Remember and Reflect

73 years ago today young men stormed the beaches of Normandy and parachuted behind Third Reich lines. They did so with great sacrifice, and courage. We owe it to them to honor them on this day, D-Day.

On this day I don’t dwell on the war itself, or the reasons for it. Today I honor the men themselves.  They truly were the ‘Greatest Generation’. They volunteered to face death and the horrors of war, and willingly put their lives on the line for what they believed was right, and to defend principles of what is civilized and moral.  Those that came home simply, and quietly, just got busy going to work/raising families/running businesses and re-building a nation.  These were Great Men, and I don’t know if we will ever see their like again in our culture.  I have seen alot of memes along the lines of :

1944  College Age men Then: Stormed the Beaches of Normandy amidst heavy Nazi artillery.

2017 College Age Men Now:  Need a ‘safe space’ because of ‘words’.

While this is a huge, and in some cases quite unfair,  generalization (and I certainly know many  people in that age range who are definitely not wingeing  snowflakes, and actually give me  hope for future generations),   I am afraid it is true to a degree. True, and completely BY DESIGN AND AGENDA.

However,   this is is not a post to discuss that.   Just to put it into perspective, and to ask of you, my Reader, to do something in light of today. Reflect on the character of these Heroes of D-Day, and reflect on what has happened to our moral compass as a society since then. Reflect on what we have lost.  If you know someone or have family members in this younger generation talk to them about some history, and what kind of character these men had. It isn’t about the war, or politics. It is about CHARACTER and HONOR, something I see very little of today.  If you can somehow get them to at least glimpse what is possible, and what we have lost as a society, then maybe there is hope after all.

These Heroic Men laid down their lives to give civilization a future, and we, and I mean ALL OF US, must remember that and reflect on it. We owe them that.

The Challenge of Self Mastery

The practice of the martial arts can be quite demanding on physical, psychological, and emotional levels.  These demands manifest themselves as challenges, and can be very powerful learning tools for self-discovery, and ultimately self-mastery.  These challenges allow us to face our most dangerous opponent face-to-face ; our own Self, and our own perceived fears.  Facing ‘fear’ head on demands that we confront ourselves in critical ways.  The fear that manifests when we perceive a threat to our own survival is a powerful challenge, but one we can grow stronger from. The feeling of emotional and psychological paralysis, of not acting quickly enough or effectively, is one of the greatest obstacles for a martial artist. This enveloping fear can paralyze us; or it can manifest as a total loss of control, resulting in panic and irrational reactions. Either of these emotionally based responses could mean failure; or even death if faced with an immediate threat to our survival. We must allow ourselves a high level of  internal trust, confidence, and the ability to not think about or even fear death or failure in the face of conflict and aggression. Freedom from the conscious ‘fear’ reaction releases very powerful potentials, but for those to become actualized, we must ACT AS TRAINED.

There is a story about a great master of the Japanese Tea Ceremony (‘Chanoyu’); a man of no combat skills or martial training, but very accomplished in the meditative and spiritual arts.  One day, he accidentally offended a high-ranking samurai, and was challenged to a dual.  He went to a Zen master to seek advice. The Zen master advised him that he had little chance of surviving, since the samurai was a skillful and experienced swordsman. He did tell him that he could ensure an honorable death by treating the combat as he would the formal ritual of the Tea Ceremony. He should focus his mind, paying no attention to the conscious, emotionally -based thoughts of life or death. He should grasp his sword as he would hold a tea ladle; and with the same precision and focus with which he would pour the boiling water onto the tea, and with no thought of the consequences, he should step forward with the full intention of striking the opponent down in one blow. The Tea Master prepared himself, abandoning all fear of death, when the appointed time for the dual arrived.  The samurai, encountering the focus, sheer calmness, and complete fearlessness of his opponent, was so awe-struck and shaken that he begged forgiveness and called off the dual.

The freedom of mind, and the pure focus of one not controlled by fear and conscious thoughts of life or death,  may not only immediately gain dominance of a potentially dangerous and lethal situation, but will allow one to gain Self Mastery.

           ” Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it….”
                        – Chuang-Tze, ancient Taoist Sage and martial artist

Samhain Blessings

A Happy SAMHAIN to all on this day!   I often cringe at using the term ‘Halloween’ because that is honestly a corruption of the original holiday.   Samhain (sounds like ‘sow-when’) loosely translates as ‘first fire’ in Irish Gaelic.    When the Holy Roman Empire began to Christianize us unruly Pagans under Constantine, Pagan holidays were simply re-named and re-packaged.  So, Samhain became ‘All Hallow’s Eve’.  Now, Halloween.   This is a very popular observance in our culture, but so few know what is is really about.

Samhain is the main spiritual holiday for the ancient Celts (and for us modern pagans).  It has many facets, all of which are integrated into a vibrant whole.    First, it is the Celtic New Year.   To the ancients, life was dependent on the harvest, the birth of livestock, the change of the seasons.  This is the time past Autumn Equinox when the season begins to shift towards winter. It is the time when the last of the harvest is brought in and prepared for the winter months.  It is the time when the ‘veils between worlds’ was though to be at their thinnest, and the spirits of their ancestors could be felt.

