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Castaneda, Carlos Cesar Aranha

Born: 1925? AD
Died: 1998 AD.

Nationality: Peruvian
Categories: Authors


1925 - Born on December 25th in Cajamaru, Peru. Peruvian author.

1955 - Castaneda enrolled in Los Angeles Community College.

1957 - Became a naturalized American citizen.

1958 - Castaneda worked at the Mattel Toy Company plant on Rosecrans Ave. and Hawthorne.

1959 - Castaneda graduated from LACC with an Associate of Arts degree in psychology.

1960 - Carlos Aranha Castaneda marries Margaret Evelyn Runyan in Tlaquiltenango, Mexico.

1961 - Met a Yaqui shaman named Don Juan Matus who took him on a spirit quest through the use of peyote and datura.

1962 - Castaneda received his B.A. from UCLA in Anthropology.

1993 - Married to Florinda Donner.

1998 - Died of liver cancer on April 27th in Westwood, California.

         - Author of the books, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, A Separate Reality: Further Conversations With Don Juan, Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan, Tales of Power, The Second Ring of Power, The Eagle's Gift, The Fire From Within, The Power of Silence: Further Lessons from Don Juan, The Art of Dreaming, Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico and The Active Side of Infinity.


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  • "A path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use."
  • "All paths lead nowhere, follow the path with heart."
  • "The basic difference between an ordinary person and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary person takes everything as a blessing or a curse."
  • "It is important to do what you don't know how to do. It is important to see your skills as keeping you from learning what is deepest and most mysterious. If you know how to focus, unfocus. If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos."