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The Life & Teachings of Carlos Castaneda By William Patrick Patterson,

  • Title: The Life & Teachings of Carlos Castaneda
  • Author: William Patrick Patterson
  • ISBN: 9781879514973
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Life Teachings of Carlos Castaneda demystifies what Castaneda sought to hide and delivers a detailed portrait of an enigmatic, driven seeker that passes beyond mere description to the very assemblage point of Carlos Castaneda It is the first book published since Castaneda s death in 1998 to assess the meaning of his life both as a person and a Nagual, and, The Life Teachings of Carlos Castaneda demystifies what Castaneda sought to hide and delivers a detailed portrait of an enigmatic, driven seeker that passes beyond mere description to the very assemblage point of Carlos Castaneda It is the first book published since Castaneda s death in 1998 to assess the meaning of his life both as a person and a Nagual, and, importantly, to examine his ideas and their unrecognized primary source Drawing on an original reading of texts and research, as well as his thirty years study and practice of esotericism, William Patrick Patterson uncovers the underlying threads that weave themselves like snakes through the fledgling Peruvian anthropologist s life, ones which led him to forsake his European intellectual membership for that of the dark world of sorcery and break the human mold to become a Nagual Explored, too, are the questions of who don Juan really was and what actually happened with the jump into the abyss The main ideas salted throughout Castaneda s ten major books are succinctly summarized and then compared idea for idea with those of an ancient, esoteric teaching to show how Castaneda disguised his source by giving the ideas a sorceric twist Carlos Castaneda s books, particularly his early ones, showed a great narrative gift, often poetic, verging on the archetypal His descriptions of his sorceric relationship with don Juan touched the hearts and minds of millions of readers Patterson does justice to this and Castaneda s seriousness, intent and courage, but he also depicts Castaneda s descent in which he, the arch trickster, tricked himself into believing that the inner silence and attention of the Nagual had emptied him of his person Self blinded to his ambivalence toward women, fear of men and need for total power, Castaneda sought to control all aspects of his students lives, creating a rigid hierarchy, cultivating jealousies and secrecy and playing sexual power games, all in the name of breaking the human mold which would free them to travel to inorganic worlds When Castaneda s death, the so called trigger event, occurred, three of the four witches disappeared, the remains of one only recently found in Death Valley The other two are assumed to have also committed suicide There is much to be learned from the many aspects and phases of Castaneda s life that every sincere seeker could long ponder Hardcover, chronology, notes, index, appendices.
    The Life Teachings of Carlos Castaneda The Life Teachings of Carlos Castaneda demystifies what Castaneda sought to hide and delivers a detailed portrait of an enigmatic driven seeker that passes beyond mere description to the very assembl

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    1. The Life Teachings of Carlos Castaneda demystifies what Castaneda sought to hide and delivers a detailed portrait of an enigmatic, driven seeker that passes beyond mere description to the very assemblage point of Carlos Castaneda It is the first book published since Castaneda s death in 1998 to assess the meaning of his life both as a person and a Nagual, and, importantly, to examine his ideas and their unrecognized primary source Drawing on an original reading of texts and research, as well as [...]

    2. The Life and Teachings of Carlos Castaneda by William Patrick Patterson is informative, intriguing, and it led me to further reading of the books in the extensive bibliography William Patrick Patterson provides the links between the history of esotericism and Carlos Castaneda The additional historical essay included in the book, gives the historical context of Don Juan s sorcery from the perspective of the Catholic Church.After I read this book I researched further and found unmistakable paralle [...]

    3. If you have any interest in the identity of actual identity of Carlos Castaneda and his sorcerer pal Don Juan you may find this book interesting A good deal is revealed about Carlos origins and influences and some interesting speculation about the identity of Don Juan nothing conclusive is revealed.Although I m not one to reread a book I thought maybe the time had come to revisit The Teachings of Don Juan to see if it had the same mysterious impact on me it did years ago Patterson s book cured m [...]

    4. If you re a fan of Castaneda, want to know about him, but don t mind being disillusioned about the level of his character and spiritual development, this is the book for you I was sorry to learn about these negative aspects of Castaneda s personality, but then it saves me from having to read further books about or by him, though I may do, nonetheless.The author tells us about the sources of Castaneda s teachings, including the similarity of his teachings with those of Gurdjieff, recounts the ev [...]

    5. Dipped into this at the bookstore new age Fascinating Must read all of it ASAP Apparently there was a measurable amount of influence on Castaneda from the Fourth Way Gurdjieff Work, which is not surprising, and also a great deal of influence on him from Anais Nin personally and from her Diaries, which is extremely intriguing I am a big fan of Nin and have studied both Castaneda and Fourth Way material, so this is right up my alley.Shouldn t have bought it I gained very little information from r [...]

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