The Art of Dreaming Paperback – 1 Jul 1994
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About the Author
Carlos Castaneda was the author of the bestselling books, including the acknowledged classic The Teaching of Don Juan and most recently The Art of Dreaming and Magical Passes. He departed on his definitive journey in 1998.
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This was actually the first Casteneda book I read... I can still recall my very first impressions after finishing it: "Wow, well THAT was odd... and yet I couldn't put it down!" It is indeed a skilled and meticulous mind that shows the capability to wrap up such warnings of the pitfalls of the human condition within such entertaining stories in their own right. Who called him a Charlatan?! Far from it my friends... Why on earth should the author be spoonfeeding his meanings to the masses? It would take away from the artistry of his stories to do so "Well I GUESS I could've just said 'that'". No... you are supposed to find the relevant meanings yourself and see how the examples can help you act more impeccable.
*SPOILER* - These are some examples of how I choose to interpret just a few key points from this book myself, for those who would ask for them:
We are introduced to the "Assemblage point" - "assemblage" - "assemble" - where everything comes together... IN YOUR MIND... it is a description of the point of view you are taking to any given situation, and how that difference has the power to change how YOU act... and how the world will act towards YOU as a result of the "position" of the Assemblage Point.
We are frequently bombarded with the word "dreaming"... and, although some examples can indeed be taken literally, the overwhelming feel for me, is that the intent is to refer to one's own imagination. Pure and simple.
And IN our "dreaming" we are warned of "Inorganic Beings" who would strive to take all of our vitality and our life force itself. I feel this alludes to our internal dialogue... those automatic thoughts that out lack of consciousness allows to trap us... Maybe we have a huge life crisis on our hands... Maybe somebody has done something terrible to you and as a result you end up always thinking "I have to get even! I want justice! I'm going to get revenge!" or whatever... These are the "Inorganic Beings" that - seemingly with a life of their own, strive to SURVIVE in your mind, and steal all of your emotional energy. Which indeed is a very risky business, as you can trace so much evil that man has committed to this sad state of affairs.
I could go on, but I think you get the picture... If you look to these books looking for "cheap magic and 'calling yourself spiritual'", don't be surprised when you don't ever quite get the hang of swinging from the filaments of the universe... By all means, if I'm wrong, show the world.. I'd be impressed immensely. However, for those of a more rational, sane perspective on life, there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to enjoy an interesting story, and see how you can make it fit the mould of your experience to become more of an impeccable warrior.
That is all :)
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