Carlos Castaneda Redefines the Art of Dreaming
The man who brought us Don Juan and the sorcerer's way of knowing has now
brought us a new medium of exploration. After eight books, anthropologist Carlos
Castaneda was silent for six years. During that time he realized that Don Juan's
essential teaching concerned dreams. Castaneda re-organized his notes and has
come forth with a new book, _The Art of Dreaming _ (Harper Collins). In it he
describes the essential challenges facing the mystic dreamer, the seven gates of
The first gate is to gain control over one's attention in dreams. The easiest
way to do so is to look at things. Try seeing your hands. It builds the ability
to maintain intentionality in dreaming.
The second gate is to learn how to wake up in the dream into yet another
dream. This task builds the ability to change dreams at will.
The third gate of dreaming is reached when you find yourself in a dream,
staring at someone else who is asleep and that someone else turns out to be you.
You must have this dream as many times as it takes for it to no longer be a
The purpose of mastering these challenges is to learn to consciously inhabit
one's energy body.
The fourth gate of dreaming involves learning to use the energy body as a
means of travel, to places in this world and out, and especially to places in
other people's dreams.
The remaining three gates of dreaming can not be presented here until you
find you are dreaming that you are reading these words.
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