.
The total freedom of the sorcerer allows him to channel peace, harmony, laughter, and knowledge –
Directly fom the source, directly from intent,
And transmit them to his companions.
Death and the Mystery
a seer, the truth is that all living beings are struggling to
What stops death is awareness.
say death is the only worthy opponent we have.
Death is our challenger.
We are born to take that challenge – average men or sorcerers.
Sorcerers know about it, average men do not.
Life is the process by means of which death challenges us.
Death is the active force. Life is the arena.
And in that arena there are only two contenders at any time:
Oneself and death.
The sorcerer knows that everything that surrounds us is an unfathomable mystery.
He knows he must try to unravel these mysteries without hoping to do so.
Finally he takes his rightful place among mysteries and regards himself as one.
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 if you had kept it.
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 eternity.
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