Journey To Ixtlan

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 1, 1991 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages
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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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I have a collection of Castaneda's books and have read many of them several times except ' The Art of Dreaming' which I could not complete, may be because i am more interested in stalking than dreaming. I could only get along only if there is a deep communication. And i have been with 'Journey to Ixtlan' many many times, The first few chapters fascinates me beyond measure.
There are some striking similarities between the Hindu approach, J.Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi approach and the Toltec believes.
The reality of the world we maintain is just what we assume or hold by our thinking process. And when that flow of internal dialogue stops there is transformation in consciousness. [ All meditations are directed to Silence, though it may never occur that way as the very intention is self centered].In the transformed consciousness the way of perceiving and acting from a center [ self-centeredness] changes into a wholistic world view where one is free from all fragmentation, personal identity, personal history , self importance, feeling of false security in nationalism, particular religion, family, cast creed, believes, God.
Freedom from all movement of the past or thought while meeting the present and a living in this ultimate moment!!!
 

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the best book i have ever read

Contents

PART
1
Erasing Personal History
9
Losing SelfImportance
18
Death Is an Adviser
26
Assuming Responsibility
36
Becoming a Hunter
47
Being Inaccessible
59
Disrupting the Routines of Life
71
A Battle of Power
121
A Warriors Last Stand
139
e The Gait of Power
155
NotDoing
181
I6 The Ring of Power
200
A Worthy Opponent
214
Journey to Ixtlan
231
Stopping the World
246

The Last Battle on Earth
78
Becoming Accessible to Power
88
The Mood of a Warrior
105
Journey to Ixtlan
256
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Page v - For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I wanted to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.

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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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