GLOSSARY OF TERMS
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- 1) The emptiness or the nothing, the absence of all things. Most
people have never seen the abyss, while others think of it (erroneously)
as the religious vision of "hell”. If consciousness is existence, the
abyss is oblivion. 2) The hollow emptiness inside someone who has made
no attempt at their own personal evolution. The soulless void. In this
definition, the abyss is the pit of despair into which people fall when
they experience what is traditionally called a "loss of faith".
Fortunately, it is this loss of faith and the subsequent fall into the
abyss from which the journey toward evolution often begins. When faith
fails or is intentionally abandoned, it is from the abyss that we begin
our climb toward self-identity and self-Realization.
ALLY or ALLIES - entities who may act on behalf of a
seeker. Since the allies are not bound by our traditional understanding
of space/time, we might have an ongoing and seemingly inexplicable
interaction with an ally for years before we begin to understand that
the ally is often the self, having created the illusion of separateness
so as to serve as teacher and guide. Other allies, it must be stressed,
are beings completely separate from the self - what sorcerers refer to
as "inorganic beings". Still another definition of an ally might be the
living essence of power plants – the mushroom ally, for example, or “the
ASSEMBLAGE POINT (or AP) – The assemblage point is, first
and foremost, the viewpoint through which we see our world. Some
perceive the assemblage point as a physical location on the body,
between the shoulder blades, but other mystics & seers view it simply as
the automatic "program" which runs in the background of our minds once
we have been fully socialized into the world - normally at around age 4.
It is through learning to move the assemblage point that the seeker may
begin to experience the reality of other perceptions, other "worlds".
The assemblage point also moves of its accord in times of physical or
emotional duress. An assemblage point that is out of
alignment results in dis-ease and states of unwellness which may
encompass mind, body & spirit equally or individually.
BELIEF SYSTEM - Any school of thought which requires
belief or faith as opposed to personal experience. One example:
Christianity. Another example: Atheism. Both require belief in external
forces or causes, and are therefore only opposing sides of the same
coin. Christianity requires faith that God exists. Atheism requires the
belief that there is no God. Ultimately, neither the Christian nor the
atheist can prove his beliefs, so faith of one sort or another is
required in either point of view, and therefore both systems fail as
vehicles to Knowledge.
BLACK IRON PRISON – the overlay; the matrix; the continuum
of ordinary awareness in which mortals exist until they awaken. Term
coined by Philip K. Dick with regard to his own spiritual awakening, as
discussed in the book, In Pursuit of VALIS; the Exegesis of Philip K.
BRUJO or BRUJA - a sorcerer. All men or women of Knowledge
may be brujos, but not all brujos are men or women of Knowledge.
BURN WITH THE FIRE
FROM WITHIN – Believed by some to be the manner in which a
sorcerer, warrior or Nagual leaves this earth in order to join with the
infinite. Many different interpretations have been offered, but in
essence I see this more as a metaphor for transcending death with
absolute awareness rather than any actual dis-corporation of the
physical form. What leaves the earth is the totality of awareness, the
totality of Self. All aspects of individual awareness are consumed by
the Intent of the warrior, so no fragments are left behind. In this
manner, the warrior leaves the earth as a Whole entity.
CASTANEDA, CARLOS – Author of several books regarding
Toltec traditions, including The Teachings of Don Juan,. From my point
of view, a word of gratitude is owed to Carlos for developing what
amounts to a syntax and specialized language which had proven invaluable
in my own journey.
CHANNELING - see Gnosis.
CLARITY – a warrior who has learned to
see and maintains the
assemblage point at a perpetual point of seeing may be said to have
achieved clarity. Clarity may also be defined as the ability to see the
world as it is, without the influence of programs or illusion.
Often the first step toward clarity is moving beyond the intrinsic fears
which permeate us until we gain sufficient awareness to confront them.
