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After six years of study and meditation, the author presents a book which takes the reader on a journey of the soul via the teachings of the great sorcerer, Don Juan. Like layers of an onion, the author reveals that there are worlds existing within our own that can be visited through dreams.


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After six years of study and meditation, the author presents a book which takes the reader on a journey of the soul via the teachings of the great sorcerer, Don Juan. Like layers of an onion, the author reveals that there are worlds existing within our own that can be visited through dreams.

30 review for The Art of Dreaming

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Art of Dreaming (The Teachings of Don Juan #9), Carlos Castaneda The Art of Dreaming is a 1993 book by the anthropologist Carlos Castaneda. It details events and techniques during a period of the author's apprenticeship with the Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, don Juan Matus, between 1960 and 1973. The Art of Dreaming describes the steps needed to master the control and consciousness of dreams. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال 2009 میلادی عنوان: هنر خواب بینی؛ نویسنده: کارلوس کاستاندا؛ مترجم: فرزاد The Art of Dreaming (The Teachings of Don Juan #9), Carlos Castaneda The Art of Dreaming is a 1993 book by the anthropologist Carlos Castaneda. It details events and techniques during a period of the author's apprenticeship with the Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, don Juan Matus, between 1960 and 1973. The Art of Dreaming describes the steps needed to master the control and consciousness of dreams. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال 2009 میلادی عنوان: هنر خواب بینی؛ نویسنده: کارلوس کاستاندا؛ مترجم: فرزاد همدانی؛ تهران، ؛ 1374 ؛ در 334 ص؛ بخشی از مقدمه ی نویسنده این اثر: من در طول بیست سال کتابهای زیادی در مورد آموزش خود نزد یک جادوگر مکزیکی نوشته ام، که در این کتابها توضیح داده ام، که این جادوگر به چه روشهایی، به من جادوگری آموخته است. منظورم از جادوگری احضار روح، استفاده از نیروهای ماورا الطبیعه نیست، جادوگری وسیله ای بود برای …… فهرست مطالب کتاب: مقدمه ای در مورد جادوگران عهد عتیق؛ نخستین دروازه خواب بینی؛ دومین دروازه خواب بینی؛ تثبیت نقطه ی تجمع؛ دنیای موجودات غیر ارگانیک؛ دنیای سایه ها؛ طلایه دار آبی؛ سومین دروازه خواب بینی؛ منظقه نوین انکشاف؛ جرگه کردن جرگه کنندگان؛ مستاجر؛ زن داخل کلیسا؛ پرواز بر بالهای قصد مجموعه ی این دوازده کتاب به توالی تاریخ انتشار به زبان اصلی که همه به فارسی ترجمه شده به قرار زیر است 1-The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (1968) تعلیمات دون خوان (طریقه ی معرفت نزد یاکی ها)۰ 1365 انتشارات فردوس ـ ترجمه ی حسین نیر 2 - A Separate Reality: Further Conversation with Don Juan (1971) حقیقتی دیگر (باز هم گفت و شنودی با دون خوان)۰ 1364 انتشارات آگاه، ترجمه ی ابراهیم مکلا۰ 3 - Journey to xtlan: Lessons of Don Juan (1972) سفر به ایختلان (سفر به ناکجا آباد ـ درسهای دونخوان) کتاب باعنوان «سفر به دیگر سو» در ایران منتشر شده است۰ 4- Tales of Power (1974) افسانه های قدرت (نخستین حلقه ی قدرت)۰ 1363 انتشارات فردوس ـ ترجمه ی مهران کندری و مسعود کاظمی۰ 5- The Second Ring of Power (1975) دومین حلقه ی قدرت ـ چاپ اول 1364 ترجمه ی مهران کندری و مسعود کاظمی 6- The Eagle's Gift (1981) هدیه ی عقاب ـ 1365 ترجمه ی مهران کندری و مسعود کاظمی 7- The Fire from Within (1984) آتش درون ـ 1368 ترجمه ی مهران کندری و مسعود کاظمی 8-The Power of Silence, Further Lessons of don Juan (1988) قدرت سکوت ـ 1368 ترجمه ی مهران کندری 9- The Art of Dreaming (1994) هنر خواب بینی ـ 1374 ترجمه ی فرزاد همدانی 10- Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico عنوان: حرکات جادویی - خرد شمنان مکزیک کهن؛ کارلوس کاستاندا؛ برگردان: مهران کندری؛ تهران، نشر میترا، 1377، در 330 ص، مصور، شابک: ایکس - 964599831؛ 11- The Wheel of Time: The Shamans of Mexico Their Thoughts About Life Death & the Universe (The Teachings of Don Juan #11), Carlos Castaneda عنوان: چرخ زمان : شمنان مکزیک کهن ، افکار آنان در باره ی زندگی، زندگی مرگ و جهان؛ نویسنده: کارلوس کاستاندا، برگردان: مهدی کندری؛ تهران، میترا، 1377، در 278 ص، شابک: 9645998360؛ موضوع: کارلوی کاستاندا از 1931 تا 1998، عرفان سرخپوستی، دین سرخپوستان یاکوئی، دین و اساطیر قرن 20 م 12- The Active Side of Infinity (1998) کرانه ی فعال بیکرانگی ـ 1379 ترجمه ی مهران کندری

