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The Art of Dreaming Paperback – August 26, 2003
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Now, as suspected, there are a lot of rumors concerning the 'authenticity' of Castaneda's experiences with a Yaqui Shaman named Don Juan and the teachings he revealed. I however, believe them all to be non-relevant in this particular instance. The fact is, Castaneda has torn a gapping hole in many peoples way of perceiving what they �think� to be reality. And because of this, many of the critics and �egos� choose to turn their heads and deny any possibility that all we perceive is a just a very convincing hallucination.
�The Art of Dreaming� gives the reader a first hand account of what a �person� is capable of, that is, if his/her intention is strong enough to overcome the illusion of space, time, and self, and in so doing experience that which underlies and goes beyond our normal illusionary existence without trying to give it an objective meaning.
That said; I would like to justify why I believe (the majority of) this book is �authentic,� and not just a good writers imagination and I would also like to remind everyone that they travel to the fourth dimension every night when sleep paralysis sets in and there energy bodies float out into his/her own small corner of the astral realm which we refer to as dreaming.
Anyone with any occult knowledge will automatically realize the significance of the wisdom enumerated in this book. The organic beings are called larvae that only bother those which cannot control there own emotions and desires. The energy body is the astral body or linga sharira.Read more ›
This book does not have any hidden messages about the meaning of life to convey & is not meant to be a brilliant work of fiction. As the title very clearly states, it is the art of dreaming & the dreaming practices it details are possible.
However, like any piece of writing on experience that cannot be rationally explained, it may be hard for readers without any 'out of this world' or 'out of body' experience to believe its contents. Read it with an open mind.
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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Castaneda was at one time the guru of transcendental thinking.. A shame he was exposed as a fraud!... Still an interesting read...Published 1 month ago by William N. Thompson
I purchased this book to replace one that I had a long time ago. This book indeed changed my life, that is why I purchased it again even though I have already read it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by bounzer
If you can experience 1/100th of what he mentions in his book, you will open your doors to dimensions not conceivable by the mind. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Raak
Great book! Wild stuff in here. Whether or not you are interested in spirituality/mysticism, this is a great resource for lucid dreamers and a hell of a story.Published 6 months ago by salvucci2
Pretty certain/wouldn't surprise me if these books were written for me. Wish they were not. :/Published 8 months ago by Julian
Big fan of the Castaneda series, great book to read if you wish to open your mind to new ideas.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought The Art of Dreaming about 18-24 months ago. It was a dollar sale at the library and I'd been curious about Castaneda. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kevin Osborne