8. STALKING
 
WHAT IS THE ART OF STALKING?
 
THE CONTROL OF BEHAVIOR
The control of behavior. POS,14 ....the systematic control of behavior....a specific kind of behavior with people... behavior with people.... FFW,188. ..... an art applicable to everything. POS,80..the foundation on which everything else sorcerers did was built. POS,94...also called the art of stealth or the art of controlled folly. POS,94 ....the ability to understand human behavior to perfection. POS,172... something one performs. EG,289 ..stalking is a procedure, a special behavior that follows certain principles. It is secretive, furtive, deceptive behavior designed to deliver a jolt. POS,119
...the art of using behavior in novel ways for specific purposes. POS,93....a set of procedures and attitudes that enabled one to get the best out of any conceivable situation. EG,4
 
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF STALKING?
 
TO MOVE AND FIX THE ASSEMBLAGE POINT
the purpose of stalking is to move the AP as steadily and safely as possible..FFW,204. The art of stalking deals with the fixation of the assemblage point on any location to which it is displaced. TAOD,69 Nelida is a great stalker. She stalks in dreams. her power is so unique that she can not only transport herself but bring things with her. TSC,231. The art of stalking deals with the fixation of the assemblage point on any location to which it is displaced. TAOD,69,16.....deals with the fixation of the assemblage point. TAOD,77 by continual practice they moved their AP move steadily... FFW,188
 
STALKING ALLOWS VERY SMALL SHIFTS OF THE AP PROTECTING THE WARRIOR FROM AN ABRUPT CHANGE INTO THE SECOND ATTENTION
sorcerers in an effort to protect themselves from the overwhelming effect of silent knowledge, developed the art of stalking....stalking moves the AP minutely but steadily, thus giving sorcerers time and therefore the possibility of buttressing themselves. POS,248
 
HOW DOES STALKING MOVE THE ASSEMBLAGE POINT?
 
UNUSUAL BEHAVIOR PRODUCED A TREMOR IN THE AP...IF UNUSUAL BEHAVIOR IS PRACTICED SYSTEMATICALLY AND DIRECTED WISELY, IT EVENTUALLY FORCED THE AP TO MOVE.
Normal human behavior in the world of everyday life was routine. Any behavior that broke from routine caused an unusual effect on our total being. That unusual effect was what sorcerers sought, because it was cumulative ....unusual behavior produced a tremor in the AP...if unusual behavior is practiced systematically and directed wisely, it eventually forced the AP to move. POS, 93,94........stalking started from an observation the new seers made that when warriors steadily behaved in ways not customary to them, the unused emanations inside their cocoons begin to glow. And their AP shift in a mild, harmonious, barely noticeable fashion. FFW,188
 
THE FOUR FOUNDATIONS OF STALKING
 
THEY ARE POSITIONS OF THE ASSEMBLAGE POINT
The art of stalking is learning all the quirks of your disguise.. and to learn them so well no one will know you are disguised... For that you need the four steps to learning it: POS, 78,79, 80,81..these four bases are inextricably bound together. These four bases are positions of the AP and sorcerers cultivate them by intending them...every act performed by any sorcerer was by definition governed by these four principles. So, every sorcerer's every action is deliberate in thought and realization, and has the specific blend of the four foundations of stalking... POS,247
 
YOU APPLY THESE FOUR PRINCIPLES TO THE THINGS YOU DO DAILY; SMALL THINGS AT FIRST, LEADING UP TO THE MAJOR ISSUES OF YOUR LIFE
... He made her apply the principles of stalking to the things she did daily; small things at first, leading up to the major issues of her life. EG,286.
 
1. RUTHLESSNESS:THE PLACE OF NO PITY/THE SECOND POINT
 
WHAT IS RUTHLESSNESS?
 
THE BASIC PREMISE OF SORCERY
...ruthlessness the basic premise of sorcery.. POS,158
 
THE OPPOSITE OF SELF-PITY
.... the opposite of self pity (POS,127)or self-importance (POS,162)....a total lack of pity.(POS,142) (not harshness)(not cruelty,POS,162) but charming, ......it is sobriety. POS,162.....
 
IT IS THE SECOND POINT.
...it is the second point.. POS242....
 
ITS THE SIGHT OF THE OLDER SIDE OF MAN..THE ANTECEDENTS OF REASON.
its the sight of the older side of man..the antecedents of reason. POS,154,204.
 
IT HAS MANY ASPECTS..IT'S LIKE A TOOL THAT ADAPTS ITSELF TO MANY USES..IT'S A STATE OF BEING..
it has many aspects..it's like a tool that adapts itself to many uses..it's a state of being.. POS,173.
 
A LEVEL OF INTENT...CONTROLLED BY MY EYES
a level of intent...controlled by my eyes.. POS,173.
 
WHEN DO YOU EXPERIENCE RUTHLESSNESS?
 
WHEN A WARRIOR WAS DISTRACTED AND SHOWING NO PITY
the spirit chose a moment when the man was distracted, unguarded and showing no pity, the spirit let its presence by itself move the man's assemblage point to a specific posititon..called the place of no pity, (this is the moment when a person loses their sense of self) POS,128..
 
DESCRIPTION OF FEELING RUTHLESS
I felt a sudden uncontrollable urge.. it was as if my body were disconnected from my brain... no fear or concern...uncharacteristic coldness..not hatred or anger.. not annoyance.. not resignation or patience..not kindness but a cold indifference.. a frightening lack of pity. POS, 150.. a state of superb indifference. POS,260. It was as if something inside me had been turned off, making me indifferent and incapable of expressing my familiar emotions. TSC,193. ...at this position rationality and common sense become weak... POS,154.
 
2. CUNNING, (NOT CRUELTY) BUT NICE
cunning, (not cruelty) but nice, POS, 78,79, 80,81
 
3. PATIENT (NOT NEGLIGANCE) BUT ACTIVE
patient (not negligance) but active POS, 78,79, 80,81
 
4. SWEETNESS (NOT FOOLISHNESS) BUT LETHAL
sweetness (not foolishness) but lethal. POS, 78,79, 80,81
 
THE SEVEN PRINCIPLE'S OF THE ART OF STALKING
 
1. WARRIORS CHOOSE THEIR BATTLEGROUND
The first principle of the art of stalking is that warriors choose their battleground.. a warrior never goes into battle without knowing what the surroundings are. EG,278.
 
1. WARRIORS STALK THEMSELVES
The very first principle of stalking is that a warrior stalks himself...he stalks himself ruthlessly, cunningly, patiently and sweetly. POS,93..when you stalk yourself you jolt yourself, using your own behavior in a ruthless cunning way. POS,119 A stalker stalks anything, including himself. SRP,199.. an impeccable stalker can turn anything into prey. the nagual told me that we even can stalk our own weaknesses. SRP,200.
 
WHY DO SORCERERS STALK THEMSELVES?
 
SORCERERS STALK THEMSELVES IN ORDER TO BREAK THE POWER OF THEIR OBSESSIONS.
..sorcerers stalk themselves in order to break the power of their obsessions. POS,120......when the pressure of the sorcerers connecting link is too great, sorcerers relieve it by stalking themselves..POS,119
 
HOW DO STALKERS STALK THEMSELVES?
 
FIGURE OUT YOUR ROUTINES UNTIL YOU KNOW ALL THE DOING OF YOUR WEAKNESSES AND THEN CHANGE THEM
You figure out your routines until you know all the doing of your weaknesses and then you come upon them and pick them up like rabbits inside a cage. SRP,200.
 
BUT STALKING YOUR WEAKNESS IS NOT ENOUGH TO DROP THEM..YOU CAN STALK THEM NOW TO DOOMSDAY AND IT WON'T MAKE A BIT OF DIFFERENCE.
But stalking your weakness is not enough to drop them..you can stalk them now to doomsday and it won't make a bit of difference. SRP,201
 
A STALKER MUST HAVE A PURPOSE TO REALLY CHANGE THEIR WEAKNESSES
What a warrior really needs in order to be an impeccable stalker is to have a purpose. SRP,201. Everybody has enough personal power for something. The trick for me was to pull my personal power away from food to my warrior's purpose. A warrior's purpose is to enter into the other world. SRP,202
 
LISTENING TO POEMS
..there are many ways of stalking oneself...for example poems.. as you read, I listen and I shut off my internal dialogue and let my inner silence gain momentum. Then the combination of the poem and the silence delivers the jolt. POS 120,121
 
USE THE IDEA OF DEATH TO DELIVER THAT STALKING JOLT
the best remedy for when a sorcerers awareness is bogged down with the weight of perceptual input is to use the idea of death to deliver that stalking jolt...POS,119
 
2. DISCARD EVERYTHING THAT IS UNNECESSARY
The second principle of the art of stalking is to discard everything that is unnecessary. EG,278
 
3. USE ALL YOUR CONCENTRATION TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO ENTER INTO BATTLE.
The third principle of the art of stalking is applying all the concentration you have to decide whether or not to enter into battle, for any battle is a battle for one's life. Don't complicate things.... aim at being simple. A warrior must be willing and ready to make his last stand here and now. But not in a helter-skelter way. EG,280... to put your life on the line. EG,282.
 
