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Border Crossings: A Psychological Perspective on Carlos Castaneda’s Path of Knowledge

By: Donald Lee Williams


A thorough psychological interpretation of the Don Juan novels, bringing Castaneda’s spiritual journey down to earth. Includes Toni Wolff’s model of feminine typology. Familiarity with Castaneda’s novels is not necessary.

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Carlos Castaneda’s don Juan novels have excited the world for a dozen years. But what do the images and events in them mean? And what is there in us that accounts for our fascination with the path of knowledge pursued by the apprentice Carlos?

Here, for the first time, is a thorough psychological examination of Castaneda’s work. Using dreams, fairytales, and mythic and cultural parallels, the author brings Carlos’s spiritual journey down to earth, showing that everyone’s search for emotional balance and self-realization involves crossing borders–between the tonal and the nagual, consciousness and the unconscious.

With special attention to feminine psychology, the analytic process, and Native American images and concepts that point the way to cultural and individual rebirth, the author demonstrates that our experience of the unconscious, rather than a problem to be solved, is an invitation to live more deeply.

It is not necessary to have read Castaneda’s novels to enjoy this book, but if  you have it will take you back to them with renewed interest and appreciation.

Publisher:Inner City Books
About the Author:Donald Lee Williams is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Boulder, Colorado. He has an M.A. in American literature from Wayne State University, and a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich.
Product Dimensions:5.88 x 8.63 x 0.34
Publication Date:1981