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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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The Meaning of Tao - VI

When your "eyes" see nothing, your "ears" hear nothing, and your mind knows nothing, your spirit will keep your body, and the body will live long. Watch over what is within you; shut up the avenues that connect you with what is external; - much knowledge is pernicious. I will proceed with you to the summit of the Grand Brilliance, where we come to the bright and expanding (element); I will enter with you the gate of the dark and depressing element. there heaven and earth have their Controllers; there the Yin and Yang have their Repositories. Watch over and keep your body, and all things will themselves give it vigor.

[A direct reference to the seventh and eighth lines of the ken-po goku-i with other references that indirectly reference other lines as well. It also gives hints toward a benefit of practice in training to remain aware of the present moment, the now. It seems to me it also tells us how our practice leads to a healthy mind, body, and spirit which benefits from our removing such things as ego, past, and future thoughts that hinder the health and well being of the individuals inner self.

We see that too much focus on excessive knowledge or knowledge that goes beyond what is necessary is the type that leads to harmful effects. This is like taking kata bunkai and assuming that there is more complexity which then adds excessive meaning to the simplicity of kata practice and usage. It tells us that this can be very subtle and if we are not aware and diligent, much like awareness and due diligence in practicing fundamentals, it is harmful, injurious, and/or deadly.

Bright and expanding indicates the sun and its expansion over the world, or earth, as it ascends into the highest point of the sky illuminating all things while the gate of the dark and depressing is of the night and moon where it both hides possible harmful things yet illuminates the still waters of the mind so present moment awareness seeks to see beyond the nights veil by the light of the full moon, enlightening the way.

Thoughts, those of the monkey brain, which tells us the importance of self talk can and does lead to unhealthy effects of the body simply because the body follows the mind but remaining in the present moment with positive self talk is proven to be healthy and enhances our well being providing our lives and bodies with healthful vigor or energy which we sometime refer to as "chi or ki."]

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