4. RELAX, ABANDON YOURSELF AND LET THE POWERS GUIDE US
The fourth principle of the art of stalking is to relax, abandon yourself, fear nothing. only then will the powers that guide us open the road and aid us. EG,280
 
5. WHEN ODDS ARE BAD, RETREAT FOR A MOMENT, OCCUPY THEIR MINDS
The fifth principle of the art of stalking is when faced with odds that cannot be dealt with, warriors retreat for a moment. they let their minds meander. They occupy their time with something else. Anything would do. EG,281.
 
6. WARRIORS COMPRESS TIME EVEN FOR AN INSTANT
The sixth principle of the art of stalking is that warriors compress time; even an instant counts. In a battle for your life, a second is an eternity; an eternity that may decide the outcome. Warriors aim at succeeding, therefore they compress time. Warriors don't waste an instant. EG,281.
 
7. WARRIOR NEVER PUSHES HIMSELF TO THE FRONT
The seventh principle of the art of stalking is that a stalker never pushes himself to the front. EG,290. In order to apply the seventh principle, one has to apply the other six. EG,291 because of this he was capable of avoiding or parrying conflicts. EG,291. The art of sorcerers is to be outside everything and be unnoticeable. SRP,216.
the art of a sorcerer was to be inconspicuous even in the midst of people. he demanded that I concentrate totally on trying not to be obvious..they learned to be unnoticeable in the middle of all this. SRP,180. The Naugal taught us to baffle people so they wouldn't notice us. SRP,93
 
RESULTS OF STALKING
 
APPLYING THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES BRINGS ABOUT THREE RESULTS.
Applying the seven principles brings about three results. EG,291
 
1. STALKERS LEARN TO NEVER TAKE THEMSELVES SERIOUSLY
The first is that stalkers learn never to take themselves seriously; they learn to laugh at themselves. if they're not afraid of being a fool, they can fool anyone.EG,291
 
2. STALKERS LEARN TO HAVE ENDLESS PATIENCE
The second is that stalkers learn to have endless patience. Stalkers are never in a hurry; they never fret. EG,291
 
3. STALKERS LEARN TO HAVE AN ENDLESS CAPACITY TO SURVIVE
and the third is that stalkers learn to have an endless capacity to survive. EG,291.
 
HOW DO STALKERS STALK?
 
GENERAL
 
STALKERS ALWAYS USE STRATEGY WHEN DOING ANYTHING
Stalkers plan and act out their plans; they connive and invent and change things whether they are awake or in dreams. TSC,231.
 
USING WORDS AND SOUNDS TO OPEN ANYTHING THAT WAS CLOSED
the sound and meaning of words were of supreme importance to stalkers. Words were used by them as keys to open anything that was closed. Stalkers, therefore, had to state their aim before attempting to achieve it. But they could not reveal their true aim at the outset, so they had to word things carefully to conceal the main thrust (waking up intent)...POS,241
 
STALKER CREATES IMPRESSIONS
The stalker's art was to create an impression by presenting the features they chose, features they knew the eyes of the onlooker were bound to notice (the human eye was trained to focus only on the most salient features of anything, and those salient features were known beforehand)..By artfully reinforcing certain impressions, stalkers were able to create on the part of the onlooker as unchallengeable conviction as to what their eyes had perceived... POS,263.. the stalkers created appearances by intending them, rather than producing them with the aids of props. Props created artificial appearances that looked false to the eye.... POS,263...
 
WOMEN ARE NATURAL STALKERS
Women are natural stalkers. POS,81
 
SOME TYPES OF STALKING
 
STALKING WITH THE DOUBLE
it wouldn't be wise to talk about it because stalking means doing, not talking about doing. TSC,228 The first night you slept in the tree house.. when you were about to die of fright. On that occassion your reason was at a loss as to how to handle the situation, so circumstances forced you to depend on the double. It was your double that came to your rescue. it flowed out of the gates that your fear had thrown wide open. I call that stalking with the double. TSC,228.
 
STALKING PERCEPTION - FIXING YOUR AP INTO A NEW SPOT
The old sorcerers called the entire act of acquiring uniformity and cohesion outside the normal world stalking perception. TAOD,77.
 
ULTIMATE STALKING: SUSTAINING THE UNBENDING INTENT OF FREEDOM
Ultimate stalking..it is done by sustaining the unbending intent of freedom, even though no sorcerers knows what freedom really is. TAOD,181.
 
STALKING THE STALKER - DRAWING ENERGY FROM THE INORGANIC BEINGS WORLD
Stalking the stalker...the last task of the third gate of dreaming.. .to deliberately draw energy from the inorganic being's realm in order to use awareness to go on a journey through the universe. TAOD,185....breaking the boundries of the normal world and using awareness as an energetic element, enter into another..using awareness as an element of the environment bypasses the influence of the inorganic beings, but it still uses their energy. TAOD,187 (Don Juan also calls this s.t.s. as ultimate stalking) TAOD,190
 
Stalking the stalker and ultimate stalking are probably the same thing
 
SPECIFIC TECHNIQUES FOR STALKING
 
THE THREE BASIC TECHNIQUES OF STALKING-THE CRATE, THE LIST OF EVENTS TO BE RECAPITULATED, AND THE STALKER'S BREATH-TO BE ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT TASKS A WARRIOR CAN FULFILL
her benefactor considered the three basic techniques of stalking-the crate, the list of events to be recapitulated, and the stalker's breath-to be about the most important tasks a warrior can fulfill. EG,290.
 
WHAT IS THE MAIN BEHAVIORAL SITUATION THAT STALKERS WANT?
 
Dealing with petty tyrants
 
WHAT IS A PETTY TYRANT?
 
PETTY TYRANT IS A TORMENTOR.. SOMEONE WHO EITHER HOLDS THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH OVER WARRIORS OR SIMPLY ANNOYS THEM TO DISTRACTION.
petty tyrant is a tormentor.. someone who either holds the power of life and death over warriors or simply annoys them to distraction. FFW,32..
 
WHAT TURNS PEOPLE INTO PETTY TYRANTS
 
WHAT TURNS HUMAN BEINGS INTO PETTY TYRANTS IS PRECISELY THE OBSESSIVE MANIPULATION OF THE KNOWN.
what turns human beings into petty tyrants is precisely the obsessive manipulation of the known...FFW,34
 
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE FOR THE SORCERER'S USE OF A PETTY TYRANT?
 
PETTY TYRANTS FORCED SEERS TO USE THE PRINCIPLES OF STALKING AND, IN DOING SO, HELPED SEERS TO MOVE THEIR AP
..stalking only moved the AP minimally. for maximum effect, stalking needed an ideal setting; it needed petty tyrants in positions of great authority and power. FFW,191 shifting the AP was the reason why the new seers placed such a high value on the interaction with petty tyrants...FFW,188 Petty tyrants forced seers to use the principles of stalking and, in doing so, helped seers to move their AP. FFW,188.However hard it may be, we have to close the distance between us and those we do not like if we really want to grow spiritually...and gradually you learn to master your mind, which means that you can transform antipathy into sympathy at will. EE,M,186. dealing with petty tyrants helps seers to move their AP. FFW,126
 
TO DEAL WITH A PETTY TYRANT WE MUST BE FREE OF SELF-IMPORTANCE
in dealing with petty tyrants, warriors.. not only have a well thought out strategy but are free from self-importance. What restrains their self-importance is that they have understood that reality is an interpretation we make. FFW,40 the mistake average men make in confronting petty tyrants is not to have a strategy to fall back on; the fatal flaw is that average men take themselves too seriously; their actions and feelings, as well as those of the petty tyrants, are all important. FFW,40.
 
IF SEERS CAN HOLD THEIR OWN IN FACING PETTY TYRANTS, THEY CAN CERTAINLY FACE THE UNKNOWN WITH IMPUNITY, AND THEN THEY CAN EVEN STAND THE PRESENCE OF THE UNKNOWABLE..
it is an outside element, the one we cannot control and probably the most important one.... by understanding the nature of man, they reached the incontestable conlusion that if seers can hold their own in facing petty tyrants, they can certainly face the unknown with impunity, and then they can even stand the presence of the unknowable.. FFW,34..
nothing can temper the spirit of a warrior as much as the challenge of dealing with impossible people in positions of power Only under those conditions can warriors acquire the sobriety and serenity to stand the pressure of the unknownable. The perfect ingredient for the making of a superb seer is a petty tyrant with unlimited prerogatives.. FFW,35...
 
DESCRIPTION OF HOW DON JUAN USED CC'S RELATIONSHIP AS A CHANCE TO DEVELOP HIS STALKING SKILLS EVEN THOUGH HE DESPISED CC.
example of stalking.. Don Juans' relationship with CC where DJ tells CC how much he despises him but DJ used the relationship as a chance to develop his stalking skills....it is a rare opportunity for a warrior to be given a genuine chance to be impeccable in spite of his basic feelings.. POS,138,139
 
HOW DO STALKERS HANDLE THEMSELVES AFTER THEY HAVE MOVED THEIR ASSEMBLAGE POINT?
 
