Florinda Donner, longtime confidante of Carlos Casteriada, gives an autobiographical account of her spiritual adventures with Casteriada and his group of sorcerers in this book. She explains how she transformed herself from an arrogant self-satisfied girl into a woman on a spiritual search. The group that Florinda became involved with were a group of mystics in Mexico who transformed dream into reality and reality into a dream.
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Donner, author of Shabono ( LJ 5/15/82) and The Witch's Dream ( LJ 8/85), is a longtime associate of Carlos Castaneda. Here, she deals with the brujos and brujas of Mexico and their concept of Dreaming Awake. She paints a bizarre portrait of her initiation into a sorcerous world where people appear and disappear with alarming regularity, and where the lines between consciousness and dream states become blurred. Donner experiences a series of fainting fits, temper tantrums, and dream-like journeys during the initiation process, but her only esoteric insight is that women are slaves who think and feel power through their wombs. (Could this mean that women who have undergone hysterectomies are brainless and spiritually dead?) Recommended only where Castaneda is still read or the works of Lynn V. Andrews are popular. See also Paula Gunn Allen's Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman's Sourcebook , reviewed in this issue, p. 84.--Ed.
- Nancy Proctor, Univ. of Tennessee Law Lib.
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