Carlos Castaneda

As far as I’m aware, Castaneda was the first person in the popular culture to discuss lucid dreaming, in his 1972 book Journey to Ixtlan. And his associate/groupie Taisha Abelar wrote an article about “Tibetan Dreaming” in an obscure journal in 1970.

Castaneda was obviously doing lucid dreaming well back into the Sixties.

He was a notorious liar and a cult leader, but did he have anything to say about lucid dreaming that was worth listening to?

Yes, he did, in his 1993 book The Art of Dreaming. I highly recommend it, although you need to skip all the stuff about the assemblage point, Don Juan and the Tenant.

He was a wonderful author too… I read most of his books in two or three sittings – his writing style really sucks you in. Whether he was the “first” or not is up for debate, since people have been doing this stuff for a long, long time – but he definitely helped to popularize it.

If anyone is interested, here’s a Pretty Good Summary of Castaneda’s Writings… It loses a lot of the “adventure” – but tries to hit the “technical” points…

It’s like an alternative theory as to what dreams are – it may be entirely wrong, or maybe pieces of it are wrong, or maybe it’s entirely true… It’s worth giving due consideration, however. Kinda a shame the Conquistadors burnt all those books, though…

He is well known for his technique to remember to look at your hands while you are dreaming.

I’ve read all of his books, and also the ones by Florinda Donner-Grau and Taisha Abelar. The only one I recommend is The Art of Dreaming.

I started reading the Art of Dreaming once, but it lost me half way :tongue: Not sure, perhaps it’s just not the type of book for me…

So this means that you read 12 books in just 2 or 3 days?