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 Persons Heart is the same as Heaven and Earth.
We harness the power of the mind to influence the body which is the first step to enlightenment. As the mind connects to the body and begins to expand through practice it teaches us how the mind leads and the body follows until we understand its influences thus allowing us to influence everything in our world.
The mind is "reality" for our perceptions dictate our beliefs and our beliefs through the power of the mind cause our reality to be what it is. Once we have accomplished mind-body-spirit unity within then we can expand our minds through the understanding of our fellow humans. To achieve a collective mind of many creating a single mind of humanity then we can truly influence our world.
Duality into singularity is a goal. The world consists of in-yo/yin-yang which can be constructive or destructive. Our choice in the path we follow. Our minds are duality as well with a thin fibrous material that separates one half from the other. We must see beyond the veil to the "one."
Our minds can generate great energy which has the capability to change us from within and has the capability to achieve greater levels of energy capable of transforming our bodies and our world. We can even control physical matter for to control and change the mind and body is changing the physical. The minds energy consists of matter which is influenced by energy.
There is an energy, call it the "force" if you wish, that is everything in our Universe. In pervades everything and is connected through strings of energy that jump from one to the other constantly much like the synapses of the brain where energy jumps from one connector to another.
We as Americans have lost our connection to the Universe and we insist of looking outside of ourselves for that connection when in reality we have it back asswards. We must first look within and change ourselves before we can be enlightened enough to begin connecting to humanity, nature, and the Universe. Once our minds are "one" with our bodies and the spirit has the chance to expand then it will begin to interconnect with all things as the Universe intended returning us to the Tao or the "one."
We find the easy path so much more enticing yet the true path is never easy to follow. It takes determination, focus, and intent to find the true path within each of us. It is so easy to destroy and so much harder to create yet to create from one's own hands is a greater feeling of accomplishment.
Look at the practice of "Te", it is on the surface such a destructive form yet if you allow the mind to see beyond its appearances then you can see that from within it truly provides a means to achieve enlightenment and it can great greatness.
Yang is the jutsu of Ti while the "Tao or Do" is the Yin of Te. If we focus exclusively on the Yang of Te then we become destructive and find it impossible to reach beyond the stars. If we focus just on the Yin of Te then we have no tool or way to bring about mind and body unity for a spirit that takes is higher than merely physical achievement. To achieve a balance of Yin-n-Yang in Te is to bring the mind, body, and spirit into "one." and then we can truly "see" humanity and by "hearing" others we achieve understanding that brings peace and tranquility to all.
This is what brings the importance of your convictions and intent to achieve a capability that combines intent and practice to achieve spirit or "heart."
capability = intent + practice [spirit = mind + body]
To train the mind takes practice for a well directed thought is a learned skill. This makes the proper use of Te such a valuable tool to achieve this. It is unique in its need to bring both the mind and body together to work until it achieves a wholeheartedly approach to practice and life. "oneness" in training is "oneness" in life.
In Te practice one must have intent which is a combination of focus, visualization and belief. It transforms ones perception and achieves a new reality.