That is the value of making it a custom in your Team to ongoingly train up each other as best you can.
This website hopes to help you be more excellently where you are.
While ‘climbing’ the 'Sacred Mountain' of personal transformation and awareness-skill-building, you may occasionally rely on information from a map made by explorers who have gone before you to find out where you are. Distinctions that they report from their research and documentation efforts can, in the right moment, be invaluable.
Yet, there are as many maps of the Sacred Mountain as there are Paths.
One map was documented by Carlos Castaneda as given to him by his teacher Don Juan Matus. We found it in the book: The Teachings Of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way Of Knowledge, by Carlos Castaneda, pp 82-87, Penguin Books, London, England, 1970. (NOTE: In other editions the pages are different. E.g. in the Washington Square Press Reissue edition (March 3, 1985) the pages are pp 53-57, and pp 158.) We want you to know that in applying the '4 Enemies' map to the Path of a Possibilitator we have unfolded it beyond Mr. Castaneda's original explanations.
We offer you our understanding of this map because it explains relationships between a Possibilitator and her practice in a way that makes alchemical sense to us.
Your practice is most effective when you practice according to where you are, in other words, when you practice according to which domain of the Mountain you are exploring. This map distinguishes 4 unique domains.
As we see it, this map may be most useful to those Possibilitators regarding themselves as an apprentice to Alchemy.
Progress along this particular Path of self-discovery and transformation emerges through successful encounters with conditions and forces that Don Juan Matus formulates as 'defeating the 4 natural enemies of a wo(man) on the Path'.
Defeating one enemy automatically squeezes you up the Mountain such that you enter the domain of your next enemy.
Each domain up the Sacred Mountain builds upon and supersedes the previous domain.
When you, a Possibilitator - an apprentice to Alchemy - first enter a domain, you have one relationship to that domain's context and possibilities. Over time and with right efforts, your relationship changes in unexpected ways. What at first appears to be a Golden Key opening a Doorway into a new domain, eventually becomes a trap from which the apprentice to Alchemy must then escape through sophistication of awareness into the entry way of the next domain, which itself then becomes a trap.
And so it goes, eh?
At the same time, this website proposes a new use for a map. Instead of using this map to go somewhere else, use this map for being more excellently where you are.
The journey of a Possibilitator is archetypal. Go to the archetypal level of where you are.
Merely through entertaining the concept that there might exist a bridge from where you are to someplace else confronts you with your first enemy: Fear.
Your First Enemy : Fear
"Off with their heads!" commanded the Queen of Hearts.
Up to that moment you realize there might be something beyond the limits of your present reality, your psychological defense strategy has functioned to protect you from exactly this knowledge. "There is no edge," it tell you, "so of course there can exist no bridges to somewhere else!"
The ostrich strategy has worked so far.
Your current view of reality is known to provide sufficient safety for your survival because the fact of the matter is: you have so far survived.
Any change in your strategy throws the entire equation into unknown circumstances, which your psychology relegates to the category of 'a very bad idea'. Seeking change opens you up to the possibility that you might make a fatal mistake.
Fear stops you from trying anything new like poison spray stops an ant.
Even if you are enthusiastic about learning something new, as soon as you begin making gestures in that direction, the learning process and the learning itself are so different from what you fantasized that it might be that you immediately mistrust yourself for deciding to learn.
Or else you mistrust the experience of learning, being certain that it will not succeed, and you become afraid.
More afraid than you ever thought possible.
How could so much be so new so suddenly, and so contrary to your expectations?
After all these years in school, listening to your parents, teachers, and preachers... after so long being alive in the modern world... how could you know so little?
How could learning new things be so difficult?
How could seeing new things feel so dangerous?
The challenge of facing your fears becomes overwhelming. Your once bold adventurous purposes become a boxing ring for a fight to the death between ‘Dr. Yes’ and ‘Dr. No.’
Fear reigns. You are stymied at every turn. None of your ordinary friends even knows what you are talking about.
But if you give up and try to head back into ordinary sanity, ordinary life, peace and safety, the game is over and your enemy Fear has won.
Your impulses to discovery are thrashed by your scattered attention and wild confusion. You settle back into your normal routines and try to forget about such craziness, at some point realizing that this entire process just described is often played out within your unconscious.
On the outside you may simply look like you are procrastinating on your Path of personal development, or like you have simply lost interest and are attracted to some other pursuit. But make no mistake, on the inside Fear has stopped you cold. This description is real and exact.
Nothing can aid you to defeat and overcome Fear because Fear is undeniable and will never go away.
Facing your direct experiences of Fear is unaccountably daunting.
Working with Fear is intimidating because so few have confronted their own personal Fear and know how it goes. Yet this is what starts the whole process of evolution. Fear work initiates everything.
