The Tao of Jeet Kune Do on Self-Conciousness

Written by the legend Bruce Lee

Mirror_Lake_1I’m moving and not moving at all. I’m like the moon underneath the waves that goes on ever rolling and rocking. It is not “I’m doing this” , but rather, an inner realization that “this is happening through me” or “it is doing this for me”. The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.

The localization of the mind means it’s freezing. When it ceases to flow freely as it is needed, it is no more the mind in its right. The “immovable” is the concentration of energy at a given focus, as at the axis of a wheel, instead of dispersal in scattered activities. The point is the doing of them rather than the accomplishments. There is no actor but the action, there is no one experiencing, but the experience.

To see a thing uncovered by one’s own personal preference is to see it in it’s own pristine simplicity. Art reaches it’s peak when devoid of self consciousness.  Freedom discovers the man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is about to make.


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