With Controlled Folly
 
WHAT IS CONTROLLED FOLLY?
 
IT IS THE BASIS FOR STALKING
controlled folly is the basis for stalking. EG,209.
 
ONLY THE EAGLE IS REAL AND WHAT PEOPLE DO IS FOLLY...
that the Eagle is real and final and what people do is utter folly. The two together give rise to controlled folly, which is the only bridge between the folly of people and the finality of the Eagle's dictums. EG,211 I didn't say (your acts are) worthless. I said unimportant. Everything is equal and unimportant. For example, there is no way for me to say that my acts are more important than yours, or that one thing is more essential than another, therefore all things are equal and by being equal they are unimportant. SR,82....You think about your acts..therefore you have to believe your acts are as important as you think they are, when in reality nothing of what one does is important. Nothing! SR,86.
 
...SO CONTROLLED FOLLY MEANS TO ACT AS IF YOUR ACTS ARE IMPORTANT WHEN YOU KNOW THEY ARE NOT
It's possible to insist, to properly insist, even though we know that what we're doing is useless.. but we must know first that our acts are useless and yet we must proceed as if we didn't know it. That's a sorcerer's controlled folly. SR,77. I am happy that you finally asked me about my controlled folly after so many years, and yet it wouldn't have mattered to me in the least if you had never asked. yet I have chosen to feel happy, as if I cared, that you asked as if it would matter that I care. That is controlled folly. SR,78 ...I practice my contolled folly with everyone...every single time I act, my acts are sincere, but they are only the acts of an actor...that would mean that nothing matters to you and you really don't care about anything or anybody...True I don't...he had always given me his undivided attention during every moment I had spent with him. SR,79. things matter to you... everything I do in regard to myself and my fellow men is folly, because nothing matters. SR,80... certain things in your life matter to you because they're important; your acts are certainly important to you, but for me not a single thing is important any longer, neither my acts nor the acts of any of my fellow men. SR,80.
 
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE FOR CONTROLLED FOLLY?
 
IT HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH THE EVERYDAY WORLD AND THE COMMANDS OF THE EAGLE
The stalkers are the ones who take the brunt of the daily world. They are the buisness managers, the ones who deal with people. A warrior's greatest accomplishment in the first attention is stalking... EG,209... that helps a sorcerer deal with themselves - in their state of expanded awareness and perception - and with everybody and everything in the world of daily affairs. POS,248 .. in the absence of self-importance, a warrior's only way of dealing with the social milieu is in terms of controlled folly. EG,210. it means that warriors apply the seven basic principles of the art of stalking to whatever they do, from the most trivial acts to life and death situations. EG,291.
 
IT HELPS SORCERERS LOOK LIKE THEY CARE IN DAY TO DAY LIFE
..controlled deception or the art of pretending to be thoroughly immersed in the action at hand - pretending so well no one could tell it from the real thing... not an outright deception but a sophisticated, artistic way of being seperated from everything while remaining an integral part of everything..POS,248
 
DESCRIPTION OF HOW A MAN OF KNOWLEDGE ACTS UNDER CONTROLLED FOLLY
l told you once that our lot as men is to learn, for good or bad. For me nothing matters but perhaps for you everything will. you should know by now that a man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting. A man of knowledge chooses a path with heart and follows it; and then he looks and rejoices and laughs; and then he sees and knows. he knows that his life will be over altogether too soon; he knows that he, as well as everybody else, is not going any where; he knows, because he sees, that nothing is more important than anything else. in other words, a man of knowledge has no honor, no dignity, no family, no name, no country, only life to be lived, and under these circumstances his only tie to his fellow men is his controlled folly. Thus a man of knowledge endeavors and sweats and puffs and if one looks at him he is just like an ordinary man, except that the folly of his life is under control.. nothing being more important than anything else, a man of knowledge chooses any act, and acts it out as if it mattered to him. His controlled folly makes him say that what he does matters and makes him act as if it did, and yet he knows that it doesn't; so when he fulfills his acts he retreats in peace, whether his acts were good or bad, or worked or didn't, is in no way part of his concern. A man of knowledge may choose..to remain totally impassive and never act, and behave as if to be impassive really matters to him; he will be rightfully true at that too, because that would also be his controlled folly. SR,85.
 
BUT DOES CONTOL FOLLY MEAN WARRIOR'S ACTS ARE INSINCERE?
 
IT DOESN'T MEAN TO CON PEOPLE
...controlled folly doesn't mean to con people. EG,291 They were consumate artists in bending people to their wishes. EG,248. In order to practice controlled folly, since it is not a way to fool or chastise people or feel superior to them, one has to be capable of laughing at oneself. EG,289.
 
EMOTIONS ARE STILL REAL UNDER CONTROLLED FOLLY
My laughter as well as everything I do is real. SR,84..but it also is controlled folly because it is useless; it changes nothing and yet I still do it.. SR,84
 
WHY SOMEONE CAN LAUGH INSTEAD OF CRY UNDER CONTROLLED FOLLY
I am happy because I choose to look at things that make me happy and then my eyes catch their funny edge and I laugh. One must always choose the path with heart in order to be at one's best, perhaps so one can always laugh.... I interpreted what he said as meaning that crying was inferior to laughter, or at least perhaps an act that weakened us. he asserted that there was no intrinsic difference and that both were unimportant... however, that his preference was laughter, because laughter made his body feel better than crying...he maintained that his preference did not mean they were equal; and I insisted that our argument could be logically stretched to saying that if things are supposed to be equal why not also choose death. SR,84..
 
CONTROLLED FOLLY OVER THE DEATH OF SOMEONE
Description of how a man of knowledge exercises control folly over the death of a love one. (see death) SR,90
 
WHY DOES A SORCERER GO ON LIVING IF NOTHING MATTERS?
 
A SORCERER HAS HIS WILL
I go on living though because I have my will. because I have tempered my will throughout my life until it's neat and wholesome and now it doesn't matter to me that nothing matters. My will controls the folly of my life. SR,80. but then if nothing really matters...how can I go on living? It would be simple to die; that's what you say and believe, because you're thinking about life, just as you're thinking now what seeing would be like.... I can only tell you that controlled folly is very much like seeing; it is something you cannot think about.SR,86. many men of knowledge do that (choose death).. one day they may simply disappear. they choose to die because it doesn't matter to them...I choose to live, and to laugh, not because it matters, because that choice is the bent of my nature. The reason I say I choose is because I see, but it isn't that I choose to live; my will makes me go on living in spite of anything I may see. SR,84.
 
THE ACTS WHICH ARE NEVER CONTROLLED FOLLY: MEETING WITH THE ALLY
the only acts in the life of a man of knowledge which are not controlled folly are those he performs with his ally or with mescalito... my ally and Mescalito are not on a par with us human beings. my controlled folly applies only to myself and to the acts I perform while in the company of my fellow men. SR,91.I cannot see through my ally and that makes it incomprehensible to me, so how could I control my folly if I don't see through it?... I am only a man who knows how to see and finds he is baffled by what he sees; a man who knows that he'll never understand all that is around him. SR,91.
 
RECAPITULATION
 
WHAT IS THE RECAPITULATION?
 
RECAPITULATION IS RELIVING THE TOTALITY OF ONE'S LIFE EXPERIENCES BY REMEMBERING EVERY POSSIBLE MINUTE LIFE DETAIL
Recapitulation is reliving the totality of one's life experiences by remembering every possible minute detail of them...TAOD,148 it consisted of recollecting one's life down to the most insignificant detail. EG,287.... To recapitulate entails recalling all the people we have met, all the places we have seen and all feelings we have had in our entire lives-starting from the present, going back to the earliest memories-then sweeping them clean, one by one, with the sweeping breath. TSC,46 Theoretically, stalkers, have to remember every feeling that they have had in their lives, and this process begins with a breath. EG,288. the recapitulation is the forte of stalkers as the dreaming body is the forte of dreamers. EG,287
 
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF RECAPITULATION?
 
