Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | June 8, 2009

Autoerotic asphyxiation: The Day After

Ok, so I just wanted to use the term “autoerotic asphyxiation” in my post because in tai chi, we learn to go with the flow and ride the wave. So, if “autoerotic asphyxiation” is a way to introduce you all to some thoughts on taoist philosophy and tai chi, so be it. Welcome!

Warning: if you are engaging in autoerotic asphyxiation, you may not feel so good the day after! In all seriousness, it is obviously a dangerous game to play.

Second, conspiracy theories always sound so far fetched and crazy, but I gotta tell you, come on, did David Carradine really do this to himself?

While you’re here, check out my newly uploaded Yang Style Posture Photos. They are scene captures from a video project I’ve been working on. I love yang style, even though Wu style is my first love. Yang style has a different energy to it, so I love to practice it as well. It’s as if I’m filling up with positive chi every time I do it.

The I Ching, or Book of Changes, calls us to innocence. To develop a character and quality of child like innocence. It is a beautiful virtue and really helps to uncomplicate things, especially in relationships. Stories like David Carradine’s and terms like autoerotic asphyxiation really open our lives to the innocence lost. You walk down a path because you think it will remain hidden, because you are seduced, because you are subconsciously working out some earlier pain, caught in a “bardo” or purgatory of acting out the same thing over and over and over, thinking maybe it will work itself out, maybe the outcome will be different, I don’t know.  If the story is true, how many times did Mr. Carradine find himself naked in a closet, trapped in an elaborate tying of ropes, feeling the life being choked out of him? What purgatories are we in ourselves, playing out the same nonsense over and over and over, with no hope of release, of freedom?

Step out of it, let it go, change your mind and your thoughts. Don’t dwell on these dark things. Break yourself of these habits. In tai chi, we engage in a form of dissolving meditation in which we scan the body, find things, sensations that aren’t quite right, and focus on dissolving them from ice, to water, to steam. It takes time. We don’t try to figure out what the source of the negative sensation is. We just dissolve it. When it is dissolved, we find that not only is the uncomfortable sensation gone, but some other emotional block that has plagues us for years has also disappeared.

Tai Chi itself is also a wonderful way to re balance yourself, to follow the principles of right action, to return to innocence, to move with the universe in harmony, and in a mystical way, step out of the time space continuum and “be.”

So, peace out, thanks again for stopping by, and if you want more than the photos, check out my youtube channel and watch some tai chi in action.

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