Jost Sauer rises each morning at 5 AM to start his perfect day. He follows the principles of traditional Chinese practice and structures his activities to harmonize with the flow of inner energy, or Chi, as it moves through his body. He explains that energy moves in a regular 24 hour cycle through each of the 12 organs and that following a routine that takes advantage of the cycle is important.

‘Living in accord with this cycle unites yin and yang and allows you to catch the momentum of the universe. It’s like riding a huge wave of energy through life’

Jost was a heavy drug user until illness forced him to reassess his habits. He managed to free himself from the grip of substance abuse and began working as a counsellor with street kids but saying goodbye to drugs left him with an ‘agonizing emptiness’. It was not until he looked to Eastern practices and philosophies that he was able to reclaim the sense of euphoria that drugs had provided.

‘I studied TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) and a breakthrough occurred. TCM differs from Western medicine in that there is no division between psychology and medicine. Body, mind and spirit are all equally important. It was a language that could finally describe every good, bad or weird feeling that I had experienced on drugs.’

Jost runs workshops and seminars in which he describes both the practical application of his practices and his ideas about past lives, axiotonal grids and multidimensional realities – among other things. He has authored three books which recount his experiences and validate his techniques. His approach to the treatment of drug addiction differs markedly from conventional treatment but Jost has had considerable success using, for example, esoteric acupuncture which balances and releases energies outside of the physical realm.

‘My approach is that the pain is part of the post-drug journey and needs to be respected. It is not about indulging in it but acknowledging and processing it appropriately. Expressing pain is as difficult as expressing love. When you take speed, cocaine or ecstasy it’s easy to express love but pain has to be processed through the body; it cannot be done through the mind alone. After 25 years in the field as a drug and alcohol counsellor and therapist, I have never seen an ex-drug user become happy and healthy again using only mind techniques.’

Jost, who uses a combination of weights and tai-chi, says that physical training is essential for the unification of body and mind if higher energies are to be safely accessed. When he says: ‘If you don’t have a strong body it will work against you; it will make you physically sick’ he speaks from direct experience.

He recalls one time, before his body was strong and disciplined as it is now, when he drew down cosmic energies and, feeling fantastic, decided to attend a rave. The next day he was sick as a dog.

Years of depression followed his release from drug use, but Jost says that he can now appreciate that his drug experiences allowed him a glimpse into a state of being that we all seek naturally.

‘The New Age is characterized both by the astronomical rise of the illicit drugs industry and by the spiritual and wellness industry. I believe that natural therapies can heal addiction because an essential part of total recovery is recapturing the state created by the drugs. For me turning down drugs is a free choice, not something I have to work at or reinforce at meetings. This is because I continued the journey that the drugs initiated, but I re-captured the highs holistically.’

Jost says that surfing the net facilitates our acceptance of the idea that we are joined beyond the physical realm. He compares the internet to the Universal Mind and believes that our future health and happiness lies in the development of complementary practices and the ability to allow ourselves to look beyond the earthly plane to which we are so bound.

‘Our spiritual side has been buried and this has caused a state of imbalance. Organisms, whether on an individual or cosmic level, are designed to strive for balance.’

He is certain that it is this imbalance, this unfulfilled desire to experience the magnitude of the cosmos, that so attracts people to drugs.

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