The Naguals—Personal Power


If you’re just joining this discussion of the Toltec teachings, please read the post The Naguals—Dreaming before continuing.  Also, this psycho-spiritual work is intense.

If you are currently suffering from a bipolar or psychotic episode, or if you are experiencing anxiety, please save this work for a more stable time.

Warrior SpiritsPower is something a warrior deals with.  At first it’s an incredible, far-fetched affair; it is hard to even think about it.  Then power becomes a serious matter; one may not have it, or one may not even fully realize that it exists, yet one knows that something is there, something which was not noticeable before.  Next power is manifested as something uncontrollable that comes to oneself.  And finally, power is something in oneself, something that controls one’s acts and yet obeys one’s command.—Don Juan

If the World is made up of Energy, then desires and ideas are only as important as the energy they contain.  The Naguals call the energy at our disposal our personal power.

The level of energy for all beings depends on the amount of energy with which they were conceived (with or without passion, health, intoxication, intention), the manner in which the energy has been used since birth, and the manner in which the energy is being used at present.

The way we use our energy is not a product of chance or choice, but of our personal history.  When we believe we make choices, we only set in motion thoughts and actions that have been programmed into us by our past.

We spend our power first by making our agreements with the world—agreeing to the Dream—and then in keeping them.  We have just enough power to survive each day because most of our power is invested in routines of daily life, the agreements that trap us in the World Dream.

Any new undertaking requires the use of “free” or available energy.  So, most people find it enormously difficult to change or create situations different from their norm.

To make changes in our human condition we must change our fields of energy by redirecting, conserving, or increasing energy.  Any time we break an old agreement, the power we’ve invested in it comes back to us.  Breaking routines loosens our habitual behavior and allows the energy trapped by them to come back to us.

To indulge in little quirks is not only stupid and wasteful, but also injurious.  A warrior that drains himself cannot live.—Don Juan

Energy is expended through emotions, which are products of thought and our internal dialogue.  Feelings are a natural reaction to what we perceive (joy/the melancholy of mortality).  Emotion rises from thought and is part of our habitual behavior.


Continue adding to your Laws.  Journal about these questions:

  1. Which of these agreements lift me up and give me joy?
  2. Which of these agreements bring me down?
  3. Which are based on truth?  What is that truth?
  4. Which are based on lies?
  5. How much energy do you expend on each law?
  6. Which ones take the most energy?  The least?

Take one limiting, fear-based agreement and write a new agreement based on truth and self-love to replace it. Chose one that feels fairly easy to break.  Practice your new agreement this week and journal about what happens.

Look at routines which are ingrained and do something different. Mix-up morning bathroom rituals and collapsing-on-the-couch-after-work behavior.  (Pee in the shower, brush your teeth before eating breakfast, have soup for breakfast, turn off the TV while you eat, etc.).  Journal about your internal dialogue and the emotions that rise.  Note your energy level.

Act for the sake of acting (take the dishes for a ride in the car, dance a special jig before entering the house, sort all the things in your junk drawer by color, etc.).  Journal about your internal dialogue and the emotions that rise.  Note your energy level.

More Journaling

Make three columns on a sheet in your journal.  Think back over the last 24 hours.

  1. In the first column, list all the activities of your day, your thoughts and feelings as you were doing the activity.
  2. Notice the amount of energy used for each activity and, in the second column, rank the activities from most personal power used to least.
  3. Also in the second column, note how you felt after doing the activity.
  4. Look over the activities, thoughts, and emotions again.  Is this something you wanted to be doing/thinking/feeling?  In the third column, write a simple Yes or No.
  5. Look again at the chart.  How much of your personal power are you using on activities, thoughts and feelings that you don’t want to and leave you feeling depleted?  What are the activities that take the least amount of power?  What activities make you feel invigorated?  Journal your answers.
  6. What Laws did you follow in the last 24 hours?  Are there any Laws you might have broken?  Are any beliefs losing strength?  Journal your answers.

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