To proceed as a Possibilitator you must at some point in your life become frustrated enough with Fear to say, “This stuckness is too painful for me. I am willing to face Fear directly. I am at the choice point. Either I stay as I am and continue being dead, or I face Fear even if it feels like I will die.”
Only by lowering your Numbness Bar to Fear do you acquire enough authentic necessity to draw down catalytic influences from the next domain up the Sacred Mountain. Your paradox is paradoctored!
Brief glimpses of new possibilities flash into your mind. Somehow a distinction lands in your 5 Bodies.
It becomes tacitly clear that you cannot conquer Fear through force of will or denial, because the way out of the grips of Fear is through Fear itself!
How astonishing! You do some experiments of feeling afraid and not fighting it, simply staying in Fear letting the screams come out as loud as possible. You keep your eyes open and go ahead anyway, even as you tremble, whimper, and sweat.
After repeatedly choosing to stay conscious and Present in the midst of Fear you discover how to re-wire your mind.
All along you have had the 'red wire' connected to the 'blue wire' in your mind. You had it wired that the experience of fear has the meaning: “This is bad. Something is very wrong. I am broken. This is dangerous. I am going to die.”
After the Self Surgery of re-wiring your brain, you make it so that the 'red wire' is now connected to the 'red wire'. Then the experience of fear has the meaning: ‘Fear’.
Suddenly the entire universe of Fear collapses into one simple profound bit of clarity: Fear is fear.
That was the totality of your life-long problem with Fear: you had it cross-wired.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If your self-surgery is successful, you will feel outrage. You will feel grief. You must fully and out-loud experience and express these emotions consciously to people who are able to listen to your full intensity emotions. This integration process is necessary to complete the new wiring.
Your tiny new bit of Clarity solves your Fear problem in an instant!
You start to feel surer of yourself. Fear does not go away, of course. But it does not have to go away. After your rewiring surgery, Fear no longer owns you.
You are now free to feel afraid!
Suddenly you get your aliveness back!
Your relationship to Fear was transformed through the rewiring. Clarity was the key!
Your Fear of gaining Radical Knowledge (as in: Specific Practical Applications of Radical Knowledge, in other words: S.P.A.R.K.s) no longer stops you from gaining Radical Knowledge! The Path shines before you like a stroll on the strand!
You begin to get the notion that Clarity has allowed you to conquer your greatest enemy (Fear!) and the way up the Sacred Mountain seems free of obstacles.
Clarity has become your ally, your secret weapon. You begin collecting Distinctions like a hungry man fills his shopping cart in a grocery store. Your bookshelf grows heavy with transformational titles.
Your mind is blown wide open. The Adventure begins. The game is afoot!
Clarity delivers distinctions that inform you how Fear is only a feeling, one of the 4 Feelings: anger, sadness, fear, and joy! Clarity explains how there is a difference between the 4 Feelings and the 4 Emotions! Feelings and Emotions are both useful, but for entirely different things. Feelings are for handling things! Emotions are for healing things!
Clarity provides new thoughtmaps in which it is okay to feel without being a victim of your Feelings. In fact, your Feelings and your Emotions start serving you professionally!
Feelings and Emotions used to be so important to you. Now these experiences are merely sensations. Clarity itself reveals that feelings are triggered by stories you create to self-define and to hold the world still. Now you can create feelings on purpose - Conscious Feelings - to serve your Destiny.
You can reinvent yourself so as to reinvent the world.
Nothing is concealed. You think, “Clarity is fantastic!” And it is. Clarity is a sparkling gateway into a magical kingdom where you can pull out your magic wand and Declare, “Something completely different from this is possible right now,” and sure enough, there is new Possibility.
Whole new Doorways appear and you gain immediate access to unlimited Spaces through Clarity.
Clarity is the best.
Clarity is gold.
Clarity is the way.
Tremendous joy arises as Clarity becomes yours.
Your Second Enemy : Clarity
A distinction gains its value from its context.
Who is setting your context?
You become a Clarity generating machine.
Everywhere you see people who do not have Clarity. Yet when you generously offer them your Clarity-developing Tools, Thoughtmaps, and Processes, they rebel, calling you manipulative, aggressive, arrogant and superior.
People say that they come to you for help and you ‘kill’ them with your intensity.
They are afraid of you.
You have taken practical possession of rare Distinctions and Transformational Technologies, and have begun to value the Sword Of Clarity more than your life.
You have made Clarity the most important thing, over and over again solving every kind of problem.
Then one day you Observe yourself using Clarity to defend your position on the Sacred Mountain. You catch yourself preaching fanatically.
Clarity provides answers, yes. And... answers destroy questions. Good questions are needed to create proper vacuum to draw you forward.
Rigidity sets in, nailing your shoes to the floor. Insights which were once fresh, each one reordering reality for you in unexpected ways, have now become required. You become very attached to ‘your’ Clarity.
You get addicted to the ego-gratifying experience of having a new insight, seeking insight for the sake of insight, as if insights were important.
