Wednesday, August 24, 2011
On the other hand, I integrated much of the magickal lessons I had been struggling with while I was in the dojo. Shadow boxing, learning perseverence in the face of not being able to control my body or quiet my mind. These lessons that I needed for my magickal training I integrated during karate sessions.
My husband came to the martial arts first in a much more traditional school. Once he had experienced the Western way, he then switched over to discover what the Western world's magickal tradition was all about.
We both use skills that we learned both in martial training as well as magickal training simultaneously now. I don't think about where the stance, breathing technique, or energy manipulation technique was learned from. How I use both Western and Eastern techniques are about the tools being used and the techniques. This is similar to how shamanism techiques are utilized in Pagan practices for the most part as well.
I will have to insert a caveat that I am not a "harm none" aka the Wiccan rede kinda gal. The Thelemic tenent of "Do what thou Will be the whole of the law, Love under Will" works a lot better for me. I believe in self defense and strength. I don't believe in neutering myself magickally by tying my hands or my power or physically. If my person, home, or family were threatened, you better believe I'd fight to protect them. Its also worth noting that the Wiccan tools were commonly called weapons in classic occult literature. My lifestyle and martial philosophies have to fit with my magickal beliefs and practices as well. I don't believe in the watering down of magick, ritual, and practice to make it more sanitized for the publishing industries or the masses.
I am choosing to no longer participate in hard martial forms. My body has already suffered permanent injuries from these practicies and I am not interested in further head injuries, etc. I need my body to last for me!
Maybe tai chi it is?