Stalking Vol 2: The Bridge of Reason
assemble a new continuity, otherwise I would be an unreasonable man adrift in a world of
reason. Equally puzzling, she said she wasn’t really teaching me how to reassemble a new life;
she was making me ready for Spirit to do this.
She then had me acknowledge that, after only a few lessons, I was seeing things more
clearly than usual, and experiencing unexpected insights. She had followed this lesson by having
me mimic a screenplay character’s efforts to gather energy enough to focus outside of the
perceptions the average person had available to them, but did not use. Gathering energy, she
emphasized again, is based on not behaving poorly, because this always created circumstances I
would later have to deal with.
As I practiced energy management, precise speech, and following through on what I said, I
also began to recognize other people’s incomplete and/or misleading ways. This was the point at
which she had me purposefully focus on the words people used, and guided me to assess them
for their underlying beliefs—the essence of their statements. This essence was evident after I
discarded the manipulations and convolutions pandemic to common conversations. She called
this rehearsing our self- image, attributed the idea don Juan, and said I’d see how this is a precise
observation soon enough.
Back to the review, in a relatively short time I had come to see how others secretly designed
their personal and professional deceits, just as I had failed to grasp how my incomplete thoughts
led to incomplete sentences that gutted my implied commitments. That was my rule.
At this point, I told Bonnie that I was beginning to see the design of her teaching methods,
and she asked me to explain what I meant. I said that through her preliminary procedures, and
then our crisp exchanges, I had come to think of the word "assumptions" in three terms: our
version of them had evolved to include experience-based, ever-broadening concepts that
increasingly moved the depth of our conversations further away from anything I was used to.
She said this was an inevitable development, as I lessened the elements of confusion in my
thinking, and the knowledge that lay ahead of me could only be grasped by way of larger
Categorizing these levels of understanding, I said we form unconscious assumptions
directly through experiences we never have to assess for validity, because they are ever-present
for everyone: these are the root assumptions of reality, such as gravity. We also form opinion-
based assumptions through the building of beliefs that evolve as circumstances warrant. This is
our Reason, and sharing reasoned assumptions requires that people agree on basic interpretations
of events in a moment that may change. For example, the governme nt is doing a good job, but
the Chicago Cubs baseball team sucks—or vice-versa.
Bonnie snickered at this, because she had lived in Chicago, and hearing about the Cubs was
as unavoidable as sugar. She added that reason-based assumptions are riddled with errors we
manipulate into a continuity of thought, to avoid disturbing our self- image; we would get to that.
A Stalker’s assumption, I next said, is something else entirely. These were deliberately
sought, and taught, piece by irrefutable piece, and dealt with precise knowledge based on
understanding the essences of the events that constructed them. These essences never change—
they are pure understandings that effortlessly attach to other essences, as one discovers them. As
such, sharing a Stalker’s assumption with an apprentice about any topic could replace a book of
instructions with a simple glance—as seemed to be their design. As far as I could tell, these
assumptions were entirely about behavior.
Bonnie added that while behavior dealt with what the avera ge person deemed reasonable
under a circumstance, the stalker’s point of view was devoid of reason: it was ultimately about