Getting Castaneda: Understanding Carlos Castaneda Kindle Edition
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"Getting Castaneda is a fascinating exploration of the works of Carlos Castaneda, and delivers an in-depth examination of the incredible and often inexplicable tales he told in the 11 books he wrote during his stay on Earth."
". For those who are long-time readers or even practitioners, Getting Castaneda delivers additional analysis and commentary which serve to re-awaken our sense of wonder and enable us to read the books of Castaneda with a fresh perspective."
"Luce's smooth, clear and impeccable work mak'es the old Carlos reader go, 'ohhh, I see it now.'"
"Luce has translated the hieroglypics of Castaneda, which few could understand. He has done a great and important thing. It is sweeping and somehow puts voice to what Carlos couldn't say."
"As such, what we get from "Getting Castaneda," (great title) (and the author's goal) is a new excitement, reignited from the early 70s when the books took off like a rocket."
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- File Size : 3822 KB
- Print Length : 188 pages
- Publication Date : September 20, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B075T6JVTN
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- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 099926270X
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,336 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I vacillated between 1st and 2nd attention throughout my reading of this work. What this means, is that Getting Castaneda, in my opinion, is an experiential teaching method itself.
I can say and realize this because my path is lengthy.
Regardless, I greatly value the same things that newbies would: it lists the books in chronological order; provides SIMPLE explanations of complex spiritual processes involved in study; and makes clear the importance of the 60s and 70s in making CC’s works successful.
Naysayers: F___k you!
Great job on "Getting Castaneda", it came at an auspicious time in my life. I wish I had read it 35 years ago before I had read Castaneda’s books. If I had, I would have gotten more out of the totality of his work.
The second reading of your book has made me realize how little I understood the methodology of Castaneda’s books because I missed the big picture. After “The Eagles Gift”, his sixth book, I started loosing interest so I missed the real significance to the nature of the "Second Attention". Like you mentioned in your book, it seemed like a ploy to sell more books which didn’t enamor me to his credibility. And to this day, I still find it incredulous that he never adequately explained what happened at the end of "Tales of Power" when he leaps off a cliff. It was a poetic way to end the book because that amount of courage seemed so out of character; like the mastery of his years of apprenticeship finely paid off. So it only seemed appropriate that the beginning of his following book should be as profound; at least more then just his need to drive back to Mexico to find out what happened because he wasn't really sure. Really? WTF!!
Anyway, I appreciated Della Van Hise review on your website that made a point of affirming the relevance of the "Second Attention" from her own experience as a way of adding credibility to the veracity of Castaneda’s claims.
"Getting Castaneda" has made me want to re-read Castaneda's books again.
Top reviews from other countries
The book provides to newcomer an overview of the books and a clear rendition of the philosophy behind them.
For the seasoned reader and practitioner, an objective view is offered revealing the contextual timeline of the events and concepts.
I was deeply inspired to revisit Castaneda’s books, by reading Getting Castaneda.
I presume that, using Castaneda’s terminology, Peter is a stalker,. He has provided a sober yet expansive view of Castaneda’s work.
Though Castaneda, is known for outlandish, weird and magical stories. One of the requirements for dreamers, to hold a view of the magical world, was to order our linear awareness.
Organising and understanding, the philosophy behind Castaneda’s work is one way of doing this.
Peter has obviously done this and readers will benefit from his understanding.
His analysis of Castaneda’s work shows the cohesiveness and elegance of these ideas.
For me understanding Castaneda, fundamentally means being able to put into practice, Carlos, Castaneda’s system of knowledge to enhance every level of awareness. I think the author feels the same.
Peter, also suggests that rather than, believing or disbelieving Castaneda’s tales, we enter a third state, utilising Castaneda’s suggestion of believing without believing. Then we can use the mechanics of belief, without being caught by it, to give us the energy and impetus, needed to assimilate these ideas and put them into the practice.
Castaneda would call this exercising controlled folly.
I’m glad I read this book, I had a few reservations throughout but these were largely resolved by later chapters and knowing that the website gives access to the book’s notes.
Thank you Peter Luce, you did an amazing job.