The SEC has filed criminal charges on insider trading front-running which is standard practice by the New York Trading Banks. This is just further evidence that the bankers ate TOO BIG TO PROSECUTE or as one NY Lawyer said to me why they will never charge a NY Bank – “You don’t shit where you eat!” There is no such thing as equal justice for all. No worries – it is just a campaign slogan.
I have been warning that the objective of modern government everywhere is to eliminate cash to ensure 100% tax collection. There is absolutely NO INTENT to return to a gold standard and give up the ability to borrow whatever they desire forever (as they see it). It is now coming out that France intends to outlaw any payment to be in cash greater than €1000. I can say when I was recently in Paris, the ATM machine maximum amount you could get was €200 whereas in Germany and Switzerland there was no problem getting even €1000 euro or Swiss at an ATM.
The antique shows held in Paris since World War II have been cancelled. The government wants notice of anyone buying or selling anything period. Commerce in Paris that has been there for decades has left town. Reports from sources show there are many French just leaving now headed to Ireland…
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What are we willing to do? A man is verbally assaulting your date. I suppose one could respond in rime one could walk away. But if we were to ask a psychologist about the essence of human nature we would hear from a specialist what we all know deep inside. It is human nature to stand up for ourselves and our beliefs. It is human nature to stand up for people who need our help and our courage to be strong for them. If we witness an assault or a crime we have to do something about it. Somehow, society wants to make us believe that we should stand back and let other people handle it. But when you look around there is no one else. It is only us who are able to help. Back to the example from earlier, a man is out with his date and she gets verbally assaulted. From the women’s perspective it is comforting to see that the man is able to stand up for her and protect her… may it be as primal as a punch in the face. From a man’s perspective he really has no other option than to stand up for her. First he should ask the assailant to leave but in the real world that usually makes it worse and it is at that point where he has no other choice than to physically restrain the assailant and protect his date. It is here where good martial arts training becomes necessary – because as a human being we need to decide what is appropriate and what is not. Most of the time a punch to the face will end the confrontation because the receiver does not expect it. A punch has a sobering effect and as such is very effective. It is the assailant’s ego that makes him believe that the man who only protected his date has no right to physically restrain him and his assaults. It is the same ego that made the assailant believe in the first place that he has the right to assault someone else without any consequences. It is not about encouraging violent behavior. It is about doing the right thing at the right moment! It is about controlling the situation and making sure that innocent people won’t get hurt because of our negligence!
Man, any man is part warrior. Yes, we have evolved. We were suit and ties, have cell phones and drive expensive cars. But there are certain primal qualities that will always be there. We all have experiences the embarrassment of not standing up for ourselves. Usually that happened in our childhood years, someone takes our lunch money or cuts in line in front of us. And although we were being told that ignoring it and walking away was the right thing to do, deep deep down we knew that we should have done something about that. And this failure stays with us, haunts us and sometimes defines who we become in life until we learn the techniques and skills to make better decisions and stand up for ourselves and others.
We all have had our successes in our professional careers, we have given money to charities, we have volunteered to causes dear to us and it has brought us enormous gratification as a human being. But as a man, as medieval as this may sound, as a man the most satisfying moment of our life is the moment when we stand up for ourselves or someone who needs standing up. And that is a fundamental truth of man’s human nature.
As human beings we are born with a great capacity for self-determination (the freedom to choose) because we are able to know what we are doing rather than act on instinct alone. This ability to decide for or against one thing over another takes place, at the most fundamental level, in our sensory-motor or neuromuscular system.
“Movement occurs only when the nervous system sends the impulses that contract the necessary muscles in the right patterns or assemblies and in the right sequences in time,” said Moshe Feldenkrais. To carry out any decision – to go forward or to hold back – we bend or flex certain muscles (flexors) and extend or straighten others (extensors). In fact, the muscles work in pairs as agonists and antagonists. However, if one side of this equation over contracts, the opposing side has to overstretch. The result is postural imbalance, weakness and limited range and quality of movement.
Sometimes we need to relearn how to move or move more efficiently. If we keep repeating a particular pattern of movements or muscular contraction (like specific techniques taught in martial arts), it will soon become an unconscious reflexive habit. We are no longer aware of what we are doing. What was once voluntary now is involuntary and out of our awareness. After a while, this automatic response even feels “normal.” F. M. Alexander, the originator of the Alexander Technique, called this phenomenon “debauched kinesthesia”: when what is wrong (that is an imbalance in musculature) feels right. Habit formation is not in and of itself negative; in fact it is necessary. Without it, we would have to rethink at each movement how to organize ourselves to move. The problem is that poor body usage can become habitual just as easily as good body usage. And this, unfortunately and too often, is how most of us function.
Never give up on your dreams. But that is not usually how it goes. Most of the time it is too difficult, too expensive or too scary to finish what we have started. It’s only once you have stopped, you realize how hard it is to start again. So, you force yourself not to want it… but it is always there and until you finish it, it will always be…
I wanted to quickly share this with you because I believe we all have been confronted with that at one point in our lives or another. It made me think and reflect… What does it mean to you? Maybe now is the perfect time to remember the things that are unfinished in our lives. Maybe we need to reach out to people from our past and people who recently came into our lives. Don’t be afraid of making the first step. It’ll be worth it!
Why NeuroReflexive Programming (NRP)?
- It is in between the Form training (Ideal) and the real fight!
- It enables you to fight in the dark! That becomes very handy because most attacks happen in the dark.
- It offers a real chance in a close quarter encounter, especially against multiple attackers to not get seriously or even fatally hurt! As long as you can stick to your attacker’s arms you are on the winning side.
- NRP enables you to stick to your attacker in order to defend his attacks! That requires to be closer to the attacker as normal training practices it. We step outside of our comfort zone and therefore inside the attacker’s comfort zone. It is here where we present a constant threat to the attacker’s sense of safety and strength.
- It teaches us as ideal proprioceptive training method to move the part of our body that is the attacker’s target in the last possible moment. This prevents the attacker to change his attack or launch another.
- NRP connects both brain hemispheres!
- Maybe the most important philosophical and psychological side effect of NRP is that it requires us to be and act in the moment! We have to deal with and solve what is happening right now in order to move on.
- The physical contact in NRP also transmits feelings of joy, happiness, sadness and even anger through the concept of flowing energy that is utilized in this method. We are learning to give something of ourselves and receive something from our trainings partner in return. It is this unity that enables us to exchange feelings of happiness and joy, to “feel” the other person and become part of something bigger than ourselves.
- It enables us to actively bridge the distance to the other person and connect with them on a deeper level!
Revat’s NRP method offers all of these advantages and they are necessary to transform an unskilled street fighter into a superior warrior, more wholesome on a physical, intellectual and spiritual plane.
Sifu Ingo Weigel