It is that liminal space of summer to winter; from light to dark; from life to death and death to life, that was such a critical perspective to the Celts.   It is the awareness of BALANCE, and of perpetual cycles in nature and in ourselves, that is reflected in the hearth beliefs of the Celts (to whom I feel a tremendous connection, among other cultures) In our observance of Samhain, we honor our dead as we welcome life (in the form of giving thanks for the bounty we have labored to produce).   The neverending cycle of life and death, of re-birth and re-generation from the memories of our ancestors, is the essence of Samhain.

I honor the icons of the Dagda and the Morrigan from ancient Irish folk/ myth as part of my Samhain observance.   The Dagda represents the future and life- Dagda of the Cauldron of Plenty that feeds the tribes from its never-empty cauldron (this represents the harvest).  The mighty Club of the Dagda could take life, but with its handle can restore life.  Dagda was a ‘god’ of agriculture, fertility, strength, and protection.

The Morrigan, the Battle Crow, the Phantom Queen, represents War,  Soveriegnity, and is the Chooser of the Slain- she escorts the souls of the fallen, and the dead, to the Summerlands (the Celt ‘afterlife’).   She represents the ‘dead’, the balance of life. As she cares for the souls of the dead (particularly those who fall in battle and strife), she restores the cycle of death and rebirth, as one cannot exist without the other.

At this time images of skulls, skeletons, ghouls and ghosts are prevalent, and are imprinted in our collective unconscious at this time of year.  We may be modern, but our deeply rooted connections to the way our ancestors perceived the balance of life and death are very much embedded into our very DNA.  It isn’t just the Celts, of course, many cultures had this understanding, but this particular holiday, our Samhain, is pure Celt.

Here is what Samhain IS NOT:

1)   the ‘devils’ holiday’.   This is nonsense, and insulting.  For one thing, there is no ‘devil’ in the belief system of a real hearth pagan. This is mostly  a  Judeo-Christian dynamic, not a pagan one (by the way we are not ‘anti-Christian’ contrary to what many think).    Sub-human savages who play off of this  ‘devil’s day’ stupidity and use this sacred holiday to enact repulsive acts such as animal sacrifice, violence, and intentionally harmful actions have nothing to do with pagans and our beliefs.  I cannot and will not tolerate scumbags who do this.  I put them in the same boat as imbeciles who ’embrace’ paganism and call themselves a ‘pagan’ for the express purpose of ‘pissing off those Christians’.  This is childish and ignorant. These are not ‘pagans’. These are idiots.

2)  ‘a culturally misappropriated stolen holiday’.   Also complete fabrication.  If anyone did hijack this holiday, it is the IRISH who are the victims of it.    I have heard all too much of this recently:   ‘whitey STOLE this holiday from the Mexican people, because it is Dia de Los Muertos, and they turned it to Halloween’.  I almost hate to write about this it is so ludicrous, but I have actually heard this lately.   How could an ancient culture  observing this holiday thousands of years before Roman occupation,  steal it from a New World civilization half way around the world?  The ignorance is blinding.  Yes, MesoAmerican cultures had this similiar tradition of venerating the ancestors as a holiday, in the same way that the Celts did. The Spaniards recorded this when they arrived in the New World; I’m sure some of their historians may have noted the similiarities with the ancient Celt-European traditions.  The difference is this particular Meso/Aztec observance was historically done in the summer (as recorded by the Spaniards). It was moved to November to coincide with All Soul’s Day when Catholicism was imported to the New World (many thousands of years after the Celts had been observing Samhain).  NOT THE SAME HOLIDAY, and done differently by different cultures.    The veneration of the dead is ever-present in the Hispanic tradition (the skull and skeleton iconography is a big part of it).   Now, I greatly enjoy this tradition too, and the vibrant  artwork and  festivities associated with it are enjoyable and very symbolic of the rich cultures we have here in Arizona.    It is an important component of our cultural framework here.  But,   it ISN’T SAMHAIN, and no one ‘co-opted’ any holiday (though, technically, it WAS co-opted from us Pagans, but water under the bridge…..)

Today on this sacred holiday I invite you to reflect on your hopes and dreams for the New Year, and to think about your ancestors or loved ones you have lost.   As we honor our dead, we bring them ‘to life’ in the form of their memories, and the knowledge and wisdom we have learned from them. As we enjoy the fruits of our harvest, we pay homage to the never-ending cycles of life and death, light and dark, and know that the more we live within that balance, and honor our place within it, we  too shall exist forward- in this life and the next.

Blessed Samhain to you!

