by Dimitry Trufanov
Do you like conflicts? Think for a minute before you say â€śnoâ€ť.
For many people, conflict helps define who they are: anti-war, anti-communism, anti-growing-oil-consumption, or simply donâ€™t like my neighbor... Strangely enough, conflict often gives us this false exuberant feeling of being on a mission, being alive.
The problem with that is whatever you focus your energy on grows stronger â€“ and it does not matter if itâ€™s positive or negative. War on terror only made terrorists more adaptable and better organized. Same applies to war on drugs, etc. Even on a smaller scale, when we want to improve our health, relationships, Systema practice, or financial situation, there is some inner resistance. Sometimes it feels like trying to drive with parking brakes on. Why? The thing is that without the conflicts, our ego would lose a major part of our small, false identity. Thatâ€™s were inner resistance comes from.
Such resistance comes on many levels, mostly subconscious. The good news is Systema training is great for peeling the onion of our inner conflicts: tensions on the level of mind (â€śparalysis by analysisâ€ť), heart (emotions, anxieties and fears) and body (muscle, tendons, and organs).
Conflict is a counter-interaction of forces. Letâ€™s look at the word itself: con-flict, con-frontation. â€śConâ€ť means â€świthâ€ť, so it takes two to be in a conflict. If your â€śfrontâ€ť is not there, then con-front-ation becomes impossible!
Through Systema training we learn to minimize resistance and make friends: with the floor, with the wall, with opponentâ€™s fist or stick. Watch Systema masters in action and you will see no conflict. They are supremely good at â€śmaking friendsâ€ť with their opponents. As professionals, they have eliminated the inner conflict and the result is clean, precise, beautiful work.
The reason is simple: Systema taught by Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev shows us a way of rediscovering the innocent, effortless power of natural breathing and movement. Systema shows a way of knowing your true Self, or, as some put it, â€śa return to paradiseâ€ť.
Since conflict separates, its opposite is healing, which comes from the same root as â€śwholeâ€ť. Healing happens when the inner conflict is gone. The Bible says â€śgo in peace, and be thou whole of thy diseaseâ€ť. Pink Floyd called it â€śbreaking down the wallâ€ť.
A recent newsletter article by Andrea Bisaz discussed the benefits of including opponents in our brain map. Building on that idea, perhaps our ultimate challenge is including the inner opponent (ego) in our brain map? What a paradox! To do this, one has to step aside and view the conflict from the point of the true Self, the ultimate observer.
Vladimirâ€™s DVD â€śBreath for Internal Controlâ€ť provides a powerful methodology for developing this viewpoint: cultivating the silent witness within. I found this method to be extremely effective in dealing with internal resistance and staying in the zone.
Hippocrates said â€śHealing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.â€ť I believe that Systema training provides the best opportunity to heal internally and externally.
About the Author: Dimitri Trufanov is a certified Systema instructor and a well-known Systema translator. He has been training in Systema with Vladimir Vasiliev and Mikhail Ryabko since 2003 and has about 20 years of martial and weapons art experience.Dimitri teaches regular classes and seminars at Systema Chicago school: http://www.SystemaRussianMartialArt.com/
This month, Systema Chicago is moving to a much bigger training hall in the same building. â€¨
Grand Opening Celebration and Seminar will be held on March 29th and 30th â€¨
Enjoy the festivities and training at a 2-day seminar on Conflict Psychology by Dimitri Trufanov. Register now at: http://www.systemarussianmartialart.com/Events.html