Click, click, click, click, click, personal insights cause reordering to happen... very rewarding for personality, for ego, for Gremlin.
You experience gaining a new insight as if it is your personal achievement.
You go from place to place to place, book to book to book, teacher to teacher to teacher, looking only for more insights, thinking that insights are the key. Your bookshelves and Beep! Books overflow with your Treasure!
You dedicate your life to possessing ideas, collecting them, defending them. You have become your ideas. The certainty provided by infallible Clarity is so brilliant it causes blindness.
Slowly the reality of the situation begins to seep into your awareness. Unbelievably you have encountered your second enemy: Clarity.
How bizarre! What at first functioned for you as the harbinger of halcyon days has become a glass ceiling and now blocks your evolution.
What at first served to help you get unstuck and to learn, now serves your Gremlin. You cannot imagine how this could happen.
You never imagined encountering this condition.
Try as you may, you cannot use the technologies of Clarity to solve this riddle and move ahead.
No matter how great your frustration, Clarity will not undermine itself.
You have climbed through the mountainous domain of Clarity and are nearing the lower borders of another domain, a domain you did not suspect existed until now, because when Clarity was King, nothing else was necessary.
Now you have to become a poor beggar and wait attentively. Some new factor has to enter the scene, yet you have no idea what it could be.
Your experiments become wilder. You risk failing in bigger ways.
The feedback you give becomes more devastating and direct. You let some wobble and unpredictability enter your creations as a last resort in your battle with Clarity.
You experience yourself as beginning to lose your mind.
Mind is no longer enough when your authenticity is at stake.
Your relationships hang over a knife edge.
Without relationship you cannot do your work as an apprentice to Alchemy. Without relationship you keep killing the patient because your Sword is too swift and heavy handed. You must put your Sword Of Clarity into the hands of something other than yourself, something greater than yourself, something you do not own, cannot dominate and cannot think your way around.
Blundering ahead into unknown territory, regarding the Clarity toolbox with skepticism and newfound suspicions, almost as if the Clarity were a mistake, suddenly, accidentally, a vast and broader perspective subsumes your actions.
You are no longer disconnected from the other when you do your surgeries.
You are moved by a force that includes the other with you indivisibly, indubitably. You experience being amazed at the unexpected gracefulness and fluidity arising as you surrender your personal certainty into the service of a Principle that is common between you and the other, a Principle that is common to both of you. You find yourself more on your Client's side than they are.
They no longer represent an adversary to be transformed or subverted through Clarity, but rather a friend in pain, lost alone on a cold wintry night, who has taken the risk of knocking on a stranger's door, hoping to be welcomed into light and warmth, not to be told that if they had been more conscious and more responsible they would not be in this situation, and then have the door slammed in their face.
And it works...
And without warning you have bounced into the next domain up the Sacred Mountain, the domain of Power, a power so vast as to be undefeatable.
Clarity is obviously not enough. Clarity comes from knowing. You need the spaciousness of NOT knowing for the Principles to function within.
You see that Power is not a tool but a bird of a different feather: power is a creative transformational force.
You are relieved to expand into new territory, not even imaginable before.
Your Third Enemy : Power
Maybe you can, and maybe you can't, but the most relevant question is: Why would you?
Your aliveness expands into new dimensions: You can Create new and useful results. You can call things to appear and disappear. You can Cause Transformation.
You discover that there are two kinds of Power:
The Power of Being.
The Power of Doing.
These two resources combined seem endless, and also endlessly fascinating.
Your capacity for Presence amplifies a thousand fold. You can connect in ways never before imaginable. You can actually relate as a space of Listening.
Your relationships blossom. They were at risk because you thought relating was a problem you could solve through Clarity. Hah! How foolish that all seems now. You discover the power of Being With.
You think, “I learned about Feelings and Emotions. I have reference points in my 5 Bodies for Feelings energies. But Power is a formidable new intelligence informing me how relationship actually works.”
Previously you would engage in mind-war with your partner by striking Clarity with Clarity. The result could only be breakdown because no one was calling forth the Principles of Relationship. Now you can live related.
You are impressed with what you know, but the power of Principles shows up in a space of not-knowing.
Relationship is not just male/female. Relationship is a vast space of Principles and Transformations which falls into breakdown at the level of insight and Clarity, staying in breakdown until you move up the Mountain into the powerful fluidity of Principles.
You see the fallacy of trying to solve conflicts from the domain of Clarity. There are Principles at work: ‘the Feminine has Power in everything’ and ‘the Masculine has Power in nothing’. The Principles of Masculinity and Femininity come alive in the domain of Power.
You use Power, surf on it, direct it to take you anywhere, but you do not own it. You get all the power you need, but it is not your Power.
Principles cannot be owned. Principles are the many faces of God. Principles exist beyond human life. The Power of consciousness becomes your ally, and you move as E.C.C.O. directs. You and E.C.C.O. are allies in the Universe.
