Archive for November, 2010
“Because he serves us and will die for us does not mean that he is one of us.”
I find it very strange that the people I surround myself with at my employs tell me that I work too hard. ”You’re a workaholic.” ”You’re going to burn yourself out.” ”Take it easy.”
But then at the boxing gym, my coach tells me the opposite. ”You’ve got it in you.” ”Push harder, go faster.” ”This is the last round, leave it all on the line.” ”No mercy, baby!”
In order to be a success in the ring, my coach knows that I have to put forth my best effort and then some.
In order to be a success in life, and this might be a really dumb idea, I thought I’d simply apply the same theory to my work.
The founder [of a style or method] might have been exposed to some partial truth , but as time passed by, especially after the passing away of its founder, this partial truth became law or, worse still, a prejudiced faith against the “different” sects.
In order to pass along this knowledge from generation to generation, the various responses had to be organized and classified, and presented in a logical order. So what might have started off as some sort of personal [insight] of its founder is now solidified knowledge, a preserved cure-all for mass conditioning.
In so doing, the followers have made this knowledge not only a holy shrine, but a tomb in which the founder’s wisdom is buried.
Because of the nature of organization and preservation, the means would become so elaborated that tremendous attention must be given to them, and gradually the end is forgotten. The followers will then accept this “organized something” as the total reality. Of course, many more “different” approaches would spring up, probably as a direct reaction to “the other’s truth.” Pretty soon these approaches too would become large organizations with each other claiming to possess “truth” to the exclusion of all others.
The Swagger of a Dragon: http://planetill.com/2010/07/bruce-lee-swagger-of-a-dragon/
Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) was an English occultist and writer. In 1904, Crowley claimed to have received The Book of the Law from an entity named Aiwass, which was to serve as the foundation of the religious and philosophical system he called Thelema
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”.
It is defined at times as a person’s grand destiny in life, and at other times as a moment to moment path of action that operates in perfect harmony with Nature. This Will does not spring from conscious intent, but from the interplay between the deepest Self and the entire Universe.
Crowley believed that in order to discover the True Will, one had to free the desires of the subconcious mind from the control of the conscious mind.
In contrast, the will to power (German: “der Wille zur Macht”) is a prominent concept in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. The will to power describes what he believed to be the main driving force in man; achievement, ambition, the striving to reach the highest possible position in life; these are all manifestations of the will to power.
I’m starving myself these days. Turning into a waif, lost between lines on a half written page. When I became paper thin, the cold seemed to permeate my skin. Now, all I feel is cold. My head balances on a thin strip of muscle that grows up from gaunt shoulders, connecting hollow cheeks. My fingers slip off the keyboard, becoming lodged in the spaces between the keys. I am fading.
And when I fade, I will become a new me. Water and energy.
I must say that I enjoy Jai’s videos very much so.
It’s better the light a candle than to curse the dark…
Today I’m plugging my good friend’s website – www.lovehq.org
Andrew is such a positive person in my life. Introduced to me by a close friend, he recently came to Canada and we hit it off like we’d been best friends since childhood. Every time his e-mail hits my inbox, I’m beaming from ear to ear because of the passion he’s dropping.
So go check out his website, listen to his podcasts and support the man! He’s one of the candles out there in a world of darkness.
courtesy of sati;
A man, being chased by a tiger, ran to the edge of a cliff. As the tiger bore down on him, the man spotted a vine growing down the side of the precipice and climbed down it. At the bottom of the cliff, another tiger roared and licked his lips. Clinging to the vine, the man saw two mice, one black and one white, gnawing the vine at the point it sprung from the rock face. Two feet to his left grew a single strawberry. The man plucked the red fruit and popped it into his mouth, how sweet and fresh it tasted.
(Thanks to D.S. for the find)
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, OBE
He was a member of the SAS. He is described as the greatest explorer of all time. After suffering frostbite and growing impatient waiting for medical treatment, he took a saw to hack away a few fingers. 3 months after a double-bypass heart operation he ran 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
I wanted help relocating, but I ended up going through the application process to move to a different country myself. I had to redo exams to get my credentials recognized when I arrived in that new country. I did it, without fuss. I got a lot of assurances from people that they would help me find work. When the time arrived, I asked for help, no-one stepped forward. I found work myself. When I was sick there was no-one to treat me. But, I eventually got better.
I had a guy that I was teaching Wing Chun to. I began to rely upon him for my own training. One day he turned to me and said “you NEED me to help you train”. At that point I knew I had foolishly fed his ego. He left.
Lots of people have asked me to help them train, and generally they have good intentions when they begin, but no-one lasts; one missed lesson from a student is just a small step away from missing all classes. I stopped teaching. If I ever train Wing Chun again, it will be by myself.
I’ve used a gym partners in the past to help motivate me. But, when motivationfor one of them starts to lag, the motivation for the entire group is threatened. So, I workout alone.
No-one will help you. You must help yourself.
At what point did we forget? …that’s it’s a finger pointing to the moon?
“Kung Fu without a system is not Kung Fu. Kung Fu dependant on a system is not good Kung Fu.”
It is inevitable that whenever a martial artist opens his mouth to discuss his style or system, he is discussing his own brand of his perceived reality. Korzybski remarked that “the map is not the territory.” Similarly, the martial arts are not only poor representations of fighting, but they are more often than not completely removed from it.
This is worth watching;