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 Winter Years (Autumn and Winter Ages)
I am going to provide what I hope and perceive that forth season of live consists of from my more narrow perceptions.
Winter: 60 years and more: I say "more" because this is the stage of life where one should experience more in their lives. They have lived and if lucky lived well so this is that time where one should enjoy and most importantly "provide to others" from their experience and proficiency in living said life. This is the stage where hara is developed and thus through this stage achieves a tempering that may result in mastering hara or haragei. We still hold ourselves accountable for self and others but it is more a influential stage whereby those in the Autumn years receive from those in the Winter years that which will allow them to develop their hara.
This stage not only says we stood tall on our principles but that we are able to achieve more present moment presence and that we can communicate the words and actions that inspire in others a desire to follow the way. We have shown by deed, actions and word our goal of taking full and complete responsibility for what we have accomplished to reach this stage or season of life.
This stage stands alone and above the three stages of the development of meta-physical hara. We comprehend the significance of hara and have and do demonstrate it through haragei. Our endeavors to blend our body and soul is self-evident and we now understand what it means to achieve spiritual and physical oneness. One in his or her Winter Years has the self-satisfaction knowing they have achieved a level of proficiency in hara/haragei. We now know that mastery is nothing more than oneness where neither positive or negative is required for practice of developed hara.
The winter person breathes naturally and normally as if it were intrinsically a DNA offspring. We don't just know but now feel the wholehearted truth of breathing which is haragei and that meditative breathing leads to greater haragei and haragei leads to enlightenment in life.
We winter folks who have faithfully followed the path realize intuitively and instinctively that there is no atomistic but only holistic life and feel it deeper and healthier in our very core. We have combined our physical and spiritual nutritional intake as if it were once again "the one, the tao or the great tai chi."
We winter aged individuals have achieved harmony in the gradual practice of life without deviation and no expectation. This stage is that level in nature that is what the Universe intended as to the way, path or "michi." Our discovery of the only way to mastery is demonstrated in our activity within the stage of nature called Winter Years.
Stiskin, Nahum. "The Looking Glass God: Shinto, Yin Yang, and a Cosmology for Today." Weatherhill. New York. 1972.