The Eagle's Gift Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Carlos Castaneda takes the listener into the very heart of sorcery, challenging both imagination and reason, shaking the very foundations of our belief in what is “natural” and “logical”.
His landscape is full of terrors and mysterious forces, as sharply etched as a flash of lightning on the deserts and mountains where don Juan takes him to pursue the sorcerer’s knowledge - the knowledge that it is the Eagle that gives us, at our births, a spark of awareness, that it expects to reclaim at the end of our lives and which the sorcerer, through his discipline, fights to retain.
Castaneda describes how don Juan and his party left this world - “the warriors of don Juan’s party had caught me for an eternal instant, before they vanished into the total light, before the Eagle let them go through” - and how he, himself, upon witnessing such a sight, jumped into the abyss.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 35 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 24, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #26,759 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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This was one of the better Castaneda books. It's always dicey to write about Castaneda and the "r" word: did this really happen?
I am inclined to say yes, but not in the usual way. I know that some might see this as a cop out, but I do believe that we all live in our heads and in a world that we create in there. No one else really has access to our experience except us. What we perceive is what we imagine to be the world out side of us, and our thoughts and feelings inside of us. Castaneda's experiences are as real as anyone's.
Did he make it all up? I don't know, nor can I ever know. If he did make it all up, he was a genius. Who knows? Maybe Plato made up Socrates. Sure, the was a person named Socrates, and maybe there was a don Juan Matus. In the time of Plato and Aristotle, it was quite common to write dialogs about famous thinkers and write what they should have said, or write what they might of said, what was characteristic of their thinking. If the original never actually said that was not a problem. This wasn't our sense of history and truth that we have today.
Ultimately, there is being, what is, and what is not. Truth, falsity, right, wrong, good, and evil are all of the mind. If you stick to facts, what is, you won't find any of the above. "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." Shakespeare.
For me, Castaneda, don Juan, and don Genaro are great beings. I enjoy their mystery a great deal.
For those of you new to Carlos Castaneda's works, start with The Teachings of Don Juan - all books in his series are worthwhile reading and comptemplation. Highly recommended.
Top reviews from other countries
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.