Carlos Castaneda, the spiritual author was born in Peru on December 25th,
1925 and died in Los Angeles on April 27th, 1998.
Published spiritual books by Carlos Castaneda include "The Teachings
of Don Juan: a Yaqui way of knowledge", "The Fire from Within",
of Silence: Further Lessons of Don Juan", and "Magical Passes."
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- It was his style
to assert that ordinary and nonordinary reality aren't separate, but
instead are encompassed in a larger circle.
- Eventually I saw
-- I saw -- that the path of the heart requires a full gesture, a degree
of abandon that can be terrifying.
- I also realized
the extent to which the teachings of don Juan could and would be dismissed
as "mere allegory" by certain specialists whose sacramental
mission is to reinforce the limits that culture and language place on
- What sorcery comes
down to is the act of embodying some specialized theoretical and practical
premises about the nature of perception in molding the universe around
- Together we were
traversing the crack between the natural world of everyday life and
an unseen world, which don Juan called "the second attention,"
a term he preferred to "supernatural."
- From the outset
I tried to persuade don Juan to let me use a tape recorder, but he said
relying on something mechanical only makes us more and more sterile.
- Regular writing
is for me quite dry and labored. Dreaming is best.
- Much of my training
with don Juan was in reconditioning perception to sustain dream images
long enough to look at them carefully.
- By the end of
my time with don Juan, I learned to listen and watch and sense and recall
in all the cells of my body.
- Don Juan told me
he was going to fulfill the sorcerer's dream of leaving this world and
entering into "unimaginable dimensions."
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