The modern human species is believed to be around 200,000 years old – the Neanderthals about 600,000. That’s a long time for a species to undergo natural evolution and manifest change. But DNA analyses show that there is only about ~0.2% difference between the Neanderthals and us today. When we consider that there is ~0.1% DNA variation amongst just our species today, the 0.2% seems rather small. So, if DNA markers are the right metric to use, then our species has evolved very little in the physical sense since the Neanderthals! Could the same be said for our emotional bodies?
When we dissect the psyche of the modern human, I’m sure no one will disagree that we all possess some degree of the following undesirable traits: Anger, Hate, Greed, Jealousy, Rage, Self-doubt, Ego, etc. It seems that if left unchecked, these emotions will continue to evolve at the same slow pace as our physical bodies. These emotions are likely what allowed life to evolve in the first place; however, these negative emotions will ultimately manifest as disease in our bodies. So, what do we do? How do we free ourselves of petty conflicts, needless stress, greed, and ego?
The answers lie in “Ninpo” – the wisdom of Ninjutsu. If you are interested in exploring this concept further, please contact our dojo. Otherwise, here’s some food for thought:
1. The emotions you feel are all a matter of choice and what YOU choose to experience. If you are met with negative energy, it really is your choice to allow yourself to get caught in the petty conflict, or to ignore it and maintain your state of “fudoshin” (immovable heart).
2. Where Fudoshin escapes, Ego enters. The ego indeed has a place in this world – it’s what allowed us to survive this far – but that is a primitive emotion and its use must be limited. Ninpo provides a different interpretation of our world…
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(c) Paul Mann, 2016