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3. The connection between drugs and “awakening” is well documented in the work of Carlos Castaneda—an anthropologist who documents the teachings of Don Juan, a Yaqui Indian, and who Phillips claims to have studied early in her adult life (Edelstein 109). Under the influence of peyote, Castaneda claims that he cannot “distinguish anything or anyone” and a “supreme happiness fill[s his] whole body” (42). He actually forgets, he claims, that he is a man (43). Under the “smoke” or “devil’s weed,” “the world opens up anew!” (69), just as for a Buddhist who recognizes Nirvana everything is always new because the world is perennially changing, perennially becoming.