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Power Silence (The Teachings of Don Juan #8)

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Millions of readers worldwide have treasured the visionary brilliance of Carlos Castaneda, who first explore the world of the Yaqui Indian sorcerer in The Teachings of don Juan. Now, at last, don Juan returns in The Power of Silence -- wise, infuriating, capable or working miracles and playing practical jokes, but always seeking the wisdom of the warrior.

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Published February 1st 1988 by Pocket Books (first published 1987)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Power of Silence, Further Lessons of don Juan (The Teachings of Don Juan #8), Carlos Castaneda
Carlos Castaneda (December 25, 1925 – April 27, 1998) was an American author with a Ph.D. in anthropology.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1987 میلادی
عنوان: قدرت سکوت؛ نویسنده: کارلوس کاساندرا؛ مترجم: مهدی کندری؛ تهران، انتشارات فردوس، 1367؛ چاپ هفتم؛ تهران، نشر میترا، 1374؛ در 288 ص؛ موضوع: دین و اساطیر - دون خوان - عرفان سرخپوستان - قرن 20 م
سکوت لحظه ای است از زبان، خاموش شدن و لال شدن نیست، سرپیچی از گفت
Sep 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Power of Silence" challenges the targeted reader to take action to consolidate their energy, develop their awareness, and improve their ability to handle intent. The lessons here are priceless.
Dec 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading in conjunction with a book on ZPF and Quantum Mechanics (The Field by Lynne McTaggart)...they go together quite well, like the right wine with dinner...
Darius Murretti
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
It is a good book . the Benefactor gives his energy to the disciple to increase his understanding and the disciple has personal relationship with and loves Benefactor . This shows how necessary benefactor is and how" the only clear thinking is no thinking" I tells us that true knowledge is apprehended not by thinking but in silent knowing.
وقتی انسان بتواند طوری زندگی کند که هیچ عیب و نقصی نداشته باشد، آن گاه تبدیل به سالک می شود و اگر همچنان با بی عیب و نقصی زندگی اش را ادامه دهد، مطمئنا عارف خواهد شد.
بی عیب و نقص بودن یعنی معصومیت، یعنی هیچ نوع خودبینی و منیتی نداشتن، یعنی درستکاری و راستگویی.
"روح"، با همه افراد بشر به یک اندازه رابطه دارد و به همه آنها نشانه های نیکی در مورد انجام کارهای شان می دهد اما فقط سالکان می توانند این ندا و الهام روح را دریافت کنند.
انسان امروز جاهل و نادان است، زیرا نمی داند "روح" چه ارزشی برای او قائل
Jandy James
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By the time I read this 20 years had elapsed since reading A Yacqui Way of Knowledge. I read every Castaneda since, and though each follows the same man's life, each reveals more for as Carlos moves forward, he integrates more and more of those previous experiences. A cynic might say this is a clever way to sell books. I continue to read Castaneda because I continue to get value from it.
Gori Suture
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book covers the importance of perception, how to control one’s perception by shifting the “assemblage point,” and lessons in understanding intent and silent knowledge. It is some rather abstract ideas, but I didn’t have any trouble following the concepts, even though I read this book out of order. My only complaint is that it’s a little skinny and doesn’t feel complete.
Personally I have no concern with whether these books are fiction or non-fiction, I found them to be good friends. Some very enjoyable tricks learned in the choices I makes when interacting with my environment.
Karen Robiscoe
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Power of Silence. I've read all his books, but this is my favorite. Speaks the most to method for achieving enlightenment--figuratively speaking, of course. :)
Bert Carson
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carlos Castaneda didn't understand Don Juan Matus but Don Juan understood everything and that's what matters.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the only book after the first four by Castaneda that appealed to me. The dense and interrelated concepts woven into metaphors with RAM hungry thinking required to try and comprehend drove the point home that dedicated practice to the point of a lifestyle change is the least effort required to even begin to expect benefits from these teachings.
Back to dedicated practice as the only way to growth... .
I found the writings of Lujan Matus -especially Whisperings of the Dragon; Shamanic tech
Iona  Stewart
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I’ve read by Castaneda in the last many, many years. I’m afraid I’m not good at reading books in the correct order, and this applies with Castaneda’s books too. It would perhaps have been easier to begin with his first books.

In this book we are instructed, among other things, about the art of stalking and the mastery of intent.

We learn about a point of brilliance called the assemblage point on the surface of the luminous ball surrounding our body. When this is moved from i
This is one that I have brand new shiny copy that I bet money I've never read.

