Journey To Ixtlan

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Washington Square Press, Feb 1, 1991 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages
In Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to this new approach for the first time and explores, as he comes to experience it himself, his own final voyage into the teachings of don Juan, sharing with us what it is like to truly “stop the world” and perceive reality on his own terms.

Originally drawn to Yaqui Indian spiritual leader don Juan Matus for his knowledge of mind-altering plants, bestselling author Carlos Castaneda immersed himself in the sorcerer’s magical world entirely. Ten years after his first encounter with the shaman, Castaneda examines his field notes and comes to understand what don Juan knew all along—that these plants are merely a means to understanding the alternative realities that one cannot fully embrace on one’s own.

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So you lived in Kansas and never wen back. The experience was transitional and full of mementous, but that is all it was. What did you learn, you must ask yourself? Get the point. From another perspective you must ask yourself, what do I do once I figure out the phenomenology of existentialism. I mean the human existence, that was my personal life that I was expose too? A large percentage of us will never know, and others will never care to know. Those that want to know but do not know how to get there will must definitely never know, unless your intelligent logistic rationalism exudes a possible clue. The crux of the matter in the book was to defy rationalism with the usage of psychotropic plants, which contain alkoloids, that stimulated the brain reaching the catalyst necessary to achieve the ultimate paranormal experience. If this confuses you, I suggest you read a book on psychopharmacology, plus many other relevant information that reputable scientists have performed over the years. I do not need to go into detail, but in a short synopsis man has been eating natural plants way before they became "carnivorous". So, getting back to the subject of alkoloids, a cup of tea with various types of leaves, might just be the answer. But, remember, one experience is never enough. Thank you.
Andre Adoloffo, BA
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User Review  - Kimberly Benson - Goodreads

I am still undecided on how i feel about this read, but i did enjoy some parts of the novel and the overall idea that Castaneda was writing about. His style is very long and dry- the writing was hard for me to get into. Read full review

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About the author (1991)

Born in 1925 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 1960's and usher in the New Age movement. Even after his mysterious death in California in1998, his books continue to inspire and influence his many devoted fans.

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