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.
This seems to fill a belief and need for people when they take up martial systems. I can say that it is because of "my belief" in these systems and the ability of them to fill my need for substance the have been an important part of my life - good, right?
Where I want to allow flexibility is in my belief system. People can be stubborn to the ninth degree if their belief system is questioned. I see this as a hinderance to both belief and personal growth. I believe, yes believe, that our ability to adjust our beliefs, for the betterment of us and our interactions in society, is critical and allows for a more moderate response when questioned.
I believe we all should stop at a four way stop sign in our automobiles. I would then believe this as a good thing. I would then believe it not so good if all we did was stop and then no further progress. If I allow my belief that stopping is good and that allowing an adjustment/change in that belief it might benefit all. I can allow my belief to change and then create a new belief that if we all arrived at the same time the person on the left allows the person on their right to proceed through the intersection. I can allow my belief to change that if one of the four arrived a moment before the others that the person may proceed first followed by others in an orderly manner.
So, why do we find dogmatic adherence to specific group dogma simply because we allow a belief to influence us to remain stagnant vs. continued growth and prosperity. Hmm, must study and contemplate this a lot.