Antje's report taken from unsomni mailing list
February 2 was the first day of the two-day Magical Passes seminar in Anaheim, Los Angeles; approximately 430 practitioners from around the world attended. Approximately 50 among them were new practitioners. In Europe, February 2nd is a day for celebrating the return of the light (Maria Lichtmass) and in Los Angeles, it is the day of the groundhog, who comes out of his cave for the first time on February 2nd. If on that day the groundhog does not come out of his cave, winter will last 6 more weeks. The weather in Los Angeles on that day was unusually warm. A clear sky and a shining sun escorted practitioners on their way to and from the Convention Center, right in front of Disney World Park, with its lights and its facilities.
The lifesaver pass - Activating direct perception
Aerin Alexander was guiding the Lifesaver exercise. We started very slowly. Aerin said that we still don't know where we're going. As magical beings we are in motion. We move the area of the lower disc. It is the source of strength. From here we move ahead. From here we look, where our feet are. The next movement is Activating direct perception.
The first movements awaken awareness in the area of our feet. We stir the awareness around our feet and we bring it up. We awaken our direct perception. This means that we give up our judgements.
During the first talk, Nyei Murez talks about the basics of the Magical Passes. The instructors present are students of the Nagual Carlos Castaneda, Carol Tiggs, Florinda Donner Grau and Taisha Abelar. They are students of the Nagual Juan Matus, who lived in Mexico with his 15 cohorts. To be a Nagual means that this being has an extra amount of energy, allowing him to guide a group of people whose intention is to cross, together, a barrier of normal interpretation of the world. This is our shared intent. This is the joy of the warrior, and each one who connects his whole being to this intent is a practitioner. Practitioners have this joy in this shared intent of crossing through the limits of perception and this is the reason why we can be here today: because you are practicing. It is why we can dream on. It is something that each of You keeps alive. The new practitioners are bringing us a new view. We are at this seminar to become saturated with Magical Passes and with information. The energetic body absorbs everything and it is not necessary to take notes on the talks. Our energetic body is our physical body's twin. We can trust our luminous body. If we cannot achieve something, we trust our energetic body, and it can take us beyond our limits." Nyei showed a photograph where there was a street and a view between two mountains. This photo is on the Internet along with the announcement of this seminar, and one can see a clear sky and unobstructed rock. "We see an open view." In our lives, what is it that takes away this open view? We are archeologists , we are digging and verifying this question. This is what the art of stalking means. In the new format of our time, we are practitioners of these two arts: stalking and dreaming. They are both arts having to do with moving the assemblage point.
The assemblage point is a an illuminated area on our luminous sphere, the size of a tennis ball, between the shoulder blades and behind us, at about an arm's length away from our physical body. The art of dreaming is the displacement of this assemblage point to another place. The art of stalking means to fix this assemblage point at another position which is consciously chosen. Florinda Grau Matus, from Don Juan's group, had the task of teaching Don Juan's apprentices the nuances of the art of stalking. The art of removing energy from its crusts means that we can laugh at ourselves in everyday situations. Not take one's self seriously, not feel important. With this attitude we can redistribute our energy in daily actions and that way it will return to our vital centers and be available again for our actions. We are looking for this laughter. The Nagual used to ask us: "What is your problem?" "What is your real problem?" We are always so serious. That is how we ourselves are creating many of our problems. We follow a certain course. We are observing our neighbors: How are they doing Tensegrity? In fact, do they know the movements? Perhaps we try to do the Passes a bit faster than them. It's a way of creating problems. Another way we concoct problems is when we don't get the attention we want. We, the students of Carlos Castaneda were thinking then: The other person did not call me. Why? Maybe they are together, with Carlos Castaneda, and I didn't get this attention from him. This is how we lose our energy. In a state like that, our vitality detaches from our vital centers and it accumulates on the crust of our luminous sphere. The vital centers cannot work well after this loss. Most of the time, we begin complaining at this moment. We are not conscious of what happened to us. We call someone on the telephone to complain about a person whom we confine with our judgements. Nyei imitated one such call and said, in a rough masculine voice: I'm just feeling a bit strange today." And talking this way, she said she didn't feel well. We make these calls to complain about another person, but what are we telling ourselves? We are not used to reassuring one another. But here we are going to dare: trust another person. While we're doing it here, energy will be redistributed and placed on our vital centers once again. With the movements we tap on our crusted energy of our luminous sphere, a push, we breathe, we go into dreaming. A dream like this redistributes our energy. At least we should know what we tell ourselves when we start to feel strange. That little voice with which we tell ourselves these ugly things. The apprentices would ask Don Juan: "Don Juan, you see energy all day. What's it like for you?" Don Juan answered: "I don't know." We perceive our world all day and we allow our interpretation to affect it. We need it, because we cannot give up our interpretation of the world. We need a minimum of guidance. But then, for a brief instance, we see how energy flows in the universe, we see what we tell ourselves. We see the energy like that. In a moment, in which we have no doubts. What keeps us from seeing energy the way it flows through the universe? It is those problems that we create for ourselves that keep us from seeing energy. Problems that have to do with differences, that emerge from our different ages, from our different gender or our culture. One example had to do with one practitioner who is studying languages. She avoids speaking to Americans here. If she goes, for example, to the administration, she is always looking for people whose native language is not English. She always thinks: "They are not going to understand me," although she speaks English very well. But that doesn't matter. When we polish our connection with intent, we give up the intent to lose. To have a connection with the vibratory force of the universe means that we take responsibility for our thoughts and actions. On the other hand, when we complain about another person, everything we criticize has to do with ourselves, because everything we say has to do with our own system of interpretations. But there is another view. Often we are asked "Why do you always talk about the assemblage point? We do it because when it is moved, it releases so much strength. The position of the assemblage point is not final. It can be changed."
