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.
The Dragon has many forms in Chinese mythology.
The T'ien-lung is the Celestial Dragon, who carries on its back the palace of the gods. The Shen-lung are the Spiritual Dragons, the makers of the wind and rain. These dragons are most important to crops, and are the ones most often depicted in Chinese art.
The Li, of which there are four, inhabit the oceans. These Sea Dragon Kings live in palaces of crystal and jade. They have yellow scales, shaggy legs and tail, a jutting brow, flaming eyes, small black ears, whiskers and a gaping mouth full of long sharp teeth. The Li are immortal and can communicate without speaking. On occasion, they are used by the undersea gods and goddesses as a means of transport.
The Chiao dwell in the mountains, and are shaped like a snake, with a small head, crimson chest, green striped back, yellow sides and four legs. The are about thirteen feet long. The Ti-lung are the Earth Dragons, who govern the rivers and streams. The Fu-ts'ang lung are the Dragons of hidden treasure, guardians of the wealth that is hidden from mortal eye. In addition, there are nine other forms which are considered sub-species, and whose forms adorn various household objects.
Dragons are also identified by both physical type and color. Physical categories--serpentine, clawed, horned and winged--are thought to correspond to the various life cycles, with serpentine being the youngest, and winged being the oldest. Azure dragons are omens of spring; red or black dragons are ferocious and cause storms; yellow dragons possess the greatest virtue and intelligence; and are only seen during times of perfection.
The dragon is the King of Scaly Creatures. It has the power of invisibility and transformation, often appearing in human form. Dragons are generally well meaning, but sometimes fly into fits of rage, causing havoc and storms. They are also deaf. Dragons are fond of beautiful gems, roasted swallows, and are especially fond of teasing spiders. Dragons are thought to be afraid of iron, centipedes, China-berry leaves, beeswax, tigers and five-color silk thread.
The most important treasure a dragon possesses is its magic pearl, which the dragon always kept near, either in its mouth or under its chin. The pearl gives off a radiant light that never fades, and is the symbol of wisdom, enlightenment, self-realization and spiritual richness. Dragons become powerless if their pearls (of wisdom) are stolen!
The first Chinese are thought to have descended from Nu Kua, who was part dragon, part mortal. The humans that descended from her were tutored by her consort Fu Hsi (first legendary emperor). The dragons that descended from her were fluid, appearing often in human and animal forms, and were regarded with awe and affection.
There is a superstition that holds dragons responsible for the invisible lines that run through China, which meta physicists compare to the ley lines of Briton. (1)These lines are thought to be Earth's veins, through which the natural forces flow; if obstructed, disaster is thought to be the consequence.
The Celestial Dragon, identified by the five claws on it feet, has been an emblem of Imperial power since the Han Dynasty (206 BCE) and is reserved for symbolic use by the Emperor and heirs, and by princes of the first and second rank. Princes of the third and fourth rank use the four-clawed dragon as their symbol. All other nobles who are allowed to use the dragon in their symbols which are restricted to the three-toed variety. The dragon is also worn by grooms on their wedding day.
(1) Interesting that this thought parallels what is found in humans. Our veins carry with it a natural force we refer to as Chi or Ki. Its flow determines our strength as well as those weaknesses that cause loss of health, etc. This is why what we do with our minds and bodies can affect us both positively and negatively. When we consume sustenance that is not good for us it causes that flow to become disrupted causing illness and sometimes or at least ultimately death before our time.
Earth's veins or lines also determine the health of our environment. How we treat the Earth will have effect on the environment which in turn is our sustenance for with out a healthy Earth how can we create the food, air, water, etc. we need that sustains us.
Think about this!