The fifth step of process is UNDERSTANDING. With understanding, there is no limitation between you and the energy. This is contrary to how most people view understanding. Most people limit their interaction so that they can gain “understanding.” It is only by having acceptance and tolerance of the sunflower as you watch it grow and go through its natural cycle that you gain understanding of the sunflower in its entirety. Or if you have chosen to cut the sunflower and take it home, it is only by acceptance and tolerance that you will gain understanding of yourself and the sunflower in that cycle.
The fourth step of process is DETERMINATION. Here, the impact has been determined and the attraction will be seen at that moment as either positive or negative. You will see the impact as creative or destructive and you will determine what to do with it. In our example, you see the form of the sunflower and determine that it is very beautiful where it grows and so choose not to cut it. You could have also decided that its pollen aggravated your hay fever and moved away from it. Or you could have decided to cut the sunflower and take it home to eat the sunflower seeds.
However, if at the point of determination, you do not have acceptance and tolerance of the action or object, if you get into judgments or comparisons, etc., you will create limitations and block the next step
“Man is a genius when he is dreaming.”
~ Akira Kurosawa ~
The third step of process is FORM. This is the point of impact. The substance on which you are focused is given definition and purpose. By continuing to focus, you see that the substance you are focusing on is actually a flower called a sunflower.
We usually miss the Focus and Substance steps and only experience the form, the solidity, the matter of what attracts us. If we “slow” down and break down the steps, we can catch our pattern of attraction and change it, if necessary.
The second step of process is SUBSTANCE. Substance means your attention is focused, and you notice the object’s appearance within space. At this step, there is no definition, give-away, or purpose. The object can be used for many reasons or purposes. In our example, it has no definition or purpose. It is just substance.
Here is a simple exercise to help you focus your attention. It will also give you an idea of how unfocused and distracted your energy is. Take the tip of your middle finger (wind) of your right hand and place it over the top of the index finger (fire) of your right hand. With your fingers in this configuration, tap the top of the wrist of your left hand with your right thumb. Every time you get distracted, your mind wanders, or your attention is not focused on the now and what you are doing, tap yourself.
You may find, when you first start doing this, your wrist may become very sore within a day. If you are consistent with tapping your wrist every time your mind wanders from what you are doing in the moment, it will help you to focus your attention much better.
“All power is hidden behind the veil of innocence and illusion. Succumb to illusion and you will become ill with self-importance. Accept innocence and step into the Child Spirit Shield, into the center of your own essence. Keep your attention there and do not be distracted, for this is the moment of power. In your left hand, hold experience and the maturity to be able to integrate that experience. In your right hand, hold immediacy and action. Taking responsibility holds the hands together. Power will give you the gift of wisdom through ‘catching minimal chance’. This is the Warrior’s Act of Power and worthy of your Attention.” ~ SwiftDeer
This formula tells you that all wisdom and memory which gives you power is nothing but attention. Where you place your attention, what you focus on is the key. If you can focus and keep your attention on the attraction, you gain a true reflection of your image. By receiving a reflection, rather than a distortion, you gain energy, even when you are confronting a tyrant. This is true in both the tonal (substance) and nagual (spirit) reality.
Distorted energy occurs when you put your attention on distractions. Distractions are like little vacuum cleaner hoses hooked up to you, sucking out your orende or energy. For example, you are sitting at your desk doing your work and all of a sudden you think about picking the clothes up from the cleaners on the way home, the fight you had with your spouse yesterday, and a meeting you must prepare for in two days. Each one of these thoughts are like a suction hose. They are distractions that take you away from what you are focusing on in the now and suck your orende or power.
The key to dancing awake the daydream is to give one thing or task your full attention and focus in the moment. When you stop being distracted and focus your energy, you will achieve alignment with the present moment and actually stop the aging process. Your attention will always go to the strongest energy within your space. Distractions will take you away from Power. Most of the time, the average human’s psyche is consumed by the past. Trying to get into and stay within the present, the NOW, is another way to speak about maturity.
The acquisition of power is probably the most misunderstood energy on the planet today. Many try to chase after it, buy it and some think they can steal or seduce it. However, those who are wise know that there is only one way to have power and that is to make a space inside for power to reside. Power rests inside you—in your marriage basket around the navel.
Let’s begin with the Magician’s Formula of Power.
ATTENTION = POWER
ATTENTION + ATTRACTION + IMPACT + EMPOWERMENT + DOMINION =
WISDOM = POWER = ATTENTION
Attention, according to Webster, is the act or state of applying the mind to an object. Let’s call this focus. Attention + Attraction means we must focus our attention on our attraction. When we focus our attention on our attraction, whatever we are focused on has a connection to us, and therefore an equal giveaway of energy or value is involved. Attraction is a pure electromagnetic energy.
If you focus your attention on attraction, attraction will catch or know intent. All you must do is focus on the attraction. If you do this, impact will be created. Impact is essential to power. You can experience either positive or negative impact. Both are important.
Through impact, we gain empowerment. When empowerment is an act of mutual acceptance, that is co-empowerment. It produces a win-win result, and anchors you in power.
Through the power gained from empowerment and co-empowerment, you enter the circle of dominion. Dominion is the arena in which power plays. Here is where all power exists. Once you have co-empowerment, you put all your attention on your dominion. The Elders say that at this point you gain freedom. If I am empowering you, you are going to empower back because it is an automatic return. Therefore, we enter dominion. At that moment we do not dominate, manipulate, or control each other.
In order to truly discuss these teachings on dreaming, we must first talk about power and the magician’s formula: attention = power. What is power really and what does power have to do with dreaming? It takes power in the form of the O’larien (our psychic gifts) to do successful dreaming—in particular the gifts of Telepathy (communication), Ki (expansion of the aura), Seeing, and Dreaming.
John Two Crows, one of SwiftDeer’s clan uncles, asked him “Why are you interested in that particular stone?” SwiftDeer’s answer was “Because I like it.” Two Crows said “That is attraction. Attraction means you are connected to something. There is a give-away—an equal exchange of energy or value. When something catches your attention, it is said to be an attraction and, therefore, it has power.”