These tapes (now on one CD) have meant the world to me. Regardless what you think about Castaneda, these “exercises” are both energizing and relaxing. “TENSEGRITY” AND MAGICAL PASSES. Carlos Castaneda interviewed for The New Times by Clair Baron More than thirty years ago, as an anthropologist. Carlos Castaneda’s Tensegrity Dreaming Castaneda Images of a 20th-century sorcerer. From Los Angeles Weekly, by Celeste Fremon For me the world is weird.

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A strong case can be made that the Don Juan books are yensegrity a different order of truthfulness from Castaneda’s pre-Don Juan past. After years of effort, we succeeded in merging our four highly individualistic lines of magical tenssgrity into modified units of movements fastaneda to any physical constitution, and all of us together arrived at composites that fulfilled our innermost expectations.

Studies in Contemporary Fiction. Another day, he gave me a compass and told me I should turn my bed around, head to the west or was it the east?

Retrieved 15 July According to his attorney, Deborah Drooz, Castaneda had been ill with liver cancer for some time, and it was his wish to leave castanedx death unpublicized.

Suffice it to say‚Ķ I am no longer a fan. Each went on to write books that explored the experience of being followers of Castaneda’s teachings from a feminist perspective. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat April was the same month Marquez and did four of his other disciples disappeared.

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This site uses cookies. Don Juan was described in the books as a shaman steeped in a mostly lost Toltec philosophy and decidedly anti-Catholic. When can one expect “results”?

The bones of Patricia Partin provide the most useful clue. Four months after Castaneda’s death, C. If anything, the controversies surrounding Castaneda are greater casraneda ever. This book was about the Yanomami Indians of the Amazon region.

But unless we break free of the prison of our ideologies, we will come to the end of our lives and wonder what we have lived for. Here, Carlos Castaneda provides the reader tenseggrity direct instruction on the magical passes, a series of bodily movements taught to him by don Juan Matus. Luis Marquez, the brother of Talia Bey, went to police in over his sister’s disappearance, but was unable to tenserity them that it merited investigation. Carlos, whom I hadn’t seen in years, was distant; Donner wasn’t, and we chatted for much of the evening.


It was like something you’d imagine seeing in a science-fiction movie, but we actually saw it happen. We decided, therefore, after a lifetime of silence, to join forces to deal with the magical passes and to rescue them from their obscure state. cxstaneda

Maybe Patricia Partin and the other women took off into the desert not with the intent to die, but hoping to contact his spirit or see some sort of vision. He further explained tennsegrity the movements were called magical passes because by means of practicing them, shamans were transported, in terms of perception, to other states of being in which they could sense the world in an indescribable manner.

Archived from the original on 26 February Often we simply went for lunch or dinner, then for a walk. All of their telephone numbers were reportedly disconnected on the same day. He painted himself in his stories as a frightened naif bumbling through a magical yet deeply ethical spiritual system that could be taught and transferred. For other uses, see Tensegrity. Where, for example, was the motive for an elaborate scholarly put-on?

Copyright New Times There is a new series of brief and intensive workshops on Tensegrity in various U. John Dedrick, a Protestant missionary who lived among the Yaqui Indians of Vicam, Sonora, from tostated in his letter of May 23, that:. Anxious to meet him, I talked my bosses at Seventeen into letting me interview Castaneda.

A Novel of Initiation”. Eventually we lost contact. Castaneda died of liver cancer on April 27,but his death was not made public until June. Critics have suggested that they are works of fiction; supporters claim the books are either true or at least valuable works of philosophy. But these increasingly fantastic stories of multiple sorcerer’s apprentices were hard to swallow whole, leading some to conclude that many of Castaneda’s stories also may have been stupendous falsehoods.


There is a deep wisdom in his texts that cannot be regarded as either fiction or knowledgeable fabrication. Not that I imagined I could ever wholly follow his sorceric dictums; understanding the secrets of the universe is one thing, getting one’s kid to bed at the proper time is quite another.

The story behind their disappearances is strange, tangled and somewhat disturbing. But you must remember to use it with love. The difference between the magical passes and aerobics or calisthenics is that the latter are designed to exercise the surface muscles of the body, while the magical passes are the interplay of relaxation and tension at a deep bodily level.

The Teachings of Don Juan: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count since you are going to be here for only a short while; in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it. Views Read View source View history. They were also able to discover – in dreaming – the exact movements that allowed them to replicate, in their hours of vigil, those same levels of optimum physical balance.

Disappeared: The Women of Tensegrity, missing 15 years.

Retrieved from ” https: Other instructions were not quite so straightforward. He introduced Carlos Castaneda into the cognitive world of the shamans who lived in Mexico in ancient times, and who were the founders of his lineage of shamans. Maybe only Partin went to the desert and the others went off to other places. Castaneds other projects Tejsegrity Commons Wikiquote.

He never presented Don Juan. It is hard to believe that Castaneda’s benefactor, a self-professed Yaqui, would fail to employ these native expressions throughout the apprenticeship. Castaneda was awarded his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees based on the work described in these books.