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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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Seeing - Hearing

The eyes must see all sides; the ears must hear in all directions. I have covered a lot as to what I feel meets the meaning of the line on "eyes." I have kind of talked about hearing in all directions but thought it time to provide a bit on "hearing" in this post.

The first time someone reads the English translation of the ken-po goku-i they tend to think of it literally. Lets say this is a "basic" or introduction to the ken-po goku-i but would be limited if we accepted that as the only meaning of these statements. As an introduction it gets you started and hopefully "thinking."

Hearing to me also denotes hearing all facts, idea's, thoughts, discussions, theories, etc. from all points regardless. It does not matter who they are, what system they practice or if they are considered, from your perspective, right or wrong. Even comments and statements that appear on the surface as something we should immediately discount/discard there is always, "ALWAYS," something within that is or may be true or lead to truth. I call this data mining. You may dig and get dirt and rocks yet somewhere in all that debris is gold. Even a small bit of gold is worth the effort.

Hearing is actively listening to the environment, to people, to media, and to anything that will give up the gold. You may have to dig a lot but perseverance and diligence will get you plenty.

I titled this post seeing and hearing because an intricate component of actively listening is to use your eyes to see all sides. Sides that are not visually obvious. In active listening the eyes must see all sides of the body language and facial expressions to determine the sincerity of the speaker, etc. If you watch a DVD both hearing and seeing comprise discovery of those tidbits of gold that panning pull out from water and other stuff as it flows past on the pathway of discovery.

If you are participating in a budo dojo then your ability to see and hear, everything, from Sensei or any other senior is critical to learning. The brain needs constant reinforcement to encode correct data to memory and seeing/hearing is the only way coupled with questioning. Maybe this is why Tatsuo Sensei said little and passed along the ken-po goku-i, much like discussed in my post on the old masters instruction method it becomes a matter of self discovery.

Think of it this way, what will be retained longer? Your own discovery and acceptance OR because Sensei said it was so? Something to think about ...

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