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.
The Great Tai Chi (a single point and a line...)
This is why the Tao is represented by the circle which is also manifest as a small circular dot. When the myriad things came into being a line emerged from the small dot which brought into being two principles, active (yang) and passive (yin) which are also referred to as strong and yielding. Thus came the great Tai Chi.
The single point chose somewhere outside of itself, a direction to travel. Much like it is believed that the Universe exploded outward from that one single point with no dimension and no space. The line has no thickness and no end.
The line brings into being simplicity or "three" ways to become apparent.
The line has a stationary point and a moving point. This is referred to as a stationary point and a fee point (passive/active). The free point can be rotated to form a circle which in Chinese belief forms the Universe. We can say that when the Universe came into being the myriad things filled the expanding circle formed by the single point and the free point (which continues to travel away from the single point while forming a circle, etc.).
The active/free point can also move to a third (three) equidistant point from the other two points equally forming a equilateral triangle.
The active line can also produce another form by its movement away until distances are equal to form a square. representing the Earth as described in Chinese belief and referred to in the ken-po goku-i and I Ching.
We now have at the most basic or fundamental form "three forms," i.e. circle, triangle and square. All rich in meaning and found in almost all things living and created. We now have Heaven, Earth and Man.
If we go a bit further by rotating the circle a sphere is formed. If we move the triangle, a vertex, we form a pyramid or tetrahedron. And finally if we transition the square we form a cube. The possibilities are endless. We open our eyes and "see" the myriad things which in turn open our minds to many more possibilities in life and in practice.
The sphere is a symbol of the cosmos and the totality of manifest creation. Very large/small things in nature lean toward a spherical shape. Einstein hypothesized that all the stars and planets, etc. are inside a "event-horizon sphere."
With circles you can produce perfect triangles and hexagons. Thus you can see why the circle and sphere are representative of the Universe for all the myriad things are produced by the single point and line creating a circle and thus by it emergence create squares and triangles representative of Earth and Humans.
If you take circles to form many other forms such as triangles, dodecagons and more by using the circles and the line to connect points, etc. When done many myriad things are created and are represented by the drawings created using a ruler, compass, and pencil. The pencil creates the single point while the compass forms the circle(s) and the ruler helps to connect the points created by intersecting circles, etc. with lines. A combination of the many myriad lines form many things. This occurs in all the kingdoms of Animal, Man and Nature.
Take a look at the graphic in this post and you will notice that this ancient drawing has all the symbolic drawings representative of Heaven, Earth and Man the read the first precept of the ken-po goku-i which leads to the I Ching and then review the references to the number three in the Isshinryu system which is referenced in other posts here and on my karate blog site.
Lundy, Miranda. Sacred Geometry. New York. Walker Publishing Company. 2007