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The Art of Dreaming [Paperback]

Carlos Castaneda
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16 Feb 2004

Carlos Castaneda was one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century. In this stunning new jacket edition of his bestselling book, he takes the reader on an amazing journey of the soul via the teachings of the great sorcerer don Juan and reveals that there are worlds existing within our own that can be visited through dreams.

The Art of Dreaming is an extraordinary and exciting adventure of the psyche unlike any other, which takes the reader on an amazing journey of the soul via the teachings of the great sorcerer, don Juan.

Carlos Castaneda reveals that, like the layers of an onion, there are worlds existing within our own that can be visited through dreams.

Using powerful ancient techniques to alter his state of consciousness, Castaneda travels into new worlds and encounters remarkable but dangerous beings; he conjoins energy bodies with another dreamer in order to dream and explore together, and thus acquires new knowledge and understanding.

Castaneda’s compelling writing enables the reader to participate fully in his eye-opening and thrilling discoveries and explorations.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Element; New Ed edition (16 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855384272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855384279
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Castaneda has become one of the godfathers of the New Age movement… He is addressing the central issues of our time.’ LOS ANGELES TIMES

‘Carlos Castaneda is one of the most profound and influential thinkers of this century. His insights are paving the direction for the future evolution of human consciousness. We should all be deeply indebted to him.’ DEEPAK CHOPRA

‘We are incredibly fortunate to have Carlos Castaneda’s books… One can’t exaggerate the significance of what he has done.’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘It’s impossible to view the world in quite the same way after reading him…If Castaneda is correct, there is another world, a sometimes beautiful and sometimes frightening world, right before our eyes at the moment- if only we could see.’ CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Carlos Castaneda was the author of 11 international bestsellers describing his work with don Juan Matus. His work and ideas will be continued by Cleargreen, the organisation that he founded to promote his ideas.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars on finding your hands 22 Aug 2009
I've read Casteneda's books for close on 35 years. I'm certain they are 'fiction', or lets say a tale based on some kind of fact. And I have to state I'm unhappy to see the development of the New Age, with it's wishy washy thinking and it's 'Harry Potter' sensationalism. And of course I'm unhappy to see Casteneda dragged into that bag, because I think association with the New Age stuff debases Casteneda.

I smile at the irony then, of my, if not 'believing' then TRUSTING Carlos Casteneda implicitly. I think he's pretty much on the money. It's a gut feeling. Years ago I found my hands in a dream, just like Casteneda describes, and so I began Lucid Dreaming. This practice has changed me more than any other single event or experience I've had. It's one thing to read this stuff and speculate, another to actually have the experiences pretty much as he describes for oneself. I'm a rational person, I could say he programmed my dreams but the truth is I had similar experiences of non everyday reality from when I was a child and one childhood and pre linguistic memory in particular predicates my trusting him.

