AND OTHER NON-COMBAT BENEFITS OF
GUIDED CHAOS SELF DEFENSE
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|It is said that there are many routes to the top of the mountain of enlightenment... Guided Chaos is one of those routes...|
Instead of enlightenment I will substitute the word Transcendence...I am talking about the dissolution of the ego....Not in a permanent sense but for intervals of time both short and long...I am not talking about becoming an Avatar but experiencing those moments of sheer clarity that can occur with extreme situations of danger or simply deep relaxation...I am not talking about sitting in meditation for hours contemplating your navel...I am talking about losing yourself within...I am talking about putting your ego aside for certain periods of time during training which often leads to an overflow of insight into your regular living situations...
My own study over the decades has included sitting in Satsang with a guru who would be classed by some as an Avatar although he would not say so...In fact he has some very human quirks as most of us also do...
The development of GC at first was to find the ultimate fighting method...On the journey I found that the best way to approach nearly unlimited ability in movement is to disappear from the normal thinking world with it's multitude of illusions and "let go" with the help of the mechanism of contact flow practiced on the most dynamic, delicate almost whimsical levels...
With a sort of sense of play a person can be as a child and then gain what many of us have lost along life's path...All the trials and tribulations become grist for the mill of understanding and a sense of joy or peace of the true warrior can become evident...to you...The simple exercise of contact flow done properly while standing with a partner on your wobble board is just such a physical exercise that can only be taken to higher levels through truly letting go of result oriented thinking...It is a wholly experiential undertaking....Even some folks who practice Tai Chi don't get it's import with regard to extreme development of all the principles of GC including balance, sensitivity, body unity, looseness and finally unlimited ability to not only adapt to what is occurring during a life and death struggle but eventually allowing a sort of pre cognition of events of touch, flow and manifestation....
Some of my Tai Chi friends dubbed GC training on the boards as Poison Tai Chi...One can only surmise that since it is a shortcut to the ultimate in flow that it is seen by those who have ego involved in their teaching to be sacrosanct since they only understand thousand year old codified methods of gaining flow....They do not recognize a paradigm shift when they see one because they do not possess the ability to "see"...Of course there are incredible masters out there who do "see" and I salute them and their students...Is a short cut really a short cut?...Is GC the wormhole of understanding the multidimensional aspects of knitting the body with the spirit?...It is up to you to find out if you are so inclined....
|According to this article (illustrated by the picture on the left), brain noise is normal. But is it beneficial? Everyone below would disagree...|
FREE YOUR TORTURED BRAIN
"Your in-box is inundated with 4,322 e-mails - and that's just from today. You've been putting out one fire after another and are really annoyed and distressed at this non-constructive proliferation of professional cyber burps in which everyone is cc'd and to which you've got to respond knowing that the e-mail bounce-back will be geometric. Bleary eyed, you ate lunch in front of the screen at your cluttered desk, reminding you of your cluttered life and cluttered mind. You are drowning in it and the tension in your body is palpable. Maybe you should go see your doctor and get a pill. Or, to your chiropractor for a crack.
Here's another idea. Empty your mind and leave the tension behind at a Guided Chaos class. Looseness, a core principle of Guided Chaos, means more than practicing with a supple body. More than anything, it means leaving behind the cognitive, stress inducing analytical short circuit that is daily work consciousness. In fact, as you progress in Guided Chaos, you begin to finally understand and realize the mind - body connection and benefit from positive feed back loops. In other words, you do better at Guided Chaos as you free your tortured brain. At the same time, you relax your mind because your body relaxes. In the end, there is some irony. You become more peaceful and empathetic as you practice to meet a sometimes violent world."
"The most impressive general benefit that I have gained from Guided Chaos is an ever increasing ability to be attached but not attached, at the same time, to the events within my life. Yes, I still often get too attached or too disconnected, resulting in anger, obsession, boredom, loneliness and many other unpleasant feelings. However, I am getting better at enjoying life, without having expectations, or, trying to force things.
The most import exercise, from Guided Chaos, which is helping me, is Contact Flow. I am now practicing contact flow more correctly than in the past. When I arrived at the Boot Camp work shop last May, I was still not yielding and moving out of the way properly. Part of the reason, for this, was a misunderstanding, on my part, of what I was supposed to do. By the time I left NY, I had made a conceptual break though, thanks to the help all of the instructors, especially Patrick, who I did some extra training with.
I have a few good training partners here, so my progress continues. This training bleeds over into my life in general. I feel capable of remaining closer to other people and to events, being more aware of my emotions and of other's, feeling more balanced, with less emotional blockage. This is often a joyful experience. I am not able to maintain this state, all of the time, but, I return to a calm, happy, centered state more quickly than before. I want to personally thank John, who developed this art, and all of the instructors and students who have helped me with guided guided chaos."
"Even if I'm exhausted both physically and mentally, doing Contact Flow never fails to pick up my spirits and give me an energy boost. Why is this so? Why doesn't it further drain me?
--It uses waves of energy generated by alignment, core muscles and the plyometric nature of tendons, augmented by gravity and not gross muscular exertion.
--The relaxation and looseness required relieves stress.
--The free-form creative mind state required for adaptive physical improvisation somehow taps an otherwise inaccessible energy reserve. You just can't get the same results from doing patterned movements such as forms.
--"Listening" via tactile sensitivity to another person's movements and absorbing his strikes not only quiets the noisy, static-filled, judgmental "monkey" mind--but I could swear I'm also absorbing the other person's energy into my own depleted reservoir.
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