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Date: 95-05-04 02:29:34 EDT

At the Tensegrity Workshop held at Longmont, Colorado on April 21, this is what The Nagual Woman Carol Tiggs said occurred at her first meeting with Don Juan and Carlos Castaneda.

Carol Tiggs said she was in Mexico city studying art history. She said she was a spoiled girl who spoke with a pronounced lisp that she thought made her adorable. One night, when walking alone in Alameda Park, she noticed an old man and a young, short, stocky man both staring at her from a short distance away. They looked like "coarse Mexicans" to her. She started to walk fast in order to distance herself from them, but they kept approaching. The young man came up close to her and she heard the old man say, "Don't let her get away. Grab her by the leg if you can." The young man was at a loss as to what to do. He said, "Are you an American? What's your name? How old are you? Do you have a boy friend?" Carol was truly panicking at this point and threatening to scream for the police, when the old man let out a tremendous belch. She found herself frozen to the spot and announcing, "My name is Carol Tiggs. I'm 19 years old and I don't have a boyfriend." The young man (Carlos) "was revolted by my lisp, "she said. She told them where she was staying and they visited her while she was in Mexico. By the time she returned home, a fog had closed in around the memory of those two men.

Upon her return, she told her parents about her vague half memories of being accosted by two Mexicans and her inability to remember what happened after that. Her parents thought she had been drugged and molested. They sent her to a psychiatrist. She proceeded with her life as an art history student in college.

Carol said that Don Juan used his prodigious belch to fixate her attention for an instant upon him. He made a gesture with his hand and Carol's attention crossed from the right to the left side awareness. She said that in her case, she didn't experience a slap on the shoulder blade like Carlos did. All Don Juan ever had to do to make her enter into "heightened awareness" was fix her attention on his left eye and make a gesture with his hand.

All of Carlos' and Carol's interaction in Mexico, after that initial chase, occurred in a state of heightened awareness. Once back in normal "right side awareness", Carlos remembered nothing of the event, and Carol remembered only that part before Don Juan made her cross over with his Nagual's gesture.

Years later, Don Juan approached Carol Tiggs again in an entirely different context. She was working in a Government office, as described in _The Eagles Gift_. Carol didn't remember Don Juan at all. He applied stalking and convinced Carol to cross an imaginary boundary. Then Don Juan delivered a blow to her Luminous body and sent her assemblage point to a position of heightened awareness that she didn't emerge from. He revealed "The Rule" to her. Only after reentering heightened awareness did she remember her previous interactions with Carlos and Don Juan in Mexico.


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Date: Sun, 21 May 1995 18:44:58 -0600 (MDT)

Notes to the Longmont Workshop, 4/21-23/95. Part 1 of 2 (3rd revision).

[Transcribers note: These are my partial, and hastily written notes, and my fragmentary memory. many of the words are my own listening and interpretation. More corrections requested. Many thanks to those who sent in corrections, additions, and revulsions!]

The word given is final. There is no court of appeals in the world of sorcerers. We are the last of the Chac Mools. ... bear the stamp of the Chac Mools.

New passes --- Gift to the people of Colorado

will you be able to jump like a cat 35 years from now? you look good now. but to look good in 30 years, is .... Carlos can jump like a cat.

Tensegrity - an architectural term. basically movements to bring back the energy body and stop the mind. do passes w/intent of bringing energy body back,w/total intesity of focus, to allow something else to come in.

Shoulder rolls:
this is a warm up move.
let your arms hang loosely. roll your shoulders up, forward, and drop keep going for a long time. then reverse. roll your shoulders up, back, and drop.

Arm Swings:
another warm up move. raise your right arm high above your head. let it drop forward. swing it back and up again. let it drop. very slowly accellerate. keep adding velocity. keep going until you are going as fast as you can stand. let the arm swing freely and loosely. use the shoulder to do the swinging. then relax. shake the arm out. then reverse, again slowly, raise up the arm, let it fall back, swing around. continue. after reaching full speed, quit, shake it out. then go to the left arm. forward first, then reverse.

