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Hanshi’s note

One's attitude impacts and determines one's perception; therefore, you can see the snow as nature's wrath or nature's crystals. A concept to consider is that mankind's consciousness affects the weather patterns and cycles.

When a student asks me where is the evidence of the world changing I say look at the weather when you see snow in Arizona or in Hawaii you know the winds of change are manifesting rooted in the changing consciousness of humans. Remember your thoughts create your reality and your emotions motivate it so with a clear intention.

This year it is important to be clear on where you direct your attention. Your intention governs your attention, so make sure it comes from one's own creative thought.

When you live in reaction you give your power away and then you have to experience to whom or what you gave it to. Best to conquer the stress of life by living in the moment and living in the breath of that moment. Outer order brings inner calm so start with the breathing, ie: slow it down and originate one's own positive creative thoughts alone during some quiet time. Sometimes you need to stand alone to know you still can, that's why there is kata and meditation in karate.

Mankind has not made anything as resilient as the human spirit, so it's good to reduce things down to their spiritual level by using crystals, light and sounds / prayers and meditation to assist in raising your frequency and spacious awareness, then you will see the crystal in the snow storms of life, as energy enhancing.

They say in zen: the water streams down the mountain thoughtless and the clouds return to high caves mindless;

when we can match the clouds and the water

iron trees will blossom and everywhere will be spring!

Hanshi Platt

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CMAc Hawaii 5 0

As I'm sure you were aware.

CMAC training trip in Hawaii was available in February. 22 CMAC members seized the opportunity to go to the Big Island of Hawaii, do Martial Arts training and take in some very memorable sightseeing. 

Sensei Platt led Classes at a number of diverse locations such as: Paleaku Peace Gardens, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park, Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (one of the most significant historical sites in Hawaii), the Black Sand beach (it really was) and at the most southerly tip of the Island (Ka Lae), which is also the most southerly point of the Unites States (further than at Key West which is the most southern of the Continental US). You could google them and see what and where you missed. 

There was also time set aside for some spectacular sightseeing and activities. Whale watching, Swimming with the Dolphins, Akaka Falls, Hapuna Beach, Pololu Valley Lookout  and a trip down 107 feet below the surface of the water in a submarine!

Plus there was individual or small group free time for various other things to see and do. 

So all in all it was a great time.

Trips like this are available and while not everyone is able to attend every trip, they are wonderful opportunities to train in different places and see more of the world. So of course this is a great time to remind you of two things:

Train hard and keep your CMAC Membership current!