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.
Analects of Confucius - Quotations
The Master said: "When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them."
The Master said: "Yu, shall I teach you what knowledge is? When you know a thing to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it; - this is knowledge."
The Master said: "To see what is right and not do it is want of courage."
Some personal notes: I can not say if Confucius actually spoke these words as the analects interpreter hypothesizes that many of the quotes may have come from his disciples who use the statement, "The Master said," because they firmly believed what they wrote in his name actually were said by Confucius.
Regardless, these quotes and many more are inspirational. In my particular studies of the FMA (Fighting Martial Arts) we are divided. We have many factions or tribes who stubbornly remain with what was taught even when it may be off or slightly askew or moderately incorrect, etc.
This is not to point to one tribe or the other but to provide thought provocation in the spirit of learning and growth. Bushi Tatsuo Sensei, a very wise individual apparently, spoke of his intentions using the ken-po goku-i as a trigger to get folks to go past the mere physical or what I call the "dance."
He provided all his first generation practitioners a "key" and then as is custom left those individuals to their own means to search it out and find the door that the key opens taking them to a unique experience.
In my humble opinion the key has been lost to most and with all the monkey dancing (ego stroking) Americans do it may never be found or recognized, ever; such a shame.