The Long Strategy

Like everyone else in the technologically connected world with a keyboard and internet, I want to offer my perceptions on last night’s Circus of Liberal Propaganda……er, I mean ‘debate’.    Much has been made about Trump’s missteps, and squandered opportunities to bring Clinton’s NUMEROUS crimes to light for the whole world to see.  Was his performance stellar? No. Far from it. From the perspective of a shallow observer, he came off as brash and defensive. Let’s be honest, though- this will only sway undecided voters, and observers who aren’t intelligent enough to see the big picture. It certainly re-enforced the flawed and naive perceptions of those lemmings who blindly support the Globalist Criminal Enterprise known as the Clinton Family (they would fanatically support her even if she skewered live kittens and barbequed them on live television.) Yes, he could have done better. But,  a war is not always won in a single battle……

If you have read earlier posts, you will know that I am not a blindly fanatical Trump supporter.  Anyone who blindly supports a political figure,  without admitting their flaws and shortcomings, is a sycophant and sheep devoid of any critical, independent thought.   He is not an ideal candidate. I do not agree with some of his platforms, though I do agree in principle with others.  To be honest, in some ways he isn’t conservative enough from my perspective.  He has  attributes I respect; he has  attributes that I consider to be negative.  I do respect his drive, and business acumen. He is human, and he is flawed (like we all are). But, this is not a cult of personality for me. I want a LEADER in the Presidency; not a community organizer/propaganda machine who will placate the chosen masses via socio-political engineering , all while  pretending to have a halo despite numerous crimes and deceptions (you know, what we have right now) .  No thanks. I want an ALPHA WOLF in that spot; flaws and all.  No political-correctness allowed. Our continued existence as a free society depends on it.  That being said…..

Of course  there were ample opportunities for Trump to put that lying hag on the spot. He actually did in a few instances. But, it became obvious to me that he is being shrewdly ‘tactical’ in his approach.  Remember, there are 2 more debates left.  He will have time to prep his next attack- with ALOT of ammunition left. The Dems launched ALL of their anti-Trump talking points last night. To have  her use them again in future debates would be stupid, and very costly in the court of public opinion.  Even suicidal in the political arena. They have NOTHING LEFT TO FIGHT WITH.  All they can do is issue the same hollow, pandering platitudes that they programmed her to project whenever she speaks.  She can only issue yet more false ad-hominem attacks (the default setting of the Marxist Left).    Did you pay attention to Trump when she was speaking?  He wasn’t rolling his eyes, or smirking like HillaryBot.2 was whenever he had the floor.  No, he was calculating. Sizing up everything she was saying (like an alpha predator does).  Picking his battles.    You can bet he and his strategists are taking all of that intel and applying  it to the next debate.

The lapdog media is having a field day lambasting Trump for his ‘performance’.   Pay no attention- it is all meant to marginalize and lampoon someone they are afraid of. By ‘de-humanizing’ Trump, they think they can control the narrative. It will not work, because here is the truth of what we all witnessed:   Yes,  the Queen of Death came off as very poised, very articulate. Very coached, and very ‘programmed’.  But- scripted, articulate lies are still LIES.  I am convinced she had the questions many days beforehand. It has also been revealed that she very well may have had an IPad-like  device on her podium feeding her real-time policy/talking points  (videos point this out).  This is blatant cheating, and highly unethical. But we are talking about Dems, here, so surprised I am not.    Conversely, Trump actually spoke from the heart. Genuine answers. TRUTH.  Yes, he came off as brash (even repetitive a few times). But it was also REAL.  Not a slick, polished, propaganda spewing political robot like HillaryBot is.  How many innocents did they have to sacrifice to Moloch for her to stay upright and coherent for that long?  Maybe they just upped the dosages of whatever extremely powerful neuro drugs they have her on…….In any case, if someone can’t tell how artificial she was, how FAKE, then they deserve the enslavement they will recieve if she is given the White House. If we have an election, that is.

It was also blatant that Holt was simply serving the Liberal Machine.  VERY VERY BIASED.  No wonder Trump was on the defensive, he was being attacked from two fronts!   I would have liked to see him deflect, rather than be overtly defensive, but hopefully he will shift his tactics to use it as an advantage (he needs to read Sun-Tzu, and apply it to his debates!!)   It was pure political engineering to fire at him about irrelevant issues like the birth certificate scandal, and his tax returns.  All to take the heat off of Clinton. I’m under no illusions that Trump is a saint (he didn’t get to be a kajillionare by being weak, and to turn 1 million into many billions takes street smarts. Sometimes, you have to get dirty……)  However, his ‘pile of dirt’ is minor compared to the huge mountains of crimes and dead bodies that the Clinton Cabal is responsible for. But except for a brief mention of the e-mails, Holt was all kid gloves with her. Let’s examine some of the many sinister, criminal events that HillBot is involved in and/or directly responsible for, and wasn’t questioned about during this debate:

details of the Email Scandal (intentionally criminal, and TREASONOUS), Going back to the ‘birther issues’ of Obamait was Clinton herself who started that in 2008, issuing orders to Sidney Blumenthal to pursue it. (Trump did bring that up in an effort to defend himself..),   Clinton Foundation (pay to play, and favors to foreign governments. Also treasonous), her deep ties to Saudi Arabia via said Foundation (you know, where there is real, actual oppression of women; yet Clinton is all too happy to take their massive donations and be buddies with them. Lying hypocrite…), her actual, real, oppression of women in the form of destroying the lives of her rapist husband’s victims ( all for POWER, of course. Yet Trump is a misogynist because of a few off the cuff comments he has made??)..  Let’s not forget Benghazi, and her collusion leading to the murder of Ambassador Stevens.   (Whistleblowers against the Dems tend to be exterminated, and he had found evidence of her arming and financing ISIS. She then lied to the families of those heroes who died trying to save the embassy survivors. She is such an evil, evil b**ch..) 

