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 Post subject: Unlimited Pure Potential
PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 1999 4:51 pm 
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Four-year old Jenny decided that she wanted to learn to fly. It seemed easy enough for her to do, because even the birds do it. So, she stood on her couch, started flapping her arms and JUMPED. Her first attempt was not entirely successful.

She thought that because birds have feathers, that must be the missing ingredient. She found two feathers and confidently clutching them in her two hands, she JUMPED again into the air. Jenny later told her mother that the feathers had definitely helped.
(a story by Dan Millman)

If we can approach training as a little child with an unlimited, open mind that is not boxed in by previous labels -- clumsy, klutz, not a jock, too small, too big, etc. -- think what we could accomplish. As a child we had the "pure potential" to learn anything within our human capacity.

I remember as a Brown Belt trying to learn the "dreaded" (in my mind) Seisan jump-back. I would get to that point in the kata and my back would lock-up, my arms and legs would become heavy. I told myself I was too heavy to do so. My Sensei and Sr. Instructor at the time and long since recognized the ways in which I sabotaged my training and asked why do I continually box my mind in?

I thought long and hard about this statement and began to look at other ways that I did this in training. I remembered the childhood story of the little train who kept saying "I think I can" as it trudged up the hill.

Everytime I approached the jump back, I said to myself I KNOW I CAN, I KNOW I CAN ... it took almost a year and a half back then of saying this in my mind, but I was able to execute the jumpback. Then, I was able to let go and clear my mind (Now, I'm spending the rest of my life learning to perfect it.)

As my mind becomes more discplined and freer my heart becomes more open and my body becomes more alive. All is truly is in Sanchin.


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In Beauty,

Jackie


[This message has been edited by Jackie Olsen (edited 06-26-99).]


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 Post subject: Unlimited Pure Potential
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 1999 7:34 am 
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Jackie,

You wrote:


>If we can approach training as a little >child with an unlimited, open mind that is >not boxed in by previous labels -- clumsy, >klutz, not a jock, too small, too big, etc. >-- think what we could accomplish. As a >child we had the "pure potential" to learn >
>anything within our human capacity.

I teach/train in a dojo which has mostly dan rank students with long years of experince behind them. We have each performed thousands of repitions of the katas, kumites and exercises. At times we have precticed our forms, katas, and kumite by rote. We know each other so well that we can anticipate movements even while free-sparring. The challenge for me is in the "giving" now, not the "taking". We have a couple of kyu rnak students. It is always a pleasuer to work with the new students as they bring an openness and freshness ino the school. They see with unjaded vision. Their eyes light up when they "master" such a thing as the Seisan jump-back. Those moments of insight and little victories keep me coming back to teach and train.

All the best,

Mike


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 Post subject: Unlimited Pure Potential
PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 1999 4:00 pm 
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Mike ... Thanks for sharing. The dojos I teach/train at are mostly kyu ranks or fresh dans. This certainly keeps me on my toes and keeps me from the kata "forgetting" cycle. I sometimes long, though, to train more with equal or higher ranks. (I was sure bummed that I couldn't attend summer camp.) However, with rank comes responsibility of learning to hear the master within and becoming one's own teacher.

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The challenge for me is in the "giving" now, not the "taking" ... It is always a pleasuer to work with the new students as they bring an openness and freshness ino the school. They see with unjaded vision. Their eyes light up when they "master" such a thing as the Seisan jump-back. Those moments of insight and little victories keep me coming back to teach and train.


That is so true ... some of the questions I'm getting amaze me. I don't remember being that inquisitive at a particular kyu rank! I love it when a class comes together with giving and receiving. I feel so abundant and blessed.

I've also noticed that there's more young girls and women starting to train. At my home dojo right now the women outnumber the guys! At another dojo, I instruct three young girls who train with their dad. What a joy that is to see the family interact with me, each other and the class.


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Jackie


[This message has been edited by Jackie Olsen (edited 08-14-99).]


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