Arrowhead Camp 2010 Postscript Highlights and Connecting the Dots Best read after attending camp and reviewing your notes and presentations, but hopefully still valuable for those that were not able to attend…
Hey,What’s the Big Idea? • Sensei PB’s: Isagiyoku thru Ho’oponopono • Sensei LJ: Invest in Loss • Sensei Leong: Sekiun’s Sword and Life Philosophy • Sensei NB: “Above All Connect thru Experiential Learning…”
Sensei Paul: Isagiyoku thru Ho’oponopono
Sensei Paul: Ho’oponoponoLinkages to other aspects of our training • Every wisdom tradition incorporates elements of reconciliation and forgiveness, whether: • An institutional religion or a personal spiritual practice • From East or West (Shame or Guilt) • Rooted in Original sin, or a Perfect Birth that is subsequently tainted by conditioning All mere mortals err…
See Sensei Paul’s slides… Some excerpted here…
(Sensei PB) Ho’oponopono Hawaiian Kahuna Philosophy I operate my life through the following Insights: • The physical universe is an actualization of my thoughts. • If my thoughts are cancerous, they create a cancerous physical reality. • If my thoughts are perfect, they create a physical reality brimming with Love. • I am 100 percent responsible for creating my physical universe the way it is. • I am 100 percent responsible for correcting the cancerous thoughts that create a diseased reality.
(Sensei PB) Ho’oponopono I operate my life through the following Insights: • There is no such thing as out there. Everything exists as thoughts in my mind. • My problems are memories replaying in my subconscious. • My problems have nothing to do with anyone or anyplace or any situation
(Sensei PB) Ho’oponopono I operate my life through the following Insights: • When I experience memories replaying problems, I have a choice. I can stay engaged to them or I can petition Divinity to free them up through transmutation, thus restoring my mind to its original state of zero, of void… of being memory free. • When I am memory free, I am my Divine Self as Divinity created me in its exact likeness.
(Sensei PB) Giving Up the Past • Only 2 laws dictate experiences: • Inspiration from Divinity • Memory stored in the Subconscious Mind. • The former Brand-New and the latter Old. • “Problems are just replayed memories of the past showing up to give us one more chance to see with the eyes of love and to act from inspiration”
(Sensei PB) Giving Up the Past In allowing memories to rule I give up clarity of mind, along with my alignment with Divinity. (I also give up the present) Without alignment I lose inspiration and purpose. If we are willing to clean up our “fore-bemoaned moans” (unpleasant fear based memories) we will be fine and everyone and everything else will be too. Peace and freedom begin with me. Isagiyoku begins with me
(Sensei PB) Continuous Cleaning Continuous Cleaning brings you to the zero state Nothing Exists at Zero The zero state is timeless, boundless, infinite, deathless
(Sensei PB) Zero At zero you can: • Divine your true purpose • Access your creativity • Deliver your finest contribution
Ho’oponopono is • The ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness stemming from beliefs that: • Guilt caused by error made one sick • Stored Anger invited/induced sickness • “Angry people don’t go to hell, they are already there!” • “In most cases, specific ‘untie-error’ rites could be performed to atone for such errors and thereby diminish one’s accumulation of them.” • First empty, then fill…
And like the Lord’s Prayer • Forgive us our trespasses…
Ponopono Defined as “to put to rights; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly or neat.” Bushido In its most surreal example, seppuku or hara kiri (ritual suicide) was to redress a wrong, so this injurious karma would not be carried forward to future generations Like the Moral Code of the Samurai
Like the Indian Concept of Karma • As the Law of Cause and Effect (Karma) predominates in all of life and lifetimes, the purpose is mainly “to release unhappy, negative experiences in the past, and to resolve and remove traumas from our ‘memory banks’” • If karmic bondage hinders the evolution of mind, then (karmic) cleansing is a requisite for the expansion of awareness
Like the Wisdom Tradition of Ayurveda • Disease is caused by Ama = Undigested experience • Most toxic residue is emotional so release emotional ama
Pinan The Void Discipline as a path to Freedom No Self Ho’oponopono The State of Zero Based on the principle of 100% responsibility No memories. No identity. Like the 5th Phase in the Pinan Kata
Like 3 of Sensei Leong’s 6 Most Important words in PR 6: I admit I made a mistake 5: you did a good job 4: what is your opinion 3: would you please 2: thank you 1: we (us) Worst word: me/I
Ho’oponopono Cleaning Method I LOVE YOU. I’M SORRY. PLEASE FORGIVE ME. THANK YOU.
Neville’s mnemonic for the Ho’oponopono Cleansing Methodin a slightly different order… • There’s much use in crying over S.P.L.T milk, that you spilled yourself… • S: I am Sorry • P: Please forgive me • L: I Love you • T: Thank you
So, let the past be the Past… • Decide the Past won’t determine your Future • “Every decision I make is a choice between a grievance and a miracle” –A Course in Miracles • Create and Live a New Narrative • My Life 2.0 • “Tell it enough and it starts to become true…”
Understanding Dis-Ease According to ancient science The complaint signal is the Ticket (attention) The more effective the sound barrier to the signal, unmet need the greater the escalation Six Stages of Disease: • Accumulation (of Ama- Undigested experience) • Aggravation (notice of shift) • Dissemination (moving more generally) • Localization (re-localizes in concentration) • Manifestation (of severe symptoms) • Disruption (of health balance/system)
Reversing this for Well-Nessbased on experiential training The Harmonic signal is the Ticket (attention) The more receptivity one has to the signal, the better the reception Six Stages of Wellness: • Accumulation (of Chi-vital energy/life force) • Energetic Awareness (noticing the shift of energy) • Dissemination (Ability to move chi more generally) • Localization (Ability to concentrate chi for healing) • Manifestation (of uncontrolled exultation & exuberance-see Saturday night at camp) • Harmonization (of health balance/system)
There are no accidents… • “Misfortune Occurs in Negligence”– Funakoshi Sensei • Reminds us to stay vigilant • Injury Epidemiology Prevention & Research • Trauma is a disease that kills more people from the age of 1 to 44 years than any other disease. Not all but most injuries sustained by those taken to trauma centers can be prevented. Quite often we see how the importance of social factors, cultural factors, behavioral issues, and the use of alcohol and drugs, end or affect the lives of the young otherwise healthy and productive individuals forever. Trauma is a disease and as such, it can for the most part, be prevented.
