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The Art of Dreaming

(The Teachings of Don Juan #9)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  5,672 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Bestselling author Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to the worlds that exist within their dreams.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 26th 2003 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published December 1st 1993)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Art of Dreaming (The Teachings of Don Juan #9), Carlos Castaneda

The Art of Dreaming is a 1993 book by the anthropologist Carlos Castaneda.

It details events and techniques during a period of the author's apprenticeship with the Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, don Juan Matus, between 1960 and 1973.

The Art of Dreaming describes the steps needed to master the control and consciousness of dreams.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال 2009میلادی

عنوان: هنر خواب بینی؛ نویسنده: کارلوس کاستاندا؛ مترجم: فرزاد همد
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
Iona  Stewart
Sep 08, 2013 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
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partly-read, dreaming
A few pieces of quality lucid dreaming advice embedded in a towering monument to human suggestibility. Moderately entertaining, but not very efficient.
Not entirely sure what I just read.
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 thril ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Sufiyo Rubyn
Mar 27, 2013 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! ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Castaneda and his experiences under the tutelage of the alleged Yaqui sorcerer don Juan Matus is an inspiring experience. Words such as awareness, attention and intent cease to have abstract meanings to become achievable destinations. The art of dreaming is one of the key tools to realise those purposes and the thematic centre of this unique and mysterious book.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As part of my ongoing quest to become more adept at lucid dreaming, I decided to branch a little into the occult, trying to be open minded and to see if there really is something of value to be found there, since it seems that many mystical traditions value the practice of conscious dreaming. Unfortunately I've had some poor luck so far. First I was disappointed by Sylvan Muldoon's Projection of the Astral Body, and now Castaneda's The Art of Dreaming has equally failed to impress me.

Aside from
Scott Forbes
Dec 05, 2012 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
John Elbare
May 08, 2011 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. ...more
Katerina Hatzimihail
Amazing.And yes, you can dream with others and move in your dreams.!!!!!
Not as good as the first time I read it 45 years ago , but brought back psychedelic memories .
Carmilla Voiez
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, magic
It's fascinating. Is perception reality? Is magick simply madness? Is there a point in space, time or perception we can access that allows us not only to change our own reality but that of other people?

The sceptic in me wanted to dismiss it as nonsense and my spiritual side wanted to full embrace everything and try to replicate the dreaming. In the end I just filed it away for future use, however, it made me wonder whether his description of the assemblage point and how shifts in it alter the wa
نگار نصر
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
actually, I can't find much more of this book but it's so so interesting for me. I think in one hand his story, is correct, and eligible but.. on the other hand it's like a fiction book. I don't know maybe behand of our limitations, witches can try new words.lucky them, I jealous of them anyway ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, spirituality
My favorite Castaneda book. I now have a fantasy that I can use some of the techniques to sleep better, we'll see. At the very least this is an enjoyable read ...more
julián m.h
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: camino-medio
very groovy stuff.
Angela Sanchez
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finishing a Castañeda’s book always increases my thirst for more. He shows me how vast the universe of knowledge is and how much I still have to discover. The art of dreaming is a book I will re read to circulate more around the concepts he offers to us. The perception of reality and our consciousness have no limit, learning that from this magical perspective is a great gift for the mind.
Jun 18, 2011 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 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
Jaime Dyson
Jan 24, 2016 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
Wanted to like this one but the writing is formulaic and poorly done. The author continually writes these fake conversations that go "are you saying that dreaming is like..." to which Don Juan replies "No! i am not saying that. What i am saying is..." - literally hundreds of pages of telling not showing. The concept is interesting but the dream discussions are so abstract I lost interest. Like hearing a friend tell you about their dream for 6 hours. ...more
Keerthika Rajaram
As a strong lucid dreamer, I could connect a lot in this edition.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read that The Art of Dreaming (as well as the rest of the books of the don Juan series) was originally considered a work of anthropology, or a sort of spiritual-scientific non-fiction concerning Castañeda's experiences with a sorcerer in Mexico. The span of decades has left the series as a creative exercise in fiction, although not a good one.

Castañeda (the fictional protagonist) is a deeply unlikeable character who doesn't seem to be getting any enjoyment out of his dream tutelage, but p
Kasey Reese
May 17, 2017 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
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is nuuuuuuuuuttttsss...
Anybody that has had proficient experience lucid dreaming will resonate with the events in this story.
I picked up the book assuming it was a work of fiction,
I read the author's note and got the gist it was an academic relation of an anthropologist. As I kept reading it seemed a bit romanticized, the dramatic events and climax made it seem like fiction again.
Then I did wiki research on the author and the characters in the book. They are all actual people, they hav
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
People keep bugging me to read Casteñada. This one seemed interesting, so I picked it up. Contrary to other reviewers, it's not that difficult for me to assume this is fiction. It's actually significantly harder for me to imagine this is real. Feels like narrative to push a philosophical agenda.

It's somewhat poorly written, the characters speak in abnormal ways (their flow and diction seems fake), the plot is inane, and it's self-contradictory in places. Also, Don Juan appears to be as lost and
Jim Dennison
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been many years since I picked up a Castaneda book. I adore the first 3 and read them a few times in years gone past. They have shaped some of my beliefs and feelings.

I found this one on my son’s bed and was transported back. Initially it sounds like it’s going to be dry and technical with long explanations of the ‘second attention’ but it soon transforms into a human interest book where reality merges with fantasy and disturbing, strange and compelling things take place.

And importantly it
Andrea Ricaurte
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the strangest books I’ve ever read, and I’m not sure what to make of it yet but thoroughly enjoyed the journey. It felt like taking part in someone else’s acid trip, what Castaneda puts forward as the truth of his experience was so wildly beyond everything I’ve read about lucid dreaming, spirituality and mysticism that at times I had to check if I was reading fiction. This was the first book of his I have read, something I impulsively grabbed from the library and had no idea what ...more
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Carlos Castaneda was an Latin-American author.
Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly with a group whose lineage descended from the Toltecs.
The books, narrated in the first person, relate his experiences under the tutelage of a man that Castaneda claimed was a Yaqui "Man of Knowledge" named don Juan M

Other books in the series

The Teachings of Don Juan (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
  • A Separate Reality
  • Journey to Ixtlan
  • Tales of Power
  • Second Ring of Power
  • Eagle's Gift
  • Fire from Within
  • Power of Silence
  • 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

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“He was thoroughly convinced that this is indispensable for
everything sorcerers do, and for this reason he put an enormous emphasis on guiding all
his students to fulfill this requirement. He was of the opinion that self-importance is not
only the sorcerers' supreme enemy but the nemesis of mankind.
Don Juan's argument was that most of our energy goes into upholding our importance.
This is most obvious in our endless worry about the presentation of the self, about
whether or not we are admired or liked or acknowledged. He reasoned that if we were
capable of losing some of that importance, two extraordinary things would happen to us.
One, we would free our energy from trying to maintain the illusory idea of our grandeur;
and, two, we would provide ourselves with enough energy to enter into the second
attention to catch a glimpse of the actual grandeur of the universe.”
“«Понимание всего этого не является упражнением для разума, — сказал дон Хуан, внимательно выслушав мои доводы. — Вряд ли я смогу объяснить, что именно имеют в виду маги, говоря о волокнах внутри и вне человеческой формы. Когда видящий видит человеческую форму, он видит один-единственный шар энергии. Твое представление относительно множества шаров продиктовано привычкой воспринимать людей как толпу. Но в энергетической вселенной толп не существует. Там есть только отдельные индивидуумы, одинокие, окруженные безграничностью. Ты должен увидеть все это сам.»” 0 likes
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