RISKING THE SELF.
TAI CHI AND
Artist: Diego Agulló
Published by Circadian
12 x 17 cm
Price: 78 lei
A philosopher’s path towards embodiment through Tai Chi and psychedelics.
This book proposes different forms of embodiment that are not necessarily leading to production of subjectivity or territorialized identities but rather putting the “self” at risk allowing us to be emancipated from the mandatory illusion of self-realization. This can be facilitated by a daily commitment with a set of body altering practices that disjoint us from the ordinary accustomed experience of reality and provide us access to “other” layers of the real. These practices grant access to the primary control centers of the body that regulate frequencies of energy and consciousness in a deeper way and enable the body to unfold in different dimensional spaces of experience: rendering sensible the multi-layered energetic body.
PART 1: THE EYES OF THEORY
Experience of the World. A Brain for the Eyes. Theory: a Risky Practice. Theory of the Invisible. The Theoros’ Mission. The Process of Theory: Research and Articulation.
Experience of the Body. Turning the Eyes Inwards. Incubations. The Pythagoreans.
Experience of the Text. Emancipation from Experience. Disembodiment and the Primacy of the Brain. Theory separated from Practice. Philosophy’s Dead End.
PART 2: ROOTING PHILOSOPHY IN THE BODY
Reconciliation of Theory and Practice. From Tai Chi to Tai Chi Chuan. Homeostatic Control of Energy. The Three Minds. Equanimity and Balance. Integrality of the Body: Relaxation, Alignment, Coordination, Intent.
The Invisible is Inside There. Being Inside There. The Immanence of the Mystery. The Spirit of the Animated Organs. The Internal Power of the Body. Breathing as Tool for the Inward Gaze.
Body Transitioning. The Intrinsic Poetic Powers of the Body: 3 Examples of Researchers. Active and Productive use of the Organs.
Ethical Reflexes. Ethics Rooted in the Body. Fearlessness as Vital Attitude. Embodied Ethics.
Living Accordingly. Embodied Theory. Experience as a Continuum. Embodied Philosophy. Risking the Self.
PART 3: BODY ALTERING PRACTICES
Psychedelic Qi. The Multilayered Body: Tai Chi and Psilocybin. A Volume of Boiling Molecules. Dancing Out the Mushroom. The Wonder of the Event within the Body. Cooking Mushrooms with Qi.
Learning How to Lose. Giving Oneself Up: Two Ways of Conversing and Listening. The Torpedo Fish: Learning to admit that you do not know. Pushing Hands: The Real Opponent is Yourself.