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Arte de Sonhar (The Teachings of Don Juan #9)

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Bestselling author Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to the worlds that exist within their dreams.
Paperback, 218 pages
Published April 2001 by Publicações Europa-América (first published 1993)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Art of Dreaming (The Teachings of Don Juan #9), Carlos Castaneda
مجموعه ی این دوازده کتاب به توالی تاریخ انتشار به زبان اصلی که همه به فارسی ترجمه شده به قرار زیر است

1-The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (1968)
تعلیمات دون خوان (طریقه ی معرفت نزد یاکی ها)۰ 1365 انتشارات فردوس ـ ترجمه ی حسین نیر
2 - A Separate Reality: Further Conversation with Don Juan (1971)
حقیقتی دیگر (باز هم گفت و شنودی با دون خوان)۰ 1364 انتشارات آگاه، ترجمه ی ابراهیم مکلا۰
3 - Journey to xtlan: Lessons of Do
Iona  Stewart
Sep 08, 2013 Iona Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I have loved all Castaneda’s books so far, I have a predilection for this one. This is because I have a particular interest in dreaming, and “dreaming” (the kind of dreaming Don Juan teaches about).

Don Juan said “Through ‘dreaming’ we can perceive other worlds … we can feel how ‘dreaming’ opens up those other realms”. He calls “dreaming” the “gateway to infinity”. “Dreaming” is the sorcerers’ practical way of putting ordinary dreams to use.

We learn that the whole universe is energy. Don J
John Davis
A few pieces of quality lucid dreaming advice embedded in a towering monument to human suggestibility. Moderately entertaining, but not very efficient.
Dimitris Hall
Carlos Castaneda is certainly considered required reading for any person even slightly interested in the occult, ancient practices, magic, dreams, altered states of existence or completely different planes thereof. This one was the first book by him I finished, if you exclude The Teachings of Don Juan which I began reading in Spanish but never finished because my Spanish just isn't as good as I'd like it to be yet.

Contrary to other of his works, this one he wrote many years after the events he
Scott Forbes
Dec 05, 2012 Scott Forbes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the seminal works of anthropologist and researched on shamanic lore, Carlos Castaneda. If it doesn't knock some sense into you, the dreams you can see, will. If you can't read this, please first understand that you're missing the point of reading, which is partly vicarious experience. If you can't prepare in book form, you're going to have to go the hard way. And nobody really should go the hard way down that dream corridor. You'll love this book if you think that there is more to ...more
Nayiry Marcossyan
I love it..I absolutely loved it, the best book i read for a while, my first book for carlos, and definitely i will read his other books, this book was an eye opener for me and proved itself very helpful, explained many matters in plain ways, a humble extremely beneficial book...somehow he reminded me of Paulo Coelho ( in means of spirituality not writing), i felt like their orders had some connection...just a thought
i wished the book didn't end, however it ended, but my dreaming continues...
John Elbare
May 08, 2011 John Elbare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating book in a series of several books by Carlos Casteneda about his training from Don Juan, a Yaqui native American sorcerer. I read it once before, several years ago, and it is even better on second reading. Some critics have claimed that Casteneda made all of this up -- if so, it is still a remarkable story. This book covers Carlos' mastery of lucid dreaming and the other worlds that are accessible through dreaming.
Sufiyo Sufiyo
Mar 27, 2013 Sufiyo Sufiyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So deep... Truly a work of art in terms of consciousness, if not with his literal writing style which can be somewhat tiresome at times. But, it's true - you'll never look at the world or dreaming the same again after reading this!
Apr 13, 2017 Elisala rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprunt, pasfini
Livre pas fini. Ce n'est pas que ce n'est pas intéressant, mais c'est un peu trop... mystique? perché? je ne sais quel mot choisir - pour moi. Au niveau littéraire c'est pauvre - "il m'a dit alors je lui ai dit et il m'a répondu, alors je lui ai dit" - je caricature à peine. C'est donc extrêmement descriptif, ce qui n'est pas forcément gênant en soi, mais quand le sujet est un peu trop... éloigné de mes intérêts, ça plombe forcément la lecture. J'aurais voulu y accrocher, mais non, raté, ou en t ...more
Jun 18, 2011 CD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the time of its release this was a much discussed work on that most Freudian of worlds, the dreamscape. Castaneda wrote at length about 'active dreaming' to use another term. Probably still too esoteric and obscure for most readers or those without cause to delve into this type of work.

