Any movement of the assemblage point means a movement away from excessive concern with the individual self. Shamans believe it is the position of the assemblage point which makes modern man a homicidal egotist; a being totally involved with his self-image. Having lost hope of ever returning to the source of everything, the average man seeks solace in his selfishness. ~ Don Juan, The Power of Silence
It is the assemblage point where reality is constructed. The assemblage point is not as complex as Castaneda had made it out to be. You don’t need to find a nagual, or take loads of entheogens, or have a near death experience in order to move the assemblage point from its fixated position. Although these are methods that can assist, all you really have to do is have enough energy to move it on your own through the use of a strong will and unbending intention.
The fact is that all humans perceive but what we perceive differs from person to person based on what we have learned to perceive. It is our perception(s) that maintain our assemblage point, the thing that allows us to see things the way they are according to us or according to those who have imposed their will upon us. In order to move the assemblage point from its fixated position one must have energy. As always, the most effective way to reclaim personal power and have access to energy is through the process of recapitulation. If an event arises that seems challenging or causes an upwelling of emotion or reaction it is advisable to breathe deeply before responding and to put yourself in the position of the detached observer, to not take the situation personally and to instead look at the situation from the perspective of a stranger who lives far removed from your own perceptual beliefs. In so doing one can review the situation without self-importance and see outside of one’s limited perceptory field of awareness.
One of two things will occur. You will find that you may be open to another perspective, an act in shamanism called walking the double-edged sword, knowing a deeper level of awareness, another side of awareness that exists outside of the world as you know it. Or you will know your own personal truth resolutely. Either way, to perceive from the point of the observer allows for the opportunity in awareness to see multiple perspectives whether you agree with them or not. If you are able to see beyond your own, perhaps limited yet ingrained perspective, you will then be able to assimilate a new perspective thereby shifting your assemblage point from its previously held position.
The realm of reality is assembled by luminous fibers. These fibers are lines of energy that have been incorporated into our being and determine our thoughts and actions by becoming fixated. A warrior strives for fluidity, to loosen their assemblage point in an attempt to see things as they are rather than how they should be based on social conditioning, cultural transmission or even globalization.
Everything you think and everything you feel depends on the position of the Assemblage Point. ~ Don Juan, The Power of Silence