Being lied to is not your choice. Believing it or not is.
How do we choose what to believe? In this social media driven world we now inhabit there are many players trying to make you believe what they say. With their ability to reach out to so many so fast we are constantly bombarded with their spin of events. How do we choose what to believe?
The ninja were first and foremost information gatherers. Combining that legacy with modern scientific tools teaches us to question everything. What is being said by all parties involved? Who do they represent or work for? What’s the timeline? Where are they getting their information? Has it been verified by other sources? If it’s scientific, can it be reproduced? Questions are powerful.
The problem is that your brain’s number one job is to regulate how much energy you use versus how much you take in so you can make it through the day and keep living. Questioning things uses energy, a lot of energy. Especially when you are...
January is named for the Roman god Janus, protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future.
What does this have to do with training and the art? The training is about learning how to be present in the moment so that we are aware and respond appropriately to keep safe, healthy and happy. To do this we train to increase our awareness of our thoughts, words and actions. So that we can change our thoughts, words and actions to align with the future that we choose to move toward.
To do that we must look in the past and be aware of the outcome of our thoughts, words and actions. Then we examine the outcomes and see if they align with the future we desire. If not we work to change them. We change them by being aware in the moment. Changing the moment to align to the path to the desired future. We look to our future and change in the moment to get there by looking into the past at our thoughts, words and actions.
Training in this art creates a unique friendship and great trust in each other. The more you learn and the more you understand and train in the art, you quite literally become more dangerous. Your knowledge of how to defend yourself becomes greater. To defend oneself takes many shapes - not to be there in the first place, to disappear, to avoid, to escape, to dissuade, to harm, and worse.
Yet while training in this we become more cognizant of how fragile we are, how easily we could get hurt or hurt our partner. The art teaches us how to defend ourselves mentally, spiritually and physically and at the same time teaches us compassion and the desire to protect those around us, our family.
Overtime and training, your training partners become more than a friend, they become family. A family that is as important to you as any family you belong to. A family you want to protect. As we become more skilled and dangerous through training we also become more skilled at protection. Protecting...
In my Togakure Ryu leadership class Mark was discussing how he studied ninpo and suggested we do the same.
Whether it is a phrase like Shikin Harimitsu Daikomyo or a kata, first break it down, take each single piece research and train it. Mentally and physically training each part. Then when you have a better understanding of each part put it back together and research and train it as one. Then wear it for a while, a long while, until you can understand the concept or principle so it's more a part of you.
At this point start to explore how to transcend the principle for physical confrontation to use it for a verbal or spiritual confrontation.
Even after all that remember there is always more to learn. How would that principle look if a weapon, or two weapons, limited space, more attackers, in a chair….. You get the idea there is always more to learn.
There is no end of learning these techniques.
Which is both the most exciting thing about this art and in the beginning this...
The Wonder Of A Child
Are you happy where you are? Are you set with what you know? Is there more you want to learn or have you comfortably settled in wrapped in your habitual predictions?
There is a Japanese concept called Shoshin with a meaning of "beginner's mind." It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. Like the wonder of a child exploring the world around them.
If you want to learn, if you want to change who you are and how you feel about yourself and the world around you, it starts with questions.
You have to question what you think you know. You have to question what you base your habitual predictions on. You have to have the wonder of a child.
At Shinobi Science we use the questions of our martial ancestors combined with those of modern science to give you the tools necessary to get the answers for your questions.
If you have questions about...
The World Doesn’t Revolve Around You
Let’s look at another example of predictions and data and how far some will go to ignore the data. For this we once again go back to Aristotle and his geocentric model of the universe revolving around the earth. This model lasted for more than a thousand years until Copernicus.
Copernicus was a Polish astronomer and priest who in 1515 questioned this geocentric view and proposed that the earth was just another planet revolving around the sun. He didn’t publish his theory until 1543 and it wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms. In fact Italian scientist Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for teaching, among other heretical ideas, Copernicus’ heliocentric view of the Universe.
It wasn’t until Galileo used his telescope in 1610 that the evidence tipped to support Copernicus. Even with this there were still those who didn’t want to accept the new data. Galileo wasn’t killed but he was tried for...
"Abby...someone. Abby Normal"
I’ve been reading over the holiday break which, as my students know, means I have new ideas of how to explain what we’re doing in Shinobi Science. What’s new in neuroscience has been the focus this time and it is not normal.
Most people have heard of the concept of the Lizard brain. It’s part of the triune brain model, which consists of the lizard brain, the limbic brain, and the cortex. The idea behind this is that our base instincts are part of the older lizard brain, that then lead to the limbic brain and our emotions and finally to the cortex and reason.
While this model was created in the 1960s the idea behind it goes back to the ancient Greeks and Aristotle’s three concepts of human will, emotion and reason. Putting humans at the top of the brain ladder if you will. The problem with this theory is that it’s wrong. Modern neuroscience has shown that lizard’s have cortex brains and that there is no one...
It’s the last week of 2020 and many will be glad to see it go. However remember Monday, December, and 2020 are all constructs of our minds. They don’t really exist.
The ninja knew that all we really have is now, this moment. Their training taught them how to stay focussed in the moment to be safe and happy. Today we continue these lessons in the Shinobi Science Online Training Community. We strive to be prepared for whatever comes and live safe and happy.
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We look forward to training with you.
One of my Training partners left for the Bahamas with his family yesterday. Later in the day a group of us get a picture of a Cadillac and a message saying livin the Cadillac dream. It also stated that the test results were not back in time for them to go to the Bahamas so they were staying in Florida. The next text we receive from him states Florida never fails to impress it is beautiful.
He didn’t waste time being upset admonishing himself and family for not getting tested sooner, so they could have gone to the Bahamas. They didn't waste time lamenting the missed trip and that they were stuck in Florida. They chose to celebrate that they are in Florida. Take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and to enjoy a wonderful vacation.
What does this have to do with training? Everything. They did what was appropriate in the moment to enjoy what was happening in reality. They could have chosen to focus on the missed trip and the fun they would have had in the Bahamas and been...
I decided to come to the dojo today. Both Mark and Dennis have asked me to read certain books. I know I will be able to focus on what I am reading and studying better here. Neither the cat or dog will be vying for my attention or food. I can’t distract myself by deciding I should clean house, bake something, read one of the other books I have already started or most likely start a new puzzle.
Here it is quiet. Here I am used to training, studying and learning the art. Here I work to introduce and increase understanding in this art for others. Here I am safe to explore.
This is what we have strived to create online at Shinobi Science for those who can’t join us at the dojo.
At Shinobi Science you learn the Shinobi formula so you can understand the art better. The formula gives you a way to study the art to give you a greater understanding of what you need to be happy, healthy and safe. You learn to question and experiment gaining answers to what keeps you safer, healthier...