Navigating with a Stick
By Daniel Lawton firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nagual [Castaneda] one day told us about taking a wooden pole, about 1 3/8" in diameter and about 14-15" long, depending on your height, and putting padding on one end of it. You sit "Indian style", with the soles of your feet together, put the unpadded end of the stick between your feet, put the padded part of the stick just above your eyebrows in the depression in the center of your forehead, while leaning over, and lightly place your elbows at the tendons below the knees with your fingers and thumb lightly pressing the points on either side of your ankle.
I discovered I could only do this for 20 minutes before my back ached and my butt fell asleep, so out of laziness I shortened the technique to sitting in a big lazyboy chair with a soft pillow on my lap, a 12" stick, and just barely bent over from a sitting position till my head balanced on the end of the stick. I dropped the knee and ankle stimulation.
I was able to keep that up for 3 hours at a stretch, although honestly I only went that long when I blanked out and lost track of time. You don't ever fall asleep or else your head falls off the stick, but you can blank out. Realistically, try 1 hour, then go to sleep for a couple of hours, then get back up again and do another hour, and repeat as many times as you can stand. As a side effect, this stimulates the conventional type of dreaming.
My original intention was just to learn to be silent, but I discovered a whole smorgasbord of possibilities for navigating. Here's some of them:
After stroking the scene, it can become fixed and vivid. Then you can cause it to pan to the left or right by focusing your curiosity on that direction. I believe you could learn to pan over an entire city, looking any direction you wanted, but as I said it's an avenue, not something I have had the time to fully explore.
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I explored this and got to the point that I had my "dreaming" eyes fully opened, looking at the room in front of me. From there I discovered 2 possibilities. I could stand up physically, and open my eyes and "superimpose" the dream copy of the room over the original. For me that's a very frightening possibility, that produces immediate and total nausea. The scary part is that you're in a strange dream copy of the room at the same time you're awake in the room, and every object looks different without any difference. I didn't do that very much; I didn't like the feeling. I always had the impression that once I fully succeeded it could become a permanent condition, and I didn't want that to happen.
The other possibility is to get up from the chair in your dreaming body, leaving your physical body sitting, and go out into the room, or even leave your dwelling. I've made it as far as to the street outside. I consider this a possibility for dreaming of the real world, as opposed to waking up inside a random dreaming scene at night. Naturally my real motivation was to travel to Santa Monica, track down the Nagual, and in my dreaming body see if he'd notice me. I've gotten over that now. Besides, the dreaming copy of the real world isn't quite right, I could never get a perfect match, and there were always odd elements as soon as I left the immediate room. That's probably why I gave up this avenue.
My idea was that since I could see dreaming scenes with reliability, maybe I could have a canvas in front of me, and paint the scenes while I viewed them. Eventually I discovered that it might be possible to dream the scene directly onto the canvas and just paint over it. Then I got the really weird idea that if you painted over a vague dreaming scene it would more readily remain in view, so that the more you painted the more it would be stable. Maybe when you were done you could invoke the same dreaming scene by looking at the painting. Then if that was the case, you could certainly stare at a distant object in the dreaming scene, and zoom into the dream. In other words, you could produce a portal into a dreaming world. If I could laugh like an insane mad scientist I'd do it at this point. That's the beauty of navigating. Nothing's impossible if you can get a hook on it. You could certainly do this portal thing, given a lot of time.
I believe you could do the same with a crystal ball, learn to focus your dreaming scene down into the crystal ball, and become a crystal ball gazer, except that you would really be seeing the scenes and not just making it up. If this sounds really impossible to you, don't forget that Taisha used to gaze at the palm of her hand to get her address and phone number, so it's not really a new avenue of exploration.
One day, when I was in the heart of practicing this chair technique and all its possibilities, I planned a weekend practice session some friends. Someone mentioned the stick technique to someone from Cleargreen, and they remarked in an offhanded way, "that technique was back then, now we do..." By the way, I really admire the Cleargreen person who said it, and would happily marry her immediately and spend the rest of my life with her, so I don't intend any bad remarks about her personally. She was reflecting the discipline the Nagual had created within that group of people, a discipline that often expresses itself as a form of absolute narcissism. Once sorcerers of that type move in their current direction they become oblivious to anything in any other direction. You need that on a personal level, but it's wrong when you apply it to everyone. You may be moving one way, but that doesn't mean everyone else has to run to go your direction. If someone gets excited about anything at all in the world of sorcery, you should encourage them to grab hold and go as far as possible. It's so rare for people to get excited; killing it is a crime.
The Nagual used to encourage anyone that discovered anything new. I remember one time when one of the energy trackers had discovered some beams of light coming from infinity somewhere, beams that had swapped her with someone else. The Nagual explained that he didn't know what the hell she was talking about, but he thought it was great for her to pursue it.
The nice thing about the stick technique is that you can't lose! If you fail to get something exciting to happen you'll at least learn to be more silent. My advice is that it's like pulling taffy, although I've never done that. You have to keep it up steadily. If you stop for a day, you might be back to square one. The effect builds up over time. You can actually feel when you're "moving" after a few days of real hard work. And when you stop moving, you can feel that too.