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12. MAGICAL PASSES - Carlos Castaneda - ©1998

12. MAGICAL PASSES - Carlos Castaneda - ©1998

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Magical Passes - The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico - CarlosCastaneda - ©1998NOTE; This is a .txt document and as such cannot include the illustrations foundin the original work. To obtain the complete work including the illustrations please download the .rtf or the .docx file included in this website.NOTE: To avoid the risk of injury, consult your physician before beginning thisor any physical movement program. Special caution is advised to pregnant women to consult a physician before practicing these movements. The instructions presented are in no way intended as a substitute for medical counselling. The Author,Publisher, and Copyright Holder of this work disclaim any liability or loss in connection with the movements described herein.The two practitioners of Tensegrity demonstrating the magical passes are Kylie Lundahl and Miles Reid.To every one of the practitioners of Tensegrity, who, by rallying their forces around it, have put me in touch with energetic formulations that were never available to don Juan Matus or the shamans of his lineage.CONTENTSIntroductionMagical PassesTensegrityThe Six Series of TensegrityThe First Series: The Series for Preparing IntentThe First Group: Mashing Energy for IntentThe Second Group: Stirring Up Energy for IntentThe Third Group: Gathering Energy for IntentThe Fourth Group: Breathing In the Energy of IntentThe Second Series: The Series for the WombThe First Group: Magical Passes Belonging to Taisha AbelarThe Second Group: A Magical Pass Directly Related to Florinda Donner-GrauThe Third Group: Magical Passes That Have to Do Exclusively with Carol TiggsThe Fourth Group: Magical Passes That Belong to the Blue ScoutThe Third Series: The Series of the Five Concerns: The Westwood SeriesThe First Group: The Centre for DecisionsThe Second Group: The RecapitulationThe Third Group: DreamingThe Fourth Group: Inner SilenceThe Fourth Series: The Separation of the Left Body and the Right Body: The HeatSeriesThe First Group: Stirring Energy on the Left Body and the Right BodyThe Second Group: Mixing Energy from the Left Body and the Right BodyThe Third Group: Moving the Energy of the Left Body and the Right Body with theBreathThe Fourth Group: The Predilection of the Left Body and the Right BodyThe Five Magical Passes for the Left BodyThe Three Magical Passes for the Right BodyThe Fifth Series: The Masculinity SeriesThe First Group: Magical Passes in Which the Hands Are Moved in Unison but HeldSeparatelyThe Second Group: The Magical Passes for Focusing Tendon EnergyThe Third Group: The Magical Passes for Building EnduranceThe Sixth Series: Devices Used in Conjunction with Specific Magical PassesThe First CategoryThe Second Category
 
INTRODUCTIONDon Juan Matus, a master sorcerer, a nagual, as master sorcerers are called whenthey lead a group of other sorcerers, introduced me to the cognitive world of shamans who lived in Mexico in ancient times. Don Juan Matus was an Indian who was born in Yuma, Arizona. His father was a Yaqui Indian from Sonora, Mexico, andhis mother was presumably a Yuma Indian from Arizona. Don Juan lived in Arizonauntil he was ten years old. He was then taken by his father to Sonora, Mexico, where they were caught in the endemic Yaqui wars against the Mexicans. His fatherwas killed, and as a ten-year-old child don Juan ended up in Southern Mexico, where he grew up with relatives.At the age of twenty, he came in contact with a master sorcerer. His name was Julian Osorio. He introduced don Juan into a lineage of sorcerers that was purported to be twenty-five generations long. He was not an Indian at all, but the sonof European immigrants to Mexico. Don Juan related to me that the nagual Julianhad been an actor, and that he was a dashing person - a raconteur, a mime, adored by everybody, influential, commanding. In one of his theatrical tours to the provinces, the actor Julian Osorio fell under the influence of another nagual, Elias Ulloa, who transmitted to him the knowledge of his lineage of sorcerers.Don Juan Matus, following the tradition of his lineage of shamans, taught some bodily movements which he called magical passes to his four disciples: Taisha Abelar, Florinda Donner-Grau, Carol Tiggs, and myself. He taught them to us in thesame spirit in which they had been for generations, with one notable departure:he eliminated the excessive ritual which had surrounded the teaching and performance of those magical passes for generations. Don Juan's comments in this respect were that ritual had lost its impetus as new generations of practitioners became more interested in efficiency and functionalism. He recommended to me, however, that under no circumstances should I talk about the magical passes with any of his disciples or with people in general. His reasons were that the magical passes pertained exclusively to each person, and that their effect was so shattering, it was better just to practice them without discussing them.Don Juan Matus taught me everything he knew about the sorcerers of his lineage.He stated, asserted, affirmed and explained to me every nuance of his knowledge.Therefore, everything I say about the magical passes is a direct result of hisinstruction. The magical passes were not invented. They were discovered by the shamans of don Juan's lineage who lived in Mexico in ancient times, while they were in shamanistic states of heightened awareness. The discovery of the magical passes was quite accidental. It began as very simple queries about the nature ofan incredible sensation of well-being that those shamans experienced in those states of heightened awareness when they held certain bodily positions, or when they moved their limbs in some specific manner. Their sensation of well-being hadbeen so intense that their drive to repeat those movements in their normal awareness became the focus of all their endeavours.By all appearances, they succeeded in their task, and found themselves the possessors of a very complex series of movements that, when practiced, yielded them tremendous results in terms of mental and physical prowess. In fact, the resultsof performing these movements were so dramatic that they called them magical passes. They taught them for generations only to shaman initiates on a personal basis, following elaborate rituals and secret ceremonies.Don Juan Matus, in teaching the magical passes, departed radically from tradition. Such a departure forced don Juan to reformulate the pragmatic goal of the magical passes. He presented this goal to me not so much as the enhancement of mental and physical balance, as it had been in the past, but as the practical possibility of redeploying energy. He explained that such a departure was due to the influence of the two naguals who had preceded him.
 
