A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda

" But the role she claims -- in developing the ideas Carlos purports to be Don Juan's -- ought to be recognized, she says, so she wrote this book.

Author: Margaret Runyan Castaneda

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595153186

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 232

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Carlos Castaneda burst onto the academic and cultural scene in 1968 when he published the first of four books detailing his supposed apprenticeship with a Yaqui Indian sorcerer named Don Juan. While academic critics contend Castaneda invented Don Juan, believers say the fog surrounding his existence express the very ideals that Castaneda attributed to his apprenticeship. Little is known of the Peruvian claiming to be Don Juan's apprentice, but in addition to leading a generation into a mystical otherworld, Carlos Castaneda was also a man. Married to him for thirteen years was Margaret Runyan Castaneda. A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda reads partly like a love story, partly like a tell-all account of a celebrity writer. Margaret Castaneda concentrates on the years leading up to her marriage in 1960. It was then Margaret and Carlos explored many of the ideas -- from controlling dreams to using hallucinogenic mushrooms -- that he claims to have learned from Don Juan. Nevertheless, Margaret Castenada believes her husband was indeed a sorcerer, and she still loves him. She insists Castaneda's academic critics miss the point. "I'm willing to accept Don Juan as a spiritual teacher, and it really doesn't matter if he's not real." But the role she claims -- in developing the ideas Carlos purports to be Don Juan's -- ought to be recognized, she says, so she wrote this book.

A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda

A penetrating expose of anthropology gone AWOL, and the book is still raising hell, according to one reviewer. ...one of the most valuable books in modern history on fake religious practitioners. -- National Coalition for Indian Education

Author: Margaret Runyan Castaneda

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ISBN: 9780969696001

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Page: 285

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He slayeth Carlos Castaneda, wrote one critic about this serious study by an American anthropologist which reveals how Castaneda's account of his apprenticeship to Don Juan advanced the psychedelic drug movement of the 60s and 70s. Fikes also makes a strong case for legalizing peyote, the hallucinogenic drug so vital in ancient ceremonies still practiced by more than a quarter of a million Native Americans. A penetrating expose of anthropology gone AWOL, and the book is still raising hell, according to one reviewer. ...one of the most valuable books in modern history on fake religious practitioners. -- National Coalition for Indian Education

Teaching What Can t Be Taught

Quoted in Margaret Runyan Castaneda, A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda (Victoria, Canada: Millennia Press, 1997), 84. 15. Quoted in Runyan Castaneda, Magical Journey, 123–124. 16. Mary Douglas, “The Authenticity of Castaneda,” in ...

Author: David Rigoni

Publisher: R&L Education

ISBN: 1461715946

Category: Education

Page: 192

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Some of life's most important lessons cannot be explicitly taught and learned. David Rigoni uses a shaman metaphor to examine how the most important learning in a professional program takes place between the lines of the formal curriculum.

The Beauty of the Primitive

Castaneda, A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda, 83. 69. Ibid., 39. 70. Alston Chase, Playing God in Yellowstone: The Destruction of America's First National Park (Boston: Atlantic Monthly, 1986), 346. I would like to acknowledge ...

Author: Andrei A. Znamenski

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198038498

Category: Religion

Page: 464

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For the past forty years shamanism has drawn increasing attention among the general public and academics. There is an enormous literature on shamanism, but no one has tried to understand why and how Western intellectual and popular culture became so fascinated with the topic. Behind fictional and non-fictional works on shamanism, Andrei A. Znamenski uncovers an exciting story that mirrors changing Western attitudes toward the primitive. The Beauty of the Primitive explores how shamanism, an obscure word introduced by the eighteenth-century German explorers of Siberia, entered Western humanities and social sciences, and has now become a powerful idiom used by nature and pagan communities to situate their spiritual quests and anti-modernity sentiments. The major characters of The Beauty of the Primitive are past and present Western scholars, writers, explorers, and spiritual seekers with a variety of views on shamanism. Moving from Enlightenment and Romantic writers and Russian exile ethnographers to the anthropology of Franz Boas to Mircea Eliade and Carlos Castaneda, Znamenski details how the shamanism idiom was gradually transplanted from Siberia to the Native American scene and beyond. He also looks into the circumstances that prompted scholars and writers at first to marginalize shamanism as a mental disorder and then to recast it as high spiritual wisdom in the 1960s and the 1970s. Linking the growing interest in shamanism to the rise of anti-modernism in Western culture and intellectual life, Znamenski examines the role that anthropology, psychology, environmentalism, and Native Americana have played in the emergence of neo-shamanism. He discusses the sources that inspire Western neo-shamans and seeks to explain why lately many of these spiritual seekers have increasingly moved away from non-Western tradition to European folklore. A work of intellectual discovery, The Beauty of the Primitive shows how scholars, writers, and spiritual seekers shape their writings and experiences to suit contemporary cultural, ideological, and spiritual needs. With its interdisciplinary approach and engaging style, it promises to be the definitive account of this neglected strand of intellectual history.

Magical Passes

Thirty years ago, Carlos Castaneda published The Teachings of Don Juan, the story of a magical journey into the unknown.

