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After six years of study and meditation, the author presents a book which takes the reader on a journey of the soul via the teachings of the great sorcerer, Don Juan. Like layers of an onion, the author reveals that there are worlds existing within our own that can be visited through dreams.


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After six years of study and meditation, the author presents a book which takes the reader on a journey of the soul via the teachings of the great sorcerer, Don Juan. Like layers of an onion, the author reveals that there are worlds existing within our own that can be visited through dreams.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Art of Dreaming (The Teachings of Don Juan #9), Carlos Castaneda The Art of Dreaming is a 1993 book by the anthropologist Carlos Castaneda. It details events and techniques during a period of the author's apprenticeship with the Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, don Juan Matus, between 1960 and 1973. The Art of Dreaming describes the steps needed to master the control and consciousness of dreams. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال2009میلادی عنوان: هنر خواب بینی؛ نویسنده: کارلوس کاستاندا؛ مترجم: فرزاد همدا The Art of Dreaming (The Teachings of Don Juan #9), Carlos Castaneda The Art of Dreaming is a 1993 book by the anthropologist Carlos Castaneda. It details events and techniques during a period of the author's apprenticeship with the Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, don Juan Matus, between 1960 and 1973. The Art of Dreaming describes the steps needed to master the control and consciousness of dreams. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال2009میلادی عنوان: هنر خواب بینی؛ نویسنده: کارلوس کاستاندا؛ مترجم: فرزاد همدانی؛ تهران؛ سال1374؛ در334ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده20م نقل از مقدمه ی نویسنده این اثر: (من در طول بیست سال کتابهای زیادی در مورد آموزش خود نزد یک جادوگر مکزیکی نوشته ام، که در این کتابها توضیح داده ام، که این جادوگر به چه روشهایی، به من جادوگری آموخته است؛ منظورم از جادوگری احضار روح، استفاده از نیروهای ماورا الطبیعه نیست، جادوگری وسیله ای بود برای ……)؛ پایان نقل فهرست مطالب کتاب: «مقدمه ای در مورد جادوگران عهد عتیق»؛ «نخستین دروازه خواب بینی»؛ «دومین دروازه خواب بینی»؛ «تثبیت نقطه ی تجمع»؛ «دنیای موجودات غیر ارگانیک»؛ «دنیای سایه ها»؛ «طلایه دار آبی»؛ «سومین دروازه خواب بینی»؛ «منطقه نوین انکشاف»؛ «جرگه کردن جرگه کنندگان»؛ «مستاجر»؛ «زن داخل کلیسا»؛ «پرواز بر بالهای قصد»؛ مجموعه ی این دوازده کتاب به توالی تاریخ انتشار به زبان اصلی که همه به فارسی ترجمه شده به قرار زیر است 1-The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (1968) تعلیمات دون خوان (طریقه ی معرفت نزد یاکی ها)؛ سال1365، انتشارات فردوس ـ ترجمه ی حسین نیر 2 - A Separate Reality: Further Conversation with Don Juan (1971) حقیقتی دیگر (باز هم گفت و شنودی با دون خوان)؛ سال1364، انتشارات آگاه، ترجمه ی ابراهیم مکلا۰ 3 - Journey to xtlan: Lessons of Don Juan (1972) سفر به ایختلان (سفر به ناکجا آباد ـ درسهای دونخوان) کتاب باعنوان «سفر به دیگر سو» در ایران منتشر شده است 4- Tales of Power (1974) افسانه های قدرت (نخستین حلقه ی قدرت)؛ سال1363، انتشارات فردوس ـ ترجمه ی مهران کندری و مسعود کاظمی 5- The Second Ring of Power (1975) دومین حلقه ی قدرت ـ چاپ اول سال1364، ترجمه ی مهران کندری و مسعود کاظمی 6- The Eagle's Gift (1981) هدیه ی عقاب ـ سال1365، ترجمه ی مهران کندری و مسعود کاظمی 7- The Fire from Within (1984) آتش درون ـ سال1368، ترجمه ی مهران کندری و مسعود کاظمی 8-The Power of Silence, Further Lessons of don Juan (1988) قدرت سکوت ـ سال1368، ترجمه ی مهران کندری 9- The Art of Dreaming (1994) هنر خواب بینی ـ سال1374، ترجمه ی فرزاد همدانی 10- Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico عنوان: حرکات جادویی - خرد شمنان مکزیک کهن؛ کارلوس کاستاندا؛ برگردان: مهران کندری؛ تهران، نشر میترا، سال1377، در330ص، مصور، شابک: ایکس-964599831؛ 11- The Wheel of Time: The Shamans of Mexico Their Thoughts About Life Death & the Universe (The Teachings of Don Juan #11), Carlos Castaneda عنوان: چرخ زمان : شمنان مکزیک کهن، افکار آنان در باره ی زندگی، زندگی مرگ و جهان؛ نویسنده: کارلوس کاستاندا، برگردان مهدی کندری؛ تهران، میترا، سال1377، در278ص، شابک9645998360؛ موضوع: کارلوی کاستاندا از سال1931، تا سال1998، عرفان سرخپوستی، دین سرخپوستان یاکوئی، دین و اساطیر سده20م 12- The Active Side of Infinity (1998) کرانه ی فعال بیکرانگی ـ سال1379، ترجمه ی مهران کندری تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 27/01/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ 07/01/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dimitris Hall

