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"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

"Providing a first step on a path to self-reflection." - C. E. James

"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.

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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Part Ten: Training the Mind/Brain (series: The Way of Mind/Brain Trainings; example)

[Notice: The series are a personal effort in understanding the brain/mind and how it will apply to my life and practice of the fighting/marital arts. Any errors or omissions are mine alone and do not reflect on the sources from which I draw my thoughts and understanding. If you find any please allow me the human condition of making errors and provide me the information I need to learn, grow, and prosper.]

In most of this series we have discussed many aspects of mind/brain training for life and also within our training/practice of the FA/MA. This section is going to allude to some things you can do in actual training of the mind/brain BUT I implore you to go/wait to the last post of this series or check the bibliography to read the source material for details on this process. I am no expert and remember my postings are simply a way for me to learn and grow and hopefully get the reader to explore MORE.

This involves breathing and visualization with the inclusion of both particular thoughts and verbalizations to achieve change within the brain resulting in a change within the mind or if you wish a change in the mind that will be cause for change in the brain. Note: a little like which came first the chicken or the egg but here the mind or the brain…doah.

Take a breathe [this is in everything you do], "feel" what it is you want, say strength or speed, in your mind. Make it clear and everlasting, your capacity to do this thing. Recall a time when this particular things felt strong and effective. Bring the mind into a sense of this thing along with all the feelings of some past thing that is the same or similar. Feel that thing within your body and mind as you breathe, let it infuse you arms, legs, etc. Bring into you mind a person who has either experienced this with you or on their own in the past and feel their support especially that they believe in you and your ability/capability to do this thing, say have strength. Notice how good it feels and how it makes your body and mind feel. Turn your full attention to that sense of this thing you are working on.

Now, bring an awareness of a challenging situation where this thing you are working on, say strength, is required. Feel solid and confident in your abilities for this particular thing. Allow this challenging situation to be what it is while you continue to feel this thing. Pay attention to all the feelings and thoughts of what you are trying to accomplish.

As you can see I attempted to paraphrase the process described in the book to give you an idea of a process to achieve changes in your brain thus the mind and finally in the body so you can program improved behavioral patterns in life and in FA/MA practice (which means in applying it in life as well.).

Hanson, Rick and Mendius, Richard. The Practical Neuroscience of Buddha's Brain: Happiness, Love & Wisdom. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 2009.

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