"Intent is not a thought or an object or a wish. Intent is what can make a man succeed when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated. It operates in spite of the warrior's indulgence. Intent is what makes him invulnerable. Intent is what sends a shaman through a wall, through space, into infinity." (Don Juan Matus, The Wheel of Time.)
Negligence, indulgence, these are our doubts. If we doubt on our path and tell ourselves: "Uh, I have no teacher." We all have doubts like this. Since the Cordoba, Hannover and Redondo Beach seminars, we have placed a light on these doubts, on these shadows. We are going to look at them. We won't be healed, but we will move and light our path.
Activating direct perception - mapping direct perception - Activating direct perception.
Miles is going up on the platform with a ball made of rubber threads and sticks: The structure of Tensegrity. It is elastic and it bounces like a ball. All the elements of the ball are joined and are reciprocally under tension. Miles is moving this ball on the platform. He asks: "What does direct perception mean? It is a pragmatic example of how we absorb many facts directly without having doubts. The fog leaves. One sees a course of action and one does what one sees. Upon doing it, one sees lightness, and light. It is a line that does not come from the mind. But it is a line that one can grab and pull, among beings that work together as an integrated group. Several nations, for example, have such a perception. Our body, for example. When direct comunication doesn't work in our bodies, i.e., on the knee or in the stomach, we notice immediately. We become ill. We need a precise adjustment between our organs. We become intimately aware of all these nations and that's how we'll learn how to gather the blocked energy on our crust and place it on the Centers of vitality and life. Tensegrity is the modern version of the Magical Passes. "Tensegrity" is a technical word in architecture, derived from "tension" and "integrity". The creator of this word was observing, in detail, nature, even its fundamental elements, cells, which are subject to the same laws of nature, tension and integrity. If one element leaves this integrated organism, the entire structure has to reorganize again. If we, as beings, interrupt our direct perception with skeptical thoughts, our assemblage point returns to its original position, where it was when this skeptical thought first became firm in our being's structure. For the body of Magical Passes practitioners, this model of Tensegrity made by a colleague is a model for our time. The emphasis is on balance. The Nagual has to be in tune with our time. We want to be aware, how the collaboration among us works. Miles allows the ball to vibrate. The vibration transports the information among us. >From this point we change of phylum. Let's send a ray of awareness to another being, feeling. We are going to the phylum of the being of the earth: the groundhog. One day of the year is dedicated to the groundhog, and that day is today, February 2nd. The groundhog is very connected to the earth.This is its motor and its point of reference, from which all of his actions emerge. When we practice the Magical Pass for Affection for the Earth, we have caressed the earth. Here we will go deeper, now we are going inside the earth. We'll get a glance at what it means to be a being from the earth, to find new tunnels, and not get stuck in one place. This includes communication. Miles uses the English word "under-standing" which means to "be below" the earth's surface - (out) of normal view. "This attitude is found in Tensegrity: Continually adjusting, moving to another setting. The is the seer's intent. This Pass is a predilection of Taisha Abelar, as stalker. We find all our behaviors like this, carrying along, that our assemblage point stays in the same position. Taisha Abelar lived much of the time in trees and she longed for the earth. This series of the Magical Passes of the Being from the Earth changes our facial expressions. Many behavior patterns we have are shown in our facial expressions. We have a very fixed expression that can be changed. Many times, we make a scornful sound with our lips, Phhhh. The groundhog does it the opposite way. He puts the upper lip over the lower lip and places the tongue on the palate. We imitate this expression of the groundhog when we do the Pass of the Being of the Earth. It is also difficult to change our routines, for example the habit of not breathing, especially not exhaling. This is how we fix the assemblage point. During this seminar we are going to be aware of our breathing. We exhale, so our view becomes more fluid. The Nagual told us many times about the BUT syndrome. He would tell us about an official event in which someone talked about his life, that it was fine, he had a good job, a big house, a beautiful wife, a new car…BUT…then he would start talking about his problems. That's what we do. So then our assemblage point moves to its former position. The being from the earth does it differently. He moves from this position, in a new direction.
