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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Luis Marquez, the brother of Talia Bey, went to police in over his sister’s disappearance, but was unable to convince them that it merited investigation.

There was no public service; Castaneda was cremated and the ashes were sent to Mexico. Don Juan explained to me that in specific states of heightened awareness called dreaming, those men and women were able to reach levels of optimum physical balance. Castaneda never did that. In the end, it’s the teensegrity that mattered, whatever its provenance. The word Tensegrity is borrowed from an architect, engineer, scientist and dreamer whom Carlos Castaneda admired: Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

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.

Archived from the original on 25 July — via www. Carlos Castaneda 20th-century American writers births deaths American anthropologists American spiritual writers Deaths from cancer in California Deaths from liver cancer Peruvian emigrants to the United Castwneda Shamanism of the Americas University of Castaneca, Los Angeles alumni.


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 carls in a tortilla”. According to his death certificate, the best-known proponent of “non-ordinary reality” passed out of this world nearly two months earlier, on April castansda, at his home in Westwood.


Here, Carlos Castaneda provides the reader with direct instruction on the magical passes, a series of bodily movements taught to him by don Juan Matus.

Scholars have debated “whether Castaneda actually served as an apprentice to the alleged Yaqui sorcerer don Juan Matus or if he invented the whole odyssey. 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.

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Retrieved 14 July Through practicing these movements, those shamans were able to achieve a superb physical and mental balance. Castxneda would call me back from some pay phone in order to arrange a time. But some of those who knew him well have arrived at a provisional answer.

Moehringer appeared in the Los Angeles Times. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The magical passes, by helping us store energy, help us to grasp tesnegrity idea of purposefulness in our thoughts and actions.

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.

The word Tensegrity is a combination of tension and integrity, the two driving forces of the magical passes. The investigating authorities ruled Partin’s death as undetermined.

His 12 books have sold more than 28 million copies in 17 languages. His eyes – supremely watchful, intensely alive, often projecting an improbable combination of grief and amusement — were the most remarkable thing about him.

Scheduled to appear in is a new book from HarperCollins by the author, entitled Magical Passes: The long-term significance of this event, I couldn’t tell you.


In Don Juanian terms, “stopping the world” was letting go of the last vestiges of cultural preconceptions. Many of the concepts in the books – the notion of turning off one’s internal dialogue in order to apprehend an expanded reality, dispensing with one’s ego in order to follow “a path with heart,” having an awareness of one’s death in order to live life fully – each had direct parallels in other philosophical and religious disciplines.

Castaneda never showed for the meeting, but a week later, he called me at the office. 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. 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.

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. I could not truly live the wonder that it is to be a human being.

Carlos Castaneda’s Tensegrity – Dreaming Castaneda

The positive results are almost immediate, if tensegeity practices meticulously and daily – increased energy generates calmness, efficiency and purpose. What would you say to those who have never done the movements? In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.