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But, perhaps, Barf Stew is ultimately an excellent description for the works of the writer Carlos Castaneda.
`Barf' due to the fact that perhaps Don Juan was a fabrication and the near certain possibility that all (IMO, except for an interesting possibility that the first may be `a little true') the books are complete fiction.
And, `Stew' due to the fact that, without question, his writings explored at least a few ideas that were seemingly `new' (controlled lucid dreaming-world) that many people were able to experience just by following his methods.
But, today - I'd like to explore the idea behind the title of today's post. You see, unless you actually read Carlos's first book - you missed the whole point. I mean it.
Because, at the end of the first book - Carlos actually explains the whole book in terms which clearly describe that he is himself describing a reality `structure' OF perception - with the example experiences in the book. Literally, different realities existing - WITHIN - spaces of agreed `description'. With access to that reality gained by understanding the `perception clues' - all pointing to a `structure'.
So, he does that at the very end of the book - literally after the end of the `story' ------ in an area called `Part Two' - A Structural Analysis. And, when I searched Google with those words I found this link with the very section I'm writing about today. (Link at end of post)
Here are some of the highlights of this link and the concept itself.
The `structure' involved a `man of knowledge' - who had an `ally' - the `ally' had a `rule' & finally - the `rule' was corroborated by `special consensus'.
But, let's do a little interpreting - and, even apply it to Carlos's most famous idea of Controlled lucid dreaming.
First, as a knower of his ideas - you could be a `man of knowledge' - (your starting point, your being, your being influenced by his writings) - Next - you would use your `ally' in dreaming - that would be the `trigger' - your ally - of purposely looking for and looking AT your `dream hands' - bringing them `consciously' in front of your dream eyes for viewing.
The `rule' at that point - was that to `gain more space within that reality' the man of knowledge would have to `change focus from the hands to other locations past the hands - establishing a location in the reality - the reality NOW having `special consensus'.
By following the above techniques - many folks, readers, of Castaneda's works WERE able to experience `special consensus' realities. Many WERE able to expand the literal size and scope of the dream world and abilities with the intentionality they possessed. Able to move about - to do things. To actualize more reality.
All because of being able to `perceive' (have perception of) a `structure'. But, it's really even easier than that - if - you think in terms of phenomenology.
Simply, one dreaming space (you) - anchors your dreaming space into a location via finding your body dream hands - (a space extending in the dream reality) - AND, establishing PERCEPTION in this new reality with a location to see from. Next, looking PAST ones `hands', `brings more space to explore'. One literally has a location - a space-time - in a special consensus reality.
Which brings us to our Barf Stew question; could most `paranormal' experiences be happening thru a `similar structure' process? A similar phenomenology? Could `perception itself' be a structure which is learned?
Thanks for stopping by today. Here's some links.
http://books.google.com/books?id=mQdBescQULoC&pg=PA155&lpg=PP1&dq=Carlos+Castaneda&output=html - you can read the structural analysis at this link.
I describe my first controlled lucid dream here - http://theheavystuff.com/?p=119
The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
Carlos Castaneda's first book link -
Carlos Castaneda's first book link -
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