Archive for May, 2005

allow Tao to be

May 30, 2005

Once there was a great king who asked his magician to find him a courageous man for a dangerous mission. After a long search, the magician brought four men before his master. The king, wishing to choose the most courageous of the four, asked the magician to arrange a test.
The king, the magician and the four men went to the edge of a large field, on the other side of which stood a barn. The magician gave instructions: “Each man shall have his turn. He is to walk to the barn and bring forth what is there inside.”
The first man walked across the field. Suddenly a storm came up: lightning flashed, thunder rolled, the ground shook. The man hesitated. He was frightened. As the storm increased, he fell down in fear.
The second man walked across the field. The storm grew worse, until it was a tempest. The second man passed the first man, but finally he also fell down.
The third man started with a rush, and passed the other two. But the heavens opened, the ground split, and the barn itself waved and cracked. The third man fell down.
The fourth started slowly. He felt his footing. His face was white with fear. But he was more afraid of being thought afraid than of anything else. Slowly he passed the first man, and he said, to himself, “I’m alright — so far.” Foot by foot he went on until he had passed the second man, and again he said to himself, “So far I’m alright.” Little by little he closed the gap between him and the third man, while the storm got worse. When he passed the third frightened man he said to himself, “So far I’m alright. Nothing has happened to me. I can go a little farther.” So little by little, an inch at a time now, he went towards the barn. He got there at last, and just before he touched the latch he said, “So far I’m alright. I can go a little farther.” Then he put his hand on the latch.
Instantly the storm ceased, the ground was steady, and the sun shone. The man was astonished. From inside the barn came a munching sound. For a moment he thought it might be a trick. Then he thought, “I’m still alright,” and opened the door. Inside he found a white horse eating oats. Nearby was a suit of white armour. The man put it on, saddled the horse, rode out to the king and the magician, and said, “I am ready, Sire.”
“How do you feel?” asked the king.
“I’m alright so far,” the man said.
In those who are not ready, fear never arises. Those who are ready, they start trembling because of the possibility of so many changes. And you will find that as far as you go, “So far, I am alright.” You will go on finding — to the very end, more and more, you will find that you are becoming an insider in this tremendous beautiful existence.
And you will have better friendships, you will have better lovers, you will have better relationships — because a man who is ready to move into the unknown, naturally moves into love… because love is the stuff the universe is made of. Taoism is nothing but learning the ways of love. God is another name for love. And taoism is a readiness to dissolve into a loving universe. Fear is there because it is like death. Taoism is suicide, death: the past is destroyed — but only then the new is born. When YOU cease to be, you allow Tao to be. There is no other way.

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Tai Te Tao Zen Do Karate

May 30, 2005

Was ist Karate?
Die japanische Silbe Kara bedeutet leer, Te bedeutet Hand – “Leere Hand” könnte man also als Übersetzung geben. Es steckt jedoch weit mehr dahinter: Mit leer ist nicht nur gemeint, dass der Karateka unbewaffnet ist, sondern er macht auch sein Inneres leer von Boshaftigkeit, Selbstsucht, Angst und Vorurteilen, damit er in allen Situationen angemessen handeln kann.
Im wesentlichen ist Karate eine asiatische Kampfkunst, die Schlag-, Stoß, Stich-, Tritt- und Rammtechniken bevorzugt. Seine Wurzeln liegen auf Okinawa, wo im 19. Jh. Kampfsysteme aus China und Okinawa zu dem verschmolzen, was wir heute Karate nennen. Erst in den 1920er Jahren wurde es in Japan bekannt. Später (1950er Jahre) kam es dann auch in den Westen und weltweit etablierten sich erstmals auch Sport-Wettkämpfe.
Wie alle traditionellen Budo-Künste kennt auch Karate ursprünglich keinen Wettkampf. Es wird weniger als Sport oder Freizeitgestaltung aufgefasst, sondern als Lebensschule zur Vervollkommnung der eigenen Person. Dies ist auch was die Silbe “Do” ausdrückt: Do bedeutet Weg. – Gemeint ist der Lebens-Weg zur Meisterung seiner selbst in körperlicher und geistiger Hinsicht.
Zen-Do-Karate “Tai Te Tao” ist ein absolut wettkampffreies System, dass den Gedanken von Sieg oder Niederlage nicht kennt.
Oberste Priorität hat die geistige Einstellung des Karateka und nicht etwa seine Leistung oder sein Erfolg. Die Weiterentwicklung und Gesunderhaltung des Körpers und des Geistes, sowie ihre Harmonisierung in der Bewegung sind Ziele dieser Karate-Stilrichtung.
Was bedeutet Zen-Do-Karate “Tai Te Tao”?
Die Silbe Zen deutet auf die elementare Verbindung dieser Kampfkunst mit der Philosophie des Zen-Buddhismus hin. Zen alleine bedeutet nichts anderes als Versenkung oder Meditation und zusammen mit Do, dem Weg, bringt “Zen-Do” nun genau das zum Ausdruck, was Zen-Do-Karate von vielen Kampf-Sportarten unterscheidet: Zen-Do-Karate ist ein (Lebens-)Weg der tiefgreifenden Bemühung zur Vervollkommnung seines Charakters.
Wenn man nach einer Übersetzung sucht, so wäre diese mit “Zen-Weg der leeren Hand” wohl am besten gegeben. Der Beiname “Tai Te Tao” bedeutet in seiner chinesisch-japanischen Übersetzung: Weg der Hand des Friedens.

