THE POWER OF CHI
Jost explains how you were addicted to chi and not to drugs – and a fabulous explanation of life for you if you are not addicted to anything!
Taking up yoga, chi-gung, taichi or another martial art is a critical part of your recovery plan. These practices involve moving through a series of postures that allow chi (‘prana’ in yoga), to flow around your body. The techniques were created centuries, if not millennia, ago on top of remote mountains or deep in distant jungles by outcasts and misfits who were not interested in having a boring or normal life (sound familiar?). The chi practices build health, but they are also the means to escape reality.
An increasing number of mainstream rehab centres have begun offering yoga or tai-chi, seeing them as nice calming or stretching exercises. And they are, but that’s just the start of it. The Chinese chi practices (tai-chi, chi-gung) were developed after centuries of observation of extraordinary animal abilities The practices copy these skills and allow us to escape our perceptions of physical limitations. Jackie Chan’s famous gravity-defying movie stunts are a great example of this, but this is just the start of where chi can take you.
If I’d had any idea of the trippy origins and real power of these practices, and the states they can put you in, I would never have done drugs, I would have apprenticed myself to some tai-chi master or guru instead. But I’d never even heard of chi when I had my first joint, and I followed the drug path to altered states instead. Things are different now. We might be experiencing one of the biggest recreational drug epidemics in history, but simultaneously,