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The Teachings of Don Carlos: Practical Applications of the Works of Carlos Castaneda Paperback – May 1, 1995
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Before I go too much further, I must point out that I don't agree with everything Sanchez has to say or suggest, and likewise I'm not in total agreement with Carlos Castaneda or Don Juan.
An example in this book is Sanchez's beliefs about emotions being the product of thought: "feelings are a natural reaction to what we perceive, while emotions are the product, not of perception, but of thought, of reason. Feelings are not energy-consuming; emotions are to a high degree."
I believe feelings and emotions are both important and vital in our growth, and being more in touch with feelings and emotions is essential to attaining any real Self-growth or magical knowledge.
This is partly semantics on the part of Sanchez, as he lists joy and sorrow as natural feelings (whereas I believe they are emotions also) while lumping as unwanted emotions such things as "wrath, jealousy, and, self-destructive depression." However, from my own experiences and varied teachings from Transpersonal Psychology and Psychosynthesis, depression is brought about through the suppression of emotion. Likewise anger (wrath) is not something to be suppressed, due to its Self-destructive properties, while appropriate ways of expressing it must be found.
This aside, I was impressed with this book, from the introduction. Sanchez coins the term anti-anthropology, which he likes to anti-psychiatry. His approach to the study of the Indians was "not to transform them, but to transform" himself.Read more ›
Relating to the Castaneda's work, I really think it is an important piece of work but Castaneda rarely gives a practical approach to Shamanism except for his work on "Magical Pases". I really think Sanchez's work is really a great contrubution in this field since he has filled the gap that Castaneda left in his work which is the practical stuff. In my personal opinion Sanchez has not "stolen" anything from Castaneda, he just made it better and that's a terrific contribution to cosmic consiousness in planet Earth. Thank you for your teachings Victor!
Go for this book, you will not be disappointed in anyway.
Some of the exercises seem more accessible to me than others. To start dealing with self-importance, he gives some cogent suggestions like telling yourself lies (to erase personal history) and making an inventory of energy expenditures by paying attention to what you are thinking and doing at various times throughout the day. Then there are other exercises that I never quite got, like his exercises on "awareness of the skeleton" which are supposed to help you access awareness of your own death, so that you can use death as an adviser. And personally, as someone who has worked with lucid dreams for a while, I feel that his section on dreaming is fairly weak and lacks flesh, compared to the rest of the book.
But those are minor quibbles. It's clear to me that he considers these exercises a beginning, and that any enterprising individual can take his ideas and run with them, or make up new techniques. Take some and leave some.
I had the opportunity to ask Sanchez during a workshop what parts of this book he would now revise, since it has been around a decade since the original printing, and he has had many additional experiences in that period of time, including his workshops ([...]) and his work with indigenous tribes in Central America. He replied that he felt that it was still fairly solid, except for his revision of his ideas of recapitulation, which have since been updated in a new book, The Toltec Path of Recapitulation.Read more ›
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obviously somebody trying to capitalize on great (fictional) stories. thoroughly misrepresenting not only castanedas works, but also *actual* yaqui culture.Published 19 months ago by flook!
This book provides easy to understand techniques proposed by the Castaneda books. Excellently written and organized. Victor's work is impressive!Published on March 14, 2014 by Eduardo Rodriguez
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