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Separate Reality: Conversations With Don Juan [Kindle Edition]

Carlos Castaneda
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"A man of knowledge is free...he has no honor, no dignity, no family, no home, no country, but only life to be lived." --don Juan

In 1961 a young anthropologist subjected himself to an extraordinary apprenticeship 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.

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"Taken together [Castaneda's books] form a work among the best that the science of anthropology has produced."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3170 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671732498
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reissue edition (26 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3VE1MS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 2 July 2007
Not many authors can make you feel as though you are side by side with them but in this book Casaneda does just that, he also has you laughing uncontrollably and at the same time scares you witless a fantastic read I would strongly recommend this to anyone with an open mind, it is a joy to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 10 out of 10 13 Aug. 2013
By mills
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Very insightful into how one should live their life, it 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 your thinking and behaviours with how we interact with the world on a day to day basis.
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.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book.... 13 Mar. 2001
If you are frustrated for more knowledge, please read this.
Carlos Castenada(C.C.)speaking about a conversation with Don Juan Carlos: 'We were talking about my interest in knowledge; but as usual, we were on two different tracks. I (C.C.) was refering to academic knowledge that transcends experience, while he was talking about direct knowledge of the world.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars To "See" = Alone In The World With Nothing But Folly. 28 April 2005
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This book is the sequel to the first book "The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge" and is just as meaningful and profound. The idea of spirituality under the Yaqui Indian paradigm, like other esoteric perceptions, conveys a non-ordinary reality where rationalizations and human explanations act as superficiality.

"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.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The importance of a way with heart 7 Nov. 1998
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I read this book a month ago never having read Castaneda in my 44 years. I have practiced aikido for fifteen years and zazen for four and find that this is a precious introduction to the spiritual way. The way of the spirit inseparable from the body. Whether or not the events are fiction is of the utmost unimportance. Don Juan's words are profound and true to us and to our daily lives. Castaneda's denseness is a delight and it is only his inborn talent and perseverance that enable him to overcome his academic reserve.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indeed a separate reality 18 Mar. 2003
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One of Carlos Castenada's best writings. An absolute classic. Reading this book is like participating in Castenada's experiences first hand. His descriptive writing and narration couldn't have been better. If you're looking for a universally philosophical book, this is a must. Castaneda dives in and out of Don Juan's teachings, giving the audience a taste of Yaqui tradition and knowledge. It's a definite eye opener for those who are able to piece Don Juan's "thematic puzzles" together. But, some may have trouble comprehending what may seem like B.S. throughout the story. There may also be some confusion in pieces of the book if you haven't read the prerequisite (Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge). Don't hesitate to check this book out. It's incredibly powerful.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Castaneda brings us this guide to a life free of worry 9 April 2005
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I admire Carlos Castaneda for his courage, perseverance and devotion to attain deep spiritual wisdom and knowledge. He deserves a generous "thank you" for traveling deep into the Mexican wilderness to bring us a documented account of the secret spiritual tradition of the Yaqui Indian that produces men of intense spirit, profound character and impressive psychological powers. Castaneda, who throughout the book seems to be very earthly and rational, makes a tremendous effort to explore a realm of existence that goes well beyond his comfort zone. I have not read its precursor The Teachings of Don Juan... but I was still able to understand and enjoy this sequel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for sharing this with us...! 4 Nov. 1998
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It is a relly fantastic book. It gives you the oppotunity to see the world around you in a different poin of view, and I'm glad that he wanted to share his experience no matter what anybody said to him about his unusual apprenticeship. It is very rare that an ordinary person could met such a man with fine experiences of life and be able to have him within forever no matter of death or destinity, and therefore I admire him, and all of us who didn't had the opportunity as he did will learn and enjoy by all of his books. Sincerly, Yamithliz Rivas San Juan, P.R.
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