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The basic premise of sorcery for a sorcerer is that the world of everyday life is not real, or out there, as we believe it is. For a sorcerer, reality, or the world we all know, is only a description.
For the sake of validating this premise I will concentrate the best of my efforts into leading you into a genuine conviction that what you hold in mind as the world at hand is merely a description of the world; a description that has been pounded into you from the moment you were born.
Everyone who comes into contact with a child is a teacher who incessantly describes the world to him, until the moment when the child is capable of perceiving the world as it is described. We have no memory of that portentous moment, simply because none of us could possibly have had any point of reference to compare it to anything else. From that moment on, however, the child is a member . He knows the description of the world; and his membership becomes full-fledged, perhaps, when he is capable of making all the proper perceptual interpretations which, by conforming to that description, validate it.
The reality of our day-to-day life, then, consists of an endless flow of perceptual interpretations which we, the individuals who share a specific membership, have learned to make in common.
Castanada's works are very controversial. Most people who either knew him or are credible shamans say that he made the whole thing up about Don Juan. Most evidence points this way. I've been doing Qigong for 20 years and when I read his book Magical Passes because the whole thing looked as if he read a few qigong books, misunderstanding them and wrote a mishmash of his misunderstanding. I think he faked it. But he does have good insights in other areas. He had a doctorate in Anthropology and knew much about native culture including shamanism. He was a smart cookie, knew people, and even managed to juggle these genuine insights with knowing how to market his books. He remained mysterious, disappearing for weeks and months at a time. His earliest books advocated the use of psychotropic drugs at a time that this was considered cool. When drug use became less cool he switched his emphasis to the use of more natural methods of achieving altered states of consciousness.
Originally posted by naXaH
Has any of you read Carlos Castnedas books?
Have u any further information about him?