Yesterday an old training friend asked me if I have fell out of love with Wing Chun because I have been openly doubting the validity of Chi Sau, silly question, I am still looking for the heart of it that’s all, this is a post from last year but it is worth revisiting.
People without questions rarely look for answers.
Most of the time we are not connecting to the thing we think we are analysing, we are only connecting to the practice of analytics.
How do we set about seeking the truth? And whose truth are we looking for?
Before seeking the truth of anything we must differentiate between seeking the truth and seeking validation. Seeking validation leads to belief, and belief is the enemy of truth.
If everything we know comes from someone else, somewhere else then it is not and never can be our truth. Only when something comes from us as a product of direct experience can it be our truth.
We need other peoples truth to start the journey, to set us on the path but the sooner we can abandon those other truths the sooner we will find our own truth. Every wisdom tradition known to us has something akin to “first you must empty your cup” although it is often used in respect of meeting a new teacher, it is equally important when meeting ourselves.
The only way to approach knowledge is to come from a position of not knowing, if not we will think we recognise it and see it as something else.
In respect of looking for the truth of Wing Chun we explore it through deeper and deeper analysis. But what do we learn from analysis? Most of the time we are not connecting to the thing we think we are analysing, we are only connecting to the practice of analytics.
Is it possible to do the S.L.T. Form and see what it is you are doing without seeing it as the S.L.T. Form? Can Bong Sau be anything else besides Bong Sau?
The Form itself is just the process.
How do we find our way to a genuine experience of what we are doing?
This is the real work.
If we can become part of the unfolding event instead of the centre of the event, just as a tree is part of a landscape no matter where it is in that landscape we improve our chances to see things as they are, to experience them.
On inspection we may find that everything we think we know is correct, then again we may find that everything we think we know is incorrect, either way it is the truth, how we deal with this truth is another thing completely.
Learn the Form, but seek the formless. Learn it all, then forget it all. Learn the Way, then find your own Way.