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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reissue edition (August 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671732498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671732493
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for A Separate Reality

"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)

About the Author

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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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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I read this book a month ago never having read Castaneda in my 44 years.
dherz@club-internet.fr
For those of you new to Carlos Castaneda's works, start with The Teachings of Don Juan - all books in his series are worthwhile reading and comptemplation.
Rebecamyth
Whatever you take from this book, regardless of whether that is nothing at all or a newly-inspired way of living, I do think one point must be made.
Bennett Campbell

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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By R. Schwartz on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is the sequel to the first book "The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge" and is just as meaningful and profound. The idea of spirituality under the Yaqui Indian paradigm, like other esoteric perceptions, conveys a non-ordinary reality where rationalizations and human explanations act as superficiality.

"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.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By dherz@club-internet.fr on November 7, 1998
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I read this book a month ago never having read Castaneda in my 44 years. I have practiced aikido for fifteen years and zazen for four and find that this is a precious introduction to the spiritual way. The way of the spirit inseparable from the body. Whether or not the events are fiction is of the utmost unimportance. Don Juan's words are profound and true to us and to our daily lives. Castaneda's denseness is a delight and it is only his inborn talent and perseverance that enable him to overcome his academic reserve.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2003
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One of Carlos Castenada's best writings. An absolute classic. Reading this book is like participating in Castenada's experiences first hand. His descriptive writing and narration couldn't have been better. If you're looking for a universally philosophical book, this is a must. Castaneda dives in and out of Don Juan's teachings, giving the audience a taste of Yaqui tradition and knowledge. It's a definite eye opener for those who are able to piece Don Juan's "thematic puzzles" together. But, some may have trouble comprehending what may seem like B.S. throughout the story. There may also be some confusion in pieces of the book if you haven't read the prerequisite (Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge). Don't hesitate to check this book out. It's incredibly powerful.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By aries1 on April 8, 2005
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I admire Carlos Castaneda for his courage, perseverance and devotion to attain deep spiritual wisdom and knowledge. He deserves a generous "thank you" for traveling deep into the Mexican wilderness to bring us a documented account of the secret spiritual tradition of the Yaqui Indian that produces men of intense spirit, profound character and impressive psychological powers. Castaneda, who throughout the book seems to be very earthly and rational, makes a tremendous effort to explore a realm of existence that goes well beyond his comfort zone. I have not read its precursor The Teachings of Don Juan... but I was still able to understand and enjoy this sequel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
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It is a relly fantastic book. It gives you the oppotunity to see the world around you in a different poin of view, and I'm glad that he wanted to share his experience no matter what anybody said to him about his unusual apprenticeship. It is very rare that an ordinary person could met such a man with fine experiences of life and be able to have him within forever no matter of death or destinity, and therefore I admire him, and all of us who didn't had the opportunity as he did will learn and enjoy by all of his books. Sincerly, Yamithliz Rivas San Juan, P.R.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chuckb on June 24, 2012
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Much arguing here about whether this and other Castaneda/Don Juan books are fact or fiction. It is my understanding that Castaneda admitted years before he died that these works are fiction.
People should just lighten up and appreciate the books for what they are, escapism sprinkled with spirituality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Van Riper on November 24, 2009
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For those with the ability to see beyond what is normal, these books open a vary interesting door. I say good work Carlos, a collection well worth owning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ohfour44 on June 10, 2012
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There is some excellent wisdom in this book about how to live one's life. Of course, I don't plan to take mescaline to achieve this separate reality but reading about having an ally helps me with my own problems with alcoholism and a higher power. Also, living life as a "warrior" by choosing the path with heart, taking responsibility for all of our decisions, even the most minute, then moving on without hesitation, worry or second guessing, knowing that before you made your decision you wholeheartedly ensured that it followed your path, is eye opening, although of course I think we all simply need to be reminded of it. I plan to read the other books in this continuing saga. (Run on sentence, I know. Don't feel like fixing it it was stream-of-conscious writing lol.)
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