It was the belief of the sorcerers of don Juan's lineage that there is an inherent amount of energy existing in each one of us, an amount which is not subject to the onslaughts of outside forces for augmenting it or for decreasing it. Theybelieved that this quantity of energy was sufficient to accomplish something which those sorcerers deemed to be the obsession of every man on Earth: breaking the parameters of normal perception. Don Juan Matus was convinced that our incapacity to break those parameters was induced by our culture and social milieu. He maintained that our culture and social milieu deployed every bit of our inherentenergy in fulfilling established behavioural patterns which didn't allow us to break those parameters of normal perception."Why in the world would I or anyone else, want to break those parameters?" I asked don Juan on one occasion."Breaking those parameters is the unavoidable issue of mankind," he replied. "Breaking them means the entrance into unthinkable worlds of a pragmatic value in no way different from the value of our world of everyday life. Regardless of whether or not we accept this premise, we are obsessed with breaking those parameters and we fail miserably at it, hence the profusion of drugs and stimulants and religious rituals and ceremonies among modern man.""Why do you think we have failed so miserably, don Juan?" I asked."Our failure to fulfil our subliminal wish," he said, "is due to the fact that we tackle it in a helter-skelter way. Our tools are too crude. They are equivalent to trying to bring down a wall by ramming it with the head. Man never considers this breakage in terms of energy. For sorcerers, success is determined only bythe accessibility or the inaccessibility energy."Since it is impossible," he continued, "to augment our inherent energy, the only avenue open for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico was the redeployment of that energy. For them, this process of redeployment began with the magical passes andthe way they affected the physical body."Don Juan stressed in every way possible, while imparting his instruction, the fact that the enormous emphasis the shamans of his lineage had put on physical prowess and mental well-being had lasted to the present day. I was able to corroborate the truth of his statements by observing him and his fifteen sorcerer-companions. Their superb physical and mental balance was the most obvious feature about them.Don Juan's reply when I once asked him directly why sorcerers put so much stockin the physical side of man was a total surprise to me. I had always thought that he himself was a spiritual man."Shamans are not spiritual at all," he said. "They are very practical beings. Itis a well-known fact, however, that shamans are generally regarded as eccentric, or even insane. Perhaps that is what makes you think that they are spiritual.They seem insane because they are always trying to explain things that cannot beexplained. In the course of such futile attempts to give complete explanationsthat cannot be completed under any circumstances, they lose all coherence and say inanities."You need a pliable body, if you want physical prowess and level headedness," hewent on. "These are the two most important issues in the lives of shamans, because they bring forth sobriety and pragmatism: the only indispensable requisitesfor entering into other realms of perception. To navigate, in a genuine way, inthe unknown necessitates an attitude of daring, but not one of recklessness. Inorder to establish a balance between audacity and recklessness, a sorcerer has t

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