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.
In karate we attempt to train ourselves so that our minds are free from distractions that would interrupt swift action. The Japanese call this a Zen practice of being like the moon and water. We should notice that this is also represented by symbolism in the Isshinryu-no-megami, i.e. the troubled waters at night, etc.
The Zen Buddhist use two terms, i.e. "tsuki-no-kokoro and mizu-no-kokoro" which mean "mind like the moon and mind like water" which is explained by Dr. Schmeisser in his book as, "The mind should be placid and calm, but quick as light, just as the moon loses no time producing its reflection in still water." (page 122, chapter 13 on "Psychological Balance."
The end result intended for karate practitioners is the ability to quiet the mind so that the brain can retrieve appropriate responses from both RAM and Main storage memory. This means the more rapid memory provides the initial response while it spends a moment to retrieve the appropriate response/action from main memory where your practice and training hopefully stored it for use. The quiet mind allows the process to be quick, almost instantaneous while if the brain/mind is polluted by thoughts of the past, future, or self talking to yourself if you are not totally frozen which consumes needed processing to both instant and long term stored memory. Much like a computer CPU being absorbed by junk processing slowing the access to both RAM and the Hard drive, stored memory, etc.
How you train for this is also a very difficult answer to provide. The FMA methods of practice and training, hopefully and if done correctly, i.e. taught adequately, should provide a means to experience and thus train the mind to short-circuit the ego driven monkey brain chatter and access the side of the mind/brain that experiences the non-verbal, non-ego way of thinking which is referred to as no-mind or non-thinking, etc. This is referred to as the internal feeling of two ways of "seeing."
Upon more understanding of the references to this phenomena in Dr. Schmeisser's book on page 124 it infers, to me anyway, that training must achieve a balance of both "sights" so that the monkey brain chatter is controlled by the passive and verbally silent side to achieve appropriate access and action.
It is tantamount to the left brain causing the body to move its individual parts and the right brain takes over a bit more in this inference to achieve movement without the centralized left brain controller. It makes the left side an impartial and relatively silent witness that seems to stand apart from the action but in reality is controlled by both in lieu of the normal left brain dominance, etc.
I quote, "In karate-do, the actual learning of the new technique is handled by the left brain; the practice or performance of the art is under right brain control."
Bibliography: Schmeisser, Elmar T., Ph.D. "Advanced Karate-Do: Concepts, Techniques, and Training Methods." St. Louis: Tamashii Press, 2007.