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.
This follows in regard to the kenpo gokui and the practice of Okinawa Te. In the beginning we do follow the way exactly. We do this to build a strong foundation. As we continue to build then we start to let things follow the influences of the Way which are not strict but fluid.
In a dojo one may fall prey to authoritative persons who have control issues. This teaches us that we shall not just blindly follow yet we will question. The only way to progress is through queries to those who have come before us. This is a reciprocal way. This is the in-yo of Te and the Way. This is finding balance in all things.
I don't believe any master of old wanted us to follow their teachings blindly and with out question. This stifles when we need to feed and flourish the Way.
Much like seeking the way through the ancient text of the I-Ching. It is something that is used to guide the decisions of the individual with knowledge that this person must decide if it is appropriate for them at that particular moment.
Ancient stories tell of a King who sought the oracles guidance yet in the end felt that the timing was not correct to accept the advice and followed another path that took them to success. If they had blindly followed the advice they would have come to failure.
Never follow blindly. Let the Tao provide its guidance from the Universe so that you may instinctively come to the right decisions and take the proper path to enlightenment.