Resonance through brick-work.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL

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August 22, 2015, Toronto, ON – Life, in may ways, is a lot like breaking bricks. Seemingly mystical in nature, brick breaking has been a part of traditional and spiritual martial arts for eons. The act, however, is actually quite scientific. Tune in to the right frequency and anything will break.

I used to relish in the practice of breaking bricks. It was exciting, it provided instant feedback, and it offered up many lessons on working through distractions. The lessons learned through brick breaking are plentiful; as, when one is truly ready, even the rocks become the teacher.

Last night, I was afforded this opportunity once again, and, after not having practiced breaking in some time, I had to utilize my most direct form of feedback available to me: sound. You see, when hit properly, bricks make a specific sound when they’re ready to break. A pinging sound that lets you know you’ve hit correctly. No force, just frequency. The trick, then, becomes tuning in to that frequency, that feeling, even before landing your first strike. That way, the brick will always fall on your first go.

Life, in may ways, is a lot like breaking bricks.

In life, we are confronted with many obstacles; things that get in the way of our clarity and direction. Our sense of self belief and conviction. Our intuition and our persistence. Pain, in this case, serves as our obstacle during this exercise. The ability to clear our minds and not doubt our own ability to strike through while disregarding all other previous attempts is the key. There is nothing, really, but this present moment.

Then, there’s the ego. That feeling of ‘I’m not hitting hard enough’, so one ends up hammer the brick with as much force as humanly possible. Yet, the brick still won’t give. Like in life, forcing and fixing will not always work. We need to allow and accept, and make peace with what it is that we are doing. Never pushing for more, and only cleaning the slate whenever we feel like we’ve put in less. Life is about that ebb and flow. Not about forcing yourself upstream, but swimming in and between the current. As most of us know, forcing something to work will eventually leave us feeling burnt out. Or in this case, left with a swollen hand.

The key is frequency. The resonance of getting it just right. Listening, allowing and accepting what comes your way. Not attaching to failure, but basking in the afterglow of finally being able to tune in. You hit the brick and like in life, with minimal effort, everything just seems to go your way. The brick just falls and you’ve gotten exactly what you wanted. Life is a lot like this. When boiled down, life is simply a series of frequencies and vibrations that, when listened to carefully, allow anything to happen. We just have to find our own way of tuning in.

At first, with life and with bricks, we will naturally tend to overshoot. We will jump to ego. But only when we find that right sound, that right pitch, will we ever realize that: all life is vibrating around us at all times, and it’s just a matter of remembering to tune right in. Ultimately, it is we who make our own lives happen; our own choices, our own outcomes and our own beliefs. It is within us to decide what it is that we want ourselves to see and what we want to align ourselves with.

So, really, tuning in isn’t really all that mystical after all, it’s a natural process that we partake in daily; whether we’d like to or not. It’s life, the universe, that subtle hum that surrounds us, only to be realized when we actively sit still and abide in both the space and the silence.

Laugh yourself into wakefulness.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL

maxresdefaultFeb. 07, 2015, Toronto, ON – Why is it that the most spiritually awakened, objective individuals among us are majority comedians? With their light hearted candor and objective deconstruction of society’s folly, they offer us a glimpse at the more meaningful and truthful aspects of life, allowing us to not only poke fun at ourselves, but also jar us into awakedness in the process.

From Joe Rogan, to Jimmy Dore, to Russell Brand, to Dave Chappelle, we are afforded a truthful dissection of the malpractice of society, as they continue to open our minds and challenge public opinion.

Perhaps the world would be better run if we had a few more comedians in charge – or, at least, a little bit more jovial.

-photos via Google

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The Satisfaction Of Reality. There Is No Spoon.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL

sha13There may be a reason why the Martial Arts, in its myriad of forms, have been practiced for eons. Because it works.

Like yoga, the true essence of Martial Arts is to provide spiritual and mental liberation alongside an appreciation for everything around you. Where yoga is concerned with the development of the self through internal means and exploration, the Martial Arts find their inner peace through external exercises and the communal interaction between others.

Continually confronted by death and destruction, the Martial Arts empathically build with them an appreciation for all living things. It is through realizing that all things are transient that we can begin to appreciate them for what they truly are – both momentary and precious.

Like the yin and the yang, there must always be a comfortable counterbalance in every action, and it is through fixating oneself on the notion of death that one can truly find life. Philosophy, outlook, and positivity; all things incorporated into the Martial Arts for their necessity and immediacy.

Through defeat, we can experience true liberation when we choose to get back up. In life, we are continually bombarded by fears that only merit true value in the mind. We find difficulty in distinguishing between the peril that we see in our mind from the peril that is directly and tangibly right in front of us. Only when we come to realize that what truly matters is what is right in front of us, that we can let go of what is holding us back mentally. A fist flying at your face in real life is completely different from a fist flying at your face in your mind. The Martial Arts are what allows us the ability to stay present, to stay mindful.

You can surrounded yourself with immense beauty, with happiness all around you; yet, you can still feel dissatisfaction in everything that you see because you have become a prisoner of your own mind. Focus on and experience the true beauty and joy that is right in front of you. That way, you can come to let go of what you peer at only through the fear and burden of your own mind.

-photos from: The Mind Unleashed

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Mata Leon.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL

Offering a brilliant perspective on spirituality and living life courageously, Manga Entertainment’s Choke portrays an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the life of Rickson Gracie, undefeated freestyle fighting champion of the world, during his preparation and victory at Tokyo’s Vale Tudo in 1995. Rickson’s path, laden with both wisdom and an appreciation for life, teaches principles that are highly applicable even outside of combat; showing us that the way of the warrior isn’t simply restricted to the battlefield.

Choke – A Rickson Gracie Documentary