COHESION OF IDENTITY - a state of being in which the seeker has
gained a sense of self-awareness beyond all programs - i.e., the seeker
knows who he or she is apart from who they are related to, or what they
do for a living. There is a sense of self, an ability to touch one's own
consciousness and recognize it as a whole entity rather than merely
fragments associated with different roles. It is our observation that
there are levels of cohesion. When the seeker has achieved cohesion, it
is then possible to inhabit the Whole self into eternity as a
singularity of consciousness.
CONSENSUAL REALITY or CONSENSUS REALITY or CONSENSUAL CONTINUUM
– the world of ordinary awareness, defined & shaped by what is
agreed-upon by the majority of the consensus. The Real World. The
societies, cultures and definitions of “reality” we take for granted,
and upon which we all agree as to what is “real” and what is fantasy,
what is right and what is wrong. We are indoctrinated into the
consensual reality from the moment we are born, primarily through
language, and yet it can be proven through simple observation that much
of this indoctrination is incorrect, that what is “right” to one culture
is “wrong” to another, that what is “normal” to one consensus is
abhorrent to another. We live, therefore, in a world of illusions, a
world of words, even a world of lies.
DEATH AS ADVISOR - it is said that the warrior lives with
death as her advisor. Knowing we are beings who are going to die and
face the infinite, the warrior's decisions in life are guided by the
awareness. Knowing I am a being who is going to die, are my actions in
this moment impeccable?
DEPENDENCY or HUMAN FORM DEPENDENCY - A dependency is
anything to which the energy of the warrior is hooked. One easy to
visualize example is that someone who is uncomfortable being alone with
themselves could be said to have a dependency on friends, or constant
input from t.v., music or some other form of stimulus. Other examples,
used only to illustrate the point: a constant need for approval would
represent a strong dependency. Inability to break addictions such as
smoking, drinking, gambling, etc., are indicative of dependencies. Only
by identifying the dependencies and breaking them does the warrior free
up that energy to be used for other things. It could also be loosely
understood that "will" and "dependency" are mutually exclusive. As long
as powerful dependencies are in command of the warrior's energy, it is
virtually impossible to summon the will, because the energy required to
summon the will is in use by the dependency.
DIABLERO - a sorcerer, a man of Knowledge. In some texts,
"diablero" or "diablera" refers to a witch-healer as well. All wo/men of
Knowledge are diableros, but not all diableros are wo/men of Knowledge.
Diableros may also serve as teachers in the underworld. (See also:
Underworld, Sorcerer, Brujo)
DON JUAN MATUS - the Yaqui Indian brujo who served as
mentor to Carlos Castaneda.
DOUBLE – For practical purposes, the
double is the self in eternity, but can be visualized as the "vessel"
into which the warrior uploads his consciousness and identity through
the process of living impeccably. All warriors can develop a double,
though most remain unaware of the existence of the double. The double is
the energy body personified and occasionally even manifested in ordinary
awareness, developed through Dreaming to a point of extreme
cohesion. The double may take on a life of its own for all intents and
DOUBLE BEING - also called "the
Nagual". A rare type of human being who is simply born with two energy
bodies where normally only one is present. There are countless theories,
but my personal experience is that it is simply an "attribute", such as
being born with blonde hair or green eyes. One cannot "become" a nagual
anymore than a person with AB blood can suddenly have O blood. It has
been stated that the nagual man and the nagual woman are two separate
individuals, yet there are naguals who would say that the nagual man and
the nagual woman are literally two halves of the same being. At some
point in their human life, the second energy body appears to "split",
and leaves the world of ordinary awareness to exist in the seventh
sense, third attention, or, simply, "beyond the veil". It is the drive
to reunite with the other half of one's own self that so compels the one
who remains in ordinary awareness to follow the path, to respond to the
lure of the other half, which serves as a beacon to Freedom. Also, and
of greatest importance, it is because the half that goes into Freedom is
now a being of eternity (not constrained by time and space) that it
becomes possible for that half to actually instruct the mortal warrior
through a variety of methods, including meditation, dreaming, gnosis,
DREAMING - in the sorcerer's world, "dreaming" is an
entire artform which cannot be adequately explained in a few brief
words. Essentially, it is an active application of intent which enables
the sorcerer to dream lucidly and navigate the dreamscape in much the
same way we navigate the terrain of our ordinary awareness. Through
impeccable dreaming, the double is created, and through dreaming the
sorcerer begins to explore shifts of the assemblage point which enable
her to assemble other worlds. Through dreaming, it becomes possible to
connect the worlds of heightened awareness with the world of ordinary
DREAMING AWAKE – a level of awareness wherein the warrior
enters a state of dreaming while remaining technically in a state of
first attention awareness. To those who have experienced it, no
explanation is necessary. To those who have not, no explanation is
DUALITY - Meaning, literally, "two things simultaneously".
