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.
Answers from Within
If I am understanding the Tao-te-ching, I-Ching, Kenpo Gokui, the Power of Now, and other classics, the truth is within us but if we keep looking outside of ourselves we will be searching for answers that will never satisfy our needs.
What I am trying to say is that we can keep looking outward for our answers only to be disappointed or we can look inward for the answers and find understanding and enlightenment. I don't mean we ignore those around us, the classics such as the Tao-te-ching and or our own inner voices. Take it in and then focus inward and let the answer come from the void that is the Tao that is in each of us.
If I continue to look to others for my answers I will never find the truth. All I will do is provide my ego, inner voice, the perfect excuse for not finding the truth and living it. Instead I will find the ability to lay blame on others when in reality the blame is all mine.
Using the fighting arts as an example. When one does a technique wrong they usually find out instantly, i.e. get hit, etc. They can look at it and say that the other person cheated, did a technique that is not allowed, or that you were not ready yet or we can say to ourselves that we need to work on that weakness a bit more diligently.
We can practice kata and say to ourselves that because of the long day our kata is imperfect or we can simply say that this kata at this moment is what it is and what lessons can I learn from this moment. Ah, I can work a bit harder on this part by doing it several more times a day or I can blame outside forces and say because those bleeping persons at work bothered me I am doing terrible. Instead, say, today was a good lesson in life and I need to stop focusing on the past, get into the moment, and focus on practice. What is there to learn in this moments lesson?
Stop looking outside for answers! Stop relying on others for the answers! Stop looking for excuses in others! Be your own best teacher, confidant and be independent.
Remember that we are affected only if we take it personally. If we say to ourselves that it is not personal and that what is happening is as if it was happening to someone else, decide on an appropriate way to handle it, and then move on to the next moment then maybe we would see the truth of it.
Look within, seek the answers there, no one else can answer it for you. Remain open and do not take anything personal. Let it be just another teaching lesson, learning opportunity, to see yourself up close and personal. Use it to teach yourself life lessons.