    Carlos Castaneda is certainly considered required reading for any person even slightly interested in the occult, ancient practices, magic, dreams, altered states of existence or completely different planes thereof. This one was the first book by him I finished, if you exclude The Teachings of Don Juan which I began reading in Spanish but never finished because my Spanish just isn't as good as I'd like it to be yet. Contrary to other of his works, this one he wrote many years after the events he Carlos Castaneda is certainly considered required reading for any person even slightly interested in the occult, ancient practices, magic, dreams, altered states of existence or completely different planes thereof. This one was the first book by him I finished, if you exclude The Teachings of Don Juan which I began reading in Spanish but never finished because my Spanish just isn't as good as I'd like it to be yet. Contrary to other of his works, this one he wrote many years after the events he describes therein had come to pass: apparently they had been buried into his subconscious because of the altered state, the second attention, he had (mostly) been in at the time. Only almost 20 years after his apprenticeship into understanding and navigating the world of dreams by Don Juan was he able to bring what he learned to the forefront of his consciousness and then put it on paper. I liked The Art of Dreaming, especially the first half. I read that when I was in the coach from Athens to Sofia and it helped make the journey much more dreamy; it made me feel that it was a passage in more ways than one: in the physical sense -travelling from one point of the Balkans to another- but also in this transcendental sense, this thing you get when you learn about the details of a profound truth. I came into The Art of Dreaming expecting something practical -Castaneda's "Lucid Dreaming for Dummies" handbook- especially after learning that it was he who popularised the technique of looking at your hands as a reality check, something I picked up and have used successfully numerous times. The beginning of the book was entirely like that: it was him learning about the different methods of dreaming consciously and going through the "gates of dreaming", as well as finding out about the complicated intricacies of the assemblage point and its manipulation. That link is a good summary of the book's most interesting "academic" part. But, like Castaneda himself in the book, or at least the person Castaneda wrote himself to be, I too need my objectivity, for that's the way I was taught to perceive the world, as Don Juan would have said. Therefore, as the book became weirder and weirder and Castaneda strayed farther and farther away from what my dream reality -even in my most successful endeavours in lucidity- has looked like and started going into the dimension of inorganic beings, alien energy scouts and the like, I started losing my point of reference and ultimately my interest. By the end of the book his narrative had become so convoluted that I couldn't figure out any part of what was happening - perhaps an apt representation of Castaneda's own recollection of his strange experiences. What however made things more interesting for me was this article I came across shortly before finishing the book which uncovers Castaneda as a complete fraud. Apparently after the success of his first few books, which, it is implied, were also figments of his imagination, Castaneda became a sort of cult-leader figure; when he was exposed he disappeared from public view by secluding himself in a villa together with three of his female companion sorcerers. The story is complicated in many levels; I can only say that the narrative of his books and what happened in real life is difficult to tell apart. In fact I'm sure that even if Castaneda proved to be okay after all (a possibility we still can't discount since, from where I'm standing, the revelation of the hoax can be a hoax as much as the supposed hoax itself) the automatic reaction from a scientific and rationalist status quo seeking to disprove just to confirm its dominance would have been no different. At this point several possibilities and parallel narratives have arisen: the story of the book itself; the real events which inspired Castaneda if we are to accept that his books are only adaptations of what really transpired; the reality of his life undescribed in the books - what we would see in a Castaneda behind-the-scenes; and the dirt that has come out that Castaneda was a complete hoax, which is 100% in line with "skeptic" views. All these interpretations exist simultaneously in a sort of entangled limbo: any one of them could be true and the fact wouldn't negate the veracity of the other versions - they could all be true simultaneously. Additionally, on a meta level each one of these stories has something different to tell: about the human willingness to believe and the power of belief itself, about the unfathomability of the universe, about the dogmatism of contemporary intellect, about how powerful your fictional story can be to be able to ultimately convince even yourself that it's the truth - especially if millions of others already believe it to be so. In another interpretation, you could see how these are all just different layers of meaning, just like Don Juan described reality as an onion consisting of layers of universes. The hoax coexists with the book's story and it's only a matter of intent, a matter of the position of your assemblage point what it is that you'll end up keeping from the whole affair. Even if Castaneda hallucinated everything he ever wrote about, this book has made me think in ways I'm sure were not intentional but have arisen anyway as part of the complexity of being a thinking but chiefly intuitive feeling person alive in 2014. If this book is a valuable collection of techniques that -as far as I can tell- really work and a story of them being put to use, where does the fiction begin?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Iona Stewart

