Putting Out a Candle

By: Al Case

[I:14:J]One of the less spectacular feats in the martial arts, and yet one of the most important, is how to put out a candle. Interestingly, with just a little bit of practice almost anyone can put out a candle, it is that simple. Unfortunately, most people reach the point where they can do it, then stop, but that is where they should begin their study, for doors are about to be opened.
The basic principle of putting out a candle is to let the woosh of air drain oxygen from the flame by stopping your fist an inch from the candle. There is much higher ability available, however, if one continues to pursue this simple trick. One can, for instance, put out a flame from across the room.
To stop the fist is to use muscles, and this confines your technique to a physical level. To attain higher ability through this trick you must not concentrate on relaxing, using the muscles less, and letting the mind go. Intention is what you are trying to build, and that is the key to real higher ability.
Stop your fist two inches from the candle and practice. Now your fist is too far away for the air to be effected. Now you must rely on intention to make the candle flicker and go out.
You could start this stage of training at about a foot, and this would be better, though you may have to experiment to find the distance that is best for developing your intention. You must focus on the flame when you flick the fist. Don't concentrate fierce and hard, just work on relaxing. The more one relaxes the better this trick will work the more intention you will have.
Your real body is the bubble of world that you perceive, it is not the fleshy envelope you are wearing. Thus, you must learn to desire to effect what is outside your body. And, just like a light in a bulb, perceptions work best through space.
Through nothingness, space, a vacuum, emptiness. Not air, nor wood, nor even brick, nor other things which are merely ideas held in place to support the idea of your real body.
To most people what I have said here is usually an alien concept, and it even frightens some, for it strikes to the heart of the matter of our existence in the cosmos. Our existence in the cosmos aside, that nothingness in which we place the universe is the most important thing...behind the structure of the universe. So still the mind until it is as peaceful as a coal mine at midnight, and practice launching your certain and relaxed intention, and a few dozen hours practice will enable you to see what I am talking about.

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Al Case has researched the martial arts for forty+ years. You can get his Free Book at Monster Martial Arts.

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