"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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Book of Changes Says

"Again and again it has been pointed out the we find in it (I Ching) no idea of a perfect and abiding state. Just as the seasons of the year change and pursue an ever recurring round, so is it with the phases of society. The reign of order has been and has terminated."

Often we speak of or hear of the ideology of karate-do to reach "perfection." Tho a loft goal and one we should keep it does not mean that perfection is attainable. Only the process of attainment is attainable.

It is the nature of the Universe as displayed in nature by the cycles of the Heaven and Earth, the Sun and Moon, the seasons, and so on that nothing reaches perfection of a static state of being. It is perfection to be imperfect at all moments of life. Our existence is one of continual fluctuations between extreme yang and extreme yin.

Perfection can be attained in the mind, spirit and body simply by accepting and living the changes that remain constant and imperfect. Even if perfection could be attained as we interpret it normally as understood in the FMA it is so transient that it changes to imperfection.

Perfection/imperfection, two sides on the one coin much like the symbolism of yang and yin in the symbol of the great Tai Chi. We can attain the perfection of understanding by allowing our lives and ways to flow with the currents of the Universe. Allowing it to lead, teach, and bring about a level of understanding and knowledge consummate to our individual and uniqueness until we pass from this existence into the void of the Tao.

Longevity is nothing more that the perfection of the one present moment as it flows with the currents of the Universe. We can understand that we are not able to resist the currents but we can achieve a mutual relationship with that current and influence it to a degree that will allow us to ride the waves through life.

Change is perfection and to flow with the changes is perfection. To achieve perfection in the FMA means to allow for the changes to teach us. Perfection in the FMA is simply an process of perfection that can become more as we practice and train. It will ebb and flow constantly as we move with the current of life and our ride can be simply wonderful.

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