This is not the same thing as dualism, which implies perception through
opposites (i.e., dualism is the human propensity for perceiving
black/white, good/evil, god/devil, male/female, etc) Duality implies the
evolving perception which enables us to see that past and future, just
for example, are no different, but only different perceptions according
to our location in time. Duality further allows for two seemingly
contradictory conditions to exist simultaneously, without either
obliterating or in any way usurping the other. Example: "a
love/hate relationship". Another example: We exist as mortal
human beings in the Now, and simultaneously as eternal beings through
the energy body of the double. Duality can be studied in the statement, "You
must be immortal before you will know how to become immortal." As long
as we are locked into a linear, static perception of reality, we are
prisoners of dualism.
EAGLE – according to Toltec legend, the old seers
perceived an indescribable force which devours awareness at the moment
of death. Though there is no literal eagle, the force itself seemed to
be immense and had the shape of an enormous black eagle.
EMBRACING THE TOTALITY OF ONESELF - In shamanic terms,
self-integration, beginning with the actions of the warrior in ordinary
awareness and first attention, and projecting ultimately into the
seventh sense, third attention, infinity. Embracing the totality of
oneself would involve, among other things, the final integration of the
sorcerer with her double, i.e., the conjoining of the mortal
consciousness to the immortal vessel (or energy body). It could be said
that the double has already embraced the totality of itself, in that it
exists outside of time, i.e., not limited to the linear concept of past,
present & future, but instead a ubiquitous consciousness inhabiting all
of space/time simultaneously and infinitely. The double is the Wholeness
of the sorcerer, but the sorcerer only becomes whole if and when that
Wholeness is embraced and integrated ultimately beyond this
physical/mortal life. In other words, there is no predestination. The
existence of the double does not guarantee success as a warrior. The
double exists by the Intent of the sorcerer until the sorcerer actually
embraces and conjoins with that double into infinity.
ETERNAL BEING - An evolved consciousness that has gathered
its cohesion into Wholeness, and exists ubiquitously throughout the
space-time continuum and beyond. The eternal being may project
(manifest) an energy body which would be indistinguishable from a
corporeal body if that were the Intent, or be entirely non-corporeal,
strictly as a matter of Will. See also Immortality/Immortal.
FIRST ATTENTION -
Ordinary awareness. The ordinary resting place of the assemblage
point when it is not in heightened awareness or dreaming.
FOLLY - "In a million years, it won't make any
difference." Though we go through life thinking things matter, none of
them really do. Literally everything we touch in the world of ordinary
awareness is folly - and yet warriors play the game as if it matters,
and learn the art of stalking as a means of developing controlled folly
- actions performed with the awareness that they are folly, but
performed nonetheless with impeccability.
FOREIGN INSTALLATION – See predator mind.
– an altered state of consciousness accessible through a wide variety of
methods, including but not limited to simple Intent, meditation, certain
mind-altering substances such as psilocybin mushrooms, tantric sex, the
near-death-experience (or NDE), sensory deprivation, and many, many
other methods. To me, gnosis is the most crucial tool available to the
seeker, for it is through gnosis that – quite literally – the entire
knowledge of the entire universe is available if one knows how to
listen. What matters is that when the universe speaks, we not only
listen, but apply our full Intent to the task of discovering the meaning
behind the words. Over time, as our abilities & awareness
increase, we may begin to have a permanent channel to the voice of
gnosis through our connection to our own double. To achieve that state
of seamless gnosis is one of the warrior's greatest tasks.
