The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge⚣ [PDF] ✅ The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge By Carlos Castañeda ✰ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Rethink your view of the world with The Teachings of Don Juan, the first book in Carlos Castaneda s spiritual journey into the world of sorcery The Teachings of don Juan is the story of Carlos Castane Rethink your view of of Don PDF/EPUB À the world with The Teachings of Don Juan, the first book in Carlos Castaneda s spiritual journey into the world of sorcery The Teachings of don Juan is the story of Carlos Castaneda s extraordinary experiencesInCarlos Castaneda was a graduate student when he met Don Juan, a Yaqui Indian feared and shunned by the ordinary folk of the American Southwest because of his unnatural powers During the next five years don Juan s arcana knowledge led Castaneda into a world of beauty and terror, ruled by concepts far beyond those of The Teachings eBook × Western civilisationUsing medicinal herbs Castaneda lived through encounters with disembodied spirits, shamans in the form of huge wolves, and death in the shape of silver crows Finally, after a night of utter terror in which he knew that his life was threatened by forces which he still cannot fully explain, he gave up his struggle to become a Man Of KnowledgeIt gives a different view of the world and challenges the ideas and beliefs that we have be taught, whilst also providing simple methods to changing the way we interact with the world on a day Teachings of Don PDF/EPUB ë to day basis Reader Review. You may find this book has a lot of chaff on how they prepare peyote and other drugs, mundane descriptions in diary yet when you less expect it, they hit you with a boulder of wisdom that leaves you freezed.There is ONE core idea in the book that makes the price tag disappear You cannot pay for it It goes like this Anything is one of a million paths Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any You may find this book has a lot of chaff on how they prepare peyote and other drugs, mundane descriptions in diary yet when you less expect it, they hit you with a boulder of wisdom that leaves you freezed.There is ONE core idea in the book that makes the price tag disappear You cannot pay for it It goes like this Anything is one of a million paths Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life Only then will you know that any path is only a path and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition I warn you Look at every path closely and deliberately Try it as many times as you think necessary This question is one that only a very old man asks Does this path have a heart All paths are the same they lead nowhere They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush In my own life I could say I have traversed long long paths, but I am not anywhere Does this path have a heart If it does, the path is good if it doesn t, it is of no use Both paths lead nowhere but one has a heart, the other doesn t One makes for a joyful journey as long as you follow it, you are one with it The other will make you curse your life One makes you strong the other weakens you Before you embark on any path ask the question Does this path have a heart If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path The trouble is nobody asks the question and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path A path without a heart is never enjoyable You have to work hard even to take it On the other hand, a path with heart is easy it does not make you work at liking it Ever since I read the book I have followed that advice Life blossoms with a feeling of realness The Teachings of Don Juan The Teachings of Don Juan 1 , Carlos CastanedaThe Teachings of Don Juan A Yaqui Way of Knowledge was published by the University of California Press in 1968 as a work of anthropology, though many critics contend that it is a work of fiction It was written by Carlos Castaneda and submitted as his Master s thesis in the school of Anthropology It purports to document the events that took place during an apprenticeship with a self proclaimed Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, don The Teachings of Don Juan The Teachings of Don Juan 1 , Carlos CastanedaThe Teachings of Don Juan A Yaqui Way of Knowledge was published by the University of California Press in 1968 as a work of anthropology, though many critics contend that it is a work of fiction It was written by Carlos Castaneda and submitted as his Master s thesis in the school of Anthropology It purports to document the events that took place during an apprenticeship with a self proclaimed Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, don Juan Matus from Sonora, Mexico between 1960 and 1965 The book is divided into two sections The first section, The Teachings, is a first person narrative that documents Castaneda s initial interactions with don Juan He speaks of his encounters with Mescalito a teaching spirit inhabiting all peyote plants , divination with lizards and flying using the yerba del diablo lit Devil s Weed Jimson weed , and turning into a blackbird using humito lit little smoke a smoked powder containing Psilocybe mexicana The second, A Structural Analysis, is an attempt, Castaneda says, at disclosing the internal cohesion and the cogency of don Juan s Teachings 1986 136512 1 The Teachings of Don Juan A Yaqui 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 I found this book in my friend s house in Spring Lake, New Jersey about 20 years ago Flipped through it, started reading, and couldn t put it down Since then I ve read all of Carlos Casteneda s books, but this is by far the best Sadly, the power of this work is often diminished by readers who mistakenly, and obtusely, attribute his experiences solely to tripping through the use of psychotropic plants in Mexico That s a book about tripping, people have told me But no, it really has nothing I found this book in my friend s house in Spring Lake, New Jersey about 20 years ago Flipped through it, started reading, and couldn t put it down Since then I ve read all of Carlos Casteneda s