[ 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 r
Bernard Palacios
Feb 03, 2014 Bernard Palacios rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an autobiography of Carlos and him learning the teachings of Don Juan. he was a graduate student learning about anthropology, he did his thesis on Mexican shaman and their use of medicinal herbs to induce psychotropic effects to help cure various illness. In my opinion this book was a pretty difficult read, introducing new concepts and beliefs that boggle the mind, well at least for me a tenth grader. Although its a difficult read its still very interesting. The whole idea of percei ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this is a work of fiction, as many of the critics claim (and I believe they are probably right, although it could have been partially based on, or inspired by, real people and events), I would say Castaneda has one hell of spectacular imagination. Throughout the book, I was constantly reminded of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass; except in this case Alice is a hot-tempered adult male anthropologist. The chapter in which he meets the Death Defier is absolutely t ...more
Jaime Dyson
Jan 24, 2016 Jaime Dyson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Art of Dreaming Carlos Castaneda recounts his time with a sorcerer in Mexico. Having studied dreams, lucid dreaming and astral projection for many years I very much resonated with a lot of the material presented. Castaneda's accounts parallel my own in a lot of ways. Shame on those who may be quick to dismiss altered states of consciousness (without the experience!) and the incredible value they hold. Castaneda goes a bit over board with drama in his account and the writing style leaves a ...more
Not entirely sure what I just read.
Katerina Hatzimihail
Amazing.And yes, you can dream with others and move in your dreams.!!!!!
Keerthika Rajaram
As a strong lucid dreamer, I could connect a lot in this edition.
Kasey Reese
May 17, 2017 Kasey Reese rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been fascinated by the mystery of dreams and how some seem to take bits and pieces of one's day and turn them into a fully realized 3D technicolour movie, whereas others seem imbued with meaning and even personal guidance; other dreams which seem to take place in familiar but different real worlds; and others are eerily life like.

I began this book with great expectations based upon the buzz I had heard over the years with regards to the author's other books, and with the book's jack
Jan 15, 2016 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: carlos-castaneda
O lectura extrem de interesanta, o realitate ce, presupun, poate deveni palpabila. Castaneda povesteste despre posibilitatile pe care punctul de asamblare si translatia acestuia le deschid. Visatul este o calatorie prin celelalte perceptii, celelalte lumi, si se poate face prin mutarea punctului de asamblare. In carte sunt relatate intrarile prin primele porti ale visului, incepand cu un obiectiv-exercitiu diferit de obiectivul real. In prima poarta a visului este importanta mentinerea acestuia ...more
Darren Colgan
The Art of Dreaming has Carlos wearing a little thin on his one-stringed bow. When I read "Teachings" as a teenager, I was enthralled and genuinely opened up to the possibilities of life, which had until then been hidden under the cloak of scepticism and cynicism we hide under at that age. I re-read "Teachings" a couple of years ago, and though the book may not have had the same impact, and probably never happened, for me it reads as a kind of shamanic bible, a way to live that would make Jesus ...more
Emeraldia Ayakashi
Mar 02, 2015 Emeraldia Ayakashi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirations, 2015
Votre accent est vraiment extraordinaire, lui dis-je. D’où vient-il ?
- De tout proche de l’éternité, dit-elle en soupirant.

"Dreaming does not mean having dreams. Dreaming allows to perceive other worlds and describe them."

