“Carlos Arana Castañeda (Spanish: [ˈkaɾlos aˈɾana kastaˈɲeða]; December 25, 1925 – April 27, 1998) was a Peruvian-American author with a Ph.D. in anthropology.
Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castañeda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism. The books, narrated in the first person, relate his 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. Critics have suggested that they are works of fiction; supporters claim the books are either true or at least valuable works of philosophy and descriptions of practices which enable an increased awareness.
Castañeda withdrew from public view in 1973 to work further on his inner development, living in a large house with three women ("Fellow Travelers of Awareness") who were ready to cut their ties to family and changed their names. He founded Cleargreen, an organization that promoted tensegrity, purportedly a traditional Toltec regimen of spiritually powerful exercises.”
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Don Juan the Sorcerer - Carlos Castaneda interviewed by Theodore Roszakhttps://archive.org/details/DonJuanTheSorcerer-CarlosCastanedaInterviewedByTheodoreRoszakDON JUAN THE SORCERER - Carlos Castaneda interviewed by Theodore Roszak. Author of "The Teachings of Don Juan" discusses his experiences with hallucinogenic substances used under the guidance of his Yaqui Indian teacher, don Juan Matus. BROADCAST: KPFA, 30 Jan. 1969.(37 min.) BB2038 Pacifica Radio Archives.
“The senses are like a screen to which projections from the universe can be displayed. Projections from another world. These projections are an act of WAR.The studio of Controlled Folly. The projection of Carlos Castaneda.”Among their offerings were a number of animated original videos featuring the adventures of Carlos including this gem.
“At the heart of Castaneda’s movement was a group of intensely devoted women, all of whom were or had been his lovers. They were known as the witches, and two of them, Florinda Donner-Grau and Taisha Abelar, vanished the day after Castaneda’s death, along with Cleargreen president Amalia Marquez and Tensegrity instructor Kylie Lundahl. A few weeks later, Patricia Partin, Castaneda’s adopted daughter as well as his lover, also disappeared. In February 2006, a skeleton found in Death Valley, Calif., was identified through DNA analysis as Partin’s.Some former Castaneda associates suspect the missing women committed suicide. They cite remarks the women made shortly before vanishing, and point to Castaneda’s frequent discussion of suicide in private group meetings. Achieving transcendence through a death nobly chosen, they maintain, had long been central to his teachings.”To read the whole story click here.