Don Juan's secret teachings, the master of Carlos Castaneda
Frank G. Ripel
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The author of this book reveals the secret teachings of Nagualism as they have been transmitted to him by don Juan and by the death opponent, Carlos Castaneda's masters. Subject of the book is the organic and systematic reconsideration of the topics discussed by Carlos Castaneda, such as the perception's widening, the art of stalking, the practice of dreaming and the control of the intent. The author does not confine himself to re-present the teachings already developed in Castaneda's works but, thanks to the teaching he has been given, he can bridge the gaps left by the well-known anthropologist. In Castaneda's books, in fact, many topics remain pending; for example, only the first gates of dreaming and the first abstract cores are described. So, for the first time, the three rules of the Nagual, the secret of the three recapitulations, all eight gates of dreaming and all twenty-one abstract cores are revealed.
Book review: This book is written in American English using a limited vocabulary and elementary school grammar; it is devoid of style and has a condescending tone. It is poorly edited with a few typos left in to stop the critical reading momentum, pausing abruptly to scowl and ask "really"? Most, if not all, of the information is not original, but merely rewording Castaneda's books in a summary format. Even the promised "new" material are actually a trivial numbering and left-brain ordering of Castaneda ideas - specifically there is nothing new regarding the advanced gates of dreaming and core stories. There are no personal stories.
One gets obsessed with ordinary reality, indulging in the conflicts or challenges to acquire self-fulfilling things, such as, prestige, money, sex, academic expertise or athletics etc. The same thing happens to the religious, to the mystic, to the witch or to the warrior; obsessed with the details of the teaching, indulging in "knowing it all". When a Christian obsesses on the Bible, the book becomes an idol. Castaneda books are like scriptures and have the same potential to become idols of the mind. If you want to write a book about Nagualism, write down a bunch of detailed perceptions of real life experiences. Then throw away all the ones about you and let us read what is left.
i want my money back. this is fraud. he is saying i will give you complete information and doesn’t. i only paid $3.99 for this crap and i want it back.