This is the essence of the teaching that Don Juan, Yaqui sorcerer of Mexico lavished on Carlos Castaneda. "The art of dreaming" takes us to the heart of shamanism. We discover that by the dreams we can achieve an altered state of consciousness that enables easy access to other
Do not believe anything written *on* this book (like on the outside of the book) about this book... Even the back cover gives a laughably dishonest description of the contents inside. This book is not a guide or how to in the least, it is a strange anecdotal, autobiographical account of Castaenda's intense and bizarre dream training with Don Juan. And it reads like science fiction. If you came to this book looking for advice it will leave you kind of chilly and maybe even creeped out. But if you ...more
Zornitsa Dimitrova
i had not read this book in 15 years. goosebumps! i had forgotten it completely. but then again, on reading, i seemed to remember every sentence. i even remembered my reading posture and thoughts from back then. in fact, i still thought the same thoughts and only then remembered that these are my reflections from 15 years back. how little i had changed. yet the book, in its entirety, remained perfectly unpredictable. like its contents had always been there, inscribed on the back of my forehead, ...more
Jul 13, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Castaneda was a graduate student studying Anthropology and was doing his thesis on Mexican Shaman and their use of regional plants and herbs to induce psychotropic effects in an attempt to cure people of various illnesses. Castaneda starts off with a scientist view, as a skeptic and later is blown away by what happens to him, which then becomes his life long pursuits. If you plan on reading these books, start with the Yaqui Way of Life, which is the first book and be prepared to be engrossed in ...more
May 10, 2010 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 stable human themes are sterility, futility, failure, and undeserved survival through blind, dumb luck.

Anyone with at least a passing interest in Castaneda's books should read this disillusioning Salon article.
Clarissa Olivarez
Castaneda's experiences provide us with anthropological insight that would have otherwise been unavailable to us--insights on energy, intention, perception, "sorcery"--but, his stories about being in second attention and meeting scouts and death-defiers and inorganic beings become exhausting and his main themes of questioning reality and controlling the dreaming self eventually get lost amidst the far-fetched delusions of someone on some pretty heavy hallucinogens.
Jul 20, 2008 Miho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i don't know what to say about this yet. with the making of the rail way across the united states, the buffalo were wiped out which led to the end of the way of life for many native american people. thus the peyote cults thrived culturally. i'm still trying to understand these vague avenues of consciousness castaneda describes without getting sucked into the cult like reverence he seems to have had for the people he wrote of.
Elizabeth Mabbott
As much as I have enjoyed Castaneda's work in the past, I do not feel The Art of Dreaming compares to his other pieces. A majority of this acted as a recap of previous works, which made the book hard to get into until perhaps about Chapter 4. Once past that road block, it just lacked the excitement I would find when reading other Castaneda book. Of course, it's well written and still a very interesting and opening journey.
Seyed Pourya Salehi
به دنیای عرفان که وارد می شوی...باید ...نه نه! "باید" کلمه ی خوبی برای آغاز جمله ای که می خواستم نیست... به دنیای عرفان وارد که می شوی ناخودآگاه نگاهت را از نقد ِ نوشتار برمیداری و غرق در دنیا می شوی... نوشتار، ترجمه،طرح روی جلد... همه و همه پشیزی ارزشمند نمی شود در آن وادی
فقط کافیست حرفهای کارلوس را باور کنی و خود را در تجربیاتش شریک بداری... آن وقت تو هم به این کتاب و دیگر کتابهای کاستاندا پنج ستاره امتیاز می دهی
Oct 16, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Art of Dreaming" is a rare and original revelation of states of awareness not usually accessible to the so-called ordinary life. It's not a metaphor, nor is it another tiresome exposition of the psychology of dreams. In fact its approach is entirely antithetical to the psychodynamics of self-importance with which we usually approach our dreams. It's not for everyone.
Oct 23, 2012 Larrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a huge impact on me many years ago, I practiced some of the techniques and attained brief moments of understanding not only of the concept but also an understanding of the philosophy behind it, the books "spiritually" nature does get in the way but if you are prepared to abandon preconceptions to judge nothing, you could be in for a nice ride.
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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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— Первые врата — это особый порог. Преодолевается он посредством осознания особого ощущения, возникающего перед тем, как человек проваливается в глубокий сон, — говорил дон Хуан. — Это ощущение сродни чувству приятной тяжести, которая не дает нам открыть глаза. Мы достигаем врат в то самое мгновение, когда осознаем, что засыпаем, паря во тьме и ощущении тяжести.
— Но как я могу осознать, что засыпаю? Существуют ли какие-либо специальные приемы?
— Нет. Никаких специальных приемов. Просто намерение осознать, что засыпаешь.
— Но откуда мне взять такое намерение?
— Намерение — это вещь, о которой очень сложно сказать что-нибудь вразумительное. Если я или кто бы то ни было попытается объяснить, что такое намерение, — его слова будут напоминать идиотический бред. Сейчас я попробую сформулировать. Маг формирует намерение совершить то, что он намерен совершить, просто за счет того, что он намеревается это совершить.»”
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