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Post by Rhea Kaye 07.08.22 14:31

https://etherealcatalystblog.wordpress.com/2022/08/07/the-way-of-the-warrior/

Martial arts are, first and foremost, about the Spirit. Honing the mind, refining your individual spirituality and establishing an inner, sacred temple within Self. That is the ultimate source from which your personal power should stem. The purpose is to eventually conquer yourself, and thus, rise.

At least, that is the way I see it. I am battling to refine my own shortcomings, and I hope to someday master myself.

Technique, power, and refinement are all important to the arts, of course, but then, what remains when the body starts to weaken? The body is not strong forever. Eventually, we all revert back to the dust we came from. Then, why study and practice martial arts?

It is the spirit, the state of the soul, that remains when we are at the end of life. That spiritual alchemy achieved from continuous effort against the chaotic tides of life, with all its trials, is what should remain.

To be a martial artist is to refine and hone that which will survive beyond the gates of death.

I have no patience or respect for those who flex an association with some type of martial art in order to level threats against others, to behave abusively toward others, to maintain a false and undeserved sense of superiority or to otherwise dishonorably inflate their sense of Self.

Honor is a vital core of any legitimate martial art. We have been gifted the chance to learn from the spirituality, technique and tradition of the Eastern disciplines which have historically been elitist and closed off from most. To desecrate that by behaving with dishonor is truly disgusting.

With an arsenal of hard-won powerful techniques yet no honor,

congratulations… you’ve worked hard, but when your body weakens and decays, you will still become nothing. No one. Your “power” will decay along with your flesh, evaporating in the inescapable flow of time.

I have realized that you can indeed learn from everyone. Some people are there to show us how not to be, they are there to shed light upon the right path via stark contrast.

The true purpose and core of any path is never to inflate the individual sense of self-importance.

Keep your sword (the mind) sharp and never forget to stay humble.
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Post by Nightshade 07.08.22 15:08

I always find it good content to explore the martial arts and the Way of the Warrior under a perspective of occultism and spirituality, and you do that very well Rhea. Especially as it touches upon the notions of Honor which is one of the most vital aspects of the Asetian tradition, as well as a lesson where most people fail at.

Now good luck if you end up triggering one of the mentally challenged once again. lol
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Post by Rhea Kaye 07.08.22 15:21

Thank you Nightshade, that means a lot.

It is a very rewarding thing to pursue. It seems to align really well with Asetianism. Not giving up is challenging sometimes, but there's always a better version of self waiting on the other side of the fire.

Triggering people is my favorite pastime, as well. Smile
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Post by Selene Skotia 07.08.22 15:26

thEy OnLy havE 7 PeoPLE tHat iS whY sEvEn iS So saCrED tO tHem

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Post by Selene Skotia 07.08.22 15:27

Anyways, sorry about that. Razz
As Nightshade would say, “I kid, I kid!”

Good article!
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Post by Rhea Kaye 07.08.22 15:37

The accuracy is frightening.
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Post by Jonathan 07.08.22 20:21

Agreed, nice subject and approach.

Rhea, your lineage of martial arts is Japanese right? I’m not a martial artist myself but I hold great admiration for those who are and take it in serious way. It can be something deeply spiritual, not about violence at all. Only the unawakened care about violence.
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Post by Rhea Kaye 07.08.22 21:38

Yes, it is Shorin Ryu. My Sensei's Sensei regularly travels to Japan to have meetings with the Japanese Masters, although I think he stepped down a bit on duties in order to have more of a life at home. I think the group does regular gatherings there, which would be the dream to attend someday. Out of all things, what my own excitement fixated on was the traditional basket weaving seminars.  lol!

We have picked up a curriculum of Iaijutsu as well, which is kind of intimidating but also fascinating. The visiting instructors that come to help teach like to give me crap for my amusing sword swinging that kind of resembles swinging a baseball bat, but it's all in good fun. Lol. Hopefully someday I will get better at that.

Well, this is a subject that excites me and I tend to blab about. But one cool lesson I've learned lately is that you never know what kind of seed could be hiding within someone. It is really inspiring to see other students flourish, get excited about their progress, gush to their family and friends about what they learned and gradually get better and better. Teaches me a lot of lessons about perpetual renewal. Also it is good for the ego (I feel, anyway) to look at excited kids and clearly see the inborn talent some of them have, let Self take a significant backseat and focus on trying to lend them a hand.

Last but not least, I think being knocked flat on your ass by Sensei before you even realized what happened to you is great for a sort of Fool's Initiation. Lol
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Post by Jonathan 08.08.22 9:52

Oh the Okinawan style. Very nice! I also admire the fact that besides you holding several black belts you never show-off or make vain use of that in an egotistical way on social media. In my book that means you're at least on the right track! That humbleness is very much vital to higher magick in Asetianism, so it always pleases me to observe people with many real life achievements and not making a silly banner out of that. Keep writing about it, you have a lot to teach.
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Post by Rhea Kaye 08.08.22 20:08

Thanks Jonathan, that does mean a lot. Helps give me the fuel to continue beyond life's trials.
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