Sometimes people get an idea of activating a capacity that is so alien to their culture, it takes a good 5–10 minutes for the history channel, the ancestors backwards, to build.
No one in your ancestry possessed that capacity… so it has been non-existent for you even culturally.
It is so unfamiliar that ego doesn’t even know to protest. It is like a way of being that is totally unfamiliar… you can’t see other than special people, like kung fu fighters, or shaolin monks to demonstrate it. And, of course, Aikido. I have a book, Aikido in everyday life… illustrates how this principle looks in real life… brilliant.
Flexibility is also the capacity to be able to keep your balance even though the world is pushing you hither and thither…
Your core is flexible, like bamboo… it just bends out of the way. No forcefulness, no resistance.
This is the capacity I activated for myself on the webinar a few years ago… as a test to see if the participants on the call could get it, without me intending it for them.
You see, the “normal” way to be in the world is to push back when something or someone pushes you. Frustration, anger, forcing, cajoling, manipulating… and even if you get your way, you are exhausted, and it’s pyrrhic victory… you pay with your life. Pyrrhic victory is from King Pirrhus who won the battle, but lost his army.
There are people who can “transcend” the “attacks” and kind of let go… but that is not the same as having the capacity, being like bamboo… like reed… like the wind. Untouched and untouchable. No thought is required, it happens without thought…
Hell yeah, I had no idea how powerful it was… and I always wanted it… just didn’t know what to ask for.
I kind of wanted to take it for a spin… so a little attacking me, or chaos, or maybe computer trouble would be a good opportunity to see how it feels. I never thought I would pray for trouble… lol.
We could have called it grace under pressure, but that is not a capacity, it’s a behavior.
In this activation of capacities issue, the biggest challenge is to find the capacity that is under a certain behavior, under a certain feeling, underneath a certain result.