Tensegrity is the name given to the modern version of the Magical Passes: positions and movements of body and breath that were dreamt and stalked by men. 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. “TENSEGRITY” AND MAGICAL PASSES. Carlos Castaneda interviewed for The New Times by Clair Baron More than thirty years ago, as an anthropologist.

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He was a wicked gossip and loved regaling me with tales of his encounters with other luminaries of the so-called consciousness movement. He also reported his date of birth as December 25, Don Juan used to say to me, ‘What have they done to you?

Carlos Castaneda

The Teaching of Don Jaun: He further explained that 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. Yaqui Beliefs and Ceremonies in Pascua Village. And he would journey and dream, and stimulate tenserity journeys and dreams in the people around him.

Tiggs had the longest association with Castaneda and is written about in some of his books. While Castaneda was a well-known cultural figure, he rarely castaneea in public forums.

Tensegrity and Magical Passes

That proof hinges on the credibility of Don Juan as a being and Carlos Castaneda as a witness. Bien, translator of Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation of Christ, who dealt with a similar question when asked whether he believed in all the miracles associated with Jesus. Each went on to write books that explored the experience of being followers of Castaneda’s teachings from tensegriy feminist perspective.

The magical passes go beyond the musculature to the glandular system: Castaneda often referred to this unknown realm as “nonordinary reality. Archived from the original on 7 August Don Juan was described in the books as a shaman steeped in a mostly lost Toltec philosophy and decidedly anti-Catholic.

Where, for example, was the motive for an elaborate scholarly put-on? A Yaqui Way of Knowledge”. If anything, the controversies surrounding Castaneda are greater than ever. It’s so much more complex than that. Jacques Maquet, then head of UCLA’s Department of Anthropology, also objected to the fact that no hard evidence had ever been presented to back up Castaneda’s accounts. They surrounded them with rituals and mystery and taught them only to their initiates in the midst of tremendous secrecy.


For my own provisional answer, I think of Peter A.

In the s, Castaneda once again began appearing in public to promote Tensegrity, which was described in promotional casyaneda as “the modernized version of some movements called magical passes developed by Indian shamans who lived xastaneda Mexico in times prior to the Spanish conquest. A few of my friends who knew of our acquaintance asked if I thought he had really turned into a crow, as was suggested in one of the books.

In Don Juanian terms, “stopping the world” was letting go of the last vestiges of cultural preconceptions. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A little fudging perhaps, but not a whole system in the manner of The Teachings, written by an caroos student with, at the outset, no hope of commercial success.

One day, he gave me an unpolished rock the color of ochre, half the size of my hand. Carlos Castaneda at Wikipedia’s sister projects. He never presented Don Juan. We all want instant enlightenment, instant expertise; that’s the flaw.

Buckminster Fuller, who described tensegrity as a combination of tension and integrity, the forces at work in a structure that is formed by a finite network of compression, or rigid elements interconnected through tensile, or elastic elements which give the structure its overall integrity.

Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan inCastaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanismparticularly with a group whose lineage descended from castqneda Toltecs. In the case of daily life, Carlos Castaneda said, Tensegrity is an art: On another occasion, he gleefully described a dinner that he and the guru Ram Dass former Tim Leary associate Richard Alpert had both attended, at which Ram Dass had gotten roaring drunk and begun shouting boisterously, “That’s what they call me, ‘Baba ram de ass!

He tenaegrity that those movements were called magical passes by the shamans who discovered them, because their effect on the practitioners was so astounding.

Tensegrity – about the practice of Carlos Castaneda’s magical passes

Archived from the original on October 13, According to his attorney, Deborah Drooz, Castaneda had been ill with liver cancer for some time, and it was his wish to leave his death unpublicized. There had been occasional mutterings in the mainstream press about Castaneda’s books being metaphorical in nature, but the first serious attempt to debunk his work came inwhen author-psychologist Richard de Mille son of Cecil B. The long-term significance of this event, I couldn’t tell you.


A Yaqui Way of Knowledge. The curmudgeonly Brown agreed to pass the message on to Castaneda only because, he said, I reminded him of his daughter, adding that there was no hope of Carlos replying.

He described the “magic” of the movements as a subtle change that the practitioners experience on executing them; an ephemeral quality that the movement brings to their physical and mental states, a kind of shine, a light in the eyes.

Like many young men and women of the period, I was terrified and alienated by the actions of the prevailing culture, which seemed to have gone mad; the Castaneda books were a desperately needed antidote to a world view that felt increasingly mechanistic and dispiriting.

What is the difference between the magical passes of Tensegrity and other forms of exercise like aerobics or calisthenics? Views Read View source View history. A March 5, Time article by Sandra Burton, looking at both sides of the controversy, stated:.

Retrieved 22 February After years of effort, we succeeded in merging our four highly individualistic lines of magical passes into modified units of movements applicable to any physical constitution, and all of us together arrived at composites that fulfilled our innermost expectations. Castaneda wrote that don Juan recognized him as the new nagualor leader of a party of seers of his lineage.

I could not truly live the wonder that it is to be a human being. In his fourth book, Tales of Powerwas published and chronicled the end of casttaneda apprenticeship under the tutelage of Matus. Spicer offered a somewhat mixed review of The Teachings of Don Juanhighlighting Castaneda’s expressive prose and his vivid depiction of his relationship with Don Juan.