Clarity does not go away when you enter the domain of Power. Your context has simply expanded and Clarity is now seen for the tight minimum Sword-reality that it functions within. You have additional dimensions of influence now. Your network of powerful influencers has grown global, perhaps even intergalactic.
Yes, Clarity works in the domain of Clarity. But now you have a greater domain to explore called Power. And in this domain, reality is non-linear.
Everything is possible. Nothing is a barrier. All can be transformed into something else, as you please.
You take care to keep yourself in line at all times, to live a Life of Practice, and Power functions through you. What a pleasure. What a servant you are.
You think, “Well, I've got power now. I can be fluid and Flow Power wherever it is needed and wanted. I can call a new Principle into a chamber and it harmonizes, balances, and heals things.”
You sense how this Power is significant, and cannot help but thinking that because Power serves you it is 'your' Power.
You imagine yourself to be a Wizard or Sorceress, ordering the universe around to satisfy the Principles. You start making rules and systems, building and transforming gameworlds. And you start to think there is nothing to worry about – ever.
You forget how temporary such a condition might be. You secretly imagine that you are immortal, a co-creator with god Herself.
Oh, dear! Not again! It rears its ugly head again?
Your Gremlin's furry little devilish face appears, grinning slyly, and again hijacks your capability within a domain.
At first, in the domain of Power, you had the innocence, caution, and wakefulness of a beginner. As you became more and more familiar with its function, you made assumptions. You nodded off to sleep. And in those increasingly common moments, the Gremlin turns Power towards serving its own autonomous purposes.
You recall that when Clarity pulled you up out of the darkness of Fear you were so overjoyed to discover an entirely new domain where Fear was no longer King. Clarity arrived so delightfully, so refreshing.
You remember how when Clarity - which had at first saved you, and then evolved into your betrayer, your prison, your second enemy - you were nearly devastated.
Your longing and desire to gain more Clarity were almost rubbed out forever. Until you encountered the next domain, the domain of Power, and you were saved.
Now it is Power that has become your enemy. Its spaciousness is too relaxed.
Having Power erases the urgency of attentiveness and respect. It gives you no qualifiers, no challenges. You became too familiar with having everything work out your way, too addicted to controlling outcomes.
You reach the upper range of the domain of Power. But how could there be anything else? What could be further up the mountain than Power? More powerful than Power?
It feels so humbling to become a beggar again, to try to defeat your new enemy with weakness. But there is nothing left for you...
Your Fourth Enemy : Old Age
At age twenty we worry what others think of us.
At age forty we don't care what others think of us.
At age sixty we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all.
By now the bones creak, the joints ache.
Journeying up the Sacred Mountain takes a long time and every ounce of energy. The next step on the Path lies in front of you, yet you are blocked and troubled.
You glance in the mirror and see wrinkles where before there was smoothness, a sagging butt and breasts where before there was perkiness and bounce. You don't move so fast.
Time ticks away. You have gotten older.
After all that you have been through, how could you be lost again, begging for a way out of the tyranny of Power?
Power is not enough. Causing things to happen has lost it meaning and appeal. Raw creation... cannot take you further. None of the tricks work. How could they? They are tricks!
You seek something more significant, more transcendent and impersonal than Power.
In rare private moments you catch a quick glimpse of dark hollow eyes staring at you from the shadows.
Those eyes have been stalking you with their chilling image your whole life.
That familiar countenance... What is it?
It has a name: It is Death.
Death paces just behind your left shoulder like a vulture waiting to feed, wishing to consume everything you have worked so hard to fashion into a functioning whole.
Death wants to eat your life.
It is hungry, ready to pounce upon you at any incautious move. Even crossing the street or going down stairs becomes perilous.
In the tension of this ever-present awareness, your abundant spaciousness suddenly vanishes and a new urgency arises. The imminent presence of Death squeezes you reflexively up the Mountain into the next domain: Old Age.
The wisdom of limits inherent in Old Age reorders your Aliveness, your Clarity, and your Power into a new level of coordinated alertness.
Old Age is a new factor, a new force, a new guide.
Old Age knows the timing of things. It knows imminence. It knows compassion. Once again you work with diligence.
Old Age knows that there is no place in any of the four domains (Fear, Clarity, Power, or Old Age) that is safe. You can lose your Work in a moment at any altitude on the Sacred Mountain. One slip and you tumble down past decades of Work.
The wisdom of Old Age also knows that you can never conquer the enemy form of Old Age, because only Death in the end can prevail.
The battle rages.
Your crusty but powerful Gremlin incessantly squeaks whining demands and justifications for procrastination, for easing your pace, for taking private time after all these years. He purrs, "Let things take care of themselves. Have a rest. Lie down and relax, forget it all for a while. You deserve a break today. Everyone will understand. There is nothing more you can do. You are so feeble and so old.”
