I prayed and opened up my Spiritual Guidebook “Seven Steps to Inner Power” at p. 82
PHYSICAL TRAINING IS MENTAL WARFARE
In the first chapter I referred to the person seeking the Silent Master as a Jung SuWon Warrior for good reason. You are not a warrior only because you learn to physically fight. The seeker is a warrior also because the “not-self” traits you may have identified as “you” are not necessarily easy to relinquish. In fact, most of us experience a struggle of one degree or another every time we challenge a weakness in ourselves. It may take much time and persistence to rid yourself of unwanted characteristics. This can amount to a struggle that feels like warfare.
You may become keenly aware of your weaknesses and negative thoughts and emotions as you train in a martial art because you’re making greater demands on your body and asking yourself to perform in ways you previously considered impossible. But keep in mind, as we discussed in the section on Purity in chapter four, that your weaknesses are “shadows” of your real characteristics. The war against a shadow does not have to be waged with force. It’s not sensible to fight against something that’s insubstantial, is it?
Instead the war can be won by gently embodying the real idea about yourself, whatever it may be at the time.
“Gently” doesn’t mean “weakly”, however. Gentleness is its own kind of force. Remember the fable about the contest between the Sun and the Wind? They each tested their power by attempting to make a man walking along a road take off his cloak. As the wind ripped and tore at the man with tremendous force, the man only drew the cloak tighter and tighter around him, until the Wind finally gave up and challenged the Sun. The Sun however, showed no “force” at all; gently and persistently, it burned brighter and hotter, until the man release his hold on the cloak and took it off in the warmth of the day. this is the true nature of your conflict with yourself. Like the Sun, gently and persistently you must be show who you are in truth.
Also during your warfare, remember what we discussed in the section on Truth in chapter four: To make your work easier, you must remain unimpressed with the evidence of your material senses.
- This final paragraph impacted me. What does it mean to be “unimpressed with the evidence of your material senses.” This is philosophical and deep.
- This got me thinking – if I am too impressed then I have attached too much to what I have done. Impressed means more than satisfied.
- Impressed usually means that I am not looking to improve any more.
- Impressed usually means that my alertness and awareness are at ease.
- While I can be “impressed” with what I did at that time I hear from this passage that I must not be attached to this. I must not stop the progress I was making and the effort I was putting forward.
- This reminds me of the expression “Don’t get overexcited when something good happens and don’t get too upset when something bad happens.
I am learning every time I make the effort. I must be the Driver In My Life and take action. This book Seven Steps to Inner Power is a real guide book for life.
Written to grow and change!
He can do, She can do, Why not me!
Michael – Chun Han!