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 Notes on The Art of Dreaming

Carlos Castaneda Redefines the Art of Dreaming

Henry Reed 

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Reed, Henry (1995 October 1). Notes on _The Art of Dreaming_. Electric Dreams 2(12). Retrieved July 31, 2000 from Electric Dreams on the World Wide Web: http://www/dreamgate.com/electric-dreams  


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 dreaming.

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 dream.

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.

 Henry Reed
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