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"I was struck by the clarity, intensity, and insight of Sanchez' words. . . . he comprehends the nature of magical transformation." (Gnosis Magazine)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company; First Printing edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879181231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879181236
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By G. Wilson on January 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Victor Sanchez's book may not be for the Carlos Castaneda purist. However, anyone interested in learning some techniques that facilitate serious Self-growth will not be disappointed.

Before I go too much further, I must point out that I don't agree with everything Sanchez has to say or suggest, and likewise I'm not in total agreement with Carlos Castaneda or Don Juan.

An example in this book is Sanchez's beliefs about emotions being the product of thought: "feelings are a natural reaction to what we perceive, while emotions are the product, not of perception, but of thought, of reason. Feelings are not energy-consuming; emotions are to a high degree."

I believe feelings and emotions are both important and vital in our growth, and being more in touch with feelings and emotions is essential to attaining any real Self-growth or magical knowledge.

This is partly semantics on the part of Sanchez, as he lists joy and sorrow as natural feelings (whereas I believe they are emotions also) while lumping as unwanted emotions such things as "wrath, jealousy, and, self-destructive depression." However, from my own experiences and varied teachings from Transpersonal Psychology and Psychosynthesis, depression is brought about through the suppression of emotion. Likewise anger (wrath) is not something to be suppressed, due to its Self-destructive properties, while appropriate ways of expressing it must be found.

This aside, I was impressed with this book, from the introduction. Sanchez coins the term anti-anthropology, which he likes to anti-psychiatry. His approach to the study of the Indians was "not to transform them, but to transform" himself.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
By reading this book, you will find out that our modern life is nothing more that a bunch of non sense, on the other hand living like a warrior is more challenging than any task that you could imagine or find in your life. If you are prepared for that challenge this book is definitely for you, otherwise do not spend your time on this.
Relating to the Castaneda's work, I really think it is an important piece of work but Castaneda rarely gives a practical approach to Shamanism except for his work on "Magical Pases". I really think Sanchez's work is really a great contrubution in this field since he has filled the gap that Castaneda left in his work which is the practical stuff. In my personal opinion Sanchez has not "stolen" anything from Castaneda, he just made it better and that's a terrific contribution to cosmic consiousness in planet Earth. Thank you for your teachings Victor!
Go for this book, you will not be disappointed in anyway.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By gfuqua@nmsu.com on October 23, 1998
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Victor Sanchez does what should be done with any path with heart, he follows it. Sanchez has done everything Casteneda had done and found out, through his own rigors, and through the real life experiences with the Wirrarika and Nauhas tribes of Mexico(ancient descedents of the ancient Toltecs of Tula, whom share ancestors with others including the Yaqui.In other words, Sanchez has successfully put in to practice Castaneda's books; and he knows how to explain what he and Casteneda have done. He concretely and susinctly explains everything of use in the Castaneda books. He breaks it down meaning for meaning, all the while giving practical insights on how to actually implement Toltec spiritual living. His suggestions on implementing these ideas are miraculous and inspirational. This book is ideal for any serious reader or skeptic of the Castaneda. Sanchez is able corroborate, as a witness, another indigenous tribe whom have even more purely kept alive the ancient Toltec traditions. He, in fact, gives convincing credence by sighting other references in which he has also discovered corroborating evidence. In "Toltecs of the Millenium" (Sanchez'96) he indepthly goes into his experiences with this Wirrarika, which took place for fifteen years in the virtual seclusion of an obscure mountainous area of (I'm assuming) North-central, to N.W. Mexico. Both are very well written, clear,informative, and very inspirational.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David on November 9, 2003
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Victor Sanchez has done a good job of presenting various practical ways to "get at" the concepts in Castaneda's books. The book is part exposition and part exercise, disseminated throughout the various chapters. It is really more of a reference manual or a workbook than a book to read straight through.
Some of the exercises seem more accessible to me than others. To start dealing with self-importance, he gives some cogent suggestions like telling yourself lies (to erase personal history) and making an inventory of energy expenditures by paying attention to what you are thinking and doing at various times throughout the day. Then there are other exercises that I never quite got, like his exercises on "awareness of the skeleton" which are supposed to help you access awareness of your own death, so that you can use death as an adviser. And personally, as someone who has worked with lucid dreams for a while, I feel that his section on dreaming is fairly weak and lacks flesh, compared to the rest of the book.
But those are minor quibbles. It's clear to me that he considers these exercises a beginning, and that any enterprising individual can take his ideas and run with them, or make up new techniques. Take some and leave some.
I had the opportunity to ask Sanchez during a workshop what parts of this book he would now revise, since it has been around a decade since the original printing, and he has had many additional experiences in that period of time, including his workshops ([...]) and his work with indigenous tribes in Central America. He replied that he felt that it was still fairly solid, except for his revision of his ideas of recapitulation, which have since been updated in a new book, The Toltec Path of Recapitulation.
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