When the phase of the Sixth Sun began, it was time for the ancient teachings of Mexico to be shared with the world. Sergio Magaña’s dreaming teacher predicted that, after the eclipse on July 11, 2010, Sergio would be one of the spokespeople to carry the teachings of this rich spiritual tradition, which has been closed to outsiders until now. The original holders of this secret knowledge, the Chichimeca, were considered to be masters, with a deep understanding of the dream state and a working knowledge of how our perceptions form our reality, as well as the capacity to influence matter. In this extraordinary work, Sergio shares the wisdom and practices that inspired Carlos Castaneda to write about nahual and tonal reality, and explains the deep power of dreaming, altered states of perception, and expanded consciousness that will enable you to:
• become lucid in your dreams
• heal and rejuvenate your body and send healing to others while in the dreaming state
• communicate with your ancestors
• develop different types of perception to see energy and altered reality
• use the mysterious obsidian mirror for cleansing and healing yourself and others
• see your teyolia, or path of the soul, to learn who you were in past lives and release parts of yourself that are trapped in old experiences.
Excerpt from the book:
“Nahualism: The Ancient Knowledge of Dreams
To understand what nahualism is we must first understand what the word nahual means. It comes from the Náhuatl language and refers to an ancient body of knowledge that according to oral tradition originated with the Olmecs, the Chichimecas and the Teotihuacans. It was then continued by the Xochicalcas and passed to the Toltecs, before finally reaching the Aztecs and their main indigenous group, the Mexihcas.1 The Mexihca culture originally developed in the United States of America, in what is now known as Utah. Its mother tongue was the Yutuazteca language. It then spread down the southeast of Mexico to the state of Veracruz. It was here that the first settlements gave rise to the Olmec tradition, and from here it spread to the centre of Mexico, a process that took thousands of years and resulted in what is currently known as Mexihcayotl or Toltecayotl, that is, the Mexihca or Toltec essence or energy, which is present in all of us who follow the ancient tradition of Mexico today. The etymological composition of Náhuatl hides a great part of the cosmology and mysteries of ancient Mexico. The words describe the creation process, the mathematical order of creation and the relationship between humanity and the cosmos, not only on a physical level but on an energetic level, too. Consequently, thanks to oral tradition and to the words mah toteotahtzin mitzmopieli, the story of our venerable Earth, we have been able to bring to life what was believed to be lost, destroyed by the conquest and by the passage of time: the real treasure of Mexico — its knowledge.
The Tonal and the Nahual
Before we consider nahualism and how it has come down to us, we first need to understand what the two key words in the whole tradition mean: tonal and nahual. Tonal comes from Tonatiuh, sun, the one who produces heat. According to our Mexican ancestors, the cosmos manifests in all human beings. Cosmic order is our own order. So, as the sun produces heat, it emits information to our teotl, our energy. At the human level, then, the tonal is a body of energy that produces heat, exactly as the sun does. It can be seen as an amber radiance around our head when we’re awake and/or in a conscious state and it governs our perception then. Since it is the sun that supplies this power, a group of people who are gathering together in a room, for example, will see the same ‘reality’ — what the sun makes them see. On the other hand, a person who is sleeping in that room will see a totally different reality — their dreams — since their tonal is not over their head and not governing their perception. (This is also true of someone who is on the path of the nahual and is capable of altering their perception at will.) To sum up, the tonal is the perception attached to physical matter and to our five senses. It is governed by sunlight and responsible for creating our identity and location in time and space when we are awake. Nahual comes from two words: nehua, which means ‘I’, and nahualli, which means ‘what can be extended’. In the ancient cosmology, it refers to everything that extends beyond the tonal — that is, who we really are. The tonal is solely ruled by solar energy, but the nahual is ruled by the energy of the whole universe, and mainly by the energy of the moon, Venus and the Pleiades. At a human level, we can detect this energy as a bluish-grey radiance, similar to the cold moon’s light, that is located around the navel when we are awake but moves up around the head when we are asleep or when we enter an altered state of consciousness. The nahual is the energy body that travels to the world of slumber, the one in which we dream. That’s why we perceive things differently when sleeping and dreaming. The nahual also allows us to go to the Mictlan, the land of the dead, and to other worlds. In other words, when we’re asleep, we’re very close to being what is known nowadays as a spirit. The nahual is dual in character: we can dream about creating or destroying. We can also dream in the land of the dead about our old patterns, the old winds, what is known in the oriental tradition as karma