Carlos Castaneda

Year of birth : 1925
Place of birth : Cajamarca, Peru
Teacher/Guru : Don Juan
Education : B.A., Ph.D An Anthropology Student at University of California
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“ The art of being a warrior is to balance the

wonder and the terror of being alive. ”

“ Intent is not a thought, or an object, or a wish.

Intent is what can make a man succeed when his

thoughts tell him that he is defeated.

It operates in spite of the warrior's indulgence.

Intent is what makes him invulnerable.

Intent is what sends a shaman through a wall,

through space, to infinity. ”

“ All of us, whether or not we are warriors,

have a cubic centimeter of chance that pops out in

front of our eyes from time to time.

The difference between an average man and a

warrior is that the warrior is aware of this, and one

of his tasks is to be alert, deliberately waiting, so

that when his cubic centimeter pops out he has the

necessary speed, the prowess, to pick it up. ”

Books by the Master

" The Teachings of Don Juan “ … “ Journey to Ixtlan “ … “ A Separate Reality “ … “ Power of Silence “ … 

“ Fire from Within “ … “ Magical passes “ … “ The active side of infinity “ … “ TALES OF POWER “ … 
“ The Eagle's Gift “ … “ The Wheel Of Time “ … “ The Second Ring of Power “ … “ The art of dreaming "


Carlos Arana Castaneda was a Peruvian-American author and student of anthropology. His first 3 books were written whilst an anthropology student and were written as a research log of the time he was an apprentice of Don Juan. He was awarded his bachelor's and doctoral degrees for these books.

Carlos Castaneda became the student of a Yaqui Shaman, Don Juan, from 1961 till the Autumn of 1965 in Mexico, inspiring him to write 12 books and several academic articles, plus three videos, that portrayed his active participation and experiences, knowledge and skills gained whilst under the tuition of the Yaqui Shamans, primarily Don Juan. He was trained in traditional Mesoamerican Shamanism. Castaneda sometimes called this sorcery. He went on to lead a party of 3 female seers. Castaneda states that some of his daily perception was focused in a realm accessible, but not easily reachable, by 'ordinary' men/women and hinted that he was a connection to this realm, which he named nonordinary reality, for his party of seers. This suggests this reality was real, but completely different to the reality experienced by the masses.

Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his alleged training in shamanism. The books, narrated in the first person, relate his supposed experiences under the tutelage of a Yaqui "Man of Knowledge" named Don Juan Matus. His 11 books have sold more than 28 million copies in 17 languages. 

He founded Cleargreen, an organization that promoted tensegrity, purportedly a traditional Toltec regimen of spiritually powerful exercises. Castaneda began to promote Tensegrity, a group of movements that he claimed had been passed down by 25 generations of Toltec shamans. On 16 June 1995, articles of incorporation executed by George Short were filed to create Cleargreen Incorporated. The Cleargreen statement of purpose says in part, Cleargreen is a corporation that has a twofold purpose. First, it sponsors and organizes seminars and workshops on Carlos Castaneda's Tensegrity, and second, it is a publishing house." Cleargreen published three videos of Tensegrity movements.