nothingness; none; nothing; not
heart; mind; spirit
literally means innocence. It refers to the state of mind where one does not
assume anything but is open and prepared for anything - which is vital for
Mushin is a
state of mind that is achieved by very harsh and strategic training and
programming of martial art techniques. It is where the training takes over and
the physical movements no longer require any thought yet it is much more than
mere reflex. Much like a very accomplished musician that no
longer reads the music, he closes his eyes and just plays from the heart / mind
/ soul with spirit born only through endless hours of diligent, methodical, and
mechanical practice - he just lets it go. He plays by "feel" not by
thought or movement the same way a very skilled martial fighter
"feels" his space, his opponents movements
and connects directly to that feeling which allows him to fight unrestrained by
thought, or technique.
fighter does not try to read his opponents movements, he becomes his
opponent and those movements allow him to perform flawlessly. The actions
simply flow in precise harmony with whatever is happening which is an advantage
over a calculating opponent. Mushin is not
meditation nor can it be attained through meditation. Note that -Mushin cannot be attained
through martial arts practice. Mu (Mukusu) also means to lose something and this would be -
losing ones bad habits, losing ones mind (not the crazy way), losing ones
restrictions, inhibitions, fears, etc.
The modern phrase you see often - No Fear - is a
part of the meaning of Mushin.
Mushin (Nakenashi) can mean - a very small amount which goes with
the saying - from a little, one can know a lot, less is more etc. It means that
complex things are no-minded down to the most simplistic things and applied to all
things - Musashi said "The way can be found in
all things".Everyone has experienced the Mushin state unconsciously at various times
but the ideal is to develop the state so that it can be induced anytime and for
extended periods. Very few are able to achieve this. Most of those that have, are not really aware that they do it. They simply do
it when necessary like one would blink or breath.
Mushin is a
form of enlightenment but not the type that is associated with philosophical Zen. Mushin
(Mu-i) can mean - unintentional and that is powerful
because you want your abilities to be intentionally unintentional. This can
only be forged through the most severe of martial science and training. When
you achieve Mushin,
you literally won't mind.............