- Hardcover: 229 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1st edition (January 20, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060175842
- ISBN-13: 978-0060175849
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico Hardcover – January 20, 1998
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Cult author Castaneda has written nine books (e.g., The Teachings of Don Juan, LJ 3/1/69) chronicling the life and practices of Yaqui sorcerer Don Juan Matus. While these books talk about the magical and shamanistic practices of Don Juan and his lineages, this new book begins with Don Juan chiding Castaneda about his physical well-being (or lack of it) and then teaching Castaneda the physical movements practiced by the sorcerers. These magical movements are called "tensegrity"?a combination of the tension of contracting and relaxing with the integrity of the body moving in one complete unit. The bulk of the book is a detailed step-by-step description and photographs of the movements, which can be done following the book but require a concentration that cuts out extraneous thought. Recommended for collections where Castaneda's other books are popular and for collections on meditation and movement.?Gail Wood, SUNY at Cortland
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About the Author
Carlos Castaneda was the author of the bestselling books, including the acknowledged classic The Teaching of Don Juan and most recently The Art of Dreaming and Magical Passes. He departed on his definitive journey in 1998.
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Here is the mature Castaneda, at his most earnest and academic, publishing information which he had held back for years while he considered the question of revealing a traditionally secret knowledge. Having decided to publish, he presents a truly revolutionary perspective on wellbeing and the intended purpose of our individual life, peppered with conversations with Carlos’ astoundingly direct mentor, the nagual don Juan Matus.
Traditionally, the magical passes were tailored to the individual, so before they could be published, it was necessary to innovate a generalised form for each pass. A formidable task in itself, that reveals the calibre and dedication of a anthropologist who has too often been cynically dismissed by armchair experts. Having re-engineered the energy exercises, Carlos named the body of revised movements “Tensegrity”, to emphasise their integrated structural functions of dynamic tension and compression.
The Toltec perspective is not easily or quickly assimilated, simply because it is culturally unprecedented ; having no familiar reference points. Yet gradually the understanding assembles itself, as if by some osmosis of the mind.
One of the key objectives of the magical passes is reclaiming personal energy which has become stagnant over our years of wear&tear. The implication is that those who persist with the magical passes can, by re-distributing disused energy, achieve the vigour and youthfulness exhibited by the nagual Juan and his party of warrior-travellers.
The passes themselves lead you to their correct form, because they embody the intent of generations of warrior-travelers. No expensive miracle tonics or preposterous beliefs required – just do the work.
Within chapters on themes of different energy types and functions, relevant physical movements are described and photographically illustrated.
For the perceptive, personal verification of the effects of each exercise is subtly immediate. No years of preparation required, simply perform the exercises and the results begin.
There is a companion DVD available from Amazon, “Carlos Castaneda’s Tensegrity”, where yet more passes are demonstrated by the “chacmools”, who were personally trained by Carlos to conduct tensegrity workshops. The DVD illustrates the velocity of movements and the application of energetic thrust, and (despite the rather wooden delivery) is a worthwhile addition to this excellent and profoundly important book.
It has passes, also known as the system of Tensegrity in it, which are to be executed by a practitioner. This is a good thing for many fans of Carlos's books as sometimes they have no way of categorizing themselves: witch - too dangerous; sorcerer - too wishy-washy; mage - too exalter and fantastic; warrior - who's to say? etc. "Tensegrity practitioner" is easier. In any case there is a great virtue in just doing the passes in the sequence that you remember without worrying about the exact order - after all they are supposed to fit you personally.
I would also purchase the DVD's (which I have reviewed elsewhere) but the DVD don't have all the forms presented in the book, so an alternative is to find an exercise group in your area. In any case, whatever is your way, it is good to start doing the passes little by little, and increase the time spent depending on your physical condition. Done right, they are a great help in several ways - they give you an increased sense of vitality, and also increase the already heightened awareness, thus a greater intensity.
Carlos' was a true mastermind by bringing this system to life. It took care of so many otherwise opened ends in his life and carrier. It is a great inheritance from a great writer...and a good man.
For those of you new to Carlos Castaneda's works, start with The Teachings of Don Juan - all books in his series are worthwhile reading and comptemplation. Highly recommended