The Being from the Earth. (The Groundhog)
During this seminar, in the afternoon, women and men were separated. What follows is a description of the women's side:
Reni Murez was carrying a bag full of stuff when she went up on the platform. It is our baggage on our journey through awareness. It prevents us from perceiving directly. Women have a womb. Men have the lower disk. We have always perceived directly, and now we are going into the depths. We write in our navigator's log the thoughts that keep us from our journey through awareness. For some of you that don't have a thought at this time, you could imagine a situation before your boss or another being who instigates your internal dialogue. How does the internal dialogue begin?
Activating direct perception - The womb series
We look at our entries again and we review them. Which sentences are charged with a lot of energy? Are they energetic facts? Is it something that nourishes our spirit? This that I tell myself over and over again, does it help me redistribute my energy, so that it may go back to my vital centers?
Masculinity - The series of the womb (both on the chair)
Nyei Murez speaks:
We have a womb. With our fibers we make contact with the earth. The earth supports us and we return that support to the earth. The womb series is linked to the names of special practitioners, with the names of Taisha Abelar, Florinda Donner Grau, Carol Tiggs, and the blue scout. The names are kept because the women have a special awareness. Women have a special connection with intent through their womb. We tend to take it as normal. The masculinity Magical Passes are directed to the lower disk. We need the qualities of both sexes. Masculinity is connected with the quality of not needing anyone to take one by the hands. During one seminar, the Nagual said that the womb is generating energy. We review our entries in the log again, under these views.
Talk with Reni, Darien, Nyei, and Aerin: In the log we look for: First, energy. We are energetic beings. We have our navigator's log. Which could be our path? Do we want to complain there? This is not a path. Our individual log is part of all the practitioners' log. Writing it is something magical. We want to see: where is our energy trapped?
We look for another woman as witness, and we read to each other a sentence from our log.We can be our impersonal witnesses when listening carefully, without judgement, encouraging them to tell more about the matter, and find a new view, for example: "Others can't stand me." Is it an energetic fact? "Perhaps they had something else to do at that moment? Usually they do tolerate you." Everything we try during this seminar gives us an energetic push, in spite of our doubts and ideas. Everything we say today is because our assemblage point was fixed on a specific point for us during our childhood, and later we sometimes tell ourselves these things. Today, our assemblage point tends to return to this same place, to where it became fixed at the time…Another word for INTENT is ABSTRACT AFFECTION.
The movements in this series create a connection with intent. The pushing of tendon energy creates an interruption in the interpretation of the world. It is not done with the strength of the muscles, but with tendon energy. It's much more precise.
After dinner, men and women gathered together, and we continued practicing together.
Being from the Earth
Miles Reid and Nyei Murez give a summary of the separate practice.
We talk about the warm vibration of intent, which comes from the womb, in women, and from the lower disk, for men.
Miles speaks now. The womb and the lower disk are places where energy is collected. Both centers are centers for women and men: direct perception and not being held by the hand. Women have a direct perception because of their womb, a direct connection with intent. The disadvantage is that they think of this connection as certainty. Men have the advantage of not thinking of this connection as something obvious, so they notice it as something new that dispels their doubts. They can awaken intent through their unbending purpose and they bring sobriety. This doesn't mean that women don't have sobriety. We suppose that there are differences between men and women.
What are energetic facts? They are facts that cannot be reduced any further: Perceiving energy without interpretation.
An energetic fact is: "We are beings who are going to die." With energetic facts, differences and judgments that we believe to exist among us, disappear.
We talk about the judgments we have: I'm a loafer. (A man who is working 10 hours a day). How can we leave this judgment behind? Miles said that a warrior's final goal is not to leave something behind, but to want to be conscious of what he is doing, of what is restricting him.
Nyei mentioned a chapter of the book "The Active Side of Infinity" by Carlos Castaneda, "Who was Juan Matus, Really?"
They asked us to check whether, the phrases we tell ourselves and others increase our energy? Do they warm our fibers and move them? Do they nourish our spirit or another person's spirit?
We could just as well say something "good" or something "bad" about ourselves, it's all the same. We are energetic beings. The womb dreams and unbending intent comes from the lower disk. We need both qualities.