Its like an ancient Thai monkey trap. The hunters will drill a hole into the husk of the coconut, and tie it to the tree, inside the cavity, they would put a peanut, and when the monkey puts ts hands into the hole to grab the peanut, the size of the peanut will be too large for the hand to come out of the hole. so in order for the monkey to escape it must let the peanut go and with the hands free, It will be able to slip out of the hole.
So we want to hold onto our power. our perception, when our uke attacks us, we want to do a technique so as to ensure that our uke falls in our desired manner or fashion. or as uke, we try to be sneaky and overpower our nage, which almost often results in a messy struggle.
simply let go of all that, what is power? can it be eaten? tasted, touched? some say that power can be felt. I say that it is not the power that is felt, but it is our body’s ability to receive that power, that allows us to feel the power.
So that is the way of the higher order. we cannot reach where we want to go just being us. Who are we kidding? from birth we are already at the mercy of a army of nameless, sometimes faceless society. without the aid of a doctor, nurses to help our mothers, we would have had a very risky childbirth. We are born dependent of people, that is what makes us humans.
So if we hold onto our power, we cannot accept any other source of power that has a potentially higher yield than ours. it takes tremendous courage and discipline to be powerless. There is always something we can do, certain influences we can make to a situation to make it favour us a little. sure we can do that, before we do that, we need to take stock of the entity, receive the sensory inputs as they are, with clarity, without biasness.
How does ego, fear and anger arises? out of expectations, when we try to control beyond our means. when we try to strong-arm our way when we do kokyu-ho. so what else can we as the powerless race do? Nudge, gently nudge.