There is a story. In order to appreciate the seal and the birth of the school I think it’s important to understand how it all came about. The school celebrated it’s one year anniversary March 8th. Two years ago I told a fellow black belt that I couldn’t imagine ever opening my own Kung Fu school. Go figure!
Over the summer of 2011 I traveled around the country on a motorcycle. That was spontaneous. I had purchased a motorcycle, (hadn’t ridden in 35 years) passed the certification test (after 3 tries and barely) and was on the road not knowing exactly where I was headed, what I would discover and when or if I would return to Portland. That was an amazing experience and another story.
Several weeks into my travels I was meditating beside a quiet stream. By this time on my journey I was feeling quite Zen, relaxed and in tune with, well, most everything. I had my eyes closed and in my mind I clearly saw a stone gently breaking the surface of the water. I saw very distinctly the effect the stone had in creating ripples extending to the edge of a pool. It was such a powerful image and experience I logged it in my journal in more detail than any other entry on my travels. I knew what I had seen would change my life in some way but had no idea what it all meant, not completely.
When I returned to Portland a month or two later I came across the stone I had seen during meditation in my girlfriends house. I held the stone over a white bowl of water, gently broke the surface with the stone and took a photo. With a little help from an artist and photoshop the EXACT IMAGE I had seen during my meditation was recreated.
Powerful thoughts and experiences manifest when we can slow down and allow ourselves moments of quiet. The image I saw meditating has changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. The water, the rock, the ripples all represent very specific aspects of my training, teaching and life in general. Over the next several posts I will do my best to share the meanings of the seal and how to apply the principles in your training and everyday life.