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.
Taking it Personally
We are lead to conflict by one very simple action, we take it personally! Every conflict humanity engages in is a direct result of a person taking action because they have felt that some slight was taken against them "personally."
We may have to accept an action but we do not have to accept it personally. We don't have to accept it on a personal level ever. We have to understand that because we are exposed to some action that it is not required we receive it on a personal level. It is there and there is nothing we can do about it but accept it because it is in that moment. We don't have to make it personal; we don't have to take it personally, we can consider it a problem of the other person who took the action. We can "choose" to NOT TAKE IT Personally!
Actions that can have an effect on us simply do because we happen to be in the vicinity when they occur. What we can do is tell ourselves that "It is not about me!" We can do this each and every time until be believe it and smother the ego's tendency to tell us "its personal."
This is the type of mental training we must master to become the consummate warrior of the fighting arts and a warrior of life. Just imagine if all peoples of the world decided to never take anything as "personal" that all the conflicts of the world would cease.
When that day comes then I will shift my singular practice of the fighting arts to the art of calligraphy so that I may follow the Way by another singular means.