The Eye of the Dragon: Stalking Castaneda

The Eye of the Dragon: Stalking Castaneda

by S. Guzman-C.


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In The Eye of the Dragon, Stalking Castaneda the author has written an engaging metaphysical narrative about the work of Carlos Castaneda. He is telling his own adventures and experiences, and using these as metaphors for the actual teachings.
At the premise level, this book is focused on a fairly generic subject, but at the execution level this generic quality is lifted with a personal and unique narrative. This personal touch warms up the material and makes the work accessible to the reader. Guzman's writing style is particularly engaging; there is a wonderful cadence to his writing that grabs readers and holds their attention.
This is ninety percent episodic narrative and ten percent outright teaching.
"A casual, honest voice"-Writer's Digest
Although the book's main subject is shamanism, the author juxtaposes the teachings with other major philosophies to show how they all converge at one point: the eye of the dragon . . . and to expose humanity's bane.

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ISBN-13: 9781461115922
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/21/2011
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers' Favorite The Eye of the Dragon by Rio Guzman is an interesting look at a Native American style spiritual journey. Guzman states that he attended a workshop on the teachings of Carlos Castaneda, the author of several books on his experiences with a Mexican sorcerer, Don Juan Matus. I read some of those books in the 1970s, and so was drawn to this book as well. Castaneda, however, was found to have professed several fraudulent teachings about his own life and experiences. While this was disappointing and disillusioning to Guzman, he went on to perform his own explorations in various parts of the U.S. and Mexico, attempting to follow Castaneda’s teachings and duplicate his experiences, such as they were written. This involved a special form of dreaming, tenets of personal integrity, and the like. Some seemed to be matters of conduct where others were quite supernatural. Most fascinating to me is the concept of becoming aware in your dreams and controlling them from the point of awareness.  While Castaneda frequently spoke of hallucinogenic drugs, such as peyote, that he used as part of the spiritual path, it is not clear to me whether or not that was part of the fraud. Rio Guzman does not emphasize drugs in The Eye of the Dragon. He does tend to ramble a bit and jump around from place to place, mentioning many people that he met and his positive and negative interactions with them. He also writes from a first person perspective, where it seems that Castaneda was much more focused on his teacher in his writing. This would be an interesting book for those on this type of spiritual path, as an adjunct to spiritual teachings.