I Used Karate to Get Out of My Body!


Turn up the mysterious music, burn a mystic for Christ, we are about to get out of our bodies. Oooo, floating motes of intelligence, able to float into bedrooms and bank vaults everywhere! And it is all possible through a common place martial arts drill, common in systems of Karate and Kung Fu, and especially wudan arts.

If you can turn down the Twilight Zone music for a moment, I’ll explain. The out of body experience I am talking about came from something called Kima Chasie, or, Horse meditation. In this article I am going to tell you exactly what happened, which will include exactly how to do it.

Back in the early seventies I was working on my black belt, and I was frustrated with this horse meditation thing. We would stand in the horse stance, one hand in a high block, the other hand in a horizontal, hooked back beak hand. We would concentrate out awareness on our clenched fingertips until our legs shook and sweat burst forth upon our innocent foreheads.

Yet, I knew the two minutes we were doing was insufficient. I had heard the stories of guys who would stand in the stance for two hours, and how they became superhuman. And, not to reveal my adolescent dreams, I wanted to be superhuman.

The way to be superhuman, to be honest, is just to go ahead and do it. So I began doing Horse Meditation during evenings. I would stand in horse meditation until the ache became too great, and then break, and know that I had failed.

I decided that I had had enough, I was going to make it. I was going to become the most incredible, superhuman martial artist in the world…uh, other than Bruce Lee. I mean, I would be a God, but…Bruce is Bruce, you know?

So I took the horse stance, and when the pain started, I told myself one thing…it isn’t going to kill me. Sweat, shakes, dire thoughts of having my legs disfigured for all time. But, having made the decision that I was going to make it or die…POP…I was out.

I floated above my head, disembodied, the world brilliant and forever, the source of immortality revealed. I had succeeded in using the martial arts, call it karate or kung fu or whatever, in realizing that I was a spirit, and that I was immortal, and that bodies were temporary things that you put on or take off as simply as one puts on a coat, or takes it off, or pants, they go on or off, too, and shoes, and socks, and…I was myself. Then, after a few minutes that seemed like an eternity, I decided to get back into my body, so I did, and I lost control, my stance fell forward, and I couldn’t figure out how to move my body quickly enough, and I fell right, smack dab, square…on my face.

1 thought on “I Used Karate to Get Out of My Body!

  1. Sean Powell

    My Style of Kung-Fu has similar stance work we call “Bai Fut Sau” or Buddha Hand Breathing. Like So many folks that truly persue the Arts I have collected many books. The latest book, interestingly has a section on stance training, and wouldn’t you know the horse stance training is called “Ch’i Ma Shih” with hands positioned like holding a bow and arrow…Very very similiar to the Karate version…

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