Greeting s everyone below is a powerful excerpt from my book Harness the Power Within and Without. Covering a Shu Ha Ri Do concept I call “ENEMY BECOMES ALLY” please take time to internalize this concept, it can change your life…
The first part of Enemy Becomes Ally is easily understood. In a hand to hand combat situation, redirecting or combining a physical opponent’s energy with your own, thus making him your ally because using his strength, you become twice as strong.
For example we have all heard the cliché what does not kill you makes you stronger well I have found this to be true. Circumstance, and situations, can be used in much the same way that a blacksmith uses fire and hammer to create fine swords, however, it is how we view these things that determines whether we become stronger, weaker, discouraged, encouraged, patient, impatient, and so on. To you the readers I say strive also to see the “design”(the divine guiding HAND) in your daily circumstances and situations.
Recognize that life does indeed have a pattern most see it as random, once again our control lies within ourselves, our thoughts, our feelings, our reaction, our choice. You will not be immune to pain, sorrow, grief etc. however, knowledge is power and wisdom is that same power applied. You can apply this element of the ENEMY BECOMES ALLY concept once you get through the natural process of human emotion. You will be able to see the enemies of circumstance and situation become your allies. Now that I have covered the enemy of circumstance, and situation, we now will cover the enemy of self.
“I count him
braver who overcomes his desires than him who
conquers his “physical” enemies, for the hardest victory is
the victory over self.”
Well, we have all heard the other cliché of being your own worst enemy, well, this is also true. Put into practical terms there are many ways in which we are enemies to ourselves all by choice whether knowingly or unknowingly ignorance is no excuse. Some examples of ways we are our own enemy are through;
choice of friends
places you go
overall, things done that are known to be detrimental
and detrimental things done out of ignorance.
Before we examine a few of these areas I would like to remind you of the possible stimulus for choices of friends pass times etc. In the previous chapters I mentioned words like trend, fad, style, peer pressure, etc. and how these things filter down from our society through television, movies, Hollywood, etc and thus cattle prod us into a way of thinking. Some things about this pattern are beneficial but most are detrimental. Regarding choice of friends some people can look at some of their friends and see things that they know are bad habits like;
drug use or sales
overall bad ethics, values, morals
however, the same continue to be their close friends even. It’s insanity for them to think that some of those character flaws will not rub off on them or that they may not be caught up in some kind of problem later because of those same flaws. You simply must be honest about what is right, true, and best. You must be honest about what a righteous lifestyle looks like, and NOT to make excuses for the opposite.When you are brave enough to acknowledge character flaws when you see them, and not justify them, this is the beginning of making your “Enemy”
your “Ally”. Thanks for reading, please, subscribe, comment, or share, help me spread the wisdom I provide on this blog. Information like this is desperately needed, especially in the hearts and minds of young people.