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.
Lost and Found
I found the Marine Corps which gave me a lot of guidance and focus. It also fed the ego more than it should but to meet the Corps strategy for combat and so on it was the best. I still needed more...
Then on the island of Okinawa I found Isshinryu and along with the Marines started down a path full of excitement and possibilities. Many years later I still felt lost so I started digging into life a bit more where the light sudden came on so I could "see" more.
The kenpo gokui and other sources of the esoteric studies seemed to give some direction to all the practice and training I had done for so many years.
Maybe to explain it better I can use a movie with Billy Crystal. In this movie Mr. Crystal's character seemed to be lost so along with his friends they embarked upon a path or singular endeavor that tho was not the original intent did provide for that "one" thing that ultimately showed him the one true meaning of it all. His character found himself through this singular endeavor much like the "Art of Te" helped me find my way.
While driving cattle the drover told Crystals character that the answer to life was this "one thing" and when asked he stated that each of us had to find that "one" thing for ourselves.
Only through the many trials and tribulations of that cattle drive did Crystal's character find that "ONE" thing that gave life meaning and direction.
Our practice of the art of the empty hand or any other endeavor where we practice with diligence and purpose can that "one" thing be revealed.
Gokui no mokuso!