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.
Earth, Moon, Sun and The Stars
Returning to Earth from the Moon, "He felt the Earth, the moon, the Sun, and the stars. He felt his own relationship to all these things. He even felt the blackness in between them. The borders of flesh and bone disappeared. He felt the sensational tremor in his own being extending out into space. He felt no distinction between himself and the nothing of black space. He suddenly experienced life - with no distinctions at all."
Astronaut Mitchell was not the only astronaut to experience this but he is the only one who pursued it and still does today well past 80 years of age. Remember the two movies, "The DaVinci Code and The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown?" In The Lost Symbol the organization at the start of the Noetic Sciences is based on Mitchell's actual creation of such a place called, "IONS or Institute of Noetic Sciences."
Here a person actually experiences the effect and state of being we all talk about but seldom walk in that state, "one with the Universe." It is a state we can achieve and one method that is being tested by Dr. Andrew Newberg of Penn State Medical in his "Neurotheology" teachings by testing those who have achieved that kind of state through "Meditation."
It is coincide (do-n-side) or coincidental that I came across this particular subject and quote while readying myself to write an eBook on Smashwords about the ken-po goku-i which in its own right touches on this "oneness or wholehearted" enlightened state we strive for in the martial arts or any such singular practice.
Personally, I plan on doing some more academics on IONS and Neurotheology for my practice and meditation. Yes, I will be posting on this but you already know that, yes :-)