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    Pan spermia is, by the way, my preferred explanation for life on Earth
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    If the moderator decides that QUANTUM MECHANICS has no place in biology and evolution and Pan spermia is perfectly acceptable, that’s up to them, but here is an alternative view point on biogenesis.


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    Would you care to provide any discussion on that rather lengthy copy/paste? While not against the rules here, it is generally considered bad form to copy/paste large bodies of text, particularly without an accompanying discussion.

    What points does the author make that add to the current discussion?

    What is it that you hope that the other members of the thread will take from the text that will give new insight on the subject of quantum mechanics as it relates to evolution?


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    SkinWalker wrote:
    What is it that you hope that the other members of the thread will take from the text that will give new insight on the subject of quantum mechanics as it relates to evolution?

    Thank you ! that is what I have been waiting to hear.
    Give me a bit of time and I will respond in a more clear and straight forward manner on how QUANTUM MECHANICS can account for the emergence of life from the non-living. sorry for the long quote.
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    Be advised: if it appears to be pseudoscientific, it gets split and moved
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    Indeed, Bohm believes that our almost universal tendency to fragment the world and ignore the dynamic interconnectedness of all things is responsible for many
    of our problems, not only in science but in our lives and our society as well. For instance, we believe we can extract the valuable parts of the earth without affecting the whole. We believe it is possible to treat parts of our body and not be concerned with the whole. We believe we can deal with various problems in our society such as crime, poverty, and drug addiction, without addressing the problems in our society as a whole, and so on. In his writings Bohm argues passionately that our current way of fragmenting the world into parts not only doesn't work, but may even lead to our extinction.
    _THE HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSE_ by Michael Talbot
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    Quantum phenomena in biology


    Excerpt from:
    Gariaev P et al, "The DNA-wave Biocomputer" (3)

    "...These assumptions produce a chromosome apparatus and fast wave genetic information channels connecting the chromosomes of the separate cells of an organism into a holistic continuum, working as the biocomputer, where one of the field types produced by the chromosomes, are their radiations. This postulated capability of such "laser radiations" from chromosomes and DNA, as will be shown, has already been demonstrated experimentally in Moscow, by the Gariaev Group. Thus it seems the accepted notions about the genetic code must change fundamentally, and in doing so it will be not only be possible to create and understand DNA as a wave biocomputer, but to gain from nature a more fundamental understanding of what information really is! For the Gariaev Group's experiments in Moscow and Toronto say that the current understanding of genomic information i.e. the genetic code, is only half the story [Marcer this volume]. "
    http://www.psrast.org/defknquant.htm
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    Okay, I read over this and so far it would appear that you're using pseudo-intellectual jargon and terminology and attempting to apply wave function on a macromolecular scale as a mechanism of evolution.

    This is not an accepted or valid mechanism of evolution (they are gene flow, genetic drift, mutation, and natural selection).

    However, I will grant that speculation is a very important function of scientific inquiry and that science is provisional in nature. Therefore, I only provisionally conclude that what you have to date is pseudoscience.

    Therefore, if you can flesh out this theory of quantum evolution in a testable format, one that can be examined, perhaps we can introduce this into its own thread in the appropriate forum.

    Until then, it's my opinion that you are clouding an untestable speculation with a dense amount of jargon and verbage: quantity without quality.

    I hope to be proven wrong.
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    SkinWalker wrote :
    This is not an accepted or valid mechanism of evolution (they are gene flow, genetic drift, mutation, and natural selection).
    Not by the majority of biologist I’ll grant you, but some like myself follow what can be seen directly and then see what is coming rather than waiting for a consensus.
    Our future survival depends on not only the study evolution but on our ability to integrate new emerging fields of study with present paradigms that no longer reflect the world we live in. These concepts I am attempting to present follow present trends in the scientific community as a whole.