  2. 4 out of 5

    Iona Stewart

    Though I have loved all Castaneda’s books so far, I have a predilection for this one. This is because I have a particular interest in dreaming, and “dreaming” (the kind of dreaming Don Juan teaches about). Don Juan said “Through ‘dreaming’ we can perceive other worlds … we can feel how ‘dreaming’ opens up those other realms”. He calls “dreaming” the “gateway to infinity”. “Dreaming” is the sorcerers’ practical way of putting ordinary dreams to use. We learn that the whole universe is energy. Don Though I have loved all Castaneda’s books so far, I have a predilection for this one. This is because I have a particular interest in dreaming, and “dreaming” (the kind of dreaming Don Juan teaches about). Don Juan said “Through ‘dreaming’ we can perceive other worlds … we can feel how ‘dreaming’ opens up those other realms”. He calls “dreaming” the “gateway to infinity”. “Dreaming” is the sorcerers’ practical way of putting ordinary dreams to use. We learn that the whole universe is energy. Don Juan taught his apprentices to perceive energy directly. Human beings are luminous balls and the crucial feature of the luminous ball is a spot of intense brilliance on a place at the height of the shoulder blades, at an arm’s length from the person’s body, which is termed the assemblage point. This enables us to perceive, and when the assemblage point dislodges itself from its usual spot, our usual behaviour, awareness and perception are changed. Much of the book deals with changing the assemblage point and the consequences of this. Don Juan can make Carlos’ assemblage point shift to another position to enable him to reach a heightened state of awareness, otherwise termed the “second attention”. There are seven entrances, perceived as obstacles, called the seven gates of dreaming. We reach the first gate when we become aware that we’re falling asleep. This is achieved by intending it – “to wish without wishing, to do without doing”. Carlos reached the first gate of dreaming but by another way, by having “a gigantically real dream” – he wanders though a city until he becomes completely exhausted. When dreaming you must focus your gaze on anything of your choice as the starting point, for example, your hands. Then shift your gaze to other items and look at them in brief glances. Then go back to the item you started with. Carlos practices focusing and holding his dreaming attention on the items of his dreams. He learns that he must “redeploy” his energy by losing self-importance. Self-importance is “not only the sorcerers’ supreme enemy but the nemesis of mankind” The city he visited in his dream, where he got exhausted, was “out of this world”. Don Juan was with him, but he “saw” the city not as a city but as energy. You reach the second gate of dreaming when you wake from a dream into another dream. Carlos reaches this second gate, but again he does it in another manner, by “changing dreams in an orderly and precise manner”. He used the items of a dream to trigger another dream. We’re introduced to the inorganic beings, and their world, the most fascinating aspect of this book. Two inorganic beings begin to appear in Carlos’ dreams. They just stand there and stare at him. One day when in the hills with Don Juan, Carlos wrestles with one of them. By the ensuing energy exchange Carlos creates a lasting attachment to the being, which he later encounters again in the inorganic beings’ world. To cut a long story short, Carlos continues to journey into this world in his dreams, and becomes practically addicted to doing so, though warned by Don Juan that it is dangerous. He encounters a scout disguised as a little girl who is trapped there, merges with her in an attempt to save her but loses all his energy. He is rescued by the combined efforts of Don Juan and anther sorcerer called Carol Tiggs, who travel into this world physically. An interesting feature of Carlos’ sojourns in the inorganic beings’ world is the disembodied voice of the dream emissary, which provides him with useful information. The voice always speaks the truth, so he can trust the information given. But the inorganic beings as such are not really to be trusted, because they want Carlos’ energy and are eager for him to stay in their world forever. In one of the final chapters Carlos has an exciting but dangerous adventure with Carol Tiggs in another world. Finally, he is introduced to the “death defier”, one of the old sorcerers, and is gone for nine days. He is also fortunate to survive this sojourn. I found this book to be fascinating, engrossing and exciting, in fact unputdownable. I found the material presented therein to be extremely edifying but challenging. I highly recommend that you read the book. I will miss reading it, but now will tackle some of Castaneda’s previous books, which I have not yet read,

