This application for the Parallel Perception Scholarship Program was submitted by Dakota Patterson. If you would like to vote for Dakota please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.
When I flipped through my email to discover that Lujan was offering a chance at free tuition my heart raced… To have been born at this point in time and to be aware is an overwhelming blessing. Opportunities present themselves to those who are aware and fast enough to grasp at them and I believe this is one of those opportunities…
Every so often, when I was an adolescent, my dad would bring up a book he had wanted to read but couldn’t remember the title of. He would say it was about a man learning from an old shaman in Mexico while taking peyote. It must have been 20 or so years my dad had been waiting for the book to pop up when it finally did around my sophomore year in high school. Come to find out it wasn’t just one book but a series of volumes documenting a man’s initiation into the realm of the unknown. For the next year or so I got used to seeing my dad in his reading chair with one of these books propped up in front of his face taking breaks momentarily to scribble notes down (much like the man in the books would). I eventually got curious and my dad picked out the first one for me to read. I was soon hooked just like him and read through the series in no time.
Over the next 10 years my dad and I had many conversations involving the concepts of stalking, not doing, dreaming, the assemblage point and the second attention. It wasn’t long after my Dad died in 2006, months perhaps, that I googled something like “Don Juan Matus” and stumbled upon a mysterious looking blue book with gold letters on the Amazon website entitled “The Art of Stalking Parallel Perception” by Lujan Matus. Something about this book spoke to me. What grabbed my attention was in the middle section of the description of the book. It said that Lujan Matus learnt under the Nagual Lujan, and his charismatic cohorts- one of whom is revealed to be the Neolithic sage Juan Matus. I had to buy it.
What I came to find in the substance of this book was at first hard for me to comprehend and some of it still is, but over time the teachings unfold, when they are ready, and become full of life and love. The more I practice the teachings in the book the more I realize that they are already within me and that I just need a little more energy and clarity to grasp them. That’s not to say that I am disciplined enough to practice everything impeccably, I have never been very self-motivating and this has caused many obstacles in my life that could have been avoided. That is why I would like to learn from Lujan directly. Not that I believe that the power I need to live impeccably comes from outside of myself, but I know it would be very beneficial for me to get the boost that can be given by the Nagual directly. I am the type of person (currently) that only gets something accomplished when I absolutely have to (maybe one reason why the military has worked out so good for me) and have always been good at running around and getting things done at the last moment. I am not really sure that this is something to be proud of being good at, but it has made me excel at getting things done under pressure as well, which I do consider a good trait.
I found the book itself to hold real world exercises that produced tangible results. This book, through linking me with the Parallel Perception online forum has enabled me to come into direct contact with others who are like minded and lovingly share their struggles and remedies based on the tapestry woven in the book and who have shared with me many ideas and practices that have shaped my current perception of life. I am forever grateful to those of you who have participated in the site and helped me along the way and to Lujan for making it all possible.
I feel that deep down we all have an amazing gift to offer the world and would love the chance to receive the boost to opening to my full potential as an alive and aware human being and to be able to help others to do the same. I would appreciate any comments or votes for this essay to help me accomplish this. Sincerely and Lovingly, Dakota Patterson
If you would like to vote for Dakota please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.
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