In his book The Four
Agreements,™ Miguel Ruiz begins by telling the
story of "a human just like you and me." This human is dreaming
in a cave, and in his dream he sees himself going out, looking
up into the starry night sky, and discovering something
In the middle of that
night, he realizes that all that space between the stars
is not empty. It isn't dark, it isn't filled with some mysterious
ether, but it is filled with light! You look at the night
sky and it looks dark, but when you put any object out there
you discover that light hits it from all sides. Our sun,
which sends so much light to the Earth, is sending light
out in every direction-- at 186,000 miles a second-- and
it is going at that speed, without slowing down, forever,
in all directions. That is true of every single sun/star
in the universe. That's a lot of light. So any point in
space is filled, absolutely filled, with all light from
everywhere passing through that one point.
When the human looked
up and saw that phenomenon he said, "If I see mostly light
and some little pieces of matter spread around, then this
universe is not made up of matter, it is made of light.
Light makes up the bulk of the universe." Looking down at
his hands in his dream, he saw that they, too, were made
of points of light. We call them atoms. They're little points
of light and they have little "planets" going around them,
just like the sun. It's mostly space in between them, just
like in the sky. And he realized that the space in his body
was filled with light, also, and that it was the same light
as "out there." He realized that if his body is mostly light,
and the universe is mostly light, then there is no boundary
where one light stops and some other light begins. That
light is everywhere.
The human saw that light
is the messenger of creation, the messenger of Life. The
light is alive, and is carrying the message of Life from
the source, or the Creator, which we also could call God.
The Toltecs call this messenger of creation the "Nagual,"
and the manifestation of that message, or creation itself,
the "Tonal." Someone who frees himself from identification
with the Tonal, and knows himself as the light and Creator,
is thus referred to as a "Nagual."
I'm talking about light
in a very broad way here. I'm not talking about just visible
light, because as you probably know, there's a wide, wide
band of what we think of as light. Visible light-- what
we see reflected-- is just a little, tiny part of that band.
If you move just a little bit into the infrared band, you
won't see it with your eyes. The light is only received
by that which has receptors for the light. We could say
that radio waves are light. So you are sitting there, immersed
in radio waves. If you were able perceive all of the radio
waves that are coming through you as light, right through
the space that you are right now, it would be absolute chaos.
Can you imagine? A rock 'n' roll station is playing in your
head, right along with three talk shows and a basketball
game! So, even when we have a radio that receives that light
as radio frequencies, we use a system to tune up and down
and choose one frequency on the radio-- out of the hundreds
that are passing through everything all of the time. You
can even do it in a building; the light comes right through
the walls. The wall is mostly space, filled with light.
When I say the universe
is full of light, I am saying that all the information it
takes to run a universe is being communicated by the light
in every place in the universe, all of the time. Humans
are designed as receivers of one particular band of that
The light we receive
comes mostly from the sun. It is reflected off that particular
tonal to us. Most of the light is actually reflected again
off of some other part of the tonal. As you learned in school,
when you are looking at an object, what you are seeing is
not the object. What you are seeing is the light reflected
off of the object.
The light is the living
messenger, carrying the message of creation/the tonal to
you. The light has memory and can travel across the universe
for billions of years. When it's received in a telescope
it remembers and communicates exactly what was going on
when it started on its journey. If it leaves a star, and
travels for 13 billion years to get to you, it remembers
exactly the event that occurred 13 billion years ago. It
has perfect memory. That light is reflected off of the object,
with perfect memory of what the object is. It hits your
organ of perception, your eye, which is designed to perceive
the light perfectly. This "message of light" has to travel
through channels inside of your mind to get to the place
where you actually perceive it in some neurological, conscious
The human in don Miguel's
story discovered that those pathways in the mind are contaminated
by belief systems and fears and expectations-- they distort
the light coming in from creation. He saw the nature of
the dream and the truth about the distortion of his perceptions.
He wanted to be sure he would remember what he had learned
when we woke up. So he called himself "The Smoky Mirror."
He had learned he was a perfect mirror for the Divine. Nobody
could see that perfect mirror, though, because of the "smoke"
that comes from distorting the light. The stored light of
your perceptions distorts the truth of the message of the
Divine in the light... like smoke distorts an image in a
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