    Though I have loved all Castaneda’s books so far, I have a predilection for this one. This is because I have a particular interest in dreaming, and “dreaming” (the kind of dreaming Don Juan teaches about). Don Juan said “Through ‘dreaming’ we can perceive other worlds … we can feel how ‘dreaming’ opens up those other realms”. He calls “dreaming” the “gateway to infinity”. “Dreaming” is the sorcerers’ practical way of putting ordinary dreams to use. We learn that the whole universe is energy. Don J Though I have loved all Castaneda’s books so far, I have a predilection for this one. This is because I have a particular interest in dreaming, and “dreaming” (the kind of dreaming Don Juan teaches about). Don Juan said “Through ‘dreaming’ we can perceive other worlds … we can feel how ‘dreaming’ opens up those other realms”. He calls “dreaming” the “gateway to infinity”. “Dreaming” is the sorcerers’ practical way of putting ordinary dreams to use. We learn that the whole universe is energy. Don Juan taught his apprentices to perceive energy directly. Human beings are luminous balls and the crucial feature of the luminous ball is a spot of intense brilliance on a place at the height of the shoulder blades, at an arm’s length from the person’s body, which is termed the assemblage point. This enables us to perceive, and when the assemblage point dislodges itself from its usual spot, our usual behaviour, awareness and perception are changed. Much of the book deals with changing the assemblage point and the consequences of this. Don Juan can make Carlos’ assemblage point shift to another position to enable him to reach a heightened state of awareness, otherwise termed the “second attention”. There are seven entrances, perceived as obstacles, called the seven gates of dreaming. We reach the first gate when we become aware that we’re falling asleep. This is achieved by intending it – “to wish without wishing, to do without doing”. Carlos reached the first gate of dreaming but by another way, by having “a gigantically real dream” – he wanders though a city until he becomes completely exhausted. When dreaming you must focus your gaze on anything of your choice as the starting point, for example, your hands. Then shift your gaze to other items and look at them in brief glances. Then go back to the item you started with. Carlos practices focusing and holding his dreaming attention on the items of his dreams. He learns that he must “redeploy” his energy by losing self-importance. Self-importance is “not only the sorcerers’ supreme enemy but the nemesis of mankind” The city he visited in his dream, where he got exhausted, was “out of this world”. Don Juan was with him, but he “saw” the city not as a city but as energy. You reach the second gate of dreaming when you wake from a dream into another dream. Carlos reaches this second gate, but again he does it in another manner, by “changing dreams in an orderly and precise manner”. He used the items of a dream to trigger another dream. We’re introduced to the inorganic beings, and their world, the most fascinating aspect of this book. Two inorganic beings begin to appear in Carlos’ dreams. They just stand there and stare at him. One day when in the hills with Don Juan, Carlos wrestles with one of them. By the ensuing energy exchange Carlos creates a lasting attachment to the being, which he later encounters again in the inorganic beings’ world. To cut a long story short, Carlos continues to journey into this world in his dreams, and becomes practically addicted to doing so, though warned by Don Juan that it is dangerous. He encounters a scout disguised as a little girl who is trapped there, merges with her in an attempt to save her but loses all his energy. He is rescued by the combined efforts of Don Juan and anther sorcerer called Carol Tiggs, who travel into this world physically. An interesting feature of Carlos’ sojourns in the inorganic beings’ world is the disembodied voice of the dream emissary, which provides him with useful information. The voice always speaks the truth, so he can trust the information given. But the inorganic beings as such are not really to be trusted, because they want Carlos’ energy and are eager for him to stay in their world forever. In one of the final chapters Carlos has an exciting but dangerous adventure with Carol Tiggs in another world. Finally, he is introduced to the “death defier”, one of the old sorcerers, and is gone for nine days. He is also fortunate to survive this sojourn. I found this book to be fascinating, engrossing and exciting, in fact unputdownable. I found the material presented therein to be extremely edifying but challenging. I highly recommend that you read the book. I will miss reading it, but now will tackle some of Castaneda’s previous books, which I have not yet read,

  4. 4 out of 5

    John

    A few pieces of quality lucid dreaming advice embedded in a towering monument to human suggestibility. Moderately entertaining, but not very efficient.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Veerinder

