The Eagle's Gift
Our total being consists of two perceivable segments. The first is the
familiar physical body, which all of us can perceive; the second is the
luminous body, which is a cocoon that only seers can perceive, a cocoon
that gives us the appearance of giant luminous eggs.
One of the most important goals of sorcery is to reach the luminous
cocoon; a goal which is fulfilled through the sophisticated use of
dreaming and through a rigorous, systematic exertion called not-doing .
I've defined not-doing as an unfamiliar act which engages our total being
by forcing it to become conscious of its luminous segment.
To explain these concepts I've make a three-part, uneven division of
our consciousness. The smallest, the first attention, or the consciousness
that every normal person has developed in order to deal with the daily
world, encompasses the awareness of the physical body. Another larger
portion, the second attention, is the awareness we need in order to
perceive our luminous cocoon and to act as luminous beings. The second
attention is brought forth through deliberate training or by an accidental
trauma, and it encompasses the awareness of the luminous body. The last
portion, which is the largest, is the third attention. It's an immeasurable
consciousness which engages undefinable aspects of the awareness of the
physical and the luminous bodies. The battlefield of warriors is the
second attention, which is something like a training ground for reaching
the third attention.
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The compulsion to possess and hold on to things is not unique.
Everyone who wants to follow the warrior's path has to rid himself of this
fixation in order not to focus our dreaming body on the weak face of the
The dreaming body , sometimes called the "double" or the "Other,"
because it is a perfect replica of the dreamer 's body, is inherently the
energy of a luminous being, a whitish, phantomlike emanation, which is
projected by the fixation of the second attention into a th