Question by Tomodachi: What are the spiritual aspects of your practice?
Understanding that martial arts are more than merely physical movements and physical fighting skills, that the most important aspect of the way is the spiritual dimension that leads one to unity with the “breath of the universe” or ki / chi / qi / prana that leads to awakening so as to lead a life that is beneficial to all others and to ones self, what are the spiritual practices you were taught in your style / school / way of martial art?
Do you also impart this knowledge and practice to your students if you are a teacher? Are your students receptive to the same?
This one understands that in the west, many do not practice such and many teachers do not impart such to their students (including Asian martial teachers who often express that it has been their experience that westerners are not open to such) however, ones study and practice is not complete without the same.
In this ones own practice, the spiritual aspects have become the most important aspects and some of his students have laughingly commented that he now spends more time talking about such than working on technique and movement…. When this one was younger (much younger…LOL!) the opposite seems to have been true and this one only cared for the physical skills.
Thank you for your sincere comments and reflections. There is no correct or incorrect answer to this as it will reflect your personal journey and the present level of your art and understanding. You may not even care in regards to the spiritual dimension…and so it goes.
For those who do not seem to understand, spirituality does not imply religious practices or a religious faith system with deities and rituals…
The very “ways” many in this forum profess to practice have an inherent spiritual dimension and to reject such is not fully practice the “way” that some here are supposedly “masters” of…
Spiritualism and spirituality are not the same. this one did not realize that so many here practiced English as a second language…wakarimasu?
Spiritualism and spirituality are not the same. this one did not realize that so many here practiced English as a second language…wakarimasu?
Answer by possum
I don’t subscribe to the concepts of ki, etc, nor do I teach it. I tend to reject anyone who teaches it to me. It isn’t that I think it’s against my religion, it’s just that I prefer a more scientific approach.
Also, when I want spiritual development, I will seek guidance from my pastor. And when I want martial development, I will seek guidance from my martial arts instructor. For me, ne’er the two shall meet.
I’ve had bad experiences of bringing religion and spiritualism into the dojang, and I will never do it again. Too many conflicts developed for me, not just in spiritual context, but also in techniques.
Please forgive the analogy, but going to martial arts schools and getting spiritual and martial development is like getting a pocket knife with too many features, and its many features detracts from each that are present.
I do not consider the absence of spiritualism in my martial arts as making my training incomplete. In fact, its presence bloats it for me. Others may feel differently, but I reject it entirely.
EDIT: Spiritualism means different things to different people. To me, it is everything religious in nature. It may not represent Asian philosophy, or yours, or anyone else’s. But that is irrelevant to me: I do not find its relevance to my martial training. One minute taken out of class to discuss something spiritual (using anyone’s definition) means taking a minute away the training for which I came to learn. And it wasn’t to learn or engage in anything “spiritual”. My act of just being there may be what some might describe as “spiritual”, though I do not.
I do care only for the physical aspects. If you meant something other than physical, but not theological, then I don’t know what you mean. Having a large Native American influence in my life meant that even “journey” has a religious (read: theological) context. For me, even ki / chi has a religious context.
When in the discussions of “the way”, I fully realize the Asians meant something other than what I interpret to mean “method”. I choose to disregard anything more than just “method” because anything more means something that conflicts with my beliefs – scientific or theological.
I know that martial arts is a way of life. It is always described that way. But so is burglary, fatalism, pessimism, and politics. Being a chef. Being in the military. Being in school. Each define how you run and explain your life.
That “way of life” is revealed by the instructor through his or her own interpretations, and the choice to ignore it, accept it, adopt it, or reject it is the students’.
And for me, when the instructor reveals his or her “way of life” – even if congruent with my own beliefs – I ignore it. I have no time for it.
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Many people are questioning in the event you have spiritual wisdom, to present us God. Tell us in which God is. I advised them that drop your easy thoughts of the planet in head, you are going to achieve to himself. Even though you’ll be able to not do it, you do not appear to witness God.
God has many names and it is an eternal existence in Inner over and above your basic head. It may not be lived until you unfold your expertise and wisdom with the spiritual mind. Spirit has an eternal existence in Internal over and above your conscience. You have the eternal connection for your spirit by means of your consciousness. Spirit can be seen and lived right up until you knowledge and wisdom unfold your spiritual awareness. Individuals who thoughts the knowledge of spiritual meditation and spiritual wisdom are associated towards the Prophet or even the Prophet fate following the incarnation.
