Doing and the Doer

We are all super-empowered individuals. The Internet made sure of that. If there is anything we don’t know about, we ask the internet, or in my own colloquial terms, ‘Ask Ah-Goo’ (As in ask Google). There is simply nothing we cannot find out about.

Then if this is the case, why are there still so much angst, unhappiness, anger, ignorance and other world ending emotions ‘out there’? When all that we can ever ask for is also ‘out there’?

It has all got something to do with the doing. We do, do, do all the time and as the doer of the doing, do we ask ourselves, what is the doing doing to the doer?

Similarly,  a, Aikidoka is detached, no matter how skilled he/she is as long as he/she is concentrated on the doing. Concentrated on executing the technique. This strict, and narrow approach will bear fruit to a mechanistic expression of the art, or life, in greater perspective.

When dealing with an uke, we need to understand whilst we are the doer in the doing, our uke themselves are also their own independent free willed doers, doing their own doing. So in that interaction, when there are 2 doers, what is the output of the interaction?

The doer who does less of the doing, and let the doing do the job.

We need to understand, with all our super empowered skills and knowledge, we are powerless, in the doing. Yes we can do, but the doing has its own life and course and end. Yes, we as the doers, sometimes gives birth to the doing, but once we have set the doing in motion, that is it. It is out of our hands, and yes, sometimes we can sway the effect now and then, but we also need to understand, by doing so, we might influence the original course of the doing, and sway it off course, or rather, sway it off, to a new course.

So the relationship between the doer and the doing is very close, and yet very loose. The million dollar question is, Are you really the Doer, or are you the effects of the doing, or someone else’s doing?

We all are the net effect of someone else’s doing. Come on! we don’t come into existence on our own effort. We are the fruit of our parent’s labour, it is their combined doing that brings about our existence. But once we have come into existence, our parents, as much as they can, is no longer in power to affect the doing(which is us). We are our own living, thinking, breathing self doing device. And we bring about our own doing, we are our own doers, or so we thought so.


About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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