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dimitris Hall

    Carlos Castaneda is certainly considered required reading for any person even slightly interested in the occult, ancient practices, magic, dreams, altered states of existence or completely different planes thereof. This one was the first book by him I finished, if you exclude The Teachings of Don Juan which I began reading in Spanish but never finished because my Spanish just isn't as good as I'd like it to be yet. Contrary to other of his works, this one he wrote many years after the events he Carlos Castaneda is certainly considered required reading for any person even slightly interested in the occult, ancient practices, magic, dreams, altered states of existence or completely different planes thereof. This one was the first book by him I finished, if you exclude The Teachings of Don Juan which I began reading in Spanish but never finished because my Spanish just isn't as good as I'd like it to be yet. Contrary to other of his works, this one he wrote many years after the events he describes therein had come to pass: apparently they had been buried into his subconscious because of the altered state, the second attention, he had (mostly) been in at the time. Only almost 20 years after his apprenticeship into understanding and navigating the world of dreams by Don Juan was he able to bring what he learned to the forefront of his consciousness and then put it on paper. I liked The Art of Dreaming, especially the first half. I read that when I was in the coach from Athens to Sofia and it helped make the journey much more dreamy; it made me feel that it was a passage in more ways than one: in the physical sense -travelling from one point of the Balkans to another- but also in this transcendental sense, this thing you get when you learn about the details of a profound truth. I came into The Art of Dreaming expecting something practical -Castaneda's "Lucid Dreaming for Dummies" handbook- especially after learning that it was he who popularised the technique of looking at your hands as a reality check, something I picked up and have used successfully numerous times. The beginning of the book was entirely like that: it was him learning about the different methods of dreaming consciously and going through the "gates of dreaming", as well as finding out about the complicated intricacies of the assemblage point and its manipulation. That link is a good summary of the book's most interesting "academic" part. But, like Castaneda himself in the book, or at least the person Castaneda wrote himself to be, I too need my objectivity, for that's the way I was taught to perceive the world, as Don Juan would have said. Therefore, as the book became weirder and weirder and Castaneda strayed farther and farther away from what my dream reality -even in my most successful endeavours in lucidity- has looked like and started going into the dimension of inorganic beings, alien energy scouts and the like, I started losing my point of reference and ultimately my interest. By the end of the book his narrative had become so convoluted that I couldn't figure out any part of what was happening - perhaps an apt representation of Castaneda's own recollection of his strange experiences. What however made things more interesting for me was this article I came across shortly before finishing the book which uncovers Castaneda as a complete fraud. Apparently after the success of his first few books, which, it is implied, were also figments of his imagination, Castaneda became a sort of cult-leader figure; when he was exposed he disappeared from public view by secluding himself in a villa together with three of his female companion sorcerers. The story is complicated in many levels; I can only say that the narrative of his books and what happened in real life is difficult to tell apart. In fact I'm sure that even if Castaneda proved to be okay after all (a possibility we still can't discount since, from where I'm standing, the revelation of the hoax can be a hoax as much as the supposed hoax itself) the automatic reaction from a scientific and rationalist status quo seeking to disprove just to confirm its dominance would have been no different. At this point several possibilities and parallel narratives have arisen: the story of the book itself; the real events which inspired Castaneda if we are to accept that his books are only adaptations of what really transpired; the reality of his life undescribed in the books - what we would see in a Castaneda behind-the-scenes; and the dirt that has come out that Castaneda was a complete hoax, which is 100% in line with "skeptic" views. All these interpretations exist simultaneously in a sort of entangled limbo: any one of them could be true and the fact wouldn't negate the veracity of the other versions - they could all be true simultaneously. Additionally, on a meta level each one of these stories has something different to tell: about the human willingness to believe and the power of belief itself, about the unfathomability of the universe, about the dogmatism of contemporary intellect, about how powerful your fictional story can be to be able to ultimately convince even yourself that it's the truth - especially if millions of others already believe it to be so. In another interpretation, you could see how these are all just different layers of meaning, just like Don Juan described reality as an onion consisting of layers of universes. The hoax coexists with the book's story and it's only a matter of intent, a matter of the position of your assemblage point what it is that you'll end up keeping from the whole affair. Even if Castaneda hallucinated everything he ever wrote about, this book has made me think in ways I'm sure were not intentional but have arisen anyway as part of the complexity of being a thinking but chiefly intuitive feeling person alive in 2014. If this book is a valuable collection of techniques that -as far as I can tell- really work and a story of them being put to use, where does the fiction begin?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nayiry Marcossyan