books, but this is by far the best Sadly, the power of this work is often diminished by readers who mistakenly, and obtusely, attribute his experiences solely to tripping through the use of psychotropic plants in Mexico That s a book about tripping, people have told me But no, it really has nothing to do with that, and whether Castaneda ever actually met Don Juan, or experienced any of what he pens in this and his other books, who cares His writing is profound, fun in a perverse way, and entirely engaging If nothing that he has written about never actually happened, he s gotta have one of the best imaginations in the history of civilization Somehow the New Age movement adopted his fine work and insightful observations as their own, but I feel this represents another sad marginalization of what he has done All that aside, this book is stunning in its detail, suspense, flow, and message One of my all time favorites I am going to give the same review to all the Carlos Castaneda books I read in that series, simply because they are all outstanding I was lucky to come across Castaneda very early on my magickal path My spells and rituals have always relied on the power of intent, and I have found no better education on how to focus your intent than in this series of books Back then 1994 they were classifed as nonfiction Lately, they say they are fiction All I know is much of what is in these books works I am going to give the same review to all the Carlos Castaneda books I read in that series, simply because they are all outstanding I was lucky to come across Castaneda very early on my magickal path My spells and rituals have always relied on the power of intent, and I have found no better education on how to focus your intent than in this series of books Back then 1994 they were classifed as nonfiction Lately, they say they are fiction All I know is much of what is in these books works And having been a Wiccan Faery Witch now for 13 years I know much of what is real to us is fiction to those not walking a magickal path These are life changing books you will never forget, and their teachings still influence my life today Can t get any better than that Back in the 70 s, Carlos Castaneda a young anthropologist from the University of California was the shit amongst hippies, new agers and wanna be cool academics desperate to shed their stuffy tweed Now Not so much For many readers, Castaneda s death knell sounded when most of his accounts turned out to be factually speaking complete and utter BS To which diehard Castanites objected But, like, what is truth anyways, man I don t wish to get terribly enmeshed in the debate But to my logical, Back in the 70 s, Carlos Castaneda a young anthropologist from the University of California was the shit amongst hippies, new agers and wanna be cool academics desperate to shed their stuffy tweed Now Not so much For many readers, Castaneda s death knell sounded when most of his accounts turned out to be factually speaking complete and utter BS To which diehard Castanites objected But, like, what is truth anyways, man I don t wish to get terribly enmeshed in the debate But to my logical, unenlightened mind, the following statement seems like it should hold namely, that since The Teachings of Don Juan purports either to be non fiction or fiction, and since these possibilities are mutually exclusive or at least could easily be defined as such , then we can inquire into which accolades and or criticisms apply to each, and whether any apply to both.Accordingly, we should be able to forward a general appraisal of the book that doesn t rely upon any dodgy factual corroboration Let us beginCase 1 It s non fiction.Ever since it was first published in 1968, The Teachings of Don Juan has been marketed as non fiction Yet as a work of non fiction, Castaneda s exploration of hallucinogens and spirituality suffers from several major defects Perhaps the most glaring of these involves the description of Don Juan as a Yaqui sorcerer, despite the fact that the actual Yaqui culture of Mexico is absolutely nothing like that described by Castaneda I mean, the Yaqui don t even use peyote although the Huichol do Major awk And for those interested, Richard DeMille has devoted two entire books to the chronicling other such factual gaffes.So Castaneda makes a pretty piss poor anthropologist, a flaw which extends to his treatment of alternate epistemologies Apart from some recurrent and annoyingly sophomoric discussions on the nature of objectivity, he doesn t even attempt to broach the political and social dimensions of Yaqui or whatever knowledge Like, the Native Americans of Mexico have had a pretty rough time with oppression, colonialism and whatnot Couldn t this be relevant to Don Juan s lament for the lost Golden Age of Indian sorcerers, or his individual preference for knowledge over power And as an anthropologist, shouldn t Castaneda have madeof the sexist gender norms that pervade much of his benefactor s teachings Finally, I ought to briefly mention the Structural Analysis that makes up the last quarter of this book Holy academic posturing, Batman If sentences like Corroboration of the rule meant the act of verifying it, the act of attesting to its validity by confirming it pragmatically in an experimental manner prove anything, it s that the UCLA professors that originally allowed this drivel to pass for Castaneda s MA thesis are guilty of gross charlatanism and intellectual dishonesty.Case 2 It s fiction.Don t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading The Teachings of Don Juan While Castaneda isn t the best of writers, he ain t half bad and the various hallucinatory experiences that he describes tend to be wonderfully bizarre enough to make up for any weaknesses in his prose style And sure, the fundamental claim of the book that reality is farmalleable than we may first think is probably true in a rather general sense.Does all this make it a good novel I don t think so Ultimately, the characters struck me as too flat, the emotional dimensions too underdeveloped And why introduce the mysterious la Catalina complete with scare quotes without doing