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Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
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Jul 27, 2007

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Recommended for: you if you want to explore yourself through psychedelic drugs
Read in July, 2007

A an outsider-turned-apprentice's look into native Mexican Indian (Yaqui) spirituality, which involves heavy use of psychedelic drugs (mainly peyote and mushrooms). Most of the book is fun to read, especially the passages where the narrator is having a really psychedelic experience--yet, I didn't really learn much from it. I guess if I were to trip on peyote now, I would know not to let the green fog completely envelope me, and not to look my ally in the eyes.
The ending was really unsatisfying; after all the narrators work (and the reader's work to finish the book), the payoff is pretty low.
However, I think there is some value to Don Juan's view of the world; everything is constantly changing, and he feels no attachment to anything at all. Deep.

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