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Achieving Enlightenment in the Martial Arts

Newsletter 962

How to Have Enlightenment in the Martial Arts

Martial Arts realization,
as in Morihei Ueshiba,
as in a supreme moment of enlightenment.
The physical part is easy.
Do your forms.
The mental part is a little harder.
Learn your art,
but go outside your art,
create a huge database,
commit yourself until their is no doubt,
and so on.
The spiritual part is the hardest.
Grow your awareness.

Now how the heck do people grow awareness?
I mean,
according to teachers, psychologist,
and anybody who knows anything…
people only get dumber with age,
they never get smarter.

But the truth is this…
people who say you can’t get smarter
are referring to themselves.
If they haven’t done it,
then it can’t be done.
Right?

Wrong.

And this points to a simple fact:
while you have to read,
and explore the various fields of knowledge,
school is not designed to make you smarter.
It is designed to make you a compliant worker
who does what he is told
in the great factories of life.
Do what you are told,
don’t complain,
and make sure you buy the right kind of soap,
car, dogfood, jeans, condoms, and so on.

So,
leaving all that aside,
how does one become smarter?
If you follow the one advice I offer here,
it’s easy.
First,
intelligence isn’t how much you know,
it’s how aware you are,
how fast you make the connections
necessary to thinking.
So here it is:

The slower you go the more you will look,
the more you look the more you will know.

Or,
the short version,
the slower you go the more you know.

I use to write something on my hand,
then I would ask the student to read it.
I would open and close my hand quickly.
They saw nothing,
a smear of letters,
nothing.
So I would open and close my hand slower.
‘To be more intelligent look harder.’
Or,
‘You’ve got to look when you seek or you won’t find.’
Student goes ‘aha!’

You see,
it’s not in the IQ tests,
it is in your appreciation of life,
it’s in knowing how to see life.

Sure,
I teach fast,
but I also,
especially in the beginning,
go slow and make sure the student understands
what it is I am saying.
If they yawn or look blank,
I repeat.
Once they blink and go, ‘Aha!’
Then I speed up.
And I speed up far more
than any martial arts school you will ever see.

Once the mouth of awareness is open
you can through a whole universe into it.

Of course,
it helps that what I throw is matrixed,
makes sense,
is logical.

You see,
if things move in too fast
the mind rejects it.
The mind just becomes overwhelmed.
But if what I throw is logical,
then I almost can’t go too fast.
The mind gulps life at an astounding rate
if it makes sense.

Anyway,
that is all there is to becoming smarter,
more aware,
in the martial arts.
And that is all there is to becoming enlightened,
if you have the will to endure
and the desire to succeed.

You guys and gals
have a wonderful and deep work out!
Al

A WIN!
Hey Al… I probably spent the first couple of years, reading the material and somewhat doing the forms, apps and freestyle. Really, not enough to make a real difference. Once I actually did the work, do the art until the art does you, I noticed both a better delivery in personal energy, not in only my strikes, but the energy could be directed downward. My mental focus has improved and even my wife notice my anger last seconds. A warrior both pushes his mind and his body. With your massive volume of work, and a dedication too doing the work, and with your method for attaining awareness. The process is expedited, it really is a science…
… I know you get a lot of crap for Your theories, but as you say…”A truth not shared is no truth at all”.
…Your matrixing and Neutronic material is a science, if You do the work….you will get it.

Michael G

Master Instructor

‘A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.’
– Bruce Lee

Martial Arts Men are Robots and Martial Arts Women Don’t Get It

Do Men and Women Really Understand the Purpose of the Martial Arts?

I posed a question for a martial arts forum a couple of weeks ago, self defense I think it was, and it got a lot of interest. The precise question I asked was: You Killed Him…Do you Turn Yourself In.

A lot of interest, and let me tell you, what I say here may seem cruel, but that is not my intention. It’s just that I was struck by the responses of some very intelligent people, and my conclusions may seem harsh.

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Are you going to stop short of enlightenment?

Let me preface this piece by recounting an incident that happened to me back about 1974.

A bunch of us black belts were sitting in a bar called ‘The King’s Table.’ Wonderful place for winding down after intense work outs where you were pushed past the limit…of spirituality.