HEIGHTENED AWARENESS - a state of increased perception,
wherein the warrior can seemingly learn and assimilate far more rapidly
and deeply than from within ordinary awareness. One of the tasks of the
warrior is to "remember the other self", which consists in part of
bringing into ordinary awareness the events she has experienced in this
altered state of consciousness. From experience, it seems that we simply
do not possess the preceptor organs of memory for events that occurred
in heightened awareness, just as we cannot see the subatomic world with
the naked eye. Special tools are required – in this case, the tools of
HOOK WITH THE WILL – an ability of a master sorcerer or
Nagual to essentially compel warriors into undertaking the journey –
because any sane being who knew what they were getting into would run
like hell. For that reason, it is not uncommon in Toltec practices for
the nagual man or woman to intentionally hook apprentices with the
energy of their own highly developed will.
IMMORTAL BEING or IMMORTAL - The terms "immortal" and
"eternal being" are used somewhat interchangeably unless specifically
noted otherwise, though by strict definition there is considerable
difference. When we say "the quest for immortality begins here", it
could perhaps be more accurately stated as "the quest for eternity
beings here". On the evolutionary scale, it could be surmised that an
eternal being has fewer limitations than an immortal still attached to
organic form. Picture this: if a comet smashes the earth and the planet
is reduced to rubble, the eternal being has the option of simply
manifesting elsewhere, becoming entirely formless, or assembling other
worlds. The physical immortal, on the other hand, might not have as many
options, depending on the level of evolution of consciousness. It is
speculated that there are physical immortals living among us.
INDIVIDUATION – The manifestation of the Self as a
singularity of consciousness. Many paths teach unity within the all as a
goal of the afterlife, whereas Individuation is the act of maintaining
the unique and individual I-Am throughout eternity.
INTENT – Intent (or "unbending
intent") could be loosely defined as an idea or thought-form held
constantly in the quantum shaman's mind until it becomes a literal part
of the shaman himself. For example, it is my intent to achieve an
evolution of consciousness that will enable me to exist as a cohesive,
sentient being with a single point of view continuing into eternity. The
strength of that unbending intent determines the manner in which the
shaman lives, which paths are taken.
INTERNAL DIALOGUE – the automatic chatter that goes on in
the human mind which is, essentially, how we keep our world intact.
Internal dialogue is everything from the lists we create to tell
ourselves that a tree is a tree and a dog a mammal, to the inventories
we run upon awakening each morning. Internal dialogue, in short, is the
language of the program, and one of the prerequisites to any serious
spiritual journey is learning to stop that automatic self-programming so
that we can hear the silence and access the deeper levels of the mind
itself, including the state of gnosis.
KNOWLEDGE -- as used throughout these documents, Knowledge
shall refer to the result of direct personal experience. Example: we are
taught as children that fire will burn, but until we touch a candle
flame to see for ourselves, we cannot know for sure. The Quantum Shaman
seeks Knowledge, never settling for faith or belief systems. The
greatest Knowledge comes through gnosis.
McKENNA, TERENCE – one of the greatest forward-thinkers
of this century or any other, Terrence McKenna experimented extensively
with mind-altering substances and produced some of the most visionary
insights into possibilities for human evolution as anyone ever has.
Sadly, Terrence died in 2000, and will be greatly missed. Must-reads by
Terrence include Archaic Revival and True
MAGICK or MAGIC – as used
throughout these documents, “magick” or “magic” is the force within the
human organism which enables us to do, perceive and interact with things
for which science has no immediate explanation. It is the force which
enables a 110 pound woman to lift a 5,000 pound truck off her child in a
crisis. It is the force that we recognize as “the little voice” that
tells a man not to get onboard a doomed airliner. It is the ghost inside
the machine, and it is altogether human. One day, science will explain
“magick”, and yet magick will never be fully understood, for as we grow
and evolve, our “magick” grows & evolves with us – like the muse, always
one step ahead so we will always be compelled to follow. Also, as used
throughout these documents, magick or magic is not defined by adherence
to ritual or religion. Magick is the force being sought through certain
rituals, but magick itself is most definitely not ritual or religion any
more than “the soul” can be found in “the church”. At best, one is only
a tool used in searching for the other.
