Journey To Ixtlan

Journey To Ixtlan Journey To Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan, published in 1971, is  Carlos Castaneda's third book about his apprenticeship with the Yaqui shaman, don Juan.  I'm just a quarter of the way in (thank you Dominic for the recommendation) but it's already a real humdinger. Are y'all hip to this book? Or his first two, The Teachings of Don Juan and A Separate Reality? 

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5 Responses to Journey To Ixtlan

  1. Eric February 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    I read all these years ago. They’re fun, but their scientific credibility is questionable. Anthropologists don’t put much stock in these accounts. If I remember right, Castaneda wrote more books after his (failed) apprenticeship to don Juan and became something of fringe spiritual leader himself. Fun reads, but take them with several grains of salt.

  2. ryan clark February 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    really love this book! an ex of mine gave me her dads original first addition 1971 hardback. i agree with the comment below but still a great read and id be lying if i said i didnt take the teachings into my own hands. “you mus never have anything in your hands when walking.’ a real dilema because on hard hikes i really love my hiking poles.

  3. Lucy February 27, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    Ryan, you say ex, did lyou keep the book? lol.

    Not the 1st time ive heard such rave reviews of these books, may have to check them out myself.

  4. Grant March 5, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    I had tried to read Castaneda a few years ago, staring with his first book. It seemed like he was mostly about medicine, which is fine, but it’s not my deal. When I saw your note I thought I would try him again, and by chance, this Ixtlan book dropped into my hands over the weekend. I’m about 70 pages into it now and see that this is where I should have started. It’s very good and thank you. Of course reading is a waste of time – changing is what is important.

  5. Grant March 8, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    A very interesting book. I am all for tightening up my game. Not so interested in sorcery though. The book I read just before this may be of more interest to cold splinters people: Jon Truk – The Ravens Gift. Keep up the good work.

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