    Not entirely sure what I just read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    If this is a work of fiction, as many of the critics claim (and I believe they are probably right, although it could have been partially based on, or inspired by, real people and events), I would say Castaneda has one hell of spectacular imagination. Throughout the book, I was constantly reminded of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass; except in this case Alice is a hot-tempered adult male anthropologist. The chapter in which he meets the Death Defier is absolutely thril If this is a work of fiction, as many of the critics claim (and I believe they are probably right, although it could have been partially based on, or inspired by, real people and events), I would say Castaneda has one hell of spectacular imagination. Throughout the book, I was constantly reminded of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass; except in this case Alice is a hot-tempered adult male anthropologist. The chapter in which he meets the Death Defier is absolutely thrilling to the end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nayiry

    I love it..I absolutely loved it, the best book i read for a while, my first book for carlos, and definitely i will read his other books, this book was an eye opener for me and proved itself very helpful, explained many matters in plain ways, a humble extremely beneficial book...somehow he reminded me of Paulo Coelho ( in means of spirituality not writing), i felt like their orders had some connection...just a thought i wished the book didn't end, however it ended, but my dreaming continues... I love it..I absolutely loved it, the best book i read for a while, my first book for carlos, and definitely i will read his other books, this book was an eye opener for me and proved itself very helpful, explained many matters in plain ways, a humble extremely beneficial book...somehow he reminded me of Paulo Coelho ( in means of spirituality not writing), i felt like their orders had some connection...just a thought i wished the book didn't end, however it ended, but my dreaming continues...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sufiyo Rubyn

    So deep... Truly a work of art in terms of consciousness, if not with his literal writing style which can be somewhat tiresome at times. But, it's true - you'll never look at the world or dreaming the same again after reading this! So deep... Truly a work of art in terms of consciousness, if not with his literal writing style which can be somewhat tiresome at times. But, it's true - you'll never look at the world or dreaming the same again after reading this!

  9. 4 out of 5

    acompassforbooks

    Reading Castaneda and his experiences under the tutelage of the alleged Yaqui sorcerer don Juan Matus is an inspiring experience. Words such as awareness, attention and intent cease to have abstract meanings to become achievable destinations. The art of dreaming is one of the key tools to realise those purposes and the thematic centre of this unique and mysterious book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    James

    As part of my ongoing quest to become more adept at lucid dreaming, I decided to branch a little into the occult, trying to be open minded and to see if there really is something of value to be found there, since it seems that many mystical traditions value the practice of conscious dreaming. Unfortunately I've had some poor luck so far. First I was disappointed by Sylvan Muldoon's Projection of the Astral Body, and now Castaneda's The Art of Dreaming has equally failed to impress me. Aside from As part of my ongoing quest to become more adept at lucid dreaming, I decided to branch a little into the occult, trying to be open minded and to see if there really is something of value to be found there, since it seems that many mystical traditions value the practice of conscious dreaming. Unfortunately I've had some poor luck so far. First I was disappointed by Sylvan Muldoon's Projection of the Astral Body, and now Castaneda's The Art of Dreaming has equally failed to impress me. Aside from just a couple useful mnemonic techniques that might be useful for triggering you to consider whether you are dreaming during a dream, this book is largely drivel. It is full of dialog and narration that appear to be saying something and leading somewhere, but in reality say nothing and lead nowhere. Much of it makes no sense at all. The dialog between the narrator and don Juan is often so disjointed, I figure Castaneda must have been high most of the time he was writing this. There are nothing but a couple sketchy, inconsistently handled ideas that form the basis of any kind of plot or message in this book. About a third of the way in I began to find myself annoyed by how repetitive it was. The narrator is constantly objecting with fear or incomprehension to don Juan's statements, often without any context to make the reader understand why he is having this reaction. Then he either demands an explanation from don Juan, who often brushes aside this request by suddenly trivializing his concerns in ways that would be contradictory to his earlier statements if you could actually pin down anything concrete in them, or he silently voices some childish misgivings that also make little sense in the context. Sometimes these passages are astoundingly nonsensical. Once, in Chapter 9, after some exposition by don Juan, the narrator states, "I could easily have argued that I did not know what he was talking about; but I knew." What? A statement like this might make sense of someone were accusing you of a misdeed, but the context was don Juan trying to warn him about something. Or take this example from the last chapter: "She had defined for me something I considered undefinable, although I did not know what it was that she had defined." I guess to some people this sounds deep, but it's just, as I said, drivel. Writing words that don't mean anything while trying to make them seem like they mean something profound. The whole business about assemblage points and the shifting of them, and inorganic beings and the dimensions they inhabit, all sounds vaguely interesting on first glance, but it's only developed very sketchily in these annoyingly repetitive conversations about them that just drag on and on, and in the context of supposedly "perilous" adventures which are ridiculously banal, like the "inorganic beings" kidnapping the narrator and Carol Tiggs and putting them in a dream-hotel, which they can only escape from by not putting on the dream-clothes they find in the room and not going in the dream-bed or looking out the dream-windows, so that they wouldn't forget about the real world. Many of the assertions made about the nature and sources of energy, assemblage points, the different worlds inhabited by organic and inorganic beings, etc., often seemed contradictory, but as I mentioned before, usually the statements are just short of being concrete enough to actually pin down any contradictions. I guess some would say something about how our familiar logic doesn't apply in such realms, blah, blah, blah, you have to experience it to understand, blah, blah, blah, but I think in the end the problem here is that we have a poorly written story by a charlatan who wasn't clever enough to give a convincing, internally consistent form to his hokum and instead dressed it up in shoddy ambiguities. After reading this, I really can't understand why anyone would take Castaneda seriously, much less enjoy this book enough that it has a 4.1 star average on Goodreads. Bizarre.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Scott Forbes