MEDICINE WITCH – Sorcerer, shaman, healer, quantum
MEDITATION-WITH-INTENT - an active form of meditation as opposed
to the passive silence. Meditation with intent might also be described
as gnosis - the ability of the human mind to ask a question of the
non-local web of all information. But more than just asking the
question, meditation-with-intent enables the seeker to actually emerge
with answers based in higher truth because meditation-with-intent
develops the ability to listen and interact with the double. It will not
happen the first time the seeker tries it, for it is a technique of
learning to focus neither inward nor outward, but "non-locally"
throughout space/time, in the realm of reality where past, present and
future are all precisely the same, and where all information as to
events, probabilities and outcomes is already stored holographically.
Meditation-with-intent is tapping in to that limitless library. See also
MINDSET - a state of awareness from which we naturally
assemble our idea of reality. For example, our most common mindset tells
us what is possible, what is impossible, what is "real" and what is
"unreal". In our waking awareness, for example, we automatically "know"
we cannot fly, whereas in our dreaming mindset, we often discover that
we can do many things which are "impossible" in the mindset of ordinary
awareness . By changing our mindset about the parameters of reality, we
can often change the limitations that prevent us from expanding and
growing as individuals and as a species.
MOMENT OF CREATION - Because it is recognized in the sorcerer's
world that time is a matter of perception, it is further understood that
events that appear to have happened in the past may
actually have their origins in the future, through a process
termed "retroactive enchantment" by
Peter J. Carroll. The moment of creation is the moment in which the
sorcerer actually creates her double - with the full
awareness that there may have been evidence of the double long before.
The moment of creation is a moment of definitive action,
brought into being through Intent and Will. Put another way: if we do
not create the double today, he will not exist yesterday. Time can be
funny that way.
NAGUAL (pronounced "nah*wahl") - Nagual is a word with
many meanings. 1) The unknowable which lies outside of human perception.
The nagual is not the unknown, but the unknowable, all that cannot be
discussed in any direct language, but which nonetheless exists as real.
2) The "nagual" may also refer to the leader of the warrior's party - a
sorcerer, a brujo, a "man of knowledge" who is, by nature, a double
being. See also double being.
NON-LOCAL -refers to the concept that information,
consciousness and even certain types of beings may be described as
ubiquitous - i.e., existing simultaneously in all places and all times.
Non-local also refers to the concept that the universe - and especially
consciousness itself - is a holographic construction.
NON-ORDINARY AWARENESS - altered states of consciousness
such as dreaming, trance states, deep meditation, gnosis, visionary
ORDINARY AWARENESS - The state of consciousness which
results simply by being alive and walking through life. It is in
ordinary awareness that we enact our human programming. Ordinary
awareness is also known as the lowest common denominator of being human.
It is where and how we assemble the world and our expectations about it
- Della's double, the Nagual Man, the evolved self in eternity, outside
of time. To learn more about Orlando, visit
Meeting the Mirror or
The Life & Death Dialogues.
OVERLAY - (see also consensual reality). Essentially, the
overlay is the "play" of which we are all a part. It is the lives we
live and the things we do which we mistake for "real", but which are
only extensions of the human-default program. If we could see the world
with the innocence of a newborn child or an alien being who knows
nothing of the human paradigm, we would see the world as it really is --
without all the automatic things we say, think and do because it is
intrinsically programmed into us .
PHANTOM - individuals
still plugged into the belief systems of the consensual reality, usually
without ever questioning. Phantoms define themselves by what they do,
the company they keep, the church they attend, their social status.