Universal Health Model • Focus intention, attention & attitude on wellness not disease • Ama release (undigested experience) by stages; Preparation, Identification, Mobilization, Release & Rejuvenation Integrate Shakuraki:Borrowing energy from nature
Quantum Medicine • A Human being is a network of energy and information • The Environment is a field of energy and information • Health results from the appropriate exchange of energy and information between the individual and the environment
Intention, Attention, Attitude • Intention (Energetic/Spirit) • Sets the stage • Orchestrates Natures Intelligence & Infinite Organizing Power • Set the Intention with NO attachment to Outcome Examples: “Relieve Suffering”, “Do no Harm”, “Cultivate Compassion” “Intention sets the trajectory and orchestrates nature’s intelligence & organizing power”
Intention, Attention, Attitude • Attention (Mind) • Observing the operations of one’s moment-to-moment internal and external experience • Mind-fulness sinks into its object the way a stone placed in water sinks to the bottom • Unstable mind, like unstable camera produces a fuzzy picture “What you focus on manifests”… …That is why we meditate
Intention, Attention, Attitude • Attitude (Heart) • How one attends is also essential • Chinese character for mindfulness is two ideograms; presence & heart • Heart-full-ness (heart qualities in practice) “Attitude is Important…”
Limbic Resonance is the healing response Achieved through the interaction and inter-transference of emotional information thru words, gestures, touch, voice tone, facial expression, body language, music, poetry and ANY stimulus that evokes the moods and the emotions of love • Tuning • Bonding • Healing/Transform Love is the healing force
Sensei LJ: Invest in Loss
Sensei LJ: Invest in Loss • Learn to Tolerate Increasingly Higher layers and levels of discomfort • The Art of Learning, discussed at Toronto Camp 2008 • See…
Cheng Man-Ch'ing • The meaning of “investing in loss”, as originally recommended by the late Tai Chi master Cheng Man-Ch'ing was to neutralize a superior force through the practice of non-contentionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheng_Man-ch'ing • Who is willing to do this? To invest in loss is to permit others to use force to attack while you don’t use even the slightest force to defend yourself. On the contrary, you lead an opponent’s force away so that it is rendered useless
Investing in Loss: • Learn to Tolerate Increasingly Higher layers and levels of discomfort Shugyo-severe, austere training • Stay Principled • Mastery involves discovering the most resonant info (Passion, Purpose, Priorities, People) and integrating this so deeply and fully into our lives that it disappears and allows us to fly free!
Sensei Sean’s Slides on Fudoshin reinforce the value of these internal states…
Sensei Leong Sekiun’s Sword and Life Philosophy
Sekiun Harigaya • Founder of Mujushin Kenjutsu • Mujushin kenjutsu = “Sword of Heavenly Reason” or “Sword of No Abiding Mind” • Sekiun No Ken • Sekiun No Tanbo Intense Practice and a good Sensei can deliver a blow of heavenly reason that may spark a Kensho…
See Sensei Charles’ slides… Elements excerpted here…
Discern the Difference between Peacetime and Wartime Philosophy • In Peacetime: “Karate Ni Sente Nashi” • In Karate there is no first strike, or karate is only used for self defense • Which is why we practice Self Defense and begin each training with blocks • In Wartime: “Karate Ni Sente Hi Sho” • When you sense intention to strike you must initiate your attack (and not wait for their physical attack to manifest) • Which is how/why Pearl Harbor occurred according to some war strategists
Hence Sensei Leong’s Sword Principles • If you are in mae (critical distance) ATTACK! • If you are not in mae, then close mae and ATTACK!
Mujushin Kenjutsu the art • To treat the art of sword as combat was a corruption of its purity • Mujushin Kenjutsu is not about conflict , but a fusion of breath, spirit and power • It was said that the three things one must forget completely in Mujushin Kenjutsu were his own body, his sword, and the existence of his adversary
The Art of Sekiun lives on through Sensei Leong to us • Sekiun’s successor and senior student was Ichiun Odagiri • Ichiun Odagiri is considered by many as the greatest swordsman ever – better even than Musashi • Sekiun and Odagiri are mentioned in Sensei Kim’s Classical Man and Don Warrener’s The20th Century Samurai Odagiri taught the Takeda clan (Daito Ryu) that taught Yoshida Kotaro, who taught Sensei Kim, who taught Sensei Leong, who taught us…
Quotables… • Distortions: “Look into distorted mirrors long enough & it will shape our self view” • Intention: “Intention sets the trajectory and orchestrates nature’s intelligence & organizing power” • Set intention with no attachment to outcome • Humans are a “conditioned being with an unconditioned self at our core” • “Meditation and Mantra disconnect us from our “conditioned self” • “Embracing Uncertainty is Your Path to Freedom”