Hip Strikes:
stand feet apart, toes in, knees out, and slight squat in Horse Position. (in a proper horse position the feet should be out of sight) face the hips angled left, torso angled right, arms out to the right, facing right. snap the arms in to the left hip while the hips shift w/strong force from left to right. face left, arms left, and snap arms in to right hip while hips snap swivel to left. keep going for a long time. the key to the move is the hip motion, not the arm motion.

Fluidity Foot:
Variation 1:
stand left foot forward, knee bent. right foot out sideways, knee straight, heel on ground, toes pointed to the sky. twist the toes to the left, and insole up (so you can see arch), while turning torso full to the right. hold for count of ten. relax. shake the leg out. repeat a minimum of three times, 5 to 10 reps prefered. then switch feet. keep hips facing forward.
Variation 2:
stand left foot forward, knee bent. right foot forward, knee straight, heel on ground, toes pointed to the sky. twist the toes to the left, and insole up (so you can see arch), while turning torso full to the left. stretch and hold for count of ten. relax. shake out leg. repeat three times minimum, 5 to 10 reps prefered, and then switch feet. keep hips facing forward.

the intent of these moves is to raise the awareness out of the feet by using the toes to reach for the sky. they are specifically for repairing the depredations of the "flyers".

Added note (from
Kylie said while turning the torso in variation 1 & 2, to make sure you keep the hips facing forward.

Heel Toe:
start from horse position. shift entire weight to left leg and balance. place right leg out in front, heel to ground. shift right leg to rear, touching toes to ground. keep shifting back and forth. go for maximum reach. raise knee and foot high during the transition. keep body steady. the left leg and torso should remain motionless. dont bob up and down. the arms may swing for balance, with the opposite arm following the moving leg. do minimum of 5-10 reps, 20 front/back reps per side preferred. count it 1,1,2,2,...20,20. then switch.

Sweep Foot:
start from horse position. shift entire weight to left leg and balance. sweep the right foot in an arc back and forth. keep the foot flat to the ground. keep sweeping for a long time, minimum of 10 full swings back and forth. shake the legs out. then switch sides.

Gathering Energy:
similar to sweep foot, except now the foot sweeps in a circle. sweep "in" first with the right foot (CCW direction). this gathers energy. then disperse it by sweeping out (CW direction for right foot). continue for a long time before switching directions. then switch to left foot. sweep in first (CW) and then later, out (CCW). foot should remain flat to the ground.

Axing Energy:
Hands at side. swing arms and slap the hands together. clasp hands together with right hand under and leading, and squeeze hard. raise clasped hands up to right shoulder. sweep down to lower left, like swinging an axe (seemed to me more like swinging a samurai sword). then swing full circle counter clock wise. finish with a thrust straight out to strike the energy body. keep elbows bent. repeat a few times. accellerate as you repeat.

Video moves:
(full descriptions were given. only differences from the video will be given here in the notes).

1. Helping the flow of immunity.
make sure to keep the arm level. the hand on the back may be kept in position (thumb locked in, index straight, other fingers curled, palm flat and tense), rather than flat. vibrate for a count of 10.

2. Lobster strike.
keep elbows bent. strike with the edge of the hand. lock the thumb. breath with force. do 20 reps. NEVER snap the arms out straight. arm swings. this is a good place to add arm swings in.

3. Ball of energy.
start with arms and elbows in, right hand up, hands out at an angle / \. swivel right hand down and left up. the elbows spread out, and the arms are straight across - -. fingers should be curled, as you are holding a ball. snap 5 times, then claw the fingers and rip apart. spread out on lungs with 3 rubs. then repeat again, with right up, rotate into place, then snap 5 times, then rip apart and spred on internal organs with 3 rubs. then again, and spread near sexual organs with 3 rubs. repeat full sequence several times. Shake the arms out.

4. Teasing the web.
snap 10 times, disperse 10 times, and get rid of the excess 10 times. dispersing the energy: the fingers should be between the knuckles when pressing in. get rid of the excess: the fingers should really squeeze together, thumbs pushing down hard, fingers pointed out hard. jab hands out from solar plexus.

