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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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Training the Mind (series)

I have written/spoken of the importance of training the mind along side the body yet you have to wonder just how do we train the mind. To do this we need to have a basic understanding of how the mind works.

First before we go there I want to connect the training of the mind to the kenpo gokui. It is apparent in the gokui and its extensions that all things are in pairs or "yin and yang." So, what is the mind. The mind is that which we create thought a process within our brain. The brain, from my perspective, is the "yang" while the mind is the "yin."

Within the brain we have, a simplistic analysis comes here, the left side that establishes the body as a distinct entity from the world around it and the right side indicates where the body is compared to features in our environment. The left side came to focus on sequential and linguistic processing while the right side specialized in holistic and visual-spatial processing.

It is known that although they are separate halves and the mind and brain are also separate they both function, the brain and mind; the left half and right half, as "one" entity. Yin and Yang as the "one" or the Tao. Here is where we start to see connections to our practice.

In order to train the mind we should understand how the brain works so that we can influence the brain thus change/train the mind. Scientists are now studying this process by connecting two separate processes, i.e. buddhism and neuroscience. The brain is constantly changing and growing so it is believed, and I believe, that we can influence the brain thus the mind. Ergo, training the mind.

If we do this, as we have done with out focus on training the mind, then we can consciously influence our training in the fighting/martial arts.

I plan on doing additional postings on this as I believe we have accidentally gone into training only the "yang" half of our brain and mind in regards to our art. As I have discovered in my studies and training to neglect one half of the whole throws us "off balance" and results in a lack of "one" wholehearted way.

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