Sages have always talked about an all pervading oneness throughout creation. Indeed many people intuit this innate essence. Physicists have been seeking this elusiveness. Recently they theorized and found a particle that was named the God particle or Higgs bosun. However fine their explorations it seems something playful still eludes them in their observations of waves and particles.
Energy practitioners have always, as scientists of perception, used themselves as their own experimental models. They also intuit an intelligent organisational binding force that permeates everything. Something very subtle beyond any syntax that man has attempted to apply to it. Yet practitioners have observed that this force will make itself available for beings to align with and use. Here opens the door to sorcery.
Walking the path to know ourselves there is always paradox. Shamans, Yogis, Tantrics, Fakirs and their like have convinced modern day energy practitioners, that to know and have facility with this force, they must enter through the body. To know this oneness it serves them well to enter into a knowledge of duality.
This can of worms that is the mind is already available to us. Yet fundamentally we are first and foremost Energy Beings. The fact that we see ourselves as objects in a world of objects is a facet of perception simply to facilitate our time here.
As Energy Beings we have two very different energies. Our experience on Earth is that everything has duality. Male and female are the ones that we soon recognise on our Earth journey. Ma and pa probably our first words.
Understanding ourselves is a process of stripping back all of the information that has been projected on us and reassessing from a detached point of view.
This perceived duality of male and female is reflected in everything. As mirror of the universe we have an active and receptive principle. Sun our dynamic active star and the Moon and Earth receptive to this activity. In most stories the Sun is male and the sisters Moon and Earth female.
Heaven and Earth, Yin and Yang, Abstract and Linear, Light and Dark, Chaos and Order, all follow this principle we have described.
One description of Yoga is, "the balancing of the twin forces of male and female in the body." The Toltec men of Knowledge from Central America also observed and investigated these fundamental energies.
They said that all duality was a reflection of the true duality, the Nagual and the Tonal. The word Nagual has many connotations yet here it is used as the Abstract or Chaos, it is seen as female.
Tonal is another word that has many connotations, here however we can use Linear or Order. These energies are seen as two complete bodies that have the possibility of co-joining and working together. The Right body being the male, the ordered body and the Left body being female, the abstract body.
The left body is seen as fiery and turbulent. The right body being seen as watery with a rocking, circular, spiralling energy. Through a profound bias the right body has preponderance, especially in modern day life. This situation renders man passive and has interrupted his evolutionary journey of awareness.
The Toltecs saw the universe as predominantly female and male energy as at a premium. Space was seen as female whilst the stars and their systems as male. Female energy held all possibilities from which the male the particular emerges.
Our modern day scientists have come to similar conclusions. Energy as a wave is unpredictable and particularises itself according to circumstance. Just as Einstein's science pointed out that matter and energy were interchangeable, the same holds true for wave and particle.
The Toltec men and women of Knowledge were deeply pragmatic, their taxonomy was not idle speculation, philosophy for its own sake. Rather it was a way of categorising their experience in this world and many others, revealed to them by the use of psychoactive helper plants and capitalising on it for power and understanding.
Actually these old sorcerers being capricious self-aggrandising men and women used their new found power and understanding for control of other beings. Thinking they were invulnerable they and their rule were all but destroyed by those they sort to manipulate.Those sorcerers that escaped and remained on Earth withdrew and considered all of the Knowledge they had inherited and where as master practitioners they had gone wrong.
These inheritors saw that manipulation for self aggrandisement had been the fundamental folly of the Old Sorcerers. They called themselves the New Seers and saw themselves as not fundamentally sorcerers but seers who intended becoming men of Knowledge. Men acquiescing and aligning with the underlying nature of the universe through impeccability.
However let us return to our subject of the Nagual and Tonal. Two words we haven't introduced go hand in hand with these they are Dreaming and Stalking.
There are many descriptions for both of these terms. A simple one is Dreaming is the movement of perception. Stalking is the fixing of attention.
Dreaming is associated with the Left body, the Nagual and Stalking associated with the Right body. The Right body is related to our activities in this reality we all know, termed as the first attention. It is related to how we describe and order our experience of human life through thought. The Left body is the world outside of our linear descriptions, termed the second attention, it can be experienced but descriptions fall far short of elucidating those experiences. It can be approached by feeling, meditation, hypnosis or visions etc and is most easily approached through our fluid night-time awareness in dreams.
Stalking is fundamentally self-observation of how our perception is fixed in this world. Knowing this we can unfix our perception from its redundant position and fix it in places that sustain wonder and growth, the world of dreaming. These twin arts Stalking and Dreaming are designed to be used together.
This system once understood and put into practice is one of the finest tools for examining and enhancing awareness. Stalking is brought to its peak in Recapitulation a conscious endeavour, using memory and breath, to remember all our significant interactions and perceive how our energy was attuned and fixed by learning.
Finding this information we see how practically we have become a puppet of handed-down ideas or more commonly a reaction to them. These ideas when carefully considered are often unfounded and outmoded as are our reactions. They no longer suit or serve us. They are often born of fear, greed, or of a victim mentality, impatience and the like.
Recapitulation and Stalking disengage us from our habitual way of thinking and acting that works to the detriment of innovation and creativity. For new growth to appear pruning is of optimum significance, it prompts growth. If we try and build new structures, without examining the old and removing the worn or inappropriate then our endeavours will fail.
Once the Right side awareness is ordered and understood with detachment, then the manoeuvre to open ourselves to Left side awareness can be attempted with success and without strain or injury.
Having ordered our awareness in our daily life we develop the stability to extend our awareness into the world of visions, dreaming and sorcery, to explore the unknown parts of ourselves and return with qualities, experience and energy that renew us.
When making a metal pot we use various techniques. Fundamental to that is a hammer and anvil. The anvil of our practice is in silence, meditation, visioning and dreaming. The hammer is in ordering our thoughts and actions to express what we find in silence practice. Yet without heat it is impossible to form the vase. Heat is brought through movement and breath.
At the core of most awareness systems you will find an accent on firstly bringing the body to optimum fitness. Secondly in utilising the breath to increase energy and use it to focus on that aspect of ourself beyond thought, in silence. These practices bring heat to the body.
If the human race is to survive and live harmoniously both with each other and the different species he shares his environs with then a somersault in his awareness has to happen. Man will evolve by his own endeavour, by examining his actions and taking responsibility for them individually. Then it is very possible he will find allies and helpers on his journey.
Unconsciousness is the only impediment to evolution. Be conscious in little things, in the minutiae of your life then that consciousness will grow. What you practice you will get good at. It is all up to you.
With a little care and tuning a discarded or unused instrument can sing with the most wonderful of harmonies and tunes. The body is an instrument, with care and attention, it can excel at its purpose, to bring forth sweet music and join the orchestra of life.
The dualistic and opposing forces are then seen to be also complimentary. Without bias there is oneness and in this perception of oneness and integrity is a joy, a fulfilment.
You are an Energy Being beyond description. Accept your fortune and shine.