Mastery of Awareness � The Mastery of Awareness entails the
re-emphasis of awareness from the world of the tonal (every day
objects) to the world of the nagual (spirit). During this stage of
development the warrior-traveler endeavors to minimize self
importance and gather energy. First and foremost, the student is
encouraged to take action and assume responsibility for his or her
Mastery of Transformation � During The Mastery of Transformation
the warrior-traveler endeavors to cleanse and retrieve energy and
to hone his only link to spirit, the intuition. The
warrior-traveler becomes impeccable by empirically testing this
connection and eventually banishing all doubts, accepting his or
her fate, and committing to follow a path with heart.
Mastery of Intent � Once the warrior-traveler has accumulated
enough surplus energy, enough personal power, the dormant second
attention is activated. Dreaming becomes possible. The
warrior-traveler maintains impeccability, walks the path with
heart, and waits for an opening to freedom.
Castaneda's books can be read as a philosophical/pragmatical text
that express a world view by which a person can live one's life.
There is a movement world-wide of practitioners of this philosophy,
applying Castaneda's published ideas either independently or
through consultation with Castaneda's associates.
According to Castaneda, the most significant facts in a person's
life are his possession of a dormant awareness and the possiblity
that one may keep this awareness after death. The primary goal of a
Toltec "Warrior" is the continuation of his awareness after bodily
death: to "dart past the Eagle and be free", in the words of the
tradition, where the Eagle is the force which consumes the
awareness of all living beings.
To cheat death in this way requires all of the discipline and
procedures that constitute the Warrior's way of life. These
practices are devised to maximise the Warrior's personal power, or
experience. The condition maintaining personal power is known as
Sufficient personal power leads to the mastery of intent, chiefly
the controlled movement of what is known as the "assemblage point".
This is an artifact of the tradition's description of another world
underlying what we perceive as ordinary reality. In this
description men are glowing cocoons of awareness inhabiting a
universe consisting of the Eagle's "emanations", described
euphemistically as all-pervading filaments of light.
Humans' cocoons are intersected throughout by these filaments,
producing perception, but they filter our perceptions by
concentrating on only a small bundle. The assemblage point is the
focusing lens which selects from the emanations. In its accustomed
position, the assemblage point produces what humans perceive as
everyday, 'normal' reality. Movement of the assemblage point
permits perception of the world in different ways; small movements
lead to small changes in perception and large movements to radical
changes. For example, dreaming is presented as the result of a
movement of the assemblage point; "power plants" such as Peyote,
used in the early stages of Castaneda's apprenticeship, produce
powerfully altered states of mind through such movement.
Castaneda describes complex and bizarre worlds experienced through
the controlled movement of the assemblage point in dreaming; his
premise is that the world of the dreams of a warrior is no less
real than the world of daily life. This follows logically from the
description of both worlds as being simply the result of positions
of the assemblage point. He depicts complex interactions with
unearthly beings in dream worlds and describes his fear of being
physically trapped by these malicious but charismatic beings.
Amongst the various practices of a warrior, Tensegrity, a series of
meditative stretching and posing techniques, is introduced in
Castaneda's tenth work, Magical Passes. The term is borrowed from
architecture�"tensional integrity". Tensegrity is promoted by
Cleargreen, Inc., a company founded in the 1990s, closely
affiliated with Castaneda, which runs workshops and sells various
materials relating to Castaneda's work. There are many individual
and group practitioners around the world. Tensegrity and much of
Castaneda's other work are the subject of a variety of recurring