Shinpo (Principles of the Heart and Mind; 心法)
“This forms a model (be modeled on) of the transmission and movement of the master across the repetition of the technique to the paroxysm, taking the practitioner to a space of more depth in his discipline, to the comprehension of the “heihô” or “Hyôhô” (“兵法”).
Across the constant and deep repetition, the body of the practitioner is waking up to a corporal attitude of practice beyond that of a repetitive movement, this movement is moving from the general form gradually to the daily life: walk, sit down, get up, take objects, etc…
The breathing turns partly of the practice, the form in that you communicate to yourself and with the persons is a way of practice, sleep, eat, drink is recognized as a way of practice.
Then the repetition of the technique turns into something vital for the sincere practitioner, this repetition is the seed of something deeper in his interior, the meeting with an art, with the current (流) in his life.
Every state and internal change causes changes in the outside and vice versa.
The masters of any spiritual or artistic current repeat habitual form, not to establish difference between the regular practice and the daily life.They understand that the art and the artist have to establish a relation of unity that leads to the multiplicity in the interior and the exterior of his life”. (Editors note: a economy of method)
“The art of movement and his Form of transmission must penetrate the soul of the practitioner; in the nature of his subconscious mind. Because in the encounter with the reality of real combat, it is only the work of the pure nature of the subconscious mind, and the art of transmission and his rules goes directly to the center of the being of the pupil. Here the importance of the ego and inner work is to to access and make space for the art of the master and his current in our being. COPY IS AN ART.
The founder’s masters had to find a way to discover a state of unity of the body and the heart (eyes of the body) in situations of extreme danger, on the battlefield, in wars and armed conflicts, in losses and lost. In a state in which a human being discussion in the madness and in the imbalance of the mind and the heart through of the cruel experience of the war, and the emotional and psychological scars that remain within the “apparent” winner. I invite you to reflect on your inner state after having a controversy with a family member, partner, friend or when you live an existential complex situation.
The harmony is vital in the heart (spirit), body, and mind of the master, all connected in our universe, like is inside is out and vice versa, from subtle and invisible until the vast and visible, from life to death, from love to hatred, from peace to war.The master seeks to control and can be able to evaluate the midpoint of the opposite poles, the master want know the nature of the danger and his influence in his heart, mind, body, and life, and in the lives of those around him.
And it is at this point where the founder’s masters, created an art, a martial art that was in balance with the nature around them and the environment that they inhabited, and at the same moment, harmony with the inside and the beating and beliefs of his heart. Here´s the great mastery of the founder’s masters in the art of ”Mutô dori” and in the real combat, they expect the opponent’s attack until the last moment with an open and flexible state of the body, mind, and heart. The art is the art of perceiving and predicting the opponent’s movement from a internal state of zero or empty.The masters of the art or “shisho” (師匠) called this “sacchi suru” (察知); which we could interpret as predict or sense the danger, is the ability to anticipate, read and perceive the opponent’s movement or a dangerous situation.
A condition that connects the vision of the eyes of the subconscious with the movement of the body to the unison. Therefore there is no space for the ego and a nature that is not the essential nature of the human being in the transmission of the levels of “mutô dori“, the duality of the ego separates the union that connects the heart and the body with the original nature of the human being.
The depth of the transmission of the founder’s masters and his lineage is a treasure for those who “observe” (metsuke; 目付) and practice with the “eyes of the heart”. A current, a ” ryû ” (流) is an art that expresses the connection between mind, the body and heart with its reflection in the IN-EX-TERIOR, any subtle change that occurred on the outside and in the environment could be perceived by the subconscious mind and the heart of the master in the art.
However, realization of this type of transmission that is based on images, concepts and paradigms that cover a “esoteric” space and that are complex to explain in written words, I’ll leave writing the only basis that can serve to the practitioner and the honest and sincere seeker of the art: THE FORM FOLLOWS THE FUNCTION.
Is very easy for the follower or practitioner to get lost in the illusions of the ego. “The formless form” , “form without form”, or “Mukei no kurai” (無形之位), is a state of practice that begins to discern or glimpse in more than 30-40 years of practicing the basics, until the basics is part of the bones and blood of the practitioner, and this is not even a guarantee that the practitioner can come to the “elite of the elite”.The art of “Mutô dori” and the real combat of a “koryû” is something extremely serious, techniques that communicate through life and death.
For this the real practice begins and ends in our hearts… The environment and nature around us (ryû) is the true witness of our practice, we cannot fool the image reflected in the mirror of the image of the master, the mirror of our more intimate solitude, where we are naked of filters and conditioning of the ego… in that space is where the art resides.
“The heart of the Form is the sword of the disciple. It is with it that he fights his enemies and by it that he pushes back the calamities that threaten him” (Toda Shinryûken).
Because every battle is fought first in our hearts.
Written David Esteban Guzmán, edited and reposted with permission by Luke Crocker.