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.
The Human Soul - Mitsu Tomoe
In Japan their shintoist beliefs promote the concept and symbols of the "Three Jewels" being the "sword," the "jewel," and the "mirror." The sword can be symbolic of human's as to the bodies sword represented by the spinal column with the hilt at the base of the skull and the point at the opposite end.
As to the tomoe we are to understand that the jewel is shaped in the same form, a spiralic structure. It is the fundamental structure of creation and a representation of it in humans is a picture of the human fetus at its earliest stage of human being. This particular graphic in Japanese culture is representative intertwined magatama or is better explained and known to represent/symbolize "three-soul" also referred to as the "mitsu-domoe." In the book below it goes into details as to this symbolization of the tomoe and three-soul concept (or the human-soul).
The last is the "mirror" which is the most sacred and referred to as the "looking-glass God." The qualities and properties of the mirror both actual and metaphysical are to great to get into for this post but I would say it to be most enlightening and well worth the effort to get and read this fine book.
Why? Because the more I dig the more I find our martial arts are touched by the "shintoistic" influences the permeate the Japanese culture which would also touch Okinawa and are all derived from the touch of the Chinese culture, beliefs and experiences.