Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan, published in 1973, is part auto-biography, part surrealist tale, written by author and anthropologist Carlos Castanada. This audiobook is narrated splendidly by Luis Moreno.
This is the third in a series of books about Carlos Castanada's experience with his teacher Don Juan Matus, an alleged shaman. While Castanada was a student of anthropology, he was inspired by this Mexican-Indian teacher to create these three texts which relate his challenges of perception when in the presence of Don Juan.
It is the first in the Don Juan series that does not feature the use of psychedelic drugs for a hallucinogen. Some of the original philosophies of Don Juan are omitted by Castaneda in this third installment. Here we find him always taking notes and asking questions. There are many discussions of death and personal past, self-discipline and preparation.
Castaneda narrates these tales in first person, and though some critics call them fictional works, others who support him say that they are either true or, if nothing else, of great value to philosophy and awareness expanding rituals and habits. A book full of humor and wisdom, one can self-examine and ponder life and death and the dimensions of reality, whether false or true, in the ways we believe in the image about ourselves.
Castaneda was born on Christmas Day 1925 in Cajamarca, Peru. He moved to North America in the 50's and was naturalized soon after. He was married and has one son biologically, and one adopted. He married again, though never divorced from his first wife. He sometimes calls what he does sorcery, sometimes magic, sometimes shamanism.
Carlos Castanada was a student of anthropology when he met Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui shaman and the inspiration for Castanada’s The Teachings of Don Juan. In this controversial work, Castanada relays his experiences being challenged by his mentor on his perception of the world and all living things in it. Download and start listening now!