anything significant with her And why oh why subject the reader to the abject torture that is the Structural Analysis Tell me that, Carlos Tell me that Yet the most serious problem with the book qua fiction is that its author never once admitted it to be as such And here s where things get fucked up In the latter part of his life, Castaneda led a spiritualist cult called Cleargreen check out their website , and it s suspected that he convinced several of its members attractive young women, naturally to commit suicide upon his death In the words of one former Cleargreen initiate If he hadn t presented his stories as fact it s unlikely the cult would exist As nonfiction, it became impossiblydangerous Conclusions.As a work of anthropology, The Teachings of Don Juan isn t fit to wipe a monkey s ass As a novel, it s decent enough, but potentially harmful If this was thirty years ago, I d maybe recommend reading Castaneda as a source of conversational fodder But now Just pick yourself up a copy ofThe Doors of Perceptionor Hallucinations, why don t you An Addendum But what is truth, manIn The Teachings of Don Juan, Castaneda puts forward an epistemology according to which the concepts of truth and reality don t mean what we think they mean How can we refute him, then, without begging the question Upon what standard of truth can his view be wrong Further, Castaneda talks a lot about power, and how one s experiences in nonordinary reality possess pragmatic value in the ordinary world He also displays a certain penchant for yerba del diablo i.e., devil s weed , an ally which confers superfluous power upon the knowledge seeker.Where am I going with this As far as I can tell, the following two propositions should strike most people as uncontroversial 1 from writing bestsellers to brainwashing vulnerable babes, Castaneda certainly possessed a remarkable degree of power over others, and 2 as this Salon article explains, he eventually let it go to his head Whether you want to explain these two propositions by appealing to chance, psychology or shamanism well, that s up to you The Best Advice that anyone has ever given me is all in this book This book is my spiritual guidance A warrior acknowledges his pain but he doesn t indulge in it The mood of the warrior who enters into the unknown is not one of sadness on the contrary, he s joyful because he feels humbled by his great fortune, confident that his spirit is impeccable, and above all, fully aware of his efficiency A warrior s joyfulness comes from having accepted his fate, and from having truthfully assessed The Best Advice that anyone has ever given me is all in this book This book is my spiritual guidance A warrior acknowledges his pain but he doesn t indulge in it The mood of the warrior who enters into the unknown is not one of sadness on the contrary, he s joyful because he feels humbled by his great fortune, confident that his spirit is impeccable, and above all, fully aware of his efficiency A warrior s joyfulness comes from having accepted his fate, and from having truthfully assessed what lies ahead of him.The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or as a curse.The self confidence of the warrior is not the self confidence of the average man The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self confidence The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity A young anthropologist goes into the desert, meets an old shaman and does a bunch of peyote, DMT salvia, and shrooms This book is his account from one trip to another with bits of hippy wisdom thrown in, like the oft quoted ask yourself if this path has a heart passage Beyond the tripping, the author doesn t seem to understand the spiritual aspects of what Don Juan is trying to tell him Like when he smoked the little smoke and thought himself to become a bird, he asks Don Juan afterwards A young anthropologist goes into the desert, meets an old shaman and does a bunch of peyote, DMT salvia, and shrooms This book is his account from one trip to another with bits of hippy wisdom thrown in, like the oft quoted ask yourself if this path has a heart passage Beyond the tripping, the author doesn t seem to understand the spiritual aspects of what Don Juan is trying to tell him Like when he smoked the little smoke and thought himself to become a bird, he asks Don Juan afterwards did I really become a bird and needles him to give him an objective answer, which, in my opinion, defeats the purpose of the whole experience.At the end of the book, Carlos Casteneda breaks down Don Jaun s belief system in a very scientific yet oddly dogmatic kind of way, like a pastor of a newly found, but no longer sacred religion By explaining it away he kills the mystical sense of his time in the desert and reduces it to nicely categorized names and departments further nullifying his narrative to a simple hallucinogenic induced party time with an old Yaqui Indian man in New Mexico, all under the guise of his Warrior s Way His assessment of his time with Don Juan only go as deep as his literal understanding of things, rather than any meaningful, metaphorical reflection of his teaching I couldn t decide if he s either really dense or just too westernized to see anything beyond his daily comprehension Amazing Essential reading for any deep thinker and open minded person who has experienced non ordinary realities This book spoke to my soul I have had out of body experiences and know firsthand that our physical reality is not the only one I have personally experienced some of what is described here and not from ingesting peyote, but from spontaneous OOBEs I don t know why I did not read this sooner as I ve heard of Castaneda well before now It s comforting to have your personal experie Amazing Essential reading for any deep thinker and open minded person who has experienced non ordinary realities This book spoke to my soul I have had out of body experiences and know firsthand that our physical reality is not the only one I have personally experienced some of what is described here and not from ingesting peyote, but from spontaneous OOBEs I don t know why I did not read this sooner as I ve