"It is said by the old Taoists (and consequently rediscovered by those that deeply inquire) that the ‘natural’ state is preferable to one that is contrived or artificial. To them, Mastery was defined by one’s proximity to a state of complete accord with the tasks one performs, which is to say everything occurring in the present moment. What is complete accord with the present moment? Simplistically, one might say that this accord is full participation in the reality of the moment without recourse to fantasy, projection, anticipation, regret, or any of the other things that take us from what is Now, and drown it out with the future or the past. In the present moment, fear and self-doubt don’t exist, there is only what IS. This is the reality of ‘nature’: the things that are happening by themselves at any given moment. All of these events are in relationship with each other by the simple virtue of being parts of the Universe itself, in other words the Tao or the Great Relationship." Arrow Mountain Tengu
occasional writings on the nature of swordsmanship by various members of the Piercing Cloud clan.