Saturday night Kelly and I were going to walk to 7-11 for a frozen pizza.
We've been upping our health game lately, so we've been counting calories and eating less, but our fondness for pizza knows no bounds.
Pizza was going to put us way over budget, but we were giving in. We were hungry.
Then I started playing Astrojax. I found myself actually having fun playing, so much that I wanted to record a video to see my progress.
The video was aight. But I did notice that my arms look slimmer. And so do my legs.
So a few minutes later when Kelly said, "You ready to go?" I said, "Don't you just want to go to bed? I watched my video and I looked slimmer. I can't fuck with that."
We didn't go. That is why lifestreaming is a life design methodology. It's just a mirror. If you can see it, you can measure it. If you can measure it, you can manage it. If you manage it, you change.
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On December 30, 2010, I was introduced to an odd little toy comprised of three balls on a string—Astrojax. I was in a state of consciousness that had my mind cracked wide open, and I was able to have something resembling a conversation with the toy as I explored it for the first time. It didn't speak to me in words, but instead communicated with my body. As I began swinging the toy around in a circular motion (otherwise known as a wheely), I felt like the answers to the mysteries of the universe were being downloaded into my hands.
Invented by physicist Larry Shaw in 1987, Astrojax is a toy that demonstrates the way things work. They explain the flow of the universe to your body. I talk about flow a LOT, and before I played with Astrojax I didn't even know what flow was! I can describe it in words as "perfect timing" or "synchronous co-creation with god", but the flow is really something you can only understand when you feel it.
Everyone experiences flow in some manner, even if they aren't aware of it. Athletes and musicians feel flow when they perform. To flow is to play in harmony with the universe. You feel it in your body when you flow. Everything is on beat, and your body acts without thinking about it. In the flow, time flies by in an instant. In the flow, you don't care about anything else because the present moment is so fun. Cashiers feel it during busy hours. Writers feel it when they get in their writing zone. Artists feel it as they paint. Programmers feel it when they code.
The reason why Astrojax is such a significant technology is because it gives you access to that flow state instantly. Every single person I have ever introduced Astrojax to "gets it" immediately. They pick up the toy, at first intimidated because they worry they won't be able to do it. But everyone can do the first move, and as soon as they get the balls spinning, they feel the flow.
Reactions range from "wow, that's actually fun!" to "I could really use this to relax". Children get particularly obsessed, and some people get a little freaked out by how deep the experience is. Some people simply walk away with a smile on their faces, and highly conscious people tend to buy a set on the spot. The difference is that the highly conscious recognize the feeling of flow and are excited to have an instant portal to the state.
But Astrojax = sexy?!
When I first started playing in public, I felt like the biggest weirdo ever. I felt silly and a little awkward, because most people had never even seen Astrojax before and I wasn't exactly demonstrating mad skills. But it just felt so good to play, and since feeling good is the only thing that really matters in life, I decided it was worth it to look like a freak. I mean, how much weirder can I look anyway?
Instead of turning me into a freak, Astrojax reminded me how to play. That's what flow is—playing with the universe. And you know what one of the sexiest qualities in a person is? Playfulness! Don't you love it when people joke and laugh and don't take things seriously? Isn't it attractive when people look like children because they're having too much fun to be self-conscious? That is why Astrojax is sexy. Haha, not that Astrojax turns you into a sexy kid, but it makes you light-hearted again. It makes you want to dance. It relaxes you and tell you secrets. It reminds you of everything good you knew as a child. Astrojax whispers the meaning of life to your body, and your mind will delight in trying to keep up.
How do I get Astrojax?
If you're ready for a more playful 2012, you can support Kelly and me by purchasing Astrojax through our store, or you can find them on Amazon. Kelly and I are the only vendors in Austin, so if you are local and want a set today, you can place an order for pickup. Astrojax make a great gift for children and ravers, and adults love them too if you remind them how to play.
thank you Angela Wolf!
I write articles to install new beliefs. I start with a concept I am certain of, then find thoughts that act as bridges to a concept I want to be certain of. It's a way to prove to myself that the new concept is believable, and thus true.
