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4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm....., September 29, 2003
This review is from: The Art of Dreaming (Paperback)
Castaneda is always a valuable read. The man has, single-handedly, introduced more fundamental concepts into the contemporary mainstream of shamanic studies than anyone else I know. Assemblage point, luminous fibers, medicine plants, spiritual warrior, dreaming, stalking are now commonly accepted terms and, dare i say it, practices?! At the same time, the man himself -dead and alive - has eluded attempts at categorization; he is not as prissy as Eliade, simplifier and popularizer like Harner, neither does he seem to be in for the money, like perhaps the majority of book-writing modern would-be "shamans" and "sorcerers". Methinks this very fact should make one curious and interested.
The Art of Dreaming does not disappoint in this regard. It seems to be quite consistent with C's previous work and IMO C is quite effective in depicting the complexity of the worlds that may be accessed during one's dreams. For ordinary humans like you and me this work reads like fiction, because in order to access even the most rudimentary of these worlds, one would (according to Castaneda) need "energy" acquired through time-consuming and effort-full practices. We don't have this kind of energy. Yet myself, at the very least, have a deep respect and admiration for this wily old man who gave us so much food for thought. He seems to care for one thing above all others - freedom. AOD is about using one's dreams to become a freer person. That means living one's life with dignity and gusto and AOD certainly is something worth reading at the side of a pool on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
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Initial post: Dec 9, 2014 12:42:18 AM PST
All you need is meditation and some peyote, plus writing/or recording on tape your experience. Goos antidote to anxiety.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2015 4:00:27 PM PDT
David Jones says:
All you need is falling asleep.. with this book under u or in your arms or on your bodyanywheres, and yeah...youll read it subconsciously soul like and then your astal body takes off ... make sure there's not too much displacement or you'll lose it... u kno the shining tennis ball deal...if that gets lost in another aethyr and gets imprisond by z.a.nother entity(s)---well well--- anyways, whatever.... u do not need peyote --- peyote screw one down and thou thence shalt only then know this fake reality ---antireality--- why Monelle and even Tutu.Kickboxy r like totally againist- drugs pretty much except fort sho the falsity of ego consciousness, which peyote and other drugs ultimately r promotist
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