    This is one of the seminal works of anthropologist and researched on shamanic lore, Carlos Castaneda. If it doesn't knock some sense into you, the dreams you can see, will. If you can't read this, please first understand that you're missing the point of reading, which is partly vicarious experience. If you can't prepare in book form, you're going to have to go the hard way. And nobody really should go the hard way down that dream corridor. You'll love this book if you think that there is more to This is one of the seminal works of anthropologist and researched on shamanic lore, Carlos Castaneda. If it doesn't knock some sense into you, the dreams you can see, will. If you can't read this, please first understand that you're missing the point of reading, which is partly vicarious experience. If you can't prepare in book form, you're going to have to go the hard way. And nobody really should go the hard way down that dream corridor. You'll love this book if you think that there is more to dreams than mere psychology, that science can include this topic far beyond what is considered the survey of biological life that is hard science, that people can learn in dreams things that are secreted away from them, but that they can recover in later life.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John Elbare

    This is a fascinating book in a series of several books by Carlos Casteneda about his training from Don Juan, a Yaqui native American sorcerer. I read it once before, several years ago, and it is even better on second reading. Some critics have claimed that Casteneda made all of this up -- if so, it is still a remarkable story. This book covers Carlos' mastery of lucid dreaming and the other worlds that are accessible through dreaming. This is a fascinating book in a series of several books by Carlos Casteneda about his training from Don Juan, a Yaqui native American sorcerer. I read it once before, several years ago, and it is even better on second reading. Some critics have claimed that Casteneda made all of this up -- if so, it is still a remarkable story. This book covers Carlos' mastery of lucid dreaming and the other worlds that are accessible through dreaming.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katerina Hatzimihail

    Amazing.And yes, you can dream with others and move in your dreams.!!!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    SoulSurvivor

    Not as good as the first time I read it 45 years ago , but brought back psychedelic memories .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carmilla Voiez

    It's fascinating. Is perception reality? Is magick simply madness? Is there a point in space, time or perception we can access that allows us not only to change our own reality but that of other people? The sceptic in me wanted to dismiss it as nonsense and my spiritual side wanted to full embrace everything and try to replicate the dreaming. In the end I just filed it away for future use, however, it made me wonder whether his description of the assemblage point and how shifts in it alter the wa It's fascinating. Is perception reality? Is magick simply madness? Is there a point in space, time or perception we can access that allows us not only to change our own reality but that of other people? The sceptic in me wanted to dismiss it as nonsense and my spiritual side wanted to full embrace everything and try to replicate the dreaming. In the end I just filed it away for future use, however, it made me wonder whether his description of the assemblage point and how shifts in it alter the way we perceive our surroundings might have any practical application for understanding why I and the majority of people (neurotypicals for want of a better word - I like to think of them as those who have been properly socialised to fit into the tiny space allowed to them in society) see the world around us very differently. "This social base of perception is the physical certainty that the world is made of concrete objects. I call this a social base because a serious and fierce effort is put out by everybody to guide us to perceive the world the way we do." "Our way of perceiving is a predator's way. There is another mode, the one I am familiarizing you with: the act of perceiving the essence of everything, energy itself, directly." "What they saw that made them conclude that perception takes place on the assemblage point was first, that out of the millions of the universe's luminous energy filaments passing through the entire luminous ball, only a small number pass directly through the assemblage point, as should be expected since it is small in comparison with the whole. "Next, they saw that a spherical extra glow, slightly bigger than the assemblage point, always surrounds it, greatly intensifying the luminosity of the filaments passing directly through that glow. "Finally, they saw two things. One, that the assemblage points of human beings can dislodge themselves from the spot where they are usually located. And, two, that when the assemblage point is on its habitual position, perception and awareness seem to be normal, judging by the normal behavior of the subjects being observed. But when their assemblage points and surrounding glowing spheres are on a different position than the habitual one, their unusual behavior seems to be the proof that their awareness is different, that they are perceiving in an unfamiliar manner. "The conclusion the old sorcerers drew from all this was that the greater the displacement of the assemblage point from its customary position, the more unusual the consequent behavior and, evidently, the consequent awareness and perception."

