The Power Of Mind And Body Coordination
The Power Of Mind And Body Coordination When you are relaxed and centred you have an inner strength which is so powerful nothing can move or deter you. Only your mind being moved will break this power. This process is effectively unifying mind and body. In order to understand how to unify mind and body we must first see that the mind leads the body. Generally the power we use or what we think we have everyday represents 30 percent of our capacity. The 70 percent represents the unused, unnoticed, potential power that is naturally ours. Most people are not aware of this potential power. Yet during emergencies, people often unconsciously tap into a fraction of their potential power, but for the most part, if you are not aware of it, it will go unused. Just as an iceberg consists of both the visible and the invisible elements, human beings also are made up of visible and invisible elements. The body is the visible element and the mind is the invisible element. The body is the mind made visible, whilst the mind is the body made subtle. We always train our bodies but the true power lies with both our mind and body, working together as one. Most people can see the difference between the mind and body being coordinated and the mind and body not being coordinated. But they cannot see or understand how to maintain this state of being. We often think the mind is a difficult thing to understand because we cannot hold it in our hand, it has no colour, shape or physical or visible boundaries. We have to understand the relationship that exists between the mind and body in order to achieve mind and body coordination. While the body is finite and has substance with visible boundaries. people still think of the mind as being separate from the body. and yet the mind controls our body. Our bodily movements are controlled by our thoughts. In simple terms we walk forward because our mind has decided to walk forward, this may become so instinctive that we are no longer consciously aware of it. Yet the mind decides how we walk, e.g quickly, slowly, tall or stooped, with direction or haphazardly. The mind is constantly functioning and directing bodily tasks, but it is also working on abstract thoughts not necessarily related to bodily tasks. The mind is not made immobile if the body is tied up for example, the mind in fact moves more when the body is restricted. When we first begin to meditate, the body is still, but the mind is flooded with many thoughts and images. By sitting in silence, the waves (thoughts) of our mind can become still through meditative disciplines and training. Sometimes we think that if the body becomes sick then the mind also becomes sick.. Although the body can influence the mind, it does not lead it. We always have a choice. Many times when our bodies are sick, subconsciously our mind becomes sad and gloomy. The wonderful thing about the mind is that we can consciously choose to be happy and bright. By understanding that the mind leads the body, we can recover more quickly from physical illnesses if we chose to be happy and positive. There are many outside influences that effect our lives. The outside world is always changing . If we allow our mind to be influenced and controlled by the changing outside world, we are giving up the opportunity to make choices in our lives and we become unstable. On a daily basis we have to deal with challenges and many of us suffer from anger, anxiety, sadness, etc., due to these challenges. Everyday things come into our subconscious mind that works on our body. If we think that we are sick and weak then we will probably be physically sick and weak . We must use positive thoughts and actions to achieve mind and body unification in our daily lives. Since we are born of the Ki of the Universe, and are fundamentally one and the same, it is relatively easy to unify mind and body with practise. The difficulty is learning to maintain it in our daily life. FOUR BASIC PRINCIPLES TO UNIFY MIND AND BODY The first and forth principles are principles of the mind (which has no shape or colour) and the second and third principles are principles of the body. Principles of the mind are meant to "put or concentrate" the mind in the way specified. Principles of the body mean to focus or concentrate the body in the way specified. All four principles train the mind to lead the body. The Four Basic Principles all lead to the same place, mind and body unification. If you have any one principle, you have them all naturally. 1 - Keep One Point By centering on the one point in the lower abdomen where you cannot put tension, is where we want to put our mind. It is a point just below the navel and behind the stomach wall. A point near where the pelvic bones are located, a place where you cannot put tension. This one point is where all the weight of your upper body naturally falls. This is our centre of gravity. This is the place where our body should be balanced as we move. When we put our mind in our one point, this becomes a place that the mind and body connect. Throughout history the centre (hara) or lower abdomen has been thought of as a place of power and stability. This, however, does not teach us how to keep one point. Many martial artists teach people to put strength into the lower abdomen, but this often causes tension throughout the body. There are many ways to teach a person about the one point. One basic way is to use a Ki test. While the partner is focusing on their one point whilst standing, the tester will stand at the partner's side and push (using the fingertips of the testing hand are parallel to the floor and the thumb is pointing down) gradually but firmly in the middle of the upper chest. If the Ki test is given properly (no shoving, pushing more body weight than Ki, or if the Ki test