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.
Focus In, then, Focus Out
More of my studies and practice indicate, to me, that before we can truly participate in society or the Universe we must first "know" that Universe within us as each individual. To much of what we have within us influences how we interact with the Universe and if we are not sure of what we are within then we will not be beneficial and productive to those the stand outside of our personal Universe.
How can we instruct others in anything be it the physical, mental or spiritual as related to the ken-po goku-i, the ancient classics such as the I Ching and other tomes of knowledge like "Fully Present," "The Now," and "Becoming a Complete Martial Artist." These are but a few too!
It should be a primary goal of an instructor or anyone intent on being involved in life that they disentangle their thoughts from reality for we do influence our thoughts with our past experiences and such so we should take it all in and discover through our internal awareness as to what is correct. In the case of karate what is morally correct and societally acceptable behavior even in fighting, conflict, combat, etc.
Read the quote again, I personally do not want now or have never wanted to become what others thought I should become but rather what I feel I should become and I cannot or have not done otherwise in my life. I got caught up in external validation which is just a way to excuse myself from myself which if you think of it provides me the perfect excuse when what others decide goes wrong I can then blame them when in reality regardless it is and always will be my decision and my fault when it goes wrong. More importantly, keep this foremost in your mind, when things go right I can be satisfied that I did right, by me, myself, and I and that projects onto others who enter my sphere of influence. If both of us are alike in this concept then we are mutually influencing to our benefit.
As a fledgling novice regard internal focus as a personal fundamental. As a fledgling associate instructor also focus inward to find truth and knowledge then when you become an instructor you will have already discovered "most" of the things you will transmit to others and it will be right.