Then in , Carlos Castaneda returned to Mexico, to don Juan and his hallucinogenic drugs, and to a world of experience no man from our Western civilization had ever entered before. Born in in Peru, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda wrote a total of 15 books, which sold 8 million copies worldwide and were published in 17 different languages. In his writing, Castaneda describes the teaching of Don Juan, a Yaqui sorcerer and shaman. His works helped define the 's and usher in the New Age movement. Even after his mysterious death in California in, his books continue to inspire and influence his many devoted fans. Praise for the groundbreaking work of bestselling author Carlos Castaneda "Extraordinary in every sense of the word.
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Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 1st by Washington Square Press first published More Details Original Title. The Teachings of Don Juan 2. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Separate Reality , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Separate Reality. Jul 09, Sh3lly rated it liked it Shelves: spirituality-philosophy , 3-stars , read One goes to knowledge or to war with fear, with respect, aware that one is going to war, and with absolute confidence in oneself.
One must strive without giving up, without a complaint, without flinching, until one sees, only to realize then that nothing matters.
There were a lot of rather dry descriptions of his visions - what the water looked like, lights, and other visuals. I missed the more philosophical and spiritual teachings from the first book. Through our internal dialogue mainly, we tell ourselves such-and-such is true and so it is. We focus on what people do and it essentially becomes a shield that hides true reality, which is basically that the world is an endless mystery.
We insist on understanding instead of opening ourselves up to the unknown. Instead of seeing with our spiritual eyes, we are trapped into a way of viewing things based on what our physical eyes are trained to know.
Seeing instead of knowing is a huge theme in this second book. A lot of what don Juan said was cryptic. There was a large section devoted to Castaneda and don Juan calling a spirit of the water. I guess in the end, I wanted more interactions with the beings in the nonphysical world and less about the green mist, weird noises, and bubbles. View 2 comments. Mar 02, Sherry sethurner rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction , mind-and-spirit , read-multiple-times , teachers-and-teaching , biography-autobiography.
Castaneda books were very popular when I was an undergraduate, and when I first started teaching in the s. I remember reading all three and being amused and confused. I suspect I was mostly interested in the author's descriptions of his experiences with peyote. Years have passed, and I revisited A Separate Reality after a friend's adult son passed away.
I saw imagery and a quote from Castaneda in his artwork, and thought this might be a time to see what I could learn from the book. What a di Castaneda books were very popular when I was an undergraduate, and when I first started teaching in the s.
What a difference all those years of living made in my interest and understanding! I was fascinated in the student and mentor's different ways of perceiving the world, and in the ongoing conversation they have about the differences between looking and really seeing, between an intellectual understanding of the world and and experiential understanding.
This time I felt Don Juan had something to teach me, not just Carlos, about living life as fully aware as possible, with intention, and respect for death, that comes for each of us. View all 6 comments. Aug 01, Syl Sabastian rated it it was amazing. We read and we read, and then, we encounter, well, A Separate Reality.
Much depends on how we read. If we're too immersed in story, we miss the More, if we're to concerned with artificial criteria of evaluation, we miss the Value, if we're too bubbled in our cocoon-of-self we miss the Usefulness. Within the distinct realism of A Separate Reality we find an overwhelm of potency, which, if we're not prepared to actually change our world, will pass us by.
To read this powerful and transformative wor We read and we read, and then, we encounter, well, A Separate Reality. To read this powerful and transformative work we have to DO much.
Such as set aside our habits, including the habit of reading. Here we're required to stop, absorb, hear, imbibe, incorporate, assimilate, Apply, integrate, and actually Change.
Not only who we are, but our entire conception of ourselves and which world we live in. We have to set aside our continuity, a difficult challenge for many, unhook from our conformity, our cosiness and indulgences.
Discarding our habits-of-perception and our assumptions of focus is another. We have to perceive past the obvious and pay close Attention to that which requires no faith or belief, no external agents to implement, and in these pages we can find such power.
There's much to gain if we make that effort to determine Value, Usefulness and Applicability for ourselves, with an open being.
Too many get lost in the indulgence of connecting to the drug-story lure, which is immaterial to the magic of this book. Or they unnecessarily sideline themselves by needlessly debating whether Don Juan is real or not. What does it matter where a self-evident Value comes from? If you need someone to be real to determine whether an utterance or communication has Value or validity, well, then you're lost before you begin.
