The nine magical passes of the third group are employed to bring to the three centers of vitality around the liver, the pancreas, and the kidneys the specialized energy which has been stirred up by the magical passes of the previous group. The magical passes of this group must be performed slowly and with ultimate deliberation. Shamans recommend that the state of mind on executing these passes be one of total silence and the unwavering intent to gather the energy necessary for intending.
All of the magical passes of the third group begin with a fast shake of the hands, which are held at the sides of the body, with the arms hanging at a normal position. The hands shake as if the fingers were vibrating downward, taken by a tremor. A vibration of this nature was thought to be the means to stir energy around the hips and also the means to stimulate minute centers of energy where energy could get stagnant on the backs of the hands and the wrists.
The overall effect of the first three magical passes of this group is
one of general vitality and well-being, since energy is carried to the
three main vital centers in the lower part of the body.
|26. Reaching for Energy Stirred Below the
A small jump forward is made with the left leg, which is propelled by the right one. The trunk is bent markedly forward, and the left arm is stretched out to grab something that is almost at the floor level (fig. 59). The left leg is then retrieved to a standing position, and the left palm brushes immediately over the vital center of energy on the right: the liver and gallbladder.
The same movement is repeated with the right leg and arm, brushing the palm over the vital center on the left: the pancreas and spleen.
27. Transporting Front Energy to the Adrenals
A deep inhalation is taken while the hands shake. Then the left arm shoots straight in front of the body at the level of the shoulders with the palm of the hand turned toward the left, as all the air is sharply exhaled (fig. 60). Next, a very slow inhalation begins while the wrist rotates from left to right, making a complete circle, as if scooping a ball of solid matter (fig. 61). Then the inhalation continues while the wrist rotates back again to its initial position with the palm facing to the left. Next, as if carrying the ball, the left arm makes a semi-circle, keeping the same shoulder level; this movement ends when the back of the bent wrist is placed over the left kidney. It is important that the continuous inhalation be made to last for the duration of the swinging of the arm from front to back. As this swinging movement is executed, the right arm makes a circular movement to the front of the body, ending when the back of the bent wrist is brought to touch the area just above the pubis. The head is turned to the left to face the back (fig. 62). Next, the left hand, which is holding the ball, turns to face the body and smashes the ball against the left kidney and adrenal. The palm is then gently rubbed over that area as an exhalation is made.
The same movement is executed by reversing the arms and turning the
head to the right.
28. Scooping Energy from the Left and the Right
The arms are moved to the sides of the body and then raised with the
hands curled inward toward the body, brushing upward against the torso
to reach the armpits, as a deep inhalation is taken (fig. 63). Next, the
arms are extended laterally, with the palms down, as the air is exhaled
forcefully. A deep inhalation is taken then as the hands are cupped and
made to rotate on the wrists until the palms face up, as if scooping something
solid (fig. 64). Next, the hands are brought back to the shoulder level
by bending the elbows sharply as the inhalation continues (fig. 65). This
movement engages the shoulder blades and the muscles of the neck. After
holding this position for a moment, the arms are extended laterally again,
with a sharp exhalation. The palms face front. The palms of the hands are
cupped and made to rotate backward, again as if scooping a solid substance.
The slightly cupped hands are brought back to the shoulder level as before.
These movements are repeated one more time, for a total of three. The palms
then rub gently over the two vital centers around the liver and around
the pancreas as the air is exhaled.
29. Cracking the Circle of Energy
A circle is made by moving the left arm to the right shoulder (fig. 66), then close around the front of the body to the back (fig. 67) and out again to in front of the face (fig. 68). This movement of the left arm is coordinated with the same movement done with the right arm. Both arms move in an alternate fashion, creating a slanted circle around the total body. Then a backward step to the left is taken with the right foot, followed by a step to the right taken with the left foot, so as to turn around to face the opposite direction.
The left arm is arched then around the left side of the circle, as if the circle were a solid object which the left arm presses against the armpit and chest area. The right arm then performs the same movement on the right side, treating the circle as if it were a solid object (fig. 69). A deep breath is taken, and the circle is cracked from both sides by tensing the whole body, especially the arms, which are brought together to the chest. The palms then rub gently on the respective centers of vitality on the front of the body as the air is exhaled.
The uses of this pass are quite esoteric, because they have to do with
the clarity of intent needed for decision making. This magical pass is
used for spreading the energy of decisions accumulated around the neck.
30. Gathering Energy from the Front of the Body, Right Above the Head
A deep inhalation is taken as the hands shake. Both arms are brought
to the level of the face with clenched fists, crossed in an X, with the
left arm closer to the face, and the inside of the fisted palms toward
the face. The arms are then extended a few inches to the front as the wrists
are made to rotate on each other until the fisted palms are facing down
(fig. 70). From this position, the left shoulder and shoulder blade are
extended forward, an exhalation begins. The left shoulder is pulled back
as the right one comes forward. Next, the crossed arms are lifted above
the head and the exhalation ends.