Tao clarity

May 25, 2005

When we look out onto the world, we do not see it as it truly is. All we see is the internal map we have created. Yet, the map is not the territory, even though we act as if were so. We get trapped by our maps and by the mental models and beliefs that shape them. Like the Corinthians, we see the world as through a glass, darkly.
The Tao provides a lens, or maybe a lens-cloth, to better see what is there. Tao is neither a religion nor a system of dogma that forces itself upon you. It offers neither salvation nor answers. More, it is a set of gentle provocations that inspired the Zen that it predates. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle says (and the Hawthorne experiments proved) that the act of looking changes that which is being observed. By not looking, Tao sees what is there.
Tai Chi Chuan is more than the strange floating exercises that Chinese do in the early morning park. It is also the most effective martial art, capable of killing at a touch and yet so soft it can be performed by an old man or young woman. It includes moving other people so subtly they do not realize they have moved. Tai Chi is all about Tao.

Some brands have Tao in abundance. A. A. Milne’s enduring Winnie the Pooh has lent its Tao to Disney. This is not surprising: being a brand that touches the Tao already, Disney easily recognized Pooh’s potential. Virgin is another Tao brand, where Richard Branson’s essential power spreads to all corners of his empire.
Companies spend a great deal of time, money and effort in trying to create a brand with an indefinable quality, but few succeed. Yet finding Tao is not a matter of searching: it is more about opening eyes and seeing what is already there.
Jeffery Pfeffer has complained about the knowing-doing gap, and there is a gap beyond this: the doing-being gap. We fill our lives with doing and think we have found success. Stopping the rush into action and just being is seen as waste, yet Csikszentmihalyi’s experiments in ‘flow’ have shown that when we lose our sense of self, we paradoxically come back a happier person. Jung, too, knew the importance of letting go when he said, “Learn all you can about symbolism, then forget it all when you are analyzing a dream.” Psychologists have rediscovered what has been known for centuries: the first step is to let go and just be.

bubble of joy

May 22, 2005

How often have you woken up at the start of a new day, or set out for work, feeling open, joyful and full of life? – only to find hours later that someone or something has totally changed your mood.
Most of us tend to be influenced, to a greater or lesser extent, by the moods and actions of others, or by a tense, negative environment. Sometimes we can be like a leaf in the wind – a victim to passing emotional currents.
Through it, we can create a joyful, nourishing inner climate that we can carry with us wherever we are. This climate also acts as a protective barrier to outside influences.
In these times of political unrest, social pressures and demands that are made of you (not to mention the demands you make of yourself), why not take a break inside?
For a few moments the whole mechanism stops. You are relaxed in yourself. You have touched your being, your center, and you feel you are at the source of well-being. A bliss fills you, a fragrance surrounds you. Suddenly you are not the same man you were.