Author: Carlos Castaneda

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 9780060175849

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

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Thirty years ago, Carlos Castaneda published The Teachings of Don Juan, the story of a magical journey into the unknown. Under the tutelage of don Juan Matus, the young anthropologist entered another world and emerged to give readers of his first book glimpses of the "nonordinary reality" of a Yaqui Indian sorcerer. Castaneda wrote eight more books, most recently The Art of Dreaming, which describes don Juan's teaching methods as well as the sorcery arts he made Castaneda practice. Castaneda learned that for us to perceive any of the worlds that exist beside our own, we must not only covet them but find sufficient energy to seize them. Magical Passes offers readers the key to the energetic conditioning for the first time. In his revolutionary new book, Castaneda reveals a series of body positions and physical movements that have enabled various shamans and their apprentices to navigate their own sorceric journeys. By sharing this centuries-old wisdom, from a tradition that stretches back more than 27 generations, Castaneda makes it possible for readers to travel to some of these other realms, which are as real, unique, absolute and engulfing as our own world. He offers both a philosophical history of magical passes and an innovative, easy-to-understand instructional format, complete with more than 450 computer-generated illustrations. Written with humor, clarity, and authority, Magical Passes further illuminates the true meaning of sorcery and magic. Carlos Castaneda is the author of nine bestselling books, including the acknowledged classics The Teachings of Don Juan and most recently The Art of Dreaming.

Making Sense of the Life and Works of Carlos Castaneda

Of the books that have been written about Castaneda's personal life, two would seem to be reasonably trustworthy accounts: A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda (Millenia Press 1996) by Margaret Runyan Castaneda (19212012), ...

Author: F. Fleming

Publisher: F Lawrence Fleming

ISBN: 1724656848

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Page: 164

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The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, purportedly a legitimate work of anthropology describing author Carlos Castaneda's apprenticeship to a Mexican Indian sorcerer, was first published in 1968, and was followed by eleven more books by this author. All of his books achieved a very wide readership. To the dismay of many of his devoted readers, however, Castaneda has been shown to have been a charlatan, arguably the most infamous charlatan of the twentieth century. But what if the Mexican sorcerer, Juan Matus, with whom Castaneda claimed he had studied, were shown to have been a real person? I believe the circumstantial evidence strongly suggests that he was. Might these books not be read or reread with replenished interest and purpose?

Mediality on Trial

51 Castañeda: Journey to Ixtlan, 239. 52 Cf., for example, Sebald: Die Märchenwelt des Carlos Castañeda. ... Special Consensus; Castañeda: A Magical Journey with Carlos Castañeda; Time Magazine: Don Juan and the Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Author: Ehler Voss

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110416468

Category: History

Page: 666

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This volume addresses controversies connected to the testing of the capacities and potentials of mediums. Today we commonly associate the term "medium" with the technical communication between transmitters and receivers. Yet this term likewise applies to those who cooperate with agencies that exceed the presumed domain of the material world. Insofar as one presumes a division between distinctly opposed categories of religion and the secular, technical media tend to be associated with the secular and human (trance) mediums tend to be associated with religion after 1900. This volume concerns the ways in which the term medium still marks an overlapping of – and thus problematizes – the aforementioned division between religion and the secular, the personal and the technological. The term medium carries with it a seed of doubt that is itself inseparable from investment in the medium's power: insofar as they communicate with an "other" realm, mediums offer the hope and promise of new possibilities and improved efficiency, and thus of a better life; yet they have simultaneously been under suspicion of altering (or even inventing) the messages they communicate. It is due to this combination of promise and suspicion that "mediumism" has tended to evoke scientific, religious, and moral controversies. Thus, we can speak of a "mediumistic trial" – that is, a process in which a medium is put to the test concerning its potentials and trustworthiness. Around 1800, experts were asked if a modern secular institution would be capable of inspiring, domesticating or excluding trance mediumship. This question has stayed with us ever since, and the answers have remained inconclusive. That is why the past and present of mediumship may be asked to elucidate each other.

The Path of Reason

One of the most interesting works about Castaneda is called A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda and was written by Margaret Runyan Castaneda, his onetime wife. Of anyone, she had the most insights into his attitudes, behaviors, ...

Author: Bruce A. Smith

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 0875865801

Category: Philosophy

Page: 211

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Path of Reason.

Historical Dictionary of Shamanism

Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972. ———. Tales of Power. New York: Penguin, 1974. Castaneda, Margaret R. A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: Millennia ...

Author: Graham Harvey

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442257989

Category: Religion

Page: 392

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A remarkable array of people have been called shamans, while the phenomena identified as shamanism continues to proliferate. This second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Shamanism contains with examples from antiquity up to today, and from Siberia (where the term “shaman” originated) to Amazonia, South Africa, Chicago and many other places. Many claims about shamans and shamanism are contentious and all are worthy of discussion. In the most widespread understandings, terms seem to refer particularly to people who alter states of consciousness or enter trances in order to seek knowledge and help from powerful other-than-human persons, perhaps “spirits”. But this says only a little about the artists, community leaders, spiritual healers or hucksters, travelers in alternative realities and so on to which the label “shaman” has been applied. This second edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and extensive bibliography. The dictionary contains over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on individuals, groups, practices and cultures that have been called “shamanic”. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Shamanism.

The A to Z of Shamanism

Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan. New York: Simon & Schuster. — . 1974. Tales ofPower. New York: Penguin Books. Castaneda, Margaret R. 1997. A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda. Victoria, B.C.: Millennia Press.

Author: Graham Harvey

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810876000

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 308

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Explores the common ground of shamanic traditions and evaluates the diversity of both traditional indigenous communities and individual Western seekers.