"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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I Ching is more ...

It is apparent to those of us reading this blog postings that both Isshinryu practitioners and others who study the I Ching that it is used for divination. It is also used to study ourselves and our connections in the world. It is also a means of checking our compatibility with others!

Yes, you heard correctly, you can check your natal trigrams/hexagrams against others such as wife, friends, co-workers, etc. to see how compatible you are.

Using the "Later Heaven Sequence of Trigrams" as well as the "Three Magic Square of Three" as a base for determination you can see how you match up with others. Cool, huh!

In general the following are tidbits of information that you would want to know if you decided to check this out about the I Ching so it is brief and mainly a means of spiking your personal interest so you will go out there and seek the complete system, etc.

GENERALLY

For man, K'un , would be the most representative. For woman, Ken , would be the most representative. [Note: you may ask, why not Ch'ien since it is really the perceived opposite of K'un? Don't know the answer to that one but Ken is the one for woman.]

The following graphic is representative of position of the eight trigrams to the magic square.

Man is assigned the no. 1 position, because the male initiates action [according to the times the I Ching was created/written, etc.; must try to be politically correct to not offend anyone, heehehe].

There is an "EAST" group (eldest son/daughter and middle son/daughter): Kan, Chen, Sun, and Li. There is a "WEST" group (father, mother, youngest son/daughter): K'un, Tui, Ch'ien, and Ken. The east is represented by water, wood, and fire while the west group is represented by earth and metal.

When comparing natal hexagram lines, which are of opposite polarity between the two, enhance the potential compatibility. If all lines are opposite in character indicate that this situation would be most compatible.



When lines are not all different or of opposite polarity the degree of "favorability" is then determined by how many of the lines are of opposite polarity/compatibility. You compare line one of the first with line one of the second, line two of first and line two of second, and so on.

Note: Did you know that ancient Chinese for "China" meant "Central Country" and that is why all the information derived from the I Ching must be adjusted according to location, etc. with emphasis on the huge six month differences between the northern and southern hemispheres. Interesting!

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