"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
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"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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The Self: Confrontation

One of the many topics I have posted on is the self, the ego, and the path of karate-do as it is used to help us see inside ourselves. The ability of see ourselves as we really are, removing all those self-imposed "stories" or thoughts, emotions, judgments, and motivations that make up our character. We must first come face-to-face with ourselves in order to "see" and "hear" truth especially when encountering conflict.

Yogi Iyengar states in his book, "He unravels himself from the external body to the self within. He proceeds from the body to the nerves, and from the nerves to the senses. From the senses he enters into the mind, which controls the emotions. From the mind he penetrates into the intellect, which guides reason. From the intellect, his path leads to the will and thence to consciousness. The last stage is from consciousness to his Self, his very being."

What is alluded to in this is the singular practice of yoga, much like karate, is the path whereby the training of the body provides unity of body, mind, spirit allowing us to "see" within ourselves fault. This teaches us how the body functions and leads to the mind and then the mind is trained to unify that body and the only way that is achieved is to see ourselves as we really are and remove all the illusions we put ourselves in to attain a comfort in living life.

Terri Brooks said it well in a fictional account of how evil is destroyed by taking that entity to its very essence, its true self, reality. This is a modified quote, redacted to achieve clarity to the practice of karate-do:

"In the vortex of emotion and basic self that comprises the center most region of our being, we come face-to-face with ourselves. There is a chaos of uncertain impressions: Pictures and impressions loomed up before us. Thrust suddenly before our eyes, the world that is our birthplace and life source, from past to present, lay open and revealed to us, stripped bare of our carefully nurtured illusions, and we see the reality of existence in all its starkness. No soft dreams colored our view of life, no wishful fantasies clothed the harshness of its self-shaped choices, no self-conceived visions of hope softened the rawness of its judgments.

Amid its sprawling vastness, we see ourselves displayed for the pitiful, insignificant spark of momentary life that we represent. We struggle wildly for our grasp of the vision of self that has always sustained us, for what had been our hold on sanity, fighting to shield ourselves from the awesome view of our inner nakedness and the weakness of the thing we are compelled to recognize as ourselves.

... the thoughts, emotions, judgments, and motivations that made up this character. ...

... we see another side of ourselves, aside we have never been able to recognize - or perhaps had simply refused to accept. It reveals itself in an endless line of events, all caricatures of the memories we had believed in so strongly. An accounting of every hurt we had caused to others, e4very petty jealousy we had felt, our deep-seated prejudices, our deliberate half-truths, our self-pity, our fears - all that was dark and hidden within ourselves.

We open our minds to be receptive to those images, expanding outward to embrace them, forcing ourselves to admit the reality of what we have been shown. We cannot sensibly deny these other sides of our characters; like the limited image of the person we had always believed ourselves to be, we have to accept it. It is the truth.

We have to be able to accept the weakness and frailty that are a part of our human nature, as it is a a part of all men."

Only by accepting reality, only by accepting our weaknesses and frailties, only then can we truly attain proficiency in practice and thus in life. Yogi Ivengar also states eloquently [redacted to show karate-do], "Through the stages of karate practice one develops understanding of his own self. He proceeds step by step from the known - his/her body - to the unknown. He proceeds from the outer envelop of the body to the mind. From the mind, he goes to the intellect, the will, discriminating consciousness, conscience and lastly the self."

As one studies the many academic writings we find an underlying connectivity that permeates all of life. Following this one can achieve unity of self to the universe but subverting the path leads to a detrimental outcome.

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