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To such matters and as regards the kind of society which would put its members in such a Procrustean bed that they d be disposed to discount their lived experience in order to fit inI myself have experienced other worlds on a number of occasions Of course like everyone I inhabit them nightly and remember them nder the rubric of dreaming Beyond that however I ve had a couple of auditions hearing voices which weren t coming from anyone another in the room would have heard a rather ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石 (ハリー・ポッターシリーズ unpleasant hallucinatory episode and at least two induced breakthroughs to domains radically different than this one I m typing in all of which felt realer than real Beyond that thesual psychedelic experience and I ve had scores at least suggests these other worlds worlds like those described by Castaneda although one is not entirely thrust into them and out of this one Forty years on what are we to think of Carlos Castaneda The Don Juan series of which Journey to Ixtlan is the central volume were initially acclaimed as a breakthrough in anthropological field research Castaneda as the researcher placed himself at the center of his book writing it from the point of view of his own reactions rather than laying out an ethnography Journey to Ixtlan became his UCLA doctoral dissertation and was the most noted book of the series because in it Carlos turns away from psychedelic plants and follows Don Juan as his apprentice He plays the role of the naive sometimes dense and blundering student which makes the book seem artless and laces it Many readers of Carlos Castaneda stop reading after A Yaui Way of Knowledge Some read on to A Separate Reality As I ve stated before Castaneda admits later on that his compulsive obsession on non ordinary reality as produced by hallucinogenic plants was the wrong area to fixate and in Journey to Ixtlan he recapitulates on many of THE NOTES PREVIOUSLY DISCARDEDIT IS IN notes previously discardedIt is in wonderful story that Carlos introduces many concepts or rather elucidates on many concepts which Don Juan had introduced since their initial encounter not doing stopping the world living as a warrior and dreamingWhat baffles me the most is that skeptics and I was one fixate on the impossibility of the story without so much as trying any of the prescribed techniuesI remember being a small child When I went to my grandparents house I From Beautiful Zion to Red Bird Creek used to spend countless hours just lying on the couch staring at the popcorn ceiling After a while the ceiling appeared to invert and the little pieces of stucco or whatever seemed to be holes rather than protuberances When I did that all my regular thoughts slowly subsidedntil I had none whatsoeverthat was my not doing and I think we forget those kinds of incidents Further we obsess over the information that we only se some 10% of our brains and ask ourselves what can we accomplish if we focus the totality of ourselves on only one thought Wellthat is what stopping the world entails shutting off our constant description of the world as reiterated by all those around s for just long enough to focus on nothing at allor to focus ourselves on just one thingYes I think the teachings are real No I don t think they apply to all of From Mistress to Wifey us in particular We are all so very different andniue that nothing is truly the same for any s If you have not read any of these books you may want to consider doing so If you have read them and think They Are Phony You are phony you want to consider ieting your mind tonight when you lay down in bed and try to consider Dance With The Devil uieting your mind tonight when you lay down in bed and try find your hands in your dreams You might be pleasantly surprised at what you can accomplishHere s another on of those little exchanges that pleases me to no end What s these of having beautifully polished crystals if you never find the spirit giver of power he said On the other hand if you don t have the crystals but do find the spirit you may put anything in his way to be touched You could put your dicks in the way if you can t find anything else The whole story is replete with power emotion revelations and touched lightly with such grace and humor that it is just so pleasant to read over and over again I also like Juan s counterpart Genaro His antics and personality are so like myself that I cannot help but love the character In later books Juan describes that there are only so many kinds of men and that Genaro is a man of action This does. Rld” and perceive reality on his own termsOriginally drawn to Yaui Indian spiritual leader don Juan Matus for his knowledge of mind altering plants bestselling author Carlos Castaneda immersed himself in the sorcerer’s magical world entirely Ten year. Hm This is a tough one for meA friend of mine someone I ve always admired recently recommended this book along with several others I wrote them all down AND IMMEDIATELY WENT TO LOOK FOR immediately went to look for at my local libraryUpon arriving I discovered that not only had I forgotten the list of books I had no idea how to navigate the nonfiction section For a minute or so I wandered aimlessly with nothing but the name Carlos in my head I started back towards the doorway but paused reluctant to leave I looked Smitten up at the shelf and there it was I told my friend and he said It s that kind of book You ll see And then he reminded me of the Dewey Decimal SystemYes it is that kind of book And I can see why my friend recommended it to me ButButNo disrespect to my friend or the will of theniverse but I can t do hunterwarrior mysticism I just can t I also refuse to call this nonfictionSorry John Well almost 10 years has it been now since I read this bookThere have been odd discussions about the truthfulness of of Castanedas books about Don Juan and the experiences Castaneda describesIn my opinion I don t care wether the stories are bogus or trueCastaneda describes his journey as an average guy through different spiritual rituals and experiences as he is taught by Don Juan about the shamanistic view of lifeI was 16 when I read the book and I loved the way Don Juan perceives the world as so very alive and kind of magicalThe book can be a good passageway to realize that the world is than our rationalistic eyes are A White Slave in Turkey Book 1 - A BDSM Novel used to conceiveOh yesclearly the book doesn t want to give any answers but rather it stimulates our imagination on how we perceive the worldEver wondered if the Wind itself could be an animated thing roaming around the worldinteracting and playing with those who percieve him Ok I m a boomer and I went through my own period of reading and living with Carlos Castaneda his teacher Don Juan and their world of indigenous Mexican shamanism This and its followp book Tales of Power changed my life when I read them in my mid 20s they helped me forge a new identity as an adult as a warrior with an awareness of personal power and taught me lessons for a lifetime that are still with me If you are open to the teachings in these books they can truly be powerful and