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sotiris Makrygiannis

    Castaneda, an anthropologist, surely is someone to learn about. This book is by no means on the level of Jung and his interpretations of dreams. Is more about "gates" of other dimensions that you can open through dreaming. Personally, I cannot deny that somewhere, something must exist in the realm of dream, we spent 1/3 of our life dreaming and we know very little about that part. So consider this as an effort to bring something concrete, for a discussion, about dreaming. Are his techniques worki Castaneda, an anthropologist, surely is someone to learn about. This book is by no means on the level of Jung and his interpretations of dreams. Is more about "gates" of other dimensions that you can open through dreaming. Personally, I cannot deny that somewhere, something must exist in the realm of dream, we spent 1/3 of our life dreaming and we know very little about that part. So consider this as an effort to bring something concrete, for a discussion, about dreaming. Are his techniques working? I don't know. Is the knowledge based on ancient teachings? Probably Uto-Aztecan. Castaneda is more known for teaching the masses about psychedelic recipes that were used by native Americans. Many of those have caused deaths and they are more close to a cult practice than something serious. Castaneda with his books just gave the right "excuses" to those wanting to try a "trip". Surely the experience gave something to them but the dangers of those practises are real. Only conclusion: Surely there is something very similar to Sufism in his teachings even if the 2 cultures are separated by 1000s miles.

  17. 4 out of 5

    نگار نصر

    actually, I can't find much more of this book but it's so so interesting for me. I think in one hand his story, is correct, and eligible but.. on the other hand it's like a fiction book. I don't know maybe behand of our limitations, witches can try new words.lucky them, I jealous of them anyway actually, I can't find much more of this book but it's so so interesting for me. I think in one hand his story, is correct, and eligible but.. on the other hand it's like a fiction book. I don't know maybe behand of our limitations, witches can try new words.lucky them, I jealous of them anyway

  18. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    My favorite Castaneda book. I now have a fantasy that I can use some of the techniques to sleep better, we'll see. At the very least this is an enjoyable read My favorite Castaneda book. I now have a fantasy that I can use some of the techniques to sleep better, we'll see. At the very least this is an enjoyable read

  19. 5 out of 5

    julián m.h

    very groovy stuff.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angela Sanchez

    Finishing a Castañeda’s book always increases my thirst for more. He shows me how vast the universe of knowledge is and how much I still have to discover. The art of dreaming is a book I will re read to circulate more around the concepts he offers to us. The perception of reality and our consciousness have no limit, learning that from this magical perspective is a great gift for the mind.

  21. 5 out of 5

    CD

    At the time of its release this was a much discussed work on that most Freudian of worlds, the dreamscape. Castaneda wrote at length about 'active dreaming' to use another term. Probably still too esoteric and obscure for most readers or those without cause to delve into this type of work. [ June 2011 Another box of books has been reopened for cleaning, sorting, and reevaluation and lo and behold, many of the collected works of Carlos Castaneda are part of the contents. Many years have gone but I r At the time of its release this was a much discussed work on that most Freudian of worlds, the dreamscape. Castaneda wrote at length about 'active dreaming' to use another term. Probably still too esoteric and obscure for most readers or those without cause to delve into this type of work. [ June 2011 Another box of books has been reopened for cleaning, sorting, and reevaluation and lo and behold, many of the collected works of Carlos Castaneda are part of the contents. Many years have gone but I remember this author and his works vividly. [Now don't get any ideas as to an allusion I may or may not be making] At some point I stopped purchasing more in the series and put them away. There's a 'blur' factor as I recall that happens with these stories of the metaphysical and magical journeys of learning (spelling of your choice for majic). Thus I finally put them down after a time. There's a new series of works by authors/students in the same genre. These are a continuation of the anthropological journey that Castaneda undertook to learn of his heritage and a way of life that existed if only in a shadow of the original form. This generic commentary is going to be applied to all the writings of CC as a review until a rereading decision is made. I don't own all the books by Castaneda though I've read all his books through the mid 1980's. A couple more I have copies of in this collection but I bet I never read them. Each of these books will have this introduction bracketed and italicized when I add a more specific commentary regarding the individual entry. An early footnote. Much of the fascination with fantastical dragon imagery is rooted in the first two or three of these works. Just thought you should know. ]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jose

