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Fire from Within (The Teachings of Don Juan #7)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,899 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Fire from Within is the author's most brilliant thought-provoking and unusual book, one in which Castaneda, under the tutelage of don Juan and his "disciples," at last constructs, from the teachings of don Juan and his own experiences, a stunning portrait of the "sorcerer's world" that is crystal-clear and dizzying in its implications.

Each of Carlos Castaneda's books is a
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Washington Square Press (first published 1984)
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Christina Carson
Aug 17, 2011 Christina Carson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys have their mind-boggled.ertaining.
Recommended to Christina by: Discover the first one by chance in 1972.
I have been reading the Castaneda books for 40 years. They picture the universe from a different worldview, one now popping up in descriptions from quantum reality. They frame the world not as subject-object but as a world of interconnected, conscious energy. The value of Castaneda in the mix was his ability to frame questions to the man who lived from this worldview and thus reveal it to the reader. These books are read for many reasons, but if you read them long enough, like the quantum physi ...more
Luís Nunes
Quotes on FFW:
"A nagual never lets anyone know that he is in charge. A nagual comes and goes without leaving a trace. That freedom is what makes him a nagual."
"Seeing is a euphemism for moving the assemblage point."
"The conviction that the new seers have is that a life of impeccability by itself leads unavoidably to a sense of sobriety, and this in turn leads to the movement of the assemblage point."
"I have given you a detailed account of the two forces that aid our assemblage points to move: t
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Giulia Rossi
apart from being an esoteric book and therefore leaving space to ferocious critics, I must say that if this is the case, and therefore, if the author just invented all of this, well, that means this was an amazing story teller and writer..

.... because.... not only you can physically feel this fire within coming out of your body, but also, you will enjoy the way the story is told and the dark and subtle side of this writer.... obviously to enjoy the book fully you must have an interest in esoter
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Ivinela Samuilova
All books of Carlos Castaneda are very important to me. He (and his Don Juan), Vadim Zeland - writer from Russia, quantum physicist and Alexey Bachev - an unusual psychologist from Bulgaria, protagonist of my book Life Can Be a Miracle have shaped my way of thinking, perceiving, experiencing the reality. Very grateful for showing me the miraculous way of living!!!!
CD
June 2011

Another box of books has been reopened for cleaning, sorting, and reevaluation and lo and behold, many of the collected works of Carlos Castaneda are part of the contents.

Many years have gone but I remember this author and his works vividly. [Now don't get any ideas as to an allusion I may or may not be making] At some point I stopped purchasing more in the series and put them away. There's a 'blur' factor as I recall that happens with these stories of the metaphysical and magical journ
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Daniel
I've read too many Castaneda books to review each individually, other than to say "I'm sorry I found this so compelling." I have to admit, I was conned.

Also of note is that outside of all the magical ubermensch stuff, the recurring themes are sterility, futility, failure, and undeserved survival through dumb luck.

I've met more than a few people who count Carlos Casteneda and Ayn Rand among their favorite authors. At first I couldn't reconcile the two. One writes that there is no objective realit
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Laura
Sep 15, 2007 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pagans
Shelves: witchynonfiction
I am going to give the same review to all the Carlos Castaneda books I read in that series, simply because they are all outstanding. I was lucky to come across Castaneda very early on my magickal path. My spells and rituals have always relied on the power of intent, and I have found no better education on how to focus your intent than in this series of books. Back then (1994) they were classifed as nonfiction. Lately, they say they are fiction. All I know is much of what is in these books works. ...more
Iona  Main Stewart
All Castanedas books are brilliant and fascinating reads. However, I felt that this one was even more challenging than many of the others I have tackled.

We learn that “seeing” is a peculiar feeling of knowing something without a shadow of a doubt. The old seers found out that the best way to teach their knowledge was to make their apprentices shift to their left side, to a state of heightened awareness, where real learning takes place.

We meet la Gorda, who is a woman from Don Juans group of warr
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Joey Brockert

This is one of a series of books relating to a sorcerer teaching the wisdom he has learned himself.. I read this book some twenty (20) years ago, so this review is based on faulty memories and a gleaning of the first chapter or so. Mr. Castaneda is an Anthropology student studying sorcerers in Mexico. Don Juan is one of these.
Señor Juan has gathered or acquired a half dozen followers and students. Mr. Castaneda appears to be under a post-hypnotic suggestion such that he does not remember meeti
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Edward Z
The reality we experience is a thin fragile veneer concealing a vast, fathomless universe of quixotic sensations and incomprehensible wonders. Even if everything in this series of books is total crap, the mysterious, primal human instincts they exploit are so fascinating.
Natalia
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Mike
About a fifth of the way through the book I was not very happy with it, and started thinking about not finishing it. But somehow I didn't put it down, and not too long afterwards it started to improve.

