Firewalking is the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers or stones.
Firewalking has been practiced by many people and cultures in all parts of the world, with the earliest known reference dating back to Iron Age India – c. 1200 BC. It is often used as a rite of passage, as a test of an individual’s strength and courage, or in religion as a test of one’s faith.
One of the buzz-words Tai uses in several of his steps is “innovate yourself out of” the trouble you are in… the stuck states, the problem, etc. It’s Jeff Bezos’ favorite method of growth… Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com fame…
I have never met a person, I have never met a student who even remotely could imagine this accurately, including Tai.
Our feeling machine and our thought machine, combined and individually, try to get us out of situations that are unpleasant.
This is why your TLB score is so low… because the machines combined with a faulty map of reality, narrow and short cone of vision result in a knee jerk reactions machine… aka low TLB score.
So when I say: innovate yourself out of a problem, you, in your knee jerk way, know that it is moving away from the problem, it is moving backwards or sideways, but definitely away from the problem.
Aikido teaches the opposite: move in and with the problem, instead of resisting it, instead of trying to fight it, move with it.
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