Old Age defeats Power - your last enemy - defeats Gremlin itself - with Presence.
In a few private moments you acknowledge to yourself that you have not retreated into complacency, or surrendered to mere comfort. You have retained your aliveness, clarity, presence, kindness, generosity, and perhaps also compassion, until the end... until your last breath. Here you are.
You have guarded the transformational Path, and have thusly given it Integrity.
Reality: Evolution Is More Complex Than A Mountain
There are many Paths up the Mountain, but there is no Mountain.
In reality, there is no top end in any of the 4 domains.
Try to picture a Sacred Quadruple Helix
Using a Sacred Mountain as a metaphor for the Path of the evolution of consciousness is sadly inadequate.
Reality is far more complex than this.
Nonetheless, there are many practical reasons to begin with imagining the evolutionary Path in connection with a Sacred Mountain. For example:
The Sacred Mountain is beyond the city limits. By remaining in the city as a 'city dweller' you will never even reach the edge of your culture to discover how much more there is to reality. The Path up the Sacred Mountain begins far beyond the city limits. The city and the Sacred Mountain are two entirely different worlds. You can develop skills to live in both worlds - psyche and Essence, personality and Being - but learning evolutionary mountain climbing will change the way you live in the city, forever.
Going on expeditions towards the mountain, setting up base camps, shifting out of the city dweller culture into the evolutionary mountain climbing culture is all Team work. Without successfully creating your Team, without learning how to efficiently liberate and navigate circular group intelligence, you will not get very far towards the mountain. In a city you can live as a recluse, never having to truly connect with or depend on anyone. You can isolate yourself your whole city life. You cannot isolate yourself on the path of evolution of consciousness. Everything fake or neurotic is visible, and everything real is required.
In a city you have a basement, a cellar, a car with a glove compartment, perhaps also an office. Each is full of drawers, cupboards, closets, cabinets. In the city you can easily suffocate your Being under your collection of material objects, and hardly even notice. Everyone else is doing the same thing. Over the edge, on the Path, every item you own must be carried on your own back. You get one book, one knife, one pair of shoes, or you learn to go barefoot. Everything unnecessary soon falls away as exorbitant excess. Unconscious emotional baggage on the Path becomes obvious very quickly. Each bit you heal or let go of calls for celebration.
In the city, there are many rules, and many loopholes around those rules. City rules are loose enough to allow all the myriads of neurosis and psychosis to co-exist without immediately killing each other. Social masks prevail. On the road towards the Sacred Mountain, fewer rules apply, but they apply ever more strictly. City regulations are sloppy. You do not get fined or put in prison every time you cross the street outside of the crosswalk lines. Further up the mountain, one false step or a poorly tied knot and you easily tumble down the cliff. More attentiveness and forethought builds the required awareness.
And so on.
In the Sacred Mountain metaphor, the mountain itself has a top end. From far off you can see it. None of this matches the Patch of the evolution of consciousness. From nowhere on the Patch can you see a top end. In fact, each of the so-called '4 Enemies' has in its domain no top end. For example, after 45 years of research we are still now being blown away by the depth and value of wisdom and useful applications to be derived from conscious Fear. The domain of Fear has no top end.
This proves to be true also of the domain of Clarity, the domain of Power, and the domain of Old Age. None of the 4 domains has a top end, no bottom end, no limiting breadth or width or depth or time, no final peak or horizon to conquer or possess. The evolution of consciousness occurs in unlimited domains.
In addition to that, the journey of discovery along any path in each of these 4 domains goes along in a Learning Spiral. You circle around through unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, unconscious competence, and by the time you arrive back over your starting position you are not at the same altitude. Your Matrix is evolved. You are not the same person. You may have been in this section of the domain before but you are so transformed from your journeying that the the territory interacts with you differently. You show up containing new dimensions of Being and Presence that you could not even imagine previously. You have more exposed surfaces with which to interact with the domain's potentials, and vice versa.
Try to picture the double helix of your DNA molecules, two spirals spiraling around each other.
Now multiply that into a quadruple helix, four spirals, each spiral spiraling around itself as the four spirals spiral around each other, all spiraling or circling in an overall ring that comes eventually back to its starting point but interacts with itself through entirely fresh and new awareness and capability.
The Path is an infinity ring.
4 Enemies Experiments
You cannot remain in your chrysalis and become a butterfly.
Read 'Mount Analogue' In Your Study Group To More Excellently Be Where You Are On The Path
Matrix Code 4ENEMIES.01
Create a weekly online-or-offline Study Group specifically to read Rene Daumal's 'Mount Analogue' together. Read the book slowly, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph. Do the following Experiments:
Make sure each person is with the Team every step of the way, that everyone understands every word and no one gets left behind. Make it the highest purpose of your Study Group that everyone stays 'roped-up' in your climbing Team. Talk about this purpose with people at the beginning of each Study Group meeting.
