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The Power of Silence: Further Lessons of Don Juan (The Teachings of Don Juan #8)

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The Power of Silence is Castaneda's most memorable book to date--a brilliant flash of knowledge that illuminates the far reaches of the human mind, and in which sorcery and magic are revealed to be, finally, metaphors for man's need to understand himself and the world in which he lives.
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published December 31st 1987 by Simon & Schuster (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
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Laura
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
ZaRi
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
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Mark
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.
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. :)
Kari
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.
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.
Cheryl
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.
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.
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
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Henk
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
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Babette
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.
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.
Justin
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Don Juan book
CD
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
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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
Patrick
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
Patrick\
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.
Tiffany
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!!!!
Eliana
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.
Sriram
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The one of the Best Book I came across, wonderful book...
Mat
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.
Lynn
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.
Drew
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.
Martin
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.
Adrian
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.
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Carlos Castaneda (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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“We don’t need anyone to teach us sorcery, because there is really nothing to learn. What we need is a teacher to convince us that there is incalculable power at our fingertips. What a strange paradox!” 3 likes
“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
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