Rationality and instinct can and must work together to help us achieve our goals in combat, in training and especially in our everyday lives.
To fully understand what it means to subdue emotions to our purposes, however, we need to go more into practice by exposing active / passive examples of emotional development.
We start with some natural and consequential behaviors (but totally damaging and counterproductive):
We are locked by a lever of the opponent and we react developing fear (a fighter who is afraid is a wrestler defeated, our moves become insecure, we only try to limit damages, we are lost)
The adversary broke our teeth, we feel pain / desire to rival so we are hangry (we forget every tactic, our attacks become predictable, energy-consuming, our chances to prevail drastically decrease)
Our body is cooling because of the stiffness of the climate, so let our mental state shift to sadness (we risk freezing, our arts cool down, the movements become less energetic)
We are not able to perform a training exercise in the correct way and we are unconsciously depressed (the quality of our actions worsens, the concentration goes away, we are tempted to quit)
Let's see now some positive and active examples:
We have desires / behaviors that go against what we think right, so we give them the role of subject of rational fear and we free ourselves (irrational fears are not to be used, we must free from them, more about this later)
The climate is very hot, "we set" our mind on depression (our body automatically cools and stops burning unnecessary calories)
We've finished fighting energy and we're succumbing, we draw strength from anger (body gets warm, we recover strength for the last set of attacks, every movement will include the muscle chain, we have one last chance)
Our workout is poor, we are not giving good performance, we start then to bring power from hatred (the excessive relaxation disappears, the body returns to the right tension, the mind back focuses on the target, etc.)
To effectively apply each of the applications described above, we must first learn the most difficult thing, recognize and control our emotional iterations, plus:
Do not forget to use only mental structures that we can release immediately and that do not leave negative traces of any kind
Remember to force the immediate abandonment of the service-emotion (primarily not to make it become chronic and secondly not to limit its effectiveness over time through its abuse)
Always play attention to do not sum / mix similar emotions (abandoning quickly what is not unique, clear and well defined is much more difficult)
Understand that controlling our mind is possible but very difficult, especially in a stress scenario
Also if it may seem incredible, these are just some of the things that an advanced psyche control can make us do. In the next articles in this series we will see some specific exercises to actively and practically control the changes from a neutral mental state to others positive / negative (a process that is far from easy).
As we have seen, in 6DKF we stress at the same time the importance of abstraction (see the article "Concentration and abstraction in combat"), and the ability to "play" consciously with emotions (see the article "Fighting and mind control: the anchors"):
On one hand, we have the reason, the tool that allows us to voluntarily create, channel and break emotional flows
On the other hand, we have emotions, forces that can allow us to manage things that otherwise we would not be able to do (or not do)
To subdue these powerful "weapons" for our purposes it is necessary to:
Learn through meditation to eliminate as much as possible the emotions of the moment (the one related to what is happening in the present)
Collect and catalog the most intense emotions from our past (situations of extreme euphoria, fear, etc.)
Transform emotions into mental conditioning (assigning roles and circumstances that describe them to the current space-time scenario)
Use the anchoring methods (we have seen some of them) to recall the emotion we need (even in a partially unconscious way)
We must behave like the greatest actors: if we can not feel deep hatred for a person we just met (or for an inanimate target), we just have to assign him what we feel about a behavior that we hate (let's do not use specific people, it is not only ethically incorrect but it tends also to lose intensity with the time).
Basically, anything positive or negative is in our brain can be effectively employed both in training, normal life or in combat; the only condition is that the product of our mind never has a causal connection so that it can not be dissolved instantly.
The key to this type of mental mastery is to voluntarily generate / recall the emotional states we need and in no case to absorb those arising from the present moment.
In general, what has happened in the past is in fact much less difficult to manage than what can born vividly and suddenly in the present (it is obvious that employing old emotions but on which we have not elaborated is equally risky).
In the next article of this series, we will see some examples of practical applications.
The fourth type of meditation we show (partially from Qi Gong) is much more advanced than the previous one and serves to regain and regenerate our Qi.
Important, we will not repeat the details outlined in other types of meditation
Let's free our mind from every distraction (let's find an open / aerated space, also with other people if possible)
Let's sit on a chair, or better, on the ground with the legs gathered (there are several methods, let's choose the most comfortable in relation to our flexibility)
Let's keep our back erect and let's open the shoulders (if we are not trained to hold the position we can put a cushion behind our back)
The neck should move vertically away from the shoulders and the head should be like hanged on a thread (in its top center)
Our arms are long on our hips and the hands gently lean on the ground (or on the chair)
The proper posture serves to make the most of our lungs' capacity but the entire body needs to be completely in a comfortable disposition
In any case, let us keep the meditation position free of pain and distraction (otherwise the practice would be completely useless)
Let's close our eyes gently, relaxing one by one every muscle of our body
By inhaling, we lift our arms up to the top of our head
We breathe slowly and in a noisy way ("the warrior's breath" from Yoga), we must imagine absorbing all that's positive in the environment around us
We swell the chest with the air we absorb and bring it as high as possible (mentally to the sky, physically to the upper part of the lungs)
Meanwhile we inhale the abdomen narrows
The amount of inhalation must be medium-high but we do not have to force our lung capacity
The arms during the movement are extended and open like wings (we start with palm down and then, gradually, palm facing inwards)
Upon reaching the top, the hands join together as in "prayer"
We remain in position in apnea for a medium-low time, suitable for our breathing capacity (no excessive effort, a few seconds are enough to start)
After the apnea. let's exhale, we have to slowly deflate the chest and gradually extend the abdomen (without actively pushing the belly out)
It is important to stress that the exhalation, to regenerate Qi, must be shorter than the inhalation (eg. 3/4)
Meanwhile we exhale, let's sync with the breath the movement of the hands (always clenched) from stretched over our head going down to the abdomen
As the hands go down we start repeating (without interruptions) the "m" mantra so we can hear the sound's vibrations inside our head
When the height ranges from nose to chin, the mantra "m" becomes "om" and the vocal vibration has to intensify
In the last part of the path, the mantra returns to be "m" (let's try to keep the sound constant and not to tremble in the voice)
The mantra serves to indicate through the vibration the exact location of our Qi storage centers (Dan tian)
Once the focal points of our body have been precisely identified, it is necessary to connect them through Qi channels in a conscious way (but this is a much more complex topic that we refer to a future specific discussion)
We repeat the cycle in groups of 6 for the time we have decided to spend (from 10 minutes to 6-12 hours, there are no limits)
Let's do not expect immediate results, the development of this method is as long as our entire life
The practice is positive if at the end we feel reinvigorated and never exhausted, breathless, aching or head-turning (in this case, let's go back to the previous meditation methods)
Each method does not exclude the others, let's be gradual, meditation is a matter of patience.