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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.


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 mind-boggling 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).


"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."

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