    Johnjoe McFadden was born in Donegal, Ireland.



    but brought up in the UK. He obtained his PhD at Imperial College London and went on to work on human genetic diseases and then infectious diseases, at the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK. For more than a decade, Professor McFadden has specialised in examining the genetics of microbes such as the agents of tuberculosis and meningitis. He has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals on subjects as wide-ranging as bacterial genetics, tuberculosis, idiopathic diseases and computer modelling of evolution and has edited a book on the genetics of mycobacteria. He has lectured extensively in the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan and his work has been featured in radio, television and national newspaper articles. His present post is Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey. He lives in London and is married with a young son.
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    Professor McFadden wrote the popular science book, Quantum Evolution, published in the UK by HarperCollins in 2001, in the US by Norton in 2002 and currently being translated for publication by Kyoritsu Shuppan in Japan in 2003. The book examines the role of quantum mechanics in life, evolution and consciousness.


    Professor McFadden also writes articles regularly for the Guardian newspaper in the UK on topics as varied as quantum mechanics, evolution and genetically modified crops. He has also reviewed books for the Guardian. The Washington Post and Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung have also published articles written by Professor McFadden.
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    Until then, it's my opinion that you are clouding an untestable speculation with a dense amount of jargon and verbage: quantity without quality.

    I hope to be proven wrong.

    SkinWalker wrote :
    What is it that you hope that the other members of the thread will take from the text that will give new insight on the subject of quantum mechanics as it relates to evolution?

    Okay, I read over this and so far it would appear that you're using pseudo-intellectual jargon and terminology and attempting to apply wave function on a macromolecular scale as a mechanism of evolution.

    Therefore, if you can flesh out this theory of quantum evolution in a testable format, one that can be examined, perhaps we can introduce this into its own thread in the appropriate forum.

    While most biochemical studies of actomyosin and other proteins ignore the delicate nature of quantum mechanical effects such as superposition, coherence and entanglement, there is much to be gained from such models. For instance, regulatory molecules and pharmaceuticals may interact with the protein not only as a lock and key, but as several locks and several keys. However, the exact geometry of the super cooled region of this ATP bound engine (figure 1), upon which the coherence and entanglement would depend, is not known. Although quantum mechanical models of proteins are currently too computationally complex for our fastest supercomputers, molecular dynamics simulations may help to elucidate the mechanisms by which the heat is pumped out of the frozen core, thus revealing the boundary of the coherence. Novel biophysical methods resulting from the fusion of biology and quantum mechanics have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of both fields.
    http://www.nanoword.net/library/weekly/aa062500c.htm



    I have previously posted threads on the evolution of bird flight and insect flight. both this models were derived by the application of non-linear quantum dynamics. Both these models are applying a wave function on a macromolecular scale.


    I can think of no better test of a new model than its ability to solve problems that cannot be solved by old models. Do you agree ?

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    to match your nature with Nature.


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    Rather than simply quote the words of others, could you, perhaps put together a single post that briefly and clearly outlines your thesis?

    The former method is but a hallmark of pseudoscience; the latter of science.
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    "SkinWalker
    Rather than simply quote the words of others, could you, perhaps put together a single post that briefly and clearly outlines your thesis?
    You say quantum evolution is not legitimate science the quotes proves there are.

    then you say, tell me in your own words and when I do and you dismiss it as jargon, and how are the scientist I am quoting suedoscientist ?

    Tell me how this below is pseudoscientific jargon ?



    It will be very simple and staight forward.


    I think I may have an analogy that can better illustrate this model.
    Here’s a little known fact……… one of the very first mediums that man developed to communicate with was light waves…… no kidding!
    A hundred thousand years before fiber optic cable man developed whites in his eyes so they could signal to one another thoughts……. by the subtle nuances expressed by the shape and intensity in these flashes of light. The eyes became the windows to the soul.
    Then as we all know we harnessed sound waves to communicate even more complex thoughts in language.

    We then did something completely fundamental to evolution and at the same time astonishing, we developed a way to capture and contained these waves!
    A simple clay tablet captured the sound and light of the universe into words.
    This manifested space held a world between worlds.

    A shared space for information to pass between two separate fields. An overlapping area of information focused into a central stable point.
    This point then emanates its own wave function to any that can read it. Today right at this very moment you are utilizing the evolved result of that clay tablet.

    You are probably asking yourself that’s real interesting but what’s it got to do with Quantum evolution! Everything.
    This is the same process that created life itself, but instead of people being connected the universe was connecting separate but adjacent quantum fields.
    Biological systems are not only chemically based, but the underlying order is based on currents of information, in the form of quantum waves.

