The paradigms expressed by Castaneda can be applied using a composite understanding resulting from a complementary synthesis of esoteric approaches. Such associations of esoteric models need to be brought together carefully, thoughtfully and with attention to the particular points of emphasis of each paradigmatic approach. Sorcerers, according to Castaneda, fulfill desires by shifting perception to worlds where corresponding events are hosted so to speak- where reality naturally conforms toward said outcomes. They do this by means of the shifting of an esoteric point that can be identified on the energy body- abstractly in my view- and manipulated through deliberate alterations of awareness rather than trying to move a localized point literally to another area of the energy body.
This model or reality frame appears more user-friendly to everyday logic in my view. The mind more readily accepts change through displacement to a different part of a broader landscape than change by altering everything in one’s existing frame directly. Its simpler to view change as a result of going to the place where desired change naturally happens then disrupting the current order to impose change upon it, in other words. Its similar to the ease of moving to a different place in a room in contrast to rearranging the furniture to get the same vantage point from one’s original position.
Regardless, paradigm or not, shifting the assemblage point still amounts to changing our experience of embodiment. Each set of experiences is defined by lines of force encompassed by the current assemblage point. So we can consider a world to be a set of experiences. That being said, the world we appear to share with others has as many matrices of experience as it does aware entities to have them. In addition, the human assemblage point has the capacity to expand beyond its current definitions; to not just change perspective, but to expand or contract it.
In examining the paradigm of Castaneda’s sorcery, the methods appear limited to the impersonal mind plane of universal awareness and ultimately reflect its workings. There are places of consciousness beyond that, which address the very heart of being, whose nature is Love, beyond conceptions distinguishing personal from impersonal. But the Eagle described in the Way of the Warrior can easily be experienced without that core essence sustaining the process.
Nevertheless, in my experience with esoteric cultivation, for the lines of force to define a strong and flexible assemblage point in full compatibility with the subject, Love is the agent that keeps it all coherent. Any pattern is available without the carrier of Existential Love, but it is invariably more brittle and of less impact unless Love is replaced by negating consciousness, the force or spectrum of being that represents the unraveling of creation and in extreme cases, the annihilation of consciousness. This can manifest as forms of psychopathy, punctuated by expressions of hatred as well as latent hatred masked by indifference. Humans, however, are capable of love at the individual level as well as capable of opening to universal well-being even without the core level experience in any conscious manner.
To avoid psychopathic pitfalls, and without more than the average human capacity for love, ethical conceptions are adopted, with selective restrictions to insure clarity of intention, to avoid energy waste through relationship imbalance and to apply strict discipline to ingrain patterns in the assemblage point that serve as a general guide to maintain personal integrity. Thus if one is a compassionate individual, one still remains unaffected by forces of existential negation.
Core Love on the other hand takes care of things for us, so we may focus energy on changes in a way that always feels right. The result is that deeper layers of desire are brought to the surface so our intent may fertilize them and the shift can become a tangible experience. The difference is that the more Love is established the more unconditional our experience of change is. We need not give up anything to get something, or be the source of anything but benefit to the world in fulfilling ourselves.
Core Love and the matrix of desire (field of Yin, the essence of the divine feminine pole of existence) are two factors the Way of the Warrior described in Castaneda’s works does not address. It primarily appears to address the presence of consciousness of this Universe or the Universal Mind. This is not God or Core Consciousness, but a cosmic expression of mind. For the assemblage point to translate into reality experience, the patterns (Yang essence) flowing into convergence must fertilize the matrix of desire corresponding to them. Energy is stored in direct relation to the receptivity of the matrix of desire to those patterns. Compatibility means living the life one is meant to live, while incompatibility means being subject to forces of fate that determine experience whether one desires it or not.
Core Love is the natural fusion of the dynamics of Yin and Yang as described above. It is also inherent in the states of consciousness transcending the universal mind, and what fosters the fusion that guarantees meaningful manifestation. As such, I mean to examine Sorcery in terms of this expanded existential model, which is a direct reflection of mystical experiences. In this installment, we briefly address the three categories of practice that are supposed to bring about a shift in the assemblage point.
As already mentioned:
1) Intent is the Force of consciousness.
2) Stalking assesses one’s existential topography to identify where the assemblage point is, and what is around it. Then one targets a new position accordingly.
3) Altered States (Dreaming, Meditating etc) involve learning to regain fluidity of the assemblage point.
We elaborated on the meaning of intent in the last discussion. Although it wasn’t mentioned, the discussions of existential landscape and increasing one’s potential energy can be directly applied to the practice of stalking. Finally, altered states change the focus of awareness within the existing assemblage point, which make it flexible and more easily movable. Such changes may also directly move the point to a new position.
When intent is insufficient it is often because one’s presence is diminished, because the assemblage point has become rigid, or because one is in a low energy state. What we may not notice, however, is that the response to our practices is undermined. Introspective examination would reveal the matrix of desire is afflicted somehow and deprived of Core connection, even though the universal mind has a near infinite spectrum of options.
It is beyond the scope of this installment to describe just how to utilize the three categories of practice in the context presented. I am posing the elements of the expanded model in a synthesis with the Norse model of the world tree. The synthesis is anything but arbitrary and in the context of mystical experience maps out the esoteric possibilities in a meaningful and applicable manner.
Castaneda’s system does not take into account the receptive (Yin) medium that represents magnetic desire in the manifesting process. This is the divine feminine as the power of existence and experience as substantial as opposed to being some fluctuation of consciousness. In alchemy this medium is described as the Prima Materia. To help compensate for such limitations we can complement the process with a Norse mythic model. This can establish a more flexible and resourceful context for the field of the Yin to be recognized as a participant in the process of manifest existential unfolding.
Changing the assemblage point means accessing states of awareness that correspond to the structures of the World Tree at the root level where the three wells of Wyrd is located. The processes of the Well correspond to the way the assemblage point moves and the activity of the lines of force it sustains. The state of awareness that allows one to access the well consciousness is the same that allows a corresponding motion of the assemblage point. In this case the motion of the assemblage point would appear moderate, since we are working within a physical world framework. Since we are addressing deep level existential issues, however, the motion is anything but moderate. On the other hand, motion likely occurs along lines undetectable by standards where an expanded paradigm was not adopted.
The result is a state of being where one can pattern the flow of events as one wills, continuously or as desire arises. In that state the environment and the subject are so open to each other that former definitions of self are challenged and a constant communion, if not actual dialog, streams between the two.