The concepts I want to believe come to me intuitively through life experience, but to put them into practice I have to convince my logical self. Today I am introducing a new type of article on this site: the proof! The proof consists of a problem, given facts, and a list of statements and reasons they are true. It's a concise way to explain my ideas and should help you make the same connections I did to get from there to here.
Today's proof is inspired by what I learned Saturday at Fluid Hoop Groove class with master hula hoopers Ciara Blossom and Caterina Suttin!
thank you Mimibug Photography!!
Flow (as defined by the Flow Temple): the state of optimal experience that occurs when your body, mind, and spirit are in dynamic balance. It's what's happening when the Now is so compelling that everything else fades away. Ego and fear dissolve in the perfect moment, time slows down, and whatever you’re doing becomes a meditation.
Flow arts (as defined by the Flow Temple): the practice of learning to move in harmony with an inanimate object so that it becomes an animated extension of your body, then flow with it in ways that look and feel totally awesome. With enough practice, you can learn to flow with almost anything. Staffs, hoops, batons and even spheres all make wonderful dance partners and teachers once you've grasped each tool's unique dynamics. The basic techniques are easy to pick up, but the adaptations are infinite, allowing for wide variation in personal style and expression.
Psychokinesis: the ability to influence physical reality with thoughts in real time.
Resistance: negative thoughts.
Your vibration: the average of all the thoughts you think.
|1. Everything is vibration.||Given.|
|2. You interpret and emit vibration.||You were born with senses to interpret and thoughts to emit.|
|3. Like attracts like.||Given.|
|4. Your physical reality is a reflection of the vibration you emit.||Your vibration attracts similar vibrations, which you interpret as physical experiences.|
|5. Flow is the optimal vibration to emit.||In the flow state, your vibration is resistance-free and you are free to be you.|
|6. Without resistance in your vibration, you have no limiting beliefs.||Limiting beliefs are only resistant thoughts that you think a lot.|
|7. Flow arts are psychokinetic.||Without limiting beliefs telling you what you can't do, your thoughts can influence reality in real time.|
Why is this proof important?
Your entire perceived reality is a direct result of your thoughts. When you practice flow arts, you witness that relationship in real time. As you develop your skill in the flow arts, you begin living more of your life in real time. Eventually your entire life becomes a "flow art" and reality becomes more like a lucid dream: think about what you want and it manifests immediately–a pretty sweet reason to start flowing more!
Start flowing now!
Astrojax was my gateway drug to the flow arts. Astrojax, or attached juggling (AJ), is three balls on a string that you really have to play with yourself to "get", although you can learn a great deal from watching other people play. Compared to other flow arts like poi and hooping, AJ might be the easiest to start, because you can play in small spaces and with minimal physical effort. AJ also has a great learning curve, meaning the difficulty increases at the same rate as your skill. As soon as you pick up AJ you'll be able to do the most basic trick (the vertical orbit) within seconds. From there, it's up to you to create the next move.
Astrojax are my favorite flow toy so far. I guarantee they will put you into flow immediately! If you want to purchase some for yourself, start with the Pluses, which are lightweight and made out of rubbery material that doesn't hurt when you hit yourself in the face. You might want to pick up a set of Aquas (which are heavier and water filled) too–they move a little slower and are a very satisfying weight. The Saturns and Blue Diamonds are light-up LED Astrojax that are PERFECT for nighttime performance, raves and spiritual adventures.
My first hooping class Saturday with Ciara and Caterina of SpunShine gave me a complete consciousness upgrade. Hooping requires more space and strength than Astrojax, but the full body workout is extremely invigorating. Hooping almost feels like being Astrojax–my body is the string and hoops are the balls!
To get started with hooping, you can purchase an inexpensive hoop from a toy store. If your new hoop is weighted with water (which helps give you momentum when spinning around your waist), Caterina recommends pulling apart the hoop and emptying out the water to make advanced movements much easier. You can also buy beautiful hoops of all kinds from SpunShine if you decide to take up the art.
thank you Mimibug Photography!!
Flow arts pro tip!
The most important thing to remember about flow arts is that you are only as good as your mood. Approach your practice with an open mind, positive thoughts and playfulness. Once you get a taste of flow, an entire universe of possibility will burst into your reality. Think about what you want to gain from your practice and in no time it will be yours.
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