           These are just some of the crimes that can be laid at her feet. I hope and pray that Trump throws down with these at the following debates-  gloves off this time.  This is not just an election (again, if we have one)- it is the defining moment that will mean our survival, or our enslavement.  It is the precipice that we are teetering on right now. Either Marxist-centered Globalism, or a Sovereign Republic with all of its ‘political incorrectness‘ and liberty.  Choose wisely, because your life and freedom depend on it………….

Welcome to Your New Banana Republic

Yesterday 4 Dallas Police Officers were assassinated via sniper attack by a COWARD, who hours later got what he deserved (remote ‘robot bomb’ detonated by SWAT. Their best and safest option in the situation).   This tragedy in Dallas is not surprisingly dominating the news cycle;  supplanting another nation-changing event that has been at the forefront of current events. I will not go into the events in Dallas right now  out of respect for the fallen officers.   I will, however,  discuss the ‘current’ Clinton Corruption Scandal to honor them and the Rule of Law for which they sacrificed their lives.

FBI Director James Comey, in a STUNNING display of subverted justice, essentially let Elizabeth of Bathory Clinton skate on what amounts to absolute treason.  If you haven’t been living under a rock, I don’t need to enumerate all of the elements that she was being investigated for- it’s all over every available news source and blog. Look into it yourself.    Here is a brief synopsis of the actual findings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

The FBI stated on record that Clinton violated federal laws, jeopardized national security, obstructed a federal investigation (with her team of minions), and that she and her team destroyed evidence.

Director Comey spent the first 15 minutes or so of his press conference of July 5, 2016  confirming all of these are indeed FELONIES.  He laid out an absolutely iron-clad Prima Facie case for serious prosecution.   Then, he essentially makes all of that completely moot as he states he will recommend NO CHARGES to the DoJ.  To paraphrase his statement; ‘I cannot say that someone with these charges wouldn’t face serious consequences’. I.E. ANYONE ELSE would be prosecuted. I.E because it’s Hillary she gets to walk.   I wonder how much he was paid off, or in what deep pit of peril he and his family are in.       Well, at least it’s out in the open now. If you ever wondered how corrupt the FedGov is, now you know.

If you want to know how guilty this witch is, I refer you to 18 USC § 793.   For your courtesy, here it is:

Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) THROUGH GROSS NEGLIGENCE permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”

There you have it.  She is very, very guilty of negligence (by Director Comey’s admission) which, in the context of classified materials, is a FELONY. I believe treason can be added on to that-    It is also a matter of record that she instructed personnel to delete headers of classified documents for transfer to her super-special private server (at her residence), for easy retrieval.    That isn’t being careless. That is INTENT.

I have read a lot of dimwitted, historically-ignorant  sheep  hitting the webz with       ‘yeah, well, Colin Powell did he same thing with his emails you conservatives are just mean and can’t stand the idea of a WOMAN president and you are all bigots anyway…………blahblahblah’       Not the same thing.   When Colin Powell was in office, email was a very new dynamic, and not as much was known about digital security of classified materials.   (Not saying he was a choir boy, either, but as far as digital security law goes it is very different)  Since then, laws and protocols have been enacted. Laws and protocols that Clinton is indeed cognizant of, and ignored- probably thinking that she was absolutely untouchable. Her serial rapist, pedophile husband sure seems to be as well.   In any case, Powell was never suspected of nor investigated for intentionally altering classified materials for transmission to ‘others’, nor a dozen private servers for handling said altered classified documents.   Something that she most definitely did, according to the FBI.  And, all of which is seemingly  being excused with “oh, well, she didn’t really mean to……”  How stupid do they think we are? NO WONDER people are angry and distrustful of this Third World- level FedGov.


Now, having said all of that, I have also been thinking that it may be possible that Comey might be playing the long game, and actually outsmarting the Cabal (I hope his family is somewhere safe…..) . Again, I’m just theorizing a possible tactical agenda here. Follow me on this.

 He may have been directed under  threat or duress to “fall on his sword” with his Hillary announcement. However, he decided to do something of his own accord– disclose all of his evidence during his Press Conference.  Even though it is very dangerous for him to do so,  he knew that it would create a cataclysm of controversy. If he had just sent everything he had to AG Lynch, it might have all gotten buried or, at least, not disclosed until long after the election. Instead, he threw it all out for the public to know. Essentially,  proclaiming her absolute guilt in a public forum.  If this was his intent, it was nicely Machiavellian and effective if the public wakes up and realizes what he was saying.

He also knew that it would cause Congress to call for an investigation (not just a hearing) ,  knowing that they will want to dig even deeper and hear about more evidence .   Comey knew that this way the FBI’s entire case will get a full public airing (and, since there isn’t a prosecution pending, he can be candid and open about anything and everything). If it went to the Justice Dept’s hands, it would die a slow death there. Nothing will be kept secret now. We’ll learn about things (such as Hillary having 12 private servers) that no one even suspected existed. Comey can, literally, try this case before the public, just as he started to do laying out the key evidence just before “dropping the case”.   The Public and Media will now get to know EVERYTHING that would or could have been presented in court if there was a prosecution (in fact, even more than what could be presented in court because there will be no rules of evidence holding him back).  Comey will just “play it straight”; answer all of the questions and not have to volunteer anything. After all, Obama and Lynch can’t tell him to lie to Congress. He might look foolish laying out this case when not recommending prosecution but he might be outsmarting his ‘handlers’ because now he will just be responding to questions “under oath”.

