Try to change your roots and you die, to flourish the roots are even more established to support the tree over time. Not honoring those roots is inviting your own peril. The roots are your base, your foundation art.

The leaves change with season and age, this is your personal expression of the foundation art. With time leaves/expression change, adapting to the new seasons/environment. This is a sign of growth and renewal. It serves a generative purpose. Even though the leaves change, they keep the core essence of the tree. The expressions and opinions change, but they retain the key principles of the core art.

As the seeds of the mother tree spread, new environments force local adaption of the leaves. Yet the essence and roots remain the same. Some go deeper, some spread wider. The leaves/expressions change with time and the environment as well. Yet the tree species remain the same. This is essential for regeneration. For nature to be in harmony. And this to me also embodies the pursuits on the path of mastery.

Mastery is not about flawless execution of a technique in the narrowly defined mechanical sense. It is not about perfection. That is too limiting. Infact it is death. 

To embrace Mastery, we have to take a process view and understand it as a journey. Its about staying on the journey day after day, year after year, decade after decade. One has to be willing to try, to fail, and keep trying yet again. This journey, always is the journey of an individual. 

To us here at Mountain View Aiki Kai the foundation art is KAR, the roots/principles are Aiki In Yo Ho. The leaves are our personal expressions, changing with the season(time) and environment(space). 

And my question to myself always is is “how are you moving along the path of regeneration? How do you plan to be Evergreen until the very end?”