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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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Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

If we as martial artist take that leap into the rabbit hole we are acknowledging failurs, loss of power and control or a failure toward casutiousness. As we fall we get a feeling of flying providing a real sense of independence. It denotes we are regaining real control by the process of falling into the rabbit hole. We also sense a feeling of freedome and release that relate to attaining a transcendant state.

The hole itself represents a start of a change or transformation. It also represents our deepest most transcendent wisdom or information about our unconscious. It is seeing into our depths, what does this reveal.

We could also accept the well to represent our deep seated unconscious information about our wisdom. It can mean our effort to look deep down into the depth of ourselves to see what we can reveal.

In the Matrix trilogy they used another symbol that is merely a vertical shaft vs. a horizontal one, i..e cave vs. well, where the cave is about our inner most or hidden issues. Those we covered up unconsciously to feel good about ourselves and to alleviate pain and suffering. We enter the rabbit hole or cave to see just what we can find, what we keep hidden and to find out where discovery leads.

Wells, rabbit holes, caves, etc. are all under ground. Underground symbolizes that hidden side of self. It is that shadow that lies in the depths of experience. It is that otherworld, that matrix, - the mystical world beyond the veil of reality. It is our soul where reside our spirits. It represents who we are and where that comes from as to our past.

The rabbit hole symbolizes a hallway as well. Another vertical well or tunnel. Entering into and following the path of a tunnel that our unconscious creates can open our innermost memories and feelings. This is especially important to those that we bury deep to hide away and from. It can also symbolize a re-birth or resurrection. It also shows you the doorways leading off the hallway that can be various apsects of you and inform you that they connect to one another. That connection is important so you realize that those connections that are hidden still affect those that are not dragging one or the other back into the depths of the unconscious reflecting stresses and their effects.

The corridor is no mans land, a place between conscious and unconscious where being stuck/trapped is unsatisfactory to life and health and well-being. It leads to some end and that ending is determinant on your awareness of this corridor, this well, the cave, the rabbit hole. Just how deep, long or wide remains within your control.

It is apparent that the opposite of this is the rabbit hole can also mean a regression, tuning inward, to escape from threats, problems, boredom and those stories that hurt, cause pain, and create effects that are not good for the mind and body.

The opposite also shows the symbols of the rabbit hole, etc. as a pit or void. It means a place of emptiness. A place where feelings are trapped. We face the void only to understand that means falling into it. We fall into the nothing, but with the potential to increase awareness with a effect of transformation beyond our imaginations. This is the power of change. The power of self-liberation.

Often in martial arts we refer to becoming a state of awareness like a mirror that reflects truth and understanding. It represents our looking inward to seek enlightenment. It can symbolize self-image. It can represent our identity - both good and bad. It means looking, seeing, into the unconscious to see exactly who we are and to reveal all that we hide from ourselves. The confusion can be informing. It can still provide information to show you you.

The opening to the well, corridor, cave, etc. can be an entrance, opening, or a door. It can be a symbol to new experiences as well as a passing from one state of self to another. The new self being a new realization of self. Doors are something you can or not open. It can open you to other people and ideas. This is an entrance to a new life. The walking through a door is a transit into another space - a transition. How we transit to another space is like walking, crawling, falling, riding, running, flying or jumping. Walking can symbolize/signify a confident entrance to the unconscious; falling can mean out-of-control or accidental or a chaotic quality to the transit. You need to ask yourself as this stage: where, how, or what are you transitioning toward?

This is what we do when we take on a martial practice. This is what must be accomplished to balance out the body and mind. This singular endeavor can insert the key into the door that lets you see just how far the corridor goes, how deep the well, the rabbit hole and just how deep and wide the cave.

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