heard of Castaneda well before now It s comforting to have your personal experiences verified I guess this has been referred to as both fiction and non fiction Maybe it s a combination of both, but I know some of it is not merely fiction A lot of it is just descriptions of preparing hallucinogenics, but there are some truly special nuggets of spiritual wisdom here It s interesting to watch Castaneda fight his logic and rationalism as he experiences these shifts in consciousness A little infuriating at times if you ve already moved beyond the denial In general, I found this very pleasantly accessible and easy to read Maybe I m not so Classics Stupid after all In the seventies, after my footloose brother had left behind the old homestead for a freer andindependent life in seismic surveying, I was often greeted from the open door of his room by his adolescent book collection Near the top of his bookcase was Carlos Castaneda s first bookOne day, in the habitually perplexed and low level depressive frame of mind endemic to my life at that time due, of course, to the barbarically primitive effects of first generation mood stabilizers I sought In the seventies, after my footloose brother had left behind the old homestead for a freer andindependent life in seismic surveying, I was often greeted from the open door of his room by his adolescent book collection Near the top of his bookcase was Carlos Castaneda s first bookOne day, in the habitually perplexed and low level depressive frame of mind endemic to my life at that time due, of course, to the barbarically primitive effects of first generation mood stabilizers I sought to discover what he had found interesting about the book But Its contents perplexed me eventhan the cover had originally done To believe the things related here required a momentary lapse of one s reason.You see, in those days I had no inside track on the pervasive drug culture whose effects were all around us.I by now had my first full time job after college, in an office where young dishevelled clerks played a subordinate role to the classier Leisure Suit Larry s remember that video arcade game, boomers who manned the administrative and professional ranks.And being a kid, and at a basic subordinate level, I was thrown in with the other beginners.But, being a kid who was already a fairly innocent psychiatric survivor, I was at sea in the mind games they followed Now, I guess that sounds a lot like Henry James tarnished old world meets na ve new world scenarios in his novels.But how else can I explain the otherworldliness of a kid who s been catapulted abruptly from an aborted coming of age into the strict longterm control of a judiciously claustrophobic office I think you can see where I m coming from.For the seventies were not only a hotbed for the drug culture, but as well for the sexual proclivities of a generation that had taken the bull of Minos by the horns, like the scantily clad Cretans of old.A generation which, as my grandmother put it, were only as good as they had to be I m not so na ve now to think she erred in her judgment, thank Goodness.But back then, in a sea of office layabouts who wore their hair long and their manners short, and myself blitzed with tranquilizers that could sink the Bismarck, I really had no clue.Such, I imagine, is still the brutish experience of innocents entering the real world of business.And when the baby fat goes into the fire, there s trouble galore.This is a pretty long winded apology for a perpetually extended innocence, isn t it But when I rediscovered my Christian roots five years later, my prolonged ignorance of the Ugly Side beyond the Good and the Bad was sealed over forever and Saved.And that for me had been always only a prayer away, had I but known it then And had I but seen that Castaneda s Magical Sorcery Tour was just another pretext for the old Trip Down the Garden Path for so many of my young contemporaries At least for those among them that still kept track through their mental fog This obscure writer has a huge cult following who believe that Castaneda s semi fictious stories about Don Juan and the indigenous peoples of Mexico hold the keys to power and enlightenment Ninja is a skeptic She doesn t believe in any of that rot but they are best books being peddled as non fiction that I have ever read.Years ago, I caught an edition of Imprint on our local public television station TVO The host, Daniel Richler, was leading a panel discussion about native spirituality an This obscure writer has a huge cult following who believe that Castaneda s semi fictious stories about Don Juan and the indigenous peoples of Mexico hold the keys to power and enlightenment Ninja is a skeptic She doesn t believe in any of that rot but they are best books being peddled as non fiction that I have ever read.Years ago, I caught an edition of Imprint on our local public television station TVO The host, Daniel Richler, was leading a panel discussion about native spirituality and its literature At one point during the discussion Richler held up a copy of Carlos Castaneda s first book The Teachings of Don Juan A Yaqui Way of Knowledge He said with great confidence and certainty that Castaneda s works about the Yaqui Indians of Mexico represented the greatest hoax since the Piltdown Man With that, he seemed to dismiss the book out of hand I had already, if truth be known, dismissed Castaneda as a new age phony long ago so I too moved right along with Richler to the next item of discussion I was surprised then when one of the panel members, Medicine Grizzly Bear Adams, brought the discussion back to Castaneda He said that Castaneda must have really been trained under a traditional man of knowledge, as Castaneda referred to don Juan Otherwise,Adams insisted, he must be one of the greatest philosophers or genius of your time to be able to synthesize the information he presents in his books from his sources, whatever they may be.That made me revisit the body of work Castaneda wrote, and since then I have read all the books about his so called tutelage under the nagual, Don Juan They are most entertaining and thought provoking and many quotes from the book have come down to us into the popular culture The most well known of these is has come down as something in the form of following a path with heart a warrior must always keep in mind that a path is only a path if he feels that he should not follow it, he must not stay with it under any conditions His decision to keep on that path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition He must look at every path closely and deliberately There is a question that a warrior has to ask Does this path have a heart There are manygems like this in the books He was a spiritual genius Whether or not he made it up, he weaved the work into a self contained reality in its own right

