"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
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


"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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The Perfect Circle

When one studies the I Ching one cannot help but be introduced to the symbol of the "yin and yang" which is enclosed within a "perfect circle." In our understanding of that symbol it has become known:

"End and beginning are connected in a seamless cycle, so that above and below make a perfect circle. Examine the patterns of dragon and tiger [constellations of the eastern and western sky]. Plot their revolutions with regard to the seven regulators [the sun, the moon, and the five planets]."

Every myriad thing of the Earth and Man are composed of a beginning and an end. The life cycle much like constellations, the sun and moon, the flow of blood and the cycles of chi are patterns that are reflected by one another that are plotted by the Tao and if we allow it to guide us then we connect and live contently.

The symbol of the Yin and Yang are encompassed/enclosed by the perfect circle! The sun is a perfect circle of light. The moon is a perfect circle of subdued light for the darkness. The Earth is also a perfect circle where Man resides.

The Tao as the totality of Being is drawn as a circle. Also, the circle, as in Greek philosophy, is regarded as the embodiment of perfection in that nothing can be added to it.

End and beginning are connected in a seamless cycle, so that above and below make a perfect circle. Examine the patterns of dragon and tiger [constellations of the eastern and western sky]. Plot their revolutions with regard to the seven regulators [the sun, the moon, and the five planets].

As for the grinding of the circle and square [Heaven and Earth] against one another, the mutual opposition between hard and soft [yang and yin]; by rule, abundance enters decline and what ends is born again. There is filling up; there is emptying out. If flows or stops; there is not constancy.

Bibliography:
Nylan, Michael. "The Elemental Changes: The Ancient Chinese Companion to the I Ching." Albany NY, State of NY Press. 1994

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