Dojunim says: "For meditation, in Korea, people go to the temple to learn. But I teach you exactly. The whole meaning of my book is in what I teach today. When trying to understand these concepts think of the whole meaning, the larger concept. Combine the philosophies of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Zen into one. Then you will understand the whole meaning. Combine feeling, breathing and touching into one whole. See how the concepts relate. Then you will see the whole meaning. Three is one, one is three. This is the pure and exact meaning of Sin Moo. Once you understand and live these tenets, you can study Sin Moo Hapkido - or any other martial arts - efficiently and learn control effectively."
Sound Meditation: Sound plays an important part in meditation and practice. There are sounds for killing, sounds for healing and sounds for giving energy. There are five different types of sounds: cunning, musical or pleasant sounds, healing sounds, energy sounds and killing sounds. As an example, there is the "MMM" sound made with lips closed, teeth closed, teeth vibrating. When this sound is made softly and gently it is very calming. When made very strongly it is a killing sound (attacking the brain)
Six sounds are used for fixing the Body. Each sound is to be made as long as possible. The sounds are made on the exhale and should be made at least eight seconds, but the longer the better.
The first fixing or healing sound is "chae". Inhale deeply and then exhale making the sound. This sound is like what you hear when a tire goes flat. The "chae" sound works to heal the kidneys. As you breathe in deeply, visualize the kidney (like a bubble in a cartoon). Inhale, visualize, exhale "chae". Kidney problems can also be diagnosed by cloudy foamy urine.
"Whooo" is the sound used to correct digestive problems. Breathe in, visualize the stomach, exhale powerfully with the mouth in a "O". This is not a small tight "O" with the mouth - the mouth is open fairly wide behind the O-shaped lips.
The large and small intestines are fixed by the "ssi" sound. Teeth are tightly clamped, the "s" is prolonged. Inhale, visualize the large or small intestine, exhale "ssi". This sound can heal the symptom of diarrhea.
Heart problems can be fixed by making the "huu" sound. The mouth is open and shaped in a large "O" while blowing "huu". Someone likened this sound to blowing your hot breath on a mirror. High or low blood pressure can be corrected by breathing in, calming down and exhaling "huu".
Liver problems can be helped by making the "shhh" sound while the mouth is held in an "O" shape. Liver dysfunction can be diagnosed by noting the color of the urine: too yellow a color means liver problems.
The sixth organ to be healed by sound is the lungs. Inhale, visualize, and as you exhale make a "sss" sound, releasing the air through the teeth. Note that there are three sounds that are quite similar: "chae" for the kidneys, "ssi" for the intestines, and now "sss" for the lungs. "sss" is the tightest of these three sounds, made with the stomach muscles contracted.
These sounds are very important. In order to get the most out of meditation and practice, the internal organs must be strong and healthy. Sounds can be used to enhance physical skills. "Gam" (pronounced as in "come") is used to bring your Ki Power up when you pick up something heavy. The sound must be made strongly. The "g" in gam is almost a "k" sound. "Um" is used in throwing. So, these two words can be combined into "ga-um" for picking up and throwing an object.
Sin Moo Hapkido draws upon Buddhism, Zen and Confucianism. Whenever we think of our meditation we should think of each of these practices and how they are united into a larger whole. Each practice has six basic precepts. When combined they form eighteen. Each practice has a different emphasis. Buddhism focuses on moral training and is associated with the mind. Zen focuses on breathing and is associated with the spirit. Confucianism emphasizes feelings/sense of touch and so focuses on the body. Sin Moo means the mind, body and spirit united. Through the uniting of mind, body and spirit we maximize our ki. If we develop only one area, we are weakened.
The three laws of Sin Moo are intended to make the body and mind strong by controlling the self. This can be achieved by learning to; 1) Stop feeling, calm down, and relax. This is Buddhist clean mind or empty mind techniques (“Mushin”). 2) Long breathing, this empties the mind. And 3) Stop the senses. This makes the Body strong. When you are able to follow all three - stop the emotions, slow down the breath and stop the senses then you can make strong mind power for meditation and develop internal "Ki" power. This is the key point to control all three areas of the self in combat. Once you learn to control your “Ki” you will be on your way toward developing the power to open the “Third Eye”.
Stop feeling, calm down, and relax. This is Buddhist clean mind techniques. In the Buddhist Clean Mind techniques, one must strive to balance good and bad feelings. Balance the six feelings (happiness, anger, fear, sadness, greed and laziness). The network of feeling is controlled by the brain. There are three steps to pure knowledge though this path: to understand, to look and search and to know. And there are three stops in the act of distinguishing. To move with one’s mind, to procrastinate (hesitate or pause) and to make up your mind.
Long breathing, this empties the mind. Zen is the practice of long breathing. It controls the lungs. There are six phases in long breathing. In taking in breath and inhaling, you pull in the breath, settle your breath and then exhale and expel. In the exhalation there is the cycle, moving out or back, and pushing to the side or clearing away.
Stop the senses. This makes the Body strong. Confucius Moral Training is the path of controlling the emotions. This price governs the bone marrow, making the Body strong. It also has six phases. In delivering the Ki you receive Ki, place it and then relocate and send Ki. Then you distribute the Ki by moving it up, sending it out and having it reach its final destination. Sending and delivering are two different things but yet the same thing. When you breathe in there is weight. Ki has no weight. The three laws have effect on how you send Ki. Sky is taking in air, ground is exhaling. If you know how to distinguish as Sky (breathing in) and ground/earth (exhaling), between good and bad emotions, balance the senses then you can use Ki Power to the maximum and benefit the most from these teachings. The workings of the Sky are pulling the air in and settling the air (inhaling). The workings if the ground/earth are the cycle of twisting and turning, pushing out and finding the path or searching (exhaling). Spirit control head (Sky) and Body (Earth), human controls the Body.
When trying to understand these concepts think of the whole meaning, the larger concept. Combine the philosophies of Buddhism, Confucianism and Zen into one whole.
Combine feeling, breathing and touching into one whole. See how the concepts relate. Then you will see the whole meaning. Three is one, one is three. This is the pure and exact meaning of Sin Moo. The combined meditation methods resulting in the opening of the Third Eye with the ultimate goal of maximizing Ki Power.
When you are able to follow all three - stop the emotions, slow down the breath and stop the senses then you make can make strong mind Power to open the Third Eye. This is the key point: Control all three areas. Sin Moo draws upon Buddhism, Confucianism and Zen. Mind, Body and Spirit. We are now expanding upon the "9 Rules of Sin Moo".
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