What We Do Here

This is a blog about kata and what we can learn from it. How to practice it; how to master it; how to discover bunkai (applications); and unusual ways to use kata in ways that very few people know about.

It can take you in places that you probably never knew existed, and empower you to use an ancient body/mind practice to forge the life you want.

Big promises I know.

Speaking personally, I find my kata practice to be an all inclusive workbench for me to hammer out the dings of my life and reshape it in new and exciting ways. I not only find within these forms elegant defense techniques and a never-ending dance within my own body, but a medium of communication that is part of a never ending chain of transmission.

This blog is the vehicle I’m using to build my book, “Confessions of a Kata Geek.” So, hang around and you can watch it grow.

Mushin!

William Harper

11 thoughts on “What We Do Here

  1. I have been fooling around with an article on “time” for a year. This Star Trek story fits perfectly into the concept that I want to communicate. Now that you’ve reminded me of this story, I plan to include it in that paper. Basic premise is that there is but one clock “speed” in the universe and that “clock” results in the speed of light. “Human” speed is dead slow comparatively and uses no more than an inconceivably small portion of the actual time available in 1 second of time. In your Star Trek story, Captain Picard, while being “unconscious” for 20 minutes, lives out an entire lifetime complete with family, friends, and career. To our human concept of time, this seems very compressed; however, there is so much more time available to us within one second of time than we actually use that we would need only the smallest bit of one second of time to live out many lifetimes if they were being lived at the speed of light.

    • We are in agreement on the power of this simple show.

      It makes one wonder about how a person could handle a virtual reality like this. What about the trauma Picard faced? Would the emotional damage done need by accepting the death of a planet have to be worked through one way or another?

      Does one need to get over events that never actually happened? In his case, I would say yes.

      It points toward the idea that identity is not as time dependent as you mention. Perhaps, it is SEQUENCE dependent.

      We certainly cannot tell when time speeds up or down according to relativity. So any story told, albeit one lasting in a “short” span or a “long” one feels the same.

      And there we go again. Round and round we go …

      “Self nature is mysteriously profound …” – Bodhidharma

      • KG: Would the emotional damage done need by accepting the death of a planet have to be worked through one way or another?

        Chris: In my opinion, yes. I like to think that in that context of Picard’s; in that day; in that time; and with his star trekking experience; he is enlightened to the diversity of living in such a way as to not create a huge personal GPM in response to that experience — the real loss of that lifetime. Possibly the knowledge of that past being 1000 years in the past allows him to soften his realization. It seems to do that for me when I have audited older memories. The context of the “Inner Light”; of that space probe with the story machine on board seemed to have only the purpose of carrying a knowledge and a memory of the “Kaatens” forward — not being designed to elicit a rescue. Maybe that knowledge helped Picard process the experience.

        Consider our own dreams. I seem to dream quickly and efficiently. Problems that seemed like problems at bed time are routinely resolved by dawn’s early light. But the memory of my dreams seems to fizzle or possibly recede into the past as other memories do. But dreams seem to fade more quickly than daytime memory of experience. A few dreams, have been retained; nightmares mostly. Do you suppose that our dreaming, being faster than “daytime” experiences (if they are faster) are faster because they are using more cycles per second than daytime experiences? And do you suppose they might recede into the past more quickly for the same reason?

      • KG: Does one need to get over events that never actually happened? In his case, I would say yes.

        Chris: I am over-weighted in Scientology training. I kind of hate this as it seems that eveyone else is better read in the richness of the world that Scientology berates. Nevertheless, Hubbard’s “What is true is what is true for you, and it is true according to your experience, that is all,” seems apropos to these ideas.

  2. Very Well. Sparked by your idea, I watched that “Inner Light” episode with my middle son last night. Watching it, we were both overwhelmed with emotion. He will be 13 this summer. It was a good evening together.

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