The very first principle of stalking is that a warrior stalks himself, don Juan said. He stalks himself ruthlessly, cunningly, patiently, and sweetly. There are four steps to learning it: Ruthlessness should not be harshness, cunning should not be cruelty, patience should not be negligence, and sweetness should not be foolishness. These four steps have to be practiced and perfected until they are so smooth they are unnoticeable. ~ Carlos Castaneda, The Power of Silence
All warriors who are interested in strengthening their link with intent must practice this. Stalking is not limited to those with a predilection of stalking, it is applicable to dreamers as well. Don Juan said, A warrior needs focus. Heightened awareness is like a springboard. From it one could jump into infinity. He stressed, over and over, that when the assemblage point was dislodged, it either became lodged again at a position very near its customary one or continued moving on into infinity.
As committed warriors we must diligently stalk the dream into infinity. When Silvio Manual screamed Intent!! Intent!! Intent!! he was able to move himself and others into a state of heightened awareness; to open the portal of intent. This was not because he screamed the words, anyone can scream the words. It was because he had become a master of stalking and intent and could move his assemblage point at will. Don Juan explained the two masteries of stalking and intent to Carlos as the crowning glory of sorcerers old and new, the very thing sorcerers were concerned with today, just as sorcerers had been thousands of years before. He asserted that stalking was the beginning, and that before anything could be attempted on the warrior’s path, warriors must learn to stalk; next they must learn to intend, and only then could they move their assemblage point at will.
Sorcerers must constantly stalk themselves. I know dreamers who stalk diligently. They take the time to implement the necessary discipline to momentarily “ground” themselves in second attention as a way of aligning with intent which leads to greater seeing. This alignment allows them to hone their fluidity and increases their impeccability. A dreamer who is not interested in stalking first and/or second attention cannot and will not align with intent. If the dreamer is not utilizing the practice of stalking then they are unfocused and will float around aimlessly without energetic efficiency, without any reference points or possibility for integration, without the possibility of aligning with intent, and without coming to know deeper levels of awareness/knowledge.
Likewise, a stalker who doesn’t stalk second attention will fixate her assemblage there with the potential of repeating patterns over and over again. A stalker must stalk dream in the same manner she stalks first attention and in so doing, recapitulate the entire journey in the process. Sorcery becomes an attempt to reestablish our knowledge of intent and regain use of it without succumbing to it. And the abstract cores of the sorcery stories are shades of realization, degrees of our being aware of intent. Discipline, determination, strategy, and humility. Without these it is not possible to move beyond human limitations and explore all the possibilities of perception.
We’re warriors, and warriors have only one thing in mind – their freedom. To die and be eaten by the Eagle is no challenge. On the other hand, to sneak around the Eagle and be free is the ultimate audacity. ~ Florinda Donner, The Eagle’s Gift