…and the student asked the Master: “What do you mean the movement must speak to me?” …and the Master only smiled.
So, the question is, how do you expand your vision? Exposure to superior challenges presents an opportunity to grow and strengthen the roots of your experience. Through the constant clashing with successes and failures, one develops a clarity of vision that leads to a path of accumulating the essential traits that will assist in developing along that path. Perception is a reflection of an individual’s state of mind, knowledge, and experience. Through clearing your perception you can refine judgment, enabling you to make better selective decisions. You have begun a journey of self-awareness and expansion.
Self-awareness is both physical and mental. and to begin the journey, it is best to start with the mental aspect, since the mind controls the body. A vital and important aspect of self-awareness is self-image. You must have a clear vision of your self-image in order to mentally see yourself accomplishing what you desire. Clarity of vision begins within oneself. Before you can have harmony in your outside world, you must first harmonize your inside world (mind). In the process of clearing vision a better relationship of ones own strengths and weaknesses begins to manifest. Through the process of expressing the desired movements through a variety of exchanges, a knowledge and clarity of possibilities develops. Movement must be able to fit within the confines of your abilities, strengths and weaknesses. When you are able to do so, they will be expressed naturally and effortlessly. Once you develop the mind/body relationship, you will begin to speak the language of movement, which is expand/collapse, hard/soft, straight/circle, and many more possibilities. However, you must allow the movement to communicate to your body. Through mastery of knowing, and achieving a clear mental self-image, you can combine the powers of the mind and the powers of the body to express the language of the movement.
…and the movement has spoken.