RECAPITULATION IS THE ACT OF CALLING BACK THE ENERGY (ENERGY FIBERS) WE HAVE USED IN PAST SITUATIONS TO BE USED TO MOVE THE ASSEMBLAGE POINT
She explained that the act of the recapitulation is the act of calling back the energy we have already spent in past actions. TSC,46 This phase (initial stages of sorcery training for a stalker) involves the cleansing of one's habitual ways of thinking, behaving and feeling by means of a traditional sorcery undertaking, one which all neophytes need to perform called the recapitulation. TSC,xiii The intent of its end result, which is total freedom, was established by those seers of ancient times. And because it was set up independently from us, it is an invaluable gift. TSC,99. the essential factor in a dreamer's redefinition and redeployment of energy. Recapitulation sets free energy imprisoned within us, and without this liberated energy dreaming is not possible. TAOD,148 The purpose of the recapitulation is to break basic assumptions we have accepted throughout our lives.. unless they are broken, we can't prevent the power of remembering from clouding our awareness...the world is a huge screen of memories; if certain assumptions are broken, the power of remembering is not only held in check, but even cancelled out... but what happened to you just now is that your normal ability to remember was held in check for an instant and you saw my shadow move. TSC,73. (so the whole purpose of meditation is to forget those memories that our upbringing told us about something... if we have no thoughts on what we are dealing with then it can become anything because we don't do anything to it.) as you grew up, your energy was harnessed by social restraints, and so you forgot you had seen them moving, and only remember what you think is permissible to remember. TSC,74. This is what you've been doing for the past few months with your recapitulation. You are retrieving filaments of your energy from your ethereal net that have become lost or entangled as a result of your daily living. By focusing on that interaction, you are pulling back all that you dispersed over twenty years and in thousands of places. TSC,134. In order to live and interact we need energy.. normally, the energy spent in living is gone forever from us. were it not for the recapitulation, we would never have the chance to renew ourselves. Recapitulating our lives and sweeping our past with the sweeping breath work as a unit. TSC,46. They are conduits (energy fibers) that will bring back the energy that you've left behind. In order to recuperate our strength and unity, we have to release our energy trapped in the world and pull it back to us. She assured me that while recapitulating, we extend those stretchy fibers of energy across space and time to the persons, places and events we are examining. The result is that we can return to every moment of our lives and act as if we were actually there. TSC,47.
 
THOSE FOREIGN FILAMENTS ARE THE BASIS FOR OUR SELF-IMPORTANCE
Unless stalkers have gone through the preliminaries in order to retrieve the filaments they have left in the world, and particulary in order to reject those that others have left in them, there is no possibility of handling controlled folly because those foreign filaments are the basis of one's limitless capacity for self-importance. EG,289
 
HOW OLD IS THE RECAPITULATION?
 
THE RECAPITULATION IS A VERY OLD TECHNIQUE
Although, isn't recapitulating a kind of psychotherapy?.. not at all...the people who first devised the recapitulation lived hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago.... so you shouldn't think of this ancient renewing process in terms of modern psychoanalysis. TSC,98.
 
WHAT IS THE KEY TO THE RECAPITULATION?
 
BREATHING IS THE KEY TO GATHERING UP LOST ENERGY
The key element in recapitulation was breathing. EG,288.
She stressed that recapitulation is a magical act in which intent and the breath play indispensible roles. Breathing gathers energy and makes it circulate... it is then guided by the preestablished intent of the recapitulation which is to free ourselves from our biological and social ties. TSC,98. The function of this breathing is to restore energy. EG,289 The cleansing breath you do while recapitulating will eventually allow you to remember everything you have ever done, including your dreams... TSC,176.
 
HOW DOES BREATHING GET BACK THE LOST ENERGY?
 
DESCRIPTION OF HOW ENERGY FILAMENTS ARE REJECTED OR GAINED
The luminous body is constantly creating cobweblike filaments, which are projected out of the luminous mass, propelled by emotions of any sort. Therefore, every situation of interaction,or every situation where feelings are involved is potentially draining to the luminous body. By breathing from right to left while remembering a feeling, stalkers, through the magic of breathing, pick up filaments they left behind, the next immediate breath is from left to right and it is an exhalation. with it stalkers eject filaments left in them by other luminous bodies involved in the event being collected. EG,289 She said that this is a mysterious way of breathing and the key to the recapitulation, because inhaling allows to pull back energy that we lost, while exhaling permits us to expel foreign, undesirable energy that has accumulated in us through interacting with our fellow men. TSC,46. ..(sorcerers of antiquity) breathing as a magical, life-giving act and used it, accordingly, as a magical vehicle; the exhalation, to eject the foreign energy left in them during the interaction being recapitulated and the inhalation to pull back the energy that they themselves left behind during the interaction. TAOD,149
 
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS FROM THE RECAPITULATION?
 
YOU CAN REMEMBER MINUTE DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE VIVIDLY WITHOUT FEAR OF EMOTIONAL INVOLVEMENT
I could remember the minutest details of my life experiences without fear of any coarse emotional involvement. TSC,245. There were dozen of things...traumatic events that stood out... although I was painfully aware of them, and during the past months of intensive recapitulating, many of them had become even more poignant and vivid. TSC,96. As I broke off old. past links, I began forming new ones. (to Emilito for instance) TSC,241. ..whenever I silenced my mind, a seemingly independent force immediately plunged me into a most detailed memory of some event in my life. TAOD, 150
THE RECAPITULATION MOVES YOUR ASSEMBLAGE POINT MINUTELY BUT STEADILY (GOING FROM ITS PRESENT SITE TO THE SITE IT WAS AT WHEN THE RECAPITULATED EVENT TOOK PLACE)
..more than (an intellectual psychoanalysis). (it induces) a minute but steady displacement of the assemblage point..the assemblage point, under the impact of reviewing past actions and feelings, goes back and forth between its present site and the site it occupied when the event being recapitulated took place. TAOD,149... recapitulation is the key to moving the AP. Sorcerers start by thinking, by remembering the most important acts in their lives. From merely thinking about them they then move on to actually being at the site of the event. when they can do that... they have successfully shifted their AP to the precise spot it was when the event took place. POS 134 The reason I'm talking to you now is because by means of it (recapitulation) you have stored enough energy to break certain physical boundaries. You have perceived, if only for an instant, inconceivable things that are not part of your normal inventory...My normal inventory is pretty weird... I'm beginning to see from recapitulating the past that I was crazy. In fact, I still an crazy. The proof of it is that I'm here and I can't tell if I'm awake or dreaming. TSC,139.
 
THE RECAPITULATION DEVELOPS OUR CONTACT WITH DIRECT KNOWLEDGE
the purpose of the recapitulation is to grant the seer the freedom to see.. by giving it range, we can deliberately turn the seer into a force that is both terious and effective, a force that will eventually guide us to freedom instead of killing us. TSC,99.
But they also assured us that by means of the recapitulation, we can allow the seer to grow and unfold as it was meant to do.... TSC,99.
This is the reason why I always insist that you tell me what you find out through your recapitulation.. you must bring the seer to the surface and give it the chance to speak and tell what it sees. TSC,100. Now I needed to use that energy (from recapitulating) to strengthen my bond with the abstract force called the spirit. TSC,112.
 
IT PREPARES OUR PHYSICAL BODY FOR THE EMERGING OF THE DOUBLE
Clara prepared your physical side by teaching you to recapitulate, and loosened you gates with the sorcery passes.. my job is to help solidify your double and then teach it stalking. TSC,228.
 
IT MAKES YOU LOSE THE HUMAN FORM FASTER
Her benefactor thought that a profound recapitulation is the most expedient means to lose the human form.EG,290 ..thus it is easier for stalkers, after recapitulating their lives, to make use of all the not-doings of the self, such as erasing personal history, losing self-importance, breaking routines and so forth. EG,290
 
TO MAKE A FACSCIMILE OF OUR AWARENESS FOR THE EAGLE
(the purpose of the recapitulation is to make a facsimile of our life experience for the food of the Eagle)...having had what it seeks, the dissolving force then lets sorcerers go, free to expand their capacity to perceive and reach with it the confines of time and space. TAOD, 149.. The reason why stalkers must recapitulate their lives in such a thorough manner is that the Eagle's gift to man includes its willingness to accept a surrogate instead of genuine awareness, if such a surrogate be a perfect replica. Since awareness is the Eagle's food, the Eagle can be satisfied with a perfect recapitulation in place of consciousness. EG,287.
Florinda said that Soledad had been inside a recapitulation crate for five years, that the Eagle had accepted her recapitulation in place of her awareness and had let her go free.EG,292.
 
BREATHING REPAIRS OUR ETHEREAL NET
Breathing works on both the physical and ethereal levels.. it repairs any damage in the ethereal net and keeps it strong and pliant. TSC,134.
 
BREATHING CALMS OUR MIND THUS GAINING MORE ENERGY
The mind is like these shadows.. when our breathing is even, our minds are still. If it is erratic, the mind quivers like stirred leaves... if your breath is agitated, your mind becomes restless.. to quiet the mind, it's best to begin by quieting your breathing. She told me to keep my back erect and to concentrate on my breathing until it was soft and rhythmic, like that of an infant. TSC,69. Since emotions are directly linked to the breath.. a good way to calm ourselves is to regulate our breathing. TSC,71.For example, we can train ourselves to absorb more energy by deliberately elongating each breath we take. TSC,71.
 
IT KEEPS YOUR INNER BEING IN BALANCE
the way to (keep the inner being) in balance is the unique exercise: the recapitulation. TSC,41.
 
IT MAKES YOU LAUGH
One of the results of a detailed recapitulation is genuine laughter upon coming face to face with the boring repetition of one's self-esteem, which is at the core of all human interaction. EG,289.
 
