I have devoted my life to finding out the reason why. Why are we here? Why are we conscious of being here? Why do we exist and are aware we exist? What’s the meaning of life? What does it all mean? Faith, belief…pray about it, you will find your answers. It’s a conspiracy, hidden by a succession of veils, where one clue leads to the next and your never given the “Real” answer. I was a knight of the Round Table, and I had not yet found the Holy Grail. As a warrior I must quest, so I began my exploration of different wisdom traditions. This Spiritual longing dovetailed perfectly with my ever growing passionate pursuit of the Martial Arts.
My really, real quest began once I discovered the philosophies underlying the martial arts. Some clarity developed as I explored the relationship betwixt body, mind & spirit. Martial Arts is initially Physical – demanding you pay attention to Right Now or else! Martial Arts helps you to focus, to concentrate your mind and through that concentration transcend your mind to be one with the moment. In combat, you have no other choice but to be fully present, awake and aware if you want to win, survive.
The other main component – more important and realized to those who have walked even a short distance on this path – is Respect. The consideration of others, the importance and necessity of putting others before yourself (teachers and journeymen) is paramount in Martial Arts and Spirituality. Martial Arts rapidly transforms from something you start for yourself and becomes something you continue for others. The doing for others and the rewards it brings, I feel, are what opens the door to Martial Arts being a true Spiritual Vehicle. There is no denying the importance, impact and self transcendence of doing for others. There is no religion or wisdom path that benefits humanity and life that doesn’t have service to life and others as its deepest core benefit and purpose.
This blog is about trying to explore some ideas and find out how to express what I’ve learned and feel through the precious magic of our human written language. To further define the questions so they’re truer to the mark. More importantly, IMHO, to air things out in order to let things GO. There is far too much attachment to physical things, of course, but also to ideas, feelings, and ego-self-senses. This is part of a journey to be able to simply and joyfully bring a freedom and gladness of heart to ourselves and others. To be able to have a faith – and a confidence in that faith – that allows us to let go and take risks that further serve. This exists to question and explore outside of my comfort zones of teaching, reading and thinking. I want to share existential questions and conclusions without holding back because of my fears and trepidations. How can I fly if I’m carrying around a weight of guilt, fear, bad past decisions, questions I would’ve, could’ve, should’ve asked? I will share perspectives and inquiries to open doors and windows and portals to gain some insight, understanding and peace as we experience this Miracle Dream of Life.
OmManeBanmeHum. Mote it Be. Gate, Gate, Paragate, ParaSamGate, BodhiSvaha. Amen. Parwhon. Thy Will Be Done.