    I love it..I absolutely loved it, the best book i read for a while, my first book for carlos, and definitely i will read his other books, this book was an eye opener for me and proved itself very helpful, explained many matters in plain ways, a humble extremely beneficial book...somehow he reminded me of Paulo Coelho ( in means of spirituality not writing), i felt like their orders had some connection...just a thought i wished the book didn't end, however it ended, but my dreaming continues...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sufiyo Rubyn

    So deep... Truly a work of art in terms of consciousness, if not with his literal writing style which can be somewhat tiresome at times. But, it's true - you'll never look at the world or dreaming the same again after reading this!

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Davis

    A few pieces of quality lucid dreaming advice embedded in a towering monument to human suggestibility. Moderately entertaining, but not very efficient.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Acompassforbooks

    Reading Castaneda and his experiences under the tutelage of the alleged Yaqui sorcerer don Juan Matus is an inspiring experience. Words such as awareness, attention and intent cease to have abstract meanings to become achievable destinations. The art of dreaming is one of the key tools to realise those purposes and the thematic centre of this unique and mysterious book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Scott Forbes

    This is one of the seminal works of anthropologist and researched on shamanic lore, Carlos Castaneda. If it doesn't knock some sense into you, the dreams you can see, will. If you can't read this, please first understand that you're missing the point of reading, which is partly vicarious experience. If you can't prepare in book form, you're going to have to go the hard way. And nobody really should go the hard way down that dream corridor. You'll love this book if you think that there is more to This is one of the seminal works of anthropologist and researched on shamanic lore, Carlos Castaneda. If it doesn't knock some sense into you, the dreams you can see, will. If you can't read this, please first understand that you're missing the point of reading, which is partly vicarious experience. If you can't prepare in book form, you're going to have to go the hard way. And nobody really should go the hard way down that dream corridor. You'll love this book if you think that there is more to dreams than mere psychology, that science can include this topic far beyond what is considered the survey of biological life that is hard science, that people can learn in dreams things that are secreted away from them, but that they can recover in later life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    If this is a work of fiction, as many of the critics claim (and I believe they are probably right, although it could have been partially based on, or inspired by, real people and events), I would say Castaneda has one hell of spectacular imagination. Throughout the book, I was constantly reminded of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass; except in this case Alice is a hot-tempered adult male anthropologist. The chapter in which he meets the Death Defier is absolutely If this is a work of fiction, as many of the critics claim (and I believe they are probably right, although it could have been partially based on, or inspired by, real people and events), I would say Castaneda has one hell of spectacular imagination. Throughout the book, I was constantly reminded of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass; except in this case Alice is a hot-tempered adult male anthropologist. The chapter in which he meets the Death Defier is absolutely thrilling to the end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Elbare