One of the fellows asked my instructor, a fellow name of Bob Babich, what Karate was really all about.

Bob didn’t even hesitate, ‘Karate is about survival.’

We all sat and sipped our drinks (no sissy beer for us) and pondered his answer.

Oddly, though he had been fast in his answer, I didn’t think it was the kind of thing he ever thought about. He was a fellow who did. Didn’t talk much. And I just didn’t think he had thought about it, and I realized that this was likely one of those rare instances when you saw the forms at work. Simply, his intense study of Karate, especially through the forms, had afforded him that intuitive, innate answer.

Yet, I thought the answer wrong. At first I didn’t know why, but upon reflection over his answer I finally, after many months, realized what it was.

I believe that Karate is to seek existence as. Survival is fine, but that doesn’t necessarily lead anywhere. Animals survive. We should expect more of ourselves as men.

So I came to believe in Karate, and the martial arts, as a method to seek existence as…as awareness.

Decades later I posed the question for a forum: You killed him…do You Turn Yourself In. The responses reminded me of that long ago conversation, my purpose in the martial arts (to create more awareness). The responses to my question in the forum were often of two varieties.

The ladies engaged in a deep discussion regarding teaching people with ADHD. Very interesting. Not Bob’s purpose, not my purpose, but a purpose intended to aid thedisadvantaged. Noble, but…interesting. But it made sense because women are of the nest, and men are of the spear. A generality, I know, but a truth of mankind. Though I should say that this generality held true more before the introduction of the pill.

The men seemed to slant off into what the law was.

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Is it just fighting? Or is there a search for higher awareness?

But the intent of the question I posed included the condition that law had broken down and was not to be trusted.

But the men kept spouting things about what the law required, and so on.

I was struck by how far from survival the Martial Arts had become, and dismayed by how far from ‘to seek existence as’ (awareness) they were.

Now, you can check out the discussion on linkedin, it is quite interesting, and you can see if you reach the same observation as I did, or even dare to make the same conclusions as I.

But let’s get to the point of this little diatribe. Or, prepare for the left turn.

We can divide mankind into three classifications.

Sub human.
Human.
Superior human.

A subhuman is going to be a criminal type, one without morals. Very unaware, except as to how to twist the moment to his own advantage, and then he might or might not be incredibly brilliant.

A human is your average go to work oaf. He makes payments, he votes as he is told to, and he is mired in normalcy bias (loosely – hold to the least threatening path). The odd thing is that, because he removed from the immoral survival level of the subhuman, he is often (but not always) less aware.

A superior human is going to be a fellow or gal with morals, an upward plan, and the personal drive to make that upward plan work. He is going to be aware, or at least on the path to awareness. Enter the Martial Artist.

Now I don’t have much argument with the ladies. They rise above culture and its expectations, and though I think the martial arts used to reach ADHD students is far afield, who can fault their motivation?

But the men…when the question posed calls for survival…they argue over what the law says. And here is a point of fascination for me.

The law is a bunch of made up rules so men can get along. To temper their ‘spearlike nature,’ as it were.

Now I know this could possibly just be my disagreement, and you are certainly free to hold to your own opinion as to what the purpose of Karate, or whatever martial art you study, is.

And you could even attack me for being anachronistic…having trained with men who dated women ‘before the pill.’

There would even be cause for that.

But to allow yourself be bound by any law can become immoral itself.

Yes, law is a bunch of rules to allow warlike oafs to live in some semblance of peace. But laws can be immoral, or immorally applied, as was implied in my article. In which case it is actually one’s duty to rise above the law.

Not in mob, but in individual initiative and action.

Anyway, while you grok with that concept, or not, let me return to my thesis, my purpose, that the purpose of the martial arts is to seek existence as.

women martial arts

Do you really understand what you are doing? Or are you ‘following a circuit?’

My specific, as intimated, is ‘to seek existence as…awareness.’

When one does a Karate Kata, or a Gung Fu pattern, or any such type of exercise, one is building a circuit in the mind.