IT ALLOWS US TO ASSESS A SITUATION IN AN INSTANT BECAUSE THE RECAPITULATION CAN LET US SEE OUR LIVES WITHOUT DELUSION SO THAT WE CAN CHOOSE TO ACCEPT OUR USUAL BEHAVIOR OR TO CHANGE IT BEFORE IT ENTRAPS US.
Clara explained that the recapitulation reveals to us a crucial facet of our being; the fact that for an instant, just before we plunge into any act, we are capable of accurately assessing its outcome, our chances, motives and expectations. This knowledge is never to our convenience or satisfaction, so we immediately suppress it. TSC,99. she assured me that a deep and complete recapitulation enables us to be aware of what we want to change by allowing us to see our lives without delusion. it gives us a moment's pause in which we can choose to accept our usual behavior or to change it by intending it away, before it fully entraps us. TSC,62.
 
HOW LONG DO YOU RECAPITULATE?
 
IT IS SOMETHING THAT NEVER ENDS BUT THE FIRST TIME IN ABSOLUTE SOLITUDE IT SHOULD TAKE EIGHT MONTHS
Weeks went by, then months... I spent all my time recapitulating and practicing kung fu... TSC,157. Most of my time was devoted to recapitulating. TSC,240 if after a month, you don't notice any increase in energy, or any improvement in how you feel toward yourself or toward life in general, you be free to go back home...TSC,56 Armed with the list, I went to the cave everyday. At first, recapitulating was painstaking work. I couldn't concentrate on it, for I dreaded dredging up the past. My mind would wander from what I considered to be one traumatic event to the next, or I would simply rest or daydream. But after awhile, I became intrigued with the clarity and detail that my recollections were acquiring. I even began to be more objective about experiences I had always considered to be taboo. Surprisingly, I also felt stronger and more optimistic. Sometimes as I breathed, it was as if energy were oozing back into my body causing my muscles to become warm and to bulge. I became so involved in my recapitulation task that I didn't need a whole month to prove its worth. TSC,57,58. .the recapitulation of our lives never ends, no matter how well we've done it once TAOD, 147,148 After more than eight months of faithfully practicing the recapitulation, I was able to do it all day long without fretting or becoming distracted... TSC,131
 
REACHING A STANDSTILL IN THE RECAPITUALTION
I knew that the demands of the self were really outrageous... I told her (Clara) what bothered me the most was that I seemed to have reached a standstill in my recapitulation. TSC,116...
 
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE THE RECAPITULATION LIST?
 
IT TAKES WEEKS OF BRAIN RACKING WORK TO COMPILE THE LIST IN ABSOLUTE SILENCE AND SOLITUDE
it took weeks of brain racking work to compile the list. TSC,57.... during those long days I worked in absolute solitude and silence. TSC,57.
 
WHAT DO YOU NEED WHILE RECAPITULATING OR NEED TO DO?
 
TO DO THE RECAPITULATION ONLY OUR NEED OR DESIRE IS NEEDED
Each person performing it has to add his or her own intent to it, but that intent is merely the desire or need to do the recapitulation. TSC,98. Every day you sit for hours alone in a cave recapitulating your life away. That takes courage. TSC,95.
 
YOU NEED SILENCE AND SOLITUDE WHEN RECAPITULATING
she had to remain hiding in his house for years...she had to fulfill the task of recapitulating and for that she needed quiet and solitude. EG,287. You need absolute solitude to concentrate on your recapitulation. TSC,172.
 
DON'T TALK TO YOURSELF DURING RECAPITULATION
If you talk to yourself (during the recapitulation), you can't breath correctly. TSC,131
 
DO NOT FALL ASLEEP DURING THE RECAPITULATION
I warned you not to fall asleep during your recapitulation. TSC,91 I was tempted to explain away the entire event as a dream, for I often dozed off during my recapitulation. TSC,135.
 
A SASH IS NEEDED TO SUPPORT YOU DURING THE RECAPITULATION AND TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING IF YOU FALL ASLEEP
handing me a bunch of dry, copper-colored leaves... put these over your navel and tie them with your recapitulation sash... I hope you're using it properly.. the sash supports us while we recapitulate. You're to wrap your stomach with it and tie one end of it to the stake I planted in the ground inside the cave. That way, you won't fall over and bang your head if you doze off or in case your double decides to wake up. TSC,170.
these leaves and this sash will buffer you from the woman's onslaughts (Nelida).. and from to her blows to. TSC,172.
 
DO NOT WEAR SHOES WHILE RECAPITULATING
Clara had advised me to never wear shoes while recapitulating because, by constricting the feet, they impede the circulation of energy. TSC,91.
 
WHEN AND WHERE DO YOU RECAPITULATE?
 
EARLY MORNING, LATE AFTERNOON IN A CRATE, A CAVE OR A TREE
The caretaker had instructed me to go over the same events and people. I had recapitulated before, except this time I was to do it in the tree house. TSC,240... After about three months of recapitulating in the afternoons.. Emilito changed my schedule(living in the trees).. TSC,241. (With my added energy, or the influence of being off the ground, I was able to remember infinitely more detail. Everything was more vivid and pronounced, and less charged with the self-pity, moroseness, fear or regret that had characterized my previous recapitulation. TSC,240.)
I relished being outdoor, especially in the late afternoons, the time I set aside for this particual task. TSC,240. Early morning and late afternoon were the most propitious times to begin such a vast undertaking. TSC,57.
 
THE RECAPITULATION CRATE
 
building of. EG,284... he put her inside the crate daily for at least six hours.. EG,285. he had given her the crate as a tool and a symbol. it was a tool that would permit her to learn concentration, for she would have to sit there for years, until all of her life had passed in front of her eyes. And it was a symbol of the narrow boundries of our person. Her benefactor told her that whenever she had finished her recapitulation, she would break the crate to symbolize that she no longer abided by the limitations of her person. EG,287. stalkers use crates or earth coffins in order to seal themselves while they are reliving, more than merely recollecting, every moment of their lives. EG,287
 
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CRATE?
 
THE PURPOSE OF THE CRATE IS TO REDUCE THE AREA OF STIMULATION AROUND THE BODY
Recollecting was easy if one could reduce the area of stimulation around the body. This was the reason for the crate; then breathing would foster deeper and deeper memories. EG,288
 
HOW DO YOU RECAPITULATE?
 
TWO STAGES OF RECAPITULATING: FIRST A BRIEF RECOUNTING OF ALL INCIDENTS IN OUR LIVES THAT STAND OUT FOR EXAMINATION, SECOND A MORE DETAILED RECOLLECTION WHICH STARTS SYSTEMATICALLY FROM THE MOMENT THE STALKER STARTS AND GOES THEORETICALLY UNTIL BIRTH
First stage: a brief recounting of all the incidents in our lives that in an obvious manner stand out for examination. EG,287.
Second stage: a more detailed recollection,which starts systematically at a point that could be the moment prior to the stalker sitting in the crate, and theoretically could extend to the moment of birth. EG,288.
 
MAKING THE LIST OF THE PEOPLE AND EVENTS YOU WILL RECOLLECT
Make a list of all people you had met in your life, starting at the present Areas: jobs, schools, etc EG,288 Write down a list of the events to be relived. EG,288 I should begin making a list of all the people I had met, starting from the present and going back to my earliest memories.... difficult but not impossible.. it's a necessary part of the recapitulation. The list forms a matrix for the mind to hook on to. She said that the initial stage of the recapitulation consists of two things. The first is the list, the second is setting up the scene. TSC,50.
 
RECAPITULATE ALL THE PROMISES EVER MADE IN YOUR LIFE
She advised me to review, during the recapitulation, all the promises I had ever made in my lifetime, especially the ones made in haste or ignorance or faulty judegement. For unless I deliberately retrieved my intent from them, it would never rise freely to be expressed in the present. TSC,117
 
RECAPITULATE DIFFERENT EVENTS OF YOUR LIFE WITHOUT ANY APPARENT ORDER.. BE SILENT AND LET THE SPIRIT POINT THEM OUT
Recapitulate different events of your life without any apparent order ..be silent and then get to the event the spirit points out.
(do not let your pettiness decide the events) TAOD,150 I asked her if the order in which one recollects the past matters. She said that the important point is to re-experience the events and feelings in as much detail as possible and to touch them with the sweeping breath, thereby releasing one's trapped energy. TSC,47.
 
