"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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Working with the I Ching

In my studies of the Isshinryu Karate-do system I was introduced to the "ken-po goku-i" as I would assume all Isshinryu practitioners but espresso that it is sometimes not good to "assume." Anyway, because of this it has led me into the realm of the I Ching, Analects, etc. or what some refer to as the Ancient Chinese Classics.

In that period of ongoing and never ending study I have come to the conclusion that as an American, meaning I am not Chinese; not Okinawa; not Japanese, in order to benefit from the study of the I Ching it is strongly recommended you study more than "one" translation.

In my view having a copy of all the Wilhelm and Legge books is necessary as they all provide information that is not necessarily in the others as well as different interpretations and views. Considering the simplicity/complexity of the books not to mention in detail the interpretation of Chinese characters or pictograms, etc. warrants a collecting of all these views, opinions, and interpretations. It is important, from my perspective, to collectively analyze them all and come to your own conclusions.

In the end the interpretation and use as a means of divining answers to questions takes an individual and unique view. The book has lasted so long and through extreme turmoil that its fundamental and non-individualized writings leaves it open so it can influence everyone in every manner with out prejudice of any one individual. If it were just one persons book it would be just a book much like Stephen Kings books, each unique in its story. The I Ching is not topic specific other than a guide to life and nature, etc.

Words never truly convey what it is and what it means ergo why it is an individual book with meaning to each person who reads and utilizes it. Worth the effort and costs to bring together all the possibilities provided by the insight of each interpreter/translator. When reading each don't accept or reject anything, let it mull for a while like a fine wine and when it is ready for consumption let it breathe and then partake of its uniqueness.

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