The book contains an introduction, an epilogue and two separate parts. Part One, "The Preliminaries of 'Seeing'", describes his re-initiation into the apprenticeship from which he withdrew in late 1965, and also describes his introduction to another brujo (sorcerer) named Don Genaro. Part Two, "The Task of 'Seeing'", elaborates on the mental processes involved with Seeing, and begins with Castaneda realizing that the plants are a necessary tool to arrive at Seeing.
Carlos Castaneda takes the reader into the very heart of sorcery, challenging both imagination and reason, shaking the very foundations of our belief in what is "natural" and "logical."In 1961, a young anthropologist subjected himself to an extraordinary apprenticeship with Yaqui Indian spiritual leader don Juan Matus to bring back a fascinating glimpse of a Yaqui Indian's world of "non-ordinary reality" and the difficult and dangerous road a man must travel to become "a man of knowledge." Yet on the bring of that world, challenging to all that we believe, he drew back. Then in 1968, Carlos Castaneda returned to Mexico, to don Juan and his hallucinogenic drugs, and to a world of experience no man from our Western civilization had ever entered before.
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Meanwhile, flying through the realm of unreality within the Orb of Agamotto, Doctor Strange is lost, unable to find the center of the Orb or anything else. In an attempt to gain the knowledge he needs to save himself, Strange begins meditating and soon theorizes that the fact that the Caterpillar he met seemed too much like "Alice in Wonderland" is an indication that his unconscious mind can affect what occurs within the Orb. Suddenly, Strange is attacked by a flying creature that rips his astral body from his mortal form and, despite an attempt by a "Silver Surfer" to prevent it, Strange's soul is sucked within the creature's guts where he encounters the heads of multiple previous victims of the Soul-Eater. Although told by the captive souls that they are all doomed to provide eternal psychic energy for the creature, Strange's astral form instead choses to disrupt the creature's brain, causing it to fly out of control and crash onto the ground. With the Soul-Eater now unconscious, all of the souls that it had held captive are able to escape. Strange's soul meets the Silver Surfer who doesn't know him and Strange soon realizes that this Surfer is an image of the Orb that has been shaped by Strange's memories. Finding that his mortal form has walked off on its own, Strange and the Silver Surfer follow its tracks to the castle of the White Queen, the Surfer's sovereign. Within the castle, the two find Strange's body sitting at a table where the Knights of the Rostrum, beings who resemble the Defenders and other allies of Strange, are having a tea party.
After Strange reunites his astral and physical bodies, the group is joined by their queen who has the appearance of the Valkyrie. When Strange tries to leave, the heroes take this as an insult and try to kill him but Strange manages to overcome them. Spotting the now-conscious Soul-Eater approaching, Strange fears that it may steal the souls of his fallen foes but the queen and the Silver Surfer explain that, for the same reason that the knights reacted so murderously and unpredictably, they are in no danger from the Soul-Eater because none of them have souls. Only Strange, among all who abide with them now, has a soul and thus only he can live or die. This revelation causes Strange to realize that only he has a choice and that, while he has squirmed and twisted like a fish in the net of unreality, his true foe has always been the fisherman, Death. When Strange declares that he has only postponed his fate and that it must still be awaiting him at the center of the Orb, the queen offers him her stallion to take him there. Strange realizes that, now that he knows what he's actually seeking, all of the beings within the Orb that he affects know, too.
"In 1961, young anthropologist Carlos Castaneda began an extraordinary apprenticeship with don Juan Matus, a powerful and mysterious Yaqui Indian spiritual leader. Don Juan's message became the basis for Castaneda's classic bestselling accounts of his explorations into ancient Mexican spiritual philosophy, which captivated millions of readers. In 1968, Castaneda returned to Mexico, to don Juan and his hallucinogenic drugs, and to a world of experience no one from Western civilization had ever entered before. A Separate Reality follows Castaneda's intimate and intensely personal reunion with don Juan, as he learns to challenge conventional perceptions of reality on the difficult and dangerous road to becoming a 'man of knowledge.'"--Page 4 of cover.
David Icke has been writing books for decades warning that current events were coming. He has faced ridicule and abuse for saying that the end of human freedom was being planned, how, and by whom. The Trap is the "Rosetta Stone" of illusory reality and opens the door to freedom in its greatest sense. Listen to this book and the "world" will never look the same again. The veil of illusion shall be swept aside and the amazing truth this has kept from us shall set you free.
i've been thinking about the blackout all day, though from a different perspective--namely, how it really illustrates the double-edged sword of augmented reality (for so many reasons, i'm resisting the mental auto-complete of "the dark side of augmented reality").
usually, when we cyborgologists make our Not Two Separate Worlds point, we do so in the process of pointing out that 'the internet isn't a separate reality; our social stuff is very much in there, and those bits affect our social and physical worlds in return.' what the blackout drives home is the equally true (but less discussed) side of augmented reality: it's not just that "this world" is in the internet, but that "the internet" is in this world. the seemingly magical ether of cyberspace actually depends on physical infrastructure that can be damaged or shut down, infrastructure that's not so unlike the roads outside the damascus airport (for example). i think The Average Person tends to forget this (especially if they have reliable wireless access).
and so today, i found myself wishing that the digital dualists were right: perhaps if "the internet" *was* a separate reality, oppressive regimes in this reality wouldn't be able to shut chunks of the internet down--whether as an end in its own right, or to deflect the international gaze while committing further atrocities.
We live in a cyborg society. Technology has infiltrated the most fundamental aspects of our lives: social organization, the body, even our self-concepts. This blog chronicles our new, augmented reality. 781b155fdc