"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
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

"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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See, Hear and Touch - In Lucid Dreams

The activity of the brain during a dream activity, also using imagery or visualization, is the same as during a real event, neuronal patterns of activation that one would require and use for the act, skill or technique can be established in a dream state or through visualization. This is not a complete encoding via these types of mental states but it does encode such skills so they are available for training and practice where the other aspects of martial arts can be encoded for real-world-context applications.

Once we achieve lucid dreaming or if we use imagery in solo practice or training we have a type of control. In lucid dreaming we are now aware of the dream and this allows us a bit of control in how it goes. The same can be said of the use of imagery/visualization. In this light we provide for what we see.

Seeing involves more than just the literal stimuli perceived it also allows us to control a bit of what is seen so we may input a variety of scenario's that we can work out applications in response. This goes for the other senses as well. You should keep in mind for the lucid dream that this state is driven by the mind/brain because the real world senses are no longer sending signals to the brain.

In a lucid dream state we are not unconscious. We continue to experience consciousness with no sensory input. The mind is what actually constructs our reality both in the real world and in the dream world. If not we would not have the capability to visualize. Our minds go right on creating our real world but in a setting where control is achievable to a point.

Reading the gokui the spiritual is mentioned in the first third while the second and third involve the body and the spirit as both are fed by what we see, hear and feel. On occasion you can include smell and taste. In the physical world that experience has inherent dangers while in both the lucid dream world and through imagery/visualization you remove most if not all dangers.

This makes the tools of both lucid dreaming and imagery/visualizations a fundamental step in preparing for real-world-context reality training and practice. Research also shows that the lucid dream is significantly more creative than imagery or visualizations. Seeing the possibilities of the lucid dream state seems beneficial to our training, practicing and teaching of all things including martial systems.

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