This nowhere creates the possibility for erasing all boundaries of ordinary perception and the perceiver himself This is how — during the 60's — concepts displaced from their usual places and new definitions appeared within the modality of our culture. On the one hand, terms like "assemblage point," "abstract flight", "Blue Scout", "stalking", "recapitulation", "recollection", "intention", and the very term "displacement" carried the energy of a somehow changed method of perception. On the other hand, they provided specific definitions for a previously hidden and seemingly nonexistent abstract knowledge. Castaneda offered the world a language that not only described his private existential experience but also created a new vivid magical space. This space could be perceived as a black hole or as a psychedelically painted portal, which with its latent force drew millions of people into the realm of knowledge left by the ancient Mexican Indians.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Taisha Abelar's mesmerizing account of her apprenticeship with a female colleague of don Juan; training which used mental and physical exercises rather than psychoactive plants.
This virtual sorcerers' manual is a pioneering work of women's spirituality. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 1st by Penguin Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Sorcerer's Crossing , please sign up.
See 1 question about The Sorcerer's Crossing…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 12, Monika Radclyffe rated it it was amazing. Fascinating reading. The book was given to me by a dear friend It tells the story of a young woman, who joins a group of sorcerers in Mexico and starts lengthy physical and mental training to prepare her to become a sorcerer.
It's very interesting to see that the opinion of readers is so divided - some say it's fiction and lots of nonsense, and the others believe the story and start practising themselves. Up to you to decide. Jan 30, Willow rated it really liked it. Sep 15, Laura rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Pagans.
Shelves: witchynonfiction. I read this book when it came out years ago, and I still remember it vividly. It is one of those life-changing books if you are following a magickal path. I highly recommend it! May 09, Charmin rated it really liked it Shelves: spiritual. Highlights: 1. Intent is the power that upholds the universe. It is the force that gives focus to everything.
It makes the world happen. We are convinced that a dualism exists in us; the mind is the insubstantial part of ourselves and the body is the concrete part.
This division keeps our energy in a state of chaotic separation and prevents it from coalescing. But our division is not between the mind and body, but between the body, which houses the mind or the self, and the double, which is t Highlights: 1. But our division is not between the mind and body, but between the body, which houses the mind or the self, and the double, which is the receptacle of our basic energy.
Sex ensures a continual flow of energy from women to men. Men leave energy lines inside the body of women. What we call the voice of spirit is more of a feeling. Or it can be an idea that suddenly pops into your head.
Sometimes it can be like a longing to go somewhere vaguely familiar, or a longing to do something also vaguely familiar. Secondary function of womb: serve as guiding unit for the double…females have at their disposal a powerful source of energy with an abundance of mysterious attributes and functions all designed to protect and nurture the double.
Must rid self of all the encumbering energy men have left inside you. Change: 1 announce out loud our decision to change so that intent will hear us. View 1 comment. Feb 11, Ruby Hollyberry rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , magick.
Like many of the New Age books on what is described as shamanism, this is not a book to be taken as literal truth. Yet it holds meaning and useful inspiration for magickal and shamanic practitioners. I have used ideas from this book as a jumping-off point for experiment and speculation for many years now. Just don't take it TOO seriously! I would not recommend committing to lifelong celibacy for one example; the Castaneda group authors, including Taisha, were not being honest in the books about Like many of the New Age books on what is described as shamanism, this is not a book to be taken as literal truth.
I would not recommend committing to lifelong celibacy for one example; the Castaneda group authors, including Taisha, were not being honest in the books about their actual sexual habits. Nov 09, Juan rated it did not like it. After reading all of Carlos Castaneda's work I found this book redundant.
It doesn't add anything to the saga, it's a lower quality copy of Carlos' writtings. Also I found impossible to believe that something on it was true.
One can argue if Carlos' books are fiction or non-fiction. I don't think it really matters. They portray a hard life of beautiful philosophy, true or not. This book just reads too fake and low quality to me.
Feb 24, Yuliya Zh rated it it was amazing Shelves: spiritual. But sorcery also takes years and years of training. Jun 27, Aaron Dennis rated it did not like it. Maybe she really did, but the book itself feels fabricated; the story of a silly girl trying to mimic the vast eternity that was Don Juan Matus. Feb 04, Terri Kempton rated it really liked it. I celebrate the inclusion of women in the realm of magic, sorcery, and shamanism.
I read Carlos Castenada, which was phenomenal, but very much an old boy's club. The content of Sorcerer's Crossing is fascinating, but the writing is of poor quality. One of her favorite devices is to overuse names, so each time the mentor is addressed her name is used too. The alien viewpoint is part of my fascination with this book: the tone is different than straight fiction, but different than any other autobiography I've read.
The book also cuts off at a random juncture in her training - after certain discoveries, before the great leap - that made it somewhat unsatisfying.
But I keep going back to the fact that the content of the book really is fascinating! May 14, Cristina Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: kaleidoscope-whacking-inspiration , loved-enough-to-gift , fun , metaphysics-and-philosophy. I love this book so much I have read it several times and given it away to several women. Though Taisha is part of the cohort of Carlos Castenada, her work stands on its own.
It reveals several profound esoteric keys to women's mysteries. Some of the keys are skeleton keys and some are to the safety deposit box of our inner treasures. I have successfully worked with several of the techniques hinted at here and further developed them much to the benefit of myself and others. This book is for wome I love this book so much I have read it several times and given it away to several women. This book is for women who are deep diving into the profound mystery we call life plus for those called to the path of Castenada.
Jun 02, Henk rated it liked it Recommends it for: Toltec readers, ex-toltec readers. A magical Realism autobiographical tale of the author's training in the Toltec system under the tuition of 'witches'. I enjoyed it back when I read it, though i would react differently to it now.
Good read as far as the 'story' goes, but for a learning resource, the later books by Lujan Matus offer more.
Sorcerer'S Crossing : A Woman's Journey
She tells of her experience, how she became acquainted with sorcerers and the actual practice of sorcery. First of all, Ms. Abelar, welcome to KPFK. Prior to that I was an ordinary person.
Taisha Abelar , born Maryann Simko , was an American writer and anthropologist who was an associate of Carlos Castaneda. Abelar met Castaneda when she was 19 years old and a student at University of California, Los Angeles where she eventually earned her master's degree and Ph. In , Samurai magazine published photos of Regine Thal doing karate exercises. In the article, Abelar is called "Anna Marie Carter".
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