«The man who wanted to be known as a teacher, not movie star or kung fu hero, but artist who wanted to show the world what the body was capable of when one put “emotional content” behind it.
…Bruce Lee’s Life Quotes
“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. » …
…“Great freedom= Great Sensitivity…There is no freedom if you are enclosed by 1) Self-Interest or 2) Walls of Discipline.” …It cannot be true freedom if actions are not freely made and taken. But great sensitivity and having the interest of others in mind creates good actions.
…Freedom starts in the mind, it’s about how we think about life, and what we are doing to really change ourselves…
“There is intelligence when you are not afraid. …” Intelligence is defined as “the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.”
However, there are two types of knowledge; that of the “empirical” sort and that which is absolute “truth.”
Empirical knowledge is defined as “sense experience, the knowledge or source of knowledge acquired by means of the senses, particularly by observation and experimentation.”
True knowledge must be absolute, single, infinite, whole, undivided, non-dual, immediate and self-conscious.
True knowledge is the knowledge you get when you have that “ah-ha” moment. …To apply knowledge of the senses is to act according to your environment, which is a physical state of existence, and forever changing, which, if u cannot change, life will be harsh.
To apply true knowledge, one must seek the true knowledge first, and everything else comes after. If true knowledge is what we get from going “inside” then one must really “know thyself.” Once one “knows themselves” all fear vanishes, and they become free to act.
“The poorer we are inwardly, the more we try to enrich ourselves outwardly.” …. …
“A struggle of any nature can never be settled satisfactorily until the absolute fact is touched–where neither opponent can affect the other Not neutrality, not indifference, but transcendence is the thing needed.” …We disagree because we live in a state of “self-interest.”
…“To be on alert is to be deadly serious. To be deadly serious means to be sincere to oneself, and it is sincerity that leads one to the Way.” …The Way doesn’t need explained, it’s something we all know and recognize within. We reason our way away from The Way, because it’s easier to be self-interested, than to do the actual work that comes with acknowledging the existence of The Way. To be on alert because one is constantly absorbed in living every moment in TRUTH, which is the fullest way to live in every moment, means that one is extremely serious about their existence.
“The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not be thinking of whether it ends in victory or in defeat. Just let nature take its course and your tools will strike at the right moment.” This is what some call chance or luck, but it’s more undercover name is opportunity. We create our destiny, it’s what leads us to our fate, and throughout the journey opportunity appears, It becomes our role to be ready to seize and capitalize on opportunity as it presents itself. …every time I have focused on winning itself, I have lost. The key is to do everything possible in your power that could lead to victory, and leave the rest up to nature, or, what will naturally happen as a result of your actions.
“Discipline in conformity with nature.” The only discipline that we should follow is discipline that is in alignment with and conforms to the natural state of things. …nature, or what happens naturally, cannot be controlled. Our actions leading up to what will naturally happen is that magic that makes dreams come true. Therefore, our discipline, or the training we give ourselves that allows us to perform our actions better, must be in alignment with the natural state of things, and in that is the flowing like, or being like, water.
“To bring the mind into sharp focus and to make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere, the mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought process, and even ordinary thought itself.” True freedom is the only thing that can bring about this state. Eliminate all fear, focus inward in the maturation process(“the process of maturing does not mean to become a captive of conceptualization. It is to come to the realization of what lies in our innermost selves.”) …again admonishing us of the omnipresence of the truth, which we must look for(The Way), which can only be found in freedom(discarding all old thought processes), which comes from being focused and alert(deadly serious, or sincere).»
While many may not come into the full understanding of what it means to be truly free, sincere in every moment, adhering to The Way, and tossing aside all self-interest, the few that do will always change the world, because transformation of the inner man/woman, will always lead to a change in one’s entire world, which affects everyone that comes in contact with that person.»
The Seeker #10-Mentor Series
We all have different versions in our mind of the immortal legend, the dragon whose name was Bruce Lee. The myth, the man, the teacher/philosopher movie star who died too early, but left a mark so strong.
The man who wanted to be known as a teacher, not movie star or kung fu hero, but artist who wanted to show the world what the body was capable of when one put «emotional content» behind it. We have since made some discoveries of the meaning of what Bruce Lee meant when he gave us the clues on being like water, as Lee made it less about his Jeet Kune Do, and more about the philosophy of life.
One of my more contemporary mentors, reading Bruce Lee’s books was like reading a minefield of gold that would burst on every quote, as my internal mind understood…
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