All that manifests to our senses, all that we perceive and experience as human beings is the Tonal which represents a very small portion of all that is. The Tonal is our material playground and what lies beyond is an unfathomable mystery that cannot be comprehended, only experienced, witnessed.

This side of ourselves is called the Nagual. By integrating the known [tonal] with the unknown [nagual], a union of self occurs. What was fractured is now whole and when an individual becomes whole they recognize that the reality of the world is merely a matter of perception; their perception then changes.

The need to rescue and reintegrate this side of ourselves into an everyday reality constitutes one of the most commonly reoccurring themes in works of Carlos Castaneda, Victor Sanchez and Don Miguel Ruiz.

There are techniques designed to destructure the ego as well as our ordinary view of the world. These techniques are called Not Doings. They are actions foreign to our ordinary description of how the world works. Examples of this are walking backwards, learning to be aware in dreams, and gazing at the shadows of things, instead of the things themselves. This suspends our normal perceptions; then the world truly becomes a magical place.

Not Doing is the cognitive dissonance that unentangles your awareness. The disarrangement of the world by doing something absurd helps us realize that the world as we know it is an arrangement of agreements and perceptions. Just the simple act of tying your shoelaces in a different way shows you how our daily world is structured on a set of agreements. Outside of these arrangements the possibilities of our awareness are unbounded.


Assemblage point is thought to be the point where one's perception is assembled, which determines the particular world one is seeing and living in. In normal humans it is considered to be an arms-length behind one's back, between the shoulder blades. That is the position that allows us to live in the normal human world, with our normal limited human perceptions, and our normal attachment to human self-importance.

If one manages to shift that assemblage point to a different location, one moves into a different world. A slightly different world, or a very different and bizarre world.

When we dream at night, the assemblage point is naturally more loose and moves about. The hard part is to do it consciously and deliberately.

Locating and experiencing our Assemblage Point gives us personal proof that in addition to our physical body, we all have an energy body directly connected to the 'life force' of the individual. The Assemblage Point is not part of the physical body.

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