Done not long enough, and the circuit is binding, actually slows one down, mires the person in automated responses that are not always even logical. This, incidentally, is why many people attack Karate, or like arts, as unworkable…it simply has not been done long enough to work.

Done long enough, however, and the circuit pops…disappears, and the person achieves enlightenment.

The enlightenment is sometimes qualified, slanted to a particular method of art, but it is enlightenment, and there is more awareness. Thus, one has sought, and achieved, existence as…awareness.

My problem is that if a person is a knock on wood, solid citizen, concerned with the law, that he is bound…and that means that he has not achieved the enlightenment offered by the martial arts.

And here is the tragedy, a person can be VERY advanced in the martial arts, and unable to break the binding, unable to pop the circuit, unable to reach enlightenment.

Why? Poor training. Poor instruction. Not enough time being instructed by a qualified person.

Usually achievement of enlightenment has to do with one of these three items.

Poor training, of course, includes any slant of the martial arts, such as for tournaments, for the training of children (sorry, ladies), commercialism, and so on.

Commercialism is the big bugaboo, of course, and I constantly wondered at how many of the people who entered into the discussion, who held to the law as so important, even over their own survival, were instructors.

But what were they instructing?

A system based on the memorization of random techniques. Circuits.

Yet they had not broken through their own circuits!

One of the things that matrixing a martial arts does is break through the circuits, and it does this by the simple fact of introducing logic. Putting the techniques in order, causing understanding to happen.

Understanding always breaks a circuit.

But here is the cruel trap. A person still in circuit will hold to the circuit no matter what. He will resist logic and all other intrusions.

Well, of course he will. He has invested time and money in the devil…a belief system. And, believe me, most belief systems are the devil. They are like The Law, binding hopelessly, not to allow men to live together, but to control them.

You’ve heard of the Golden Rule? He who controls the gold rules?

The more insidious cousin is: he who controls the rules rules.

purpose of the martial arts

Do you want to understand it all?

That bit of juice observed, and under threat of wandering far afield, let me return to the point of it all.

Normalcy Bias is when a person holds to his path tightly, no matter the signs of impending doom, because…because he can’t deal with the coming disaster.

Yes, it’s a prepper term, but it holds true in this instance because, for person to devote his life to seeking enlightenment, and then to get sidetracked with concern for the law, or tournaments, or commercialism, or even the raising of children, is a tragedy.

Simply, you must not stop seeking existence as (awareness) for any reason. That would be to stunt your growth, and return you to Human, or even Subhuman existence.

A person guilty of normalcy bias will not see his own normalcy bias, and will not complete his search for existence. He has become comfortable as a superior man, without ever making the final leap to that exalted status, and will become nothing more than (he will return ‘down’ to…) a normal, knock on wood, do your job and vote as you’re supposed to oaf.

Thus, I was struck by the responses to my article. Sometimes gratified, even surprised by the depth of perception and the proof that individuals were seeking existence as.

But I was also dismayed by people who held to the rules, could not think outside the box, were obviously still ‘in circuit.’

Final word, remember, Matrixing WILL teach you to think outside the box. It WILL create more awareness. It WILL break the circuits of the martial arts and allow you to understand the martial arts, and life, to an enlightened extreme.

Remember, it takes discipline in the proper method to achieve enlightenment. Random discipline, as in current martial arts, takes twenty or thirty years, if it can be done at all. Logic, through matrixing, can speed up the process by as much as ten.

But to hold to the current course, doing random series of techniques with no logic, and certainly without the understanding that understanding the whole picture that logic brings, is to risk disaster…a lifetime spent spinning your wheels and never achieving enlightenment. Never achieving an existence as…awareness.

Please, if I have stepped on toes, apply lineament and remember that my purpose is good…to seek existence as awareness, and to cause others to find that same purpose.

Have a great workout!
Al from MonsterMartialArts(dot)com.

MonsterMartialArts.com for matrixing.

ChurchofMartialArts.com for further enlightenment.

Old, decrepit, but still searching…and able to put out a candle from over a foot away without using force. This is what matrixing can do.

 

The Advanced Levels of the Martial Arts (Poem)

Poetry About the Martial Arts

There are two sets of three

in the martial arts.

