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The Sorcerers' Crossing
     

The Sorcerers' Crossing

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by Taisha Abelar, Carlos Castañeda (Foreword by)
 
Taisha Abelar's mesmerizing account of her apprenticeship with a female colleague of don Juaa training which used mental and physical exercisesrather than psychoactive plants. This virtual sorcerers' manual is a pioneering work of women's spirituality.

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Taisha Abelar's mesmerizing account of her apprenticeship with a female colleague of don Juaa training which used mental and physical exercisesrather than psychoactive plants. This virtual sorcerers' manual is a pioneering work of women's spirituality.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Arizona in the late 1960s, the author, a jobless 20-year-old, estranged from her family and generally disillusioned with life, met Clara Grau, an enigmatic woman who invited her to her home in Sonora, Mexico. Abelar accepted, unaware that her visit would be permanent and would change her life completely. She learned she had been chosen by a group of sorcerers trained by Yaqui Indian Don Juan Matus--mentor of Carlos Castaneda--to join their search for ways to alter normal perceptions and enter other realities. The culmination of this training is the ``crossing'' of the title: the ``abstract flight'' from the concrete, physical world to its ethereal, abstract counterpart. To accomplish this requires spiritual energy built up through rigorous mental and spiritual training, including, for the author, acquiring a doctorate in anthropology. Abelar's account of her training is mesmerizing; the overall mood of events taking place in the Grau home is dreamlike. The book is a good choice for readers interested in mysticism and spiritual matters. (June)
Library Journal
Abelar presents a fascinating personal account of her initiation into the world of sorcery. Although sorcery has negative connotations, her activities involve spiritual growth and personal empowerment rather than black magic. The author receives training in Mexico by a group of teachers connected with Don Juan Matus, the mentor of Carlos Castaneda. Under their guidance she learns various breathing, movement, and contemplative techniques. Her goal is enhanced perception and ultimately a shift in awareness from the concrete to the abstract. The author's struggle to overcome inner resistance and her efforts to understand abstract concepts are miraculously detailed. The book holds one's interest throughout and should be a useful addition to library collections on personal growth and women's spirituality . Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/92.-- Elizabeth Salt, Otterbein Coll. Lib., Westerville, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670842728
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/25/1992
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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