The Seekers fight their way along the Path, willing even eager, to pay a terrible price to find peace, enlightenment, insight, understanding. And, when they discover that great secret, what do they find? Themselves.
There is no enlightenment outside your Self. There is no great secret to take back and share with others. No one can tell you this great Truth, you must discover it for your Self. When you do, you will realize that there are only three choices, ignore the game, play the game, or teach the game. Some choose to remain at that point. Some return to the world and become Teachers, Mentors, who, in all manner of disguises provide the tests and point out the landmarks and signposts along the Way.
To follow the Way is to be kind. Because almost everyone you meet is fighting some great battle with their inner demons. Be it an unhappy childhood, a bad marriage, lack of self-esteem, post traumatic stress disorder, there are many causes. Few among us have made our journey without some tribulations or trials. That is why some seek enlightenment.
Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself. If you want people to beat you and teach you a lesson, be a bully. Sooner or later there is always a bigger dog. If you want people to like you and welcome your coming be nice. This is one of the Great Laws you learn in meditation. The Law of Attraction. If you go looking for trouble, you can usually find it. If you go looking for friends, you can just as easily find them as well.
Of course, not everyone can be trusted. That is because they do not yet know what you know. But, by your example, you will teach them.
~Ashida Kim is an internationally renowned martial arts expert who teaches and lectures on Ninjitsu, the Invisible Fist, around the world. He is the author of The Secrets of the Ninja, Secrets of Invisibility, Ninja Mind Control, The Invisible Fist, Iron Body Ninja. Master Ashida Kim has written more than fifty books on the subject of martial arts, distributed worldwide and in nine different translations.
In 2009 he was inducted into the USKA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Grandmaster of the Year. In addition to teaching, both at his own Dojo and on contract to other schools, he sometimes accepts private students, yet is virtually unknown to any but his closest allies. Simply because he does not boast nor brag of these accomplishments. He is much to busy participating in the glorious adventure that is his life. He has travelled the world, appeared on television and radio programs, in magazines and book signings, met and trained with the finest martial artists on the planet who represent all styles and systems, modern and traditional, and taught hundreds of seminars on Ninjitsu; and always with the same message:
“Fighting is not the answer. You can impose your will by strength of arms for only as long as you are strong. Eventually you grow old and die and the empire is lost. The only real and lasting change can be made through love, helping each other, setting a good example for all…”
He has been awarded the 10th Degree Black Belt, the highest level given, in Black Dragon Ninjitsu and named as the founder of his personal system of fighting and invisibility known as Mugei-Mumei no Jitsu, which means, “no name, no art.” Because the first rule of the Silent Way is you don’t talk about Fight Club. In 2016 he was awarded Tai Chi Grandmaster of the Year.
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