WE SHOULD START THE RECAPITULATION FOCUSING OUR ATTENTION ON OUR PAST SEXUAL ACTIVITY
Clara explained that we must start the recapitulation by first focusing our attention on our past sexual activity... that's where the bulk of our energy is caught.. that's why we must free those memories first... TSC,51
 
RECALLING THE PEOPLE ON THE LIST: TAKE THE FIRST PERSON ON THE LIST AND WORK YOUR MEMORY TO RECALL EVERYTHING YOU EXPERIENCED WITH THAT PERSON EITHER BACKWARDS OR FORWARDS. GO THROUGH THE LIST WITHOUT DEVIATION
Take the first person on your list and work your memory to recall everything you experienced with that person.. from the moment you two met to the last time you interacted. or if you prefer, you can work backward, from the last time you had dealings with that person to your first encounter. Go through the list without deviation, from the first person on the list, reliving every one of my interactions with them.EG,288
 
RECALLING EVENTS ON THE LIST: TAKE THE FIRST EVENT ON THE LIST AND REMAIN WITH IT UNTIL ALL THE FEELINGS EXPENDED HAVE BEEN RECOUNTED
The stalker then takes the event at the top of the list and remains with it until all the feelings expended in it have been recounted. EG,288
 
WRITING NAMES OF PEOPLE YOU ARE RECAPITULATING
Clara had asked me to write on the ground the names of each person I had encountered in my life; then erase it with my hand after I had breathed in the memories associated with that person. Emilito ...had me write the names of people on dry leaves and then light a match to them after I had finished breathing in everything I had recollected about them.. TSC,240.. Description of the box. TSC,240..As I glazed at the flames consuming each leaf, I was to draw in the energy of the fire with my eyes, always being careful not to inhale the smoke. He instructed me to put the ashes from the leaves into a metal urn and the used matches into a paper sack. TSC,240.. Each of the matchsticks represented the husk of the person whose name had been written on the dry leaf that had been disintegrated by that particular match. When the urn was full, I was to empty it from the top of the tree, letting the wind scatter the ashes in all directions. I was instructed to lower the pile of burnt matches in a paper bag on a seperate rope and Emilito, handling the bag with a pair of tongs, would put it in a special basket he always used for that purpose. he was careful never to touch the matches or the bag.. disposing of the matches... was the final act in the process of breaking the ties with the world. TSC,241.
 
RECONSTRUCTING THE EVENTS/SETTING THE SCENE: START BY REMEMBERING THE PHYSICAL DETAILS OF THE SURROUNDING, THEN GO TO THE PERSON YOUR INTERACTING WITH AND THEN TO YOURSELF EXAMINING YOUR OWN FEELINGS. ONCE ALL THE ELEMENTS ARE IN PLACE USE THE SWEEPING BREATH AND BREATH IN THE SCENE
Arranging means reconstructing the event, piece by piece, starting by recollecting the physical details of the surroundings , then going to the person with whom one shared the interaction, and going to oneself, to the examination of one's feelings. TAOD,148 And setting up the scene consists of visualizing all the details pertinent to the events that one is going to recall. Once you have all the elements in place, use the sweeping breath; the movement of your head is like a fan that stirs everything in that scene... If you're remembering a room, for example breathe in the walls, the ceiling, the furniture, the people you see. And don't stop until you have absorbed every last bit of energy you left behind. Your body will tell you when you've had enough... TSC,50.
 
DOING THE SWEEPING BREATH/FANNING THE EVENT
 
START WITH AN INITIAL BREATH WITH THEIR CHIN ON THEIR RIGHT SHOULDER AND SLOWLY INHALE AS THEY MOVE THEIR HEAD TO THEIR LEFT SHOULDER. THE HEAD GOES BACK TO A RELAXED POSITION AND EXHALES LOOKING STRAIGHT AHEAD
 
The procedure starts with an initial breath. Stalkers begin with their chin on the right shoulder and slowly inhale as they move their head over a hundred and eighty degree arc. EG,288 The breath terminates on the left shoulder. EG,288 Once the inhalations ends, the head goes back to a relaxed position. They exhale looking straight ahead. EG,288
As stalkers remember the feelings they invested in whatever it is that they are remembering, they inhale slowly, moving their heads from the right shoulder to the left. EG,288
 
 
FANNING THE EVENT: LONG INHALATIONS LEFT TO RIGHT AND LONG EXHALATIONS FROM RIGHT TO LEFT
This is coupled with a natural, rhythmical breathing.long exhalations are performed as the head moves gently and slowly from right to left; and long inhalations are taken as the head moves back from left to right. ( called fanning the event) TAOD,148
 
INHALE THROUGH THE NOSE AS YOU TURN YOUR HEAD TO THE LEFT AND EXHALE AS YOU TURN IT TO THE RIGHT, THEN TURN YOUR HEAD TO THE LEFT AND TO THE RIGHT IN A SINGLE MOVEMENT WITHOUT BREATHING
She firmly took my chin in her hands and instructed me to inhale through the nose as she turned my head to the left and then exhale as she turned it to the right. Next, I was to turn my head to the left and right in a single movement without breathing. TSC,46
 
AS YOU INHALE THE SCENE, YOU INHALE LOST ENERGY AND WHEN YOU EXHALE YOU LOSE THE EXTRANEOUS FOREIGN ENERGY
I moved my head from right to left, breathing in the energy that was still hopelessly caught in the exhibition hall. As I brought my head back to the right again. I exhaled all the embarassment and self-pity that had enveloped me. I moved my head repeatedly, doing one sweeping breath after the other until all my emotional turmoil was released. TSC,97.Remember, intend to inhale energy that you left in the scene you're recapitulating, and to intend to exhale the extraneous energy into you by others. TSC,50. That's more like it... when exhaling, throw out all the thoughts and feelings you are reviewing. And don't just turn your head with your neck muscles. Guide it with the invisible energy lines from your midsection. Enticing those lines to come out is one of the accomplishments of the recapitulation. TSC,132
 
WHEN YOU WANT TO BREAK WITH THAT MOMENT DO THE SWEEPING MOTION BUT WITH NO BREATH
Then I moved my head from right to left and back again without breathing, thereby severing all ties with particular moment of my past. TSC,97.
 
 
BE SMOOTH WITH YOUR HEAD MOVEMENTS
Your movements are too jerky... breath like this... he inhaled deeply as he gently turned his head to the left. Then he exhaled thoroughly as he smoothly turned his head to the right. Finally, he moved his head from his right shoulder to the left and back to the right again without breathing, then back to the center. I copied his movements inhaling and exhaling as completely as I could. TSC,132
 
WHILE YOU RECAPITULATE YOU SHOULD BE FEELING FOR FIBERS THAT
EXTEND OUT FROM YOUR MIDSECTION AND THEY SHOULD BE SYNCHRONIZED WITH YOUR BREATHING AND THE MOVEMENT OF YOUR HEAD
she warned me that recapitulating is not an arbitrary or capricious exercise. When you recapitulate, try to feel some long stretchy fibers that extend out from your midsection.. then align the turning motion of your head with the movement of these elusive fibers. TSC,47. he suggested I synchronize the rhythm of my breathing with the turning of my head, so that together they would entice the invisible energy lines from my abdomen to extend outward into infinity. TSC,132.
 
WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF RECAPITULATION?
 
YOU CAN BECOME TOO SELF-CENTERED/FILLED WITH SELF-PITY
She also pointed out that for more than six months I had been doing nothing but focusing on incidents of my life. Caring for something outside of myself would prevent me from becoming more self-centered. (gives her the gardening task) Most people only know how to care for themselves... Although not very well at that.Because of this overwhelming emphasis, the self becomes distorted, full of outrageous demands.... TSC,110.
But what hurt me most we when she told me that my months of recapitulating were meaningless; they were nothing but shallow reveries, for all I had done was to reminisce nostalgically about my marvelous self or wallow in pity remembering my not-so-marvelous moments. TSC,153.
 

9. SORCERY PASSES (TENSGRITY)

 
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE SORCERY PASSES?
 
SORCERY PASSES ARE DESIGNED TO GATHER ENERGY FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE. IT PASSES ENERGY FROM THE BEATH TO THE AREA WHERE WE PLACE OUR ATTENTION. TO ALLEVIATE STRESS
These are sorcery passes, movements of the hand that sre designed to gather energy for a specific purpose. TSC,105. Whenever energy gathers, as in the case of these sorcery passes we call it power. TSC,106. The movements she was teaching me whether you called them sorcery passes or breaths.. were important because they operate directly on the reserve system, and that the reason they can be called indispensible passes is because they allow added energy to pass into and through pathways. Then when we are summoned to action, instead of becoming depleted from stress, we become stronger and have surplus energy for extraordinary tasks. TSC,125. (they are called breathing passes) because the preset intent of these passes is to pass energy from the breath to the area where we place our attention. It could be an organ in our body or an energy channel or even a thought or a memory; as in the case of the recapitulation. What is important is that energy is transmitted, thus fulfilling the intent established beforehand; the result is sheer magic, because it appears as if it had a sprung out of nowhere. That's why we call these movements and breaths sorcery passes. TSC,112 To complement the recapitualation I was taught a series of practices called sorcery passes involving movement and breathing. TSC,xiii With all the tension that rises to the face, we certainly need a different intent if we are going to relax the muscles and tone the centers located there. Clara said that all our emotions leave traces on our face, more than on any other part of our body. Therefore we have to release accumulated stress using the sorcery passes and their accompanying intent. TSC,109.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE MOVEMENTS OF A SORCERY PASS
I saw her repeat the movements she had shown me, except that this time she was making her fingers and hands dance. her hands seemed to penetrate deeply into the skin of her face; at the other times, they passed over lightly as if gliding on the skin's surface, moving so rapidly that they seemed to disappear. Watching her exquisite movements mesmerized me. TSC,108. This way of stroking was never in your inventory.. This is sorcery. It requires an intent different from the intent of the daily world. TSC,109. As she performed her sorcery pass, I recognized it to be a movement of the same nature as the ones Clara had shown me, but it was different too, lighter, smoother, more energetically charged. Clara's sorcery passes were like martial art movements, they were graceful and filled with internal strength. nelida's passes were ominous, threatening and yet at the same time a pleasure to watch; they radiated a nervous energy but they were not agitated. TSC,185.
While she executed her pass, Nelida's face was like a beautiful mask. her features were symmetrical, perfect. Watching her exquisite movements done with utter aloofness and detachment, I remembered what Clara had said about Nelida having no pity. TSC,185. ..after I finished the pass, I felt strong and bursting with energy. TSC,185. Close your eyes... when your eyes are closed it's easier to use energy lines that are already there to keep your balance... (I had no trouble following her cues for changing positions, yet I had difficulty).. I knew it was because I was trying too hard to do the movements correctly. It was like the time I had tried walking with my eyes shut, and kept stumbling because I desperately wanted to succeed. But gradually my desire to excel diminished and my body became more limber and subtle. As we kept on moving, I became so relaxed that I felt I had no more bones or joints. If I raised my arms overhead, it seemed I could stretch them all the way to the tops of the trees. If I bent my knees, and lowered my weight, a surge of energy rushed downward through my feet. I felt I had grown roots. Lines were extending from the soles of my feet deep into the earth, giving me an unprecedented stability. Gradually the boundry between my body and its surroundings dissolved. With every pass I did, my body seemed to melt and merge with the darkness until it began to move and breath all by itself. TSC,129. At one point, the strangest thing yet happened. I felt a light turning on inside my forehead... I became aware that the light wasn't really inside me at all. It came from the top of the trees as if a huge panel of electric lights had been turned on at night, illuminating an outdoor stadium. I had no trouble seeing Clara and everything on the patio, and what was around it. The light had the strangest hue; I couldn't decide if it was rose-tinted, pinkish or peach, or like pale terra-cotta. In places, it seemed to change its glare depending on where I looked. TSC,129. Don't move your head...and continue keeping your eyes closed...just concentrate on your breathing. TSC,129. I was trying to determine the coloration of the light, for it seemed to change with every movement of my head. And its intensity fluctuated depending on how hard I stared at it. I became so involved with the glow around me that I lost the rhythm of the breaths. Then as suddenly as the light had turned on, it switched off again and I was left in total darkness. TSC,130.
 