    These physical components of life form around this flow building complexity over time.
    These dynamical forms of cell division, the DNA double helix, sexual reproduction, bilateral symmetry, are all formed for the benefit of quantum coherence.
    Just as we utilize the properties of silicon in computer chips to process information.
    The physical components form around the information that moves though it.
    This is the very essence of evolution !
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    Your last post is incoherent, esoteric and perhaps even postmodernist.

    It doesn't give anything that can be tested. As for your quoting of other "scientists," I realized that it was an attempt to legitimize what you have yet to say... I'm not interested in what they have to say, I want to know what you have to say. If you have a "new model" then you should make it clear. Instead, you've mined quotes from others in attempt to offer legitimacy.

    What is your "model" based on? What is the methodology used to create your model? What is the results of the testing that you've applied to your model? etc.

    It is, to date, pseudoscience because you've yet to establish how the scientific method has been applied and shown that there is even something tangible with which to apply the scientific method.
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    It doesn't give anything that can be tested. As for your quoting of other "scientists," I realized that it was an attempt to legitimize what you have yet to say... I'm not interested in what they have to say, I want to know what you have to say. If you have a "new model" then you should make it clear. Instead, you've mined quotes from others in attempt to offer legitimacy.




    http://www.arn.org/ubb/ultimatebb.ph...91.html#000000

    This information will not make any sense unless you have a prior understand of non-linear dynamics and quantum mechanics.


    http://www.ernestrossi.com/what_is_life.htm

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    Morphogenesis itself is a non-linear process, this model shows how complex animals crystallized in a non-linear way directly out of a microbial substrate.

    This process is the source of the vesica attractor model a “dissipative structure”.

    This structure is formed around a wave function.



    The elemental components formed around a logarithm. This geometry is expressed as the wave curls in on itself redirecting the linear flow into a circular one. Once the mico-environment had reached an energetic threshold, the archetypal components of the environment ( oolitic spheres, cyanobacterial filaments, eukaryote cells ) assemble into these spiraling patterns. The oolitic spheres and cyanobacterial filaments are rolled into a recursive, concentric contained form. This layered circular mass begins to act not only as an Architectural framework, but also as a bridge, connecting fluid dynamics and a life support system for a self-organizing eukaryote system. Macro-dynamics construct and assemble the Micro-components, that intern capture and contain the Macro-dynamics. The wave pulse was the breath of life that the components formed around. I was cognitive of the answer but blissfully unaware of the question. Life, it turns out is based firstly on a flow of energy and secondly on the physical components contained in this flow, and this flow pattern is based on a logarithmic curve, or more well known as, The geometry of phi.


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    As for why these vesica attractors are not still forming. I would say that the pristine conditions that formed these nurseries would disappear after the Cambrian explosion . The metazoans would have changed the environment drastically and permanently.

    An analogy of the Genetic controls in the formation of the original body plans might be compared to how snow fakes crystallize from the underlying order of the water molecule.

    As the oolitic mass shrinks....A crystallization of genetic probabilities emerge from a medium of cohesive networks, forming self reflexive circuits of tension.{ see tensegrity }

    This is what I am referring to as a {descending order of iteration matrices that self organize the cellular structure}Tensigrity combined with fluid dynamics, builds the architectural framework first.

    This wave of tension descends to the cellular level. The extracellular matrix will begin to form bonds with the intracellular matrix inside the individual cell.

    [This intracellular matrix controls gene switching]

    This resonance results in a synchronization and amplification of genetic responses resulting in network of connections in the architecture of the emerging organism, enabling the individual cell though it's own intracellular matrix to respond to this outer matrix.
    This crystallization of the recursive dynamic structure might well result in an "algorithmic self-assembly" of genetic probabilities.

    This may be a solution to some lose ends in our present understanding the development of complex morphology. The answer it appears is the architectural framework formed first, from wave dynamics working from the outside inward, while the interior design of genetics, worked from the inside out. Presently most research is focused solely on genetic controls in the formation of complex morphology. The answer it appears is that nature hired its architect first {wave dynamics} its interior designer second, {genetic probabilities} Just as we would in building a structure.