life changing and living far away from home as I was in my mid 20s in Finland I was captivated by Don Juan s teachings since as a youth I had traveled a lot with my family in Mexico and the American Southwest so I could easily visualize from Finland the landscapes and culture they were part of Anyway this book goes into my all time favorites list because of how its teachings so shaped who I became as an adult Powerful stuff This is the third volume of the trilogy including The Teachings of Don Juan and A Separate Reality I read all three one after the other while working at the Chicago Womens Athletic Club during the summer between college and seminaryAlthough it appears to be the case that Castaneda the author fabricated some of the material appearing in his accounts including that of his doctoral dissertation which begins the series it also appears to be the case that he knows a good deal about altered states of consciousness While the books may misrepresent the Yaui Nation and so be bad anthropology they remain important and worth readingI ve classed this volume as psychology one could also legitimately class them as religion or as fiction because so much of its content has to do with what we conventionally call altered states and relegate to psychologists What is interesting about Castaneda however is that for him it is not so much a drug disordered state of mind creating hallucinations as an entry into other worlds In other words the other worlds are real indeed they are truer in the sense of being meaningful than the otidian routines of our normal livesPhenomenologically this Is Certainly The Case To Many Whether certainly the case to many whether experience non ordinary realities through the se of drugs spiritual exercise or because such things happen to them either occasionally or regularly Years of campfire tales about extraordinary experiences have led me to begin to intentionally ask people about such things and I ve found it remarkable how ordinary non ordinary states are This raises Night of the Werewolf (Choose Your Own Nightmare, uestions about the typical approach of psychologists and philosophers. In Journey to Ixtlan Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to this new approach for the first time and explores as he comes to experience it himself his own final voyage into the teachings of don Juan sharing withs what it is like to truly “stop the wo. N t mean much to those who have not read any of the books and it doesn t mean much to those who only give the stories a cursory read but I promise you if you find your path with heart you will see plainly that it doesn t matter how much of the story is real the people s names the area in Lay My Burden Down uestion both of which Carlos admits were madep in an effort to follow Juan s instructions the point is that many of Vérité (Love at Center Court, us are plain dormant You can keep doing everything you do Maybe you re happy maybe you re not but why not try something new and see if theniverse can t show you something Beyond the Qumran Community unknownThis is an amazing book and part of an amazing series Believe it or don t either way it is a fantastic read I have read all of Castenedas books and this is the one you should start with The first three books tell the same story but Ixtlan gets it right and you miss little of importance from the first two books From Tales of Power on I give the books five stars To those who say it s fiction I say so what The wisdom and knowledge of Don Juan is a priceless gift to all ofs warriors on the path of knowledge and the books are page turners of the first order When one does not have a person history he explained nothing that one says can be taken for a lie Your trouble is that you have to explain everything to everybody compulsively and at the same time you want to keep the fresh newne This is the first in a series of books which Castaneda wrote after he realized that his prior emphasis on psychotropic drugs was a misleading and erroneous means of conveying the lessons he gained from his apprenticeship with don JuanI began reading with few expectations and progressed with delight at how engrossed I became I felt and absorbed don Juan s teachings in a very heavy way I also found myself laughing out loud at various times throughout this book This for me is always a good signThere Are Many Spiritual Guide Type Of Books That Just Don many spiritual guide type of books that just don do it for me The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is a recent example It seems to me that all the ideas in that book have been articulated a million times before although in individualized artistic and passionate language Don Juan encapsulates the entire message of Tolle s book in two sentences because the only thing that is real is the being in you that is going to die To arrive at that being is the not doing is the being in you that is going to die To arrive at that being is the not doing the self The problem with books such as Tolle s is that they reuire you to feel without inducing that feeling within you and that is exactly what Journey to Ixtlan succeeds in doingThis book changed my life and I look forward to reading the rest that follow Journey to Ixtlan The Teachings of Don Juan 3 Carlos CastanedaJourney to Ixtlan is the third book by Carlos Castaneda published as a work of non fiction by Simon Schuster in 1972 It is about an alleged apprenticeship to the Yaui shaman Don JuanThe title of this book is taken from an allegory that is recounted to Castaneda by his benefactor who is known to Carlos as Don Genaro Genaro Flores a close friend of his teacher don Juan MatusIxtlan turns out to be a metaphorical hometown to which the sorcerer or warrior or man of knowledge is drawn to return trying to get home After the work of stopping his changed perspective leaves him little in common with ordinary people who now seem no substantial to him than phantoms The point of the story is that a man of knowledge or sorcerer is a changed being or a Human closer to his true state of Being and for that reason he can never truly go home to his old lifestyle again 1998 1360 323 1363 460 1366 1371 323 1373 323 9645996026 1375 1380 20 1365 293 1372 1374 1386 441 9789648155433 1973 1 The Teachings of Don Juan A Yaui Way of Knowledge 1968 1365 2 A Separate Reality Further Conversation with Don Juan 1971 1364 3 Journey to xtlan Lessons of Don Juan 1972 4 Tales of Power 1974 1363 5 The Second Ring of Power 1975 1364 6 The Eagle s Gift 1981 1365 7 The Fire from Within 1984 1368 8 The Power of Silence Further Lessons of don Juan 1988 1368 9 The Art of Dreaming 1994 1374 10 Magical Passes The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico 1377 330 964599831 11 The Wheel of Time The Shamans of Mexico Their Thoughts About Life Death the Universe The Teachings of Don Juan 11 Carlos Castaneda 1377 278 9645998360 1931 1998 20 12 The Active Side of Infinity 1998 1379 16061399. S after his first encounter with the shaman Castaneda examines his field notes and comes to Daniels Pet understand what don Juan knew all along that these plants are merely a means tonderstanding the alternative realities that one cannot fully embrace on one’s