Tensegrity (Castaneda)

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Tensegrity is a term used by Carlos Castaneda to refer to the modern form of the way of being taught to him by his teacher Don Juan Matus, and includes some movements called magical passes (positions of body and breath) that he said were developed by indigenous peoples of the Americas who lived in Mexico in times prior to the Spanish conquest.[1]

Cleargreen Inc[edit]

Castaneda and the other students of Don Juan created Cleargreen Incorporated in 1995.[2] The purpose of Cleargreen as mentioned on its web page is "carrying out the instruction and publication of Tensegrity". Cleargreen has been organizing and leading classes and workshops on Tensegrity in North and South America, Europe and Russia.

The name Cleargreen originates from the belief of ancient Mexican sorcerers, who stated that the different energies had different hues. The hue of the human energy nowadays is said to be off-whitish and in ancient times it used to be clear green.

Castaneda also published the book Magical Passes in 1998. Magical Passes contains a series of instructions for performing a set of Tensegrity movements. With the aid of the company Laugan Productions, Castaneda also published instructional video recordings of Tensegrity movements.


In the late 1990s, Castaneda was living in secrecy and he required the same from his students. One of the prominent students, Patricia Partin, went missing shortly after Castaneda's death in 1998. Her whereabouts were not known for certain until her remains were discovered in Death Valley National Park in 2003 and positively identified by DNA testing in 2006. The cause of death could not be determined.[3]

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