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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General Ghost and ki Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #16 New 08-20-2010 08:00 AM
Ghost and ki Patrick Swayze died in September 2009 of pancreatic cancer. He was in a few popular movies, for example Road House and Dirty Dancing. I liked him very much in Point Break (which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who won the Oscar this year for The Hurt Locker). He was Bodhi, one of a gang of bankrobbers who wore Presidents of America masks. Keanu Reaves was Johnny Utah, the FBI agent who went undercover and became a surfer to try to catch them. There is a great quote in that movie. A tough old FBI hand looks at Johnny Utah and says "Guess we must just have ourselves an asshole shortage, huh?" He just says, "Not so far." It's a very cool movie.

But I want to talk about Ghost. I think it was Patrick Swayze's most popular movie. He plays Sam Wheat, a young banker who moves in to a renovated loft apartment with his cool ceramic artist girlfriend (Demi Moore looking boyish). It's partly a romantic movie and there is a famous potter's wheel love scene with Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers on the soundtrack.

When I saw Ghost in 1990 I remember thinking, "Hey, this is about ki!" (movie spoilers below…)

Suddenly Sam is shockingly killed in a mugging that goes wrong. But after his death his ghost stays on earth to try to protect his girlfriend from danger.

Sam, now a ghost, has to learn from other ghosts (ghost sempai!) how to pass through doors effortlessly and then how to touch and move physical things when he doesn't have a body. These lessons are like aikido.

First the ghost of an old man in the hospital where he was taken tells him,

Hey relax. It ain't like before, you know. It's a whole new ball of wax. Come here, I'll tell you a secret. Doors ain't as bad as you think. Zip zap, it ain't nothing at all…

Then when he realizes that his girlfriend is in danger he persuades a disturbed ghost from a subway train to teach him how to move things. That ghost tells him,

What are you doing? What the hell are you doing? You're trying to move it with your finger. You can't push it with your finger, you're dead! It's all in your mind. The problem with you is you still think you're real. You think you're wearing those clothes. You think you're crouched on that floor. Bullshit! You ain't got a body no more, son. It's all up here now. You want to move something you got to move it with your mind. You've got to focus. You hear what I'm saying.

So Sam asks him how he can focus.

I don't know how you focus. You just focus. You got to take all your emotions, all your anger, all your love, all your hate and push it way down here into the pit of your stomach, and then let it explode like a reactor. From your gut like I told you. Give it time. What else have you got.

Yes. Sounds like ki to me. You have to relax. Then when you catch it, it feels like you're doing nothing at all. And to get to that you have to learn to focus your energy. And it comes from the pit of your stomach. And it takes time. But what else have we got?

Whoopi Goldberg is in Ghost too. She is very funny as a kind of scam artist fake medium who pretends to contact departed loved ones in return for money. Despite herself she has inherited some psychic powers from her mother and she is the only one who can hear Sam's ghost voice. She was so good she won an Oscar. I found out that Patrick Swayze fought for Whoopi Goldberg to get that part. He was kind and cool. Any death is sad but when a good person dies an emptiness is left behind on the earth. Rest in peace, Patrick.

Ghost: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099653/
Point Break: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102685/

photo: RIP Patrick Swayze used by kind permission of Duncan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/duncan/4139186023/) under creative commons licence

© niall matthews 2010
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RSS Feed 9 Responses to "Ghost and ki"
#9 08-14-2011 09:13 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Thanks Niall for the tip, I'm now watching Navy, the 6th season, when I finish it, I'll download The Beast
#8 08-14-2011 09:02 AM
niall Says:
Patrick Swayze was also in a good TV crime series called The Beast - maybe the last thing he worked on before his death. http://www.unmundodecine.com/2009/06...e-tv-2009.html
#7 12-21-2010 09:14 AM
guest1234567 Says:
But you can do parachuting in Gran Canaria when you come for holidays, it is only 5 hours from England The sense in spanish is quite different as in english...
#6 12-21-2010 09:10 AM
niall Says:
Yeah they must have parachuting in Japan but I've never heard of it. I think you probably understand the nuance of that now so you don't need to see it in German. I remember foreign TV programs and movies in Germany were often dubbed into German rather than subtitled.
#5 12-21-2010 08:36 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Of course you are OK for that and parachuting also But Niall should I translate from spanish in german or look for that movie in german?
#4 12-21-2010 08:25 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Carina. I'll look forward to seeing the Spanish and German translations of that line! Point Break is such a great movie. Yes the energy and power of the sea were very important. There's one more nice quote: Young kid: Hey, man, guys your age learning to surf, it's cool, there's nothing wrong with it. Johnny Utah: I'm twenty-five. Young kid: See that's what I'm saying, it's never too late. [So (me again) I'll be OK for surfing - tango too!]
#3 12-21-2010 12:57 AM
guest1234567 Says:
I was translating Ghost and ki, but had problems with the expressions for ex:,"Guess we must just have ourselves an asshole shortage, huh? if you put that word to word in german or spanish, it does not make sens, so I watched Point break, thank you for that ! great movie, yes it has a great quote and what Bodhi finds in the sea, the energy.he sees that also in Johnny.. Like aikido... And I watched again the parts of Ghost you are talking about, Thanks for that also!
#2 11-19-2010 02:48 AM
niall Says:
Thank you, Carina.
#1 11-16-2010 12:02 PM
guest1234567 Says:
I also liked Dirty Dancing and Ghost specially very much, but when I saw it I didn't know about aikido, reading your thoughtful post I agree with you, there are many similaritys with aikido moving things with his mind and this putting the whole mental and emotional energy in your center, yes it must be ki . I liked Patrick Swayze also in City of joy, emotive and beautiful movie.

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