Thursday, May 08, 2008

"World Sansei" The Way of Gojuryu Karate

Go with the Flow
The Way of Gojuryu

In my experience, to attain optimum happiness, you must go with the flow. Events unfolding in our lives have a certain flow, or direction. If you try to paddle against the current you may suffer fatigue to the point of exhaustion. I don't mean you have to accept everything that is happening to you. The Universe (God) provides the human mind with a method of bringing things it desires into its reality. I am not referring only to material objects, but also to fulfillment, compassion, and joy. This is not accomplished by dwelling on the things we don't want such as the symptoms of a disease. You must find a quiet, comfortable space, calm your mind, and visualize how you want your circumstances to manifest. Really get into it. Feel the emotions associated with your visualization. If you are doing it right, this should feel good, and you will want to repeat this experience frequently. Don't worry about the details of how your requests will come to be. That will be handled by the Universe (God). You will receive what you focus on. I believe this is why anti-war movements don't work, but peace movements do. Look to King, Gandhi, Jesus, or Buddha for examples. I know many won't agree. They believe you must "fight" to be triumphant. This has not been my experience.

Tao is Chinese for "Way" or "Path," and forms the basis for Taoist philosophy. Tao is the natural order of the cosmos, the path of equilibrium or enlightenment. In early days, before it received its present name, Taoism was often called 'the Way'. The 'Way' that
Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism, had in mind is not easy to define. "The Tao principle is what happens of itself," wrote Lao Tzu. Tao is really Nature's way: the order, course of pattern of all things created. For Taoists, every person and thing is only what it is in relation to others. Events fall into harmony if left alone. Everything grows and operates independently, on its own, but in harmony with all. A follower of the Tao is someone who intuitively understands this energy and balance in Nature, and works intelligently with spontaneous natural phenomena.
The Law of Nature

The Tao is the law of nature and the basic principle of universe. It is the law of your true self.

Yin and Yang – the Symbol of Tao

Yin and yang
are symbols of the Tao and Taosim. They are the dynamic force of the Tao, constantly interacting with one another.
According to the ancient Chinese philosophers, in the beginning was Tao. But then Tao separated into the two prime principles, yang and yin. And from the many combinations of yang and yin everything else that is in the world has emerged.
Yang and yin produced the 'five elements', which are metal, wood, fire, water and earth. Everything in life is in a constant state of flux; in fact, the only thing that you can be sure of is that it will change.