Figure out exactly where in the story the main character encounters each barrier. For example, where does he first encounter Fear as his enemy?
Each week, check in with each member of your Team about where they are encountering the barrier of Fear as an enemy in their lives. Have them write this down in their Beep! Book. Help clarify this for each other.
Figure out exactly where in the story the main character encounters the tool or weapon for conquering each of his enemies. For example, where does he first encounter Clarity as a way to transform his Fear?
Each week, check in with each member of your Team about how they are - or are not - using Clarity as a transformational factor to derive the wisdom and insight benefits from their Fear, for example. Have each person write their status report down in their Beep! Book.
As you read the book together (especially read slowly and carefully through the notes transcribed at the end of the book by Rene Daumal's wife, Vera Milanova, after Rene's death...) help each other design experiments to do to strengthen and empower each one where they are on their evolutionary Path.
The point is not to try to rush through! Where are you going to rush through to? Old age? The point is to be more thoroughly where you are! Become more skilled and competent owning and navigating the domain you are currently in. Do not try to escape it. Try to take it as far and wide as it goes before E.C.C.O. forces you to leave and enter into the next domain. Master Fear, for example, in terms of mining conscious Fear for its subtle and fantastic treasures. Use Fear to write poetry, to create a transformational healing theater play, to script-out a TV series that introduces people to the healing forces of Fear, etc., etc., etc.
Lower Your Numbness Bar With Regards To Your Fears To Stay In The Domain Of Clarity About Fear
Matrix Code 4ENEMIES.02
Decide that your Team has the purpose of being the place where you can transform your fear of fear into useful awareness.
Each time you come together, start with a Fear Circle Check-In Experiment during which each person admits more and more of their fears to others, and therefore admits fear into their own consciousness, making it conscious fear.
As you go around your Circle admitting your Fear, others can suggest to you ways to make this fear useful. Write them down in your Beep! Book. Then Become an Experimenter by doing the Experiments they suggest. You may be immensely surprised how many practical, artistic, and transformational uses fear has. It could change your life.
Consider doing a Fear Club for a while as part of your Team meeting.
Use Your Sword Of Clarity To Consciously Choose The Distinctions You Establish In Your Meeting Context
Matrix Code 4ENEMIES.03
Each distinction you gain refines your Being in a way that allow you to clearly discern one situation from another, and thereby create more precise actions and interactions.
A distinction gains its value from its context.
For example, knowing that an allen wrench is different from a box-end wrench but the same as a hex key may not be useful while you are cooking, but is crucial when you are repairing a head gasket in a car engine. Cooking and engine repair are two different contexts, just like patriarchy and archearchy are two different contexts.
It does not so much matter how many or what kind of distinctions you have anchored in your Being. What matters is how relevant your distinctions are to your context.
This Experiment is to put the Poop On The Table and look at what is really going on that everyone knows about but no one is talking about. By gaining clarity about the distinctions in your context, your Team gets to clearly choose the distinctions you want and set aside the distinctions you do not want. This is important work for the success of your Team.
By diving into a clarification about the distinctions in the context of your Team meeting, you deepen the body of your work... the equivalent of increasing the gravitational force around your gameworld. Not only does this empower your Team, it also makes your Team more energetically visible and attractive to other people who are hungry for the particular energetic food that you are creating in your Team.
Write up the working draft of the distinctions in the context of your Team as a Codex. Your Codex will always be a draft - never a 'final version' - because as the awareness and intentions of your Team participants evolves, the distinctions held in your Team gameworld context also evolves.
Use Self Observation To Locate Yourself And Your Team On The Path Up The Sacred Mountain
Matrix Code 4ENEMIES.04
Self Observation is private work. No one can Self Observe for you. More interestingly, no one can stop you from Self Observation.
Self Observation can reveal many valuable things to you about who you are pretending to be, and what is really going on for you, such as:
What is the Purpose of each of your words, actions, deeds, or hesitations?
What are the names and characteristic needs and styles of each of your 18 (or more) creatures in your internal personality zoo?
Which creature in your zoo has grabbed the wheel and is in charge at this moment? What is their purpose, benefit, and biggest fear?
What Reactivity causes you to shift from identity to identity? Is it a Button, Hook, Trigger, Trauma, Imbalance, or Demon?
Who are you trying to please? Who are you being adaptive to? Who are you giving your Center or your Attention to? Where are you Flowing Power? And what drives you to do that?
And so on...
Self Observation can also be done in a Team by the Team members. The only difference between Team Observation and Self Observation is that whatever is observed about the Team needs to be shared with the Team and then considered by the Team to determine in what ways the observations are accurate and valuable to the Team, or if they are merely Projections from the individual who is reporting what they observe.