To taoism, your physical needs have to be fulfilled first. Your body has to be in a deep contentment, a well-being. When the body is perfectly well, healthy, has a pleasure of its own, is like a beautifully humming car — no disturbance, no noise.
When the car is really beautifully humming and the mechanism has a rhythm to it, there is well-being. When your body is humming in a musical, harmonious way, when everything fits together, when there is nothing wrong and you are simply happy with the body, suddenly there is an upsurge of energy. You start seeking aesthetic objects: art, music, poetry, painting. Suddenly you become interested in Albinoni, Michelangelo, Mozart. Suddenly your taste starts growing for something beautiful.

The ego demands perfection

May 21, 2005

The ego can exist only if you take yourself and everything seriously. Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun, the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore. Ego is illness; it needs an atmosphere of sadness to exist. Seriousness creates the sadness in you. Sadness is a necessary soil for the ego. Hence our saints are so serious, for the simple reason that they are the most egoistic people on the earth. They may be trying to be humble, but they are very proud of their humbleness. They take their humbleness very seriously.
The real saint cannot be serious. The really religious person has to be a celebrant. Just look around… look at the trees — are they serious? Look at the birds, listen to them — are they serious? Look at the stars, the moon, the sun — are they serious? Existence is utterly nonserious; it goes on dancing. It is an eternal celebration, it is a festivity.
Only man is serious, because only man has been trying to create a separation between himself and existence. He doesn’t want to be part of the whole, because then he disappears. He wants his own identity, his own name, his own form, his definition. Even if it creates misery it is okay, even if he has to live in hell he is ready for it.
Once George Bernard Shaw was asked where he would like to go after he dies — to hell or to heaven. He said, “Wherever I can be the first, I don’t want to be the second” — and in heaven there is no chance to be the first, because so many saints have already reached there: Jesus and Zarathustra and Mahavira and Buddha. Who will take note of poor George Bernard Shaw? He is willing to go to hell if he can be the first there.
Ego wants to be the first, ego wants to put everybody below itself; hence it takes itself seriously. Hence it is perfectionist: it demands perfection, which is impossible. Nobody is perfect; nobody can exist for a single moment if he is perfect. Imperfection is the way of life, because it is possible to grow only if you are imperfect. If you are perfect there is no more growth, no more evolution. If you are perfect you are stuck. Perfection means death; imperfection means flow, growth, movement, dynamism.
The ego demands perfection of oneself and of others too. It asks for the impossible, and because the impossible cannot be achieved it can go on living. It is not happy with the ordinary; it wants the extraordinary, and life consists only of the ordinary. But the ordinary is beautiful, the ordinary is exquisite. There is no need of anything extraordinary.

The Tao of being an artist

May 20, 2005

An artist has to work hard at his craft and then also work hard to get his/her work made public. The making public is not about self-promotion but is necessary so that the work can be appreciated. To get the music heard, to send the music out into the world, to share the writing, the performance, the artist has to learn the art of pushing AND not pushing. The Tao of being an artist is the tao of living fully, being unashamed at working hard, unashamed of saying your work is worth the time and effort spent. And then the art of learning how to let it go, to step aside:
“This is the way of heaven,
When you have done your work, retire!”
Tao Te Ching chapter 9 –
To step aside and let the creation be… not worry about how people see you but how they hear The Work. To explore your own inner space, your inner quiet, your private room where birds still sing in the morning, where the night still flows quietly by – where you can “wan yue” (just sit and appreciate the moon) and not have to explain it to anyone! The essential things are – dedication to your Art/Work, the love of it, the natural expression of it (whatever natural means to your personality and character), to focus on keeping the harmony, balance and integrity of your life, your work, your world… the appreciation of the small and the quiet in a world of bigger is better….in a world of noise.
“Fame or integrity: which is more important?
Money or happiness: which is more valuable?
Success or failure: which is more destructive?
If you look to others for fulfilment,
You will never be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
you will never be happy with yourself.
Be content with what you have
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realise there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”
Tao Te Ching, chapter 44
Yes – simplicity, integrity, honesty, creativity, diversity…… these codes of living emerge, if you let the old Taoist masters constantly remind you of where you should place your feet.

