Zen and Chi are Different, Here’s How…
Let me give you some fascinating data
about zen and chi and stuff,
but let me start out with a basketball analogy.
I was shooting baskets the other day
and really got into the zen of it.
If you look at the rim,
If you look at the backboard,
If you look at the space inside the ring,
If you think about your body,
If you think about the space in the ring,
until you forget your body,
It’s actually very interesting to do this,
and you learn something.
Do things effortlessly,
keep your mind on the goal,
and life works.
since we are about martial arts,
and since my understanding of zen
came form martial arts,
let’s consider a few things.
On the ‘Matrixing Chi’ page
of Monster Martial Arts,
I put out a candle from over a foot away.
That took a lot of zen.
I had to empty my muscles.
I had to focus on the candle
until I forgot my body.
This is just a thumbnail of what I did,
there is a lot more in the book,
but it gives you an idea
of the direction I was taking.
The point here,
is can you do that type of mentality
for every move in every form and every technique
in every martial art?
The candle trick is a trick,
but it has long reaching,
all encompassing effects.
What is a perfect kick?
Can you look at the target hard enough
so that you forget your own body,
and just let it happen?
Most people are into muscles,
and they miss the effortlessness required
for a perfect kick.
Don’t get me wrong,
the beginner should use muscles,
he needs to build up a certain amount of muscle,
but at a certain point
he should give up muscle.
Many people say that when you don’t use muscle
you are using chi.
They wouldn’t be wrong,
but zen is different than chi,
though there is often overlap.
Definitions and descriptions are different,
makes for confusion.
Zen is empty.
Chi is energy.
You can’t have one without the other,
but the process of creating nothingness with the mind (zen)
is different than creating the energy of chi.
But you can’t have some degree of one
without the other.
here’s the page again,
Let me know if you have an luck with the candle trick.
every time you fail,
you are one step closer to success.
But you have to keep working at it
to make it work.
Have a GREAT work out!