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"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

"Providing a first step on a path to self-reflection." - C. E. James

"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.

Kenpo Gokui

The lines of the ken-po goku-i are set from an atomistic aspect simply because it is the manner in which the brain learns. Its nature is completely holistic and like the I Ching must be in a form that promotes learning and understanding so a person can see, hear and grasp the nature of a holistic system. The gokui is a method to teach us how to be holistic. Its terseness is the best that can be done to convey its holistic meaning.

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.

Master Zeng said, "Am I preaching what I have not practiced myself?"

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I Ching, Trigrams and Martial Systems

The lines of the I Ching hexagrams do reference the marital systems we practice today. This is yet another symbolic connection one see's, hear's, and feel's toward what they do to find balance along the path. The six lines begin at the bottom when reading/interpreting. The first line relates to causes outside the individual and requires "sensing" to perceive with an open-mind.

The second line called the official line is the next level of the individuals responsibility for their life and to create the reality that is reality. This is the thinking stage. In martial systems we attempt to make all of the thinking be accomplished in the dojo and not in combat. Thinking slows the mental processes and delays actions necessary to circumvent or deal correctly with conflict.

Your motivation shows in line three where your feelings are determined and the totality of the three lines for the lower trigram of the hexagram are representative of your attitude toward your inner world, your self. Your open-minded ability speaks to your attitude and your attitude holds great sway on how your attitude is applied and displayed to the outer world where the upper trigram and lines four, five and six are relevant.

The third line when holistically and symbiotically applied with line one and two lead you to the fourth line. The line is the karma of the body, your direction which is not necessarily out of your control. There are aspects that are not and you hopefully dealt with them in the lower trigram. The body leads to the soul that is governed by the heart and your mind. This is a stage where your maturity resulting from the previous lines and your practices in martial arts comes into play for it should have permeated your very being, your soul, to achieve the proper and correct mastery to the level you reach at any given moment.

The final line, line six, is the line that speaks to the results of the hexagram. You entered into this divination with a specific question and solid result that you wish to implement, step by step in detail, that will be either confirmed or denied as appropriate from your spirit as the answer to the moment. Your spirit is the wholehearted commitment you give to your question and answer.

Your spirit must be totally and completely committed as that is the only way to succeed for to have any doubt no matter how much and how hard you practice and train would result in a freeze and a resulting defeat, damage and even death. The spirit and essence of the I Ching and the divination of the hexagram toward your questions and strategies/tactics means absolute commitment in spirit or the mind will balk at the crucial moment.

In this way you take total and absolute responsibility first within yourself for all aspects of your life in and out of the dojo then you, you alone, create the body, soul and spirit that is committed to the path you, only you, choose with the aid of the I Ching as our mentor, guide and confidant.

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