The Ninja's Mikkyo Mind-Science and the
Magic of Asking 'Why?'
In the philosophical teachings of the Ninja's Mikkyo mind-science
that forms the foundation for our Warrior Concepts Life Mastery
Program, there are three areas of focus that allow the Ninja
Warrior to always achieve his or her goals. Each of these
so-called '3-Keys of Success' can be focused on in-and-of
itself, but the real 'magic' results when the three are brought
together and aligned with the Ninja's vision.
The 3 Keys are collectively known in Japanese as the Sanmitsu
or '3 Secrets.' Not at all 'secret' in the conventional sense
as being kept away from others or hidden, the sanmitsu is
seen as 'secret' because they have to be 'discovered' by the
student to have any benefit. The three are the "thoughts,"
"speech," and "actions" of the Ninja practitioner. They are
seen as both the necessary elements to bring about success,
and the means by which we can change and affect our world.
This month, I'd like to focus on the 3rd Key, the 'secret'
of the power of our actions. And, like a well maintained vehicle,
our actions are the direct linking of our thoughts and intention
with the outside world around us.
Associated with the 'wind' realm of All-Accomplishing Wisdom
and the concept of skillful means, our actions have the potential
to change our world and our experience of it. Students studying
within the green and brown belt modules are constantly reminded
of the truth of the power of their actions during their class
opening and closing as they recite the Ninja Master's Admonition
of Sh'kin Haramits' Daikomyo! The lesson of this phrase is
that every moment - every action - holds the potential of
being just that thing that will produce the happiness, understanding
and power that we have been seeking.
Of course, merely running around 'doing stuff' is not at all
what we're talking about here. Most of can remember a time
when we did a lot but accomplished very little. For most of
us, we need only think back over the past few days.
The key or 'secret' here is not in the activity itself but
in the focus or direction that requires a particular action.
For unfocused, undirected action is nothing but idle 'wheel-spinning.'
It accomplishes nothing toward the accomplishment of goals
and more towards creating even more of the feelings of exhaustion,
exasperation and distraction that regularly plague our days.
To harness the power of our deeds and actions, we must first
take the time to focus on what it is that we would like to
accomplish. We must ask the important questions that will
allow us to discipline ourselves to acting with purpose and
not impulse. Questions like: "What do we want our life to
be like and about?" and, "What is important and what needs
to be illuminated?" will help to answer the primary question
Why are we doing these things? What, if anything, are we working
toward, or is this just another distraction or another attempt
to avoid the unpleasant? The following is a list of "why"
questions that can be used to determine whether an action
is worth doing in the scheme of things:
- Why am I doing this?
- Why is that important?
- Why is that important? (This is not a duplication but a
clarification of the last answer!)
- Why do I give in to avoid unpleasant responses from others
even when I don't think this is beneficial or productive?
- Why don't I act when I know it is the right thing to do
or is something that must be done to produce the results I
? - Why do I fill my days with activities that do not contribute
to the accomplishment of goals, conditions and results that
I say and believe are important?
- Why do I choose inactivity (laziness and procrastination)
when there are things that should be done to bring me closer
to accomplishing my goals?
This is a partial list and I'm sure that you can and have
thought of (and possibly asked yourself) many others like
them. The point here is not to discuss acting out of the mindset
that says, "when you're unsure of what to do, do something."
But, to maintain a constant focus on the purpose for acting.
In fact, if you were to refer to your life purpose process
and the lists you created to establish the "why" for acting,
you will see the difference. Remember, anything done that
is in alignment with our life purpose is what the Ninja sees
as an Enlightened Action. And, anything that does not contribute
to our life purpose - to creating the life we want to be living...
...is a distraction.
Jeffrey Miller is the founder and master instructor
of Warrior Concepts International. He is the author of "The
Karate-Myth" and the Danger Prevention Tactics video, among
others. For more info, subscribe
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