spiritual forces, good and evil, is pervasive around us;and that these spiritual forces can be summoned orcontrolled through the acts of practitioners who are theintermediaries between the natural and supernaturalrealms.Don Juan was indeed an intermediary between the naturalworld of everyday life and an unseen world, which hecalled not the supernatural but the second attention. Hisrole as a teacher was to make this configurationaccessible to me. I have described in my previous work histeaching methods to this effect as well as the sorceryarts he made me practice. The most important of which iscalled the art of dreaming.Don Juan contended that our world, which we believe to be unique and absolute, is only one in a cluster ofconsecutive worlds arranged like the layers of an onion.He asserted that even though we have been energeticallyconditioned to perceive solely our world, we still havethe capability of entering into those other realms; whichare as real, unique, absolute, and engulfing as our ownworld is.Don Juan explained to me that, for us to perceive thoseother realms, not only do we have to covet them, but weneed to have sufficient energy to seize them. Theirexistence is constant and independent of our awareness, hesaid, but their inaccessibility is entirely a consequenceof our energetic conditioning. In other words, simply and solely because of our conditioning, we are compelled toassume that the world of daily life is the one and only possible world.Believing that our energetic conditioning iscorrectable, don Juan stated that sorcerers of ancienttimes developed a set of practices designed to reconditionour energetic capabilities to perceive. They called thisset of practices the art of dreaming. With the perspective time gives, I now realize that the most fitting statement don Juan made about dreaming was tocall it the 'gateway to infinity'. I remarked at the timehe said it that the metaphor had no meaning to me."Let's then do away with metaphors," he conceded."Let's say that dreaming is the sorcerers' practical wayof putting ordinary dreams to use.""But how can ordinary dreams be put to use?" I asked.