A monk was walking in the woods when he was attacked by a tiger. He ran to the edge of a cliff and began to climb down a vine. Just as he was about to put his heel on a safe ledge, he heard a hissing, looked down, and saw a cobra coiled there, ready to strike. He climbed up, and the tiger swiped at him. Looked down at the rocks far below, and realize he would never survive the jump. Then…the vine’s roots began to pull out of the rock face. The monk looked to his left. There grew…
Just yesterday, I saw someone claim it is racist for black people to have a “black” organization (when whites cannot have a “white” organization). while claiming that whites don’t do the same thing are either lying or ignorant. EVERYONE does it, apparently. Every designation of human being will create organizations and filters over which information and energy flows more or less quickly. Membranes. From the biological to the social. Single cells do it, multi cellular organisms do it, families and clans and tribes do it. Universal behavior of living things.
Sixty seconds of research led me to:
A guy posted a note asking if, since there was a “Black Karate Federation” he could start a “White Karate Federation.” On the surface, this is a reasonable question. Drill down a little and no, it isn’t. Here’s the pattern as it specifically applies to the BKF:
1) There is long-standing oppression or exclusion. In the 1960’s, blacks were excluded from many schools, and because competitions were non-contact, white and Asian judges could and did cheat black competitors simply by denying their points. …
“Why did you fail?” Morpheus asks.
“Because you’re too fast” Neo answers.
“You think bodies matter? Physics matters, in this space?”
“You think that’s air you’re breathing?”
The “Soulmate process” uses your hunger for a partner to help you define who YOU really want to be (the kind of person who can attract and hold a partner like THAT).
The “Lifewriting” writing process asks you to align yourself with the most common positive habits of successful writers (starting with “a sentence a day”)
And physically, align yourself with simple practices (for instance: Intermittent Fasting, the Five Tibetans…
I was already rated nationally — took second place in the 1972 National Korean Karate championships. But when I sought to improve my fighting, I wanted the best of the best of the best.
I researched. And at one time, SIX OUT OF TEN top karate competitors in the California-Nevada-Arizona tri-state area were all Steve Muhammad’s (at that time, “Steve Sanders”) direct or indirect students. It was SICK. I knew this was the tribe to which I yearned to belong. These were the warriors who could guide me to that aspect of humanity.
I humbled myself and went to his…
It may be a coincidence, but the last 36 hours with Jason have been among the best EVER. He was playful, pleasant, joking, affectionate, did his work promptly AND WAS READING WITH A SMILE AND A LAUGH, and apparently got 100% on his last homework. Came in our bedroom and entertained us with a freestyle rap for about twenty minutes, a spontaneous joking flow (his rap personae is “The Sub Thug”. “The Thug…From the Suburbs.” He astonishes me.
I don’t expect him to duplicate that today. But to the degree that our plan is working, here is, quite possibly, what…
My seventeen year old son Jason loves sweets, carbs, and sitting down. That’s a recipe for gaining weight. So he’s gonna have to earn his Oreo milkshakes by working out. I want him (eventually) doing Isochain (raw strength and power), kettlebells (overall fitness) and yoga (health). I have him doing Five Tibetans with his M.A.G.I.C. Ritual, and that’s good enough for yoga, so we’re on our way.
Here’s the point: if he does this, he’ll have to learn to breathe properly. Learn to breathe properly, and he’ll learn how to interrupt his negative emotional patterns. Make sense?
“Money is like oxygen. If you don’t exhale, you’re not breathing.” — Marci Geller
I was thinking about the Yin and Yang of success in any field. We can see the direct actions, but not the indirect. It is harder to perceive the negative space, but yet it is just as powerful and important.
There’s a lot to be explored there, but the thing that struck me this morning relates to Scott Sonnon’s “Be Breathed” program, where the essential factor is: EXHALE.
Then relax. If you exhale fully, you create a partial vacuum, and air pressure will fill your lungs…
So today we’ll finish up the basic structure of the Soulmate Process. It was created out of absolute despair when I had a shot at a woman I’d dreamed about, and totally BLEW it. Couldn’t figure out what I’d done wrong: I’d been sweet, and attentive, and honest, and sensitive…everything I thought I was supposed to be. And…she dumped me.
There followed a period of serious self-examination, and I concluded that I simply didn’t understand relationships, even though I’d been married for years. …
So…yesterday we got through the first four steps of the “Soulmate Process”. This is a way to CONSCIOUSLY create what lucky people just seem to stumble into: real, deep, lasting, passionate love.
Basically, you have to admit you want a partner, believe you are worthy of one, make a list of everything you want (all three major “Centers” must be covered: Body, Heart, Mind) and find 1–3 people who come the closest to what you have on your list, and ask THEM what they are looking for.
And that leads us to Step Five.
Before I state it directly, allow…