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.
Symbols and Metaphors - the stories ....
The rulers of the China Shang Dynasty pondered cracks in turtle shells. They actually believed they could hear their ancestors voices as the shells cracked. To our minds the cracks mean nothing but to the creative thinking those cracks/cracking gave the interpreter a place to stand outside the rigors of logic, to dream, to allow their minds to associate freely and make new connections. The turtle shells cracks were referred to as the Oracle's Bones and the oracle bones comprised a regular practice of a stable society, a dynasty, that lasted hundreds of years. - Peter Hessler, Oracle Bones
The ability to stand outside the box. The box that is considered the logical view of the world. Leaving the box allows us to dream beyond mere logic and allows us to stretch our minds and spirits so the mind can associate freely in the Universe and make new connections. Connections not present, connections that seem to come spontaneously from a mystical source and connections that create new and exciting ways or "paths."
Is it possible that Tatsuo Sensei, as a academic of ancient classics and of the spiritual aspects of fortune telling, etc., passed on to us the ken-po goku-i much like the ancient Chinese study of the oracle bones to free our minds so we can see and hear new connections?
As I study these esoteric forms of the way of the empty hand I find more and more "connections" that come freely in my mind seemingly from a source that feels like some mystical source, could it be this ability to freely associate all the knowledge I have acquired to make new theories that once vetted become facts?
If it improves my practice. If it improves my ability. If it improves my way of life. It has to be a good thing. It becomes a new connection that builds my values and beliefs in a positive way and in my singular practice of karate-jutsu-do I am freely and spontaneously (mostly) building on this.
Metaphors and Symbols tell us a story. The talk to us in a way that allows our minds to leave the logic of the material world so we may dream of the possibilities and make new beliefs, customs, metaphors and symbols for the next generation. Is this why the second and third level of application is meant to also leave behind the box of basic strict adherence for a freer form that is derived from dreams that become reality?
If not for the dream of new lands we might have missed all the excitement of the journey that makes our society what it is today. We might still be in the dark ages. Passing from the dark to the light came about from the dreams and connections that were born outside the box and grew into reality, yes?