Is that quote from the Tao? It seems like I have read that before. I could be a big fat liar, but that really does sound familiar. The title refers
to my likings of shows with ducks. I grew up on Duck Tales, Dark Wing Duck, Howard the Duck, etc.
"The space between Heaven and Earth is just like a bellows:
Empty it, it is not exhausted.
Squeeze it and more comes out."
This is an interesting quote. Not sure that I have any comment about it, though... haven't processed it all just yet.
Is there anything else inside of me? That is a question I rarely ponder. For the most part, I feel empty. So, I don't ask myself that question ...
I rather not go down some roads at this point. That might not sound positive, but I know that I still have many questions left to answer and many
answer to find that don't yet have questions, so I am certainly not "full." Fortunitely, I'm starting to learn to enjoy the journey. It has been
years since I have thought this clearly. I'm learning to cope with my emptiness for the first time... and instead of seeing it as a downfall, I'm
using it as a stepping stool. In the last month, I just learned to like myself again for the first time in about... ???... .... ... 11 years.
"When you train under a Master you are taught initially a series of moves, each one is later shown how together they form a response to an attack.
This is no different that say playing chess and having learned the various defenses and attacks strategies. ... More that likely the format of each
fight is based on ancient as well as modern, well formatted attack/defense strategies."
Actually, I was trained under a Grandmaster
. He started his own art, but he was a certified 6th degree black belt. He had a very street effective
style combinating Wing Chun, Karate, Kempo, and Jujitsu for the most part. It also including some Sumo, Judo, and ancient Samurai techniques that he
picked up somewhere along the way.
Getting back to the point, I do understand what you are saying about the combinations. Many of our attacks were a combination of well known tactics
as well as free flowing responses that we would naturally have. Sometimes there was format, while other times there was not.
"The technique taught are much more than formats of attack and defense, they are a sort of combination. Which in the mind act in much the same way
your keyboard works in relation to your computer (though consider itís more like trying to use Windows XP without a mouse)."
I think I followed that. We were taught to practice until the response came naturally. It is a fairly effective tool, such as keyboarding (the
skill) to relate to your example. As a whole, you probably know more about the combinations and the links to the mind than I do.
"From my perspective those who are aware and conscious are the fruit this Universe brings forth."
I have a feeling that this statement implies more than you are letting on. Do tell.
"But of course there is no reason for me to deny the straw dog theory"
I'm not sure that I even get what a straw dog really is, or what it is suppose to represent in that passage.