Seers maintain, naturally, that awareness always comes from outside ourselves, that the real mystery is not inside us. Since by nature the emanations at large are made to fixate what is inside the cocoon, the trick of awareness is to let the fixating emanations merge with what is inside us. Seers believe that if we let that happen we become what we really are – fluid, forever in motion, eternal. ~ Carlos Castaneda, The Fire from Within
The degree of awareness of every individual sentient being depends on the degree to which it is capable of letting the pressure of the emanations at large carry it.
As human beings accumulate experience, the band of emanations inside their cocoon begins to glow. In some instances, the glow of this band of emanations increases so dramatically that it fuses with the emanations from the outside. Seers, witnessing an enhancement of this kind, had to surmise that awareness is the raw material, and attention, the end product of maturation.
Attention is the harnessing and enhancing of awareness through the process of being alive. To examine what seers see in the first attention is essential for the warrior-traveler dedicated to freedom. It allows the first attention the only opportunity it will ever have to realize its own workings as well as the machinations of the mold of man.
When the totality of awareness of this human species is recognized in its entirely, it must all be recapitulated, not only from the moment of personal conception into this present human form; all of the lines of the insanity of humanity whose assemblage points are rigidly fixated upon the stories of the mold of man need to be recapitulated as well.
The second attention is a more complex and specialized state of the glow of awareness. It has to do with the unknown. It comes about when unused emanations inside man’s cocoon are utilized. The second attention is powerful and has its own lures and trappings, just as the first attention does but in a way that appears to be magical when in truth it is the level of attention in which the eagle resides. The task of the eagle is to fixate the assemblage point of man because in so doing, the eagle still owns him. Second attention can become a trap for the warrior.
The third attention is attained when the glow of awareness turns into the fire from within: a glow that kindles not one band at a time but all the Eagle’s emanations inside man’s cocoon. The supreme accomplishment of human beings is to attain that level of attention while retaining the life force, without becoming a disembodied awareness moving like a flicker of light up to the Eagle’s beak to be devoured.
The eagle watches and sits on the precipice of third attention in wait, hoping to find a flaw within the warrior so that it can entice the warrior to grasp, once again, onto the hideous mold of man. If this happens, the warrior’s assemblage point becomes fixated again, either in first or second attention. But the warrior-traveler, being impeccable with his energy and with unbending intent, laughs in the face of that insanity vowing to never return and thus, will bypass the eagle. This results in freedom attained before the moment of death.
As energy has been restored once the recapitulation has been done, life force energy turns into personal power and it is because of this abundant energy that the unused emanations begin to glow and vibrate within the same harmonics of the emanations at large. Fusion occurs. Aligned with intent, the warrior flows congruently within and with the energy of the universe.