    This book is nuuuuuuuuuttttsss... Anybody that has had proficient experience lucid dreaming will resonate with the events in this story. I picked up the book assuming it was a work of fiction, I read the author's note and got the gist it was an academic relation of an anthropologist. As I kept reading it seemed a bit romanticized, the dramatic events and climax made it seem like fiction again. Then I did wiki research on the author and the characters in the book. They are all actual people, they hav This book is nuuuuuuuuuttttsss... Anybody that has had proficient experience lucid dreaming will resonate with the events in this story. I picked up the book assuming it was a work of fiction, I read the author's note and got the gist it was an academic relation of an anthropologist. As I kept reading it seemed a bit romanticized, the dramatic events and climax made it seem like fiction again. Then I did wiki research on the author and the characters in the book. They are all actual people, they have written their own books and their sides or their own stories... mysterious deaths and disappearances involved. It left me with the impression that what I was reading was a sort of cult leader's saga. Whatever the case, if you are looking for a mind-trip this book is amazing on so many levels. The description of the worlds and exercises induces inklings for the reader to have similar experiences described... be careful :P At points it left me feeling persuaded of the author's description of reality as a surreality. It's cultish in the sense that the strangeness seeps into your everyday thinking and may consume you into its world. It definitely left me feeling curious about the rest of the books in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bernard Palacios

    This book is an autobiography of Carlos and him learning the teachings of Don Juan. he was a graduate student learning about anthropology, he did his thesis on Mexican shaman and their use of medicinal herbs to induce psychotropic effects to help cure various illness. In my opinion this book was a pretty difficult read, introducing new concepts and beliefs that boggle the mind, well at least for me a tenth grader. Although its a difficult read its still very interesting. The whole idea of percei This book is an autobiography of Carlos and him learning the teachings of Don Juan. he was a graduate student learning about anthropology, he did his thesis on Mexican shaman and their use of medicinal herbs to induce psychotropic effects to help cure various illness. In my opinion this book was a pretty difficult read, introducing new concepts and beliefs that boggle the mind, well at least for me a tenth grader. Although its a difficult read its still very interesting. The whole idea of perceiving the world a whole different way, makes me yearn for their way of seeing things. Though if I can change anything it would be the point-of-view because it would sound better if it was third person. To me some things that were explained were hard to understand but that's me nitpicking because the book is hard to explain. Also this book has interesting quotes. "To perceive the essence of everything will make us understand, classify, and describe the world in entirely new, more exciting, more sophisticated terms".(pg.9) I love this quote because it basically explains the book in a nutshell. basically when you learn to perceive you see things you couldn't imagine.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Dyson

    In The Art of Dreaming Carlos Castaneda recounts his time with a sorcerer in Mexico. Having studied dreams, lucid dreaming and astral projection for many years I very much resonated with a lot of the material presented. Castaneda's accounts parallel my own in a lot of ways. Shame on those who may be quick to dismiss altered states of consciousness (without the experience!) and the incredible value they hold. Castaneda goes a bit over board with drama in his account and the writing style leaves a In The Art of Dreaming Carlos Castaneda recounts his time with a sorcerer in Mexico. Having studied dreams, lucid dreaming and astral projection for many years I very much resonated with a lot of the material presented. Castaneda's accounts parallel my own in a lot of ways. Shame on those who may be quick to dismiss altered states of consciousness (without the experience!) and the incredible value they hold. Castaneda goes a bit over board with drama in his account and the writing style leaves a bit to be desired, but nonetheless it's an incredible account of the possibilities of the human consciousness and multidimensional travel. Recommend!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Wanted to like this one but the writing is formulaic and poorly done. The author continually writes these fake conversations that go "are you saying that dreaming is like..." to which Don Juan replies "No! i am not saying that. What i am saying is..." - literally hundreds of pages of telling not showing. The concept is interesting but the dream discussions are so abstract I lost interest. Like hearing a friend tell you about their dream for 6 hours. Wanted to like this one but the writing is formulaic and poorly done. The author continually writes these fake conversations that go "are you saying that dreaming is like..." to which Don Juan replies "No! i am not saying that. What i am saying is..." - literally hundreds of pages of telling not showing. The concept is interesting but the dream discussions are so abstract I lost interest. Like hearing a friend tell you about their dream for 6 hours.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Keerthika Rajaram

    As a strong lucid dreamer, I could connect a lot in this edition.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Luna

    I have read that The Art of Dreaming (as well as the rest of the books of the don Juan series) was originally considered a work of anthropology, or a sort of spiritual-scientific non-fiction concerning Castañeda's experiences with a sorcerer in Mexico. The span of decades has left the series as a creative exercise in fiction, although not a good one. Castañeda (the fictional protagonist) is a deeply unlikeable character who doesn't seem to be getting any enjoyment out of his dream tutelage, but p I have read that The Art of Dreaming (as well as the rest of the books of the don Juan series) was originally considered a work of anthropology, or a sort of spiritual-scientific non-fiction concerning Castañeda's experiences with a sorcerer in Mexico. The span of decades has left the series as a creative exercise in fiction, although not a good one. Castañeda (the fictional protagonist) is a deeply unlikeable character who doesn't seem to be getting any enjoyment out of his dream tutelage, but proceeds for confounding reasons. The dreams described in the text do show a lot of originality, but they fail to be anything more than a loose collection of settings with a baffling plotline. The few other characters end up (at-best) as stock characters like the spiritual guru don Juan or (at-worst) cardboard cutout eye-candy like Carol Tiggs. The book has a serious jargon problem, with constant meandering about energy bodies, inorganic beings, assemblage points, and ancient sorcerers. I have read epic fantasy that would have had a shorter term glossary than this book if it had bothered to include one. Entire pages and chapters go by with nothing but Castañeda receiving exposition about dreams from don Juan cloaked in the opaque terminology of Castañeda's creation. I read all 260 pages, and I still would have difficulty describing the plot, central conflict, or character arcs in this book. If you are looking for a book to help you dream, then The Art of Dreaming receives my recommendation, because it certainly put me to sleep more than once.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Reese