    This is a fascinating book in a series of several books by Carlos Casteneda about his training from Don Juan, a Yaqui native American sorcerer. I read it once before, several years ago, and it is even better on second reading. Some critics have claimed that Casteneda made all of this up -- if so, it is still a remarkable story. This book covers Carlos' mastery of lucid dreaming and the other worlds that are accessible through dreaming.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katerina Hatzimihail

    Amazing.And yes, you can dream with others and move in your dreams.!!!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Veerinder

    Not entirely sure what I just read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carmilla Voiez

    It's fascinating. Is perception reality? Is magick simply madness? Is there a point in space, time or perception we can access that allows us not only to change our own reality but that of other people? The sceptic in me wanted to dismiss it as nonsense and my spiritual side wanted to full embrace everything and try to replicate the dreaming. In the end I just filed it away for future use, however, it made me wonder whether his description of the assemblage point and how shifts in it alter the It's fascinating. Is perception reality? Is magick simply madness? Is there a point in space, time or perception we can access that allows us not only to change our own reality but that of other people? The sceptic in me wanted to dismiss it as nonsense and my spiritual side wanted to full embrace everything and try to replicate the dreaming. In the end I just filed it away for future use, however, it made me wonder whether his description of the assemblage point and how shifts in it alter the way we perceive our surroundings might have any practical application for understanding why I and the majority of people (neurotypicals for want of a better word - I like to think of them as those who have been properly socialised to fit into the tiny space allowed to them in society) see the world around us very differently. "This social base of perception is the physical certainty that the world is made of concrete objects. I call this a social base because a serious and fierce effort is put out by everybody to guide us to perceive the world the way we do." "Our way of perceiving is a predator's way. There is another mode, the one I am familiarizing you with: the act of perceiving the essence of everything, energy itself, directly." "What they saw that made them conclude that perception takes place on the assemblage point was first, that out of the millions of the universe's luminous energy filaments passing through the entire luminous ball, only a small number pass directly through the assemblage point, as should be expected since it is small in comparison with the whole. "Next, they saw that a spherical extra glow, slightly bigger than the assemblage point, always surrounds it, greatly intensifying the luminosity of the filaments passing directly through that glow. "Finally, they saw two things. One, that the assemblage points of human beings can dislodge themselves from the spot where they are usually located. And, two, that when the assemblage point is on its habitual position, perception and awareness seem to be normal, judging by the normal behavior of the subjects being observed. But when their assemblage points and surrounding glowing spheres are on a different position than the habitual one, their unusual behavior seems to be the proof that their awareness is different, that they are perceiving in an unfamiliar manner. "The conclusion the old sorcerers drew from all this was that the greater the displacement of the assemblage point from its customary position, the more unusual the consequent behavior and, evidently, the consequent awareness and perception."

  14. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    My favorite Castaneda book. I now have a fantasy that I can use some of the techniques to sleep better, we'll see. At the very least this is an enjoyable read

  15. 5 out of 5

    CD

    At the time of its release this was a much discussed work on that most Freudian of worlds, the dreamscape. Castaneda wrote at length about 'active dreaming' to use another term. Probably still too esoteric and obscure for most readers or those without cause to delve into this type of work. [ June 2011 Another box of books has been reopened for cleaning, sorting, and reevaluation and lo and behold, many of the collected works of Carlos Castaneda are part of the contents. Many years have gone but I At the time of its release this was a much discussed work on that most Freudian of worlds, the dreamscape. Castaneda wrote at length about 'active dreaming' to use another term. Probably still too esoteric and obscure for most readers or those without cause to delve into this type of work. [ June 2011 Another box of books has been reopened for cleaning, sorting, and reevaluation and lo and behold, many of the collected works of Carlos Castaneda are part of the contents. Many years have gone but I remember this author and his works vividly. [Now don't get any ideas as to an allusion I may or may not be making] At some point I stopped purchasing more in the series and put them away. There's a 'blur' factor as I recall that happens with these stories of the metaphysical and magical journeys of learning (spelling of your choice for majic). Thus I finally put them down after a time. There's a new series of works by authors/students in the same genre. These are a continuation of the anthropological journey that Castaneda undertook to learn of his heritage and a way of life that existed if only in a shadow of the original form. This generic commentary is going to be applied to all the writings of CC as a review until a rereading decision is made. I don't own all the books by Castaneda though I've read all his books through the mid 1980's. A couple more I have copies of in this collection but I bet I never read them. Each of these books will have this introduction bracketed and italicized when I add a more specific commentary regarding the individual entry. An early footnote. Much of the fascination with fantastical dragon imagery is rooted in the first two or three of these works. Just thought you should know. ]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bernard Palacios

