Hard drugs and intense chi
If you’ve been a hard drug user, you will have major imbalances of yin and yang. You may well have a condition known as ‘yang rising’, where all your energy is up in your head, creating an empty, heated intensely irritating sensation. When you take up a chi practice you need to keep a few things in mind. For example, if you are learning tai-chi or chi-gung, teachers will instruct you to ‘relax’ but you are probably physically unable to relax; so you’ll feel frustrated and start thinking chi is not for you. Think ‘sink in, sink in’ instead of ‘relax’ and it will work better for you.
You can adapt a lot of what you have instinctively learned about chi from your hard drug experiences. For example, you feel a drug rush start in your belly because it is activating the primal energies in the body. This is the dantian, the seat of power. This is where you ‘gather’ chi.