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Ears 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 with subtle humor By the end the apprentice begins to get an idea of what don Juan means by power and how one can become a warrior in the Yaui sense The book takes an almost hypnotic hold on the reader just as don Juan does on Carlos Carlos cannot break away from don Juan no matter how irrational even crazy he seems and neither can we As the book progresses we become changed in much the way Carlos does It s almost impossible not to be infused with his sense of awe and wonder at what don Juan is teaching him and the sorcerer he is changing into Journey to Ixtlan feels so real and we get so involved with Carlos struggle to learn a separate reality that we become in some sense believers in his alternative niverse We become part of it The don Juan books were runaway best sellers in the 70 s They were new wave new age anthropology and an often dry academic discipline was given new life by this careful almost childlike transcription of field notes The only problem with all this is that the books turned out to be fraudulent Don Juan was either made A Want of Kindness up by Castaneda or he was based on a real person whom Castanedased as a springboard for fictional tales Either way this was not anthropology It was the fictional journey of a sorcerer s apprentice As Castaneda wrote books they became fantastic ntil even his most ardent supporters had to agree he d left the world of anthropology for some sort of science fiction or fantasy In his later years Carlos Castaneda became the leader of his own cult something of a Jim Jones figure a man who apparently induced several women to kill themselves just after Carlos himself died So Castaneda and don Juan were discredited and the man who had sold a total of something like 28 million books faded away He is not much read any though all his books remain in print Yet he is scorned by the very academics who once lionized him as revitalizing their professionIt s hard to set all this aside while reading Journey to Ixtlan Yet the book s faux naif style succeeds in making it just as real as it was before Castaneda s trickery was discovered In a sense Castaneda is a
*throwback to the *to the th century when there was a convention of presenting fiction as "though it were factual travel writing think of Swift and Defoe Castaneda s constant interaction with don Juan " it were factual travel writing think of Swift and Defoe Castaneda s constant interaction with don Juan with his fretting about how this could not be real has the effect of making it seem real even when one knows it is not It is as real as the greatest fiction and it doesn t lose its hold on the reader even when you know he made most of it p by piecing together all kinds of occult texts in the UCLA library But it differs from most occult masterpieces in that Castaneda allows the reader to feel the process of initiation and the doubts and anxieties it generates in a moment by moment way You feel you don t need to attach yourself to a guru because Carlos does it for you Whatever genre Journey to Ixtlan fits into or if it fits into none at all it s a life changing read Now that all the controversy is over and the people who pursue that sort of thing have gone on to other interests it s possible to sit back and read the don Juan books purely for the enjoyment of their ideas their nexpected lyricism their emotional wallop Taken just as it is Journey to Ixtlan is a read of many rewards 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 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 sed to conceiveOh yesclearly the book doesn t want to give any answers but rather it stimulates
OUR IMAGINATION ON HOW WE PERCEIVE THE WORLDEVER WONDEREDimagination on how we perceive the worldEver wondered the Wind itself could be an animated thing roaming around the worldinteracting and playing with those who percieve him 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. 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.
Free download Journey to Ixtlan The Lessons of Don JuanThis 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 t 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 of 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 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 follow Hechizos de amor up 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 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 this 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 Ised 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 subsided The Parisian Prowler until 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 onlyse 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 "just long enough to focus on nothing at allor to focus ourselves just one thingYes I think the teachings are real No I don t think they apply to all of s in particular We are all so very different and Travels of an Ordinary Man Australia uniue that nothing is truly the same for anys 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 may want to consider A Cidade e as Serras uieting your mind tonight when you lay down in bed and try to 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 doesn 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 Everything a Band-Aid Can't Fix: A Teen's Guide to Healing and Dealing with Life uestion both of which Carlos admits were madep
In An Effort To Follow Juan San effort to follow Juan s the point is that many of Historys Strongest Disciple Kenichi Vol 1 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 All Things Consoled unknownThis is an amazing book and part of an amazing series Believe it or don t either way it is a fantastic read Forty 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. ,
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 xtlanKnowledge 1968 1365 2 A Separate Reality Further Conversation with Don Juan 1971 1364 3 Journey to xtlan 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 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 A Gin-Pissing-Raw-Meat-Dual-Carburetor-V8-Son-of-a-Bitch from Los Angeles uotidian routines of our normal livesPhenomenologically this is certainly the case to many whether they experience non ordinary realities through these 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 estions about the typical approach of psychologists and philosophers to such matters and as regards the kind "Of Society Which Would Put Its Members In Such A "society which would put its members in such a 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 Party Politics in America 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 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 of Put off thy shoes us warriors on the path of knowledge and the books are page turners of the first order 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 them 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 lookedp 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 the Range of Ghosts (Eternal Sky, universe but I can t do hunterwarrior mysticism I just can t I also refuse to call this nonfictionSorry John. S after his first encounter with the shaman Castaneda examines his field notes and comes tonderstand what don Juan knew all along that these plants are merely a means to nderstanding the alternative realities that one cannot fully embrace on one’s