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Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan | [Carlos Castaneda]

Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan

Carlos Castanada was a student of anthropology when he met Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui shaman and the inspiration for Castanada’s The Teachings of Don Juan. In this controversial work, Castanada relays his experiences being challenged by his mentor on his perception of the world and all living things in it.
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Carlos Castanada was a student of anthropology when he met Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui shaman and the inspiration for Castanada’s The Teachings of Don Juan. In this controversial work, Castanada relays his experiences being challenged by his mentor on his perception of the world and all living things in it.

©1973 Carlos Castaneda (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Reverend 05-10-15
    Reverend 05-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story! Great narration!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Journey to Ixtlan to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version


    Have you listened to any of Luis Moreno’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He is always a great performer / narrator


    Any additional comments?

    This performance has good sound quality and Luis Moreno has a good voice to do performances.

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    Matt 04-27-15
    Matt 04-27-15
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    "tales of power!"

    loved every second of this book it's wisdom is timeless and will endure! One Love!

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    HankieG Pleasant Hill, CA USA 02-01-15
    HankieG Pleasant Hill, CA USA 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Philosophy In The Desert"
    What did you love best about Journey to Ixtlan?

    One of the best in the Don Juan/Carlos Castaneda series, in my opinion. Castaneda reviews the non-hallucinogenic plant events during his meetings with Don Juan in various Mexican locations. Don Juan lays out many advanced philosophical concepts and techniques relating to paths followed by seekers of enlightenment. Prepare to have your world views destroyed and expanded.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the reader's characterizations of Carlos and Don Juan. Carlos as an inquisitive student and Don Juan as a commanding mentor. His style is entertaining, without over doing anything. I truly hope that he will produce an audiobook of the fourth Castaneda book in the series, "Tales of Power."

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    Idaho Trojan 01-14-15
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    "Enjoy for the story or as a textbook on life!"
    What made the experience of listening to Journey to Ixtlan the most enjoyable?

    This is my third Audible Castaneda book and I am hoping for more soon. I think following his journey in succession is key to understanding his experience. It seems that each book becomes more "mature" in its content.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Journey to Ixtlan?

    I laughed out loud a great number of times when picturing Don Juan and Don Hernado responding to Carlos' inane questions, only to realize I would have asked the exact same question ... funny because it's true.


    What does Luis Moreno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Honestly I think Mr. Moreno's accent brings an air of authenticity to the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last five minutes of the book summed up so much of what life is all about, I was moved to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get hung up on whether or not this is entirely factual. That is not important, suspend you disbelief and learn through the excellent story telling. Then decide for yourself. I struggled with some of Castaneda's experiences, but I prefer to take his word for it and understand that there is more out there that I have NOT experienced than what I have!

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    John E. Burrowes Vancouver, Canada 12-25-14
    John E. Burrowes Vancouver, Canada 12-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Please hire Luis to read all of Castaneda's books!"
    Where does Journey to Ixtlan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since '91 Castaneda has been my favorite author and Journey to Ixtlan my favorite book. So it goes without saying that I rank this as my all time favorite book - in any format.A close second would be The Power of Silence - wherein we finally find out how don Juan came to be a Man of Knowledge.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Man what a question. Where to begin? How about I just say that it has everything. Adventure. Humor. Suspense. Poignant Nostalgia - when we learn why Genaro can never return to Ixtlan. Above all it has a ring of authenticity few books that purport to impart wisdom have.

    If you could only read two books that would point the way to a joyous life it would be this one and Eckart Tolle's A New Earth. Both are masterpieces in their own way. Tolle's book, it must be said, is more direct but I LOVE Castaneda's narrative story telling style of writing.


    What about Luis Moreno’s performance did you like?

    Luis does a great job of reading this story. His voice is perhaps a bit sharper than I'd like but that's picking nits. I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing that, if the rest of Castaneda's books are put here on Audible, Luis does the reading.You are going to do all of the books right? Right?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end part that recounts Genaro's encounter with an ally and how the world was different, but the same, afterward.


    Any additional comments?

    It bears repeating...PLEASE HIRE LUIS TO READ ALL OF CC's BOOKS.

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    remo514 08-05-14
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    "PLease Get Peter Coyote to narrate all CC books"
    What did you like best about Journey to Ixtlan? What did you like least?

    PLease Get Peter Coyote to narrate all CC books


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Journey to Ixtlan?

    PLease Get Peter Coyote to narrate all CC books


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    PLease Get Peter Coyote to narrate all CC books


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    PLease Get Peter Coyote to narrate all CC books


    Any additional comments?

    PLease Get Peter Coyote to narrate all CC books

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    Prsilla 01-10-13
    Prsilla 01-10-13 Member Since 2014

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "LISTEN CAREFULLY, LEARN TO BE A WARRIOR!"

    Castaneda tells us that he approached Don Juan, his shaman guru, to learn about peyote. So his first two books focus on the hallucinogenics; and he admits in this third book that he omitted the philosophy and other instruction from Don Juan which Castaneda discounted as nonsense. Well, I am not going to be using peyote, and I truly appreciated Don Juan's pointers for effective living. Not nonsense at all!

    I could identify with Castaneda's always taking notes, always talking, always asking questions. He is a graduate student who usually wears a suit and tie and carries a briefcase. Don Juan sometimes teases him about this. I could not identify with Castaneda's reluctance to talk to plants! The author is really anal at several points! Of course all these years later we are more comfortable with meditation, plant and animal communication, all the concepts of the New Age.

    I will be getting the paper book because some nuggets have to be underlined or at least marked with a page corner turned down. Don Juan is evidently quite an old man, and yet he can sit on the ground in such a way that he can stand up in one motion if necessary. He is as strong as he needs to be. He climbs or walks as far as he needs to. Carlos, the author, is often winded or needing to be helped! Don Juan gives several hints about how he stays fit -- for sure not a gym membership!

    This book is a must-listen for young and old because it lays the ground for so much more. I should have read it in the '70's, but I was reading the Seth books instead. Don Juan has an excellent attitude toward death, personal history, discipline, readiness. The book ends well at a good stopping place. Carlos does indeed "stop the world" and see the magnificent gridwork that Seth referred to and Stuart Wilde discusses. I wish I had skipped over "Separate" and "Teachings" to jump into this book.

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    Javier 12-26-12
    Javier 12-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story, excellent narrative"
    What made the experience of listening to Journey to Ixtlan the most enjoyable?

    The story is very well written and the narrator is really good, changing voices according to the characters makes it incredible fun and addictive. I highly recommend it.
    About the book is full of information and great insights.


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    "How to rediscover your own insanity"

    Naive white boy exposed to desert spirits and nonsense... Think 'Leave it to Beaver' meets 'Airplane'

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    BRIAN 11-05-12
    BRIAN 11-05-12
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    "One of my all-time favorites"
    Would you listen to Journey to Ixtlan again? Why?

    The humor, the wisdom, the passion for this existence we all share is abundant. A storyteller and teacher whose tales continue to resonate and make more sense as time passes.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The innocence, humility and growing awareness of the author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Setting up Dreaming:

    "I am going to teach you right here the first step to power. I am going to teach you how to set up dreaming. To set up dreaming means to have a concise and pragmatic control over the general situation of a dream, comparable to the control one has over any choice in the desert for instance, such as climbing up a hill or remaining in the shade of a water canyon. You must start by doing something very simple. Tonight in your dreams you must look at your hands."


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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