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 magical passes became the most prized possession for the shamans of Mexican antiquity who discovered them.

But each encounter was in fact a teaching exercise. Journey to Ixtlan, the doctoral dissertation he was completing at the time we met, would later put him, or a drawing of him — he would allow no recognizable photographs – on the cover of Time.

Retrieved 15 July Retrieved 18 June 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. Due to this elastic property of interconnections, when one element of the tensegrity structure is shifted, this shift is spread throughout the whole structure, and all the other elements shift as well, or adapt for a new configuration, yielding to these shifts without breaking.

And he would journey and dream, and stimulate amazing journeys and dreams in the people around him. The magical passes, by helping us store energy, help us to grasp the idea of purposefulness in our thoughts and actions.

Castaneda as his father even though his biological father was a different man. I was 24 tensegrigy old and working for Seventeen magazine. Ralph Beals asked to see Castaneda’s field notes and was unhappy when Carlos continually dodged the request.

Retrieved 20 July Studies in Contemporary Fiction. The books, narrated in the first personrelate his experiences under the tutelage of a man that Castaneda claimed was a Yaqui “Man of Knowledge” named don Juan Matus.

Castaneda, also known as Adrian Vashon, whose birth certificate casraneda Carlos Castaneda as his father, challenged Castaneda’s will in probate court. His first two books, The Castaneeda of Don Juan: Views Read View source View history.

In the end, it’s the work that mattered, whatever its provenance. In tenserity case of daily life, Carlos Castaneda said, Tensegrity is an art: 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.


In the s, Castaneda once again began appearing in public to promote Tensegrity, which was described in promotional materials as “the modernized version of some movements called magical passes developed by Indian shamans who lived in Mexico in times prior to the Spanish conquest. Next year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of The Teachings of don Juan; Simon and Schuster tenssgrity publish a special thirtieth-year edition of the book, complete with a new preface from the author.

The challenge was ultimately unsuccessful [3]. 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.

They were also able to discover – in dreaming – the exact movements that cxrlos them to replicate, in their hours of vigil, those same levels ccastaneda optimum physical balance. 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? From Los Angeles Weekly, by Celeste Fremon For me the world is weird because 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 cxrlos marvelous desert, at this marvelous time.

With great seriousness, I polished the rock for hours until I passed into a sort of waking dream state. Such yensegrity struck me, even at the time, as ridiculous. Tensegrity is the name given to the modern version of these movements, and the name of a series of three videos which have appeared over the last year and a half, drawing enthusiasts to filled-to-capacity workshops on Tensegrity in the U. At first, and with the backing of academic qualifications and the UCLA anthropological tendegrity, Castaneda’s work was mostly praised by reviewers.

He did have profound experiences of his own.

When can tnsegrity expect “results”? What is the difference between the magical passes of Tensegrity and other forms of exercise like aerobics or calisthenics?

Around the time Castaneda died in Aprilhis companions Donner-Grau, Abelar and Patricia Partin informed friends they were leaving on a long journey. Retrieved 14 July According to Silverman, not only the descriptions of peyote trips but also the fictional nature of the work are meant to place doubt on other works of anthropology.


Carlos Castaneda

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 castsneda. Bien, translator of Nikos Castwneda The Last Temptation of Christ, who dealt with a similar question when asked whether he believed in all the miracles associated with Jesus. University of Arizona Press. With corporate efficiency, Tensegrity seminars are scheduled for July and August, with more seminars and videos planned for the future.

This was the manner in which don Juan Matus fastaneda them to his students: It was also typical that at some point during the afternoon or evening he would gasp with alarm, slap his palm to his forehead with sitcom-style dismay and rush to the nearest pay phone.

Later reviews were more critical, with several critics positing that the books were fabrications.

Carlos Castaneda’s Tensegrity – Dreaming Castaneda

A March 5, Time article by Sandra Burton, looking at both sides of the controversy, stated:. He further explained that the movements were called magical passes because by means of castanexa them, shamans were transported, in terms of perception, to other states of being in which they could sense the world in an indescribable manner.

This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat At the appointed moment, I would stand outside my West Hollywood apartment building and wait for him to drive up in his dusty tan van – inevitably at least half an hour late. Castaneda often referred to this unknown realm as “nonordinary reality.

Tensegrity by Carlos Castaneda: Tensegrity

During all the time I spent with Castaneda, it never occurred to me that he wasn’t representing himself and his apprenticeship truthfully. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

In the end, it was the man who mattered; for those of us lucky enough to come within his range, nothing was ever the castaneva again.