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Carlos Castaneda

Birthdate: 25. December 1925
Date of death: 27. April 1998

Carlos Castaneda was an American author with a Ph.D. in anthropology.

Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly with a group whose lineage descended from the Toltecs. The books, narrated in the first person, relate his experiences under the tutelage of a Yaqui "Man of Knowledge" named don Juan Matus. His 12 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 lead one to an awareness of energies, beings and worlds which lie outside the perceptual paradigm of the vast majority of human beings on this planet.

Castaneda withdrew from public view in 1973 to work further on his inner development, living in a large house in Westwood, California, with three colleagues whom he called "Fellow Travellers of Awareness." He founded Cleargreen, an organization that promotes Tensegrity, which Dr. Castaneda described as the modern version of the “magical passes” of the shamans of ancient Mexico. Magical Passes comprise bodily movements discovered in dream states by shamans of don Juan’s lineage, expanding their powers of perception.

Works

The Wheel of Time
The Wheel of Time
Carlos Castaneda
Journey to Ixtlan
Journey to Ixtlan
Carlos Castaneda
A Separate Reality
Carlos Castaneda

„We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye.“

—  Carlos Castaneda, book Journey to Ixtlan

Source: The Wheel of Time: Shamans of Ancient Mexico, Their Thoughts About Life, Death and the Universe, (1998), Quotations from "Journey to Ixtlan" (Chapter 8)

„A warrior doesn't need personal history. One day, he finds it is no longer necessary for him, and he drops it.“

—  Carlos Castaneda, book The Wheel of Time

Source: The Wheel of Time: Shamans of Ancient Mexico, Their Thoughts About Life, Death and the Universe], (1998), Quotations from "Journey to Ixtlan" (Chapter 8)

„We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.“

—  Carlos Castaneda, book Journey to Ixtlan

Variant: We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same
Source: Journey to Ixtlan

„For a warrior, to be inaccessible means that he touches the world around him sparingly. And above all, he deliberately avoids exhausting himself and others. He doesn’t use and squeeze people until they have shriveled to nothing, especially the people he loves.“

—  Carlos Castaneda

Carlos Castaneda, The Wheel of Time: The Shamans of Ancient Mexico, Their Thoughts about Life, Death and the Universe
Source: https://books.google.com/books?id=aqz4lHgxNNYC&lpg=PP1&dq=castaneda%20wheel%20of%20time&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q=%22inaccessible%20means%20that%20he%20touches%22&f=false

„Life in itself is sufficient, self-explanatory and complete.“

—  Carlos Castaneda, book Journey to Ixtlan

Source: Journey to Ixtlan

„Nobody knows who I am or what I do. Not even I.

Don Juan Matus“

—  Carlos Castaneda, book Journey to Ixtlan

Source: Journey to Ixtlan

„A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting… Thus a man of knowledge sweats and puffs and if one looks at him he is just like an ordinary man, except that the folly of his life is under his control.“

—  Carlos Castaneda

Source: Carlos Castaneda (1971) Separate Reality: Conversations With Don Juan. p. 85; As cited in: Eugene Dupuis (2001) Time Shift: Managing Time to Create a Life You Love. Ch. 5: Self Management

„A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war: wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it might never live to regret it“

—  Carlos Castaneda

Source: The Wheel of Time: Shamans of Ancient Mexico, Their Thoughts About Life, Death and the Universe, (1998), Quotations from The Teachings of Don Juan (Chapter 4)

„Think about it: what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.“

—  Carlos Castaneda

Variant: Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it - what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.
Source: Fire from Within

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