An intelligent person is bound to become bored.

May 17, 2005

Laughter means you can become aware of the ridiculousness of things.
And also: man is the only animal who can get bored. Boredom and humour are two aspects of the same coin, two sides of the same coin. Only man can get bored and only man can laugh. These are the two specific qualities that exist in man. They are the definition of humanity. Animals are never bored. They go on doing the same routine every day, year in, year out, from birth to death — they are never bored. You cannot see boredom on their faces, because for boredom also intelligence is needed.
The more intelligent a person, the more bored he is in the world. Buddha became bored with the whole nonsense that is called life. He became bored with birth, he became bored with love, he became bored with death. In the East, religion is nothing but a search to get out of this boring existence, how to get out of „awagaman” — this constant coming and going, this continuous birth and death. It is boring! It has nothing new in it. And the idea of many lives makes it even more boring.
Christians are less bored, Mohammedans are less bored, Jews are less bored, because they have only one life. You cannot be much bored in one life. Once you are born, and then you die after seventy years. In seventy years, thirty years you sleep, fifteen, twenty years you work — continuously you are working — three years you waste in eating. First you eat and then you defecate; so man is just like a pipe: in one end you go on pouring things, from another end you go on throwing out.
If you count all the activities of man, then shaving, standing before the mirror…. I was just reading an article: a man stands before the mirror — and it is about men, it is not about women — seventy days continuously, if we take it continuously, in his whole life. Seventy days he has been just standing before the mirror. Now look at the absurdity of it. And this is about men — I think they have given the data about men and not about women because it cannot be counted. Women go on standing before the mirror, just looking at themselves. Once you have looked, finished! Now what are you looking for? Is something missing? Or can’t you believe that it is you?
If you see the whole activity of life, it is boring. But if life is only one, it is not so boring. That’s why Christians, Mohammedans and Jews cannot be very religious. Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, have brought another quality to religion. They say it has been so millions of times: rebirth, again and again; reincarnation, again and again. It is not one life; one life is only one movement of the wheel. The wheel has been moving since a beginningless beginning. And you have done the same thing millions of times, and still you are not bored? Then you must be absolutely stupid. An intelligent person is bound to become bored.

you are always on the go

May 15, 2005

The false is the enemy of the true. If your smile is true and your tears are true, they are friends, they will help each other because they both will strengthen the truth of your being. If your tears are false and your smiles are false, then too, they are friends; they will strengthen your falsity, your personality, your mask.
The conflict is between the real and the unreal or pretended. Emptying oneself is of tremendous value, but effacing yourself is dangerous. Effacing yourself is a subtle way of the ego — the ego coming from the back door.
And naturally it will make you more and more serious. That’s why your so-called saints look so serious. Their seriousness has a reason in it. The reason is, they are maintaining humbleness which is not really there. And to maintain something which is not really there is arduous, hard. One has to be continuously on guard. Just a little slip here and there, and the reality will assert, and it will destroy all that you have maintained for so long. It will destroy your respectability.
Anything that has to be maintained will keep you serious and sad, deep down afraid of being caught red-handed, of being caught in your falsity. You will escape from people if you are carrying something false in you. You will not allow anybody to be friendly, to be intimate with you, because in intimacy the danger is that the other may be able to see something which strangers cannot see. You will keep people at a distance; you will run and rush away from people. You will have only formal relationships, but you will not really relate, because to really relate means to expose yourself.
Hence our so-called saints escaped into the monasteries. It was out of fear. If they were in the marketplace they would be caught; it would be discovered that they are cheating, that they are deceiving, that they are hypocrites. In the monasteries they can maintain their hypocrisy and nobody will ever be able to detect it. And moreover, there are other hypocrites there; they can all maintain their conspiracy together more easily than each single hypocrite can maintain his alone.
Monasteries came into existence for escapists. But you can live even in the world in a monastic way, keeping people always at a distance, never allowing anybody access to your inner being, never opening up, never allowing anybody to have a peek into you to see who you are, never looking into people’s eyes, avoiding people’s eyes, looking sideways. And always in a hurry, so that everybody knows you are so occupied, you don’t have any time to say hello, to hold somebody’s hand, to sit with somebody informally. You are so busy, you are always on the go.

