Atanas Laskov

Ki

December 29, 2019 00:10 GMT
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The list of my beliefs is pretty short but it does include more than science. A thing I believe in is Ki , concentrated willpower or “life’s breath”. This frequently occurs in martial arts, particularly in internal styles; in calligraphy and drawing Ki is called gesture, line of action, and life-force of the brush.

I’ve also come to accept Taoist beliefs that go some distance beyond the scientifically verifiable. It is interesting to note there is a set of ninja scrolls, namely the Bansenshukai, which explains that astrology is pseudo-science and not reliable. However, it still teaches astrology as reverse-psychology. If your enemy believes in astrology this can be used to strike fear and design subversive tactics. Bansenshukai , i.e. “Many rivers merging into the ocean,” are the combined ninja scrolls of the Iga and Kora medieval kingdoms.

1. I do believe in a way of the universe, and powers influencing nature’s creatures. Good influences and not so good; good places, and not so good. You’ve got to trust your instincts. This is the concept of Dao .

2. I do believe in clarity of intention.

3. I do believe in good form of ceremony and music, as in martial arts. Confucius emphasises the importance of ceremony, music and proper from of everything in life, and I borrow this idea from him.

4. I do believe in the power of the human mind.

5. I do believe in the power and strength of nature’s creatures.

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