When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
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“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames
“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne
"I see dead people."
Cole Sear: I see dead people.
Malcolm Crowe: In your dreams?
[Cole shakes his head no]
Malcolm Crowe: While you're awake?
Malcolm Crowe: Dead people like, in graves? In coffins?
Cole Sear: Walking around like regular people. They don't see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don't know they're dead.
Malcolm Crowe: How often do you see them?
Cole Sear: All the time. They're everywhere.
Cole speaks of a type of sixth sense and I tend to think of it as a spidey sense. We have survival instincts, they are as old as man and they are still with us providing for our "survival of the fittest." What is "spidey sense" and how does "it work?" All very good questions I will attempt to answer here in today's posting.
I hope to become a writer, a good one is my wish. Damon Knight explains of a relationship he has as a writer that provides him the idea's and inspirations of the stories he writes. It is actually a connection to his sixth sense. It is a relationship with his subconscious.
He feeds information to his subconscious and then patiently awaits inspiration. It is that "ah-ha" moment, it is the "doah" moment and it is that type of inspiration that seems mystical - where did that come from. It is that which seems mysterious and it is the sense that inspires the likes of Einstein, Curie, Newton, Shakespeare and Freud. They didn't just pull their geat inventions, idea's or creations out of thin air, it was their sixth sense that spoke to them and made it seem like some mysterious source of the Universe talked to them and gave them the idea's, etc. - the spidey sense.
Martial Artists through training and practice try to feed as much information as possible to the unconscious mind, the mind deep down and underneath the logic, monkey and lizard influences. It is the fourth dimension of the mind that connects us to all things in the Universe. If our training and practice are reality based then the mind when confronted by that tingling sensation that says, "hey dude, what the ...," and you then listen to the spidey sense and your training will result in the mind breaking the freeze and retrieval of either a set response that is appropriate or it influences the mind to blend in a variety of things instantly into a new and innovative response.
The Sixth Sense of Martial Systems is that connection we create with our instincts, our unconscious and its connection to the myriad things of the Universe allowing for inspiration and innovation.
Sensei: I see innovative things.
Student: In your dreams Sensei?
Sensei: Shakes his/her head, no.
Student: While your awake Sensei?
Sensei: Nods in the affirmative.
Student: Innovative things around you?
Sensei: Shakes his head no, in my mind - deep down beyond my conscious thoughts.
Student: How often do they come to you?
Sensei: All the time, they are everywhere in my unconscious and I always listen to my unconscious for it is far wiser than I.
or something like this, the sixth martial sense that is what we seek in our practice. It is that something that comes with practice and is achievable if we allow it to communicate with us. All to often we are presented some new and innovative thing but we tend to suppress it over the already tried and supposed true thing.
To pass from the novice to the student is allowing the conscious to express more from the fundamentals but to achieve student to practitioner you need to allow more - the sixth sense speaks and you listen, true innovativeness and inspirations that achieve great things - enlightenment.
Then again, who am I to speak of such things ;-)(