Strengthening the Mind
"The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one's body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears, and swords. Being carried away by surging waves. Being thrown into the midst of a great fire. Being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake. Falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease, or committing seppuku at the death of one's master. And every day, without fail, one should consider himself as dead. This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai."
We are not counsellors or psychologists, but do use many mental techniques to understand and release truama and stress which is stored in the body and causes physical symptoms. We use 'emotional release' techniques to help with every day life situations and remove baggage from past situations which only becomes heavier and takes more energy to keep under control as time goes on. Life is about living and moving forward expressing yourself with passion and you cannot do this with baggage or insecurities creating fear and holding you back.
Many people are weighed down with unprocessed emotions or unresolved issues and like a suitcase becomes heavier the longer you carry it so do emotional issues. Many people have lots of these suitcases or jars of emotions with lids that need keeping tightly on to prevent them from overpooring into their everyday lives. Each of these lids takes emotional energy to keep them in place and remove the amount of energy you have left to live life with and deal with every day stress as well as disease. The body is an extrememly resilient machine but Many times it is let in by the weakening of the body and gut by emotions over long periods of time or quick shock of emotions which affect the body and mind as the time period these happened in was too short to allow the processing of the events.
Emotional therapy is unlike counselling or psychology and is a very quick and proactive mental technique in helping people that are tired of carrying their baggage to move forward in life. It is strong and provides you with courses of action which if you are not ready to really commit maybe hard for some people to take on board and accept. Howeveer with those that really want to change their life it is also very supportive as it stands up for your true self and points out areas where you may of overextended yourself or let people' s behaviour around you become a negative situation for you.
MENTAL TRAINING FOR COMBAT AND CONFLICT
Having a calm and balance mind was an essential requisit of the samurai and this began in training very early on. Pressure testing of real techniques with often real weapons made you very aware of the consequences of not rushing in wildly and out of balance whilst still requiring strong reslolve in your technique and mind backed by an inpenetrable spirit forged by these processes.
"Like a stone in the ocean it cannot be drawn out to sea or pushed onto the beach but remains centred"
By preparing in advance for issues and being constantly 'mindful' of situations the chance of being unprepared for circumstances dramatically reduces and calms the mind in everyday life.
Shiba Yoshimasa (1349-1410):
"For warriors in particular, if you calm your own mind and discern the inner minds of others, that may be called the foremost art of war."
Many of the traditional arts seem to have many 'un-needed' exercises regarding zanshin (Awareness) which link in with many requirements now being taught in military and law enforcement as a way of coming out of the battle mind and and keeping you safe in changing surroundings.
What you train is what you do under stress ! There have been numerous stories about how military and police personnel perform under stress and repeat exactly what they have trained even if their training was bad it was reproduced under stress. Any decisions for altering the training are removed during high battle stress and the front part of your brain which makes these alterations or thought processes is removed from the chain of command. It is therefore important that you train exacty what you wish to reproduce.
Warriors did not have the time to be Zen buddhists, but many of the lessons learnt as well as some religious teachings were used.
Accept all possible losses before entering the battle.
Have a centred, mind and body - control your emotions, do not let them control you. Many breathing exercises including one we teach from 16th century Zen exercises help to do this and have been altered and now taught to U.S. Police departments as part of their combat training.
You must be free to listen to your intuition, and other information sources (gut, heart, mind) and to act instinctively and in real time allowing these thoughts to flow into technique and actions. To do this you must lose your mind which was never meant to be in control of your body, but rather to assist it. However at the age of 2-3 years old this freedom is given up and analysis and thought processes begin to kick in which does not happen in other animals to the same extent.
Visualisation of success is done now by all athletes and prepares and trains the mind to flow freely and adapt to situations whilst providing a positive outlook.
Fear stagnates the mind and prevents moving forward in life and growth. However fear is usually made up of some true, but very unlikely outcomes and many other false and imagined insecurities. If you were asked to walk a line on the floor you would bet good money that you would succeed, but put this on the edge of a roof and fear brings in all sorts of imagined possibilities of which many are simply not logical.
Today we teach many of these lessons to strengthen the mind and spirit ("train hard fight easy") and centre and balance the mind to deal much better with every day life.