This episode is about the two symbols that are illustrated in “Break The Chain Volume II”. The first is an image of a mountain.
The second image is of a scale.
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THE TWO SYMBOLS
Sensei Joseph Hurtsellers: There’s two symbols that we’ve been working with a lot, and I’ll mention these two symbols and go over what they mean and, I don’t know, maybe integrate them in somehow. I talked with Mr. Kizaur about this and haven’t quite decided yet, right. But the first one is contained in our school seal, which is the symbol of the mountain. And you can actually use any of these mountains, but the mountain represents this law— the most powerful law in the universe— and it’s called the law of momentum. And the law of momentum simply means that that which is likened to itself is drawn. In other words, when you’ve got something there is no such thing as a stagnant stale universe that stays the same. If you follow that out, it means that there is no such thing as something that is unimportant. Everything is very important.
I was telling the students on Saturday about the great basketball coach John Wooden, the greatest NCAA coach of all time. Ten national titles in the space of twelve years, ten national titles! Ten, nobody’s come close to that, not even remotely close to that. So what was unusual about coach Wooden’s practices? Coach Wooden’s practices were unusual because the whole first day, the whole first couple of days of practice, it was all about get his men to tie their shoes properly. They asked Coach Wooden, “Why is that so important?” And he says, “Well, when a man comes to play for UCLA it important they know that they are part of a team. It is important that we do everything the same. When the shoes are tied properly, the shoes fit properly. They get less blisters, but more than that, they know they’re a Bruin.”
Now, what was he doing? Well I don’t know if he knew about the symbol of the mountain or anything like that, but when you take one thing and you make one thing important, it makes other things important too, and that makes other things important. Just like a snowball traveling down the edge of one of these mountains, that snowball accumulates and creates an avalanche. If you’re on the right side of the mountain, that avalanche looks like positive energy, positive emotion, joy, fun, power, abundance, relationships. But if you’re on the wrong side of the mountain, it looks like something else.
So the trick of the mountain is to make sure that you’re always on the right side, on the sunny side of the mountain. You don’t have to be all in this complete energy of goodness and avalanches and good things happening. All you have to do is have one simple emotion, and I like to call that emotion—you can call it approval. You can call that emotion being okay with it. You can call that emotion—a word I’ve been using a lot is satisfaction. I’m satisfied with what I got. What I got is pretty good. I like it, I like my shoes. I like being able to tie them properly. I like it.
Because it’s never a stagnant universe, if you’ll hang onto that one thought of satisfaction, and you hold it long enough, and you don’t split your energy by coming up with other negative thoughts, in time that will turn into an avalanche. Does that make sense?
Students: Yes, sir.
Sensei Joseph Hurtsellers: So, what we saying? What we’re saying is, is that—What is the smallest component to anything in the universe? The smallest component to anything in the universe is a thought. So what are we saying? We are saying thoughts really matter. If you can, and if you can’t, either way you’re absolutely right.
And then the second component that we’ve been working with a lot is the image or the symbol of the scale—like the judge, the scale, the two sides on it, on either side. We use that symbol to illustrate how we summon energy from the universe, and we summon energy with our desire. When you want something, you summon energy from the universe. In other words, you’ve asked for whatever it is that you summoned, and very quickly you’ll get the things that you summoned. When you have a desire— if I am thirsty and I want to get a drink of water I go, “Hmm, cool, we’ll go get a drink of water.” And go get a drink of water. That’s summoning energy, a very very small amount.
But what’s interesting about it is, why wouldn’t I go get a drink of water? Well if I have a belief, maybe it’s a false belief—somebody told me the plumbing is not working. It’s just not working. There’s no plumbing. There’s no water, and I’m very thirsty, and I think I should go and get a drink of water, but they told me it isn’t working. I’ll just be thirsty. So in other words, when you have a belief that interferes with the desire, that belief goes on the other side of the scale. The desire could go on this side, and the negative belief goes on the opposite side of the scale. Does that make sense? If your opposite belief opposes you too much, you’ll never get that drink of water or that relationship, or that reverse punch that you’ve been seeking. Does that make sense?
Students: Yes, sir.
Sensei Joseph Hurtsellers: So what we’re really trying to do when we use the image of the scale is we’re trying to align those things that we want with a positive belief in the expectancy of those things. So, the last question is—and it’s an IMPORTANT question—is how do you do that? How do you make that actually happen? Well the number one problem with negative thoughts—those thoughts that put on the dark side of mountain, or those thoughts that oppose the desires that we have— is most of the time they are invisible. For the vast majority of us, we don’t even know that we’re that we’re thinking NEGATIVELY, because it’s been so habitual that we’ve done it our entire lives.