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You may find this book has a lot of chaff on how they prepare peyote and other drugs, mundane descriptions in diary yet when you less expect it, they hit you with a boulder of wisdom that leaves you freezed.There is ONE core idea in the book that makes the price tag disappear You cannot pay for it It goes like this Anything is one of a million paths Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any You may find this book has a lot of chaff on how they prepare peyote and other drugs, mundane descriptions in diary yet when you less expect it, they hit you with a boulder of wisdom that leaves you freezed.There is ONE core idea in the book that makes the price tag disappear You cannot pay for it It goes like this Anything is one of a million paths Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life Only then will you know that any path is only a path and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition I warn you Look at every path closely and deliberately Try it as many times as you think necessary This question is one that only a very old man asks Does this path have a heart All paths are the same they lead nowhere They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush In my own life I could say I have traversed long long paths, but I am not anywhere Does this path have a heart If it does, the path is good if it doesn t, it is of no use Both paths lead nowhere but one has a heart, the other doesn t One makes for a joyful journey as long as you follow it, you are one with it The other will make you curse your life One makes you strong the other weakens you Before you embark on any path ask the question Does this path have a heart If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path The trouble is nobody asks the question and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path A path without a heart is never enjoyable You have to work hard even to take it On the other hand, a path with heart is easy it does not make you work at liking it Ever since I read the book I have followed that advice Life blossoms with a feeling of realness The Teachings of Don Juan The Teachings of Don Juan 1 , Carlos CastanedaThe Teachings of Don Juan A Yaqui Way of Knowledge was published by the University of California Press in 1968 as a work of anthropology, though many critics contend that it is a work of fiction It was written by Carlos Castaneda and submitted as his Master s thesis in the school of Anthropology It purports to document the events that took place during an apprenticeship with a self proclaimed Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, don The Teachings of Don Juan The Teachings of Don Juan 1 , Carlos CastanedaThe Teachings of Don Juan A Yaqui Way of Knowledge was published by the University of California Press in 1968 as a work of anthropology, though many critics contend that it is a work of fiction It was written by Carlos Castaneda and submitted as his Master s thesis in the school of Anthropology It purports to document the events that took place during an apprenticeship with a self proclaimed Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, don Juan Matus from Sonora, Mexico between 1960 and 1965 The book is divided into two sections The first section, The Teachings, is a first person narrative that documents Castaneda s initial interactions with don Juan He speaks of his encounters with Mescalito a teaching spirit inhabiting all peyote plants , divination with lizards and flying using the yerba del diablo lit Devil s Weed Jimson weed , and turning into a blackbird using humito lit little smoke a smoked powder containing Psilocybe mexicana The second, A Structural Analysis, is an attempt, Castaneda says, at disclosing the internal cohesion and the cogency of don Juan s Teachings 1986 136512 1 The Teachings of Don Juan A Yaqui 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 I found this book in my friend s house in Spring Lake, New Jersey about 20 years ago Flipped through it, started reading, and couldn t put it down Since then I ve read all of Carlos Casteneda s books, but this is by far the best Sadly, the power of this work is often diminished by readers who mistakenly, and obtusely, attribute his experiences solely to tripping through the use of psychotropic plants in Mexico That s a book about tripping, people have told me But no, it really has nothing I found this book in my friend s house in Spring Lake, New Jersey about 20 years ago Flipped through it, started reading, and couldn t put it down Since then I ve read all of Carlos Casteneda s books, but this is by far the best Sadly, the power of this work is often diminished by readers who mistakenly, and obtusely, attribute his experiences solely to tripping through the use of psychotropic plants in Mexico That s a book about tripping, people have told me But no, it really has nothing to do with that, and whether Castaneda ever actually met Don Juan, or experienced any of what he pens in this and his other books, who cares His writing is profound, fun in a perverse way, and entirely engaging If nothing that he has written about never actually happened, he s gotta have one of the best imaginations in the history of civilization Somehow the New Age movement adopted his fine work and insightful observations as their own, but I feel this represents another sad marginalization of what he has done All that aside, this book is stunning