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.
Our True Face
Sometimes we hide our true face from ourselves. If our true face or our true selves make us unhappy for any period of time then we develop a strong facade to view and hide our true selves deep within our minds. Some day this hidden secret comes back to haunt us by causing pain and suffering both mental and physical. This can occur slowly over a very long period of time.
This can occur on a voluntary or involuntary basis. We hide our true selves to survive a threatening and controlling environment be it in our minds our in society. We are doing what is instinctive by developing those thoughts and feelings needed to survive because we have not identified other means to deal with such.
This is where our singular practice of the mind and body can help us to "see" and "hear" our hearts so that our minds slowly open the doors to our private face. Although initially this will be painful the process we practice teaches us that a slow, deliberate, steady form of gradual practice increasing our ability to see and hear our hearts provides us the tools to deal with those blockades so we can become "one" with our true self and only then can we become one with the Universe.
If I had to decide the most difficult path anyone can follow in the "Way" this is the one. To see beyond our facade to enjoy the beauty of our true selves truly brings about happiness and contentment.
All bottles are good once we "see" beyond the labels on the outside and find the true value of what is within, we all have purpose and that is good.