Another mark of a phantom is that they possess an unlimited number of
personalities and roles, all without the cohesion of a single, unified
PLACE OF SILENT KNOWING, THE – A “space” or openness inside the
warrior where one can hear the voice of gnosis, the teacher who is often
POWER SPOT - a physical location which brings an
individual into balance with the earth, the non-local web of all
information, and with herself. A location which enables us to focus or
meditate, where we are in our most impeccable balance.
PREDATOR MIND – If it can be perceived that the consensual
reality possesses a rudimentary “hive mind”, it then becomes possible to
see that this hive mind is predatory in nature, in that it invades and
usurps the individual unless the individual has mastered extreme
awareness. IOW, we may be “taken over” by the consensual hive, whose
primary agenda is to preserve its static, status quo. Other – more
extreme – definitions have been offered for the predatory mind, and may
in fact, have truth as well.
PROGRAM - The information which we accept as truth without
necessarily confirming or disproving it for ourselves as individuals.
For example, we are taught, "All things die," and because this would
appear to be true, most people simply accept the statement as fact
rather than doing their own quest for Knowledge into the veracity or
falseness of the statement itself. In reality, we cannot know for
certain that "all things die." We can only know what our perceptions
reveal to us within our immediate environment. By altering our
perceptions - thereby altering our automatic expectations (the program)
- we learn to see that much of what we think we "know" about the world
is only what we "believe". The danger of all programs is that as long as
they are accepted blindly as fact, they prevent us from exploring other
possibilities. If, for example, the Wright Brothers had accepted the
program-du-jour which stated, "Man is not meant to fly," we would live
in a vastly different world.
QUANTUM SHAMAN™- a term first used by Orlando to describe
one who stops at nothing in order to pursue and eventually embrace the
Knowledge and abilities which will enable her to achieve a continuity of
consciousness wherein we become cohesive, sentient beings with a single
point of view continuing into eternity – a singularity of consciousness.
The quantum shaman gathers insights, knowledge and techniques from every
walk of life, from the sorcery of don Juan to the quantum experiments
taking place on the cutting edge of modern science, from legends of
ancient alchemy to shamanic herbalism. It is when the individual truths
gleaned from these multitudinous sources assimilate to create a
comprehensive "map" that we begin to understand the path toward our
evolution. It is then that we are enabled through our own efforts to
take control of our own destiny. This is the path of the quantum shaman™.
(Also, a registered Trademark of Della Van Hise)
REALIZATION - To make real through Intent. More than
"realizing" we are beings of ultimate potential, we Real-ize that
through our actions and our will.
RECAPITULATION - the process of essentially re-living
through intent events in the warrior's past which have left energy hooks
in the spirit. The process is described at length in the books of
Castaneda; but in a nutshell, recapitulation involves disentangling
those energy hooks, removing the "importance" placed on events in the
past, so that warrior is freed from those hooks and as a result, enabled
to go forward on his path. It is said that recapitulation frees energy
trapped in the past.
REMEMBERING THE OTHER SELF – Refers not only to
remembering events which may have occurred in heightened awareness, but
also involves a process of beginning to “remember” the experiences of
the double. It is through remembering that a cohesion of self is
achieved which enables the warrior to transcend beyond the eagle and
emerge as a singularity of consciousness.
RETROACTIVE ENCHANTMENT – term borrowed from Peter J.
Carroll. As understood by the author, an act of sorcery in the now which
may appear to have effects reaching backward in time.
RIGHT WAY TO LIVE – an intuitive awareness having nothing
to do with social morality or cultural predilections. The warrior is
guided by the right way to live through an intrinsic harmony with the
earth, which is communicated through the inner voice of gnosis.
RULE OF THE NAGUAL – an unwritten “map” which reveals to
the nagual man & woman specific truths about the path. The “rule”
reveals the truth about the eagle in specific – that awareness is lost
at death unless the warrior has taken measures to circumvent that
inevitability. The map, therefore, speaks to how that inevitability may
be thwarted through developing cohesion. It has been my experience that
the rule itself is the same for most Naguals, but how it manifests may
be very different. For example, not all Naguals form strict “warrior
parties,” yet they nonetheless end up guiding others to freedom in other
ways. In my own life, the rule of the nagual showed me the necessity to
write this book – largely for my own assimilation, and also to serve as
a guide for those who find it beneficial.
