These books are read for many reasons, but if you read them long enough, like the quantum physicist, you'll begin to appreciate a whole new description of the nature of reality.
such masters of awareness, stalking, and intent that they are not caught by death, like the rest of mortal men, but choose the moment and the way of their departure from this world. At that moment they are consumed by a fire from within and vanish from the face of the earth, free, as if they had never existed." "The new seers burn with the force of alignment, with the force of will , which they have turned into the force of intent through a life of impeccability.
obviously to enjoy the book fully you must have an interest in esoterism and/or spirituality etc, or you must be someone who understands the techniques used by this writer....
I cant say I really understood about the Eagle, but Don Juan terms it as the indescribable force which is the source of all sentient beings. The awareness of sentient beings flies away at the moment of death and floats into the Eagles beak to be consumed. (This reminds me of Gurdjieffs assertion that we human beings are food for the Moon.) Carlos is brought by Don Juan into heightened states of awareness, in which he sees. The first attention in man is animal awareness. The third attention is attained when the flow of awareness turns into the fire from within: a glow that kindles all the Eagles emanations inside mans cocoon. Inorganic beings have the emanations of awareness in them and a kind of love man cant even conceive. In the present book it is described how Carlos gazes into a mirror held under water and sees not only the reflections of Don Juans face and his own, but also another head not a human head or an animal head, but a shape that had no inner mobility (whatever that means). Don Juan states that there is no God all there is is the Eagles emanations.
And having been a Wiccan Faery Witch now for 13 years I know much of what is real to us is fiction to those not walking a magickal path.
I've met more than a few people who count Carlos Casteneda and Ayn Rand among their favorite authors.
The text concerns a dialogue between Carlos and don Juan about the differences between the old seers and the new seers. The nagual Julian becomes a focal point for don Juan and Genaro to explain the differences between the old seers and the new as well as provide background for their current form(s) of sorcery.
June 2011 Another box of books has been reopened for cleaning, sorting, and reevaluation and lo and behold, many of the collected works of Carlos Castaneda are part of the contents. There's a new series of works by authors/students in the same genre.
The books, narrated in the first person, relate his experiences under the tutelage of a man that Castaneda claimed was a Yaqui "Man of Knowledge" named don Juan Matus.