Moving "off the line" to keep Peace in your life.

In this day, I guess as days before us, negative people and evil have always existed.  If we, true people who attempt to follow a "path" of peace and compassion, allow ourselves to be caught up in such negativity, we then get sucked into a "pathology" that we simply do not need and in the end will ruin us and feed into the other's drama. Something healthy folks do not need.

Lesssons learned in the martial arts, especially Hapkido and Aikido, teach students to "move off the line" of the attack.  Unlike Katate and other "hard" styles of martial arts where one "crashes" into the other to block, punch and kick, Aikido and Hapkido teaches one to "blend" with the attacking force, thus giving "no resistance" and then no platform for the attacker to work his/her skill.  The name itself, Hapkido and Aikido, both coming from the same art AikiJujutsu, means a "blending of energy."

So what does this mean to the non-martial artist?  Everything!  Just take a look at families, coworkers and employers and managers and one can find someone who, for whatever reason, enjoys making life miserable for others.  Also, the pathology in the DSM IV-TR, a manual of diagonotics for psychiatric professionals,  clearly states the need for these folks of drama to be the center of attention and self- empowerment.  

For the layperson, the words of Confucius, come to mind.  "A superior man is modest in speech, but exceeds in his actions."  Thanks to Bohdi Sanders, PhD, for this quote.  I once had an Aikido Sensei, Julie Clothier, 5th Dan, talk to me about being an "empty jacket" to aggression.  Julie Sensei was of advanced years, but her teachings were more than applicable to the present world we live in.  If we do not give evil a platform, then they have no control over us.  This is "moving off the line" as taught in Hapkido and Aikido.  Taking the path of least resistance.  No fight; no blame as is quoted in the Tao Te Ching.

This is a brief look into a different way to handle aggression, drama queens and kings, and others who spin an evil web of negativity.  For those who are more interested in a deeper look, may I sugguest the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell's version (easier to read), or the books by Bohdi Sanders on Warrior Wisdom.  

Happy Training,

Master Ken