The Active Side of Infinity by Carlos Castaneda
Ordinarily, events that change our path are impersonal affairs, and yet extremely personal. My teacher, don Juan Matsus, said this is guiding me as his apprentice to collect what I considered to be the memorable events of my life…. Don Juan described the total goal of the shamanistic knowledge that he handled as the preparation for facing the definitive journey: the journey that every human being has to take at the end of his life. He said that what modern man referred to vaguely as life after death was, for those shamans, a concrete region filled to capacity with practical affairs of a different order than the practical affairs of daily life, yet bearing a similar functional practicality. Don Juan considered that to collect the memorable in their lives was, for shamans, the preparation for their entrance into that concrete region, which they called the active side of infinity.
In this book written immediately before his death, anthropologist and shaman Carlos Castaneda gives us his most autobiographical and intimately revealing work ever, the fruit of a lifetime of experience and perhaps the most moving volume in his oeuvre.
Carlos Castaneda Interview with Theodore Roszak 1969
I'm Carlos Castaneda. Gimme the money
Carlos Castaneda December 25, — April 27, was the author of a series of books that purport to describe his training in traditional Mesoamerican shamanism. The bulk of his work, particularly that of his early career, is argued to have been inspired directly from the teachings of and his experiences with don Juan Matus, the Yaqui shaman with whom Castaneda had a ten-year apprenticeship beginning in the early s. During this time, don Juan, with the aid of various medicinal plants , took Castaneda on a metaphysical journey through an unknown spiritual realm referred to by the author as "nonordinary reality. Castaneda's descriptions of psychedelic experiences stood apart from others' in an age where such experiences were not uncommon. This was partly due to the fact that they were conducted within an organized system instituted under the discipline of an experienced shaman. In addition, Castaneda possessed the ability to hold a rationalist perspective throughout these fantastic encounters and could thereby capture the attention of psychedelic enthusiasts and intellectuals alike.
The Informant and Carlos Castaneda the Wanderling "It's possible that his informant in his undergraduate paper was not Don Juan, but somebody else who outlined details of something that Don Juan repeated later. It has been chronicled that the bio-searcher, known only as the informant in various Castaneda writings, some written by Castaneda himself, some by others, and some even written by those not always sympathetic toward Castaneda, agree for the most part unsympathetic or not that the informant was the actual person that FIRST introduced Castaneda to the rituals and use of medicinal plants. Shortly after that encounter with the mysterious informant , for the first time ever, Castaneda reportedly crossed paths with the nearly white-haired Yaqui Indian called Don Juan Matus in a Greyhound bus station in Nogales, Arizona. Unbeknownst to Castaneda at the time, Don Juan was also a powerful Shaman-sorcerer who had learned his art from a Diablero , a sorcerer with evil powers said to have the ability to shape shift. Only a few weeks or possibly even just days earlier than the bus station encounter, the informant , cloaked by shimmering desert heat waves, simply seemed to evaporate into the rocks and sagebrush without a trace, leaving Castaneda without a source.
Carlos Castaneda December 25, [nb 1] —April 27, was an American author. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in , Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism , particularly with a group whose lineage descended from the Toltecs. The books, narrated in the first person , relate his experiences under the tutelage of a man that Castaneda claimed was a Yaqui "Man of Knowledge" named don Juan Matus. His 12 books have sold more than 28 million copies in 17 languages. Critics have suggested that they are works of fiction; supporters claim the books are either true or at least valuable works of philosophy. Castaneda withdrew from public view in , living in a large house in Westwood, California from until his death in , with three colleagues whom he called "Fellow Travellers of Awareness.
REGARDING THE NOGALES BUS STATION CIRCA 1960
For fans of the literary con, it's been a great few years. Currently, we have Richard Gere starring as Clifford Irving in "The Hoax," a film about the '70s novelist who penned a faux autobiography of Howard Hughes. - However immigration records show an earlier date of December 25, in Cajamarca, Peru.
Carlos Castaneda , Peruvian-born anthropologist and writer born Dec. Though critics claimed the works were more fiction than fact, they became international best-sellers, translated into some 17 languages. An enigmatic figure who refused to be photographed or recorded, Castaneda offered conflicting autobiographical information, and much of his early life was unclear. It was known, however, that in he moved to the U. During a trip to Arizona in the early s, he met Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui who allegedly could manipulate time and space.
We are told that he worked on The Teachings of Don Juan for seven years. The editor at the University of California Press had serious doubts, but the UCLA anthropology department convinced him to publish the book in , and the Carlos Castaneda myth was off and running. Borrowing from the technique of government agents and A. An associate, Daniel Lawton, wrote,. I had telephone numbers for four of the ones who left at the same time, which were all disconnected on the same day. This, and the strange mood of the May 2 one-day workshop, led me to make certain inquiries that resulted in me learning that he was gone.
Sign in Register. News Guardian. I'm Carlos Castaneda. Gimme the money John Ryle Monday 6 July guardian. In the s, along with others of my tribe, scatterlings of the hippie generation, I turned for enlightenment, for escape from the terrible burden of materialism, from the grim certainty of knowing where the next meal was coming from - to The Teachings Of Don Juan, Carlos Castaneda's self-help book for aspiring counter-culture types. This is a book which is still to be found, with its nine sequels, in that special area of big-city bookshops reserved for beat poets, punks, crop circle mavens, fashionable psychotherapists and other avatars of the new age: the cult section.