in its detail, suspense, flow, and message One of my all time favorites I am going to give the same review to all the Carlos Castaneda books I read in that series, simply because they are all outstanding I was lucky to come across Castaneda very early on my magickal path My spells and rituals have always relied on the power of intent, and I have found no better education on how to focus your intent than in this series of books Back then 1994 they were classifed as nonfiction Lately, they say they are fiction All I know is much of what is in these books works I am going to give the same review to all the Carlos Castaneda books I read in that series, simply because they are all outstanding I was lucky to come across Castaneda very early on my magickal path My spells and rituals have always relied on the power of intent, and I have found no better education on how to focus your intent than in this series of books Back then 1994 they were classifed as nonfiction Lately, they say they are fiction All I know is much of what is in these books works And having been a Wiccan Faery Witch now for 13 years I know much of what is real to us is fiction to those not walking a magickal path These are life changing books you will never forget, and their teachings still influence my life today Can t get any better than that Back in the 70 s, Carlos Castaneda a young anthropologist from the University of California was the shit amongst hippies, new agers and wanna be cool academics desperate to shed their stuffy tweed Now Not so much For many readers, Castaneda s death knell sounded when most of his accounts turned out to be factually speaking complete and utter BS To which diehard Castanites objected But, like, what is truth anyways, man I don t wish to get terribly enmeshed in the debate But to my logical, Back in the 70 s, Carlos Castaneda a young anthropologist from the University of California was the shit amongst hippies, new agers and wanna be cool academics desperate to shed their stuffy tweed Now Not so much For many readers, Castaneda s death knell sounded when most of his accounts turned out to be factually speaking complete and utter BS To which diehard Castanites objected But, like, what is truth anyways, man I don t wish to get terribly enmeshed in the debate But to my logical, unenlightened mind, the following statement seems like it should hold namely, that since The Teachings of Don Juan purports either to be non fiction or fiction, and since these possibilities are mutually exclusive or at least could easily be defined as such , then we can inquire into which accolades and or criticisms apply to each, and whether any apply to both.Accordingly, we should be able to forward a general appraisal of the book that doesn t rely upon any dodgy factual corroboration Let us beginCase 1 It s non fiction.Ever since it was first published in 1968, The Teachings of Don Juan has been marketed as non fiction Yet as a work of non fiction, Castaneda s exploration of hallucinogens and spirituality suffers from several major defects Perhaps the most glaring of these involves the description of Don Juan as a Yaqui sorcerer, despite the fact that the actual Yaqui culture of Mexico is absolutely nothing like that described by Castaneda I mean, the Yaqui don t even use peyote although the Huichol do Major awk And for those interested, Richard DeMille has devoted two entire books to the chronicling other such factual gaffes.So Castaneda makes a pretty piss poor anthropologist, a flaw which extends to his treatment of alternate epistemologies Apart from some recurrent and annoyingly sophomoric discussions on the nature of objectivity, he doesn t even attempt to broach the political and social dimensions of Yaqui or whatever knowledge Like, the Native Americans of Mexico have had a pretty rough time with oppression, colonialism and whatnot Couldn t this be relevant to Don Juan s lament for the lost Golden Age of Indian sorcerers, or his individual preference for knowledge over power And as an anthropologist, shouldn t Castaneda have madeof the sexist gender norms that pervade much of his benefactor s teachings Finally, I ought to briefly mention the Structural Analysis that makes up the last quarter of this book Holy academic posturing, Batman If sentences like Corroboration of the rule meant the act of verifying it, the act of attesting to its validity by confirming it pragmatically in an experimental manner prove anything, it s that the UCLA professors that originally allowed this drivel to pass for Castaneda s MA thesis are guilty of gross charlatanism and intellectual dishonesty.Case 2 It s fiction.Don t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading The Teachings of Don Juan While Castaneda isn t the best of writers, he ain t half bad and the various hallucinatory experiences that he describes tend to be wonderfully bizarre enough to make up for any weaknesses in his prose style And sure, the fundamental claim of the book that reality is farmalleable than we may first think is probably true in a rather general sense.Does all this make it a good novel I don t think so Ultimately, the characters struck me as too flat, the emotional dimensions too underdeveloped And why introduce the mysterious la Catalina complete with scare quotes without doing anything significant with her And why oh why subject the reader to the abject torture that is the Structural Analysis Tell me that, Carlos Tell me that Yet the most serious problem with the book qua fiction is that its author never once admitted it to be as such And here s where things get fucked up In the latter part of his life, Castaneda led a spiritualist cult called Cleargreen check out their website , and it s suspected that he convinced several of its members attractive young women, naturally to commit suicide upon his death In the words of one former Cleargreen initiate If he hadn t presented his stories as fact it s unlikely the cult would exist As nonfiction, it became impossiblydangerous Conclusions.As a work of anthropology, The Teachings of Don Juan isn t fit to wipe a monkey s ass As a novel, it s decent enough, but potentially