              This will naturally lead to what I believe is an ongoing investigation of the crimes of the Clinton Foundation- this may in fact be the ‘bigger fish ‘ anyway.      Comey may be channeling all of this email scandal with the intent of applying it to the crimes of treason, bribery of  foreign officials, selling of classified information, and other corruption.   Secret donations from the Saudis has already been revealed.
                       The fact that this Harpy is even allowed to be a Presidential Candidate astonishes me.  How can a sitting president not have access to highly classified materials?!?  Her already established ‘extreme carelessness’ would, by Comey’s admission, disqualify her from having ANY clearance whatsoever.   The corruption should be crystal clear to all but her blindly devoted supporters (who I feel are too mentally unstable to be allowed to vote anyway).   If you want to know how truly evil the Clinton Oligarchs are, I will next post a rather large list of all the deceased associated with these monsters – all a matter of public knowledge, and all   “suicides”   (cough cough).
     I implore you to keep your awareness on this.    Do not let the media distract you with false flags, and deflection.
           GAME ON.

Martial Arts: Energy and Perception

I was reflecting today on a discussion I had with one of my students  recently during training.  I was sharing my perspectives on the ‘binary’ nature of the martial arts (or, martial science, to be more precise), and how it impacts how we perceive energy on a subconscious level. We can see how the 1 and 0 duality is a  balanced,  perpetual force in our practice . 1 and 0 exists as potential and kinetic energy; open and closed (or, ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ techniques- in internal arts it is also perceived as yielding and unyielding);   yin and yang (as understood in internal arts and Traditional Chinese medicine);   inhale and exhale as a constant, circular dynamic;  and flowing and force (or Water and Iron as I teach it).  It is a profound statement of the deep integration of physics in all that we do, and the sublime beauty and  simplicity that is revealed through it.   In meditating today in reflection, I wanted to share the following brief primer that I wrote regarding aspects of perception (it is part of the student manual that I provide to my clients).  I hope it inspires you!

                   Energy and Perception in the Martial Arts 

To further understand the dynamic of energy within the martial arts, we can see it from a perspective of relationships.

If we can see the interrelationships of energies as a whole, rather than merely receiving or projecting it, we see a process of systemic balance. The physical technique itself disintegrates from the moment of its inception through the apex of its focus- from an ‘action’ into a   ‘connection’. It is a constant flow of probabilities, rather than an isolated, mechanistic singularity. Essentially, the whole (flow of energy) becomes much more than just the sum of its parts (singular techniques)- it is in actuality a system self-organized by inter-connections; a flow of patterns rather than just an isolated point.

The dynamics of the subconscious and conscious mind in the martial arts can be placed in the context of perception. This can be illustrated by this (paraphrased) example, provided by noted physicist Fritjof Capra:           When we see an interconnected organization of leaves, twigs, branches, and a trunk we identity it as a ‘tree’. If we draw a picture of the tree, we will most likely not draw its roots. Yet, the roots are generally far more expansive than the tree itself that we can see. The roots are often interconnected with the roots of other trees, forming a vast underground network in which there are no precise boundaries between individual trees. The singular tree that we can see may even be just a very small part of a much larger organism that we can’t see on the surface.

Another example we can apply is a large grouping of icebergs. We may see individual icebergs, and on an external conscious level perceive them as isolated . Yet, often what we see is the proverbial ‘tip of the iceberg’- it is only a mere protrusion of a far larger mass underneath the sea that we can’t externally see, from which many other protrusions may extend (what we identify as individual icebergs).   By perceiving a martial arts technique as a singularity- isolating it from the flow of energy and away from the sub-conscious, we perceive and even function on a mechanical level, unable to perceive any probabilities from energetic patterns that develop.

The ability to perceive on this level allows us also the ability to ‘self-create’ the outcome of any energy dynamic. It is a process of perception, based on interconnection rather than on isolated external events. As martial artists, we can translate incoming information (an incoming attack for example) by perceiving it in a context of concepts (the intent that is driving this particular action).  In essence, the singular attacking strike in of itself is not as meaningful as the energy and intention driving it.    By training our minds to perceive via the subconscious,  simply countering and gaining control of the attack is a process of creating a new pattern within an interplay of energies, rather than externalizing and isolating (thus paralyzing us in a form of stasis and inaction).  In this way, we have natural control of the outcome of the event, regardless of the intentions and continued action of the aggressor.  Through this ‘yielding and unyielding’ perpetual balance,  we have the ability to flow with the event, using the energy it generates as a resource- rather than fighting against it as a stone thrown in the lake fights the water.   We become a component of the energetic relationship, rather than disconnected from it.  In essence, we become the balance.  For all of that to be realized, however,  we must be present in the moment to perceive the wholeness of the intent (to see the roots) -not in the past, not in the future.  Only in that moment.  Then and only then can we flow like water and strike like iron……..