Nikola Tesla and his new found manuscript

May 11, 2005

During his stay in the USA somebody bought an old fire-helmet, which was on sale in the streets of New York. There was an old writing book inside this helmet, apparently used as a lining. The writing book had thin and partially burned covers producing the smell of mould. All its yellowing sheets were full of notes written in ink faded under the influence of time. In parts the ink has lost its color to such a degree that some of the letters can only be guessed at on the yellowed paper. In other places, large parts of the text have been completely spoiled by water, having been transformed into white ink stains. In addition, all the sheets have been burned on the edges and as a result some words are irretrievably lost.
Right after it was translated he understood that it belonged to famous inventor, Nikola Tesla, who lived and worked in the USA. There has been a lot of work done to put the translated text into final form. Those who have dealt with computer translation software will understand it entirely. There were many problems arising from the lost words and sentences. This manuscript will open some mysteries of history and the universe…..

Density of substance of material world strongly differs from the density and physical properties of the ether. Therefore, the ether cannot remain in a fixed-bed state around material bodies and under certain circumstances there will be an ether whirlwind appearing around material bodies. Hence, we can explain the reason for failure of the Maykelson – Morli experiment.
In order to understand it let’s carry the experiment over to a water environment. Try to imagine that our boat is twirled within a huge whirlpool. We will try to detect water motion relatively to the boat. We will not find any movement as the speed of the boat will be equal to the rate of water movement. In our imagination let’s replace the boat with the Earth, and the whirlpool – by ether whirlwind, which revolves around the Sun. The example shows clearly that when on the Earth one can not detect the Earth’s movement relatively to the ether as the rate of Earth’s movement will be equal to the rate of ether movement. In my researches I always adhere the principle that all nature’s phenomena show themselves equally whichever physical environment they would happen in. The waves exist in the water, air, … and radio–waves and the light is the waves in the ether.

Strukturelle Ausrichtung

May 9, 2005

Den Baum umarmen:

Ein wesentlicher Teil der Energiearbeit ist die korrekte physische Ausrichtung zwischen den beiden Hauptenergiequellen, der Erde unten und dem Himmel oben. Ohne eine korrekte Ausrichtung ist es unmöglich, sich für einen längeren Zeitraum zu konzentrieren, ohne dabei zu ermüden. Die stehende Position, bei der Übung “Den Baum Umarmen”, richtet alle Knochen auf sehr effiziente Weise aus. Die Knochen wirken durch ihre Kristallstruktur wie ‘Antennen’, durch die sich die Energien von Erde und Himmel vermischen und ausbreiten können. Diese Haltung kräftigt den Körper mit einem Minimum an Aufwand. So können wir innerhalb von wenigen Minuten herausfinden, wo sich Blockaden befinden, die den korrekten Energiefluss behindern. Diese tägliche Übung legt die Grundlagen für persönliche Integrität in unserem Tun und in der Achtsamkeit unseres Verhaltens.

DER KLEINE ENERGIEKREISLAUF

Dies ist die Übung, in der wir direkten Kontakt mit der Lebenskraft und ihrem Fluss durch das Meridiansystem aufnehmen. Es ist unmöglich, die Energiearbeit zu vertiefen, ohne eine klare und bewusste Vorstellung davon zu haben, wie sich Energie anfühlt. Der Kleine Energiekreislauf beschreibt einen kreisförmigen Weg durch die Wirbelsäule und Vorderseite des Körpers und ist mit dem gesamten Meridiansystem verbunden. Er wird als die ‘Hauptstraße’ des Energieflusses betrachtet, weshalb diese ‘Straße’ stets offen gehalten werden soll. Jedes Mal, wenn wir bewusst eine Runde durch den Energiekreislauf beendet haben, nimmt unsere Vitalität zu. Alle Taoistischen Energieübungen führen uns am Ende zum Energiekreislauf. Durch diese Übung nehmen wir unsere Lebenskraft immer deutlicher wahr und erzeugen damit durch die tägliche Anwendung, persönliche Kraft und die Fähigkeit, alle unsere Absichten gut umzusetzen.