August 2006 - April 2007

Volume 18, Number 1




If You Meet the Sorcerer on the Road, Curse Him

Recapitulating Carlos Castaneda

Robert Arias

In "If You Meet the Sorcerer on the Road, Curse Him," Rob Arias explores the nature of nonordinary reality — and the profound effect the works of Carlos Castaneda had on his experience of it. So, then, how did Arias resolve his own cognitive dissonance as he began to discover factual evidence that cast considerable doubt on the veracity of Castaneda's apprenticeship to don Juan? This outstanding essay reminds us that all is not always as it purports to be.

A Tale of Saint Iodasaph

Back in the Womb

Robert M. Price

"What was your original face before you were born?" Indeed, that proved to be a challenging koan for the novice who had come to the monastery of Saint Iodasaph in search of enlightenment. Upon reading Robert M. Price's next "Tale of Saint Iodasaph," might we, like the young novice, find ourselves "Back in the Womb"? As readers of C*NAQ know, while Price's "Tales" feature a hypothetical Saint Iodasaph, the "real" Saint Iodasaph is, in fact, the accidental Christianization of a Buddhist legend from the Jataka Tales.

A Pensive Pause

Are You Ready for an Enchanted April?

Joanne Winetzki

"Are You Ready for an Enchanted April?" asks Joanne Winetzki in her latest "Pensive Pause." Inspired by a theatre performance of Matthew Barber's Enchanted April, Winetzki discusses the process of self-transformation — and why some people succeed in creating the change they desire, while others seem to thwart their own efforts.

A Peek Between the Covers

Dan Hahn

In this most enjoyable review, the Reverend Daniel B. Hahn explores a contemporary cosmology that has the potential to deliver a sustainable vision of spirituality for today. Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams, coauthors of The View from the Center of the Universe, propose that "humans are literally central in space and time and that we are conscious at the level where we can appreciate our centrality," as Hahn phrases it. Hahn especially enjoys how Primack and Abrams construct a viable cosmology for today using scientifically respectable methodology.

The Letters Library

C*NAQ readers speak out

The "massive weather changes taking place in the environment" are much on the mind of longtime C*NAQ subscriber Wendell E. Wilkinson. His thoughts include a fascinating discussion of lightning and lightning shamans. And Father John W. Groff, Jr. reflects on the Vatican's treasures, which he saw on display at a Milwaukee museum. Among the other readers whose comments appear in this issue is Dr. Mark R. Pitstick, formerly C*NAQ's "New Age Views" book reviewer.


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