is given suddenly or at an angle) then your partner has a chance to learn how to be surprisingly stable by putting the mind in the one point. If however the Ki test develops into a contest then the partner pushes back and becomes unstable. Always compare the good stable posture (keeping one point) with one in which you do not keep one point in order to clearly demonstrate the difference. A second ki test is for the tester to try and lift the partner from around the waist. Again it is important not to shove or lift erratically, otherwise you are trying to move his mind, and the partner will not easily get the feeling of being centred. If tested correctly and the partner focuses on his/her one point while standing, he/she will be immovable, as though glued to the ground. Once the mind has condensed the one point, beyond the mind's ability to visualize it, stop there, leave it just as it is. Then forget about it and you can begin every movement from your one point. It is important to keep your breathing calm and subtle. When we become upset or angry our breath reflects our state of mind by becoming short and shallow. Likewise, when our mind is calm our breath becomes long and deep. This calm state of breathing is natural, not forced. Whenever you are not sitting, standing, or walking with good posture your one point will shift out of your body when you lean forward or backward or just move out of the natural posture. Especially when you are involved in rapid and vigorous movement your one point shifts. So the skill is to accept whatever happens without losing your composure, in other words relax and keep one point throughout. Please note that it is not necessary to constantly pay attention to your one point. You begin the movement by focusing your mind on your one point, then let it go, forget it. If you lose it during the physical activity, then pause mentally and put your mind back into your one point. The one point is not necessarily a physical point you can touch, but it is a mental point of focus created by man to help us coordinate mind and body. 2 - Relax Completely There are three basic states of the physical body; that is the floppy state, tensed strength, and relaxed strength. The first is a state of nothingness, that falls limply. Tense strength is seemingly all-powerful but as Ki tests reveal, is ultimately weak. Relaxed strength is a state in which a person cannot be disturbed by the chaos that sometimes surrounds us. By relaxing completely each part of our body settles in its most natural position. When tension accumulates in our back, neck, head, feet, etc. we often don't know how to properly get rid of the tension or how to prevent it from accumulating in our body. Stress causes tension and we need to know how to relax in stressful situations. One quick and effective method to deal with stress is to stand with good posture and shake your wrists rapidly for one to five minutes. This exercise will allow your body to literally shake off the tension in your muscles. The proper way to shake your wrists is to begin by letting your hands fall to your side naturally and then begin to shake your wrists in an up and down, palms up motion. Then slow down the motion until the wrists come quietly to rest by your side. If you want to relax your whole body, then shake your wrists vigorously so that your heels come up off the floor every time you shake. This helps you settle each part of your body in its most natural position. Many people assume that true relaxation is a weak or limp state, but this is far from the truth. If we try to get rid of stress by more exercise, more stimulation or massage we are only dealing with the symptoms. Relaxation must be practiced so that we can become a more mature person who can be relaxed under pressure. This can be Ki tested by having your partner holding your wrist tightly. If you try to move your arm by muscle tension it is very difficult. But, if you move in a relaxed way by thinking that you are just going to scratch your head, you move easily, hence strong enough to be relaxed. It is commonly believed that an aggressive behaviour is stronger than a relaxed behaviour. But, while one may receive a temporary advantage by being aggressive, in the end, the strength through relaxation will prevail When you are completely relaxed you naturally have an attitude of non-confrontation. Confrontation creates tension, so you immediately lose the power of ki and solely rely on physical strength in an aggressive manner. So when you are relaxed completely, you have this non-fighting mind, you are open, aware and flexible enough to respond appropriately to any challenge.in a calm , focused and positive manner. 3 - Keep Weight Underside The weight of every object falls naturally underside. When we become tense our weight moves upperside. When we are calm and relaxed the weight of all parts of our body falls underside. Do not confuse keep weight underside with being heavy. Keeping weight underside is a feeling of floating, a buoyancy that has strength and gives us confidence in our movement. When we move, the principle of weight underside does not change. Even though the weight of our body moves when we move rapidly, if we remain calm, we can move with quick grace and power. This enables you to maintain a comfortable posture. Mind and body coordination is our original and most natural state and it should be easy and comfortable to maintain and you body feels light. When we give a Ki test for weight underside we look to see if the person's weight shifts when we apply gradual pressure. Ask your partner to raise one arm parallel to the floor, then apply gradual upward pressure at the elbow. If your partner's arm moves upward, their weight will shift to their heels and upward. If we hold our arm out with mind and body unified we