Existence, the flow which appears to be existence, is made up of many small parts conjoined and flowing akin to sand in a timer, thereby giving appearance which deceive our minds.
Knowing The Parts Which Make the Whole
Sixteen frames a second is all it takes to deceive the mind and for our minds to join the dots into a flow and miss the real actuality behind the appearances. The Buddha named the sub-atomic particle-waves, the parts which make the whole and their attributes, Skandhas, often translated as aggregates.
Sight deceives. Vision reveals. Noticing sees through the cracks of appearances.
The double slit experiment (Thomas Young – 1803) confirms the tenuous nature of existence as indeed a flow, impermanence. This is good. It means existence is alive. Movement and change is life, stagnation is death.
When surviving any intensely emergent situation, to capture the moment is everything. It makes the difference between surviving and death, winning and losing.
When the mind drags, entangled in concepts, the perceptions drags behind as well and become blinded by the confused mental clutter, thereby missing the moment. This internal conflict of consciousness then seeks to contend with existence. A losing battle.
Kime, explosive kime is at the core of survival aiki. For kime to be effective, perception must be lucid.
That we practice slowly is a key. Just as in walking meditation, slow enables noticing of the fast later and sitting enables noticing of active action later, so also will slow-flow enable totally incisive explosiveness when it is required for imminent survival.
You can not fake this. You can prepare for it, however.
The parts that make the whole is the nature of all existence. An unclear mind fights the form, whereas a lucid consciousness simply finds the key that stops and starts the engine. Mastery is the doing less to achieve more, not the other way around, which is merely an appearance.
A good teaching method is to break up a technique into parts, and the parts into parts and even more. Such dissection will enable even the experienced to discover more techniques within the techniques, which in any event are combinations of techniques.
The eyes cannot be relied upon in full. Multiple theories abound such as, “persistence of vision” a belief which an afterimage is thought to persist for approximately one twenty-fifth of a second on the retina. Some other theories to explain motion perception, considered as perceptual illusions are “phi phenomenon,” “beta movement” and “iconic memory.” But all the “experts” disagree vehemently with each other’s pet theories. On this basis the worth of these opinions can not be evaluated.
As usual, warfare has been responsible for cutting edge research and discovery, and for all the wrong reasons, has obtained, in part, the right result, developing a million frame per second CCD Camera which can effect ultra fast imaging needed for the development, control, and evaluation of modern air-deliverable weapons systems, enabled by recent advances in optical imaging such as Speckle Interferometry; which can potentially improve DoD capability to deliver munitions and armaments to targets at long ranges, and under adverse seeing conditions. Ultrafast imaging is also required for flow field optical image analysis for hypersonic propulsion systems. High quality images can now be obtained at remarkably high speeds and hopefully one day will be used for constructive purposes.
In budo training, learning to notice in-between the frames, provides the decisive advantage.
Moving onwards and upwards from the lower, darker expressions, clarifying the mind to notice clearly, can enable the entire prevention and mitigation of inter human violence. This is the direction we will need to point ourselves, if we as a species want to continue to exist.
The abovementioned Charge Coupled Device is one of the two main types of image sensors used in digital cameras. When a picture is taken, the CCD is struck by light coming through the camera’s lens. Each of the thousands or millions of tiny pixels that make up the CCD then convert this light into electrons. The number of electrons, usually described as the pixel’s accumulated charge, is measured, then converted to a digital value. This last step occurs outside the CCD, in a camera component called an analog-to-digital converter.
This can also be achieved naturally. It is about NOTICING. It is achieved through practice. When moving through heavy jungle with natives that have lived there for countless generations, the mind captures, identifies, records, evaluates and decides on each plant and animal species, literally thousands, that present themselves as well as tracking signs such as small breaks, footprints etc.. For city bred individuals this also happens, but is not consciously noticed by them unless followed up with a hypnotically assisted session in the aftermath of the excursion, to tap their memory of the details event, rather more slowly. Likewise with native ocean dwellers and desert dwellers who notice a surplus of food where non-natives and even trained survivalists will die of dehydration and starvation.
All existence is a navigation which can only be enhanced through practice and the human body-mind is perfectly adaptable to infinite nuances of observation.
Direct noticing is no mystery. It happens best when we are tired and stop getting in our own way with confused conceptual clutter, ideas, notions, preconceptions and the held hallucinations born of belief.
Realness is real. Ideas are only that, ideas.
Training conducted only when it is convenient, is no training at all. Merely an idle pastime. For training to get results and crack the hard shells of ignorance and peel away the layers of confusion, it is necessary to train despite the attrition and challenges that life throws up. There is no other way.
When tired, when in pain, when mourning the death of a loved one, when suffering loss, when experiencing relationship or employment difficulties, when anything at all is striving to get in the way of training, is the best time to train and learn to capture the moment, the millionth part of a moment.
There Is No time Like Now!
Every millisecond, now changes and becomes a different now. Each millisecond is a different wave of potential. Each moment a wave passes you and you missed it.
Budo is not about speed but timing. Seconds are made of milliseconds and they of microseconds. That’s lots of increments.
* second – 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d’Unites
* millisecond – one thousandth (10^-3) of a second
* microsecond – one millionth (10^-6) of a second; one thousandth of a millisecond
It looks like speed but it is more.
We’ve all seen those film clips of O’Sensei moving in slow motion to defeat a young buck attacking at hyper-speed.
What’s that about?
Can it be noticing in-between the chinks in the matrix of existence as we know it?
The millionth part of a moment touches the eternal. This is the beginning of navigating harmoniously, by analogy, without running aground onto rocks and reefs.
The universe and ourselves – mind -being interactive, the observer can modify the nature of existence, not by force, but simply by observing the parts which make the whole.
And in the case of aiki, by making slight self-adjustments, hence economy of motion or natural efficiency.
This is transferable into all things.