    The "vesica", in vesica attractor has to do with overlapping fields, this may represent the missing key in our understanding of how a system can self-organize into a higher ordered state . This term also fits in other ways that describe the basic morphology of bilateral symmetry in the framework of life being a wave function. In this view an individual life form can be seen as a wave node, a point where two waves intersect and converge. It seems as if this symmetry is fundamental to stabilizing a point in the quantum field, resulting in cognition.

    What I believe to be of real importance beyond the metaphysical that I tend drift into , is that though this lens of the vesica attractor, the emergent point of this system can be seen forming.


    Their seems to be a feature of reality represented by connecting points between separate adjacent fields. Somewhat like the way a tree connects the two stratums of soil and air. We seem to connect the quantum field with our perception of reality which is simply a point where these two fields overlap.


    On a cosmic scale, gravity also seem to play an important roll in cognition.
    The event of opening a central black hole and the subsequent release of a gravity wave initiates a pulse of information resulted in a spontaneous ordering of systems within systems that eventually lead to life and cognition.
    This always reminds me of the Hindu god Indra. Indra, as she awakens, opening her eyes and creating the universe before her, like some galactic Heisenberg principle.



    http://www.arn.org/ubb/ultimatebb.ph...91.html#000000
    Just wanted to say that I for one appreciate your input here, Metatron.

    While much of systems and self-organizational complexity science is relatively "new" to many of us, it is still based on sound and even ancient principles, and it is definitely a trans-disciplinary approach, as it should be.
    In other words, I can think of little else in science that has demonstrated the feasibility of the Hermetic axiom of "As above, so below" (and visa-versa) so eloquently. Not only that, but chaos and complexity is providing us with insight not only in regard to the inner workings of living systems, but in regard to everything from the local to the global, and from the sub-atomic to the universal...and in such diverse areas as physics (plasma, particle, geo-, astro-)evolution and biology, economics, ecology, meteorology,and even sociology...and the list of possible applications keeps growing.

    Still in its infancy, I believe that much of what Metatron has provided here as a somewhat "initial exposure" for many, will become far more prevalent and generally understood in just a couple of decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metatron
    Pan spermia is, by the way, my preferred explanation for life on Earth
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    If the moderator decides that QUANTUM MECHANICS has no place in biology and evolution and Pan spermia is perfectly acceptable, that’s up to them, but here is an alternative view point on biogenesis.
    do a google search for "UV-gap" (physics' quantum-gap)and you might just laugh at the way this UV-gap unifies all our sciences and humanities and even Theologies into ONE.
    If you understand this UV-gap this unity will not only be obvious but it will be as SELF-evident as is the Periodic Table is to quantum-physics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by genep
    Quote Originally Posted by Metatron
    Pan spermia is, by the way, my preferred explanation for life on Earth
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    If the moderator decides that QUANTUM MECHANICS has no place in biology and evolution and Pan spermia is perfectly acceptable, that’s up to them, but here is an alternative view point on biogenesis.
    do a google search for "UV-gap" (physics' quantum-gap)and you might just laugh at the way this UV-gap unifies all our sciences and humanities and even Theologies into ONE.
    If you understand this UV-gap this unity will not only be obvious but it will be as SELF-evident as is the Periodic Table is to quantum-physics.
    Metatron wrote;
    The earth keeps a through memory of its past not just in the strata and in DNA, but as a compendium of memories all woven together and existing as a field that constructs the very fabric of reality.



    ....we are compelled to assume that the world of daily life is the one and only possible world.
    Believing that our energetic conditioning is correctable, sorcerers of ancient times developed a set of practices designed to recondition our energetic capabilities to perceive. They called this set of practices the art of dreaming . It's the gateway to infinity.
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    ....the act of reinforcing our link with the force that permeates the universe, a force which sorcerers call intent. Since we are alive and conscious, we are already intimately related to intent. What we need, sorcerers say, is to make that link the realm of our conscious acts, and that act of becoming conscious of our link with intent is another way of defining silent knowledge. Carlos Castanada
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    "Jesus looked at Reality through the lens of the divine imagination. By means of that fact troubles vanished around Him, obstacles fell away, the lost became found, the sick became well, sinners became redeemed, and rough places became smoothe."

