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.
What are you thinking about? Nothing.
Caveat: I am going to quote some folks here in this post and I do this simply because they said it so well there is not way I can improve on it. I normally give the name of the person quoted but today because of the subject matter will leave that off for privacy sake.
Needless to say my response elicits a bit of disbelief and anger from my wife because she says, "Impossible, all the books I read say we all constantly talk to ourselves in our minds and the chatter can not be stopped." I, of course, disagree.
Someone wrote the following and it rang the bell for me, "Mostly, I do not really think about anything. My natural resting state seems to be an inflow of what I see and hear and smell all around me and letting it flow through and leave. I rarely think in word and so I usually answer, Nothing!"
Now comes the question as to how this is possible. I have a theory and will express it but want to stress this is all mine and mine alone so take it with a grain of salt.
I have endeavored to find the answers as to why I do things and in conjunction try to figure out why women do things and thus get the response they get from the men.
Nature, that evil woman who decided to program males and females for survival. Yes, it deals with survival and those functions, instincts, etc. that both sexes are pre-programmed for that allow us to do what we are supposed to do to survive. Although technology and the industrial revolution have far outpaced both our humanity and mother natures natural evolutionary mandate (which, by the way we have absolutely not control over). We have arrived at a time where our natural tendencies want to do what they are programmed to do but our lives and environment no longer need to the extent originally intended.
Men are hunters/warriors, we are external creatures, we don't have those types of functions that women do, we don't talk about feelings and such, we talk about the hunt or the times we protected the group, etc. We are Yang, we are external, we tend to track and lock on to many things using our instincts to say "safe" or "danger" and then devise ways to protect the group. We also use these tracking functions to "hunt" our sustenance.
Women are gatherers and the threads that bind the group keeping it safe. They are communicators so the group remains connected and they communicate all the history and processes the tribe or group use to stay safe and provide for all food, shelter, and protection. If they did not communicate between each other then the group would not be a group but a bunch of individuals constantly colliding with one another creating discord.
The men are "out" hunting and when not hunting providing guard duty against the wild world protecting so they don't spend time inward and talking because that inattention leaves open vulnerabilities where the wild can get in and damage the tribe/group, etc.
Because women are communicators they take the responsibility of training and teaching the young. When boys and girls reach a certain point they branch off so the boys learn to hunt and protect from the men by watching and mimicking/practicing/learning by doing while the women through both actions and communications teach the girls their function to support the tribe/group.
So, when they ask what are we thinking we are not necessarily thinking thought and words but our minds are tracking through our senses and we are taking it in, determining the threat potential or the food/sustenance potential, and letting it either go to memory for later use/retrieval and then moving on to the next thing we see, hear, and smell around us.
Before you say it, yes, in today's world this might seem sexist or not politically correct but think about it, when you are riding the train to work as I do take a look around you. You will most likely see women in groups talking, men sitting and quietly/seemingly contemplating deep thought (in reality we are not, at least I will admit I don't except when studying I Ching or contemplating training/practice, etc.).
I have in my seeing,hearing, and smelling observed cars whizzing by with men focused on driving and nodding occasionally while the women sitting next to them are talking what seems to us guys, me anyway, as constant chatter. Simply, I don't get it (notice I didn't say we don't get it ;-). But, now maybe I do understand. I accept it and try hard to communicate back as needed but it is not natural for me as I want to see, hear, smell and in the end evaluate my environment for safety and survival.
If we were not so far ahead of mother nature's evolutionary ability maybe the hunter/warrior/gatherer would be less prominent in our DMA and maybe we would not be seeking things that end up in battles and wars and conflicts and other such things. Maybe in time mother nature will allow normal evolution to change us all so we are closer in balance to the center and not the distant Yang to Yin (for those who are not versed in Chinese classics think, men are from mars and women are from venus).
There is a purpose to this madness. Maybe knowing our true nature will allow us to accept each other as we are with understanding and thus live in greater peace and tranquility. You as men don't have to go out and join a dojo and learn all the warrior stuff but just accept we have those tendencies and seek out other ways to express it with out all the fear, anger, and physically expressions of aggression (aggression = testosterone).