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Kenpo Gokui

The lines of the ken-po goku-i are set from an atomistic aspect simply because it is the manner in which the brain learns. Its nature is completely holistic and like the I Ching must be in a form that promotes learning and understanding so a person can see, hear and grasp the nature of a holistic system. The gokui is a method to teach us how to be holistic. Its terseness is the best that can be done to convey its holistic meaning.

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.

Master Zeng said, "Am I preaching what I have not practiced myself?"

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Diversity; Kui [no.38 of I-Ching]

The Kenpo Gokui represents diversity. Diversity in that there are all "one" yet within the one flows in-yo;yin-yang which tells us that in all things there is diversity yet in seeking harmony or equilibrium we find "one."

Diversity is natural and unavoidable. The key as depicted in the gokui from the I-Ching is to seek harmony. All diversity can be harmonized regardless if between family members in a household, or humans of a society, or all humanity of the world. A key is "one's attitude!"

If both sides decide to come together as "one" with sincerity and truthfulness with a willing attitude, no problem cannot be solved.

The original meaning of the hexagram/symbol of the I-Ching, #38 - Diversity [li-fire;dui-lake], was "eyes do not look at each other," which tells the ancients that humanities lines of vision are different. There is diversity among all humans, all creatures of the Universe. [Side note: It is also interesting that the ideograph, an eye is drawn on the left "in a vertical position"]

The I-Ching goes on to say that we must seek common ground while keeping our differences in reserve which in the idea of the Isshinryu Kenpo Gokui is that we practice keeping our ego's in check and seek out the understanding of others to "see" the differences between us and to find "common" ground in which to establish a mutual relationship that can now foster into more bringing all of us together as "one" society or family.

Having the correct attitude fostered through reishiki in the dojo carries to our lives. This correct attitude neutralizes diversity among humanity and basing our lives on this we will avoid misfortune.

We must not forget that in this action we must understand that it takes proper timing and an appropriate situation to foster this kind of understanding. To honor the gokui and the spirit of the Way we must know when to be in action and when to be in non-action, timing is everything.

Begin with the little things and build on this! Those who should respond [timing-situation] to each other diversify, and those who should diversify, respond [equilibrium]. To have a proper attitude, even encountering persons with different ideas, there will be no problem. Remain in the spirit of conciliation and compromise in the time of diversity so that you may best serve the general interest of the whole, remain wholehearted.

The I-Ching/Kenpo Gokui tells us that resolving diversity should be as "neutral" as the clouds accumulating and bringing down rain. It takes time, patience, and proper attitude.

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