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
Emeraldia Ayakashi
Despite its progress on the "way of the warrior" that have earned the prestigious title of "nagual", Castaneda remains an eternal disciple of Don Juan face who tirelessly pursues his teaching and trying to initiate his pupil concepts increasingly sophisticated and concise at a time. That is, the element of mystery which remains attached to the apprentice, the "abstract cores," these truths that do not pass through words and are part of a "silent knowledge" that leaves tackle by direct intuition. ...more
Jul 13, 2011 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
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you find your spot within your egg? Thought not. But this work begins to finish the necessary work Castaneda took on. Don Juan knew that as his form of imersion into that 'other' reality, his sorcery, was dying out, perhaps it was enough to call Castaneda to himself to vivdly keep his method and wisdom alive through his take-him-through-it amanuensis.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very enlightening read. I know as with Castaneda's other books it has expanded my philisophical, and physical understandings of the universe. The lessons I've taken from this volume have already started to deeply penetrate my daily perceptions. In some cases I doubt my psyche will ever fully rid itself of those corners and depths of understanding.
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!!!!
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favourite Carlos Castaneda book. It presents the ideas of Intent and stalking yourself very clearly, both concepts I feel are important tools in living a meaningful life regardless of your belief and life purpose.
One of the most fascinating looks into another culture's belief system about our place in the universe that I've ever read. All the ones after this keep getting better and better. An incredible mentorship and friendship between the author and his Yaqui native shaman mentor.
Matthew Wakefield
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book many times and love it more each time. Castaneda is always a breath of fresh air.
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The one of the Best Book I came across, wonderful book...
Zarya Bintz
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is perhaps my favorite book in the series but I think it necessary to read all of them to fully comprehend what he's writing about.
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carlos Castaneda recounts his time with his teacher, the nagual don Juan, and his experiences with the learning of the abstract cores of sorcery.
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
Silence has been a big theme for me this year. Some of the chapters in this book were disturbing. Unfortunately, I did not finish the book before the renewals ran out. I may go back to it eventually.
Nov 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who appreciate quietude
The title is the key. Although there is far more to the tales of power than silence alone. This is my favorite of Castaneda's works. Pure zen, quiet, and energetic.
Mar 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
One of a series of books by Carlos Castenada that jump started my spiritual quest.
Aug 01, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hippies / mystics / open minds
there's book after book after book in this series!
p o w e r f u l stuff. makes me wanna disappear in
Mexico for a while. become a shaman.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book for whom believe in fact of life.
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Carlos Castañeda (December 25, 1925 – April 27, 1998) was a Peruvian-born American author. Immigration records for Carlos César Arana Castañeda 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 César Arana Burungaray. His surname appears with the ñ in many Hispanic dictionaries, even thoug ...more
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The Teachings of Don Juan (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • A Separate Reality
  • Journey to Ixtlan
  • Tales of Power
  • Second Ring of Power
  • Eagle's Gift
  • Fire from Within
  • The Art of Dreaming
  • Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico
  • The Wheel of Time: The Shamans of Mexico Their Thoughts About Life Death & the Universe
“What distinguishes normal people is that we share a metaphorical dagger; the concerns of our self - reflection. With this dagger, we cut ourselves and bleed; and the job of our chains of self - reflection is to give us the feeling that we are bleeding together, that we are sharing something wonderful; our humanity. But if we were to examine it, we would discover that we are bleeding alone; that we are not sharing anything; that all we are doing is toying with our manageable, unreal, man-made reflection. Sorcerers are no longer in the world of daily affairs, because they are no longer prey to their self - reflection.” 3 likes
“Πρώτα από όλα θα θελα να πω ότι όσα κάνω για σένα είναι τσάμπα. Δεν χρειάζεται να πληρώσεις. Όπως ξέρεις, υπήρξα άψογος μαζί σου και όπως ξέρεις, επίσης αυτό δεν έχει καμία σχέση με τις δικές μου επενδύσεις. Παίρνω όμως κάτι ανυπολόγιστης αξίας από τη σχέση μας, ένα είδος ανταμοιβής που φέρομαι άψογα. Και αυτό που παίρνω είναι εκείνο ακριβώς το πράγμα που δεν θα καταλάβεις ή δεν θα σ αρέσει. Αν με κρίνεις σύμφωνα με τις πράξεις μου σε σχέση με σένα, θα πρέπει να παραδεχτείς ότι υπήρξα ένα υπόδειγμα υπομονής και συνέπειας. Εκείνο όμως που δεν ξέρεις είναι ότι για να το καταφέρω αυτό πάλεψα για να μαι άψογος όπως δεν έχω παλέψει ποτέ στη ζωή μου. Για να περνώ το χρόνο μου μαζί σου, έπρεπε να μετασχηματίζω τον εαυτό μου σε καθημερινή βάση, περιοριζόμενος με συντριπτική προσπάθεια. Είσαι μικρόψυχος, σπάταλος, προκατειλημμένος, καταναγκαστικός, ανυπόμονος, ξιπασμένος. Είσαι δύστροπος, υπολογιστής και αγνώμων. Έχεις μια ανεξάντλητη ικανότητα να ευχαριστείς τον εαυτό σου και το χειρότερο απ όλα έχεις μια τρομερή ιδέα για τον εαυτό σου που δεν μαζεύεται με τίποτα. Θα μπορούσα να πω ειλικρινά ότι και η απλή σου παρουσία με κάνει να θέλω να ξεράσω. Οι λόγοι των πολεμιστών είναι πολύ απλοί, η λεπτότητά τους όμως είναι εξαιρετική. Είναι μια σπάνια ευκαιρία για έναν πολεμιστή να του δοθεί η ευκαιρία να είναι άψογος, ενάντια στα αισθήματά του. Εσύ μου έδωσες αυτή τη μοναδική ευκαιρία. Η πράξη του να προσφέρω ελεύθερα και άψογα με ανανεώνει και ανανεώνει και το ενδιαφέρον μου. Αυτά που παίρνω από τη σχέση μας έχουν πραγματικά ανυπολόγιστη αξία για μένα. Σου χρωστάω πολλά.»” 3 likes
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