Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Castaneda's Don Juan: Alive and Well?

Don Juan

Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly a group that he called 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. The books became a classic in OBE literature, but readers were left to wonder if there was a real Don Juan inspiration.

Castaneda's first three books – The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge; A Separate Reality; and Journey to Ixtlan – were written while he was an anthropology student at the University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA). He wrote these books as his research log describing his apprenticeship with a traditional "Man of Knowledge" identified as don Juan Matus, a Yaqui Indian from northern Mexico. Castaneda was awarded his bachelor's and doctoral degrees based on the work described in these books.

In 1974 his fourth book, Tales of Power, was published and chronicled the end of his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Matus. In his books, Castaneda narrates in first person the events leading to his 1960 introduction to Matus, a half-Yaqui "Man of Knowledge", and his subsequent experiences with him.

He also says the sorcerer bequeathed him the position of nagual, or leader of a party of seers. Matus also used the term nagual to signify that part of perception which is in the realm of the unknown yet still reachable by man, implying that, for his party of seers, Don Juan was a connection in some way to that unknown. Castaneda often referred to this unknown realm as nonordinary reality - what others might call the extraphysical or astral realms.

Tata Kachora

Physicist, consciousness scholar and practitioner and musician Thomas Orr Anderson - who will be a speaker at the upcoming ICC conference in Portugal (http://ICC.iacworld.org) has been delving deeply under the guidance of Tata Kachora, a 101 year-old Yaqui-Mayan nagual medicine man. 

There are those who believe that Carlos Castaneda was once his student and based the character Don Juan upon him... If that is the case, he is now studying with one of the most famous medicine men ever and an experienced lucid projector -- one most people believed to be either dead or a myth. 

Even if that is not the case, Anderson was sufficiently impressed by his wisdom and abilities to dedicate significant time and resources to document some of his knowledge on preserve some of his vast knowledge of plant medicine, spiritual evolution and multidimensionality for posterity.

For the last 4 years, Thomas has been working on a film about Tata. His team has one last 2-month journey to make to finish the filming. For this purpose, they just launched an IndieGoGo campaign: http://igg.me/at/SevenRedCircles

Visit the campaign page for a video trailer and to learn more about the project. 

You can also meet Thomas Anderson at the 1st International Congress of Conscientiology (Consciousness Science) in Portugal, May 22 - 24, 2015 where he will discuss a consciousness technology for OBE and energy development.

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