5. Rolling Energy.
this pass determines the size of the energy body. 10 rolls in close, 10 rolls stretching out, 10 snaps out.

6. Massaging the glands around the shoulder blades.
this move is not about squeezing the shoulder blades together. rather, it is to squeeze the muscles surrounding the shoulder blades. do to count of 50.

7. Axis breath.
the axis that goes thru the body has a terminus on the ground. you are not pulling energy out of the ground with this move, rather, you are moving the terminus of the axis away from the ground, up and out to infinity. picture it as a tube of energy that you lift away from the ground, and sweep it up and out. when you send it out to infinity, watch it go out for a moment, then break your gaze to let it go.

8. Forging the central power of the body.
make sure that the arm over the head nestles the crown into the elbow. repeat 10 times.

9. Two prongs on the face.
there is a specific spot for the thumb. about in the middle of the jaw. (you'll have to just feel for it). the index finger goes in the depression between the eye and the temple. the middle finger goes right on the inner edge of the eye socket. hold pressure for a count of 10. repeat several times.

10. Reaching the Energy Hole Above the Head.
really pull hard on the energy as you pull it down. after you place hands on thighs and transfer energy into the body, with palms up, then grab energy you don't want, shoot it up over the head, and watch it go for a moment. then break your gaze to let it go.

11. Infinity Breath.
feel the energy of the ground with the palms. start by squating low, bend down.

12. Antenna.
collect energy from dead stars (or as i like to think, Zero Point Energy) on the arm swings in front, and then in back: in front, the right arm circles CW and the left CCW. dont stretch forward, just lean slightly forward, with arms angled down, not straight ahead. in back, the right arm circles CCW and the left CW. lean slightly backwards, but do not stretch.

I'm an asshole. When you're an asshole, there's no where to fall. in our world there are no policies. take the grid (of interpretation) away.

Notes from the Longmont workshop, 4/21-23/95, part 2 of 2.

At about 3:30 saturday afternoon, we finished learning the last move on the video, the Antenna. after a brief discussion they announced that they had never finished so early before. and since we still had plenty of time, they were going to teach us an additional 7 bonus moves.

These moves were described as "component moves" meaning that they are not moves by themselves, but are small pieces of larger, more complicated moves that will be taught in the future (such as The Tensegrity of Affection).

Hit Slap:

(there was a major confusion at this point, it seemed that Nyei was teaching it, but didn't know how to present it, while Kylie knew it very well, but didn't want to teach it... it seems to me that the major confusion of having gone thru the very well known video moves to the totally unprepared bonus moves threw everybody for a loop)

Start in Horse Position. one hand strikes palm out straight in front. the other hand strikes down flat in front. Place one hand in front, face level, palm out, and the other in front, hip level, palm down. The top hand turns over, and slaps down to the symmetric postion that the other hand was just in. Kylie explained that more force is generated if the hand is turned over as part of the slap. At the same time, the lower hand also rotates, swings around, back, and slaps into the symmetric position the other hand was just in. the slaps are first up hand to down (the "hit"), and then down hand to up (the "slap"). it should go as the title suggests: "hit slap, hit slap, hit slap, hit slap, ..." keep going. both hands move at the same time. this takes some coordination. as you do it, accelerate. the elbows stay bent on the hit. the intent is to wake up and alert the energy body. (also, sudden moves like this are alleged to frighten away flyers...)

Turning Energy Up & Down:
This move is similar to the hit slap. one hand is held out in front, at waist level, palm up, as if you are holding a ball. the other hand swings around and slaps down at the "ball", striking it. the point of strike is at an angle, about 45 degrees, a foot above the open hand (maybe the size of a basketball or volley ball). the hands then reverse, the hand that just slapped, drops to flat palm up, while the other swings around and strikes. keep going for a while, with steady acceleration.

