Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Reality for everyone is only a collection of ideas that are taught to us by others. Is anyone born knowing how to respond to anything significant? About 80 percent of our reality is learned through public media, making any original thought nearly impossible. To those who remain hypnotized by the frenzy of glittered politics there is no hope for betterment. Change has always been accompanied with fear, but it is the only indication of growth. For myself, my art and my family, I must embrace this change. You must first accept the reality given to you, and accept that it can be changed.
Bagua was developed from the Yi Qing which is one of the oldest written texts in the world. Their purpose was to understand the mysterious and energies of the universe. Each one of the eight trigrams represents and animal, organ, element, energy, philosophy and a relative. Just by continually reviewing the techniques of Bagua, my mind is expanding in every aspect of my life. My music, teaching, studying and language have all been influenced by these techniques that teach my subconscious new levels of understanding. You could say that my every thought is parallel with the concept of feng shui.
Still the day to day trials I am faced with pull me back to a more unpleasant reality. A place where people have chosen to believe and rely on the falsehoods that imprison them. A monk is able to draw his peace from isolating himself from the world. I feel that isolating myself from the problem is not how the problem should be resolved. On the contrary I must take the gifts and tools that God has given to me and dive into the areas that need the most healing. There are many that train themselves to become better in terms that are much greater than just of martial arts. But all training should be for a purpose, should it not?
"Boards don't hit back." Is a phrase coined by Bruce Lee indicating that your level of technique can not be measured by attack something with out life. How is this any different than fighting someone for the entertainment of others? Lifeless battles are the only ones that are aired on TV. Fight the battle that will free you from your situation. Be strong enough to let go of the things that are holding you down. It will not be an easy battle for us. Yet it is the only battle that is worth fighting. Do you even know what free thought feels like? Pray for preparation in these most unpredictable times.