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and for the first time ever, amazing once-secret chi techniques are now widely accessible. The internet is saturated with footage of great martial arts masters demonstrating superhuman capabilities. It’s never been easier to go from drugs to chi (or to skip drugs and go straight to chi). So turn to chi right now, right away. When I teach chi-gung, I begin by putting the client in the basic standing posture – feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent and spine upright – and then get them to place their hands on the lower belly. The dantian is where you start to reconnect with chi again after drugs. Your familiarity with moving a drug rush internally is also something that can now be applied, as the next step is ‘ directing’ chi.
If you took a lot of hard drugs I’d recommend learning intense martial arts forms as well, because you’ll need something powerful to counter the pull of these drugs. I regularly treat people who tell me that, after they quit, the darkness keeps calling them back and they just want to give in to it, and go back to jail and so on. Martial chi techniques are essential to engage with the darkness, to merge yin and yang, and to liberate yourself from the memories that constantly return you to dark actions.
If you are drawn to the dark side, go as hard on the chi as you did on drugs. Take up Chen-style tai-chi (my favourite) or praying mantis kung fu, which has a vicious aspect that can meet the intensity of that darkness and enable you to transform it. If that feeling of being drawn to the darkness becomes overpowering, I’d do a couple of hours of hard chi work in the morning and another less intense hour in the evening. No days off, no discussions, no contemplating. Just do it. Otherwise your life can quickly become hell.
You need a teacher and a school for any chi practice. If you can’t find a teacher right away try video tutorials, books or DVDS, but getting a teacher is best. Get into it as soon as possible and immediately start practising every morning – ideally, outside and near trees as you can pick up more chi (hugging trees on LSD makes sense from this perspective). Even if you barely know what you are doing and feel like a fool, just keep doing it (the practice that is, not the tree-hugging). You’ll get more and more insight into where chi can take you. Repetition also builds the emotional strength and willpower necessary to stay on the extraordinary path. Plus, quitting drugs with a technique that enables you to feel good and to escape mundane reality is a no-brainer.
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You can use a chi practice to return yourself to centre too, when you feel you are about to lose it, or if your mind starts racing with that manic psychotic energy (yang rising). Instead of engaging with the triggers, turn to your body (yin).
Step away, go outside (or anywhere) and do some slow squats. Slowly sink down, exhaling, and thinking ‘ trust’.
Then slowly rise up, inhaling, thinking ‘acceptance’. Keep the focus on the dantian, your power centre, and send your awareness to your legs. Breathe into the muscles in your calves and thighs. Repeat until you feel centred again. This is a simple strategy, but it builds yin, which is a natural antidote to the yang states of panic, anxiety and delusion; so it will quickly create emotional stability.
Being highly susceptible to anxiety and panic is normal after drugs, but if you do your chi practice daily, you will be constantly balancing yin and yang, so these body/ mind imbalances won’t get on top of you. If you drift away from the practice though, they can quickly come back. Many years after I quit drugs, I’d get recurring anxiety attacks. They were always connected to stressful times in business, and disrespecting yin. During one of these periods, I had to fly on a business trip to Asia. I started getting anxious about the prospect of being in a confined space up in the air with no escape, and I started panicking about it.
Panicking about panic was just getting ridiculous; so I made an appointment with a psychologist. I hadn’t done that before. Once you’ve been on a mission with a goat, you tend to avoid those who examine your sanity as a profession, but the therapist part of me is always interested in other therapeutic approaches, and there was really no need to mention my goat Schroeder (I hadn’t seen him in years); so off I went. They told me there was no biological basis for panic attacks and, as I didn’t want medication, they suggested I try mindfulness techniques. The idea was to focus on being in the present and to sit with the emotion rather than reacting to it.
Basically the strategy was to use thought to conquer thought. It was all very rational, but you can’t hold rational states with major organ deficiencies and yin and yang imbalances. Thought is already unable to control thought or you wouldn’t be panicking. So it was unsuccessful for me. I did board the plane, but struggled with waves of anxiety and panic for the next ten hours. By the time we landed I was sweating, twitching, and looking more like a drug smuggler than when I actually had been one. I was fully expecting to be arrested and executed.
I had forgotten the incredible power of yin. I’d fallen into the yang success trap of thinking I had to do ‘whatever it took’ to achieve my goals. I had temporarily stopped doing tai-chi, thinking it was too ‘slow’. This is the road to failure, not success. Being so yang created imbalances, and anxiety and panic resulted. As soon as I got back into the chi practices my symptoms receded.
Anxiety has nothing to do with the mental processes; so you can’t resolve it with your mind. Metaphysically, anxiety attacks are ‘ fire’ out of control. Your internal balance has been so disrupted that the fire that is supposed to be fuelling your destiny is raging in the wrong direction. You correct this through your body.
Use your body to create emotional stability