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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The Teachings were submitted to a university press, an unlikely prospect dastaneda best-sellerdom. Next year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of The Teachings of don Juan; Simon and Schuster will publish a special thirtieth-year edition of the book, complete with a new preface from the author.

Archived from the original on 18 June In a series of articles, R. Critics have suggested that they are works of fiction; supporters claim the books are either true or at least valuable works of philosophy.

The organization’s stated purpose is “carrying out the instruction and publication of Tensegrity”. He repeated to us endlessly that without sufficient energy there is no way of conceiving any kind of genuine purpose in our lives.

Tensegrity and Magical Passes

I could not truly live the wonder that it is to be a human being. Around the time Castaneda died in Aprilhis companions Donner-Grau, Abelar and Patricia Partin tensegrtiy friends they were leaving on a long journey.

He was the subject of a cover article in the March 5, issue of Time which described him as “an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a tortilla”.

In Reading Castaneda he describes the apparent deception as a critique of anthropology field work in general — a field that relies heavily on personal tensegritt, and necessarily views other cultures through a lens. 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.

A little fudging perhaps, but not a whole system in the manner of The Teachings, written by an unknown student with, at the outset, no hope of commercial success. In the end, it was the man who mattered; for those of us lucky enough to come within his range, nothing was ever the same again. So in keeping with the terms of legalities and record-keeping that the world of everyday life requires, Carlos Castaneda was declared to have died. The word Tensegrity is borrowed from an architect, engineer, scientist and dreamer whom Carlos Castaneda admired: He also reported his date of birth as December 25, It will be conducted by a team of two Tensegrity instructors who have been working in close contact with Carlos Castaneda for at least ten years.


The result has been something I have called Tensegrity: Archived from the original on 6 June We would sometimes go to the movies. December 25, CajamarcaPeru. Tensegrity is the name given to the modern version of these movements, and the name of a series of three videos which have appeared czstaneda the last year and a half, drawing enthusiasts to filled-to-capacity workshops on Tensegrity in the U.

Castaneda wrote that don Juan recognized him as the new nagualor leader of castanedaa party of seers of his lineage. Castaneda’s first three books — The Teachings of Don Juan: After years of inaccessibility, Castaneda began making public gensegrity in what would be the last decade of his life. University of Arizona Press. The New York Review of Books. When I complained to him how I’d run out of gas the night before, for example, he told me that Don Juan had told him that if he anthropomorphized his car, it would never run out of gas again.

Castaneda withdrew from public view inliving in a large house in Westwood, California from until his death inwith three colleagues carloz he called “Fellow Travellers of Awareness. Castaneda died on April 27, [3] in Los Angeles due to complications from hepatocellular cancer.

Journal of Humanistic Psychology. The magical passes go beyond the musculature to the glandular system: My Life with Carlos Castaneda. What would you say to those who have never done the movements?

It’s so much more complex than that. I never touched on the subject of the magical passes because they were taught to me in secrecy and to aid me in my personal need; that is to say that the passes that I learned were designed for me alone, to fit my physical constitution. Yet there is no corroboration beyond Castaneda’s writings that Don Juan did what he is said to have done, and very little that he exists at all. A Yaqui Way of Knowledgepp.

For other uses, see Tensegrity. 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.

Carlos Castaneda

Since his death, Carol Tiggs, a colleague of Castaneda, has spoken at workshops throughout tensegity world, including at Ontario, California inSochi, Russia in and Merida, Yucatan in In the case of the magical passes, Tensegrity refers to the interplay of tensing and relaxing the tendons and muscles, and their energetic counterparts, in a way that contributes to the overall integrity of the body as a physical and an energetic unit.


Each of his other students has a set of magical passes taught exclusively to them, exclusively geared to tensegritg of their energetic configurations – to their personalities. Here, Carlos Castaneda provides the reader with direct instruction on casatneda magical passes, a series of bodily movements taught to him by don Juan Matus. The magical passes, by helping us store energy, help us to grasp the idea of purposefulness in our thoughts and actions.

His 12 books have sold more than 28 million copies in 17 languages.

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 gensegrity overall integrity. Tensegrity seminars, books, and other merchandise were sold through Cleargreen. He recounted how famous gestalt therapist and “horny old goat” Fritz Perls had barged unwittingly into Castaneda’s darkened bedroom at Big Sur’s Esalen Institute, mistakenly thinking it empty, and proceeded to have a noisy, amorous tryst with a young acolyte – much to Castaneda’s amusement.

Moehringer appeared in the Darlos Angeles Times.

Views Read View source View history. The Power and the Allegory. From Los Angeles Weekly, by Celeste Fremon For me the world is weird tensegity it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, at this marvelous time.

In the end, it’s the work that mattered, whatever its provenance. Castaneda often referred to this unknown realm as “nonordinary reality. He spoke of this subtle change as a “touch of the spirit”; as if practitioners, through the movements, reestablish an unused link with the life force that sustains them.