The pink energetic sphere part 2

 

 

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Point 4 : Games and artistic activities.

We did not talk much about this, because in a way I consider it as evident, but I would like to insist on the fact that games and artistic activities are essential for human psyche.

I am critical towards the pyramidal and intransigent music business system. I, of course, respect all forms of self-expression but the fact is that what the general public receives is quite stereotyped (and in my opinion music should be freedom and diversity). For example, being a fan of electronic repetitive music, I know that since the beginning of the 1990’s hundreds of very beautiful electronic tracks have been created.

Electronic generated music is an intelligent use of electronics and electricity provided that all the electronic musical instruments, computers, hardware, software are very resistant (20 years minimum), compatible, easy to use…

For persons interested in what could be a good basic electronic music progression, my mix selection for 14 old and recent (commercial and easy to find) tracks (75 minutes roughly) would be :

1) Choying Drolma and Steve Tibbetts : Palden rang jung  2) Vispanassana : Stars of beauty  3) Royksopp : So easy  4) Murcof : Mir  5) Isolee : Beau mot plage  6) Shazz : El camino part 2  7) Sten : Lash out  8) Jeff Mills : Condor to Mallorca  9) Two cowboys : Two cowboys  10) Bugge Wesseltoft : Try  11) Rim Banna : Ya jammal  12 ) Oi va voi : A csitari  13) Plastikman : Psyk  14) Kaleni Shelby : My medusa.

When I see what the market offers us 25 years after the beginning of the 1990’s, it is quite basic and underdeveloped electronic music. Honestly, disappointing, childish, mediocre. Even me with only a little electronic music software (Reason 4.0), I can create in a few hours a 6 minutes track that can easily surpass  most of modern-day commercial songs without any problem. So just imagine a group of highly specialized electronic musicians with all the necessary instruments and the will to create really high quality electronic music…

But I don’t know why, the present-day market is blocked and focused on what could be described in my opinion as second-grade electronic dance music. We have to open our minds, collectively, individually. All together as one, as Bob Marley would have said, as if we were all brothers and sisters, sharing our knowledge.

Like in the scientific field with the thousands of not yet analyzed experiments, we should focus in the musical field on all that have already been created, in all the musical specialities possible. And then organize all this, select, synthesize.

Why not create basic USB keys or downloadable mixes full of selected sounds, according to the most accepted usual trends, and sell them at a correct price to the general public ? Savings of material, condensation of musical knowledge, increased diversity. Of course, we would have to find ways to efficiently give money to the authors of all these tracks.

 

Point 5 : World War II French Resistance.

Some time ago, I read a very interesting post in one of the WordPress blog (unfortunately I did not write the name of that blog) about French Resistance during World War II and especially about Camus and some letters exchanged with a German philosopher that he knew.

A great part of the letters were about the philosophical difficulty to accept the immense violence generated by the nazi system. And the author of the blog stressed the fact that during the Resistance the French people had problems to cope with all this violence. The fundamental question inside French Resistance at that time was : is it correct to kill human beings that are just the hands, the tools of a violent system, in order to stop this violence ?

These questions are very close to the moral question : under what conditions is it possible to go beyond the Ahimsa vow ?

 

Point 6 : Basic knowledge about self-defence for freedom fighters.

I studied during four years self-defence and martial arts : 1 year Tai-jitsu; 2 years Shotokan Karate and 1 year American boxing. I also read a lot of books about martial art philosophy, Budo, Aikido, Zen, close-combat…

During a period of my life I was frequently travelling and sometimes was exposed, as a social and peace activist, to violent street situations or fights. I decided then to progressively train myself during more than 15 years to self-defence mainly by performing improvised katas (or “tao forms”) with empty hands, sticks and wooden knives, based on the trainings that I had previously received. I also practised combat techniques linked to animal forms coming from Kung-fu.

In self-defence, there is a very general but important rule, coming I think from the Chinese Kung-fu philosophy : never attack first. The first one to attack is in a way already the loser of the fight. To attack first can only be a way to break a tense situation before a violent escalation takes place and degenerates into a negative position for you. For example in Aikido atemi (direct blows, frequently used in Karate) are just used to create imbalances, small energetic voids, that are then used to project or destabilize the opponent.

In self-defence, when you face a danger or some kind of violence or menace, the martial answer should legally be proportional and gradual. Moreover, generally speaking, it is better to immobilize a dangerous opponent rather than hurt or destroy him (see fo example Judo; Jujitsu; grappling; wrestling…).

It is always interesting to focus the training (don’t use chewing-gum while training, it can be dangerous) on a few simple but efficient blows (atemi). You should always remain centered and protected while defending yourself from an attack. Two or three quick and efficient blows must be enough to disable a dangerous opponent. To face such difficult situation, some trainings in close-combat try to mix actual physical blows, or other martial techniques, with strong inner visualizations that the technique has been successful. For example a blow in the head with the visualization of blood or broken nose in the opponent. On special cases, for example if you feel physically weak compared to your opponent, it can increase determination and remove inner psychological barriers that could diminish the physical efficiency of the blows or other techniques. Nevertheless these kind of visualizations should only be used on special occasions when you need extra physical or psychological forces to give powerful blows. In normal combat conditions it is better to have the mind empty, alert, receptive, like a sheet of paper, or a hight-tech receptor, where all external and internal impressions will be easily gathered and analyzed without the conscious or rational mind interfering in a way or the other. In this case, I feel that the martial answers are quicker, more intuitive and more efficient than when the mind is continuously tense or focused on some objective.

