syndu | Oct. 6, 2023, 1:07 a.m.
Carlos Castaneda, a renowned anthropologist and author, has always been known for his ability to blur the lines between reality and the mystical. His fifth book, 'The Second Ring of Power,' published in 1977, is no exception.
In 'The Second Ring of Power,' Castaneda continues his journey into the world of the Yaqui Indians of Mexico, a journey that began with his first book, 'The Teachings of Don Juan.' This time, however, he introduces us to a new set of characters - a group of sorceresses led by a woman named dona Soledad.
The book begins with Castaneda returning to Mexico after a long absence, only to find that his old mentor, Don Juan, has disappeared. He is then confronted by dona Soledad, who initially tries to kill him but later becomes his guide into a new realm of awareness.
'The Second Ring of Power' is a departure from Castaneda's previous works. While his earlier books focused on his apprenticeship with Don Juan, this book delves deeper into the feminine aspect of his teachings. The sorceresses, who were once Don Juan's apprentices, introduce Castaneda to a new and terrifying world of experiences and knowledge.
One of the key themes in 'The Second Ring of Power' is the concept of 'dreaming.' According to the sorceresses, dreaming is a state of heightened awareness that allows one to perceive other realities. This concept is explored in depth throughout the book, providing readers with a fascinating insight into the mystical practices of the Yaqui Indians.
In conclusion, 'The Second Ring of Power' is a captivating read that takes you on a journey into the unknown. It challenges our perception of reality and invites us to explore a world beyond the confines of our everyday experiences. Whether you're a fan of Castaneda's previous works or new to his writings, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.
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