This is a small extract from “Paracelsus” by Robert Browning
“TRUTH is within ourselves; it takes no rise …
…From outward things
And to KNOW,
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendour may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.”
What is knowledge?
Is it the ability to parrot something you’ve read?
Or is it or something more?
Indeed, do words have anything at all to do with knowing as such?
Is there nothing more to the wise person than simply the ability to do what a tape recorder can do less expensively?
What about obsolete knowledge that has no context to the conditions of today? What can be its value?
Will attempts to bolster myths with superstition and rote habit be helpful?
Or will it only lend weight to the potential for eventual disaster?
What is an idea or an opinion worth?
On the other hand what is the worth of long hard experience that produces living, contextual and immediately useful understanding of cause and effect as it may appertain to current conditions as they are?
What are core values based upon?
What is the regurgitation of platitudes worth?
What constitutes living survival in the now that is in touch with conditions as they are right now?
Are we just a lump that waddles to the supermarket to collect plastic things and waddles home to eat junk?
Or are we a living process without beginning or end going back to the beginning of time, interconnected in a living web of life and conscious awareness moving towards a trajectory without end?
If so what are the tools of navigating this precious moment whilst alive, conscious and sentient before death inevitably removes these gifts?
Does the transition of death remove them permanently, or do the lessons of life take root in other dimensions?
Is it possible to teach with credibility from a mere book?
How important is experience?
What does Aikido or any Kobudo training mean to you?
Does it make you a better person?
Can the strategic lessons discovered in such training be applied to various other, or all attributes of life?
If so how?
PS I recently received this in an email. To credit the source I’ve replicated it as received.
Just woke up with this,
Whilst everyone is searching for the secrets of the universe, they fail to see that we are all secrets of the universe that can only be unlocked by ourselves.
by Nev Sagiba
The ability to adjust seamlessly between techniques defines mastery. In most cases, this essential attribute of Aikido has been either ignored or guessed at. This book not only reveals the innate simplicity behind the apparent complexity of Aikido Transitions and Counters, but it provides a full spectrum of possibilities for practicing. Here it is, simplified in drills of two techniques. When you can do these drills easily, you will be able to effect spontaneous responses to any attack. If you know your basic techniques this book is recommended and will enrich your Aikido. FOUR DIAMONDS 1024, provides complete sets of exercise drill guidelines to enable exploration of the available range of basic transitions and counters and unlock their potentials.