I was re-reading the other day of blending with your opponent like blades of grass in the wind … controlling but never retaliating. Something that the author had attributed to So in Shin, Gyo So. (look it up). And that got me thinking about thinking and practise. And the conclusion that I arrived at is that we are lazy i.e. we do not extend even our meagre talents to what is before us and how we should thereby proceed. This is sad as a life unexamined is not worth living and as a Fighter it is inexcusable, that is if you are not already dead. We have forgotten the art of contemplation. So let us use this statement of Blending like the wind and the grass to examine this by asking the following –
What is your understanding of Blending like the wind and the grass? Answer right now! Say your understanding out loud so you can hear it.
“I do not enlighten those who are not eager to learn, nor arouse those who are not anxious to give an explanation themselves. If I have presented one corner of the square and they cannot come back to me with the other three, I should not go over the points again.” Confucius Analects 7:8.
How satisfied are you with your understanding. Remember for us it is a matter of life and death. We have lost our acquaintance with Nature, wild Nature, our Nature and thereby are ability to describe and feel the real heart beat of what things mean. We need to, not only, look deeper but get down and get dirty – feel it, smell it, live it. Get critical.
Meditation, say the saints, is the seeking, discussing, ruminating and chewing of divine food. And if this food is always ruminated, if it is perpetually chewed, it remains in the mouth and is never swallowed. Thus it cannot be quietly held and digested in the stomach and it brings no life or nourishment to a person…
Miguel de Molinos
So the grass blends with the wind and the flow is endless and in a multitude of directions. Spontaneous immediate appropriate – marvellous but no miracle nothing that when we practise we could not emulate because we have look into the body mind and spirit of the question at hand.
“When anybody asks if my Aiki budo principles are taken from religion, I say “No.” My true budo principles enlighten religions and lead them to completion.” O Sensei
But this is great we have made great strides and advancement but we neglected to go deeper. We have left out the other side and it has remained dark. What is the state when the wind doesn’t blow? We have forgotten the state of Rest and therefore it’s true or full meaning. So we have filled our lives with yet more things to do, more techniques forgetting that tranquillity nourish the root of activity and activity is to put tranquillity into action.
My house is buried in the deepest recess of the forest.
Every year, ivy vines grow longer than the year before,
Undisturbed by the affairs of the world I live at ease,
Woodmen’s singing rarely reaching me through the trees.
While the sun stays in the sky, I mend my torn clothes
And facing the moon, I read holy texts aloud to myself.
Let me drop a word of advice for believers of my faith.
To enjoy life’s immensity, you do not need many things.
Thus we have the complete dynamic (Yin Yang). Seen and unseen; manifest and mysterious, omote and ura (surface and depth). Where being flexible means not being obstructed by things, flowing, not “Stopping” the mind. This is fuelled by what Toaists call the Valley Spirit. The lowest point the point of quietude (hesychia) of stillness of complete rest and attentiveness (nepsis). Chapter Six ends ”Uses it and you will never wear it out.”
If you want what visible reality
Can give, you’re an employee.
If you want the unseen world’
You’re not living your truth.
Both wishes are foolish, but you’ll be forgiven for forgetting
That what you really want is
Love’s confusing joy.
All of what is done is known as knocking on the door with a title. I suppose that in olden times to get admittance to the house you need some form, some capacity of knocking on the door. But once you gain entry into the House then there is no need to carry the title anymore. The So of Shin Gyo So (look it up) Otherwise you will be as Meister Eckhart says “These people are called holy because of what they are seen to do, but inside they are asses,” And you will know yourself to be one and those that know will know. And one a small child will point at you and ask her mother ”Isn’t that person an ass mother?” And the mother will reply “Yes dear they are but don’t point it’s rude.”
“A mind to serve for the peace of all human beings in the world is needed in Aikido, and not the mind of one who wishes to be strong or practises only to fell an opponent.”
“Self-watchfulness when alone”