The first set of three

is body mind and spirit.

Before we get to the second set of three,

let me tell you what the first set of three really is.

Body is the flesh

body is the muscles and bones

the vehicle of the I am.

But,

nobody knows the I am.

They just know the body

think they are the body

just as they think

life ends

and the end of body

is the end of existence

nothing more.

How bland and disgusting.

Mind is the memory.

It contorts and throws memory

controlling the person

like a dog runs from fire

instead of putting it out.

Like a person jumping from a shadow.

Like a person

who doesn’t know they are an I am.

They just think

existence is something they remember

and call it reaction time.

Now doesn’t happen,

then happens,

and on the second level

the person is caught by then.

Spirit is I am.

It is the end of the first three levels.

I am.

And,

so many people think

they have made it.

No.

Just the start.

The second set of three is imagination.

The first imagination is

to know that you are not a body,

able only to use hands and feet,

but that you are an awareness

and your real tool is imagination.

So many people figure out they are an I am,

but never use their imagination.

They go back to their day to day jobs

turn the wrenches and are happy,

when

they should be exploding into the universe.

You have reached the second set of imagination

when you can imagine something

and people see it,

react to it.

You imagine a ball,

and others see the creation of your imagination.

This is strong imagination,

but still weak

as far as the spiritual beings true potential.

The third imagination is when you imagine something

and it is real.

You imagine an orange,

and somebody can take it

and bite into it

and feel the juicy juices.

It starts with

you imagine a city,

and people see it

and even start building it.

But,

eventually,

you can imagine a tree,

and people will come to pluck of its goodness.

You imagine a spaceship,

and people can climb aboard

and fly to the stars.

You imagine yourself

standing on afar sun,

and

suddenly

you are on that sun

impervious to heat

enjoying being

in the sun…

or wherever you wish to be.

If you are working on the first set of three,

you need discipine

to unlock yourself as an awareness.

If you are working on the second set of three

you need people to believe.

You need to construct a machine of spiritual beings,

that not just you,

but all,

may travel to the stars

or wherever in your imagination

you wish.

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This has been a blog about Martial Arts.

Martial Arts to Matrixing to Neutronics to You

There are four recognized paths to enlightenment. These are the paths of the fakir, the monk, the yogi, and the warrior. Unfortunately, these paths are each but a piece of the whole path, and so are greatly misunderstood.

zen martial artsThe fakir refuses to recognize the needs of the real world, and thus to find the spiritual world. The monk refuses the world to a certain extent, but follows scriptures. The yogi uses discipline to isolate the self from the body, and thus to break bonds with reality.

The warrior is the fastest way, for he doesn’t negate the world, except by the way, and his much more active path is designed to handle the world until he is separate from the world. If one analyzes the motivations and purposes of the four individuals one will come up with an integrated and more wholistic path. The seeker must use discipline, have scripture (direction), to separate the self from the world, and thus rule the world.

One can practice the martial arts and be assured that this is the fastest route to self knowledge. The problem is that there is lack of agreement as to what the true path of the martial arts should be. The solution for this is to matrix ones martial studies; to make the martial arts less random and more logical.

Once one has matrixed the martial arts one has reduced confusion and the fastest path is now literally lightening fast. At this point one can move into Neutronics, and study motion for what it is. Motion is merely the path of objects through the universe, and the body is but an object.

There is a discipline in matrixing the martial arts; it takes resolve to put aside all the random tricks and settle upon a distinct sequence of learning. Once that has been accomplished the martial artist can practice his art, and as the art has resolved, so does the confusion, and so does the distraction and static within the mind. It is the mind, you see, that one must subjugate, resolve, put aside, and still until it has no effect.

Once the mind has been stilled and is no longer of consequence, the individual can view the world as it really is. No more fantasy, no more fighting, a universe of peace and wonder. This is where the individual attains enlightenment, finds the truth of himself, and absorbs the truth of the martial path.

What is the truth of the martial arts? It is not the individual art, just as the way of the enlightened being is not but one of four paths. The truth of the martial arts is not the art at all, but the goal at the end of the art: the human being, unique and individual.

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