My frustration was that it sounded a bit like an encyclopedia (or wikipedia entry), the transitions between scenes are almost non-existent, and mostly the author keeps a steady stream of information flowing, there's not a lot of action. If this is fiction then the author certainly did his homework
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T.L. Barrett
I found this book in a discard box at the library and kept it for years. Suddenly I had the intuitive drive to read it. I found that the book was addressing many of my thoughts as they had synthisized through the years. Wow! Although it has a questionable literary history, I am writing about the content of the book itself and the alchemical truths it explores by recounting Castenada's journey into the unknown guided by don Juan and his fellow Toltec mystics. Anyone interested in Gnostic philosop ...more
Irina Meholick
It is not a fun book to read. It is written based on the author's experiences, and many of those I simply could not understand or imagine. Shamanism is something I wanted to know more about, but I am not sure this book did the trick. I wonder if any outsider can grasp the concepts, feelings and visions the authors writes about.
Summer Bock, Holistic Nutrition & Herbs
As with most Carlos Castaneda books, I find them a little confusing yet very enticing. This being the second time I have read this book, I was able to piece it together a little better.

What I found interesting about the topics and explanations by the nagual, Don Juan, were how they coincide with the information presented in the movie, "The Secret" and other books pertaining to the power of manifestation. Some of the descriptions in this book relating to will and intent are fascinating if you ar
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Aaron
Sep 06, 2008 Aaron rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in shamanism
Like all of Castaneda books The Fire from Within doesn't cover too much new stuff from his previous works. However, the new stuff is always very interesting. As a shaman/medicine man in training I've always read Castaneda's books from a critical point of view. I realize that the truth gets bent here and there in his books but I continue to read them for the great nuggets of truth, inspiration, and insight that are sprinkled through out them. Perhaps, Castaneda is offering a theory in this book f ...more
Bill
The Fire Within, by Carlos Castaneda, is an interesting but implausible exposure to the American Indian yaqui teacher, Don Juan, of the aspirant Carlos Castaneda. The teaching seems at times dualistic and at other times non-dualistic. Traditional mystical themes of discipline, primacy of experience over philosophy, and intense awareness are cloaked in novel metaphors of cocoons, allies, and emanations. The book reminded me that my perceptions include only part of the reality, and that the realit ...more
Monika Müller
Many years after having read this book I should learn what was the reason of my thought that Carlos Castaneda seemed to have a memory even about the things he wrote and published. It was like reading repetitions of this what he had already written in other books before:
The true writer of this material, living in Puebla, had tried, after Carlos Castaneda did not return to him the large manuscript, to recover the material in re-writing it from memory. Carlos Castaneda got also in a strange way hol
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Licia
Is that subliminal messages are very deep. I'll tell you why, I was reading this book when I was pregnant with my first son, who I was all ready to name, Tyler Alexander Gregory, I thought, hmm, nice ring, well rounded name, so that was that. I read this book, while debating a baby name, and was not even thinking about the characters in this book, and when "alexander" was born he did not feel or look like an Alexander, and somewhere in both of us we agreed on Julian. It was so perfect. Years lat ...more
Drew
According to Carlos Castaneda's bad-cop/good-cop gurus Don Juan and Don Genaro, the universe is a big cosmic joke to which the only proper response is forced laughter. That's a far cry from Beckett's tragicomic POV which at least elicits a genuine case of the giggles. Because of that "The Fire From Within" isn't a book I'd recommend when trying to make existential sense of it all. Emanations. Fibers. Stalkers. The mumbo jumbo never really comes together although there's a persuasive argument for ...more
Maksims Trivaškevičs
A work of psychodelic genius.
maria
it took a while to finish this book, especially in comparison to the ones that came before in this series. but the several months of hiatus were worthwhile. at about half-point when i paused i was almost certain i wouldn't be starting again. but i did and it did not take long to make it through the rest of the book. i do not necessarily take castaneda literally, but what he offers is certainly a way of talking about things which resonates with the way which things might be. there is absolute pow ...more
Alan Reynolds
pseudo mystical
David Gordon
early books better
Kenn Prebilic
I wanted to like this book, but it didn't hold my attention. The writing is bad in places, and the overall story isn't very interesting. Mostly he just walks around talking to a spiritual mentor who claims all kinds of unverifiable things about ancient 'seers'. The book has a few interesting ideas that dwell squarely in the realm of fiction, but it's touted as nonfiction. So don't jump off cliffs thinking you can recreate the world before you hit the ground and survive.
Peter LeBaux Lemeššanyi
In one sentence:
This book is a definitive guide to mushroom trippin'.

Esoteric, spiritual book, so this is definitively not for everyone. It is kinda dark and creepy, and if you are trying to understand it too much you will simply fall asleep. But this book is just something else, and it is refreshing if you read in between science books. I can very much recommend it, but this is one of the books you are going to love or hate.
Stephen
I find they get more interesting as I read further into the series.
Jessica
i found this to be the most difficult of Castaneda's books to read so far. it contains a lot of 'technical' explanations about alignment and the assemblage point but very little insights about the warriors way of life -which is what I consider the real gem of his work, that makes it at times way to abstract and difficult to grasp
Alen
Excellent book for people who want to get insight in shamanic spiritual tradition. Other than that, it is pretty much hard to understand it's content if one does not have any spiritual training at all. So, be careful! This book is not for everyone.

Stay focused, Naguals!

;-)
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Carlos Castaneda (December 25, 1925 – April 27, 1998) was a Peruvian-born American author. Immigration records for Carlos Cesar Arana Castaneda indicate that he was born on December 25, 1925 in Cajamarca, Perú. Records show that his surname was given by his mother Susana Castañeda Navoa. His father was Cesar Arana Burungaray. His surname appears with the ñ in many Hispanic dictionaries, even thoug ...more
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