When you feel that a situation is escalating and becomes dangerous, try to adopt gestures and defence positions that show that you are alert, motivated and trained. That will already impress much of the opponents and put an end to many conflicts. A few simple and quick moves made at a distance can be enough to warn the opponent of possible serious consequences if he continues his dangerous comportment.

Try to learn to look at the opponent without gazing at any particular point. Try to adopt a kind of precise, but in a way general, vision, intuitive, that gives you a knowledge of all the dimensions of the opponent and of the surroundings.

I generally prefer to fight or train with open hands, you are less tense and more receptive than with the fists closed. Open hand fighting is often used in Kung fu and in fact fist closed is just one of the many possibilities of the hands techniques. Sometimes a simple or strong slap with the open hand by various means, or even a single finger, can be as efficient as a blow given with full power with fist closed.

An exercise frequently found in Tai chi is to learn to feel with the hands. With practice the hands become very sensitive to every vibration, physical or subtle. In combat condition, the space between the hands and the opponent becomes like water transmitting all vibrations and information even before the opponent begins to think about it. With practice, every intention, mental state, feeling or subtle move is clearly perceived.

However if, despite all these protective measures, the fight do start, try to quickly localize the weak points of the opponent. It can be the eyes, the ears, the genitals, the throat, the nose, the liver, some muscles or articulations, the solar plexus, the feet, the temples… according to each circumstance. Try to learn and master the techniques to hit these sensitive points, to project and immobilize.

You should also try to take time to learn basic medical, healing and resuscitation emergency techniques linked to martial arts, be they traditional or modern.

Meditation, relaxation, reading of great martial experts (for example Master Ueshiba, founder of Aikido : ” Budo is the loving protection of all beings”. Budo is the physical and spiritual path linked to martial arts) are also important and can be approached progressively (for this, before reading directly the great martial experts, in Zen, Budo… there is for example a very interesting book that gives a general insight about martial art and Budo philosophy (in French) : Florence Braunstein : Penser les arts martiaux. PUF Editions. Ms. Braunstein does not seem to be a practionner of martial arts, but it does not prevent her to give good “outside”, “detached” analysis about martial arts and their underlying philosophy. Anyway, most of today’s martial arts originate from Boddhidharma who was supposedly, and according to many traditions, a Buddhist monk coming from India and who helped founding the Shaolin monasteries and martial arts’ philosophies. Beyond that, some of the most ancient forms of ritualized martial art practices can be found in the South of India. Non-violence and violence are inextricably linked in the way that non-violence is an answer to violence, but all intelligent observer of nature quickly realize that what we call “violence” (to fight, to harm, to be harmed, to die, to suffer…) are an integral part of nature and life. Anyway, the philosophical reflexion about violence, fighting, martial art techniques, can be found in all kind of cultures and traditions all around the world, even in Yoga, see for example, swami Satyananda Saraswati, Sure ways to Self-Realization : “The practice of karate were very useful to the monks of both China and Japan, who were continuously robbed and harassed by numerous warlords and samurai. Karate and its various forms, allowed them to resist and evade attackers using only their bare hands and skill. Karate followed the Buddhist doctrine of non-violence for it enabled the monks to resist the violence by receiving and altering an attacker’s energy, and it was performed in an effortless way free from fear and the desire to harm or take life.

Mudras and mantras were employed to direct the flow of energy in the body and mind. When an attack was imminent, the monk would take up a praying position, intone a mantra and block the attack using mudras called semmui (fearlessness). Only a minimum of force was used to divert the assaillant’s blow and this usually left him in a confused state on the ground. ”

By practising alone and non-violently during long time, I personally think that a great deal of teachings and strength can be gained through a connection with the inner Master. External masters are only here to bring into light this gigantic source of knowledge and energy that each individual has deep in himself.

I obviously don’t say that I am the best fighter in the world, really far from it, but I tried to specialize in defence techniques. All good fighters know that in street situations you can easily be surprised, destabilized in a way or the other, outnumbered… I was sometimes slightly hurt during confrontations and I also saw a lot of such difficult situations happening to other persons, either on TV or in real situations.

If you are hurt in a way or the other, that pain or blood is coming, that you are momentarily unconscious, always try to quickly regain consciousness, to protect from danger, to remain stable and cool and to assess your physical damages. When this is done quickly assess the range of techniques that you can use to defend yourself according to the situation.

