Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Elusive Pool Stroke

Let's call it The Pool Stroke.


These are the rules I know. (There might be more.)

  • It can be found, but it cannot be forced.  
  • You can use it, but you cannot command it.
  • You can ask it, but you cannot demand it.   
  • You can't hurry it. (Though if you hurry, you might accidentally find it.) 
  • It cannot be described, but you can recognize it.
  • You cannot give it instructions.
  • You can observe it, but you cannot interfere. 
  • The more you practice, the easier it is to find.
  • The more you practice, the more it can fine-tune itself.
  • The better your technique, the better it can fine-tune itself. 
  • Though it can work with a wide variety of techniques.     
  • It's of you, but not yours. 
  • It finds the perfect looseness for you. 
  • There's no one to blame, when it misses. It's just fine-tuning itself.
  • No one can take credit for it, when it succeeds.   
  • The conscious mind cannot control it. The conscious mind is best to keep somewhere else.
  • You can give commands to the conscious mind. Like for example, where to keep the focus. 
  • Incidentally, focusing on something is only there to keep the conscious mind from interfering.
  • You need to figure out what your conscious mind should be focused on. But don't fool yourself thinking that it is you that executes The Stroke then.  
  • If you don't trust it, you lose it. 
  • When you think you've finally figured it out, consciously, you lose it.

Almost forgot the most important thing: if you manage to find The Pool Stroke, the mastery of the game has only begun.

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