English Zoom Review 20201008

by Doug Gauld on 2020/10/08

…learning about adaptation vs. action…screwdrivers only engage one way…

  • PM learning procedures are aimed at teaching us to do the things we can’t do by utilizing human capacity
  • learning like a child allows us to eliminate the noise of our experience
  • learning to follow GM’s instructions, exactly is part of PM development; learning his PM language
  • mostly we just mimic GM’s moves using our pre-PM awareness, we try to speak PM using our language, not the same thing
  • an example was I asked GM before a Chinese language Zoom class what was being said when I heard a sound that seemed to my English ears like “Hao/how”…I couldn’t pronounce the Mandarin word so the sound I made was an English sound trying to mimic what I heard GM and the Chinese students saying…this is like me copying GM’s movements without fully understanding what he is actually doing to create those specific movements…I speak Doug when trying to speak GM…
  • GM often says that no one moves like him, when others think they are they always get it wrong
  • humans are unable to copy machine movement; GM movements are like a machine more than like a human
  • “the correct way is unique”
  • we must try to listen and learn like a child, without preconceptions, without anticipation, with patience; wait until GM is finished explaining before trying out even a part of the movement being demonstrated as often there are subtleties that he shares which we may miss if we are busy trying to copy his moves before he finishes his instruction
  • everyone must begin to make notes and publish them on the PM website, part of the learning procedure that is unique to PM
  • GM doesn’t hold anything back he gives us his knowledge completely, we need to understand that his teaching is often so specific and tailored to the developmental PM level of each individual student that what we see him teach another may be counterproductive to our own training
  • we must always ask for clarification, questions are always good things although we may be speaking our own language and GM will have to take time to translate our language into PM language, the sooner we begin to become fluent in PM speak the better (fluency in PM is always both mental and physical, no separating this art from the body)

…learning to live, a breath at a time…

About Doug Gauld

took one two day workshop with Master Chen years ago in Victoria...studied with Gord Muir in Victoria for about 5 yrs, during that time was coping with spinal arthritis (ankylosing spondylitis)...have moved back to Edmonton to be closer to family...trying to learn more about art...it has helped with my arthritis and perhaps if I learn it more completely and make my practice better my health will improve more than it has already...

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