Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan

Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan

by Carlos Castaneda


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In Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to this new approach for the first time and explores, as he comes to experience it himself, his own final voyage into the teachings of don Juan, sharing with us what it is like to truly “stop the world” and perceive reality on his own terms.

Originally drawn to Yaqui Indian spiritual leader don Juan Matus for his knowledge of mind-altering plants, bestselling author Carlos Castaneda immersed himself in the sorcerer’s magical world entirely. Ten years after his first encounter with the shaman, Castaneda examines his field notes and comes to understand what don Juan knew all along—that these plants are merely a means to understanding the alternative realities that one cannot fully embrace on one’s own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671732462
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 02/01/1991
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 83,552
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Born in 1925 in Peru, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda wrote a total of 15 books, which sold 8 million copies worldwide and were published in 17 different languages. In his writing, Castaneda describes the teaching of Don Juan, a Yaqui sorcerer and shaman. His works helped define the 1960's and usher in the New Age movement. Even after his mysterious death in California in1998, his books continue to inspire and influence his many devoted fans.

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Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book has shown me that there is no time to waste. I selfimportance is the bane of the human existance. It changed my life forever, and i have read all of carlos castanedas other books as well. If there only one book you will ever read make it one of his.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me in 1992 and changed my view of my life in the most incredible ways. The knowledge of the world of 'SORCERERS' is abstract and amazing! It is difficult to extract concrete lessons from Castaneda's words as they don't really teach anything rather than relate imaginatively facinating incidents, BUT whether this work is read as a 'story' or as a 'learners manual' it will begin a process of change in the reader. It is a wonderful thing to read this book. As an individual that is definitely skeptical and more attuned to hard science I found it difficult to grasp these ideas as factual at first, however, some ten to twelve years later, I find myself as an apprentice to a Nagual person. Whether it is believed or not doesn't really matter-if it resonates, you will do the work whether you are conscious of it or not- GREAT STUFF!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
There are so many poignant lessons in this book I don¿t know where to begin! The magic is so wonderful, but for anyone, just stop for a second and consider the deeper meanings behind these lessons Don Juan is teaching Carlos. In Zen they say we really don¿t know what anything is. This book is in complete agreement with the mysteries of this world and this life presented in many spiritual and religious traditions. In here are some ways of living life to its fullest in every moment (As stated in ¿Death as an Advisor¿), without doubt and regret. So powerful! I¿ll be reading it again and again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just couldn't get into it. I normally like these kind of books but this one was the exception and now I want to give up reading. It does have some good points to it but they're too hard to get to between the friction between Carlos and don Juan. It's just long and mundane.
Guest More than 1 year ago
be ready for some changes. if you don't want to change, then you probably shouldn't read it.
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guhlitz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this after A Seperate Reality was what made this treatment the most satisfying. Further with Don Juan. The Yaqui Shaman is very much a character, introducing Castaneda to local workers, witches and totem spirits. The Native American spirit is superlatively revealed in this jovial search for a oneness with the surrounding universe, while at the same time, figuratively winking at the quest for the unity of mankind. Very Fun Read.
ArtRodrigues on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know I am a little late to the party, but when I spotted Castaneda's book in a used book store I decided it was an omen. It was about time I read one of these famous books. I'm not sure what to make of the author's journeys into the desert with the sorcerer Don Juan, but I did like Castaneda's straight-forward, nonjudgmental style. I'm not sure what is and is not believable in the story, as some of the more bizarre experiences are truly fantastic. I personally dealt with this by assuming that the human mind can take us many places and there is much we do not know about the spiritual and mystical world. The only distraction was Cataneda's occasional comment of self-deprecation, and these seemed well placed. Nearly 50 years after the initial encounters with Don Juan, it seems that many of the ideas introduced resonant with subsequent literature published in the intervening years. It's fascinating read and I'm glad I finally got to it.
raggedprince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read the first half dozen of the Don juan novels and was mesmerised and transported. This is my favourite one. I reread it and confirmed my opinion. The story is haunting.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Monkeys literally flew out of my butt. What a mind bending work. There is a thread that flows throughout the books of Castaneda. That thread winds through 20 years and begins in A Seperate Reality and concludes most poignantly in Active Side of Infinity. Ladies and gentleman, Carlos Castaneda, brilliant fraud in a world of the mundane or hapless sorcerer in a world of mystery. Take it as you will.