There is a wonderful book if you’ve never done any sales work, but it’s really a book on the way the brain works. It really is a book about Law of Attraction, even though I know don’t think the author uses that language, and it’s called The Brain Audit. So, has anybody ever read that book or heard of that of that book? It’s very short, very simple little read. But basically what the author talks about is he talks about this idea that the way the mind always works is it always works in the negative. What he’s really saying is he is saying that we’ve been habitually changed and trained since we were little kids to think in terms of the negative.
So, in other words, when somebody has a decision to make—let’s say you’re going to go to Best Buy and you’re going to buy a new TV, so you look at the TV and the first know you go is, “What would be the potential problems with this TV? Does it have Roku or does it have Amazon built in? I might cancel Amazon next year. If I cancel Amazon next year, then I’ll be stuck with a Fire TV. I don’t want a Fire TV if I’m going to be only using Roku. Will it fit on the stand that I have? If it doesn’t fit on the stand that I have it will stick out the edge, and if it sticks out the edge then it won’t fit, and then I’ll be stuck, and then I’ll have to get somebody to come in to put the new stand on it.”
Now, that is just normally the way that everybody’s mind works, but that’s because we’re trained into that. We immediately think, “I want to learn how to do triangle chock, but they told me not good at jiu jitsu because I’m not really flexible.” Right? “I want to do a sidekick. Yeah, but in high school I really hurt my knee, and I’m really concerned that I won’t be able to do it.” It’s just the mind way our mind works, like it’s not even a big deal. We don’t even think of it. The author of The Brain Audit basically says if you don’t present that way, people can’t even hear you speaking most of the time. So what you do is you have to present with the problem, because then people can hear you. Why? Because then everybody in our life and our society is conditioned to be on the wrong side of the mountain or to have these negative beliefs that they dig up and then overcome. And if you dig up negative beliefs, and then work to overcome those negative beliefs you’re going to have a hard life, because you’re already starting way way way way way behind the 8-Ball. Make sense?
Students: Yes, sir.
Sensei Joseph Hurtsellers: So what’s the solution? The solution is to discipline your mind so that you don’t go negatively automatically like most people would so the psychological stuff in the book The Brain Audit really doesn’t affect you very much. Now, I know it’s a world that we live of reality. I know that we have to experience—if I look at the gas tank on my car, I can’t put a happy face sticker over it when it’s on ‘E’. I can’t just tell a story, I have to do the things that make me be able to live my life, and get through my life, and get through my world.
But here’s what I’m going to suggest to you, there is one thing that you have that will absolutely indicate which side of the mountain you are on a hundred times out of a hundred. Those are the emotions that you feel, because the moment that you feel a negative emotion, even a little subtle negative emotion, it means that that negative snowball has just tipped to the wrong side of the mountain. And every time you feel a positive emotion—every time you just a little thought of approval, of satisfaction, a little thought of good— it means you’ve put the snowball on the opposite side of the mountain.
So the next final question is, how do you get sensitive enough to be able to detect your own emotions? You do that through your practice of meditation. Because when you learn to meditate it’s just like if you took a pool of water, and you stuck your hand in it, and you stirred the sand up from the bottom. Now you can no longer see the bottom, and that’s what most of us live our lives like. But when you meditate on a consistent enough basis, after a few week or a few months of meditating on a daily basis, what happens is your mind becomes very still and then your emotions become very clear. And you’ll be standing in Best Buy and you’ll go, “Yeah, I’ll take it,” because there is nothing opposing what it is that you want.
The interesting thing about it is the decisions that you make will come more rapidly. You’ll begin making them easily. They won’t be a big deal, because you’ll be walking in the world with something that very people have. You’ll be walking through the world without fear, because all of that fear is just little snowballs that are starting at the other side of the mountain.
So those are the two symbols, just to review. We have the mountain, and the mountain really represents the law of momentum. And then we have scale. The scale represents that anything that we want, and that the things that we want, must not counteract the beliefs that we have about them. And the way that we unlock both of those symbols is through learning to meditate and learning to meditate on a consistent basis. Life gets better, and your martial arts get better, and you get stronger, and you get faster, and you get healthier.
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