You came here lookin for a good book on a real life Indian or Shaman so you could learn from their experiences and their culture. You wanted someone with a pure soul to share their knowlede on healing and a mystical perspective on life. I know this because I did the same thing when I first found out about this book. Unfortunately, it's not what you think it is and this book sucks! I really don't think the story is genuine ( I think it's made up ). I don't think that Don Juan is a real person, and I think the author of this book made a ton of money off of hopeful readers, while simultaneously misleading them.
I just wanted to warn everyone ahead of time about 'A Separate Reality'. The first one he wrote is even worse, and the things he's described doin are not cool. I couldn't even finish it. As a final word of caution, I would always suggest reading reviews on books before buying them. If I had done so before hand, I could have saved myself valuable time and energy, instead of trying to read any of Don Juans creepy sorcerer make-believe b.s. while thinking it was somethin else. This book actually makes genuine cultures look bad by misleading readers and planting false stereotypes into their minds. It misportrays the use of psychoactive plants ( entheoens ) and leaves un-suspecting minds vulnerable to what I call "Brain Washing".
Someone who has never encountered naturally recurring psychedelic substances could read it and easily be mislead. It portrays such substances are inducing hallucinations when nothing could be further from the truth. People don't take Mushrooms and Peyote and see flying pigs folks.. Unless you consider distortions in time, a reality filled with ever changing colors, and inter-twining perception of the senses, then there are no hallucinations and the name word 'hallucenogen' is misleading. It seems like someone who knew nothing about this sort of thing made a book depicting their subconscious stereotypes on the subject. He must have been in 'a separate reality' of that than actual reality..
If you want a genuine good read with some real knowlede from indian-like cultures, check out Earthway by Mary Summer Rain. The knowlede in this book is from a respectable culture with a divine history free from sinister activities and spookey practices. I have also listed on the right and left sides of this page a collection of others that I think you might like based on the fact that you're on this page. They are genuine and much better than 'A Separate Reality' by Castenada.
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