Translations of Muga no Kyouchi and its derivatives, on Cathy’s blog
I think for me the concept of “empty mind” plus “open heart” … well in Asian cultures mind + heart can be synonymous, two nuances of the same … is for me what I feel, where I am when there is a “ZenRopes” spirit / atmosphere around.
The empty mind …letting go of expectations and standards ( I have to be good / perfect; or right;. or ….. ) brought up by the Ego’s old habits …
Trying to be fully present in the present moment, honoring the trust my rope-partner offers me …
“open heart” the rigger’s vulnerability …. which for me is also part of his/her sensitivity and capacity to tune in, to listen and then go with the flow ….
Yes, for me ropes have a whole lot to do with communication beyond words and that one might be very subtle …
the pure rope-handling technique most people can learn the basics for floor.-work ( techniques like frictions, basic security prescriptions …) if they put the necessary training into it quite quickly … or even find all sorts of tutorials about on youtube
the empty mind and open heart …. a different story … a different thread of which makes the ropes an extra-ordinary moment (time-space) for meeting the other without masks … touching deep inside … being seen in all imperfection and authenticity based on a deep respect for the trust offered and the vulnerability of humans without mask’s
refered to the training in martial arts : “the ability to enter the mental state of muga—a state in which the mind did not interfere with the actions of their trained bodies.”
© photo : maskandmirror, winter 16/17
update on 25.04.2017 – see Lily’s “a tale of two ropes” ~ empty mind and open heart