The Golden Flower: Toltec Mastery of Dreaming and Astral Voyaging (Consciousness Classics) Paperback – July 13, 2018
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About the Author
In 1985, Koyote fled to the USA, where he obtained political asylum and, eventually, his citizenship. He then took on the roll of a householder and raised a family, worked full time, and pursued his graduate and post-graduate studies in Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences at UCSD and Santa Clara University. His worldly obligations did not stop his spiritual pursuits. He was initiated in Kriya Yoga and Magick while fulfilling his duties as a householder.
In 1995, he was initiated by his Yaqui-Lacandon benefactor into the Toltec tradition and the Path of the Infinite. Koyote was acknowledged as a teacher in the lineage by the elder Nahual, Teczaki Güitame Cachora.
He developed a Toltec improvisational performance art called The Telling, a mystical inducing experience known to affect and transform the listener through a direct and unmediated experience.
Koyote runs a branch of the A.'. A.'. under the Ox and None Clerk-House; and Xicoco Shamanic Arts, an esoteric school of the Toltecs, where he trains students in magick, shamanism, mysticism, and yoga.
He has authored books and created seminars on the Yoga of Dreaming, meditation, astral voyaging, shadow walking, magick, and Toltec Mastery.
- Publisher : Gateways Books & Tapes (July 13, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 172 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0895566133
- ISBN-13 : 978-0895566133
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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xxv: “Read the chapters in the third part with full attention and without distractions. Read every word as if it is a world unto itself. Feel the reverberations of each word, regardless of the understanding of your limited thinking mind. The reading itself will trigger in you initiatory experiences.”
The chapters in this part of the book seem to bear significant resemblance to The Book of The Law. The imagery and language here are almost identical, with one section for Nuit, Hadit, RHK, etc. I feel that there are enough books that attempt to reword what Crowley has already written, so this doesn't strike me as novel, even if it is delivered in Koyote's tradmark poetic prose.
31-32: “Practice the faculty of apperception any time, any moment. Do it as often as you can, for as long as you can. It is a non-phenomenal muscle that needs to be trained. The faculty of apperception is one of the most powerful techniques you can learn from any esoteric school. This exercise alone is worth the price of this book. But since you already paid for it, why not read the rest?”
The exercise Koyote mentions in this selection is to simply become aware of the fact that you’re holding a book and reading it. That’s it. He thinks that’s worth $50. I don’t.
59: “The nightmare is a dream of power. It is simply a dream that is telling you that something is off, that something needs to be corrected, that something that is being betrayed needs to be put right.”
Robert Flores posted his review on this book, saying that Koyote was following the tradition of radical psychologists like James Hillman. Hillman would have laughed at this passage, as in his work, The Dream and The Underworld, Hillman suggests that the soul craves chthonic imagery and experiences, and that nightmares are simply a deepening of soul in its abode below. It is not a warning to change anything. Trying to associate Koyote with an actual academic is a stretch, as there is a dearth of citations to other works in this book, despite several sections on neurology that could definitely use them.
84: “I find myself inside this simulation of reality, and I encounter other avatars in it. Those avatars are also creations within my simulation that stand for other people: the father, the mother, the friend, the brother, the enemy, the stranger. I assign specific names to each avatar. In order to effectively navigate my way through this environment—which presents itself to me as a very elaborate world full of mysteries, full of danger and rewards, full of friends and enemies—I have to also create a representation of myself. I must also create an avatar, which is an image that carries my own consciousness. I create this avatar inside the simulation.”
Koyote gives a lot of talks via SecondLife, and I can’t help but notice he drifts into the language of that virtual wasteland here. I can’t tell if he’s drifting into a kind of solipsism. He lost me by the 10th reference to avatars within simulations.
125: “You can voyage, even, with your organic body to other realms of existence and move from this universe to a parallel one, where the socio-political realities are different than what you believe to be real.”
Uh, yeah. I guess I'm a skeptic.
187-193: “A Kabbalistic Analysis of the Dreaming.”
This concluding chapter, which I am not going to quote, is Koyote doubling down on Thelema instead of bringing that Toltec wisdom he is supposed to be guarding. there are paragraphs of gematria-heavy stuff here that may challenge and confuse readers looking for an approachable text on dreaming.
I have another 6 or so major issues annotated in my copy of the book, but found these to be the most frustrating and confusing.
Another issue: The publication of this book was crowd-funded. Koyote raised $6,000 for the publication of this book and STILL charges $50 for what is essentially a llewellyn quality book on dreaming. Sure the cover is beautiful, and yes, there are sections that have some utility, but I can think of several books that are more affordable, relevant, and useful for less than $20.