SCRY or SCRYING - any method of divination, or, more
accurately, seeing or gathering information or knowledge. Traditionally,
to scry (or scrye) was to gaze into a crystal ball, pool of water, or
other reflective object. Scrying can also refer to palm reading (as in
"scrying the palm of the gods"), gnosis , or any other method of
accessing knowledge and information traditionally thought to be beyond
the realm of human awareness.
SECOND ATTENTION - loosely defined, second attention is
the assemblage point of heightened awareness or Dreaming. It is the
world the sorcerer may manifest through Intent - such as in lucid
SEEING - when used in italics, "see" or "seeing" is to
describe the act of viewing the world (or anything within the world)
according to its true nature, without the illusions and expectations we
place onto the world through our own human programs. Seeing is more than
looking. It is the shaman's greatest asset and tool in being able to
recognize the illusory nature of the consensual reality (overlay) in
which we all exist, often without ever realizing it.
SELF-IMPORTANCE - Perhaps best summed up by Don Miguel
Ruiz in The Four Agreements, under the heading, "Take nothing
personally". It is self-importance that causes us to think that
everything that is said or done is somehow personal to us as
individuals. To get angry at the schmuck who cuts you off in traffic is
self-importance. It's about him, not about you. The common misconception
is that self-importance is arrogance, or egomaniacal behavior, and while
that could be true to an extent, self-importance is more accurately an
underlying defensiveness that prevents the warrior from embracing
clarity and power because she is so busy defending herself, when there
is nothing to defend in the first place. It. Ain't. Personal.
SEVENTH SENSE – a perceptual
plateau comprised of a combination of the 5 ordinary senses plus the
“sixth sense” of psychic awareness or, more precisely, self-awareness.
Orlando coined the term “the seventh sense” to describe the “world” we
are aspiring to inhabit through this evolution of consciousness – for it
is a state of being every bit as real and inhabitable as our world of
ordinary awareness, but accessed with a more evolved set of preceptors
which could be described as consciousness itself. Some have used the
term “third attention”, which is somewhat interchangeable. The seventh
sense is our world, but it is an expanded world.
- A word meaning, literally, "self-healed madman". Shamans do not belong
to any one culture or system of Knowledge. Any human being may have a
shamanic essence - a calling to healing of mind, body, spirit in
any combination. Orlando once said, "You are the quantum shaman - each
of you." The spiritual healing & integration undertaken by a
shaman (any shaman, including you) is what determines the difference
between a madman caught in the consensual reality, and a self-healed
madman (shaman) who begins to walk outside the box of ordinary
CONSCIOUSNESS – The self made Whole, the evolution of
consciousness which results in a cohesive field of awareness existing
ubiquitously and non-locally, infinitely and eternally. The cohesive,
fully integrated I-Am consisting of all components of the mortal self
and the eternal double, brought together under a single assemblage
- A being who has the ability to temporarily inhabit the body of
another. In certain branches of shamanism, the shaman may invite an
evolved entity (often his own double) to inhabit his body for the
purpose of sharing consciousness and expanding awareness. While
certain religious groups have expressed a fear of this as a form of
possession, skinwalking is normally a mutual agreement between the
shaman & the entity or spirits to whom he would lend his body. Do
unscrupulous skinwalkers exist? Sure. But so do unscrupulous
SORCERER – A man or woman of
Knowledge; brujo or bruja. All men of knowledge may be sorcerers, but
not all sorcerers are men of knowledge.
SORCERER'S WORLD - perhaps a better explanation would be
"sorcerer's mindset". The sorcerer's world is the world of perception
and ability available to the quantum shaman through the evolution of
consciousness. Not a different world, it is this world, but without the
limitations placed on it through our intrinsic programs and adherence to
the consensual reality.