Consciousness is your own lifestyle which is purely beyond the imagined approach in brain. Awareness of your life, pure person continues to exist with you from the subtle world of sound energy even following the death of the bodily physique. Awareness of your individual daily life is pure genuine source of spiritual wisdom. Consciousness could be seasoned and witnessed till you unfold your spiritual wisdom, emotions in brain via spiritual meditation. People who are aware of the experience of spiritual meditation and spiritual wisdom is holy or pious Saint linked to fate following incarnation.
The feelings of anger, hatred, attachments, residence, and so on. are constantly impulsive. It represents your impulsive karma of greed, worry and selfishness, yet. These constraints are related to your present second of specific lifestyle. They aren’t relevant to a form and language spoken, but associated for your present second of fundamental specific life. The practice of managing their feelings, consciously through meditation provides power to remain content even in the worst circumstances.
Observing emotion is consciously wonderful meditation and spiritual medicine. If feelings are consciously taken as a taste with the conscious brain and complete, it releases tension from your thoughts and bodily system and also the flexibility of its aspect results. You can not genuinely encounter and witness of the emotions till you learn how to organize your concepts with all the memory of numerous subjects and objects consciously in mind. Disconnecting from the sense organs and considered processes of the simple brain is a work of meditation master.
Your thoughts memory of many subjects and objects of style, hate, worry, hatred, greed, and so on. produce your selfishness. These constraints are related towards the memory of past events, discover from other folks, the future of your creativity and selfishness from the personal lifestyle. These constraints are relevant to your topics and objects formed, cherished or hated or feared and your spoken language.
Your river runs memory thoughts in thoughts can be experienced and witnessed till you learn to connect your perception of sight, hearing, scent, style, and almost everything that touches the entire world issue and figure out your conscious imagined on the matter or object chosen, preferably the elements of your respective entire body or brain. Disconnecting from the sense organs of your bodily physique as well as the practice of setting believed processes from the thoughts of thought is highlighted the practice of meditation.
Studying meditation standard
Do not leap higher level of meditation, till an advanced stage are preliminary. What have you discovered from your spiritual guidebook for meditation and many publications on spirituality, yoga and meditation, practice regularly and repeatedly right up until it turns into a habit..
Or else, you might be doomed to become a scientist with no practical use.
What on earth is stated in several guides and specialists about the subject, tend not to really comply with. Do absolutely nothing to adhere to that is not loved and accepted by your thoughts. It’s the topic of metaphysics. What on earth is cherished by you in head, modified it accordingly and practice it with faith and regularly? What is loved by you in head, with no doubt, the practice of it, undoubtedly make your mind cool. Comply with it conscientiously and on a regular basis with satisfaction along with a deadline.
Straightforward Meditation for beginners:
one. Your River of violence, anger, anxiety, harm the pride of imagined that runs by means of the imagined method and can not be refused in such physical conditions, until pacified with consciousness. It still hurts you within the brain to feel unconsciously. It turns into all peaceful in case you practice meditation on consciousness, in such situations. Use your predicament of violence, anger, concern of turning into no cost of his thoughts via the practice of meditation.
two. Loving to expressing I’m and disgusted to hear another will be the nature of the typical man, as he met selfishness. Selfishness does not tolerate folks and things most hated. Although in company or in services conditions in your own home or knowingly enable other people to communicate out and dominate. Mastering to tolerate the people and objects most hated, nevertheless it is good aware meditation. Keep on to observe the flow of thoughts in brain and how selfishness may be the reaction within your thoughts, but consciously. Produce a boring particular person to read it all, you do not adore and practice to feel your ideas in head. It can be wonderful meditation and aids you remain relaxed in joy, such an actual scenario arises.
three. Sing together with the tongue and mouth closed and practice to sense its vibration in brain. Good meditation to actually expertise and witness of your feelings. It’s going to help you train to be the disconnection of considered of many factors on earth and subjects as and when preferred. Song of emotions about the Charter of God with the tongue and mouth closed, nonetheless support to obtain rid of ideas of hatred and attachment and loss of several things.
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