My personal "Interpretive" Lens!
"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour
"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon
"What is true today may be reevaluated as false not long after. Judgements are frequently based upon a set of "temporary" circumstances surrounding them. Conflicting ideologies can exist simultaneously. Antagonistic dualities are complementary aspects of a unified whole: are seen as mutually dependent mirror images of each other." - Nahum Stiskin
Warning, Caveat and Note: The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.
A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.
The energy that comes from the sun touches the moon giving us the moons reflections upon still waters of the Earth. The suns energy touches and is connected to the atmosphere, through it to the living creatures of Earth providing us with sustenance.
The trees and plants receive the energy as they reach toward the heavens taking that energy and connecting to those animals that drink of their nectar and also through the roots connecting the plant to the Earth transferring the suns energy as the plants energy into the Earth. The animals that drink of the energy from plants carry that energy within themselves to other plants across the surface of the Earth.
We humans reach toward the heavens to receive the suns energy and by our rooting to the Earth we make that connection between Earth and Heaven.
The Earth follows an elliptical path around the sun which is the symbol of infinity or a never ending cycle or path as does the moon around the Earth thus connecting the Earth, Moon, and Heavens.
What I am trying to convey in this post is that all things are connected by strings of energy. We are not separate entities but "one" great entity that provides the meridians of the Universe. It carries that "one" energy to all things as the "one" great energy forms the Tai Chi and thus connects further into the myriad of strings of energy connecting all of us and all things.
We as humans are caught up with past, present, and future which blocks the energies of our own meridian lines or strings. If we train and practice to create the "one" in our singular practice of karate-do it will teach is to balance ourselves thus creating a balance between the jodan, chudan, and gedan within. Once we balance our bodies then we open ourselves to the possibilities of all other connections in the Universe. We do this by changing the past, present, and future into the "one" or the "present moment" or the "Now".
There is nothing else in the Universe but the present moment and through the rigors of Karate-do or any other art, martial art, fighting art, we develop the qualities that give us the discipline, focus, and experience to achieve present moment being.
Present moment being achieves a myriad of things not the least is the re-connection to our Universe which equates to the balance of Humanity, Earth, and Heaven (Universe: sun, moon, and earth).