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Hard to believe read

  • Jul 9, 2010

This book forced me to question what I know about reality.  It is the beginning of a series that will keep you tracking yourself and questioning the validity of Don Juan's teachings.  After reading this book my life had a mystical quality that did not exist before... and of course I read the rest of the series which goes into further  explanations, stories and sometimes spooky details.  There were times when I dismissed this as fiction and other times when I knew that I knew this always was a reality like it says.  I felt that I had my own untapped powers and subtle abilities.  Yes, my life changed with this book and the subsequent teachings.

If you crave a knowledge for the mystical, magical and sometimes scary, then this book is 100% for you.  If you want to add a secret spark to your life and see the world in a whole new way, this book is for you.  I recommend this book to adults of all ages 15 years old and up. 

Essentially, a business man crosses paths with a Yaqui Shaman who alters the direction of his life.  The shaman tells him to come and learn the ways and then write about it because that is part of his purpose... to share this knowledge with us (the rest of the world).  He is skeptical, reluctant and not-so-bright in the arena of mysticism and several times out right refuses.  But as he goes deeper and deeper into the lessons taught, he gains a respect for the terrible and wonderful.  Hopefully, you can too!

A few big belly laughs, and grippingly intense scenes.  It is easy to picture in detail all that he describes so well.  You get to learn about both the writer and the teacher simultaneously, as they also learn about each other.

The message in this book is to look at the magical, mystical and allow it into your life by simply being aware of it.  That to delve into this path is often dangerous and beautiful.  That this way has not died, but is alive and available to the seeker (when the seeker is ready the teacher will appear).

This is not like any other book you've read.  It might be compared to Way of the Peaceful Warrior, or the writings of Paulo Coelho.  The main difference of this series is it's intensity and believability.  The descriptions are too vivid to be imagined.  It is not your average book about mysticism.  Really, nothing compares.

Check it out!  You'll be glad you did.


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Carlos Castaneda's intelligence shines through as clearly in his updated commentary in the 30th anniversary edition ofThe Teachings of Don Juanas it does in his original story. It is impossible to encapsulate what Castaneda has achieved with his first book about the teachings of the enigmatic Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui Indian sorcerer who shared his ancient knowledge with Castaneda. The academic character ofThe Teachings of Don Juanis evident in Castaneda's in-depth analysis (and sometimes overanalysis) of his experiences with Don Juan, and readers who lack an interest in anthropological analysis may find this section a bit tedious. However, Castaneda's journal accounts flow effortlessly, the current carrying us through his conversations with Don Juan and opening doors to an astounding realm outside the bounds of everyday life. The phrases "life changing" and "earth shattering" come to mind, and perhaps these are just metaphors, but what Castaneda offered in the 1960s is still for many an entirely new perception of reality. --Brian Patterson
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