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A Separate Reality Paperback – August 1, 1991
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"A Separate Reality is extraordinary in every sense of the word." (The New York Times)
Praise for the groundbreaking work of bestselling author Carlos Castaneda
"Extraordinary in every sense of the word." (The New York Times)
"An unparalleled breakthrough... Remarkable (Los Angeles Times)
"Hypnotic reading." (Chigago tribune)
"It is impossible to view the world in quite the same way." (Chicago Tribune)
"Excquisite... Stunning... Fresh, unexpected visions with the logic of dreams." (Detroit Free Press)
"Taken together [Castaneda's books] form a work among the best that the science of anthropology has produced." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Remarkable." (The Los Angeles Times)
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"Once a man learns how to "see" he finds himself alone in the world with nothing but folly." p. 81 Anotherwards, all the world is a stage and everything we do are roles we act. We don't leave the world as a hermit because we don't willfully abandon ourselves, but instead we recognize the superficial roles we are required to play as human beings and in turn, rest in our silent self, the silent observer who "sees" this world as a series of necessary folly and superficiality and learns to to limit mental chatter, thinking and rationalizing and to start listening.
This book reminds me of Timothy Leary's explanation of reimprinting. Each time one "trips," he takes a trip beyond static reality to the dynamic flow and each time he returns he takes an additional snapshot and reimprints as a baby does when born. Each imprint is added to the previous imprints, as well as reinterpreting former imprints. And so, when Don Juan uses the power of suggestions with Carlos Castaneda and consensus is agreed, the dynamic affect under hallucinogens conform to such ideas which are compounded during the reimprinting stages back to normal reality. And so, peyote consists of an entity called Mescalito and magic mushroom smoke produces encounters with allies.
In turn, as with many Eastern mediators, the awareness grows of the silent observer self beyond the superficial ego self we are required to live through as human beings.Read more ›
People should just lighten up and appreciate the books for what they are, escapism sprinkled with spirituality.
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I guess I need to smoke peyote, because I didn't get this book. It did nothing for me. Not at all. Have I written twenty words yet?Published 6 months ago by Jason D. Sands
I bought this copy to replace my original copy which was falling apart. Love Castaneda.Published 7 months ago by Sharon in Pittsburgh
Castaneda's works are the best you will find on the ancient practicesPublished 8 months ago by loner