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.
The Matrix is Real
We each experience life. Each of us will interpret those particular experiences and assume it represents reality. This is true to each individual due to their particular believe system which when compared to other systems becomes a divergent belief system that each of us possesses - The Matrix. Our belief system can be wrong and therefore our reality is not what we think it is - our matrix, the matrix.
If true then our reality is to be questioned in order to discover what exists behind our self induced illusions - our stories of comfort.
To be free from the matrix of our own design we shall have to accept the truth of the world which is the only path to true enlightenment. We have to achieve an ability to get past the matrix or the true nature of the human mind and karate-do is a means to develop a mind-body ability to reach enlightenment - unplugging from our matrix.
No where else can I determine such direct confrontation of the matrix than by the mind-body practice of karate-do. No where else can I determine such rapid emphasis on the reality than when a technique or mind fails to perceive the reality of such endeavors, i.e. protection in fighting and/or combat, speaks by way of pain. Pain is a good teacher.
To achieve the "way" one must come to some state where the uneasy peace karate-do presents achieves a balance of both Yin-n-Yang, i.e. the rational and irrational of the matrix. Understanding first and foremost that our minds are a matrix - of a sort - that produces both reality and stories is paramount to escaping the matrix. Accepting that we can control our mind thus the matrix is to build and strengthen our will and creativity. It is our natural ability of free will utilization and our innate creativity that allows is to unplug. Sometimes the comfort of the matrix keeps us chained to such things as rigidity and dogmatic doctrine that limits our enlightenment.
Don't' allow the matrix to dictate to you what enlightenment is ... allow your mind to be free, freeing the mind from the matrix of our own making. After all, the matrix we deal with although influenced externally is still ours and we can change it - free will, creativity, due diligence, and believing in oneself are the key to following any path where the way of the empty hand is the first gate to open allowing access to the second and third gates.
Free your mind; free your body; achieve free will; build on creativity and all through the singular, the one, practice of karate-do [any do will do the same].
Young, Mark. An Interpretation of the Philosophy of the Matrix Trilogy. 2003 - 2011. The Matrix 101. Date of Access: 2 Aug 2011 http://www.thematrix101.com/contrib/myoung_aitptm.php