…one water, yang fire rooster, eto hama-ya!!!…

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O’Sensei no Kuden: protecting Great Nature (3)…

Now, more than ever, humanity and all the peoples of the world must wake up to the fact that the [natural] universe and the life-force, and the spirit, are where human beings come from, and it is time to be enlightened to the Life Mission that has been given to each of us: and live our lives in gratitude and as an attempt to give back.

– – – reported by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan,  Densho to Tomoshibi    p. 52

…Guy Debord / La Société du Spectacle(11)…

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  • This economic system based on isolation and separation is a coherent  c y c l e   o f   s e p a r a t i o n : a cycle producing separation.  Isolation of elements is the foundation of the technological means, and the technological means, in turn, produce more isolation.  From the car to the television,  all the  f a v o r e d    g o o d s   of this system that is all about performance and image, are also its chosen weapons that continually reinforce the isolation – and feelings of separation – of its “lonely crowds”.  And these performances and images alight ever and ever more concretely on their own individualistic pre-suppositions.

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“…its Lonely Crowds…”  A-a-a-h…

B e c a u s e   we don’t have self-confidence in our relationship to nature… …we don’t listen any more. You can’t really have a relationship with anything until you can listen. And now people only want to listen to a picture, a feedback, something they’ve already predicted…  So they’ve lost their courage in the face of Great Nature. In many ways – I can’t say we’ve conquered Nature – but we have created such an enclave of isolation from it that we don’t get much information any more. It’s the Information Age, and certain people do traffic in and work with information: scientists and such who are building all this technology, have a lot of information. Artists work with the whole matrix of many kinds of information. People who grow food are still in contact with all that information that comes from the land. But for other users, the structure of the ‘spectacle‘ tends towards – for the individual user – homogeneity, simplicity, less and less information.

And so there are all these people who have tons and tons of access, but very little information. Tons and tons of access, but very little perception.  Because perception means losing the eighty-years old comforting illusion that: through your electronics, you have a contract with the centers of power. And, because it is large businesses who are now the ones who maintain some kind of cultural continuity with the monolithic spectacle that Guy Debord was analyzing in 1967, many people cling to the idea that “life is a business”.  That governments are businesses. Schools are businesses. This is a form of insanity.

And so right now,  if someone decides to express a perception, it’s suspect.

But government is a social contract. Nations are social contracts. They are history. And in many cases, they are an identification with a particular area of land: the kami of that land. And the land always wins. The kami of the earth always win.

When we abuse the kami of the earth, they act up, and – over time – they tend to reduce and mitigate our impact on them.

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…many hand warm-ups…

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…the oracle-bones…

Our tradition and our teachers’ teachers tell us that what we learn is very old.  And we believe them because we discover that we are learning what a farmer knows, what a hunter-gatherer knows, what someone who rows a boat knows, and what someone who fights on horse-back knows – ways of holding our body, and of being in our body, and of knowledge that comes from that.

And we believe them because we see that what we are learning is encoded in centereduprightthe oldest writing. In oracle-bone scripts and seal script.

The oldest form of ‘centered’ is an upright with that metaphor of banner waving in the wind – both above, and below. And the oldest form of  ‘straight and upright’ is a foot with no ankle: so with the weight resting behind the ball of the foot, on the Bubbling Well chakra.

 – – – Peter John Still

…branches under snow…

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…gu ni tae-yo to…

It is what it is… one foot…then the other…
…my window’s dark
with snow-bent bamboo

– – – Buson

Lynn’s latest sculpture, Torran…

…is a sturdy small horse or a large pony  not strictly breed specific (though he strides through Lynn-san’s imagination with Spanish or Celtic ancestors).   Torran is a traditional-scale, resin release — available for order now…. www.lynnafraley.com
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Rebeca is teaching ‘cante’…

…(Flamenco singing):  group classes on Tuesdays, 6:15… private classes by arrangement… accompanied by Mahavia guitarist, Derren Crosby Davidavich…  …contact Rebeca-san on (208) 713-0235, or at RRLeatherwing@outlook.com …

..and Rebeca-san’s new CD: ‘VOGT’  by PALANKEEN…vogtCDnOPENCOVER

…the digital download is available here,  and the  CD’s are available on the same link.  You can buy them here in Boise at Doyle’s on Broadway,  and at the Record Exchange.

A change of optic:

Aikido is a gem of many facets – sometimes it seems that every one of O’Sensei’s students remembered a different teacher, and of course, many, many different styles have been preserved and developed – but here is one facet that clicked into focus for me recently:

what if O’Sensei spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo coherently pursuing what he felt to be his “mission in life”?…

what if he spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo creating and nurturing a network of dojos run by Omoto-Kyo, ex-Omoto-Kyo and Ko-Shinto believers ( hand-picked deshi,  some of them raised, almost, as members of his family) – – – and ex-Kamikaze pilots, too (!) – often with his own name on the sign –  in places – and close to shrines…

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