    This book is an autobiography of Carlos and him learning the teachings of Don Juan. he was a graduate student learning about anthropology, he did his thesis on Mexican shaman and their use of medicinal herbs to induce psychotropic effects to help cure various illness. In my opinion this book was a pretty difficult read, introducing new concepts and beliefs that boggle the mind, well at least for me a tenth grader. Although its a difficult read its still very interesting. The whole idea of This book is an autobiography of Carlos and him learning the teachings of Don Juan. he was a graduate student learning about anthropology, he did his thesis on Mexican shaman and their use of medicinal herbs to induce psychotropic effects to help cure various illness. In my opinion this book was a pretty difficult read, introducing new concepts and beliefs that boggle the mind, well at least for me a tenth grader. Although its a difficult read its still very interesting. The whole idea of perceiving the world a whole different way, makes me yearn for their way of seeing things. Though if I can change anything it would be the point-of-view because it would sound better if it was third person. To me some things that were explained were hard to understand but that's me nitpicking because the book is hard to explain. Also this book has interesting quotes. "To perceive the essence of everything will make us understand, classify, and describe the world in entirely new, more exciting, more sophisticated terms".(pg.9) I love this quote because it basically explains the book in a nutshell. basically when you learn to perceive you see things you couldn't imagine.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Dyson

    In The Art of Dreaming Carlos Castaneda recounts his time with a sorcerer in Mexico. Having studied dreams, lucid dreaming and astral projection for many years I very much resonated with a lot of the material presented. Castaneda's accounts parallel my own in a lot of ways. Shame on those who may be quick to dismiss altered states of consciousness (without the experience!) and the incredible value they hold. Castaneda goes a bit over board with drama in his account and the writing style leaves a In The Art of Dreaming Carlos Castaneda recounts his time with a sorcerer in Mexico. Having studied dreams, lucid dreaming and astral projection for many years I very much resonated with a lot of the material presented. Castaneda's accounts parallel my own in a lot of ways. Shame on those who may be quick to dismiss altered states of consciousness (without the experience!) and the incredible value they hold. Castaneda goes a bit over board with drama in his account and the writing style leaves a bit to be desired, but nonetheless it's an incredible account of the possibilities of the human consciousness and multidimensional travel. Recommend!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Keerthika Rajaram

    As a strong lucid dreamer, I could connect a lot in this edition.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Reese

    I've always been fascinated by the mystery of dreams and how some seem to take bits and pieces of one's day and turn them into a fully realized 3D technicolour movie, whereas others seem imbued with meaning and even personal guidance; other dreams which seem to take place in familiar but different real worlds; and others are eerily life like. I began this book with great expectations based upon the buzz I had heard over the years with regards to the author's other books, and with the book's I've always been fascinated by the mystery of dreams and how some seem to take bits and pieces of one's day and turn them into a fully realized 3D technicolour movie, whereas others seem imbued with meaning and even personal guidance; other dreams which seem to take place in familiar but different real worlds; and others are eerily life like. I began this book with great expectations based upon the buzz I had heard over the years with regards to the author's other books, and with the book's jacket's description of "A classic cornerstone of dream interpretation", the book, "allows people to look within themselves for the answers that ultimately lead to a life filled with serenity". I did resonate with aspects of a number of dream experiences shared in this book (e.g. the experience of having a conversation in a dream in which a lot of information is communicated rapidly; the experience of floating along corridors or tunnels etc.,). I found though that the story and the emphasis on the "wise but mocking" guru trope (ala Karate Kid) to be a bit annoying and personally found the strongly implied emphasis on having the right teacher; using the right accessories; taking the right mind altering drugs, all to be at odds with simply looking within oneself for the answers as these seem to encourage a dependence on external, rather than, internal foci. In short, this was not my cup of tea. Not my cup of tea.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jose

