Perception, stalking, ARTICLE ON from Warriors' Journeys


  • Perception, stalking, ARTICLE ON

One of the most effective ways of first discovering and then exploring altered states of perception is to take a stance of extreme HONESTY towards ones perception. By this I mean an extreme honesty with respect what one KNOWS about HOW they perceive.

I believe it would be best to start with an example. Let us say an apprentice has a vision during his dreaming exercise. He at first registers a feeling of inspiration. Then a scene unfolds in front of his inner eye in which he sees himself commanding a vast army. He commands the army to overtake a fort and defeat what looks like an evil sorcerer. This scene is followed by the Christ descending from heaven and exalting him on his fine work. Being new to the Warrior's Path, the apprentice could approach this experience in one of two ways. He could either dismiss it as an idle fantasy, or he could try to interpret the elements of the scenes like he would a dream. He could also interpret it as confirmation that he was sent by the Christ to lead a great army to victory. We will dismiss this latter possibility by assuming that this apprentice is a SANE and MATURE adult.

Another approach the apprentice could take is one that a stalker would take. If the apprentice who had this vision is being truly HONEST with himself, then ALL he could say at first is that he had a vision and that this vision evoked strong emotions within him. Acknowledging this also means relinquishing his HUNGER that the vision somehow CONFIRMS his "special-ness''. This is where he starts, because this is where the FACTS start.

From here, if the apprentice has developed some skill in stalking his perception, then he will also be able to see how his rational mind chose particular symbols from its inventory of the KNOWN that would evoke the emotions he felt (the army, the Christ, evil sorcerers). Looking further at the vision the apprentice will soon see that it is not the images, words, and sounds that constituted the vision, but the FEELINGS that followed the INSPIRATION. The emotions themselves are SECONDARY impulses CAUSED by the images.

Just from this one experience the perceptive apprentice can LEARN that this TYPE of vision begins with INSPIRATION, which unfolds FEELINGS within him that the rational mind tries to INTERPRET with its INVENTORY. This rational interpretation finally causes a further EMOTIONAL response as a SECONDARY reaction. This example demonstrates that an apprentice, whom may have discarded an experience such as this as worthless, could extract a sizable portion of KNOWLEDGE from it with CARE-FUL stalking.

This is one example of how to approach the stalking of one's perception. An approach that is characterized by being UNCOMPROMISING about the FACTS. But now once one has gotten this far what does the apprentice do with the RAW vision, i.e. the triggering feelings and emotions? Visions always come from the unknown and therefore beyond ones frame of reference. This means that there is very little hope of understanding what the vision is about directly afterwards. The feelings and emotions need time to be absorbed and explored fully. Quite often it is not possible to interpret the feelings simply because they concern challenges or events which have not yet materialized. What must always be remembered is that the feelings that come forth with the vision are meant to be used to learn NEW things about oneself.

Let's look further at the given example now that the apprentice has firmly grounded himself in reality. The apprentice has seen that it is the feelings that comprise the true vision. When it comes to inspirational visions as opposed to seeing one is usually calling forth FORCES within oneself which one NEEDS in order to help fulfill his/her fate. Technically these NEW forces are specific energetic alignments. These alignments essentially determine ones attitude and perspective towards the world around him/her. In other words, inspirational visions come about due to movements of the assemblage point.

The apprentice has noticed that the underlying feelings of his vision have several facets or layers. The vision opened with feelings that evoked the sense of commanding a vast army. The FEELING that evoked this is the sense of being the coordinating and directing agent between many different elements. As the tension of the vision continued to work itself out there came the feeling that evoked the image of a fort with an evil sorcerer within it. The feeling that caused the image of the fort was a feeling of resistance, particularly a repulsive feeling. The scene of the evil sorcerer was caused by another but slightly different feeling of resistance. The feeling of resistance with the sorcerer image was one that reminds the apprentice of a feeling of self-centered-ness.

From here comes the message of the vision, which is the overtaking of the fort with the army to defeat the evil sorcerer. In other words the apprentice can FEEL how he could martial forces within himself to defeat the resistances within himself. Further, the vision develops into the descent of the Christ, an image that was evoked by the sense of PEACE that came from overcoming the resistance. In this example you will see how I did not try to interpret this vision in terms of the KNOWN, but instead left it within its own CONTEXT. In other words, I did not say the vision showed me how to defeat my nasty boss at work or my neighbor with the high hedges who is trying to run the neighborhood. Visions are always deeply PERSONAL. If they ever involve another person in your life, then it is only because both of your fates are CLOSELY intertwined and even then the vision will involve only YOUR role in the relationship. In a sense the vision in and of itself constitutes new knowledge, since the apprentice now knows what it FEELS like to direct and coordinate many different elements in order to overcome resistance of the forms mentioned as well as the beneficial consequences of the act. Only time will tell WHY the apprentice needed to know how that FELT. Sometimes it is years before one can see in hind sight the purpose for a particular vision. It must also be noted that the images evoked by the FEELINGS will be different depending upon the individual. So for one person the sense of peace will evoke the image of the Christ whereas for another it will evoke the image of a pond with white Lilies, still another may hear a peaceful piece of music.

In this example I have tried to layout the ATTITUDE and direction which has given me the greatest accomplishment. If the reader can take this sober and straight forward approach to stalking ones perception then you will find yourself advancing in skill with both the first and second attention much more rapidly. As a final admonishment I will say that if you are looking for something that can boost your ego or allow you to compensate for your lack of self-worth, then you'll keep finding yourself stuck within glamour. Being trapped in glamour is a truly fruitless existence that sooner or later leaves one feeling empty, because deep down you know that it is all an ILLUSION.

By an Apprentice Seer