Dreams are, if not a door, a hatch into other worlds. As such, dreams are a two-way street. Our awareness goes through that hatch into other realms, and those other realms send scouts into our dreams. For us to perceive those other realms, not only do we have to covet them but we need to have sufficient energy to seize them. Their existence is constant and independent of our awareness, but their inaccessibility is entirely a consequence of our energetic conditioning. ~ Carlos Castaneda, The Art of Dreaming
The other evening I was dreaming and a scout appeared. This scout repeated the same three things over and over and again while allowing me to perceive a most amazing spectacle. First let me tell you what he said. Recapitulate. Shift Your Assemblage Point. Keep Moving.
My recapitulative efforts for the past six months or so have been impersonal and after more than 20 years of doing this work the recapitulative effort now occurs in the moment more often than not (detachment, living in the moment). What I have found to be true is that the things I do recapitulate do not belong to me, they are the stories and patterns of others for as long as the earth has been populated. They are the stories of the earth and each time a pattern is recapitulated, my assemblage point moves again.
The scout showed me constantly moving patterns as points of awareness and that recapitulating the pattern allows the lines of energy to break free of the fixation and simply flow. Then the lines or fibers of energy scatter outwards thus shifting the assemblage point. Now the tricky part. The assemblage point will become fixated upon a new position almost immediately, if you allow it to and there it rests while integration occurs. BUT, as long as we remain firmly in one place, we wind up justifying the new position of our assemblage point and become entrapped in another pattern even if ever so briefly, until we recapitulate and shift our assemblage point again. Does stabilizing the assemblage point itself become a pattern that serves to entrap?
Keep Moving. The sheer wonder and awe that the scout showed me, will no doubt have to be integrated and yet, if I take pause to integrate then am I stabilizing my assemblage point? Should I recapitulate the new position immediately? Should I even assume a new position? I’m sure don Juan would say something like, there are millions of positions that the fixation of the assemblage point can assume, the key is in pausing briefly for cohesion to occur and then keep moving.
Everything is in constant motion! The wind blows and even if it doesn’t the air moves and even if it’s still the energy wavers and moves. Energetic lines of intent, avenues of awareness constantly moving and flowing, momentarily pausing for cohesion with another line. Constantly moving in the way a deer might pause to take a drink of water from a running stream yet never halting it’s connection for a moment to know where it’s fawn is, or which direction the snap of a twig is coming from, or how the nights are getting cooler allowing her to connect to the line of awareness that is connected to the natural order of innate knowing that alerts her to prepare for the leaves turning brown and falling while giving way to the snow. She just knows because she is always moving, always connected with intent, never becoming complacent or unaware.
When enough warriors assemble who can navigate the lines of awareness with impeccability and ease, they will indeed shift the assemblage point of the earth and dart past the eagle to be free and create a new and energetic band of awareness.
Oh, and that morning I was awakened by the sound of deer outside my bedroom window. I went to the window and there were two fawns playing and running. They went around the side of the house so I went out the back deck and there had to have been about 12 deer on the property. This is unusual for the morning hours and even more unusual was that they were all running and darting here and there and playing. It made me laugh and laugh, knowing that my opportunity to witness their constant movement was indeed the cohesion of this new awareness that came in dream and that I never had to fixate my assemblage point in order to integrate it.
One cannot enter don Juan’s world intellectually, like a dilettante seeking fast and fleeting knowledge. Nor, in don Juan’s world, can anything be verified absolutely. The only thing we can do is arrive at a state of increased awareness that allows us to perceive the world around us in a more inclusive manner. ~ Carlos Castaneda, Interview