Journey to Ixtlan. Carlos Castaneda. INTRODUCTION. On Saturday, May 22, , I went to Sonora, Mexico, to see don Juan Matus, a Yaqui. Indian sorcerer . In the first book in this series, Teachings of don Juan, Carlos was led by don Juan into the “crack between worlds” by means of datura (jimson weed), peyote. Journey To Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda – In Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to this new approach for the first time and explores, as he.

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A Warriors Last Stand. After years of pursuit, Castaneda decides he is not ready to take this final leap. I remember being a small child.

Believe it or don’t, either way, it is a fantastic read.

Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda

Product details Mass Market Paperback Publisher: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Washington Square Press February Length: By the end, the apprentice begins to get an idea of what don Juan means by power, and how one can become a warrior in the Yaqui sense.

On the other hand it gave me insight into how some people see alternate realities and how ordinary cause and effect are seen much differently by some people. It is in this wonderful story that Carlos introduces many concepts, or rather elucidates on many concepts, which Don Juan had introduced since their initial encounter; not-doing, stopping the world, living as a warrior, and dreaming.


But I digress with a purpose.

Journey To Ixtlan

Jul 17, Aaron Dennis rated it it was amazing. Castaneda, as the researcher, placed himself at the center of his book, writing it from the point of view of his own reactions rather than laying out an ethnography. It was over 25 years ago when I read the first four books of don Juan and his teachings of Carlos.

Then this one again before Tales of Power. In here you will get an idea of what it is like to be a sorcerer, hunter and warrior. Certain questions have gone unanswered, specifically: The book takes an almost hypnotic hold on the reader, just as don Juan does on Carlos.

Don Juan was either made up by Castaneda, or he was based on a real person whom Castaneda used as a springboard for fictional tales. Phelps’ voice, they will self-destruct in five minutes. However…well, there’s a lot of fantastic magic that takes place in front of this eye-witness. After stopping the world, erasing his personal history, Carlos went on in this book to lose his self-importance, take on death as his adviser, assuming responsibility for all his actions, becoming a hunter, being inaccessible, disrupting the routines of his life, becoming accessible to power, taking on the mood of a warrior, fighting a battle for power, learning the gait of power and the doing of not-doing, finding the ring of power and finally undertaking his eponymous journey to Ixtlan.

The Mood of a Warrior. When he realized all the real information that he had discarded which were the core teachings of Don Juan he wrote this book.


In a way the book seemed to be about a sense of personal power and confidence. Preview — Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Carloa.

He weaves the concepts of some modern philosophers into an entertaining tale, filled with ideas to ponder and discuss. In a sense, Castaneda is a throwback to the 18’th century, when there was a convention of presenting fiction as though it were factual travel writing; think of Swift and Defoe. That’s what makes it personal history. Particularly given the primary theme of questioning reality and the “phantoms” that populate it.

There are other things suggesting he really believed at least a part of the experiences he describes whether or not you the reader would literally believe them is an altogether separate issue.

Jul 01, Lauren rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The Don Juan series, of which Journey to Ixtlan is the central volume, were initially acclaimed as a breakthrough in anthropological field research. There have been odd discussions about the truthfulness of of Castanedas books, about Don Juan and the experiences Castaneda describes. This book changed my life and Carlo look forward to reading the rest that follow.

Death Is an Adviser. An older friend of mine tk it to me. They demonstrate what a little character development can do as a pedagogical tool for making metaphysics accessible and light.