harmful If this was thirty years ago, I d maybe recommend reading Castaneda as a source of conversational fodder But now Just pick yourself up a copy ofThe Doors of Perceptionor Hallucinations, why don t you An Addendum But what is truth, manIn The Teachings of Don Juan, Castaneda puts forward an epistemology according to which the concepts of truth and reality don t mean what we think they mean How can we refute him, then, without begging the question Upon what standard of truth can his view be wrong Further, Castaneda talks a lot about power, and how one s experiences in nonordinary reality possess pragmatic value in the ordinary world He also displays a certain penchant for yerba del diablo i.e., devil s weed , an ally which confers superfluous power upon the knowledge seeker.Where am I going with this As far as I can tell, the following two propositions should strike most people as uncontroversial 1 from writing bestsellers to brainwashing vulnerable babes, Castaneda certainly possessed a remarkable degree of power over others, and 2 as this Salon article explains, he eventually let it go to his head Whether you want to explain these two propositions by appealing to chance, psychology or shamanism well, that s up to you The Best Advice that anyone has ever given me is all in this book This book is my spiritual guidance A warrior acknowledges his pain but he doesn t indulge in it The mood of the warrior who enters into the unknown is not one of sadness on the contrary, he s joyful because he feels humbled by his great fortune, confident that his spirit is impeccable, and above all, fully aware of his efficiency A warrior s joyfulness comes from having accepted his fate, and from having truthfully assessed The Best Advice that anyone has ever given me is all in this book This book is my spiritual guidance A warrior acknowledges his pain but he doesn t indulge in it The mood of the warrior who enters into the unknown is not one of sadness on the contrary, he s joyful because he feels humbled by his great fortune, confident that his spirit is impeccable, and above all, fully aware of his efficiency A warrior s joyfulness comes from having accepted his fate, and from having truthfully assessed what lies ahead of him.The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or as a curse.The self confidence of the warrior is not the self confidence of the average man The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self confidence The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity A young anthropologist goes into the desert, meets an old shaman and does a bunch of peyote, DMT salvia, and shrooms This book is his account from one trip to another with bits of hippy wisdom thrown in, like the oft quoted ask yourself if this path has a heart passage Beyond the tripping, the author doesn t seem to understand the spiritual aspects of what Don Juan is trying to tell him Like when he smoked the little smoke and thought himself to become a bird, he asks Don Juan afterwards A young anthropologist goes into the desert, meets an old shaman and does a bunch of peyote, DMT salvia, and shrooms This book is his account from one trip to another with bits of hippy wisdom thrown in, like the oft quoted ask yourself if this path has a heart passage Beyond the tripping, the author doesn t seem to understand the spiritual aspects of what Don Juan is trying to tell him Like when he smoked the little smoke and thought himself to become a bird, he asks Don Juan afterwards did I really become a bird and needles him to give him an objective answer, which, in my opinion, defeats the purpose of the whole experience.At the end of the book, Carlos Casteneda breaks down Don Jaun s belief system in a very scientific yet oddly dogmatic kind of way, like a pastor of a newly found, but no longer sacred religion By explaining it away he kills the mystical sense of his time in the desert and reduces it to nicely categorized names and departments further nullifying his narrative to a simple hallucinogenic induced party time with an old Yaqui Indian man in New Mexico, all under the guise of his Warrior s Way His assessment of his time with Don Juan only go as deep as his literal understanding of things, rather than any meaningful, metaphorical reflection of his teaching I couldn t decide if he s either really dense or just too westernized to see anything beyond his daily comprehension Amazing Essential reading for any deep thinker and open minded person who has experienced non ordinary realities This book spoke to my soul I have had out of body experiences and know firsthand that our physical reality is not the only one I have personally experienced some of what is described here and not from ingesting peyote, but from spontaneous OOBEs I don t know why I did not read this sooner as I ve heard of Castaneda well before now It s comforting to have your personal experie Amazing Essential reading for any deep thinker and open minded person who has experienced non ordinary realities This book spoke to my soul I have had out of body experiences and know firsthand that our physical reality is not the only one I have personally experienced some of what is described here and not from ingesting peyote, but from spontaneous OOBEs I don t know why I did not read this sooner as I ve heard of Castaneda well before now It s comforting to have your personal experiences verified I guess this has been referred to as both fiction and non fiction Maybe it s a combination of both, but I know some of it is not merely fiction A lot of it is just descriptions of preparing hallucinogenics, but there are some truly special nuggets of spiritual wisdom here It s interesting to watch Castaneda fight his logic and rationalism as he experiences these shifts in consciousness A little infuriating at times if you ve already moved beyond the denial In general, I found this very pleasantly accessible and easy to read Maybe I m not so Classics Stupid after all In the seventies, after my footloose brother had left behind the old homestead for a freer andindependent life in seismic surveying, I was often greeted from the open door of his room