– – – Kimbal Anderson Sensei
What we are working on is a natural truth, something that nature does. I like the phrase, “natural truth,” because: you can describe it a thousand ways, but what it is is what it is. You can argue over your definitions of what you want to call various forces, but that’s just linguistics. And at the point where you quit doing that any more, you can talk to anyone about it.
You can use their words. You really can.
So, for example, sometimes we say “as above, so below”. This means that in small things, great things reside. There’s some form to things. Form and function mate together.
Well, as above, so below, great stability allows you to work with tremendously dynamic forces.
And you can think about this: a ship can sail on oceans and wild waves and survive huge storms because its structure is stable – meaning that the ribs don’t fly apart and the planks don’t blow off – but that stability can have within it a kind of flexibility, but not much. It’s only flexing to maintain stability. Not maintaining flexibility. If you let something be flexible – and you get more flexible and more flexible until it falls apart, this is a cycle of decay. If you just watch nature, that’s how nature decays something.
So. Stability, and within it, a kind of flexibility.
Now, when you get really stable in here, as far as being grounded and everything, what’s going on – that you may have not noticed yet – is that you’re relating to something of greater leverage and stability than yourself: the Earth.
So… you know how we do that experiment where you imagine the arm a mile long and you can’t bend it and all that… that creates a greater leverage in a greater organization. A person of small organization is trying to deal with something of large organization and is absorbed by it.
And this is how Nature works. If you see little whirlpools, they get sucked into big whirlpools. Because they’re whirl-pooling together, and they relate… the little whirlpool will be drawn into the big one.
Leverage works this way. For you on the mat.
If you understand about leverage, you can pick up giant rocks, like Stonehenge, and move them around pretty quickly… if you understand leverage.
What I’m trying to teach you to do, is find the concept of stability in yourself, but relate it to a larger energy.
That allows you to be nimble.
This kind of stability you’re developing allows you to relate to huge forms of energy… to sail on these huge forms.
One of the most stable forms is a pyramid, oddly enough. And if you could somehow make an independent pyramid, it would slide all over the surface of the Earth it would be virtually impossible to destroy. It’s just amazing what it does with forces.
There are certain shapes in nature that do that.
The megalithic cultures, the way stones were cut both in ancient Greece and in Peru is: they’re cut the same way because they survive earthquakes easily. All that weird kind of pretty stuff we look at, wasn’t “oh, I have a rock… I’m going to try to fit it together a certain way…” It wasn’t. It was “if we built it this way, it won’t fall over.” Because they lived in earthquake zones.
And in Baalbek, there’s all kinds of wild rocks fitted together… how did they do it? Well, they were relating great stability to a larger force, in order to take wobble-wobble-wobble easily.
In fact, the testing and shaking of something that’s stabilized correctly makes it stronger. It really does. It organizes it. And it gets rid of any little bits that needed to be polished off. If the big stability’s there, a tiny little thing won’t knock it down. It’ll just grind that thing off. Tanren renshu.
So – this idea of being very stable… …not all by yourself though – stability, through making the correct form in relation to a great energy, and then you entrain to it… and then your little thing becomes a reflection of the big thing.
And, as far as I can tell: this premise works on any scale you want.
So, this exercise of having aite sit on your knee, and your knee has to be precisely vertical: you can see you can take a pretty strong force. It’s the same thing, if I hand you a big rock or a bale of hay, and you relate to the ground correctly: you can take a big force…
Your body’s done this for thousands and thousands of years… it’s been able to do this.
So you c o u l d throw your children on your shoulder and walk across North America. You could… you could do it…because you did it right. And people nowadays don’t know this anymore, because they’re depending on extrapolations of things, technologies, and they’ve forgot… <taps chest> this is what built it.
Great stability. Great connection…