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The Fire from Within Paperback – January 1, 1991
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"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 produce." (The New York Times Book Review)
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Having said that, Castaneda lovers will enjoy the many characters, stories and esoteric teachings that really coalesce in this book unlike in any other. We finally understand who La Catalina really is; we go deeper into the teachings on the Eagle; we get to here more about the interplay between Don Juan and Don Genaro, and we see Carlos opening up a bit too. It was not until I read this book that I realized how hard it was for Carlos to lose his "self-importance," and what a difficult task this is. Enjoy.
Rich in concepts; thought provoking...
Comparitive Ranking of CC's books I have read
1 Fire from within
2 Power of silence
3 Art of dreaming
4 Tales of power
5 The teachings of don juan
6 journey to ixtlan
7 The eagles gift
8 The second ring of power
One major reason for the huge difference in the tone of this book is that it contains the teachings revealed to Castaneda while he was in a state of heigthened awareness as opposed to what was described in his earlier books. The earlier books describe what he was taught while in the awareness of everyday life. Because one is more capable of absorbing higher truths while in heightened awareness, the teachings described in this book are clearer, more direct, more complete and more profound that those described in the earlier books. In order for Castaneda to retrieve these teachings, he had to evolve energetically and learn to induce a state of heightened awareness on his own, without Don Juan's help. This major difference in tone has lead Castaneda's critics to believe that Castaneda was a fraud. It is a misconception due to the fact that these critics for the most part have no knowledge or experience of states of heightened awareness and do not acknowledge that such states are possible.
I highly recommend this book- read, enjoy, open your mind!! Also recommended 1) The Active Side of Infinity- Carlos Castaneda, 2) The Path- Esmeralda Arana.
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I am not a fan of Castaneda. I find his visions to be ego serving, sexist, and narcissistic.Published 14 days ago by Thomas
The Fire from Within and the Power of Silence are both wonderful books. They include Don Juan's history and background and his experiences as a novice Nagual, along with the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shelley Isom
Not his best book, but pretty damn good. I doubt the validity of certain parts of this book, whereas I felt that the first three books were pretty truthful.Published 5 months ago by Diggidy Dog 99
All Castaneda's books are brilliant and fascinating reads. However, I felt that this one was even more challenging than many of the others I have tackled. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Iona Main Stewart