A slow, deep inhalation is taken as the crossed arms make a complete circle, moving to the right around the front of the body, almost to the level of the knees, then to the left, and back to their initial position, right above the head (fig. 71). Then the arms are forcefully separated as a long exhalation begins (fig. 72). From there, the arms move as far back as possible, as the exhalation continues, drawing a circle which is completed when the fists are brought to the front to the level of the eyes, with the inside of the fisted palms toward the face (fig. 73). Then the arms are crossed again. The wrists pivot on each other as the hands are opened and are placed against the body, the right hand on the area of the pancreas and spleen, and the left hand on the area of the liver and gallbladder. The body bends forward at the waist, at a ninety-degree angle, as the exhalation ends (fig. 74).
The use of this magical pass is twofold: First, it stirs energy around the shoulder blades and transports it to a place above the head. From there, it makes the energy circulate in a broad circle that touches the edges of the luminous sphere. Second, it mixes the energy of the left and the right by placing it on the two centers of vitality around the pancreas and the liver, with each hand on the opposite center.
Mixing energy in such a fashion provides a jolt of great magnitude to
the respective centers of vitality. As the practitioners became more proficient
in their practice, the jolt becomes more acute, and acquires the quality
of a filter of energy, which is an incomprehensible statement until this
pass is practiced. The sensation that accompanies it could be described
as breathing mentholated air.
31. Stirring and Grabbing Energy from Below the Knees and Above the Head
An inhalation is taken as the hands shake. Both hands are brought up by the sides of the body to the level of the waist, and held relaxed. The knees are bent as the left hand is pushed downward with the wrist turned so that the palm faces outward, away from the body, as if it were reaching into a bucket full of liquid substance. This movement is performed at the same time that the right hand shoots up above the head with equal force; the right wrist is also turned so that the palm faces outward, away from the body (fig. 75). A slow exhalation begins when both arms reach their maximum extension. The wrists are returned with great force to a straight position at the same time that the hands clasp into fists, as if grabbing something solid. Keeping the fists clenched, the exhalation continues while the right arm is brought down and the left arm is brought up to the level of the waist, slowly and with great strength, as if wading through a heavy liquid (fig. 76). Then the palms rub gently on the areas of the liver and gallbladder and the pancreas and spleen. The knees are straightened and the exhalation ends at this point (fig. 77).
The same movement is executed by shifting the arms; the right arm plunges downward while the left arm pushes upward.
The energy for intending that is extracted from below the knees and
above the head in this magical pass can also be rubbed on the areas of
the left and right kidneys.
32. Mixing Energy of the Left and the Right
An inhalation is taken as the hands shake. The left arm reaches diagonally to the extreme right above the head and in line with the right shoulder as an exhalation begins (fig. 78). The hand grabs as if clasping a handful of matter, yanks it out, and brings it to a position above the head and in line with the left shoulder, where the exhalation ends. The left hand remains clasped, and a sharp inhalation is taken as the left arm circles backward (fig. 79), ending in a fisted position at the level of the eyes. The fist is then brought down with an exhalation to the vital center around the pancreas, slowly, but with great force, and the palm rubs softly on that area (fig. 80).
The same movement is repeated with the right arm, but instead of moving in a backward circle, the right arm moves in a frontward circle.
In the belief of shamans, the energy of the two sides of the body is
different. The energy of the left is portrayed as being undular, and the
energy of the right as being circular. This magical pass is used to apply
circular energy to the left and undular energy to the right in order to
strengthen the centers of vitality around the liver and pancreas by the
inflow of slightly different energy.
33. Grabbing Energy from Above the Head for the Two Vital Centers
Starting at the level of the ear, the left arm circles forward twice (fig. 81) and is then extended over the head, as if to grab something (fig. 82). As this movement is executed, a deep breath is taken, which ends at the moment that the hand grabs upward as if to fetch something above the head. Don Juan recommended that the eyes select, with a quick glance upward, the target for the hand to grab. Whatever is selected and grabbed is then yanked forcefully downward and placed over the vital center around the pancreas and spleen. The air is exhaled at this point. The same movement is performed with the right arm, and the energy is placed over the center around the liver and gallbladder.
According to shamans, the energy of intent tends to gravitate downward, and a more rarefied aspect of the same energy remains in the area above the head. This energy is gathered with this magical pass.
34. Reaching for Energy Above the Head
The left arm is extended upward as far as possible, with the hand open as if to grab something. At the same time, the body is propelled upward with the right leg. When the jump reaches its maximum height, the hand turns inward at the wrist, making a hook with the forearm (fig. 83), which then slowly and forcefully scoops downward. The left hand rubs immediately around the vital center of the pancreas and spleen.
This movement is performed with the right arm in exactly the same fashion as it was done with the left. The right hand immediately brushes across the vital center around the liver and gallbladder.
Shamans believe that the energy stored around the periphery of the luminous
sphere that human beings are can be stirred and gathered by jumping forcefully
upward. This magical pass is used as a help to dispel problems brought
about by concentrating on a given task for long periods of time.