• Carlos recounts how he had met don Juan in 1961, ten years before the writing of this book
• Don Juan, a Yaqui Native American from Northwestern Mexico is a shaman or sorcerer, as Carlos describes him, and although he is very old, he is also in excellent physical shape
• Don Juan begins to teach Carlos how to see reality from another perspective through the use of several psychoactive drugs and though Castaneda stops his apprenticeship with don Juan when he loses touch with reality
• When Carlos leaves to write a book on the subject, Castaneda brings don Juan a copy and reestablishes his apprenticeship to the sorcerer who explains that the reason he got scared and quit was because he (Carlos) felt too important, and this leads to making one feel heavy, clumsy and vain, but a man of knowledge needs to be light and fluid
• So begins...
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