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.
The Analects to I Ching to Ken-po Goku-i
It seems that the ancients knew something we modern folk can not understand or accept. We are so caught up in the technological world we have lost control and it controls us. It pushes us faster and faster past our humanity when we should be taking control by allowing our humanity to catch up with technology. Alas, that would mean a loss of revenue so that ain't going to happen.
We can take it back at least in part by spending our time in the dojo practicing and actually doing so in a pace and method conducive to maximizing proficiency which is slow, easy, and over time. Practice, Practice, Practice! Even in the FMA we get caught up in how fast we can get to that wearing of the black belt. We gear or training to suit shorter time spans which I believe is a symptom of the technological era in which we live, if you can call it living.
The dojo is a place where we should turn off the technology, turn off our minds, and allow the flow and patterns of practice to bring us present moment peace and tranquility. After all if we allow technology to run our minds in lieu of our minds running it then our minds will be clogged up with information overloading caused by the constant chatter of information, etc.
Use the time in the dojo to leave behind the hustle and bustle of technology and multi-tasking and constant instant gratification. Don't even let those thoughts or ideas enter your mind. Focus grasshopper, get into the moment, allow the zone to take you into yourself in this exact moment, leave it all at the dojo door.In Isshinryu to accomplish to goals that the first tome of the Ken-po Goku-i is to achieve a level of equilibrium where our hearts are in motion that mirrors that of Heaven and Earth thus achieving its goal of wholehearted human beings, persons, which is, in part, remaining ever present to the moment. Thus the singular physical practice opens to the esoteric of the same where the influences of the Universe as taught by the I Ching through the Ken-po Goku-i being about our personal humanity. This humanity morphs us into a contributor to societal humanity.