March 10, 2012

Carlos Castaneda's Tensegrity

This work of mine is an illustration for an article on Carlos Castaneda's enregy work system, called Tensegrity, which is based on movements and alligning the energy flows:
 Carlos Castaneda is a very controversial spiritual writer, whose books on his experience with a Yaqui Indian Sorcerer Don Juan Matus are world-famous. His writings are still widely discussed in an attempt to figure out the amount of truth vs fiction in them. The mystical world that he creates is highly believable and fascinating and some of the antropologists who studied his work say that the things that he wrote could come out only from a mouth of a real Indian, so the authenticity of them is clear. But the magical view of the world that Carlos Castaneda offers in his books is very hard to embrace with the normal western view of reality, so the authenticity of his "magic" experience is questioned. His work speaks of a spiritual seeking through native Indian methods, which include the use of hallucinogenic plants, ritual performing e t.c.
I tried to merge the main symbol of the Tensegrity System's approach to human body, created by Carlos Castaneda at the end of his life, - the Tree ( an interdependent growing system, connected with all the elements of  Nature) with the general psychodelic and surreal feel of his books in this illustration.

Quotes by Carlos Castaneda:

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.

Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.”

““The internal dialogue is what grounds people in the daily world. The world is such and such or so and so, only because we talk to ourselves about its being such and such and so and so. The passageway into the world of shamans opens up after the warrior has learned to shut off his internal dialogue.””

The self-confidence of the warrior is not the self-confidence of the average man. The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness. The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity.

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