"A man of knowledge is free...he has no honor, no dignity, no family, no home, no country, but only life to be lived." --don Juan
In 1961 a young anthropologist subjected himself to an extraordinary apprenticeship to bring back a fascinating glimpse of a Yaqui Indian's world of "non-ordinary reality" and the difficult and dangerous road a man must travel to become "a man of knowledge." Yet on the bring of that world, challenging to all that we believe, he drew back.
Then in 1968, 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.
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Great book!User Review - loujar - Overstock.com
This is an absolutely amazing story. Carlos Castaneda writes about subjects that most people would never think about on their own. If your looking to expand your horizon and learn more about the spiritual ways of the Yaqui Indians this is a must read. Read full review
This book gives us the ability to think about the inanities of our physical reality. Of course within this realm of reality our physical realities are varied and does teach us something about the monotonous world we have created for ourselves and then having to justify it with the rest of the worlds opinion around us. This is a complete distraction. I mean the distraction will consume your daily routine and thoughts and ideas and in the long run it will get you nowhere except in the human world of monotony. To disseminate your thinking process and achieve a different thought metamorphosis, it will require all the energy you have, in terms of cancelling your quote
"internal dialogue" as stated in the books and then even further, everything else will get in your way to stop you from reaching this goal. It has taken me years just to accomplish a few seconds of complete "blank thought control". Once you get there, a different brain wave pattern will hit your cerebral cortex and the neurological calibrations will take on a different "synchronous joules schema", which ultimately will come in thought patterns of images and multi chromatic colors and even geometric configurations. The minute you get distracted by your surroundings or noise of any type this "cognitive disruption" will evaporate and you will find yourself in the same physical reality you have created about your life. Self centered and ego maniacal. Furthermore, the implications are more complex in context with the human brain and its" nuclei neuronal transmissions". The neurophysiology will undergo usage of the ATP you have at hand and the symbiotic synthesis of the SOMA and DENTRITES and AXONS and the GLIAL CELLS will exude its chemicals and neurotransmitters stored in the SYNAPSE. The contraindication is that the either the "excitatory neurons" will trigger a release or it will be contained by the "inhibitory neurons". During the excitation threshold a voltage difference will cause neuronal action potential and this brief electrical charge will stimulate the AXONS to restart the process. As long as you maintained
"energy neuronal consistency" the greater your experience to a metaphysical reality. Let me extrapolate on the other ramifications that are also affected. One, the pineal gland, which secretes MELATONIN and is associated with the cerebrum circadian rhythms. This small endocrine gland which produces serotonin a derivative of melatonin, a monoamine neurotransmitter, which also derives from TRYPTOPHAN. If you get my reasoning, then you will also be able to deduce the other consequential organs involved in the process. If you do not, please consult with me.
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