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.
George's comment: We humans live in at least two major worlds. The slam-bang beef-on-beef world of physical action is the easier one of the two, we strut and fret and punch and kick and hate and fear and sometimes (shudder) show affection.
This psycho-slammo world is generally the entry level to the martial arts and where many folk seem to stay.
The other major world is one of calm and open reflection, of understanding of the energetic principles of martial arts and of life through BEING the energy. The Samurai put it this way: "The best defense is total vulnerability" -- a foreign way of being to our psycho-slammo self, which insists on total invulnerability (which is a myth of course).
One of my favorite Zen koans is "Who is it carrying this corpse around?" The beef-on-beef martial artist can be considered to be doing corpse dancing. What you are calling the philosophical side is the "who is it."
- George Breed, Comment on "Why is there no discussion on the Gokui?" blog posted at Kenpo Gokui - All bottles are good site.
physical vs. cerebral:
George's comment stirs up the post I did a long time ago that talks of the mind-body-spirit connection where I talk about the minds control over the body resulting in the spirit of the soul. George's eloquent comments give a down to earth no holds barred description of our dilemma as young vs. mature followers of the sport vs. way of the fighting arts practice.
It also falls into the three phases of life. The first is full of hell fire and brimstone which many beginning fighting arts aficionado's fall into with the second being a more balanced life where we understand that the slam-bang-beef-on-beef world of physical action is tempered by our growing maturity which is our transition point in practice and life. We feel and need the third stage yet we still cling to the first stage with the misconception that if we let go we lose something of great value. If you still consider this valid then take a look at Sensei Ueshiba of Aikido when he was much older and past the first two stages yet still emulated the ability of the first and second stage while fully enveloped in the third stage.
The third stage is where we have matured and taken the value hidden from us and allow it to flower and flourish. This is the stage we traverse to reach the ultimate stage of both life and practice.
Failure to let go of the first stage usually means they quit the fighting arts/martial arts as they feel there is no value in it if they can no longer hold onto the physical yet would find if they just let go that the physical is freed and the achieve far more in the mind-body(physical)-spirit becoming "one". They surpass!
Consider this thoroughly!