    This book is nuuuuuuuuuttttsss... Anybody that has had proficient experience lucid dreaming will resonate with the events in this story. I picked up the book assuming it was a work of fiction, I read the author's note and got the gist it was an academic relation of an anthropologist. As I kept reading it seemed a bit romanticized, the dramatic events and climax made it seem like fiction again. Then I did wiki research on the author and the characters in the book. They are all actual people, they This book is nuuuuuuuuuttttsss... Anybody that has had proficient experience lucid dreaming will resonate with the events in this story. I picked up the book assuming it was a work of fiction, I read the author's note and got the gist it was an academic relation of an anthropologist. As I kept reading it seemed a bit romanticized, the dramatic events and climax made it seem like fiction again. Then I did wiki research on the author and the characters in the book. They are all actual people, they have written their own books and their sides or their own stories... mysterious deaths and disappearances involved. It left me with the impression that what I was reading was a sort of cult leader's saga. Whatever the case, if you are looking for a mind-trip this book is amazing on so many levels. The description of the worlds and exercises induces inklings for the reader to have similar experiences described... be careful :P At points it left me feeling persuaded of the author's description of reality as a surreality. It's cultish in the sense that the strangeness seeps into your everyday thinking and may consume you into its world. It definitely left me feeling curious about the rest of the books in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beyond Enigma

    Seems almost fictional but the art of dreaming is real. Carlos ventures off into a world which would flip his world upside down. Mind blowing experiences going through so called "gates of dreaming" the number 7 comes up for the gates of dreaming. 7 archangels, 7 heavens, 7 senses, 7 major chords, 7 primary colors...etc. Carlos enters REAL realms of objectified experience where other entities exist. I myself practice the art of dreaming and can attest for the findings so far at the first gate of Seems almost fictional but the art of dreaming is real. Carlos ventures off into a world which would flip his world upside down. Mind blowing experiences going through so called "gates of dreaming" the number 7 comes up for the gates of dreaming. 7 archangels, 7 heavens, 7 senses, 7 major chords, 7 primary colors...etc. Carlos enters REAL realms of objectified experience where other entities exist. I myself practice the art of dreaming and can attest for the findings so far at the first gate of dreaming, I did however crossover the 2nd gate once.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I read 30 pages of this and really couldn't get into it - substantively, or writing style. It's super new-agey, so I suppose if that's what you are looking for, this would be a good choice for you. However if you are interested in the psychology or meaning of dreaming/interpretation, this isn't for you. I'm just in the latter category.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kent

    This grabbed my attention at first but then I felt sunk into a formula, a type of reading experience, somewhat masturbatory, and I no longer felt like I was learning anything. I’m putting this one away. I got this for education not to live vicariously through Casteneda.

  24. 4 out of 5

    نگار نصر

    actually, I can't find much more of this book but it's so so interesting for me. I think in one hand his story, is correct, and eligible but.. on the other hand it's like a fiction book. I don't know maybe behand of our limitations, witches can try new words.lucky them, I jealous of them anyway

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ilham zaitouni

    ecause I'm a lucid dreamer and have had few OBEs I really enjoyed reading this book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Soul Survivor

    Not as good as the first time I read it 45 years ago , but brought back psychedelic memories .

  27. 5 out of 5

    Senad Dizdarević

    With this book, you can learn to lucid dream. Then use your skill and with my book Letters to Palkies find out who is your incarnant from another planet that is sleeping in your head.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Our reality is just one layer of a very big onion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Drew Hannaoui

    Tried to lucid dream while reading this but guess I'm not too good at dreaming. Interesting read that calms the mind.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine Sharma

    I enjoyed reading it. But it left me wondering if it's a fiction or not. Apparently, it's not a fiction. It's entertaining.

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