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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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Mirror or Kagami [鏡]

The character/ideogram means "mirror." It also means, "speculum; barrel-head; round rice-cake offering." The mirror in this case is the symbol of Japan. One of the three treasures.

In the Orient, man and cosmos are traditionally considered reflections of each other. The mirror is symbolic as a tool of creation. It reflects upon itself and the image of the spiral appears. There are front and back as reflected by the mirror. Within it we find both man and the universe. Man has a metaphysical relationship to the macrocosm of nature.

The mirror symbolizes calm, serenity and the absolute essence of receptivity. It receives "all forms" upon itself. It is silent and claims no credit for any image it reflects. It is the foundation for the appearance of the image. The mirror is formless and it only reflects the form which exists only because of the reflection of the mirror.

The universe is the reflection of infinity from which all myriad things are born, the one. There is a sameness yet difference in what the mirror reflects and symbolizes.

Since man and the cosmos are represented by the symbology of the mirror we can say that man is a microcosm because he contains all the elements of the universe that is present before his/her birth.

Man or person is a part of the ken-po goku-i as a reflection of what is possible through the singular practice of the dualistic forms of marital arts. Since the gokui reflects on man vs. the cosmos, i.e. heaven and earth, sun and moon, etc., then the later lines reflect the dualistic monism contained within the person, i.e. the mirror reflecting dualism within that function symbiotically making a monistic "one wholehearted" person.

When we say a person's heart is the same as heaven and earth we speak to the reflection of both as mirror images where heaven and earth are in both a microcosmic and macrocosmic state, a reflection of that which resides in the person or person's heart with the heart being the center of the spiritual and physical, i.e. it resides in the middle as does man between the heaven above and the earth below.

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