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.
Literalism vs. Symbolism
When we see things or read things or experience things we tend to see that which is the surface, that which is without metaphor or allegory and usually without any symbolic meaning - it is literally raining outside. It is that which is absolute, the exact words of the original, copied exactly, etc. It expresses the essential or genuine character of something.
Symbolism is that which represents something else, an idea or a quality. It has something intrinsic to some natural object, fact or event. It is poetic in nature in providing an image that directly or in most cases, indirectly, provides an indirect suggestion to express some idea, emotion or state of mind. It is that system which presents symbols or symbolic representations. It opens the mind to more that merely the literalism of some exact idea, quality or event, etc.
In what I see from my recent studies of the Asian cultures that provided us the practice and study of the art of the empty hand or any martial system was its conveying of said studies through symbolism, i.e. both images and characters which are in and of themselves symbolic in expressing and communicating.
This type of communications has more depth and results in a person achieving a fluid mind whereby all things are not set in stone but rather a fluid nature changing at every moment. Literalism is a rigid unforgiving method often used in initial training and teachings. It is not understood that it is meant to achieve a more holistic approach to the whole that is the way or Tao.
Literalism is that which opens the gate to symbolic communications required for a more holistic way vs. the dogmatic adherence to a literal way of life. Another lesson to the symbolic meaning in Yin-Yang. It is not just a black and white design but holds a hidden meaning far and beyond the literal view taking us to the other side of that mirror showing us the dualistic monism of life.
Ain't life grand?
As it remains to be seen by many practitioners of martial systems the ken-po goku-i is not a literal way of understanding things but rather a symbolic way of teachings us the flip side of the physical aspects to martial systems thus making the system truly "whole" or "holistic" in its more progressive practices.
If we take this to be true then what we define as to balance and unbalance must be more than the literal toward the bodies balance or unbalance, the eyes seeing vs. seeing from the mind's eye and other such things.
Take the literal out of your study toward enlightenment through the goku-i and reach a more holistic or wholehearted understanding by putting the symbolic back into the study of a full and completer martial system.