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.
A maxim to live by in life and through the study of others as found through the teachings of Tatsuo Sensei and by the interpretation of the kenpo gokui. To study our connectiveness with others is a tome of the gokui and one that Tatsuo Sensei would speak of often in conversations.
Tatsuo Sensei felt it important that one study the customs of others to learn about them and their lives so we may communicate effectively. How we do this is important!
The practice and study of Reigi/Reishiki is one singular form within the singular form of the Way of the Fighting Arts that has much to teach in this regard.
We must practice and live the Way with our whole heart. We train the mind so that the "ki" circulates with out barriers and restrictive blockages caused by the effects of such as fear and stress. Only through this type of practice may we teach our minds and bodies to do this as indicated in the gokui, if you study it seriously.
Our success as Martial/Fighting Artists who follow the Way of the Empty Hand find that how we treat ourselves and others determines our overall success. Success with others as well as success in balance our minds and bodies for optimal health and well being or to reach nirvana.
How we deal with ourselves and others is determinate in whether we strike first with our fist or strike first with courtesy and kind consideration for others. Is this not the epitome of following the "Way"? Is this not finding the value in others through learning about them vs. just being an island on the sea of the Universe.
If we just go to a "class" for the sole purpose of getting exercise and having fun with others with out taking on the responsibility of actually learning about ourselves as well as others who may practice with us are we not neglecting the "Way" and does that not make this kind of practice nothing more than dancing?
Consider this with heartfelt seriousness. Reigi/Reishiki is based on respect, restraint, and responsibility...to practice diligently leads to a person who has thoughtfulness, effective self-expression and communication, and a wider range of benign responses leading to tranquility and peace.
Validate others by our acts of kindness!