This Experiment is to use Self Observation to locate where you are on the Path up the Sacred Mountain, and to share and compare what you notice about yourself with what others in your Team notice about themselves. After that, use Team Observation to locate the context and purpose of your Team gameworld on the Sacred Mountain. This could amplify your Team's ability to clearly interact with and exchange mutual support with other Teams around the world.
Your Team is your 'Community of Practice'. By exchanging value through critical connections with other Communities of Practice you create a field of influence for the emergence of next culture - archearchy. You have become archearchy in action.
Have Metaconversations About How It Is Going Individually And As A Team Along The Path
Matrix Code 4ENEMIES.05
Having a 'Metaconversation' means to have a conversation about the qualities and characteristics of the conversation you are having.
What are you trying to create?
How is it going? What is happening?
What is in the way of better results?
It has been reported that skilled Possibilitators have been heard saying: "Having a conversation about the conversation creates the possibility of Possibility."
Increasing the Possibility in your Team liberates you all from limiting Assumptions and Conclusions of individual members. It also unleashes potentials that each person represents to combine synergetically into a holistic Team potential that no one could begin to imagine was even possible. Such Creative Collaboration enters the domain of High Level Fun!
This Experiment is to have regular Metaconversations about how it is going navigating your individual and Team ways along the evolutionary Path up the Sacred Mountain.
When your Team mutually supports each other to be more deeply Present in where they actually are on the Path, additional positive-energy intelligent forces can come into play, such as the energy and information of Bright Principles.
Have A Meeting Where Everyone Puts Their Energetic Weapons On The Table
Matrix Code 4ENEMIES.06
Everyone (and their mother...) has secret weapons which they have developed as part of their Survival Strategy that they can use to defend their own personal Status Quo against any kind of change, especially the kind of change that occurs through increased self-awareness.
You use your weapons expertly - although most often unconsciously and reflexively - to do whatever it takes to stay the same: undermine, backstab, sabotage, distract, collapse, play victim, blame, justify, complain, gossip, create intrigue, lie, cheat, steal sexual energy through glances and subtle movements, grab attention and space, control, belittle, dominate, etc.
Trying to force someone else to put their Shadow World energy weapons on the table - thus rendering their weapons useless - is fruitless. No one in their 'right mind' would ever do this because then they are defenseless amongst thieves.
This Experiment is to navigate yourself to undefendedness through putting your own Gremlin's weapons onto the table in full view of everyone else, and taking your 'hands' off of them. This is perhaps the most transformational action anyone can make.
Yes, Fear will arise. Fear is one of your weapons. Put your Fear on the table too.
Then your weaponized Fear is over there on the table, and you are free of it! (...until you pick it up to use it again.)
Use The 'Poop On The Table' Process To Look At What Is Being Swept Under The Carpet In Your Team
Matrix Code 4ENEMIES.07
Everybody knows what nobody is talking about.
This is the 'Poop'.
By not talking about the Poop, it remains unexposed, yes... but... the Space remains stinky.
Putting the Poop On The Table is not a pretty sight, but then, by making the Poop conscious, something can consciously be done about it.
The Universe is designed in a way such that the solution to any problem is given to you in the same place and the same time that the problem is given to you. However, in order to perceive and activate (or implement) the solution, you may need to become different in some way. Thus problems play their role in the transformational Path! They are agents of - or the necessity for - change!
This Experiment is to stop hiding your Team's problems from each other. Stop sweeping the Poop under the carpet where its transformational power is lost to your Team.
Often only one or two people on your Team perceive the Poop while the attention of other people is drawn elsewhere. This is like noticing that if you never look down, you never have a chance to find money that other people have dropped. Does this mean you should walk through your life with your head down? Let the Poop finders do their job. If you do not understand how what they are finding could be regarded as Poop, do not argue with them! Instead create a Vacuum into which they can unfold their insights. Even if you still do not understand the Poopiness, they will feel more seen in your Team. And you might get what they are saying later as your personal distinctions continue to refine.
Being able to trust that if there is Poop being swept under the rug, someone in your Team will find it, is a powerful bond. Then your Team can go ahead and create whatever it is moved to create because you have radical reliance on your Poop Detectors!
Go For A 3-Day Expedition Up A Physical Mountain With Your Team To Learn About Energetic Mountains
Matrix Code 4ENEMIES.08
This Experiment is to help each other plan, prepare, practice, pack, and proceed each step of the way up and back down the mountain together. Make sure that the purpose of your expedition is NOT to reach the top of the mountain. Have everyone keep using their Purpose Sniffer to make sure that the Purpose each step of the way is to be a Team on a journey up the Sacred Mountain together. The Purpose is to practice improving everyone's capacity to be with each other as a Team on the Mountain, which you can then use for the rest of your lives together. Here are some details to arrange beforehand:
Learn together what Technopenuriaphobia is. Have many Team meetings dedicated to practicing each person's Low Tech skills so that you learn to exit the High Tech modern world and can live on planet Earth again.
