Castaneda, Carlos. “The Active Side of Infinity”

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Castaneda, Carlos. “The Active Side of Infinity”

Castaneda,Carlos. “The Active Side of Infinity”

Castaneda,Carlos. “The Active Side of Infinity”

Thereare many aspects of religion and the society in general that onelearns from reading the book “TheActive Side of Infinity”.The book is persuading memoirs of a Carlos Castaneda who recounts andoutlines what he learned from his tutor don Juan. don Juan came fromSonora Mexico and was a sorcerer. Carlos Castaneda recorded some ofthe most memorable events during his apprenticeship with the sorcereras he was ordered by his teacher to assemble an album of events thatwould have an indelible or long lasting impact on his life andcharacter. Don Joan, Castaneda tutor instructed him to describe thememorable events in a way that whenever he relooked at them, a newpsychic energy emerged. Additionally, this would enable himunderstand the forces of infinity which leads his to the path of“warrior traveler” (Castaneda, 1999). There is no doubt thatthese albums would have an influence on the life of the author. Byreading the book from page to page, a reader realizes that the orderto document the memories had an important impact on the life of theauthor.

Thebook the active side of infinity mainly contained teaching of theshaman. Although some of the teaching may not sync with modern wisdomand knowledge about life and the universe, the teaching were in linewith the perennial wisdom of the immediate society. For example, theauthor was told about the existence of two minds that influenceshuman life. The first mind is essential and intuitive mind which issensitive and innate. The second mind is a foreign installation fromwhich social problems such as conflict and hopelessness emerge.Additionally, the tutor Juan gives his student warnings that “theart of dreaming” should be respected and the “cult of me”should be handled with care and diligence. The teaching of thesorcerer has spiritual implications. Castaneda is also expected torespect the spiritual practices of the society, which include payingdebts, inner silent, presence and equanimity. Although it is ageneral memoir, there are some surprising aspects of the Castanedamemories. For example, a reader may be surprised by the statementthat “walking is always something that precipitates memories”(Castaneda, 1999). To an ordinary person, walking is a routine andtherefore nothing is remembered about walking. However, Castanedastates that “the sorcerers of ancient Mexico believed thateverything we live we store as sensational on the backs of the legs.They considered the backs of the legs to be the warehouse of man’spersonal history” (Castaneda, 1999). Statement will definitelysurprise the reader. How the back of the legs stores man’s historyis astonishing. The book uses the personal experiences and personallife events of Castaneda to illustrate the characteristics of Yaquimysticism. Additionally, the book underlines the fundamental aspectsof Castaneda work in an easy to understand format. For example, doesnot contain images of superhuman abilities and human transformationbut endearing memories of a sorcerer. Thus, “theactive side of infinity”can be seen as the intellectual and rational energy that guidesCastaneda as a warrior traveler. The book can be understood as amemory of how Castaneda was prepared for an important journey by histutor Juan. Additionally, the book presents the teachings of theshamanic traditions in a direct and strong way.

Reference

Castaneda,C. (1999). Theactive side of infinity,ISBN-13: 9780060929602. HarperCollins Publishers