Castaneda is dangerous stuff.
My girlfriend went through a number of courses where a so-called guru - armed with bogus qualifications - taught life skills based on Castaneda's books about Don Juan. Never did he mention that what he was teaching was based on fiction not fact.
The website [www.sustainedaction.org
] gives excellent information on Castaneda, his teachings and his life itself. He was, without doubt, a dangerous and lying narcissist.
On the message boards on the website, you will see how many people are still struggling with their lives after trying to lead them according to the teachings of Don Juan.
It has caused my girlfriend innumerable problems and turned her from a happy, smiling, loving person to one who frequently became overwhelmed, became depressed, and alienated from those around her.
Castaneda teaches a particularly selfish way of life, one that includes cutting off from loved ones.
He was supposed to 'burn with the fire' within when he died, and pass into the 'second attention', but he actually died a painful death of cancer at 71.
Leave his stuff alone. That is the best advice I can offer.
This link might help you with more information: [board.culteducation.com