Prepare your equipment with as much hand-made and home-made items as you can. This includes shoes made of used car tires, clothing hand sewed out of natural fabrics and leather. Hand-made knives. Try to sleep without tents. Use hand woven blankets. Bring basic foods to boil or bake.
Hand draw your maps of the area you will explore and plan your route. Use these maps only on your expedition.
Learn to use map and compass to plan and follow your route. Make the compass you use.
Learn to use the stars to identify which directions are north, south, east, and west.
Learn to identify and prepare edible greens before you depart. NOTE: Avoid eating wild mushrooms and berries in the wild unless you are completely certain about what you are doing.
After returning from your expedition, come together again around a campfire and tell each other the legends that you carry, the empowering legends that you will tell other people about each other and about your Experiment.
In a mysterious sort of way, the legends you tell cause what happened to have happened the way these things happened.
This means that: Having an extraordinary life depends on developing skills of extraordinary Legend Making.
Practice Consciously Flowing Power While Building And Navigating Your Team
Matrix Code 4ENEMIES.09
Have Circular Meetings where you rotate the job of Spaceholder, Timekeeper, and Documenter every 20 minutes during your Study Group, Possibility Team, Research Team, or other Team meetings.
Make the Purpose of your meeting to practice consciously Flowing Power.
This Experiment is to make a list of 10 different exercises that you invent as a Team to practice sensing in your Energetic Body which direction power is flowing, from who to who, and why.
Then each time you meet, do one of the exercises to specifically say which Power is being flowed, and what the purpose of flowing that power from this person to that person is. Try to develop each person's energetic sensing capacities.
Power Flow happens far faster and far more often, and in far more subtle ways than you might imagine. There is so much to learn here with your energetic body that is important and relevant for journeying the Path.
Use Your Swords Of Clarity To Detect Which Tools, Distinctions, or Thoughtmaps Someone Is Not Using
Matrix Code 4ENEMIES.10
Possibility Management gives you a choice that you would not otherwise have. The choice is between:
Implementing your Survival Strategy to keep surviving in the same style you have grown accustomed to surviving in, OR
Implementing tools, distinctions, thoughtmaps and processes as a Possibilitator to live in ways you have so far never gotten to live.
Mixing their Gremlin, or Child, or Parent Ego State into their Adult Ego State.
None of these behaviors or confusions are bad, or wrong, or stupid. They do, however, have huge consequences both personally and for your Team. The main consequence is that the person stays in survival and does not get to live.
Then immediately have a sub-Team of two Team members take them through the introspective Memetic Engineering process to give them a chance to make a conscious decision about whether they want to stay inside of their survival construct or come back into the Present on the Team.
When Team Members Have Emotional Fear, Take Each Other Through The Emotional Healing Processes
Doing such processes for each other Builds Matrix for catching more consciousness.
Stop Counting At 53 Years Old
Matrix Code 4ENEMIES.13
In modern capitalist patriarchal empire culture it is a common practice to keep remembering how old you are in years. Everyone knows the assumptions, expectations, and stories about who you can or cannot be at every age, what you can and cannot do, what life is like or is not like. How old you are is a Story World.
Either alone in your Beep! Book or all together at a meeting in your Beep! Books, make a list of 5 year segments (e.g. 0-5 years, 6-10 years, 11-15 years, 16-20 years, 21-25 years, etc.) and then write down the stories, social pressures, life expectations. When do you get married? When can you start a business? When do you start feeling aches and pains? When do you write your memoirs? When do you get certain diseases? When do you retire? When should you earn your first million? When do you travel around the world? When do you escape from your parents' household culture, money, opinions, and influence? And so on. Be detailed and specific writing these stories, assumptions, conclusions, expectations, projections.
After writing for 30 minutes or more, share with each other what you have written. If someone wrote something that is also true for you, please write that down in your list as well.
Pay particular attention to how you should look, how you should behave, the
possessions you should have, the social status you should have achieved, etc., at the age you are now.
Have a check-in round in your Circle to see how close you are to the social expectations.
Here is the experiment. Lie about your actual age. Do this by choosing a particular age at which you will stop counting. Then whenever you wonder how old you are, do not try to figure it out by the calendar and your birth date. Instead keep having the same age birthday every year from then on. Whenever anyone asks your age, tell them the age you have chosen. Is it a lie? Maybe. What is your favorite ice cream? Is that a lie? Maybe.
If you do this you take your Authority back to stand in the stories of the age you choose, not the stories that others choose for you about that age.
The reason for stopping to identify yourself with a particular age in years is that your 5 Bodies listen to the programs you tell yourself and others about that. If you 'should be a certain way at a certain age' then your 5 Bodies will respond accordingly, regardless of what you are actually experiencing. With your assertion about your permanent age, the programs from society actually drop off. You regain more freedom of movement for yourself.