Monday, May 11, 2015

Bruce Lee and Open Space (sent to OSLIST by Dan Mezick)

(Interesting message from Dan Mezick just picked on the oslist)

Greetings All,

I am reading a book [Bruce Lee: Artist Of Life] and some of the things he is saying are strikingly resonant with OST. 

In some spots he seems to be speaking quite directly about it specifically. 

I plan to post more quotes here soon, and for now I offer these for your consideration: 

Page 3
"[the principle] is not a thing that can be learned, like a science, by fact-finding or instruction in facts. It has to grow spontaneously, like a flower, in a mind free of desires and emotions. The core of this principle is ... the spontaneity of the universe."
Page 18
"[the discipline] values the wonder of the ordinary, and the idea is not daily increase, but daily decrease."
Page 19
"Being wise in [the discipline] does not mean adding more but being able to remove sophistication and ornamentation and simply simple- like a sculptor building a statue not by adding but by hacking away the unessential so that the truth will be revealed unobstructed."

Page 121
"Learn the principles, abide by the principles, then dissolve the principles. In short, enter a mold without being caged in it, and obey the principles without be bound by them."
Page 120
One should respond to circumstances without artificial and "wooden" prearrangement. One's action should be like the immediacy of a shadow adapting to a moving object. One's task is simply to compete the other half of the "oneness" spontaneously."
Page 97
"It is useless to try to stir the dirt out of the muddy water, as it will become murkier. But leave it alone, and if it should be cleared, it will become clear by itself."
Page 80
"If you understand the situation you are in, and let the situation that you are in control your actions, then you learn how to cope with life."
Page 72:
"The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized into a pattern of systems. We realize that manipulation and control are not the ultimate joy of life- to become real, to learn to take a stand, to develop one's center, to support our total personality, a release to spontaneity- yes, yes, yes."
Page 74:
"...our life is basically practically nothing but an infinite number of unfinished situations- incomplete gestalts. No sooner have we finished one situation than another one comes up."
Page 121:
"When one has no forms, one can be all forms, when one has no style, one can fit with any style."
"In primary freedom one uses all ways and is bound by none, and likewise one uses any technique or means that serves one's end. Efficiency is anything that [achieves the goal.] 
"When you perceive the truth of [the discipline,] you are at the undifferentiated center of a circle that has no circumference."
Page 123
"True observation begins when one is devoid of set patterns; freedom of expression occurs when one is beyond system."
Page 124
"If we honestly look at the nature of combat as it actually is, I am sure we cannot help but notice that a 'style' tends to bring about adjustment, partiality, denials, condemnation and a lot of justification. In short, the solution being offered is the very cause of the problem, placing limitations and obstacles on our natural growth and consequently obstructing the way to genuine understanding."
Page 126
Any structure, however efficiently designed, becomes a cage if the practitioner is obsessed with it."

Daniel Mezick, President
New Technology Solutions Inc.

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