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"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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The Meaning of Tao - VIII

The Taoism of old occupied itself with the belief that the breath or vital force was the way to manage longer life. ... They go on to say, "The Way of Heaven = The Heavenly Tao," which is exemplified by man. ... Finally the Tao says, "The gates of Heaven is a Taoistic phrase for the nostrils as the organ of the breath."

[In the goku-i the first tome talks of Heaven; the I Ching and other ancient texts also expound on Heaven, Earth, and Man in a variety of references. This particular passage in the Tao-te-Ching leads us to understand that references to heaven in the translations is far different from our perception. In this last quote it carries to full circle since breathe is vital to longer life and at the end Heaven is connected to the nostrils for that same breathe.

Breathing is a "key" in life and especially within the fighting/martial art applications. Health and all we are internally start and end with breathe. Breathing can influence the heart and its beating. Longer and deeper breathes can cause the heart to beat slower. Breathes can influence aspects of the body where it causes changes in the brain/mind and the mind then leads the body to react to this change either in a positive way or negative.

Negative effects are when suddenly surprised the breathe becomes shallow and quick causing stress and sometimes fear while a positive effect is you recognize it instinctually thus breathe slower, deeper, diaphragmatically, resulting is changes that reduce the stress and fear and allow for clear thinking processes, etc.

Breathing is connected to all of the body and mind in so many ways that one needs to study this long to achieve a modicum of knowledge but for FMA/MA practitioners all you need to know is when the adrenaline dump hits practice to breathe slower, deeper, and diaphragmatically.]

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