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The Eagle's Gift Paperback – December 1, 1991
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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 produce." (The New York Times Book Review)
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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This is the 6th book in the series. The saga continues nicely with the proceeding book in regards to what has happened to Don Juan, Don Genaro and their respective party of warriors. This `Eagles Gift' reveals events on what you could say is a parallel course with the other books; the clever ability of being able to continue to write more books by Carlos Castaneda or simply the unfolding of these events at their appropriate time?
Let me draw from the next book in the series "The new seers call the emphasized emanations the right side, normal awareness, the tonal, this world, the known, the first attention. The average man calls it reality, rationality, common sense. The emphasized emanations compose a large portion of man's band of awareness, but a very small piece of the total spectrum of emanations present inside the cocoon of man. The disregarded emanations within man's band are thought of as a sort of preamble to the unknown, the unknown proper consisting of the bulk of emanations which are not part of the human band and which are never emphasized. Seers call them the left-side awareness, the Nagual, the other world, the unknown, the second attention." (Page 109 The fire from within).
To look at such words and rest on the fact that Carlos Castaneda's books are fiction and thus are of no spiritual worth is insanity. I digress; The Eagles gift thus gives us a large insight into Carlos Castaneda's journeys into the left side, the second attention. Two things that are important here is that Carlos's journeys into this second attention is inclusive of amnesia. Second, the methodology employed by Don Juan to get Carlos into the second attention consisted of Don Juan striking Carlos Castaneda at a specific spot on Carlos Castaneda's back. A life of impeccability with both the individual being struck and the individual striking is of a necessity here to facilitate a successful transition into the second attention (So don't go slapping your spouse on the back hoping that she or he vanishes into another realm). Thus the Eagles gift is a journey by Carlos Castaneda into discovering those events that he has forgotten while in the left-side awareness; this journey is thwart with much frustration, but inevitable success. This frustration is exasperated by the fact that Carlos has been thrust into the spiritual position of being the Nagual, much to the displeasure of the other warrior sorcerers. More can be said, but for a greater insight, one should just read the book
Regarding `The Eagle', this is nebulous in my mind, something to gain further insight into. Even the following book `The fire from within' expounds upon this. It is a description of a force given by prior sorcerers towards what the first attention mind can draw comparisons to. I can only hope that as one continues into the series, one can gain further insights into this Eagle; beyond this one may just have to experience this on a personal level, a level of gnosis.
Reading some of the other reviews, it is interesting to see such opinionation. Even after having read 6 of Carlos Castaneda's books; I for one still have questions, like Don Genaro's ability to transverse lines of force, giving the ability of flying. I do on the other hand love what another reviewer has stated "Those who have met Carlos Castaneda know that there is nothing invented in his books". In my studies, I hope to find this to be true; unfortunately I did not see this on the 2 videos that are available on Carlos Castaneda. I do on the other hand know that his wife stated that she did not think that there was a Don Juan; still this does not mean much to me, but something to not forget nonetheless. I for one find much in reading Carlos's books, much correlation with my spiritual studies. In my initial reviews of Carlos' books, I was skeptical; this has undoubtedly changed, while still wanting to find answers.
Interestingly, when it comes to the reviews of the specific books being reviewed, there are a lot of reviewers that don't review the book at hand. Usually they go back to the argument of whether the books are fiction or non-fiction; either this or saying something like "this was not my favorite of Carlos' books". Reading Carlos Castaneda's books for me is not one where the primary importance is to gain pleasure, or discover fiction or non-fiction, but one of gaining insights in helping me along my spiritual path; the mere fact that this is the 6th book that I have read of Carlos Castaneda, should give an insight as to how much I value these books.