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In 1961, a young anthropologist subjected himself to an extraordinary apprenticeship with Yaqui Indian spiritual leader don Juan Matus to bring back a fascinating glimpse of a Yaqui Indian's world of "non-ordinary reality" and the difficult and dangerous road a man must travel to become "a man of knowledge." Yet on the bring of that world, challenging to all that we believe, he drew back. Then in 1968, Carlos Castaneda returned to Mexico, to don Juan and his hallucinogenic drugs, and to a world of experience no man from our Western civilization had ever entered before.
"A Separate Reality is extraordinary in every sense of the word." (The New York Times)
Praise for the groundbreaking work of bestselling author Carlos Castaneda
"Extraordinary in every sense of the word." (The New York Times)
"An unparalleled breakthrough... Remarkable (Los Angeles Times)
"Hypnotic reading." (Chigago tribune)
"It is impossible to view the world in quite the same way." (Chicago Tribune)
"Excquisite... Stunning... Fresh, unexpected visions with the logic of dreams." (Detroit Free Press)
"Taken together [Castaneda's books] form a work among the best that the science of anthropology has produced." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Remarkable." (The Los Angeles Times)
About the Author
- ASIN : B00AYIDRK8
- Publisher : Atria Books; Original ed. edition (March 26, 2013)
- Publication date : March 26, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2295 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Print length : 274 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0671732498
- Best Sellers Rank: #143,606 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Once a man learns how to "see" he finds himself alone in the world with nothing but folly." p. 81 Anotherwards, all the world is a stage and everything we do are roles we act. We don't leave the world as a hermit because we don't willfully abandon ourselves, but instead we recognize the superficial roles we are required to play as human beings and in turn, rest in our silent self, the silent observer who "sees" this world as a series of necessary folly and superficiality and learns to to limit mental chatter, thinking and rationalizing and to start listening.
This book reminds me of Timothy Leary's explanation of reimprinting. Each time one "trips," he takes a trip beyond static reality to the dynamic flow and each time he returns he takes an additional snapshot and reimprints as a baby does when born. Each imprint is added to the previous imprints, as well as reinterpreting former imprints. And so, when Don Juan uses the power of suggestions with Carlos Castaneda and consensus is agreed, the dynamic affect under hallucinogens conform to such ideas which are compounded during the reimprinting stages back to normal reality. And so, peyote consists of an entity called Mescalito and magic mushroom smoke produces encounters with allies.
In turn, as with many Eastern mediators, the awareness grows of the silent observer self beyond the superficial ego self we are required to live through as human beings. We see the folly of human existence and become detached while simultaneously maintaining our lives active in this world, not in inertia, but with the paradox of "seeing" our real silent witness selves and using our superficial roles with more artistic and less attachment.
One learns to act like a warrior by acting, not by talking." p 144 "If a man sees he doesn't have to live like a warrior, or like anything else, for he can see things as they really are and direct his life accordingly." p 149 "Seeing dispelled the illusion of victory, or defeat, or suffering." p. 138 "Nothing of what I had done in my lie was really worthy of that last ultimate emphasis so I had nothing to think about. That was an exquisite realization." p. 243"Worry and think before you make a decision, but once you make it, be on your way free from worries or thoughts . . that's the warrior way." p. 47 Don Juan teaches learning how not to think, silencing the mind and learning to listen.
I also enjoyed how Don Juan considered much of the Tibetan Book of The Dead as "crap." And yet, one can say the same thing about his Yaqui Indian Sorcerer interpretation of non-ordinary reality. Yet both paradigms, Tibetan and Yaqui acknowledge the silent observer, the mental chatter, and the need to listen without fear in reality of clarity beyond mental conceptions.
The messages are philosophical (the whole gamut--ethics, methods to reality(ies) including most prevelantly, meditation) and religious, presented in amazing discourse. I first read these books as they came out in the early 1970s. Since then, they have totally altered my life-view, and the love affair and marriage I now have with this sacred life and the Sacred Earth and Sky. Totally changed me, for the better.
And I have tried and tried to figure out the source or sources for what Mr. (Dr.) Castañeda consulted to create these master works. No matter what else he was (a real bum and a fraud are often heard), he did the world of men a favor by creating these first four books.
I think the sources are mainly Daoist, and mainly the older books such as the Nei, Tao-Tsang, Chuang-Tzu, and others. Amazingly, I'm still learning! Join me--there is so much to learn about the sacredness of Everything.
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It is almost as though Castaneda is drawn by some hidden other self into another reality one that Don Juan is cognisant of and is equally compelled to show.
There are many more encounters in a 7 book series and I am looking forward to reading them all.
I read this in the Kindle version
I that regard do not and cannot recommend taking drugs, but in a historical context many if not most civilizations have accomodated their use and invented ceremonies and rituals and care provisions to ensure greater safety for users, or should I say 'seekers', for in most instances they were used in pursuit of truth and knowledge or 'Enlightenment' rather than taken for pleasure.
I do not believe Casteneda's writings are The Answer, but they are now classic literature and in reading them one will at least become conversant with one perspective, like one language among the many. Hope this helps?
I really enjoy reading these series of books, they go far deeper to answering the questions about our purpose than anything else that I have ever read.