In Carlos Castaneda‘s system, perception is the key to ordinary magic. Our perception is not the sum of the impressions received by our five senses, as one usually thinks. In the vision of the sorcerers, we perceive the world through a small luminous point, a sort of photographic objective – or rather a cursor, as we shall see.
This luminous spot is called the assembly point. Through this precise point, we assemble the ordinary world. The reality of this or that world depends only on the position of the assembly point. The assembly point is located somewhere in our brightness, ie that of our aura.
According to Castaneda and his mentor Don Juan Matus, the assembly point is on our back, 20cm behind the right scapula. This is the standard position adopted by virtually all present humanity.
We all perceive the same world because our assembly point at all is located rigorously in the same location. By force, a kind of small cuvette has hollowed out in the luminosity, which prevents the point of assembly to change position.
This has not always been the case. In our aura, in what nagualism calls our luminosity, there is room for billions of different positions for the point of assembly. Each of these positions corresponds to another world.
Two questions arise: Why are we all tuned to the same assembly point? And first, what is the assembly point?
By dint of intention, the Spirit touched you. Your assembly point is out of its housing, it walks around the small bowl dug in your brightness. An accomplished wizard no longer has a bowl, he controls the smallest displacements of his assembly point, which allows him to change physical and psychic form.
With the implacable and patient wizard, you went to visit several of these worlds. The sorcerer has lent you the necessary energy. He followed you in your explorations. He had to learn to moderate the implacability, the first conquest on that road. You do not want to die stoned by hurtful words. Yet death is the way of the warrior, who must die in his lifetime to succeed in his quest.
By dint of practice, you have awakened. Death was not the rendezvous, but life. In its luminosity, the small basin is almost leveled, forming a protuberance where once there was a hollow, and on this protuberance glides the assembly point in uncontrolled movements.
This gives you a disagreeable sensation of blurry, incomplete moving. You feel tossed by an uncontrolled fluctuation. Everything is moving, streaked with waves, everything is undulatory and the most minute vibrations are infinitely perceptible to you.
In your relations with the normal world, you feel foreign. An unusual distance widens his gap between you and your old world. A new continuity, fragile, began for you. The old is lurking in the shade.
You sometimes have clear ideas – surprisingly clear and precise. Trap of certainties! Invaded by this superhuman clarity, remember that she is the first enemy of the warrior. Immediate knowledge is not a feat, it is only a step. Do not attach importance to it. Soon the powers will come to you. Receive them in indifference, do not identify with them. You experience the first conquest on the path, implacability. Sorcerers call this state of consciousness the place without pity.
This pleasant state does not last, you renew too quickly with your inner dizziness.
Welcome to your ordinary magic. With it is inaugurated your new continuity, which has nothing to do with the one in which you have lived until now. Magical journeys with the sorcerer are less and less lacking, for you can live them by yourself, they have become your daily bread.
Yesterday’s reality is dead and gone. Your new reality shines with a thousand fires that dazzle you. Trivialized. With humility, acknowledge your weakness. Neither you nor anything matters. What risks are you, if not your life? Do not tag, you have to trivialize.
Like the fear, the enthusiasm is inappropriate. It exposes you to the hardest disappointments. To marvel at all betrays a lack of moderation. The second step is to acquire it. Moderated by temperance, implacability will allow you to go beyond the fuzzy period to learn how to direct yourself in this infinity out there.
I said outside? It is inside as well …