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Emotional Rocket Science

December 17, 2015 – Lingering for years over the sorcery accounts of Carlos Castaneda with my own research in mind, finally I knew enough to accept the first five books as entirely factual reporting. Don Juan’s practices are based on amazingly sophisticated knowledge.
South American sorcerers learn how to see the lines of the world, (surely) the universal streaming of the dark or invisible energy of feelings. They learn to see the luminous body, which is (surely) what believers call the “soul”. They undergo special training to develop the power literally to see feelings; power that properly belongs only to what is native to the dark (purely emotional) universe. Everyone sees feelings there.
In the world of men, sorcerers are exceptional in their ability to see what the rest of us only feel. Psychics exercise the same gift intermittently.
South American sorcerers surely had the help of great personalities of the dark universe (popularly known as “alien intelligence”) to discover how our bodies handle and experience feelings. The more I learn, the more I appreciate how much Don Juan knows.
Don Juan’s revelations of hidden powers appear to me today as an astonishing but credible turn of human possibility. I can work out much of what is involved by citing familiar laws. There are holes in my knowledge; they diminish with the years. Known psychological processes are put to special uses to create special effects.
The flight of a rocket to the moon is the special application of rules that apply to an apple falling from a tree. I know about apples falling from trees. Don Juan is the rocket scientist.
Ancient Toltec sorcerers devised ways to store personal power (a gathered supply of purely emotional energy) until a practitioner became capable of encounters with the dark universe. A person needs lots of stored dark energy to withstand highly energized encounters with the dark universe.
Castaneda holds converse with a magical coyote. Carlos is a coyote sorcerer. His friends, like his reports, are not reliable. Yet for six books he may be received as a trustworthy reporter of a special world of hidden knowledge and power.
The last four of the ten great sorcery accounts are different. Carlos has gotten lost in his sorcery dreaming world. He is supposed to be on a path of ever ascending power, but he grows weak in the end. The proof that he has gotten lost is that his literary career ends in abject weakness.
The later Carlos is capable of frank deception. The Active Side of Infinity, the last report, a farewell gesture, is a collection of tall stories. The weakness – the absence of force – of both the sorcerer’s exposition and the personality behind the stories is shocking. Carlos got lost on side roads on a highway that should lead toward endlessly increasing personal power.
Carlos dedicates his seventh anthropology report, The Fire Within, to a mysterious H.Y.L. for “helping me restore my energy.” Sorcerers do not need their energy restored. (Their personal power, which sees to their energy, should always be growing.) Castaneda’s new teachers do not promote strength. He has left Don Juan’s path.
Don Juan knows a thousand times more psychology than Sigmund Freud. When it comes to feelings, we moderns are primitive. We are shallow. We are cut off from the profound knowledge of the first animists.
Don Juan is real. The psychological knowledge of Don Juan cannot be invented. His knowledge of dark energy (my phraseology, not his) is terrific. Don Juan fills in gaps in our knowledge that we might otherwise overlook forever.
We also have a different kind of evidence of Castaneda’s reliability as a reporter. His honesty shines through in his unthinking presentation of himself in the first six books as an obtuse, proud, petty and temperamental apprentice. The books are works of unintentional comic genius. Castaneda’s slowness in learning is breathtaking, yet he is, as the narrator of his mishaps, quite pleased with himself.
Castaneda wants success as an anthropologist more than anything. He makes the acquaintance of Don Juan with this object in view. Sorcery swallows the ambitious researcher whole as he tries up to the last minute to pin down what is going on.
Carlos takes notes on everything. He forgets what he writes down while he is writing down something new. His purpose is to make books, not to learn Don Juan’s teachings.
Castaneda is fully one of us. He is a thoroughly modern man. He is permanently on the make. What the sophisticated reading public thinks of him is desperately important to him.
Because Castaneda needs repeat demonstrations and explanations of the obvious, we receive a rich bequest of psychological knowledge of infinitely greater power than Freudian toy blocks. Psychoanalysis does not cure the neuroses. Don Juan sends the imagination (with a dreamer’s entire consciousness in tow) to the stars.

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