Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Sorcerer and the Tree

What you think of as reality is organized and categorized according to the ordinary input of the five senses, yes? But more than that, it goes something like this: a tree is a tree and it is green and leafy because this is the language the dominant species has chosen to identify that construct to the masses. It is an object made of language to which everyone has agreed to agree as to what the words generally mean. Ah, but to someone who *sees*, the tree is really only an arrangement of energy cast in the shape of the tree. In first attention, the tree is the tree because the word has meaning. In second attention, the tree is an arrangement of energy, clearly *seen*, resembling what is known to the first attention as “tree”. In the third attention, the energy comprising the tree is the raw matter of true sorcery, and can be called upon to represent whatever the sorcerer might desire to perceive. This is the foundation of creation, the cornerstone of a separate reality.

But never forget: the act of creation requires extreme energy, so the goal of entering the seventh sense isn’t just to begin rearranging all the stray molecules into castles and dragons and faerie creatures of lore. Just as the world with which you are familiar is largely created for you by those who have gone before, so it is here, but the difference is that here the world is Will and Death is neither landlord nor tenant.

So what does this have to do with a shift of the assemblage point? Simply this: as long as you see only the tree, a tree is all it will ever be. When you learn to perceive the glossy construct of the underlying energy, you have taken a step toward undoing the world of matter and men. And when at last you stand in the nagual and can command the energy of the tree to be anything you will it to be, you will have mastered your own creation in ways that should begin to be obvious to you. Shall I give you a hint? It is this: in the third attention, the trick to staying is to recreate the self using the tools of perception and the Will and intent of the sorcerer’s magick. Understand this, for it is the secret to your ultimate evolution: when you can enter the seventh sense and will the raw matter/energy of creation to be the immortal “other” and when you can not only interact with it but exert will and intent to inhabit it, you will have willed your own immortality by entering the Totality of yourSelf, yes?

(Orlando - November, 2000)

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