Hi Sensei Mattson, Sensei Giella and All,
Enlightened ones, Masters, Gurus and Saints throughout the world and history have taught us that everything we're searching for is within. The Vedas say, "Thou art That", or "You are Spirit".
We are incredibly strong and powerful beings, but our power is within us. Only by going within can we begin to tap that power and meditation is a way to bring our awareness to this central source of unlimited potential.
The correct way to meditate is without expectation, no anticipation or preconceptions. Here lies the paradox for the student. How do you do, or not do, what you're supposed to do?
We should all realize that our experiences are a reflection of our inner state. Waking, sleeping and dreaming all have corresponding and measurable physical attributes. This is also true with the transcendence, the state of restful alertness. In this state a person achieves both rest and pure dynamic consciousness at the same time. The basis of the Vedic statement, "In Yoga (or union) perform action". Many of the early Masters of martial arts were living examples of this thread and incorporated it in their teachings.
Central to most of the martial art systems is the balance of mind, body, and spirit. Unfortunately as with many systems of personal development not all of the techniques get passed on to the next generation. It is this aspect of the art that I find intriguing and the reason why I believe Sensei Giella's thesis is so interesting for all practitioners of Uchi-ryu.