‘What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning’

                       – Werner Heisenberg; physicist




Mission: Accomplished

Greetings!   I haven’t posted anything in quite a long time- I have been very busy with new programs I have added to my martial arts academy and Warrior Path programs.  The weather here in the Sonoran Desert has been beautiful indeed, so I have spent much of my free time outside (working on my house and updating training equipment),  hiking, gardening, spear /sword/ axe training and basically NOT sitting in front of the computer for any length of time.  Well, both the weather and current socio-political events are heating up considerably, so I am back inside and on the computer to resume  screaming from the cave…….

I am going to address the newest (possibly engineered) collapse of order in Baltimore, and the concurrent threat to civilized Western society that it represents  .  I could very easily cut and paste the events of Fergudishu, as much of the elements are the same.  The same Social Justice wankers, the same race hustlers, the same social engineers are sinking their toxic, control-thirsty fangs into this ……”event”….as well.  I don’t need to re-hash too much.   There are, however, a few differences that have   far more sinister implications, in my opinion.

Let’s start with that idiot mayor of theirs.   It is now a matter of record, with much collaboration from multiple law enforcement sources, that she ordered the police to stand down.  Her justification apparently was to give those thugs a ‘safe place to destroy things’. WHAT !?!?!?!?    She said  ‘it’s only property’.   How do you think the business owners whose property was destroyed by these  savages will react?  What about their rights?   How about their employees, whose jobs are now threatened by this grotesque abandonment of responsible leadership and basic common sense?   Will they nod their heads in understanding and commiseration for the poor, disenfranchised street thugs who only know how to burn down their own communities and assault innocent people?   No, I am sure that like all other reasonable, civilized folk, the good people of Baltimore who were harmed by this insanity  would be enraged .  I hope at the very least she gets her Marxist, liberal a**  impeached, with several massive class-action lawsuits filed against her.  Look at this in the context of the anti- business culture now breeding in our society (‘you greedy business owners. How dare you MAKE A PROFIT!!??!’)  Starting to get the picture?

I am sure you are seeing a common thread with this and Fergustan.   The running theme of ‘we have to let them run amok because……whitey’ is even more prevalent in this instance. There is also another commonality here, and it is one that the  drooling propaganda whores of mainstream media are very dilligently trying to cover up. We all know by now about Michael Brown- he was a violent, repeat offender who had just assaulted a store owner and robbed him, when Officer Wilson stopped him (at which point the extremely large and aggressive Brown tried to grab Wilson’s  firearm- in fact assaulting  the officer in the attempt ).  Justice was then served.   The officer did what he had to and was absolutely in the right (as the Missouri Supreme Court concluded).    In this Baltimore case, we have a suspect with a laundry list of violent offenses, including narcotics trafficking.  In fact, he was being arrested at the time for that very thing.   When you are a known drug-felon, and you are caught in the act again, and you are armed, what do you think is going to happen?    These are not the innocent, upstanding community bright stars that the Politically Correct sheeplings  and media want you to believe they are.  These two brought it on themselves.   When they CHOSE to deal drugs, when they CHOSE to steal and assault, they were solely responsible for the consequences. NOT the police, NOT the ‘evil capitalist’, NOT ‘Whitey’. They themselves bear the responsibility for their stupidity and criminality.  If you hear anyone suggesting anything else,  they are pushing an agenda. 

OK. Speaking of  agendas, now I’m going to drag you  deep down into the rabbit hole…..

Brace yourself.  This will not be pleasant.

It should be obvious that this Saul Alinsky inspired culture of welfare and state dependancy is fueling  this chaos.  THAT is the boot of oppression at the throats of the so-called ‘minorities’ (along with  decades of uber-liberal policies like enforced ‘ victimhood’ and race-baiting).  My compassion for them is even more non-existent when they loot and burn their own communities- the very communities that support  them.    PANTS UP DON”T LOOT!

Integrated with all of this is the horrific shadow of Cultural Marxism- the building block for a re-established Global Socialist Utopia.  Political correctness=restricted personal sovereignty and liberty=more State dependency= less strong families=MORE CONTROL.   I have to say that Political Correctness has done possible irreversible damage to our once free republic.    Our freedoms that we hold sacred,  particularly the First Amendment , are  being completely abrogated so as to not offend ululating , suicide-bombing third-world savages and uncivilized, state-dependent hood rats. The attempt to make use of the term ‘thug’ a hate crime is a good example.   Of course,  I need not tell you that the 2nd Amendment ( believe our most crucial) is next on the chopping block. I weep for the future, and for the complete destruction of Common Sense…

Have you wondered why bad actors like the SEIU and  the American Communist Party are logistically supporting these violent riots?  Did you know that the Big Daddy of global communism himself,  George Soros , is directly funding all of this?   Do you wonder why?  I believe it is all planned, and it is all connected.  It pains my soul to say this, but I am afraid we may be finished as a  sovereign nation.   The integrated dynamics are far reaching, and events are happening far too simultaneously for it to be anything other than intentional.