HOW LONG DO YOU DO THE PASSES?
 
NEVER DO THE PASSES LONGER THAN A FEW MINUTES
She warned me never to do any of the breathing passes she was about to show me for more than a few minutes at a time. TSC,112.
 
HOW OFTEN DO YOU DO THE PASSES?
 
YOU MUST DO THEM DAILY
What I'm going to show you first are simple movements that you must do daily... regard them always as an indispensable part of your life. you must perform (these) every day of your life from now on. TSC,106... must be practiced daily until they cease to be massagelike movements and become what they really are: sorcery passes. TSC,108 I can't urge you enough to practice all the passes i've shown you.. they are indispensible companions of the recapitulation. TSC,114. They have to be practiced every day or else they're worthless. You wouldn't think of going without eating or drinking water, would you? The exercises I've taught you are even more important than food or water. TSC,124. do them every day and you not only won't get tired or sick but you'll have plenty of surplus energy for your intending. TSC,125.
 
TYPES OF PASSES
 
MOVEMENTS FOR KEEPING A YOUNG APPEARANCE
 
LOOKING YOUNG IS A MATTER OF KEEPING INNER BALANCE
The way I look is a matter of keeping my inner being in balance with the surroundings... everything we do hinges on that balance. We can be young like this stream, or old and omnious like the lava mountains in Arizona. it's up to us. TSC,41.
 
PREVENTING WRINKLES
The purpose of these sorcery passes is to keep one looking youthful by preventing wrinkles from forming... The purpose has been decided beforehand, not by me or by you, but by power itself. TSC,106
She brought her left palm to her forehead and stroked it in a circular fashion. Then she moved her hand over the top of her head and down the back of her neck, after which she flicked her wrists and fingers in the air. She repeated this stroking and flicking sequence several more times. TSC,105.
This circular stroking prevents wrinkles from forming on the forehead.. it may appear like a facial massage to you, but it isn't. TSC,105.
 
TO PREVENT FURROWS FROM DEVELOPING BETWEEN YOUR EYEBROWS.
She vigorously rubbed each thumb on the palm of the opposite hand and placed them on the bridge of her nose. She moved them outward with light, even strokes over her eyebrows to the temples. TSC,107.
 
TO PREVENT THE CHEEKS FROM SAGGING
She briskly rubbed her palms together, and with long, firm strokes, she slid them up each cheek to her temples. She repeated this movement six or seven times, always using slow, even, upward strokes. TSC,107
 
MOVEMENTS TO HELP THE PHYSICAL BODY
 
INCREASING STRENGTH IN LUNGS
Description of.. TSC,125,126.....your lungs are weakened from excessive weeping.. a lifetime of feeling sorry for yourself certainly has taken its toll on your lungs. TSC,125.
 
TO CLEAR THE SINUS CAVITIES
After quickly rubbing together her index fingers, like two sticks starting a fire, she brought them vertically to each side of her nose and gently moved them sideways over her cheeks several times.... that's to clear the sinus cavities... she said, deliberately constricting her nasal passages... TSC,107
 
TO STOP BEING DROWSY
I noticed her face was flushed, but she didn't stop yet. She placed the inner edge of her hand, with her thumb folded over her palm, above her upper lip and rubbed back and forth with a vigorous sawlike motion. She explained that the spot where the nose and upper lip join, when briskly rubbed, stimulates energy to flow in mild, even bursts. But if greater bursts of energy were needed, they could be obtained by pricking the point at the center of the upper gum, underneath the upper lip and below the nose septum. If you get drowsy in the cave while recapitulating, rub this point briskly and it will temporarily revive you.. I rubbed my upper lip and felt my nose and ears clear. TSC,108...I also experienced a slight numbing sensation on the roof of my palate. It lasted for a few seconds but took my breath away. it left me with the sensation that I was just about to uncover something that was veiled. TSC,108.
 
FLOWING WATER TO TAKE AWAY UNWANTED THINGS
Move your feet at the ankles in a clockwise circle... let the running water draw away your fatigue... Now try to feel all your tension flow down to your feet, then throw it out with a sideward snap of your ankles... flowing water takes away tiredness, coldness, illness and every other unwanted thing, but in order for this to happen, you must intend it. otherwise you can flick your feet until the stream runs dry with no results... if one did the exercise in bed, one would have to use the imagination to visualize a running stream. TSC,40.
 
TO PRODUCE A CALM ALERTNESS
Next, Clara moved her index fingers sideways under her chin, again using a quick back and forth sawlike motion..stimulating the point under the chin produces a calm alertness. She added that we can also activate this point by resting the chin on a low table while sitting on the floor. After a few moments, I felt my body settle down; a prickling sensation rose up my back, entered my head and my breathing became deeper and more rhythmic.... another way to awake
the center under the chin is by lying on the stomach with the hands in fists, one on top of the other, under the chin. She recommended that when doing the exercise with the fists we should tense them to create pressure under the chin and then relax then to release the pressure. Tensing and relaxing the fists.. produces a pulsating movement that sends small bursts of energy to a vital center directly connected with the base of the tongue. She stressed that this exercise should be done cautiously otherwise one might develop a sore throat. TSC,108.
 
 
A TECHNIQUE TO DIMINISH OUR INNER AGITATION
Description of TSC,75... she explained that to gaze fixedly in that manner places our awareness outside of us onto the ground, thus diminishing our inner agitation. TSC,75...
 
TECHNIQUE TO REVIVE THE WEAK OR TO CREATE A STATE OF UNIQUE ATTENTION
Clara picked up a hard-pointed stick and poked my feet in between the big and the second toe. Something like a mild current of electricity shot up my calves and ran along my inner thighs. Then she made me kneel on all fours and, taking each foot at a time, turned my soles up and poked me at the point just below the protuberance of my big toe. I yelled with pain. Classical Chinese doctors used to apply that technique that jolt and revive the weak or to create a state of unique attention. But today such classical knowledge is dying out... because the emphasis on materialism has led man to move away from esoteric pursuits. TSC,39
 
MOVEMENTS FOR BALANCING OUR INTERNAL ENERGY
 
A BREATH TO BALANCE OUR INTERNAL ENERGY
I'll show you a breath that has been a secret for generations. This breath mirrors the dual forces of creation and destruction, of light and darkness, of being and not-being. TSC,44 sit with my spine curved forward and to bring my knees to my chest as high as I could. While keeping my feet on the ground, I was to wrap my arms around my calves and firmly clasp my hands in front of my knees, or, if I wished, I could clasp each elbow. She gently eased my head down until my chin touched my chest. I had to strain the muscles of my arms to keep my knees from pushing out sideways. My chest was constricted and so was my abdomen. My neck made a cracking sound as I tucked my chin in.this is a powerful breath..it may knock you out or put you to sleep.Clara instructed me to take short, shallow breaths. I told her that... was the only way I could breathe in that position. She said that even if I only partially released the arm pressure I was creating with my hands, my breath would return to normal. But this wasn't what she was after. She wanted me to continue the shallow breaths for at least ten minutes.
I stayed in that position for perhaps half an hour, all the while taking shallow breaths as she had instructed. After the initial cramping in my stomach and legs subsided, the breaths seemed to soften my inside and dissolve them.
The after an excruciatingly long time, Clara gave me a push that made me roll backward so I was lying on the ground, but she didn't permit me to release the pressure of my arms. I felt a moment of relief when my back touched the ground, but it was only when she instructed me to unclasp my hands and stretch out my legs that I felt complete release in my abdomen and my chest. The only way of describing what I felt is to say that something inside me had been unlocked by that breath and had been dissolved or released. As Clara predicted, I become so drowsy that I crawled back inside the cave and fell asleep. TSC,44
Clara said that if this breath is performed regularly, with calmness and deliberation, it gradually balances our internal energy.
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MOVEMENTS FOR GATHERING ENERGY
 
POWER BREATH.. FOR QUICK ENERGY
she moved her hand and gently pressed my solar plexus. If you need a quick surge of energy..do the power breath... I watched Clara do a series of short inhalations and exhalations through her nose in rapid succession, vibrating her diaphragm. I imitated her and after twenty or so breaths, contracting and relaxing my diaphragm, I felt warmth spreading through out my midsection... going to sit here doing the power breath and gazing at the light behind the eyes.. until you're no longer frightened. TSC,75.
 
