Last Sunday I attended the last national iaido training for 2015.
We, the group of sandan and higher, were delighted to receive the teachings from a sensei who just recently came back from Japan where he passed for his 7th dan exam.
It was not the first time I received the instructions and teaching from this sensei. I always enjoyed his way of focusing on always different specifics in the iai performance.
But this was the first time I experienced the non verbal transfer in training iaido with him.
The first time with this sensei that is. I did experience it once before with another sensei (7th dan Renshi).
But what do I refer to with a non verbal transfer.
when we enjoy a teaching or training we learn most of the ingredients through the examples and explanations that are given to us during these training hours. We listen the best way we can as to absorb as much information as we can and then try to transform this information into our own performance.
It is not always easy and absolutely not always a successful due to the fact that our old habits find it so hard to leave us alone and somehow we are all to fond on these habits because they make us feel save. But every now and then we manage to take the leap and we surprise ourselves with an improvement in technique, posture or swing that we feel we actual reach a new level.
How indulging can we make it for ourselves…..
But, every now and then something special happens. Special? well, it is only special because we became so unfamiliar with this way of teaching that we now only can refer to it as being special. But it is actual a very old and known way of transfer a sense of understanding or knowing.
What basically happens is that when you are fully open in mind and spirit you create a direct connection to the teachings and in this case the teacher. You don’t have to be aware of it, most likely if you would be aware of it you will immediately close the reception with your logic trying to understand what is happening. Also the teacher doesn’t have to be aware of it. Most likely he or she isn’t.
You could say that it is more like a subconscious transfer of data from one person to another.
The first time this happened to me was when I took some extra training at the dojo from Sensei Aad van de Wijngaart. During the class I experienced a more than normal focus and clarity. As if I literally was absorbing all the information without any resistance or restrains. I wasn’t thinking the data over or trying to test it to logic but just took it the way it came.
When the training class was over and i was driving to the beach to meet my wife and daughter I felt incredible. I felt so in peace. So happy. Really happy for no reason. And when I say I was in peace…I was stuck in a 2 hour traffic jam in a distance less then 2 kilometers. the place was jammed with traffic. But I was fine… When I finally reached my family my wife asked my, “what took you so long?” When I explained the traffic she wondered why I wasn’t stressed and I answered; “i just received the most amazing training I ever had. As if I received more then I asked for.”
It really was an amazing experience.
And now, last Sunday, it happened again. Not as intense as the first time but again I had this high focus and clarity and after worth I felt much in peace and happy although I had an incredible headache…..