    - Glenn Clark "The Soul's Sincere Desire"

    "The imagination is the power we all possess of seeing harmonies, unities and beauties in things where non-imaginative mind sees nothing but discords, separations, ugliness......To look at life imaginatively, then, to see everything about us as a great parable full of deep inner meanings - meanings of love, joy, wholeness, symetry, and perfection - is to see life truthfully, that is to say spiritually. It brings us into a condition of continuous prayer, a condition of cosmic consciousness, which is conducive, above all else, to bringing in to our life those larger harmonies and unities that to our physical eyes appear to be miracles."
    - Ibid
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    "Mind is the Master-power that moulds and makes,
    And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
    The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
    Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:-
    He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
    Environment is but his looking glass."


    - James Allen





    Man did not weave the web of life: he is merely a strand in it.
    Chief Seattle

    One is led to a new notion of unbroken wholeness which denies the classical idea of analyzability of the world into separately and existing parts … We have reversed the usual classical notion that the independent ‘elementary parts’ of the world are the fundamental reality, and that the various systems are merely particular contingent forms and arrangements of these parts. Rather, we say that inseparable quantum interconnectedness of the whole universe is the fundamental reality, and that relatively independent behaving parts are merely particular and contingent forms within this whole. (David Bohm, On the Intuitive Understanding of Nonlocality as Implied by Quantum Theory, Foundations of Physics, vol 5, 1975)
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    Without the whole story, however, some cosmologists have bypassed the strange uniqueness of our universe by imagining that ours is not the only one. The idea of multiple universes, or the “multiverse,” has become increasingly popular in the last two decades, in part because it explains anthropic arguments. If there is an infinity of universes—be they separate or joined, big or little, and with all kinds of values of fundamental constants and varying life cycles—then it is not altogether bizarre that a universe like ours could, and should, exist.



    - excerpt from
    "Faith-Based Space"
    by Katharine Dunn
    http://www.science-spirit.org/printe...article_id=559
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    Forces that drive development from one cosmic stage to the next are always bifurcations points defined within newly created fields.
    The organization of stars within a galaxy we now know form around and within the influence of the formation of a black hole.
    Planets form around and within the influence of newly formed stars.
    Planetary life can only emerge and organize within the protected E.M. field generated within the mobile heart of dynamical planet.

    The Vesica Attractor that I am describing is the stabilized morphogenetic fields that complex life forms within and around.

    This is what is missing in current evolutionary models.

    The stable central organizing point.

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    I'v experienced first hand that their exist layered dimensions that are really right in front of us.
    We can see these from the outside looking in, but rarely experience them from the inside looking out.
    This “seeing” must be achieved by a shift in the assemblage point.
    This shifts can come about either by intending them though techniques or as the following will show by finding yourself in another world by a juxtaposition of environmental confluences that allows a direct and instant access to adjacent dimensions, or morphogenetic fields .
    Shamans spent allot of time and effort seeking these natural overlapping areas that connect two separate worlds.
    One summer day a few years ago, I happened upon one of these portals.
    The lake I was living on, for years had reseeded in size by successively dry summers, This resulted in a field of grass to spout in what was formerly a large shallow cove. Then one summer we received a large amount of rainfall and the field of tall grass became completely covered by water. The water in this lake stayed clear enough to snorkel so I expanded my usual underwater forays to the submerged field.
    The water was about 4-5 feet deep just covering the top of the grass, I found that I could navigate by slowly dog paddling along rabbit trails, the rabbits were replaced by fish now swimming down these paths.
    I suddenly became aware that from this perspective I was in a complete all inclusive world, a layer onto itself. I found myself in another layer of the onion!
    I believe this was brought about by the layer of the water focusing my attention combined with the locomotive position of my body. The only thing that I could compare it to is walking down tree lined road.
    As I stepped out of the lake, the rabbit trail continued though the tall grass, then I spotted a rabbit watching me, waiting to see which direction I would take.
    We both stood looking at each other for a few moments until I started walking down the path and he disappeared down another.
    That night I was having an extraordinary dream, I was running and leaping down a dimly lit trail.
    The dream was in what I assumed to be at night, but now I believe just seemed that way because it was not in my usual color, but in black and white.
    What was extraordinary was the visceral ecstasy I felt as I bounded down this trail. My awareness was no longer focused out from my head, but in every cell in my four legged body, it was one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had.
    As I awoke I felt that I must have been a wolf, but I wasn’t galloping I was hopping, then I had a flash of the rabbit looking at me the day before.
    I hadn’t shape shifted into a noble and powerful wolf but only a rabbit. For weeks afterward all I wanted to do was run like a rabbit in the purity of that visceral experience.

