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on 23 September 2017
I have been reading the Carlos Casteneda set of books all the way through once again and this one is no exception in triggering an extraordinary mind set in the reader, much as it did in my younder days. It is the continuing tale of the apprentice Carlos under the tutelage of not only Don Juan but also the other sorcerors and apprentices in his group. A fascinating journey.
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on 13 August 2013
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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on 23 August 2017
Already transported to my younger years when I first read this. About to be transported to the amazing world of Carlos Castaneda. Beautiful, beautiful old book! Thank you bookabulous and Amazon.
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on 17 May 2013
This is ideal for my purposes, many thanks for this item, much appreciated indeed, its exactly as described and very handy.
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on 8 September 2015
arrived safely thanks
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on 13 January 2006
If you like sprituality and soap operas then you will enjoy this book. Carlos is surrounded by those he takes to be friends but soon he is ambushed by sorcerors after his blood and he is forced to enter fully into the sorcerors world. Reading this book is like being hit over the head with a bat! If you thought the spiritual life was all about being gentle and comfortable then think again! There are some great insights in this book, particularly about what it would mean to be 'formless'. There are also great points about dreaming and Gazing meditation.
Higly reccomended!
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on 11 January 2016
One presumes that the white haired woman wearing a shawl on the cover with her back turned to the reader is the aforementioned Dona Soledad The trouble with the whole "New Age" business so eagerly promoted by Castaneda is that assumes or posits that all forms of spirituality and spiritual beings are by definition benign- when as many observers(not least in the Christian Churches- full disclosure: I myself am a Roman Catholic convert) make the point that the"fallen angels" and their leader Lucifer( commonly known as Satan or the Devil) have never ceased in their attempts to beguile and drag humanity down to the depths of Hell. If you want to regard Carlos Castaneda's books as simple fantasy /escapism, then there could be little protest, but it is if and when we try to use them as a guide to spiritual life in the real world that we have problems. Which is not to say that "The Second Ring of Power" does NOT have genuinely funny moments such as the sequence(p25) whereby the unnamed narrator(presumably Castaneda or the late Castaneda as he passed away nearly 20 years ago) engages in a wrestling match with the transformed Dona Soledad( or "Mrs Pyramid" as she accuses him of referring to her behind her back to an acquaintance, citing her body shape, which begins in a very small head and tapers down to an equally big behind). She not only makes him trip over her by rolling her enormous body under his feet, but ultimately pins him to the ground by using not just her legs in a "Boston crab" wrestling manouever but also her greater body mass. A cynic might note that Dona Soledad not just used her sex (as well as her aforementioned greater body mass) but her age; she knew that he probably had reservations about using his greater strength against her- not just a woman but a comparatively old woman at that. Anyway it was possible that even hitting her would have little effect- just the Marvel Comics character known as The Blob, it would be like punching a bag or sack of Jell-O).
In short, just enjoy "The Second Ring Of Power" as a work of fantasy but DON'T use it as a guide to spirituality in real life!
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on 28 July 2014
Completely sucked me in!
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on 27 November 2009
You need to read the previous books by Castenada to understand the thread,and I would imagine most readers would have done that.So reading this as a one off would be a little strange but being conditioned to accept the weird goings on I just fell into the continuing story and enjoyed it.
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