Only you have that particular power, since you and you alone, are the Final-Arbiter-of-Truth. When we discern the wisdom and conceptualising genius so abundant in A Separate Reality we encounter a treasure trove of Life-Change.
Such a potential is gifted us in this monumental work if we can see past the tests-of-self which are part of this challenge-of-being. We have to look at the real power, which is the presentation of new conceptions of what it means to BE.
Ways-of-Being which are distinct, new, foreign, even alien, yet attainable. Simple but complex, such as relinquishing the seduction of self-importance.
We are not merely informed this may be valuable, the usefulness of this life-transformation is amply demonstrated for us by that marvellous example of Impeccability, Don Juan. Once we grasp this as an actual potential actuality, we begin a Path where his Way-of-Being becomes our model, or standard, our code, our sensibility, and default measure for our Impeccability. If we simply ask ourselves how Don Juan would behave in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, we have a fantastic self-leverage which is powerful and transformative.
If we connect to Don Juan not for his magical powers, but to his essential Character-of-Self, we connect to his ethics, his integrity, his Joy-of-Being and all the other marvellous examples of a self we can move toward being. If we read this book in this way, well, it becomes much more than reading. Such is the nature of this mind-bloom. But, to connect to this power of the book, we have to read past the story, past the character interactions, and truly listen, truly hear what's conveyed.
We are thus required to read and connect to the implications of what's imparted, to look past the tests-of-self such as the rituals and the indulgences of Carlos and look at the Way-of-Living and Deep Sobriety Don Juan Shares so incredibly.
Doing so connects us to what he's really offering, which is of course, a Gift of Power. Of all the thousands of books I've read, which include a substantial selection of classics from around the world, this incredible book stands out, and is a definite must-read and multiple-read.
Along with its extension, A Journey to Ixtlan. To be sure, one can find all the conceptions and ideas elsewhere, however, not so compacted and cohesive, not presented as an example in practice, and also not in the excellent resonating language of Don Juan.
When we read to hear him, feel him, know him, imbibe him, and connect to this paragon of possibility who is Don Juan, especially if we don't over-mythologise him, and read not to remember what he said, but to BE what he Shares, then we shift into our journey toward living in a reality which more and more becomes A Magic Reality of actuality.
View all 7 comments. Jun 07, Steven Fogel rated it it was amazing Shelves: wisdom , consciousness , self-transformation , human-potential , spirituality. I recommend Carlos Castaneda's body of work, which had a great impact on my worldview.
Like Teachings, A Separate Reality explores the multiple realities that we experience in our lives, such as our dreams, which while we're dreaming are our true universe, and our waking reality, in which our dreams are just a fantasy.
A I recommend Carlos Castaneda's body of work, which had a great impact on my worldview. A key concept in A Separate Reality is the difference between looking which is what we do most of the time and seeing in which we perceive the essence of something. It is truly a mind-expanding book.
A Separate Reality
In the book Castaneda continues his description of his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Don Juan. As in his previous book, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge , Castaneda describes the experiences he has with Don Juan while under the influence of the psychotropic plants that Don Juan offered him, peyote Lophophora williamsii and a smokable mixture of what Castaneda believed to be, among other plants, dried mushroom of the genus Psilocybe. The main focus of the book centered on Don Juan's attempts at getting Carlos to See , a practice best described as, in Castaneda's own words, "perceiving energy directly as it flows through the universe". The book contains an introduction, an epilogue and two separate parts. Part One, "The Preliminaries of 'Seeing'", describes his re-initiation into the apprenticeship from which he withdrew in late , and also describes his introduction to another brujo sorcerer named Don Genaro. Part Two, "The Task of 'Seeing'", elaborates on the mental processes involved with Seeing , and begins with Castaneda realizing that the plants are a necessary tool to arrive at Seeing.
A Separate Reality is a book by Carlos Castaneda. Written in , the allegedly nonfictional book tells the story of the author's apprenticeship with a self-proclaimed Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, Don Juan Matus, between and Throughout the novel, Matus attempts to get the author learn how to "see," the process of "perceiving energy directly as it flows through the universe". The book was featured in the episode " He's Our You. A young Benjamin Linus brought this book to an imprisoned Sayid along with a meal. Ben described the book as really good, stating that he had read it twice.