Life and Teachings of Carlos Castaneda
Life and Teachings of Carlos Castaneda – Including Daniel Brinton’s 1894 essay Nagualism in Native American Folklor & History
A must read for anyone who has followed Carlos on his extraordinary journey. The way William Patrick Patterson expounds on Carlos’ teachings is astounding! –Margaret Runyan, author, A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda
Although inclined to skepticism about Castaneda, I found myself reading The Life & Teachings of Carlos Castaneda with total fascination. As it tells just about everything, I imagine this will be the definitive book on Castaneda. –Colin Wilson, author, The Outsider and The Occult
This is the most brilliant and insightful rendering to date of the ‘Ultimate Impeccable Warrior,’ Carlos Castaneda, my father. –C.J. Castaneda
About the Author:
William Patrick Patterson is a leading exponent and teacher of The Fourth Way. He is the founder/director of The Gurdjieff Studies Program, editor-in-chief of The Gurdjieff Journal, and the author of nine books on teaching. He is also the director-narrator-writer of the award-winning DVD documentary video trilogy “The Life & Significance of G. I. Gurdjieff.” He has just released a teaching DVD: “From Selves, to Individual Self, to The Self.” For over 40 years, he has actively practiced the principles of this ancient, esoteric and sacred teaching of self-development. Mr. Patterson was a direct and longtime student of John Pentland, the remarkable man Gurdjieff chose to lead the Work in America. He gives four public seminars a year.
“When and Why to Smudge Yourself or Your Space
Because old thoughtforms and other negative vibes tend to accumulate no matter how clear you try to keep yourself or a space, it is a good idea to smudge every so often to continue to attract positive vibrations into your life. Smudge any time you feel that negative thoughtforms, including your own, have gotten stuck in your energy field.
You know you need to smudge or clear your space when chaos is present, arguments abound, anger presents itself, or general feelings of agitation and frustration exist. If an argument just occurred, clear your space. If you encountered an unpleasant situation, clear yourself. If your children are unruly and your spouse is cranky, clear your space.
How to Smudge
You can use either a ready-made smudge bundle, make your own smudge bundle, or use loose herbs. Smokeless alternatives are also available and will be discussed a little later. To use loose herbs for smudging, you will need herb-burning charcoal discs as well as a dish to hold the burning herbs. Abalone shells are often used for this purpose, since they are sturdy and represent the element air. When a shell is used, the vibration of all four elements—earth, fire, air, and water—is present. (The dried herbs represent earth, the burning embers represent fire, and the smoke represents air.) When all four elements are working together, the cleansing effects are magnified.”