Fudoshin is the start of mind where one has become peaceful yet in a state of total determination with an unshakeable will. It is here that we begin our short lesson for today; how do you cultivate this state of mind on a daily basis? But first you must understand that Fudoshin is our protection from the “four sicknesses” or Shikai of the mind. Those being Doubt, Fear, Anger and Surprise. As a ninjutsu practitioner, becoming immovable in your determination to face life head on is the beginning of this journey of discovery on how to cultivate Fudoshin.
This week, start on the following:
- Wake up early and whether it is dark, cold or hot and sunny, get outside and work out as hard as possible, 3 times. Force yourself to step outside your normal routine and push aside your doubts and just do it.
- When the next person makes you angry, take a deep breath and let it out, and speak very calmly and deal with the situation without anger coming to the surface of your outward appearance. This is very difficult and will teach you a lot about your personal level of control of your emotional state.
- Think about what you are afraid of and do one thing that challenges it to the maximum. Afraid of heights, go rock climbing, afraid of the dark take a flashlight and head out for a walk or a run. Control your emotional state and face down your fear.
“Mental Calmness and not skill is the sign of a mature Samurai”– Tsukahara Bokuden
Think on this, you are about to step out into a combative situation, you very calmly reach for your weapons, or approach with a deadly silent and cold hard stare at your opponent. Without hesitation or appearing at all concerned about their skill level or verbal assault, you psychologically have intimidated and owned your opponent. I have personally used this tactic in real conflict and watched as my opponent whom was one second before all tough and belligerent, suddenly changing their mind that they even want to now tussle with you. Fudoshin, can allow you to control a situation and or help you learn to deal with life’s shikai. Either way it is a skill that can be developed and should be a part of your daily training.