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Creation Date: 02-03-2005 11:58 AM
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  #8 New 02-03-2005 11:58 AM
Yep, we all get confused-- we fumble about with techniques with which we are unfamiliar. We furrow our brows and grimmace while we try to process subtleties-- or even the gross movements of certain waza , or variations of waza we already "know".

It is one thing to accept confusion and move on, it is another to keep yourself confused, by "thinking too much" (as my instructor's have described it) perhaps as some sort of excuse for not gaining immediate proficiency.

Yesterday I found myself in one of these confused states and discovered that I was actually inhibiting myself by holding too tightly to my confusion. Upon realizing this I tried to shift my attention from what I didn't understand about the technique to letting myself flow through the mindless familar elements. Of course, I did not execute the technique perfectly, but I felt myself absorb the basic differences much more rapidly than if I had tried to "think" it through.

There must come a point (perhaps in the mid/upper kyu ranks) when one has to begin trusting their training and body-memory more than their brain.

Some questions--- to question.
What is the difference between Brain and Mind?
Does the Mind exist in the Brain alone?
Can the Mind litterally be in the Hara or Center?
What does it mean to use the Mind as a shield?
What is the state of no-mindedness?
Where does the no-mind exist?


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#1 02-03-2005 01:38 PM
John Boswell Says:
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Some questions--- to question. What is the difference between Brain and Mind? Does the Mind exist in the Brain alone? Can the Mind litterally be in the Hara or Center? What does it mean to use the Mind as a shield? What is the state of no-mindedness? Where does the no-mind exist?
Well, since you asked... thought I might throw out my current thoughts on your questions. Now, I am by no means an expert. I'm a philosopher, which means I ask questions and draw conclusions using the information I have at hand. Given that... here goes Some questions--- to question. What is the difference between Brain and Mind? Your brain is that mass of tissue within your skull that enables electrical impulses to go on without concsious thought in order to operate the many functions of the body. Your Mind is the psychological mechanism of You, the being within your body, to actually take in information and break it down and use it. Does the Mind exist in the Brain alone? Nope. Your mind is with You, wherever you might be at that time. Can the Mind litterally be in the Hara or Center? Guess so. Can't say I know for sure, but don't know why not. What does it mean to use the Mind as a shield? Many things: A shield is used to protect. So if you can talk yourself out of a fight, I would consider that such an instance. More to the point, if you have good extension, project your true Intention to another or others that YOU are in control of the situation, despite other releveant facts, people would be less likely to mess with you. You know Client Eastwood in Dirty Harry? "Go ahead... make my day." At that moment in time, he was absolutly bullet proof. He just had to convience the criminal of that... and he did. That was using his mind as a shield, imho. What is the state of no-mindedness? No thought. No stress. No consideration. A moment and state of calm and peace and quiet. You'll know it when it is there... and then you'll be thinking again and thus it ends. Where does the no-mind exist? Within yourself, when nothing else matters in the world. AGAIN... I am no authority. I'm just a guy with a big mouth. Best to you and your adventures in life!
 




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