I had a question and answer session with one of my former students a few months ago when he stated that you cannot change your past. I have proven to his satisfaction that his interpretation is incorrect since I have specifically experienced the contrary. The question to be asked: Where does this type of thought come from? Is it a societal consciousness or just a lack of thinking a thing through? Or do we think as collective individuals? Group thought is more pervasive than many realize.
Just because a thing has never been done before does not make it impossible, be it a new thought process or an Aikido technique. Otherwise, how can we progress as human beings? It’s normally called evolution (slow change) or revolution (quick change).
Students are not possessions. Is it not the job of the martial arts instructor to foster growth in his or her student, or is it to gain and keep students around forever?
I say all that as a way of explanation for the statement,”former student.” The person I refer to is one of a few former students now serving in the ministry of GOD. I can’t claim credit for that. I have students in many walks of life but more are lawyers than any other profession. My point is this: Martial arts training is just a stepping stone in life. Some merely stay a few years longer than others. But make no doubt about it, all of them eventually leave. This and all training, martial or otherwise, is a means to an end!
Now, about that predicting the future; you must open your mind. You can often see what’s down the road if you open yourself up to how the universe truly works. If you look deeply enough, really see and observe universal laws in action, quiet your mind sufficiently, acting rationally and with correct and positive intentions you can predict the future with fairly certain accuracy.
However, to successfully predict the future, one must insert the points I mentioned in the previous paragraph into your past….and add them to your present.