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.
Red-Blue | Yang-Yin | In-Yo | Heat-Cold
I can only speculate that we see the common black-white as an interpretation of dark and light or the night sky vs. the sun's daylight. All of these to my mind work and have a sense of truth.
I have come to understand that if the red and blue has been used we could then use the forging of a Japanese sword, the Katana, as representative of the forging we as martial artist must endure to create a balance enlightened person.
The color red represents fire and heat. Fire and heat are used to heat the metals of the soon to be blade of the katana. If we were to allow that to occur and then stop with out consideration for the entire process the sword would actually be brittle. If we heat it then simply dip it once in the cool blue water then it will cool rapidly and once again if not considered as a whole process leave a brittle blade. It is a repetitive process of hot/red and cool/blue to work the metal until it reaches that stage where it adheres to a strength that allows it to endure battle yet flexibility that prevents it from breaking. It allows just enough of a combination in forging to create one of the finest blades known to man.
Red is also representative of anger. Anger if not cooled and tempered will create a brittle mind and body easily defeated in all crises. Using a cool mind represented by blue which is related to cool, peaceful and a comfort we can temper the minds anger from red to blue until we reach a mind and body that remain present and balanced.
Is this a viable hypothesis?