I have picked the books up and been skeptical time after time. Not only did I read the damning critiques of Richard de Mille (who's actually rather kind to Carlos)I just struggled with my own doubts as to the validity of what I experienced. Pretty much like Carlos himself!. The trouble with the critiques is that they all treat the works as being flawed because Carlos wasn't in Mexico on the date he says he was blah blah blah, they are concerned with tiny empirical details but they never examine WHAT he says, they never actually look at his or don Juans 'explanations' (I don't feel right calling then his 'metaphysics').
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome! 31 May 2009
By K
Each of Castanedas' books are more awesome than the one proceeding. They are taking you on a journey. Each book takes you deeper into the whole essence of the magical/spiritual journey which Castenada was traveling, often going back over the same time period as covered in previous books but on a deeper level. like peeling away the layers of an onion. Castaneda is sometimes accused of having fabricated what he writes about, if this were true and he really was capable of making up such profound stories, containing such wisdom and spiritual awareness, then he would be of possibly greater genius than having experienced it, and his books equally worth reading. This book, for myself has been the best yet, but I thought that about all the others as I read them. (I recommend reading them all in the correct order to build up the full picture of what he's communicating). The Art of Dreaming, for the first time presents Castaneda as an awesome guy, experiencing things which even the great Don Yuan had not encountered. In the previous books he can come over as a bit stupid and slow to pick up on things, asking what seem dumb questions, although I think this may be his way of helping us to grasp the huge concepts he deals with. These books are too profound to really describe in a review, they have to be read. I would like to say everyone should read this and all of his books, but I believe there is a right time for everthing. Books don't come better than this. (in my opinion!)
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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I came to this book from an interest in lucid dreaming (becoming aware that you are dreaming while you are dreaming) and am also a long time fan of Castaneda. The book gave me some specific techniques to use in my dreaming practice, which is what I wanted. The early chapters were slow to get going, but as usual by the end of a Castaneda book I had entered his world and felt closer to those worlds that seem to be just beyond my everyday experience. Some chapters were hard to take, describing dream experiences that I found incredible or I simply did not want to believe them. I hope they are metaphorical descriptions, but as with so much of Castaneda the joy is wondering whether his descriptions of shamanic practices are real or not.
If you are new to Castaneda, then I think there are better works, and I would personally recommend his first books. If you have read Castaneda before (and like him) and are interested in dreaming techniques then this book has good coverage of the area. If you just want to get into lucid dreaming I would recommend Dreaming Realities by John Overdurf and Julie Silverthorn as a much more explicit book of techniques to use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Meaning in Castaneda's Books 14 Nov 2009
By Eyrie
The stories about sorcerers who are determined to outwit death and to `merge with the intent of infinity,' as related in the several books by Carlos Castaneda, could be said to be a reflection of the wave of popular interest in exploration of the boundaries of consciousness that was somewhat characteristic of sophisticated Western society some forty or so years ago. Whether the accounts are really true or fabricated has been a matter of heated debate from the first. Whilst they certainly tend to stretch credibility almost to snapping point, there is a curiously attractive element that invites one to believe in the characters and their extraordinary adventures. The reported death of Carlos Castaneda in Los Angeles (1998) from an ugly disease must have been something of a blow for those readers who had no trouble believing in the stories.

Their relevance today? Well, whatever one cares to believe about the veracity of the story itself the work contains, through implication, a thorough critique of the human ethos. So skilfully is it woven into the texture of the tales that it may well have passed unnoticed, intentionally or otherwise, by millions of readers. Concealed in the romance of sorcery and magic is a totally disenchanted view of human society. The characters in the story simply turn their backs on humanity, occupying themselves instead with their all-absorbing interest: 'the mastery of awareness,' the abandonment of the `inner dialogue' and the exploration of dimensions outside ordinary perception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow
love Carlos Casteneda, yet another good book, probably not bedtime reading, but ideal reading if you have spare time during a rainy day or on holiday
Published 2 months ago by alicia
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing,, edifying and exciting, though challenging
Though I have loved all Castaneda’s books so far, I have a predilection for this one. This is because I have a particular interest in dreaming, and “dreaming” (the kind of dreaming... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Iona Main Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Good advice through and through
I must confess I get somewhat agitated when people tout the greatness of Casteneda's early work, and then - on the flipside of the coin - continue to describe much of his later... Read more
Published 14 months ago by D. Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition, fair price.
The name says it all, no negative side at all. The book is on mint state and way cheaper than a new one.
Published on 20 Aug 2012 by Carlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Well received present
This book was one of 3 that my son asked for for his birthday - he was delighted with it. It is now a cherished addition to his collection of books. Read more
Published on 28 July 2012 by Mrs. M. Lyons
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing but not transcendant!
This book is interesting, and it gave me a better insight into what dreams mean and how they are perceived by Shamans as other realities which are created through intention by... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2011 by Nathan Strange
3.0 out of 5 stars Tha Art of Dreaming
I fell asleep!! ha ha. No, if you like Casteneada then you will like this. I am reading them again after 30 odd years and can now see where he has got many of his ideas. Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by D. A. Harber
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream in a dream
Carlos Casteneda's books are entertaining and this is no exception. As we laugh at his exploits we begin to laugh at ourselves. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2006 by Mr. Thomas Llewellyn
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