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.
Autumn and Winter Ages
Spring: Birth - 20: This is the most emotional stage of life for it is most difficult for children to achieve any control over the emotions encountered as they age. They fall prey to compulsive responses due to feelings and emotions all triggering a variety of chemical and psychological responses that they must either learn from or suffer from as they experience each. At this stage they lack "hara."
Summer: 20 - 40 years: When we reach the summer of life we start to put all the experiences of the spring stage together into a more cohesive situation and our overall "ethics, morals, culture and beliefs" gain momentum. We learn more emotional control which is our first step into a master of haragei. We begin to learn about patience and discipline, our self-discipline.
Autumn: 40 - 60 years: Our adult life. Parenthood and hara developed stage. This is the stage where we hold ourselves accountable for self and offspring. We must be accountable for what our "hara" leads us toward. We finally understand that changing the mind is possible; but hara must be preserved, private and firm. For humans, males in particular, hara is his bond. This stage requires us to stand on our principles whereby we must remain more present, allow interval/space to communicate with words and most importantly actions and we take more responsibility for our actions, deeds, words and haragei.
The meta-physical hara develops during these three stages. We don't fully comprehend the significance of hara and haragei until this stage of life. We learn that the spiritual and physical are not separate but rather a closely linked singular form of haragei within the realm of hara. Hare being the seat of body and soul.
Physical development of hara support and promotes greater development of the spiritual aspect of hara and vice-versa. At this third stage, autumn season of human life, is where one either achieves a level of proficiency in hara/haragei leading to a Winter stage of human life that can achieve "mastery" or not, neither positive or negative is the trait of this development.
It is or should be known by this time that breathing is haragei and Zazen meditative practice is breathing leading to greater haragei. Correct breathing leads to correct mindfulness, i.e. right thinking, and that leads the body, hara, to lead the metaphysical of hara and that promotes mastery of haragei.
This is rudimentary thinking to atomistically achieve an understanding of hara and haragei that is human life as explained by the metaphor of the four seasons. To achieve understanding of haragei one must take the atomistic and develop a holistic through this understanding that one is the other, the physical and spiritual, and that with out balance in both the one is not attainable.
The importance of allowing the gradual practice of life to achieve the levels or stages in nature's intended way, path or "michi," is the only way to achieve mastery of haragei. This lesson teaches the practitioner of karate-jutsu-do that circumventing the natural way of practice and training may achieve temporary satisfaction but to achieve satori, enlightenment, and proper learning, understanding and proficiency it takes time - and practice - not skipping the critical necessities to reach a Winter stage of life with peace, tranquility and enlightenment.
p.s. following this cultural belief I am in my late "autumn" of life :-) and I am on the cusp of entering "winter."