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Art of Dreaming, The

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Bestselling author Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to the worlds that exist within their dreams, in the ninth penultimate work.

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Reveals the spiritual adventures that can be attained through dreams, describing his own journeys into new worlds by using ancient, powerful techniques.


"The ninth volume in the sorcery series goes far beyond any of the previous. One takes almost a guilty pleasure following Carlos as he treads where no angel would dare... shocking even don Juan and his cohorts with what he retrieves from the tunnel world of the Shadow entities!"       ~Mandala Books

"In bestsellers like A Separate Reality and Journey to Ixtlan, Castaneda recounted his purported adventures with Mexican Yaqui Indian sorcerer don Juan Matus. Here he tells how, under don Juan's tutelage, he gained control over his dreams and used dreaming as a launching pad to a pervasive but unseen realm of ancestral spiritual forces, good and evil. He goes through tunnels, enters into the consciousness of trees, meets scouts, emissaries and form-changing blobs of energy.

Aided by don Juan's companions and fellow apprentices, Castaneda penetrates a realm of 'inorganic beings' who set traps for him and attack him, as if to illustrate don Juan's teaching that consciousness is compelled to grow through life-or-death confrontations. For believers, Castaneda's quest offers a tantalizing glimpse of alternate worlds beyond the rational parameters of our mundane reality."        ~Publishers Weekly


"The goal of dreaming is to intend the energy body. In this particular instance, since we're talking about the first gate of dreaming, the goal of dreaming is to intend that your energy body becomes aware that you are falling asleep. Don't try to force yourself to be aware of falling asleep. Let your energy body do it. To intend is to wish without wishing, to do without doing."

"When an anthropology student's study of medicinal plants, The Teachings of Don Juan appeared in 1968, it spread like wildfire throughout California and around the world. Carlos Castaneda's apprenticeship with an Indian brujo, who taught him the right use of power plants, caught on with counter-culture kids experimenting with the same psychoactive substances. Followed by A Separate Reality in 1971, Castaneda was now revealing highly guarded secrets way beyond anything anyone had ever seen. So mind-boggling, yet written so sensibly by the ernest UCLA student, the books were even garnering praise from the 'Establishment'. Time magazine observed, 'Makes hypnotic reading. Castaneda is a brilliant, self-mocking and - one assumes, despite the weirdness of the narrative - truthful storyteller.' With Journey to Ixtlan in 1972 and Tales of Power in 1974, the four-book anthology concluded Castaneda's magical apprenticeship to a modern sorcerer, inspiring the New York Times to gush, 'We are incredibly fortunate to have Carlos Castaneda's books. Taken together they form a work which is among the best the science of anthropology has produced.'

Unfortunately, the Toltec tradition's true colors are revealed in the subsequent books of the series, destroying any nobility the former possessed. The New York Times finally caught on with the seventh book, The Fire From Within: 'Good books have been written about spiritual apprenticeship... but this is not one of them.'

An insidious common thread weaving through all the Castaneda books is the association of the spiritual (narrow) path to the Left-Hand Path; the Initiate constantly reminded to think of him or herself as a 'sorcerer'—set apart from, and above, the average man. And accordingly, the self-centered sorcerer is the only one with a chance of getting out of here alive. Since these sophisticated shamanic techniques and insights are inextricably linked with a false promise of freedom, they should be approached with caution—the pearls of wisdom carefully extracted from the manure (the dogma).

Perhaps it is best that psychotropic plants and their derivatives have been demonized so the unenlightened generations of today cannot conceive of Castaneda's candor, the supernatural reality of his inexplicable experiences. And atavistic retrogression of his soul."    ~Mandala Books

Author Matus, Juan
Coauthor Castaneda, Carlos
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 260 pp.
Publisher HarperCollins 1994
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