SORCERY - a system of Knowledge geared toward a direct
manipulation of energy at the quantum level. Sorcery is not about
frivolous parlor tricks, but is instead geared toward bringing the
sorcerer into alignment with the higher self (or double) as an eternal
being. The sorcerer's ultimate "trick" is to transcend death (slip past
the eagle) not only retaining the awareness from this mortal life, but
conjoining with the higher self so as to "embrace the totality of
oneself" - in other words, a complete and seamless identity stretching
infinitely into past and future, with the understanding that eternity is
both and neither.
SPIRIT – If earth, air, fire and water are the 4 natural
elements, Spirit is the 5th element of creation. The living force or
anima of the universe – impersonal, not a deity or entity; the living
breath of power; the cohesive element of the all.
SPONTANEOUS PARTHENOGENESIS – the act of something coming
into existence out of the nothing, with no apparent cause. It is
theorized by the author that the universe created itself from the void
through an act of spontaneous parthenogenesis – a thought which wills
itself into existence by saying I-Am.
SUPER-POSITION OF THE SELF or
SUPER-POSITION OF THE ASSEMBLAGE POINT – A point of awareness wherein the seeker and the
Other (double) have conjoined to embrace the Totality of awareness. At
this point, consciousness becomes ubiquitous, inhabiting all quantum
positions simultaneously, thereby allowing for consciousness to take on
certain similarities of light. Particle and wave – particle being what
might be experienced should consciousness make the decision to
“localize” into a specific point in time and space; wave being the
non-local presentation of awareness, wherein it is a ubiquitous field
spanning all of space/time simultaneously.
TALES OF POWER - sorcery stories, usually incredible and
often unbelievable by their very nature. To the ordinary man, these
tales would automatically be deemed to be fiction, lies, or delusions.
Only to fellow sorcerers are they descriptions of acts of power,
describing very real events.
TENANT, THE – a being referenced in the books of Carlos
Castaneda, seemingly a self-created immortal in corporeal manifestation.
Also called “the death defier” because s/he has seemingly lived hundreds
THIRD ATTENTION – the state of freedom beyond the eagle,
when the warrior has achieved the state of Wholeness. The state of the
ubiquitous, non-local singularity of awareness.
TONAL – the world of matter and men. Anything that can be
discussed or known is within the tonal. The nagual is the unknowable, by
TULPA – the seemingly physical manifestation of a
thoughtform, usually transient and without individual volition.
TWO PART MIGRATION OF THE SOUL – the process wherein the
mortal self creates the double through dreaming, at which point the
double begins teaching the mortal self the path of evolution of
consciousness. The mortal self appears to create the double first, and
so the double exists as an eternal being, a construct of will and
intent. That “immortal” then teaches the mortal self how to evolve, so
that when the process is complete, the mortal self reconjoins with the
immortal double beyond the eagle’s reach.
- Also called the otherworld, or the spirit world. Many shamans report
visiting a realm of Spirit which seems to have certain common elements,
including a huge underground river flowing through a world where "dead"
shamans may collaborate with those still on this side to facilitate
healing, learning and exchanges of energy & Knowledge on many levels.
For a more thorough understanding of the underworld, try Michael
Harner's book, The Way of the Shaman.
WARRIOR or SPIRIT WARRIOR – a seeker of knowledge who has made the
commitment to the path of her heart. The warrior is the traveler on the
journey toward becoming a woman of Knowledge.
WHOLE SELF – The integrated totality of the mortal self
and the eternal double as it comes together in a single assemblage point
of cohesion beyond the eagle. From the AP of the Whole Self, all memory
of all fragments of the Self come into alignment. See also – singularity
WILL - Will is the force which manifests want or need into
reality. Will differs from intent. A simple analogy: intent is a true
and genuine plan to visit the Grand Canyon. Will is the force that puts
you behind the wheel of the car and drives. Will could also be described
as the force which causes the intent behind our magic to actually begin
to manifest. It is the secret ingredient of sorcery, elusive as the wind
and just as impossible to define.