7 7 2014

7:35:59 AM: Okay, good stuff. You never see me journaling this early normally. Well, today Daria and I woke up at 7 am! And I think that we might make a habit of it, which I would really dig. I feel slightly bad that I don’t have a lecture prepared for this morning, but I feel really excited to see people’s demos. Really excited. I think we will find it a lot of fun.

7:36:59 AM: I think I will do the earth invocation from visual magick, and then I will practice San Shin.

7:41:32 AM: Earth invocation went pretty well. Now time to practice some earth kata. I still find chi no kata pretty difficult, but at least I have practiced it once on each side this morning… progress. I actually can’t believe how little I have practiced lately. I need to get back in the groove. I will practice rocking back and forth between ichimonji and tsuki a bunch of times.

7:59:07 AM: Also practiced standing in hicho for a while. Pretty good workout, that. Wow, still three minutes before I would normally wake up. I wonder how I will feel during the day. Might take a nap during lunch, nbd.

10:49:51 AM: Nice bit of yoga this morning. Almost nobody showed up, just Whitney, Danielle, Vic, and Lloyd. We did a bunch of great hip and leg stretches.

10:50:31 AM: Lectured on dotenv files briefly and talked about Sailthru’s security setup and the problems it had. Felt a bit disappointed by the feedback report this week, because it seems like all of the feedback from my L-word EE session didn’t get included, and instead I got to read a really negative piece of feedback targeted at Katie. Definitely a bit unfair. I think people should not externalized their failures and place the blame on other people.

9:16:59 PM: Good time at class. Reviewed those seminar techniques that we did on Sunday. Bo technique from chu-dan, wrist exposed to their attack from seigan. As they attack the wrist, drop forward to receive the blade. After matching the blade in warrior’s chair pose, tsuki with the front leg to reverse sides and attack. Sword technique. Start from geidan, they tsuki from seigan. Receive the blade in warrior’s chair pose, tsuki with the front leg to reverse sides and end in reversed tsuki.

9:46:29 PM: Starting both in shizen, shift to ichimonji in the ura-gyaku direction. You do not gyaku with the hand, but just guard. Other arm comes up to strike the side and knock them to the side too. Hand that came up comes up to sui-sto as the body twists further into an omote-gyaku shape, then curls around the neck as the body twists further. Then strike the face as you shift forward into tsuki on the line formed by their head and your foot.

9:49:31 PM: Starting with him grabbing you, shift to ichimonji in the ura-gyaku direction. You do not gyaku with the hand, but just guard. Other arm comes up to strike/press their collarbone on the same side that grabs you. Their lower back should feel stressed, your weight should press into them so that they cannot kick you.

9:51:06 PM: All of these movements have the theme of making initial contact (matching) and then suddenly dropping your weight into it and knocking them away. I have yet to understand this.

9:44:21 PM: Alright, going to try this after I finish journaling taijutsu and I drink some water. I hope to contact my holy guardian angel, but I will remain open to any and all experiences that bring me closer to an understanding of my place in the universe.

10:36:37 PM: I feel absolutely elated right now. I feel so glad and so grateful and so fucking thankful that DMT exists. I feel that it IS my spiritual ally, that through it I can become a SHAman. That I can use it to guide people to better lives, that I can use it to fully become myself, to manifest all of my inborn potentials. That I can work with the spirits of this molecule to bring conscious evolution to humanity so that we can all join together in peace and prosperity.