The timing of the Siege of Baltimore could not have been better for TPTB.  So, Puppeteers of the Cabal-  Mission Accomplished.  Even though I do lean strongly towards it being co-opted and subsidized out of convenience,  it is obvious that they certainly did not let this crisis go to waste. I find it intriguing that the criminal activities of that Rothschild- handled Maoist Clinton have been abruptly swept under the rug (namely, selling uranium to Iran as Sec.State.  Wasn’t there something about some little dustup in  Benghazi also? ).    We won’t hear anything more about it, nor will we hear about the Clinton Foundation knowingly  taking massive donations from actual, real women oppressing regimes like Saudi Arabia (are the Social Justice tools  going to fly there en-masse,  stamp their self-righteous little feet and demand they stop using the word ‘bossy’? No, didn’t think so). The flashlight of exposure is now removed from that particular globalist- endorsed cockroach, thanks to Baltimore, so she can continue lying and scheming with abandon now.  It is no wonder   that tenets of U.N. Agenda 21- which she strongly champions- can be seen very much active in all of this.  In a nutshell, some of the long term goals of this Kafka-esque Agenda are centralized control of all communities,  complete disarmament of the citizenry, and (at least for the US), a nationalized, Federal police force to replace state and municipal police departments. These will answer solely to a centralized Global government.  Say goodbye to any state’s rights.

Bear in mind that Mayor Rawlings-Blake was recently  appointed to Comrade Obama’s advisory cabinet pertaining to federalizing all  US police departments.  Coincidence?     That race pimp Sharpton was in the news this week propagandizing for this very thing.   Is there any doubt that the Maryland Kristallnacht is going to be used as the impetus to bring this about?   Look forward to our own version of the NKVD very soon. Oh, Stalin would be so proud of his uber-leftist legacy sprouting so fervently here …..

Is it possible that  Rawlings-Blake was ordered to mandate a police stand down?  Very much so.  If that might be the case, that still does not exonerate her in any way.  By proceeding with the order, she implicates herself in a much larger conspiracy. She also must be held accountable for her actions and decisions, and all I said previously still is accurate.  The Nuremburg Defense is utterly invalid.  Take her tacit approval of destruction of private property, and her overt coddling of savage behavior, and tie that all in with everything else I have discussed.  Chilling, isn’t it?  Baltimore, and all of it’s related dynamics, are just the ripples in a much bigger wave of ripples  in a bigger pond than we can’t  visualize from our base conscious way of thinking. But, if you see those ripples as connected, and see how they carry each other across the water, you will see the pond………

Stay frosty. And,  consider bringing in those tomato plants………

R.I.P. Mork

I usually don’t pay attention to,  nor care about,  anything involving celebrities.    Today I am making an exception.

Yesterday we lost one of our most brilliant artists- Robin  Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide.   The world seems just a little bit darker today,   and I imagine that anyone who has been uplifted by his genius would feel a sense of loss and sadness today.

Aside from his warp-speed mind, and his dizzyingly quick improvisation, he imparted a great sense of humanity to everything that he did.  One couldn’t be entertained by his mercurial humor and not be inspired by the tremendous ‘heart’ that went along with it.   I would always feel uplifted, even inspired, after laughing my a** off!  Movies like “Good Morning Vietnam” and  “Patch Adams”  made me laugh and brought me a measure of happiness, but also offered me a sense of hope, of humanity.

Peace be upon you at last, brother.

You will be sorely missed.


Warrior’s Path: A Way of Being

 (This is an article I wrote a few years ago, and I thought it appropriate for the first actual post here at the new OHJ.   You may have read this at the old site if you are a subscriber, but I believe it is worth re-visiting…….)

Warrior’s Path: A Way of Being  

‘He stands over the mangled bodies at his feet, his gore-drenched axe finally satiated in its bloodlust. He takes in the destruction around him, barely seeing it through the still red gaze of his slowly subsiding fury, Another glorious battle, he thinks to himself, more fallen enemies to my name, and most assuredly, one step closer to Valhalla…’         

For most, this is the quintessential Warrior. A man-at-arms, a champion, a blade-slinger, fighting great battles and marking his many names throughout heroic epics with the blood of his foes. While there are of course grains of truth to that image-both historically and within contemporary society-this limited idea falls quite short of the true nature of the Warrior. It is not necessarily a path forged by the sword; it is a path of the mind, the heart, and the spirit.  Fortunately, more and more people are becoming aware of this understanding, but still there are many misconceptions and untrue stereotypes of what constitutes a Warrior.

The path of the Warrior is not necessarily just one of war and battle. The individual striving for success to support  themselves and their families; the person fighting the demons of addiction; the person overcoming a debilitating (or potentially fatal) illness- these are all Warriors of the Spirit. We all know someone in a similar situation, we may even admire them for their strength and courage. These situations are not the blood-drenched fields of battle conventionally associated with the Warrior, but it is a ‘battle’ nonetheless. A core virtue of the Warrior is determination, always striving towards a goal, or needed change, with an unwavering sense of purpose. Self-discipline is a crucial element of this virtue, keeping to one’s intentions and staying focused on the task. This often requires great courage- not necessarily in the face of spear and sword, but the ‘slings and arrows’ of negative influences, undue criticism, and obstacles (even self-imposed ones). In the times we live in now, I also recognize another type of warrior- the ‘infowarrior’. These are people who educate others about their personal liberties, inspire others to seek truth within the darkness of propaganda, and inspire others to be self-actualized and empowered as strong,  caring, sovereign individuals.

