WISDOM COMES FROM ATTENTION

We do not need more knowledge but more wisdom. Wisdom comes from our own attention.

Concentration help us train ourselves in clear seeing, in looking at the world without distortion, directly and objectively. As Qigong practitioner/spiritual seeker I am committed to cultivating clear seeing, clear hearing, clear thinking and clear perception. This leads to wisdom. (Is this wisdom creating the space in human relationship the space with respect.) This is an interesting approach to apply to our interactions with others since nowhere are we more likely to be guided by fantasies and unrealistic expectations than in the arena of interpersonal relationships. Our attitude, opinions, and expectations are overlaid upon reality; they shape our world and get in our way.

Whether you like it or not, everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you have made in the past. Unfortunately, a lot of us make choices unconsciously, and therefore we don’t think they are choices – and yet, they are. Most of us, as a result of conditioning, have repetitious and predictable response to the stimuli of our environment. Our reactions seem to be automatically triggered by people and circumstances, and we forget that these are still choices that we are making in every moment of our existence. We are simply making these choices unconsciously.

This moment- the one you are experiencing right now – is the culmination of all the moments you have experienced in the past. This moment is as it is because the entire universe is as it is.

When you struggle against this moment, you are actually struggling against the entire universe. Instead, you can make the decision that today you will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. This means that your acceptance of this moment is total and complete. You accept things as they are, not as you wish they were in this moment.

When you feel frustrated or upset by a person or a situation, remember that you are not reacting to the person or the situation, but to your feelings about the person or the situation. These are your feelings, and your feelings are not someone else’s fault. When you recognize and understand this completely, you are ready to take responsibility for how you feel and to change it. And if you can accept things as they are, you are ready to take responsibility for your situation and for all the events you see as problems.

This leads us to the second component of the effort: Responsibility. What does responsibility mean? Responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself. Having accepted this circumstance, this event, this problem, responsibility then means the ability to have a creative response to the situation as it is now. All problems contain the seeds of opportunity, and this awareness allows you to take the moment and transform it to a better situation or thing.

Peace and quiet, happiness and fulfilment, honesty and virtue are right here in this world; it is to be realized without departing from this world. If we leave this world and try to seek something that does not exist, then it would be like seeking the horns of a rabbit and the hair of a turtle. A Qigong/meditation practitioner/spiritual seeker does not practice Qigong/meditation as if it were something separate from this world or outside of ordinary life.

“The moon above the clouds is the same moon,
The mountains and rivers below are all different.
Each is happy in its unity and variety.
This is one, this two.”

The man of strategy

When determining martial strategy it is essential that you have an unshakeable confidence in your own ability. You must have a conviction which can pierce through any barrier, any encumbrance. To illustrate this there is an old story about a young couple who were lovers. The young girl was attacked by a man-eating tiger and seriously injured. No matter what her lover tried to do for her, it was hopeless and she died. She had been killed by the tiger, and from the depths of his sorrow he determined to seek revenge on this tiger for killing his beloved.

He took his bow and arrow and went into the jungle day after day searching for the tiger. Finally, one day, he saw the form of a sleeping tiger in the distance, and he realized at that instant that was the tiger which had killed his girlfriend. He drew his bow, took careful aim and released the arrow. The arrow pierced the tiger’s body very deeply and he rushed forward to confirm the kill, only to find his arrow was stuck into a striped stone which happened to resemble the form of a sleeping tiger.

After this, his reputation in the village rose as everyone began talking about how he was so strong he could pierce a stone with an arrow. Other people were determined to see whether he could do it again. Yet, although he tried again and again and again, the arrows just bounced off. It was because he realized that he was trying to shoot an arrow into a stone. Before, when he had thought the stone was a tiger, his determination to revenge his lover made it possible for him to pierce even a stone with his arrow. This story is saying “a strong will can pierce a stone.”

The man of strategy must have just such a strong will or unshakeable conviction because it is in this form of belief or faith that an unbelievably powerful strength is made manifest. Without this kind of conviction, one’s best efforts will come to nothing. This is true, of course, not only in martial strategy, but in all aspects of life.