OPENING ENERGY PASSAGEWAYS IN THE BODY (COULD BE RELATED TO INCREASING LUNG STRENGTH)
After performing the movement with my right arm, I felt a burning in my thigh muscles from standing with my knees and ankles bent. Even though I stood in the same position every day while practicing kung fu, my legs seemed to vibrate as if an electric current were running through them. Clara suggested I stand up and shake my legs a few times to release the tension. TSC,126.Clara emphasized that in this sorcery pass, rotating and pushing the arms up in conjunction with breathing moves energy to the organs and vitalizes them. It massages deep, underlying centers that rarely are activated. Turning the head massages the glands in the neck and also opens energy passageways to the back of the head. She explained that if awakened and nourished by the energy from breathing, these centers could unravel mysteries beyond anything we can imagine. TSC,126,127.
 
A PASS FOR GATHERING ENERGY BY MAKING A HOLE
Description of.. TSC,185. This pass is for gathering energy from the vastness that lies just behind all that we see.. try making a hole and reach behind the facade of visible forms and grasp the energy that sustains us. TSC,185
 
MOVEMENTS FOR DIRECTING ENERGY
 
DIRECTING THE ENERGY OF THE SUN FOR HEALING A PART OF THE BODY
Description of.. TSC.112,.. Description of more of the technique..TSC,113......she explained that in this exercise, the energy of the sun automatically spreads throughout the body. But we could deliberately send the sun's healing rays to any area by touching the spot where we want the energy to go, or simply by using the mind to direct energy to it. Actually when you've practiced this breath long enough, you don't need to use your hands anymore.. you can just visualize the sun's rays oozing directly into a specific part of your body. TSC,113.
 
LIGHT BEHIND THE EYES
Desc. of... TSC,75... If the transfer is accomplished, a light appears on the dark screen behind closed eyes.... she said that we can send this luminous spot of energy to any part of our body to counteract pain, disease, apprehension or fear. TSC,75.
 
MOVEMENTS TO BRING OUT THE DOUBLE
 
CATCHING THE DOUBLE
Description of... TSC,114,115.another powerful sorcery pass...that it had to be executed in one single motion, with strength, precision and grace, but without straining. TSC,114. You have enough energy to intend with me the result of this sorcery pass. TSC,114. I was completely perplexed by what i saw, which when I thought about it, I could explain as being an optical illusion created by her speed. But at a bodily level, I knew that my eyes had seen something inconceivable; I had had enough energy to suspend my common sense expectations and allow another possibility to enter in. TSC,115.
this sorcery pass enables the body to unite with its double in the realm of not-being, whose entrance hovers above the head and slightly behind it. By bending backward with the arms outstreched, we create a bridge, and since the body and the double are like two ends of the rainbow, we can intend them to join. TSC,115
this is a sorcery pass of the twilight.. but you have to have lots of energy and be extremely calm in order to do it. The twilight helps you to become calm and gives you an added boost of energy. That's why the end of the day is the best time of the day to practice it. TSC,115.
 
BODY MANEUVER CRUCIAL FOR ERASING OUR FALSE DUALISM (PREPARING THE DOUBLE)
she wanted to show me one other body manuver crucial for erasing our false dualism. She asked me to sit with my back straight and my eyes slightly lowered, so that I would be gazing at the tip of my nose. TSC,45. Description of the breath. TSC,45Clara said that circulating the breath in such a fashion creates an impenetrable shield that prevents outside disruptive influences from piercing the body's field of energy; it also keeps vital energy from dispersing outwardly. She stressed that the inhalation and exhalation should be audible, and that the breathing exercise could be done while one is standing, sitting, or lying down, although in the beginning it is easier to do it while sitting on a cushion or on a chair. TSC,46.
 
MOVEMENTS FOR GETTING TO THE NAGUAL
 
EXERCISE FOR STOPPING THOUGHTS AND FOR FEELING ENERGY LINES
 
she was going to show me another exercise for stopping thoughts and for feeling energy lines. Otherwise I would be doing what I had always done: be enthralled with myself. TSC,87
Clara told me to sit in a cross-legged position and lean sideways as I inhaled, first to the right, then to the left, and to feel how I was being pulled by a horizontal line extending out of the opening of my ears. She said that, surprisingly, the line didn't sway with the motion of one's body but remained perfectly horizontal, and this was one of the mysteries she and her cohorts had discovered... leaning in this manner.. moves our awareness - which normally is always directed to the front-to the side... she ordered me to loosen my jaw muscles by chewing and swallowing my saliva three times... the chewing and swallowing brings some of the energy lodged in the head down to the stomach, lessening the load on the brain.. TSC,87S
 
CRACKING AN OPENING IN THE ENERGY LINES
Description of.. TSC,127.
What you are going to open is a crack in the energy lines of the world... Imagine those lines as rigid vertical cords that make a big screen in front of you. Now grab a bunch of the fibers and pull them apart with all your might. Pull them apart until the opening is big enough for you to step through. TSC,127.
this is one of the most powerful and mysterious of all the sorcery passes.. with it we can open doors to different worlds, provided of course that we have stored a surplus of internal energy and are able to realize the intent of the pass. TSC,127.
When you step in..your body has to feel rooted, heavy, full of tension. But once you are inside and have turned around, you should feel light and airy, as if you were floating around. TSC,127.
Exhale sharply as you lunge forward through the opening, then inhale slowly and deeply, filling your lungs completely with the energy from behind that screen. TSC,128.
You're not pulling the door open hard enough... use your internal energy, not just your arm muscles. Expel the stale air and pull in your stomach as you lunge forward. Once inside, breathe as many times as you can, but be on the alert. Don't stay longer than you need to. TSC,128...instantly I felt as if some sliding doors had opened. TSC,128.... all sorts of things can happen once you go through that opening. Remember you have to be cautious and at the same time bold. TSC,128.
 
USING ENERGY LINES TO STRENGTHEN THE DOUBLE
those invisible lines are a part of your soft body, your double... The more energy you entice out by manipulating those lines, the stronger your double will become. TSC,132.

COMMUNICATION WITH INTENT

she began curling her fingers as if she were making shadow pictures on the table cloth.. this is a form of communication, not with people but with that force we call intent.. she extended her little and index fingers, the made a circle by touching her thumb to the tips of the two remaining fingers. She told me that this was a signal to trap the attention of that force and to allow it to enter the body through the energy lines that end or originate in the fingertips. Energy comes through the index and little finger as if they are extended like antennae. Then the energy is trapped and held in the circle made by the other three fingers. She said that with this specific hand position, we can draw sufficient energy into our body to heal or strengthen it, or to change our moods and habits. TSC,63.
 
EXERCISING INNER HEARING FOR COMMUNICATION WITH THE NAGUAL
she told me to relax and to take deep breaths because she was going to show me how to exercise my inner hearing. For it is with the inner ear.. that one is able to discern the spirit's biddings. When you breathe, allow the energy to flow out of your ears... when you exhale, fix your attention on the openings of your ears and use your intent and your concentration to direct the flow... exhale through your nose with your mouth closed and the tip of your tongue touching your palate..exhales noiselessly... TSC,83...after a few attempts, I could feel my ears pop and my sinuses clear. Then she instructed me to rub the palms of my hands together until they were hot and to place them over my ears with my fingers almost touching, at the back of my head.. Clara suggested I massage my ears using a gentle circular pressure; then, with my ears still covered and my index fingers crossed over the middle fingers, I was to repeatedly tap behind each ear by snapping my index fingers in unison. As I flicked my fingers, I heard a sound like a muffled bell reverberating inside my head. I repeated the tapping sound eighteen times as she had instructed. When I removed my hands I noticed I could distinctly hear the faintest sounds in the surrounding vegetation, while before everything had been undifferentiated and muffled. TSC,84.