Carlos Castaneda's The Fire From Within PDF
By Carlos Castaneda
Fire from Within is the author's so much amazing thought-provoking and strange booklet, one within which Castaneda, below the tutelage of don Juan and his "disciples," ultimately constructs, from the lessons of don Juan and his personal reviews, a beautiful portrait of the "sorcerer's international" that's crystal-clear and dizzying in its implications.
Each of Carlos Castaneda's books is a superb and tantalizing burst of illumination into the depths of our inner most mysteries, like a surprising flash of sunshine, like a burst of lightning over the wasteland at evening, which indicates us an international that's either alien and completely regular -- the panorama of our desires.
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Genaro leaned over toward me from his chair across the table and talked to me in a low voice, shaking his head for emphasis. "The nagual is telling you the truth," he said and winked at me. " Don Juan fought not to laugh and added that the fallacy of man is to act with total disregard for the mystery of existence and to believe that such a sublime act of bestowing life and awareness is merely a physical drive that one can twist at will. Genaro made obscene sexual gestures, twisting his pelvis around, on and on.
Don Juan jumped me, restraining me forcefully. We fell to the soft ground, and he held me there with an iron grip. I had had no idea that don Juan was so strong. My body shook violently. My arms flew every which way as they shook. I was having something like a seizure. Yet some part of me was detached to the point of becoming fascinated with watching my body vibrate, twist, and shake. The spasms finally died out and don Juan let go of me. He was panting with the exertion. He recommended that we climb back up on the rock and sit there until I was all right.
He said that the danger of definitions is that they simplify matters to make them understandable; in this case, in defining attention, one runs the risk of transforming a magical, miraculous accomplishment into something commonplace. Attention is man's greatest single accomplishment. It develops from raw animal awareness until it covers the entire gamut of human alternatives. Seers perfect it even further until it covers the whole scope of human possibilities. I wanted to know if there was a special significance to alternatives and possibilities in the seers' view.
The Fire From Within by Carlos Castaneda