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.
Attitudes and the Gokui
"Both your present and your future are deeply affected by the mind-set you bring to your daily experience." "Whether positive or negative, attitude is destiny." - P. M. Forni
Attitude defined: a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; position: the arrangement of the body and its limbs, "one assumes a kamae"; An attitude is a hypothetical construct that represents an individual's degree of like or dislike for an item...
The gokui as a tome of living life either as a person or warrior requires that one take the appropriate attitude with an emphasis on the mental state of the practitioner not demeaning any of the other aspects, i.e. taking a position in life, in body mechanics, or emotional.
One who has an attitude of wholehearted intent in all they do is more attuned to the frequencies that connect them to the Tao which is the "one" that is both heaven and earth; sun and moon; hard and soft; seeing and hearing, etc. Literal connections to the gokui while underlying is the more spiritual connection we seek through a singular, or "one", practice of kara-te-jutsu-DO.
The gokui as well as the other martial classics allude to attitude which also has profound effects on a persons "intent". It means the difference between life and death, injury and non-injury, happiness and sadness, or even success and failure.
To achieve balance as taught through practice of kara-te with gokui means that those things mentioned are the flip side of the other that to achieve balance we have to discover that median that denotes proper attitudes that neither tip the balance in favor of one side or the other.
To practice with out the gokui is one such example that leads to the mere brutality of the physical or the intellect with out the ability to move, i.e. knowledge with out the ability to put it into practice is also not balance.
Study and practice in balance!