So, like our conventional archetype of the victorious soldier, the Modern Warrior strives against all odds to achieve goals, whether it’s a better life situation, personal healing, to educate and inspire others, or even just to grow and learn in a new direction.

Hence to fight and conquer in battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence is in defeating the enemy without fighting”- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

  Another misconception of the Warrior is what is portrayed through modern media and popular movies- unbridled rage and aggression, and larger than life ‘heroes’ dealing with problems with fists rather than brains. This is also not what it means to walk the true Warrior Path.  A Warrior virtue is balance- seeking a harmony within the mind, body and spirit. This develops a greater sense of ‘center’, and being more attuned to our own beings. This balanced internal dynamic resonates into the world around us. As my Sifu (Grandmaster Khan) often said to me. “Be of calm mind and rightful spirit”. To me, this means maintaining my inner anchor, and always knowing who I am and what my intentions are at all times. If we lash out violently in anger or rage, or just plain stupidity, we are definitely not in control of that center. A true Warrior is aware of their control, and maintains it. There is a great difference between reacting emotionally, and acting appropriately (or ‘acting as trained’). I have had cause to use my skills in some situations in the past.  However, I responded with only what was necessary for the situation, nothing more and nothing less. One who is on this path should not hesitate to act in an appropriate manner to do what is necessary, nor should they overreact out of uncontrolled fear or blind hostility.

For a Warrior (especially a trained one), a dynamic of personal control is taking responsibility for one’s actions. In the context of the martial arts, if you are fully aware of what you are capable of, you will have greater control over how you choose to respond to any given situation.  In everyday life, our awareness of personal control gives us a strong sense of responsibility- knowing how our physical, mental, and energetic actions connects with and affects the world around us. For the Warrior, it boils down to a very simple truth- ‘Knowing Self’. With that, one can walk the Warrior Path with a strong sense of resolve, greater self-confidence, and a peaceful and balanced mind, body and spirit.

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death”. – Sun Tzu

The heart of the true Warrior is not one filled with brutality, aggression and arrogance. It is a heart filled with compassion, and the need to aid others. Perhaps one of the most important core virtues of the Warrior is service. It goes far beyond service in the name of one’s land or leader, but service to one’s community. It is a person who possesses the Warrior Spirit who reaches out to aid those in the community, or to strive to better the world around them. It is indeed the most important service of a Warrior to selflessly lend a helping hand wherever they are able. The same hand that wields the sword must also reach out with caring. It is through such  action that one finds peace, harmony, and healing within. If we find healing within, we are better able to have a positive impact on all that is around us, to which we are intricately connected.

Another important way in which the Warrior may be of service is to teach and guide others. This is not only in the context of teaching those skills associated with the arts of the Warrior (physical defense, security, and other related dynamics), but guiding others to discover and implement their own strengths. As an example, I have been teaching the martial arts for several decades. The core principle I share with all my students is not just physical prowess, or combative tactics, but self-empowerment. The most efficient techniques possible would be useless without self-understanding, or awareness of one’s strengths or gifts. It is part of the service of the Warrior to guide others to see their own strengths, even if on the basic level of offering a kind, supportive word to someone in despair,  insights and wisdom you have gained,  or to offer simple lessons learned from your own experiences.

A Warrior walks his or her own path with humility. I had the opportunity to provide personal security services for a short time. Even as I served as a protector, I approached the task with a sense of calmness and quiet balance. This allowed greater safety for myself, and for those under my charge, by not projecting ego or any pretense of what I was actually doing (‘ghostwalking’). In that sense, I was able to do what was necessary and serve efficiently without relinquishing my sense of center. I have learned that true humility allows one to be more attuned to their own strengths. ‘Open heart, open mind’ as I call it. If you are open to always learning, you are open to seeing new potentials within yourself. This is also a strong Warrior trait- always seeking to learn and integrate new dynamics; always striving for personal growth. Although I have been a martial artist for close to 40 years  now, I consider myself always a student.

” The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.”- Sun Tzu

        This understanding has also impressed upon me how a balance of compassion and humility serves in a leadership position. Grandmaster Khan was always an excellent example for me in this context.  Many years ago, he led many personnel in high-risk situations throughout Southeast Asia and similarly dangerous zones. Yet, despite his high position and vast combat experience, he always signed his name with two Chinese characters that translate directly as ‘man of the fields’- essentially, ‘servant’.  He considered himself simply as one who serves out of compassion, strength,  and a protective spirit; while maintaining his own sense of center and self-value (or, as he often would say to me ‘Bow TO out of mutual respect, don’t bow DOWN out of fear’).

One can lead with the quiet confidence earned through experience, wisdom, and sense of self. This taught me a deep understanding of the true way of the Warrior- one can walk this path with both firmness and gentleness, both a peaceful and protective spirit, and most importantly, tempering action with wisdom. The Warrior must always seek the balance.

New home for Open Hand Journal

As of tomorrow (6-25-2014),  the blogcast site I was on will be discontinued, so I have a new home here at WordPress. I will also be attempting to upload content from the old site and archive it here. In any case….I’m back…..(he says, somewhat ominously……)

Perceptions, Observations, and occasional Berserker Rants……..