Then use the pain or the vision of the blood to let a normal hormonal (adrenaline, endorphins…) and energetic build-up to take place. Let it grow and when you feel that it becomes really hot within you (it may take a few seconds), repeat mentally a small mantra previously practiced, like for example “self-defence, self-defence, self-defence”, that will allow you to be quickly in a mental and physical combat mode. You can also try to learn during practice to create mad, psychotic or emotionally violent expressions on your face and attitude. This will frighten your opponent and gives you a kind of crazy, ready for everything, mood (Maori warriors for example used to stick out their tongue and fully open their eyes before attacking, it can be emotionally quite impressive). Then throw your anger : shout, menace, throw stones or sand, take a stick, a chair, a pen, whatever, and do aggressive and bold moves while going quickly towards the source of the attack with the firm intention to uproot the opponent. If the opponent does not run or flee in front of these emotional and physical threats, use your last drops of energy and physical abilities to give powerful blows in an increasing manner (in strength and precision) until the opponent is physically out-of-order.

Last remarks : first, always try to have the eyes really well (not full but well) open while fighting or training, it is essential to go against this natural tendency to close eyes during frightening or tense situations. It will give you a better awareness and consciousness of what is going on (to be fully and clearly conscious you also have to work on fears : fears to be killed, to be harmed, to harm, of emotional violence, of blood…).

Second, to run, to escape, to hide are sometimes the best ways to defend oneself from a very dangerous situation. For example if you are outnumbered or if the combat is unequal. But remember that running can be dangerous : the opponents might run faster than you and take advantage of your physical weakness after the run. These are very difficult situations and the answer to the problem should vary according to each circumstance. For example, if you begin to run and that after a while you feel that the opponents are still after you, it is better to stop or hide before being completely exhausted, breathe while looking for improvised weapons, and face or avoid the danger.

Submission can also be a way in very particular conditions to stop a violent situation, but it can obviously be dangerous, according to the madness of the person who attacks. Many different postures and gestures for submission can be easily and universally practiced and understood, but while submitting always try to keep a visual contact with the opponent in order to protect vital parts of your body if there are some attacks. In some desperate situations, these kind of submission techniques can also be used to ease the tensions, have the opponents reduce their distance and attention, and then use this to attack quickly and violently some vital points in a close-combat style, and then run. These kind of techniques can be interesting when there are several opponents.

If several opponents begin to encircle you and try to get close to you in order to block your movements by various means, this can be a very dangerous situation. In this case, when you begin to feel that such a technique starts to develop, quickly find the easiest target (if it can give you an opportunity to run) or the strongest target (if you think that it is better to begin with the strongest to avoid having to fight at the end with the strongest opponent)  among the opponents and focus powerful blows on this target. Disconnect, forget everything, for example other blows coming from other opponents, and focus more and more the blows (and even maybe follow on the ground) until you feel that your targeted opponent is totally out-of-order for combat. When this is done, quickly go back in a defence position, choose the next easiest target and shoot again in the same way. Do this until everything is cleared. Difficult, but when you don’t have the choice, you sometimes have to really release the last crazy energies that you have hidden deep within you in order to survive.

Dogs can be very dangerous because they are very clever, sensitive, swift and some don’t release their bite (trained dogs, pit bulls…). Hit the head : violent slaps on the ears, fingers in the eyes, blows on the nose. If this does not work, try the throat (fingers deep inside the throat, strangulation), the testicles or improvised weapons if you can find some.

Various techniques of combat and defence with knives, sticks and other weapons (guns, broken glass bottle…) are really a full special part of martial arts and many good books, for example in close-combat, can be found on these subjects. Nevertheless if you train for this, always try to find harmless weapons, like wooden knives, it is safer. Other good books presenting simple and easy self-defence techniques for special cases (women, elderly persons, youngsters, untrained persons…) are also available.

Finally, in some countries you are legally obliged to do your best to protect persons in your physical surroundings who may face a danger and whom you can easily help (without endanger your own life or the life of other persons). These are very delicate legal issues.

Obviously you can easily show your martial art level with a few moves triggering fear feelings in the mind of the opponent. However, the problem is that an opponent can also easily see if you are not sufficiently trained and take advantage of the situation. If you see that you don’t feel secure, that you cannot help persons in danger without seriously endanger your own life, let the karma be, run and protect yourself. I think that no judge will blame you for these kind of difficult violent situations, especially if you tried your best to reduce it. Generally speaking, if you are focused towards peace and self-defence, it is better not to begin a fight or to attack unless you are very well-trained, it can sometimes be really dangerous. You can also try tear gas or even a whistle to seek help.

If you want to be a good street fighter, learn with Bruce Lee and his martial school, Jeet kun do. The teachers are specialized in these kind of problems. Learn to fight like Bruce Lee, to be like a cat. Or a puma, mentally, physically.

Last tactic when facing a dangerous or violent situation : pure non-violence. To talk, to appease, to protect, to look for alternative solutions to the violence, to beg for a stop of the violence, to seek help… According to situations, it can be a very good solution or a dangerous one. In all cases, be ready, mentally and physically, to face the possible violent consequences resulting from your praiseworthy philosophical attitude of non-violence.

Good luck. May all the divinities linked to the beautiful path of Budo, martial path aiming at the loving protection of all beings, protect and guide you.

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About buddhananda
independent spiritual researcher, I find inspiration mainly into the buddhist, hindu and new age fields. I try to find connections between religions, philosophy, economy and technology. My aim is to contribute to the emergence of a better world. I also practice reiki.

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