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    The shamanic practice of “shape shifting” this is supposedly accomplish by a shift of the "assemblage point of perception". According to Don Juan the physical morphology is a result of a specific configuration of luminous fibers that or aligned according to a command that emanates from a central source.(Morphogenetic fields)

    This source he called the "eagle", these luminous fibers or filaments consist of pure awareness. These configurations exist at large in the world as kind of potential frequencies. These shamans discovered that temporary radical shifts could be made in their own assemblage points of perception to experience the awareness of an animal. This I’ve experience to be true. As for the actual physical transformation, that’s beyond my own experience.




    The Art of Dreaming

    Sorcery is the act of embodying some specialized theoretical and practical premises about the nature and role of perception in molding the universe around us.
    Our world is only one in a cluster of consecutive worlds, arranged like the layers of an onion. Even though we have been energetically conditioned to perceive solely our world, we still have the capability of entering into those other realms, which are as real, unique, absolute, and engulfing as our own world is.
    For us to perceive those other realms, not only do we have to covet them but we need to have sufficient energy to seize them. Their existence is constant and independent of our awareness, but their inaccessibility is entirely a consequence of our energetic conditioning. In other words, simply and solely because of that conditioning, we are compelled to assume that the world of daily life is the one and only possible world.
    Believing that our energetic conditioning is correctable, sorcerers of ancient times developed a set of practices designed to recondition our energetic capabilities to perceive. They called this set of practices the art of dreaming . It's the gateway to infinity.
    Through dreaming we can perceive other worlds, which we can certainly describe, but we can't describe what makes us perceive them. Yet we can feel how dreaming opens up those other realms. Dreaming seems to be a sensation--a process in our bodies, an awareness in our minds.
    Dreaming instruction is divided into two parts. One is about dreaming procedures, the other about the purely abstract explanations of these procedures: an interplay between enticing one's intellectual curiosity with the abstract principles of dreaming and guiding one to seek an outlet in its practices.
    * * *
    The human psyche is infinitely more complex than our mundane or academic reasoning has led us to believe.
    * * *
    The second attention is an energetic configuration of awareness




    http://www.prismagems.com/castaneda/donjuan9.html




    Concept of the Assemblage Point

    A most useful concept for studying the epistemology of magic is the idea of the assemblage point. This idea comes from a branch of combined Meso-American shamanism and magic commonly known as Nagualism, and is described by Carlos Castaneda in the numerous books in which he writes about his encounters with the Mexican brujero, Don Juan. Nagualism views the human being abstractly as a "luminous cocoon" of awareness and defines the assemblage point as that location on this sphere where all the fibers of the universe are focused by intent into our perception of the universe. Furthermore, this location can be changed by the operation of intent. Notice that intent is the key, operative word of this definition. Indeed, if it can ever be said that the brujero Nagual uttered a magic word, that word would have to be "intent", for intent is the quintessential, indefinable term in the language of Nagualism. Castaneda describes the role of intent in the following passage from Silent Knowledge
    Sorcerers , by the force of their practices and goals, refute the power of the word. They define themselves as navigators in the sea of the unknown. For them, navigation is a practicality, and navigation means to move from world to world, without losing sobriety, without losing strength; and, to accomplish this feat of navigation, there cannot be procedures, or steps to be followed, but one single abstract act that defines it all: the act of reinforcing our link with the force that permeates the universe, a force which sorcerers call intent. Since we are alive and conscious, we are already intimately related to intent. What we need, sorcerers say, is to make that link the realm of our conscious acts, and that act of becoming conscious of our link with intent is another way of defining silent knowledge.
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