"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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Free of Opposites (Hantai no jiyu): 反対の自由

The inability of man to force the opposites (yang-yin) in human nature so far apart that all conscious connection between them is lost. In the case of primitive mentality, the Yang and the Yin have remained in their original proximity. Unable to escape the feeling of collision of the opposites, therefore a way of life is sought in which he would earn freedom of the opposites, i.e. as in the Hindu "nirdvandva," which means, "free of the opposites."

Jung reminds us that in this we "westerners" must remember we are not "orientals," and therefore have an "entirely different point of departure" in these things.

It is also of particular note, for me, that Jung also states, in part, "… this way of development has scarcely any meaning before the middle of life (normally between ages of thirty-five and forty).

Note: These suggestions are taken a bit out of the context, i.e. Jung's comments on the book translated by Richard Wilhelm and with commentary by C. G. Jung (The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life).

It shall also be noted that this book is directly affected by the "Book of Changes." Therefore, for this posting it also relates to us and the practice of FA/MA via the "ken-po goku-i." I find it interesting that the more I study Wilhelm's works, both Helmut and Richard, I see more relations in life be it of Oriental or Occidental sources.

All this is in regards to "Consciousness!" To be conscious, as I perceive it and that is also subjective, is to have the ability to see past the ego and what some call the "Id." To perceive clarity of life both internally and externally as it relates to Tao which is a combination of all the myriad things, i.e. Heaven, Earth, Man; the Sun and moon; the vary stars of the Universe.

To merely make life appear in a different light (Heaven: Sun and/or Heave: Moon which is the mirror of Sun's energy/light), and so becomes different. What is "different?" Good question …

The different may be, as alluded to by Jung, is when possibilities come to one either outside of themselves or from within; or rather, that it grew into some persons from without, and into others from within. In none of any cases of consciousness of a natural nature was it conjured into existence through purpose and conscious willing, but rather to be borne on the stream of time. Where else is it continually apparent that nothing can be forced by us to fruition but any value received in life must come from the normal stream of time, i.e. hurrying it up or circumventing the normal flow is counterproductive.

In this we further extrapolate that one must endure the stream of time as set through the natural order, the Tao, until its "time is of the present moment" as there is no other way.

So, I say, stop the temptation to turn "everything" into a purpose and method by force or conjuring of egoistic source but let the path unfold naturally as Heaven and Earth, the Universe; the Tao, intended. Let the nature of Yang and Yin proceed with out further force and follow the guidance provided in the Book of Changes.

After all, thousands and thousands of years experience must mean something! I Quote,

"I have been deeply impressed with the fact that the new thing presented by fate seldom or never corresponds to conscious expectation." - C. G. Jung

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