- Jim Gilkeson
"Wax On, Wax Off!": Back to Basics
(This is part 1 of a series called "Wax On, Wax Off!")
“Wax on, wax off!” These were the words of Mr. Miyagi in the film “The Karate Kid” as he taught his young student basic moves that would show up in everything he would learn thereafter in karate*. For Daniel, the student, so basic, so boring, so beside the point when there were so many much sexier karate practices to be mastered. He could be hacking through thick boards with his iron hands and throwing opponents across the room. It’s the same with energywork practice. Beginning students often want to “run energy” and explode their chakras open and twirl them like so many fidget spinners. I wonder what Mr. Miyagi would say. Probably he would say “Wax on, wax off!” This begins a new series of postings about what I regard as basic practice. By “basic” I mean simple, not a lot of complexity to it. This is different from easy. As you will see, these things take practice. Wax on, wax off!
What are the energywork equivalents of “Wax On, Wax Off”? What are the meta-skills? By that, I mean the ones that are so integral to energy healing practice that you won’t get very far without them, and if you do have them, there is little else you really need? ”A meta-skill is a kernel of pragmatic knowledge that applies to a wide variety of circumstances including ones you have never directly experienced before. Because meta-skills are portable across many environments, they are extremely valuable, much more so than any specific knowledge of a single place or problem.” - Definition from the all-knowing Internet At or near the top of the list of indispensable skills:
How to settle into a meditative state: things you do before you even start with an energy exercise;
How to make a conscious connection with the energy moving through you in your own personal practice;
How to make a conscious connection with energy in a partner in your hands-on work.
And that’s where we’ll begin this small series. There will be more as we go along. Stay tuned.
Next up: some thoughts on settling into a meditative state.
*To see the three-minute scene in "The Karate Kid" in which Mr. Miyagi finally shows Daniel what's behind all the seemingly mundane repetitive chores he has been made to do, click here.
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