Don Juan Matus
Don Juan Matus, is a spiritual guide (teacher) in the series of books on Nagualism 'Sorcery' by Carlos Castaneda. Don Juan is described as a Yaqui Indian to whom Castaneda was first introduced at a bus depot in Yuma, Arizona, in the early 1960s. A 'Man of Knowledge' who imparts much of his wisdom and clarity through his 'connection' with Castaneda. The Knowledge is passed on to Castaneda by means of actual experiences, simple exercises and much patience on the part of both which ends in further transforming Castaneda's view of the world.
Understanding virtual realities and holograms, will be of great help in understanding Don Juan's teachings. "Anatomy" of the human holograph, is key to understanding what is the "assembly point"(lens), the "luminous egg" (holographic field), filaments (frequencies), the "intent", the "will", etc. The "assembly point", mentioned in the teachings, is kind of a "decodifier" (tuner, reading lens) which (aprox at age 7) fixes in a certain position, thus "decodifies" only a certain "band" of filaments (frequencies, datalines).
As consequence of this fixation, the "lens" decodifies (reads) only this reality we call "our universe". If the "assembly point" moves, it decodifies different frequencies (universes). Same way as our TV decodifier changes "channels" (frequencies), the reposition of the "assembly point" will "read" other band frequencies called "universes". Don Juan's art of "deaming" is the art of mastering the decodifier. Magic and sorcery is just high tech, which we do not understand nor dominate.
In Carlos Castaneda's memories (thirteen books)
'Don Juan' is presented as an unmarried old man, of Yaqui indigenous ancestry, with great strength and agility, who in spite of never been to college speaks excellent Spanish and English. Don Juan could portray different personalities, sometimes as a poor peasant, others, as a well-off investor.
Castaneda's memories, reflect his own "evolution" from a naive anthropology student to a "mid range nagual". The same experiences are analyzed once and once again, from the different view points based on his own increased awareness. Thus, the first books are mostly "tales of power" but lack the insight of the real shamanic goal.... The most interesting part of Don Juan teachings arise along with Castaneda's evolution as a "three point nagual" (normally naguals are "four point", thus, this is the reason, Castaneda could not perform as the rest of the apprentices )
Don Juan presents himself to Castaneda, as a 'brujo' (Spanish for Magician, paranormal, sorcerer, healer, shaman) who had inherited (presumably through a lineage of teachers) an ancient Mesoamerican practice for vastly enhancing one's awareness of, and interaction with, the energies of the Universe and its assorted beings.
Don Juan was an expert in the use of various psychotropic plants like psychedelic mushrooms, datura and the peyote found in the Mexican deserts. These were used as aid to reach states of non-ordinary reality aimed to break Carlos' "reality". In some of the late books, Don Juan tells Castaneda that psychotropics are not desirable, neither needed, that they were administrated to Carlos because he was so stupidly fix, that they were needed as a mean to "displace and move" the "assembly point" (decodifier) Mentioning that none of the other apprentices needed the "fix".
'For me there is only the traveling on the paths that have a HEART.. And the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length.
And, there I travel, looking, looking, breathlessly.'
Castaneda's books featuring Don Juan Matus
- The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (1968) ISBN 0-520-21757-8
- A Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan (1971) ISBN 0-671-73249-8
- Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan (1972) ISBN 0-671-73246-3
- Tales of Power (1974) ISBN 0-671-73252-8
- The Second Ring of Power (1977) ISBN 0-671-73247-1
- The Eagle's Gift (1981) ISBN 0-671-73251-X
- The Fire from Within (1984) ISBN 0-671-73250-1
- The Power of Silence: Further Lessons of Don Juan (1987) ISBN 0-671-73248-X
- The Art of Dreaming (1993) ISBN 0-06-092554-X
- The Active Side of Infinity
- The Wheel of Time (1998) ISBN 0-9664116-0-9
Media featuring Juan Matus
- "Juan Matus" – a song by Zoos of Berlin, in album "Taxis."
In subsequent works
In their writings, Taisha Abelar, Florinda Donner, the "witches", also included the character of don Juan Matus, although he went by different pseudonyms such as Mariano Aureliano. In all of these books don Juan Matus was a nagual who was the leader of a group of practitioners in the tradition of mystical self-actualization.