    I've always been fascinated by the mystery of dreams and how some seem to take bits and pieces of one's day and turn them into a fully realized 3D technicolour movie, whereas others seem imbued with meaning and even personal guidance; other dreams which seem to take place in familiar but different real worlds; and others are eerily life like. I began this book with great expectations based upon the buzz I had heard over the years with regards to the author's other books, and with the book's jack I've always been fascinated by the mystery of dreams and how some seem to take bits and pieces of one's day and turn them into a fully realized 3D technicolour movie, whereas others seem imbued with meaning and even personal guidance; other dreams which seem to take place in familiar but different real worlds; and others are eerily life like. I began this book with great expectations based upon the buzz I had heard over the years with regards to the author's other books, and with the book's jacket's description of "A classic cornerstone of dream interpretation", the book, "allows people to look within themselves for the answers that ultimately lead to a life filled with serenity". I did resonate with aspects of a number of dream experiences shared in this book (e.g. the experience of having a conversation in a dream in which a lot of information is communicated rapidly; the experience of floating along corridors or tunnels etc.,). I found though that the story and the emphasis on the "wise but mocking" guru trope (ala Karate Kid) to be a bit annoying and personally found the strongly implied emphasis on having the right teacher; using the right accessories; taking the right mind altering drugs, all to be at odds with simply looking within oneself for the answers as these seem to encourage a dependence on external, rather than, internal foci. In short, this was not my cup of tea. Not my cup of tea.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    People keep bugging me to read Casteñada. This one seemed interesting, so I picked it up. Contrary to other reviewers, it's not that difficult for me to assume this is fiction. It's actually significantly harder for me to imagine this is real. Feels like narrative to push a philosophical agenda. It's somewhat poorly written, the characters speak in abnormal ways (their flow and diction seems fake), the plot is inane, and it's self-contradictory in places. Also, Don Juan appears to be as lost and People keep bugging me to read Casteñada. This one seemed interesting, so I picked it up. Contrary to other reviewers, it's not that difficult for me to assume this is fiction. It's actually significantly harder for me to imagine this is real. Feels like narrative to push a philosophical agenda. It's somewhat poorly written, the characters speak in abnormal ways (their flow and diction seems fake), the plot is inane, and it's self-contradictory in places. Also, Don Juan appears to be as lost and confused as the main character throughout most of it. True, he sometimes has a fake air about him, but he's clueless. I was left with the feeling that Don Juan is basically a useful idiot with a pompous air and a weird disdain for the spirits and predecessors of his tradition. He seems like a piss poor teacher from this book. Overall, I was moderately entertained (about the level of a Puppetmaster movie: a rousing eh) and I came across the idea of the assemblage point, which seems like an interesting idea, but hard to say as though it's a main subject of these books, it is mostly obfuscated or spoken of as if you fully understand the conecept, but the basic idea is fascinating. (Looked into it, it's badly written about throughout his works.)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Raye MacLennan

    Considering this book was written 50 years ago, the idea of actively and intently dreaming is still fascinating. I was interested and engulfed at first and combed through this book. I feel like the meaning and the translation may be lost a tiny bit though. It's understandable, because Castoneda is attempting to explain something that doesn't exactly have language. The world of dreaming was testing him, along with rituals he was practicing with Don Juan Matus, and what the plants were teaching co Considering this book was written 50 years ago, the idea of actively and intently dreaming is still fascinating. I was interested and engulfed at first and combed through this book. I feel like the meaning and the translation may be lost a tiny bit though. It's understandable, because Castoneda is attempting to explain something that doesn't exactly have language. The world of dreaming was testing him, along with rituals he was practicing with Don Juan Matus, and what the plants were teaching could have been the focus too, yet he was ahead of his time. I couldn't understand what his goal was with dreaming, or if he achieved it. It seems like he gave away love. He had an endless curiosity. I see Castoneda's work as important because it led others to explore consciousness even further. Overall, I could see that love was all a dreamer is looking for. If we were always dreaming in a love space, how fun would that be? And maybe the daydream can be a dream too.

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