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Separate Reality, A

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In 1961, young anthropologist Carlos Castaneda began an extraordinary apprenticeship with don Juan Matus, a powerful and mysterious Yaqui Indian spiritual leader. The second incredible installment.

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Publisher's Synopsis
In 1968, Castaneda returned to Mexico, to don Juan and his hallucinogenic drugs, and to a world of experience no one from Western civilization had ever entered before. A Separate Reality follows Castaneda's intimate and intensely personal reunion with don Juan, as he learns to challenge conventional perceptions of reality on the difficult and dangerous road to becoming a "man of knowledge."

Reviews
"Extraordinary in every sense of the word, and much more than a sequel. While it has the same intelligent modesty, graceful modulation and narrative skill as the first book, Castaneda here abandons his frustrating reticence."     ~The New York Times

Excerpt
"A warrior takes responsibility for his acts; for the most trivial of his acts. He waits patiently, knowing that he is waiting, and knowing what he is waiting for. That is the warrior's way."

Biography
"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 272 pp.
Publisher Simon & Schuster 1991
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