Active Side of Infinity

Active Side of Infinity

by Carlos Castaneda
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Active Side of Infinity by Carlos Castaneda

"Ordinarily, events that change our path are impersonal affairs, and yet extremely personal." My teacher, don Juan Matus, said this in guiding me as his apprentice to collect what I considered to be the memorable events of my life. Don Juan Matus was a Yaqui Indian shaman from Sonora, Mexico. . . who traced [his] lineage to the shamans who lived in Mexico in ancient times. Over the course of thirteen years, don Juan ushered me into the cognitive world of those shamans, a world which was. . . ruled by a different system of cognition than the one which rules our world of everyday life.

Writing The Active Side of Infinity was a response to don Juan's directive to collect such an album of memorable events. . . . As time went by, he revealed to me that gathering such a collection was a traditional task given by the shamans of his lineage to their apprentices. . . . Don Juan stated that to formulate an album of this nature demanded such discipline and impartiality that it was, in essence, an act of war.

"Don Juan described the total goal of the shamanistic knowledge that he handled as the preparation for facing the definitive journey: the journey that every human being has to take at the end of his life. . . . Don Juan considered that to collect the memorable events in their lives was, for shamans, the preparation for their entrance into that concrete region, which they called the active side of infinity."

In The Active Side of Infinity, written in the final years of preparation for his definitive journey, anthropologist and shaman Carlos Castaneda gives us his most autobiographical and intimately revealing work ever, the fruit of a lifetime ofexperience and perhaps the most moving volume in his oeuvre.

Read by Cotter Smith on two cassettes.

Author Biography: Carlos Castaneda was the author of the bestselling books, including the acknowledged classic The Teaching of Don Juan and most recently The Art of Dreaming and Magical Passes. He departed on his definitive journey in 1998.

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ISBN-13: 9780060192204
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/09/1998
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Carlos Castaneda was the author of the bestselling books, including the acknowledged classic The Teaching of Don Juan and most recently The Art of Dreaming and Magical Passes. He departed on his definitive journey in 1998.

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Active Side of Infinity 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
davidsun More than 1 year ago
Which is what I felt on reading 'The Eagle's Gift'. This 'review' basically reflects my personal 'sense' of what Life is *really* all about. I mean, what kind of 'personality' (and 'ego'-*bound* one obviously!) would want/choose to become so 'rigor'ously (as in rigor-mortis) conscious as to be able to maintain and live *as* the samn 'personality' as one's 'identity' *forever*?!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a Castaneda fan and have read Sufi books as well as authors like Robert Ornstein etc. yet I was amazed at how unexpectedly good this was. I found it very clear and linear, the best book by Carlos Castaneda by far. The ideas are sometimes incredible but it uses a similar terminology as the Sufis of the classical period 'as expressed in the early works of Idries Shah- not the religious Islamist mumbo jumbo stuff'. I wonder if anyone else has made this connection. This book is also an excellent guide for budding writers, how to find stories in life which are not fake and self centred but have the dark touch of the impersonal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Castaneda's work is interesting and at times provocative, but the organization of the text and lack of some linear connection between ideas and concepts makes this work difficult to understand as a whole. A good reader can extract many interesting ideas and concepts about life and purpose, along with a key component to Yaqui sorcerers' teachings--abandonment of the ego--yet the reader will likely struggle to connect these elements with the context of the book in order to construct some main theme or overarching revelation about life and purpose. I would recommend that a prospective reader of this book instead look to the works of Wayne Dyer, a new age author, former professor, and longtime counselor, who derives some of his concepts directly from Castaneda, in fact often referencing Castaneda in his work. Dyer's most complete work, 'The Power of Intention,' available in print and also on DVD/VHS from PBS, like Castenada's 'The Active Side of Infinity,' centers around abandonment of the ego and helps the reader to understand Castaneda's concept of 'Intent' and how to harness it to co-create the world our way. While sometimes interesting, I would not strongly recommend 'The Active Side of Infinity,' but I would not dismiss it's unique contribution to Western society's understanding of alternative worldviews, an ancient way of life, and an original account of Juan Matus, Yaqui sorcerer. Two interesting things to note... Juan Matus, Yaqui sorcerer speaks of abandoning the ego, yet his actions and treatment of Castaneda hint that he has a large ego, believes himself very important, and believes himself much wiser than others. Also, some of the more 'supernatural' aspects of the book are not explained and leave logically minded people to wonder endlessly. It should be mentioned that Castaneda and Juan Matus did occasionally use hallucinogens, as divulged in some of Castaneda's earlier works on Matus, such as 'The Teachings of Don Juan.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed a lot of Castaneda's earlier books. Techniques like 'seeing' and 'stopping the world' have helped me to gain a new perspective in my life. In this book however I had the growing feeling that although Castaneda had some good ideas initially, this time there was a lot of BS in the book, masterfully woven into the story. I tend to follow my gut a lot and this time it's saying, 'No Way!' Look for a spiritual path elsewhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Active Side was colossal and brought things into a new, frightening, perspective. This is the last book, prior to Castaneda's departure, and a fitting testimony to the path that he followed. I could not find the Wheel of Time on this site, but that book deals with quotations and important passages from the first five or six books. I would not recommend it, as the full experience of those books is truly rewarding. Then buy the Wheel of Time if you wish to experience it in a different way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
(Carlos)Castanada has again given the world a masterpiece. An excellent book but readers should be forewarned this in heavy duty reading. I would suggest beginners either work up to this (and other works by Casatana) or read simpler books in conjunctin with Castanada.