Rip Stirring:
Stand in Horse Position. One arm forehead level, palm out, fingers clawed. The other arm held low, waist level, fingers clawed, palm up/out. rotate the arms around into the opposite position. the hand moving near the top is "ripping" energy (like in the "Ball of Energy" move) and the arm moving low is "stirring" energy (like stirring chocolate). keep going for awhile. (ok, i confess, the move actually is just called "Rip Stir")

Building the Energy Body/House:
(This move is to define & build the energy body) Stand in Horse Position. The arms swing up, around, behind, and strike out in front, palms up, waist level. The hands then turn over (to palm down), come together crossed, and strike out sideways. The hands then turn over (to palm up), come together in the center, and strike up, to face level. the hands then turn over, come together crossed, and strike out sideways. again the hands come together in center, palms stay down, and strike down to center. the move then repeats with the arms swinging around, behind and striking out in front. continue for awhile with steady acceleration.

Storing Energy:
Stand in Horse Position. deep breath in while you slap hands together. right palm up, left palm down, and crossed (fingers at 90 degree angle), and fingers wrapped around the other hand. hands at chest level. really squeeze the palms hard. you should shake/quiver with the force of the tension. the left shoulder will be pushed up by this. strike straight out with exhale. continue exhale with clockwise rotation of the hands in a circle in front. strike (pull) inwards with exhale and the arms into gut level. breath out any remaining air, and really squeeze hard. all concentration should go into the squeeze. hold for a moment. the entire move is a breath out, after the initial inhale. repeat several times.

Pawing Ground:
Stand in Horse Position. Shift weight to the left leg, knee bent. with the other foot, paw the ground. the arms and body do nothing. just keep pawing. continue for a long time. when you start to feel foolish, keep going. when you start to feel tired, keep going. when you start to feel like it's taking forever, keep going. when you're internally silent, and have lost all hope, then switch to the other side.

The Last Move of the Day:
(they announced "and now for the last move of the day." somebody in the audience asked "what's it called?" and some asshole in the audience quipped up "The Last Move of the Day". I didn't catch that there was a formal name for this, and in the Sunday review, this one was left out...) Stand relaxed. start by vibrating the ankles. get a good buzz going. keep the feet on the ground. continue by moving the shaking up the legs. shake the knees, weaving them back and forth. (someone in the audience now asked, "shake like Elvis?". the
Chac Mools didn't confirm this, but there was general consensus in the audience that we were all shaking like Elvis. just imagine a room full of Elvis'). keep shaking, and keep moving the shaking/vibrating up. shake out all self-importance. lose all concern about thinking how foolish it looks. shake the hips. shake the torso. shake the arms. flail about. shake out all tension. let go your worries. laugh, cry, yell, let it all out. "we aren't self-important. we don't care what we look like" shake it out. shake the entire body. keep going for a long time.

Other non-linear notes:

These are notes that were mentioned as we went along, but didn't fit in the above notes anywhere.

Horse Position:
it was repeated many times that the feet are spread apart, the toes angled in, the knees bent and bowed out. you know you've got it if you can't see your feet. Breathing: unless otherwise noted, breath in thru the nose and out thru the mouth. many moves do not depend on breathing, so just breath normally. all strike/slaps do involve a breath out.
Major vs Minor moves: none of the new moves were described as major or minor. the "component" moves are neither major nor minor.
Elbows and Knees: All of the strikes & slaps should maintain bent elbows/knees.
NEVER snap arms or legs out straight, as that could cause injury.

Carol snuck in from a side door (left of stage) (Kylie noticed her, stopped the workshop and drew our attention to her)  to add a comment about holes in the energy body created by  having children. She also introduced her personal guard, but I didn't write down the name at the time, nor do I recall. (Is it Amalia?) This was in follow up to a question/concern raised in the previous lecture. it was also revealed that Carol is a mother, having had the "blue scout" as her child. "She has more energy than I do" "She doesn't call me mom. She calls me 'thing'" "Don't worry about holes. they are minor compared to being munched by the flyers." "Concentrate on practicing the recapitulation and the Tensegrity. Don't be concerned with 'taking back the edge' as described by Carlos in the books." "The books are out of date: that Carlos no longer exists. often when asked about something in the books, Carlos can not answer, since he is now very different from what he was then."