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"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

"Providing a first step on a path to self-reflection." - C. E. James

"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.

Kenpo Gokui

The lines of the ken-po goku-i are set from an atomistic aspect simply because it is the manner in which the brain learns. Its nature is completely holistic and like the I Ching must be in a form that promotes learning and understanding so a person can see, hear and grasp the nature of a holistic system. The gokui is a method to teach us how to be holistic. Its terseness is the best that can be done to convey its holistic meaning.

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.

Master Zeng said, "Am I preaching what I have not practiced myself?"

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Forrest Gump

My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." - Forrest Gump

Both Tom Hanks (as Forrest Gump) and Peter Sellers (as "Chance" in Being There) took on rolls in two movies I have always felt provide insight into such things as living in the "present moment" and "the Tao". They both portrayed simple souls yet provided a simple complex way of life we all should strive to achieve.

These two characters, because of their simple minds, were naturally open to the influences of nature and the Universe. Both lived exclusively in the present moment. We, on the other hand, are sometimes trapped by our ego's and the minds tendency to "chatter" about the past and future while keeping us so engrossed that we have forgotten natures natural state of being in the present moment.

This does not mean we should be with out the natural abilities but to achieve a way of life that allows us to be open and receive the influences that come from the Tao. Only by living as they did, in the present moment, can we achieve such a level of enlightenment.

Some of my favorite books outside of the many translations of the Tao are some that use the Tao view to help us understand the complexities of Tao and Present Moment Living.

1. The Tao of Pooh.
2. The Tao of Star Wars.

One singular form of training that provides us with moments in the present is the "Way". The Way is another form that allows us to see the potential of the "Tao" which in reality brings us to an understanding of the "present moment".

We sometimes are in awe of those who somehow "create" a thing that when seen by us provides us "the wonder" of creativity. When asked about how they "came to achieve such things" most will say that "it just came to me". This is an example of what I speak of here. Achieve a state of present moment.

Study this carefully. The Kempo Gokui in Tatsuo Sensei Isshinryu is merely a window into the possibilities. We as humans sometimes need only a small crack in the wall that will allow us to remove the veil that blinds us to the present moment. This is the kenpo gokui; one such crack in the wall.

p.s. I once gave thought to writing my own interpretation of the Tao-te-ching using Forrest Gump and/or Chance, "The Tao of Gump" or "The Tao of Chance". Maybe one day if I can achieve that level of creativity.

1 comment:

  1. Great movies. I loved Forrest Gump...always seeing the beauty in everything. Being there LOL...was he there? funny movie. yes I see your point.

    1. The Tao of Pooh.
    2. The Tao of Star Wars.
    (((Gotta check them out)))

    Thanks for the great post and May the forest be with you! :-)