Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Active Side of Infinity


"Ordinarily, events that change our path are impersonal affairs, and yet extremely personal. My teacher, don Juan Matsus, said this is guiding me as his apprentice to collect what I considered to be the memorable events of my life…. Don Juan described the total goal of the shamanistic knowledge that he handled as the preparation for facing the definitive journey: the journey that every human being has to take at the end of his life. He said that what modern man referred to vaguely as life after death was, for those shamans, a concrete region filled to capacity with practical affairs of a different order than the practical affairs of daily life, yet bearing a similar functional practicality. Don Juan considered that to collect the memorable in their lives was, for shamans, the preparation for their entrance into that concrete region, which they called the active side of infinity."

In this book written immediately before his death, anthropologist and shaman Carlos Castaneda gives us his most autobiographical and intimately revealing work ever, the fruit of a lifetime of experience and perhaps the most moving volume in his oeuvre.




2 comments:

botz said...

I started to read Carlos Castaneda's books in 1972, while living in Austin, Texas. The surrounding desert deepened my experience and absorption of Don Juan's knowledge. Many years passed since reading C.C.'s work until my eye caught this book on the store's shelf. I thought this would be a full circle, a completion of some sort, to read this now. There are not to many books teaching the Art of Dying...and the preparation we can take while living.

Enjah said...

Ooh thank you Botz for finding this book and sharing it with us!