by his adolescent book collection Near the top of his bookcase was Carlos Castaneda s first bookOne day, in the habitually perplexed and low level depressive frame of mind endemic to my life at that time due, of course, to the barbarically primitive effects of first generation mood stabilizers I sought In the seventies, after my footloose brother had left behind the old homestead for a freer andindependent life in seismic surveying, I was often greeted from the open door of his room by his adolescent book collection Near the top of his bookcase was Carlos Castaneda s first bookOne day, in the habitually perplexed and low level depressive frame of mind endemic to my life at that time due, of course, to the barbarically primitive effects of first generation mood stabilizers I sought to discover what he had found interesting about the book But Its contents perplexed me eventhan the cover had originally done To believe the things related here required a momentary lapse of one s reason.You see, in those days I had no inside track on the pervasive drug culture whose effects were all around us.I by now had my first full time job after college, in an office where young dishevelled clerks played a subordinate role to the classier Leisure Suit Larry s remember that video arcade game, boomers who manned the administrative and professional ranks.And being a kid, and at a basic subordinate level, I was thrown in with the other beginners.But, being a kid who was already a fairly innocent psychiatric survivor, I was at sea in the mind games they followed Now, I guess that sounds a lot like Henry James tarnished old world meets na ve new world scenarios in his novels.But how else can I explain the otherworldliness of a kid who s been catapulted abruptly from an aborted coming of age into the strict longterm control of a judiciously claustrophobic office I think you can see where I m coming from.For the seventies were not only a hotbed for the drug culture, but as well for the sexual proclivities of a generation that had taken the bull of Minos by the horns, like the scantily clad Cretans of old.A generation which, as my grandmother put it, were only as good as they had to be I m not so na ve now to think she erred in her judgment, thank Goodness.But back then, in a sea of office layabouts who wore their hair long and their manners short, and myself blitzed with tranquilizers that could sink the Bismarck, I really had no clue.Such, I imagine, is still the brutish experience of innocents entering the real world of business.And when the baby fat goes into the fire, there s trouble galore.This is a pretty long winded apology for a perpetually extended innocence, isn t it But when I rediscovered my Christian roots five years later, my prolonged ignorance of the Ugly Side beyond the Good and the Bad was sealed over forever and Saved.And that for me had been always only a prayer away, had I but known it then And had I but seen that Castaneda s Magical Sorcery Tour was just another pretext for the old Trip Down the Garden Path for so many of my young contemporaries At least for those among them that still kept track through their mental fog This obscure writer has a huge cult following who believe that Castaneda s semi fictious stories about Don Juan and the indigenous peoples of Mexico hold the keys to power and enlightenment Ninja is a skeptic She doesn t believe in any of that rot but they are best books being peddled as non fiction that I have ever read.Years ago, I caught an edition of Imprint on our local public television station TVO The host, Daniel Richler, was leading a panel discussion about native spirituality an This obscure writer has a huge cult following who believe that Castaneda s semi fictious stories about Don Juan and the indigenous peoples of Mexico hold the keys to power and enlightenment Ninja is a skeptic She doesn t believe in any of that rot but they are best books being peddled as non fiction that I have ever read.Years ago, I caught an edition of Imprint on our local public television station TVO The host, Daniel Richler, was leading a panel discussion about native spirituality and its literature At one point during the discussion Richler held up a copy of Carlos Castaneda s first book The Teachings of Don Juan A Yaqui Way of Knowledge He said with great confidence and certainty that Castaneda s works about the Yaqui Indians of Mexico represented the greatest hoax since the Piltdown Man With that, he seemed to dismiss the book out of hand I had already, if truth be known, dismissed Castaneda as a new age phony long ago so I too moved right along with Richler to the next item of discussion I was surprised then when one of the panel members, Medicine Grizzly Bear Adams, brought the discussion back to Castaneda He said that Castaneda must have really been trained under a traditional man of knowledge, as Castaneda referred to don Juan Otherwise,Adams insisted, he must be one of the greatest philosophers or genius of your time to be able to synthesize the information he presents in his books from his sources, whatever they may be.That made me revisit the body of work Castaneda wrote, and since then I have read all the books about his so called tutelage under the nagual, Don Juan They are most entertaining and thought provoking and many quotes from the book have come down to us into the popular culture The most well known of these is has come down as something in the form of following a path with heart a warrior must always keep in mind that a path is only a path if he feels that he should not follow it, he must not stay with it under any conditions His decision to keep on that path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition He must look at every path closely and deliberately There is a question that a warrior has to ask Does this path have a heart There are manygems like this in the books He was a spiritual genius Whether or not he made it up, he weaved the work into a self contained reality in its own right "/>
  • Paperback
  • 252 pages
  • The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
  • Carlos Castañeda
  • English
  • 23 May 2019
  • 0140192387