become stabilised. We do this by not shifting our weight when we raise our arm. This can be accomplished when we raise the arm in one clean motion. Then, when the Ki test is applied our mind is calm and confident and the tester cannot raise or bend the arm. 4 - Extend Ki As I mentioned before when you have one Ki principle you have them all. "Extending Ki" comes naturally when you "Keep One Point" "Relax Completely" and "Keep Weight Underside" The same as saying "your Ki is extending." You are now flexible and can adapt to changing circumstances. as you are calm and completely relaxed. Any sudden changes that we have to deal with in daily life will no longer have control over you. You are able to make choices during change and become a much more effective person. Therefore you perceive everything clearly. How much we perceive depends upon whether we are relaxed and calm. When we are upset or angry the amount of information, in our surrounding world, that we can process decreases. Information is processed subconsciously when we sleep. When we are conscious and mind and body unified our mind is free to concentrate and clearly record and organise information so that we can make informed judgements as well as learn from our experience. By extending ki we are enhancing our universal prana and in oneness with All That Is. The more we practise and it integrates as a normal state of being the more ki power we create within ourselves. Enabling us to reach new heights in our abilities, mentally, physically and spiritually. When you tense your body, you are subconsciously and consciously aware of it. When one performs daily tasks, one is not consciously aware of the body; but when we become upset or tense in our daily life, we can notice many changes in our bodies. When we are concentrating deeply (relaxed completely = extend Ki), we are no longer overly conscious of our own body and we are mind and body coordinated. You make full use of the centrifugal force in your movements. Any time a body is in motion centrifugal force is created. Because our eyes are in our head people tend to move from their head and shoulders first, separately from the rest of their body. This type of movement creates instability. When we are mind and body coordinated and we move from our one point, we are also extending Ki. We have all heard that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. When someone attacks us and we are aware of the Ki that is extending, his or her centrifugal motion of attack is easily redirected ( or led). If we think (with a calm mind) of the attack as a force who's energy will be always be reduced and therefore spent/used-up, then we can easily extend Ki. Extending Ki also means totally focusing on your opponent train of thought and bodily movement thereby leading your opponent's force/Ki/mind. You have soft eyes and a poised manner.The eyes are the windows to the soul. When we look at a person, some times we can tell what they are thinking and how they are feeling. We take cues from people's expressions and body language. Our own eyes and expressions show tension, anger, sadness, disappointment, relaxation, calmness, happiness, and confidence. Some people believe that hard eyes create power and control. It is also a good way to get into a fight. But soft eyes can show confidence and kindness. If you are relaxed enough to have soft eyes then you are extending Ki. showing composure in your posture. When you are extending Ki, you become lighter, brighter and easygoing. You are relaxed and easy to get along with. When you are tense or upset the people around you tend to move away. A smile always makes friends and this demonstrates that plus breeds plus. Being positive and having a smile on our face is a choice we make. This is extending Ki, your intention, focus, goal The Value of Our Existence Our lives are born of the Ki of the Universe. Let us give thanks for being born not as plants or animals but as lords of creation. Let us pledge to fulfill our missions by helping to guide the development and creation of the Universe. Every element of our physical and mental being came from the same fundamental particles. When we die we will go back to that source, to being those same fundamental particles. We are all connected in this way. We are very fortunate to be born as human beings, beings with a choice in how we deal with life and other people. We can choose to deal with life in a positive way. Everyone has problems; it is how we deal with those problems that make the difference in our lives. We can choose to be a positive guiding force and help other people. Plants and animals do not have this choice. The Absolute Universe is One. We can call this Ki. Our lives and our bodies are born of the Ki of the Universe. When we study the principles of the Universe and practise them, we are one with the Universe. There is no need to despondent, no need to fear. The way we follow is the "Way of the Universe" which no difficulty nor hardship can hinder. In the beginning there was One. Everything we are, came from this One. By studying and practising this oneness we are enhancing our mind and body coordination. Because we are all connected we have a choice not to fear but to become love. Because we are mind and body unified we can deal with life no matter what happens.
My Personal Training
I was privileged to study Ki Aikido as a personal assistant to Sensei Williams , who was the first European to be taught by the Japanese Samurai Masters in the 1950's and establish the first Ki Aikido Federation in Europe, He was and still is one of the most influential and powerful men I have encountered on my spiritual journey. What I have imparted in this article is only the very beginning of incredible knowledge and experiences.
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