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.
I Ching Perspective
The reason for this is the information will assist the practitioner of Isshinryu in pursuit to the understanding Bushi Tatsuo Sensei wished his students to tackle as a part of their potential in Isshinryu and in Life.
"The most general statement of the I Ching's perspective seems to be that it categorizes situations according to the exiting flows of influence."
[Since the great tai chi is the dual flow of energy, positive and not-positive, then all those influences we encounter be they of yang or yin origin will due to the theory of connectivity, string theory, influence one another. I look at this as a butterfly effect where the occurrence of one thing over here affects another thing over there. Even seeking the wisdom of the book of changes affects its outcome along with the seeker and the seekers environment. Both of which are influenced by the time of day, the day, the week, the month, the season, and even the year. As each moment becomes present then just as quickly becomes past it has an effect on the outcome of the wisdom that is the I Ching.]
"If I seek to influence a situation, I am trying to a act in a yang capacity, and to make the world yin to my intention."
[When we enter into combative situations are we not physically (yang) trying to influence the yang of an opponent turning it into a yin opponent allowing us to achieve a yin to my intent to dominate and achieve victory?]
"The yang aspect is normally described as active, intentional, creative, dynamic, etc., as well as light and strong. The yin aspect is identified with receptivity and acceptivity, as well as dark and weak."
[Uke is yin in nature; Tori is yang in nature. One is trying to achieve yang over the other yin nature to the exercise so that if required both can achieve to create a yin out of a yang situation where ultimately both are removed from the danger involved. Uke receives ergo yin while tori gives ergo yang, is this the way of the open hand in training?]
" Badness is the result of inappropriateness - being yin when the situation calls for a yang response, or yang when the times call for yin response."
[Why the training must incorporate both the hard and soft so we can feel it physically and transfer that to the mind/brain to train our spirits, bodies, and most importantly minds to accept the duality of life and seek to achieve a balance or equilibrium.]
"As the I Ching makes clear, the yin side is not passive like a lump of clay waiting to be molded. It is rather like the earth that nourishes the seed without being concerned with what the seed may become."
[Keeping with the symbol of the great tai chi there is always a seed of one or the other within the whole of one or the other. Yang has a seed of yin and Yin has a seed of yang. We train and practice to achieve a state that is both yang and yin allowing us to shift and adjust accordingly. No defense or action or intent can be totally a yang or yin thing ergo why we try to achieve a state of "positive relaxation" in all we do.]
"It is not passivity, but is non-goal-directed. It is, instead, responsive to the immediacy of the moment and to its necessities."
"Movement is not the criterion, purpose is more like it. Or, perhaps time-binding is a better characteristic. If I move without thought for the future, I am simply responding to the moment - a yin response. If I seek a goal, then the seeking is yang."
[Are you seeking a goal when attacked violently. A violent attack is extreme yang and your being on the receiving end is extreme yin to the point of being frozen. The only way to relieve that yin position is to explode into a yang response. Most difficult even with the best of training. My thought is to create such an extreme yang toward the art of avoidance that the extreme yang of a violent attack is not possible. Yet, prepare for that one moment in time when you slip and enter a violent moment.]
"The source of a flow is, therefore, yang. The target of the flow is yin to the degree that it simply responds in the moment."
[Become yin and allow the flow of Tao enter creating that swirling flow of energy that consists of yin and yang energy creating a balance of energy. Is this possible?]
"We recognize that all flows are always bidirectional."
[Attack-Counterattack; hard-soft; strike-block. All things that are life come from that singular source called Tao and separate into its dualistic form where it becomes Yang-Yin. As symbolized this is a constant flux of change flowing from one extreme to the other and back again until it finds its equilibrium.]
"It is the flow of influence from them to me that allows me to create a flow of influence from me to them."
[As stated by someone famous, for every action there is an opposite and equal re-action, or something like that. It is the way of the myriad things. It is Heaven and Earth creating Mankind.]
"It may be that problems persist primarily because we usually notice only half the flows, and that, by looking for the hidden flows, we find a wholly new, and more complete, perspective."
Pease, Marshall. The Aquarian I Ching. Brotherhood of Life, inc. Albuquerque, NM. 1993.