Re­solv­ing trauma with chi

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An­other good rea­son to take up a chi prac­tice, if you don’t have enough al­ready, is its ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fit. You can even­tu­ally build such emo­tional and meta­phys­i­cal strength that you can look your most painful mem­o­ries in the eye, both the things peo­ple did to you and the things you did to other peo­ple, and think ‘so what’.

Ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese medicine, trau­mas are stored in your body in the form of toxic en­ergy. Drugs sup­press this, but when you quit it will come for­ward. Your life might sud­denly seem to turn to crap, and you feel as if ‘ trou­ble fol­lows you’ (I hear this all the time from clients). If you don’t un­der­stand why this is hap­pen­ing, it is very tempt­ing to go back to drugs to han­dle it – but this will just make ev­ery­thing worse.

De­spite what I said ear­lier about un­happy child­hoods and ad­dic­tion not nec­es­sar­ily be­ing con­nected, I do treat peo­ple who be­came ad­dicted as a re­sult of self-med­i­cat­ing for emo­tional or phys­i­cal trauma, usu­ally ex­pe­ri­enced in their early years (it’s just not the ma­jor­ity of drug users who start this way). It’s not un­usual for me to see peo­ple in their thir­ties or for­ties who may have only had seven or eight non-med­i­cated years; usu­ally their first seven or eight years of life.

Plenty of peo­ple have ter­ri­ble ex­pe­ri­ences in their child­hood, but they don’t take drugs. They might sup­press these mem­o­ries or de­velop some other coping mech­a­nism, but they are still ‘here’ in or­di­nary re­al­ity. If you used recre­ational drugs to self-med­i­cate for pain and trauma, you have cho­sen a dif­fer­ent op­tion. Talk and mind ther­a­pies work within the frame­work of be­ing here, but your re­cov­ery has to in­clude a method to process trauma within the frame­work of dis­as­so­ci­a­tion, of be­ing ‘else­where’.

Chi prac­tice puts you into an al­tered state; it takes you into the realm of ‘else­where’. The chi pos­tures clear block­ages in the path­ways in the body where the toxic en­ergy of past trau­mas is stored – mainly the thighs, legs and lower back – al­low­ing it to re­lease. It’s no co­in­ci­dence that ac­ti­vat­ing these mus­cle groups is a core com­po­nent of both taichi and yoga. The idea is to tune into the painful mem­o­ries or feel­ings as you do your prac­tice and you will slowly re­lease and trans­form them.

So, if sit­ting on a ther­a­pist’s couch feel­ing like a loser, or sob­bing as you re­visit ev­ery ter­ri­ble in­ci­dent from your past, isn’t your style of ther­apy, or you can’t face do­ing this yet, the chi prac­tices are a great al­ter­na­tive. Peo­ple spent thou­sands of years work­ing these sys­tems out, and they are ex­tremely ef­fec­tive. I have been do­ing chi prac­tices daily for more than 30 years now and I can’t em­pha­sise enough the power of chi to change ev­ery­thing – to re­solve painful mem­o­ries and to heal.

Even if you didn’t start us­ing drugs to deal with pain, recre­ational drugs of­ten end up be­ing used for this pur­pose as, re­gard­less of how happy and cheery you were when you be­gan. Once your in­take reaches a cer­tain level you are cre­at­ing ma­jor im­bal­ances. At some point you switch from us­ing drugs for fun to us­ing them to sup­press symp­toms. This pain will be stored as toxic en­ergy in your body and when you quit, it will come for­ward.

The path af­ter drugs is the lib­er­a­tion of the soul, the pro­cess­ing of trauma or karma, the merg­ing of yin and yang. So make chi your pri­or­ity and your life­style be­comes an on­go­ing ther­apy, pro­cess­ing not only your past but also the on­go­ing phys­i­cal, emo­tional or spir­i­tual hur­dles that are a natural part of life on this in­ter­est­ing planet.

Make your life­style ther­a­peu­tic

Born in Ger­many in 1958, and liv­ing in Aus­tralia since 1981, Jost is an ex speed ad­dict, dealer and de­serter, turned drug and al­co­hol coun­sel­lor who then be­came an acupunc­tur­ist. Af­ter lec­tur­ing in tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine for a decade and run­ning nu­mer­ous health cen­tres, he devel­oped his rev­o­lu­tion­ary re­cov­ery pro­grams and his re­hab pro­gram is now avail­able on the Sun­shine Coast, Aus­tralia.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found on­con­nect­to­heal­

con­tact Gitte on (Mel­bourne)

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