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The Teachings of Don Carlos

Practical Applications of the Works of Carlos Castaneda
Narrated by: Michael Toms
Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Philosophy
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From Carlos Castaneda's first book, The Teachings of Don Juan to The Power of Silence, millions of readers have long enjoyed the fantastic teachings of don Juan Matus, the Yaqui shaman from northern Mexico. Here, Victor Sanchez offers practical techniques based on Castaneda's writings, including experiencing the body as a field of energy, the not-doings of the personal self, stopping the internal dialogue, the magic of attention, setting up dreaming, the warrior's greatest love, and more.
©1995 by Victor Sanchez (P)1997 by Alternative Audio

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"Victor Sanchez has clarified and distilled the essence of Carlos Castaneda's writings in a form that anyone can apply to his or her daily life." (Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior)

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Too much time on techniques

I would have preferred to read the Don Juan books and caught the process(es) in the narrative of what Sanchez was summarizing here: Climbing trees. Getting permission from trees. Hanging 35 feet in the air on a harrass. Impersonating the fool both to yourself and to strangers, in an bid to transcend ego ("not doing") and attain heightened awareness. These images and more are contained in the strategies of this audioook.

Nope, not for me! :(

Not only are some of these techniques creepy, like caressing the (living) skeleton of your girlfriend, for example, many of these directives are unnecessarily difficult and impractical to execute logistically.

I was hoping this audiobook would discuss the principles of reality and non-reality. What I heard after the first hour was a manual on how to confound your ego and freak out your co-workers. Learning magic or shamanizing is not my ultimate intent, I just want to read about the experiences, get to the revelations--cliff notes style--and meditate on what I read. :)

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Disappointing

I loved Castaneda's books, but this was primarily a listing of techniques insufficiently described to be of any value. wasted my money. Suggest you pass on this.

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Combat vet approved, very helpful material.

Narrator was clear, and the information was entrancing. Truly amazing! Well worth it, please share! Love and healing light to you all.

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great book great teachings

a lot to learn here. would like to be able to show wish it at all in one moment

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practical and useful

great material, useful for those who can see. A must read/listen for all Castaneda fans. Looking forward to reading the rest of Victor Sanchez books

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Excellent 👍

A singular review of all that we have learned from Castenada and his Toltec teachers.

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