To fulfill the goal of being ninja, we must establish what it means in this modern age. Some people consider modern military and intel organisations (e.g. Navy Seals, Special Ops, CIA) to be the modern equivalent of a ninja.
However, what about the rest of us normal people. The ninja of ancient Japan made up of peasants, merchants and samurai who fought for themselves or the feudal lord who paid them. They were physically fit, able to scale obstacles, able to kill in combat and knew the principles of stealth. All these were necessary to complete their mission.
WayOfNinja ( http://wayofninja.com ) describes modern ninja as people who are determined to live their unique path to being ninja. They are skilled in Parkour/Stealth and unarmed combat (martial arts).
To learn more about the ninja of the past and discover how to be a ninja, visit http://wayofninja.com. We have resources on seeing in the dark, self defense and parkour.
I’ve been listening to hypnosis recordings a few times a week to reduce my fear of cockroaches.
Days ago, I managed to spray down a young flying cockroach and wrap it in newspaper to throw away. I found out I can handle the presence of a cockroach if I either close my eyes or ignore its ugly features when killing it. If I look at its feelers, ugly eyes or kicking legs, I’ll end up screaming.
Last night, I had a vivid nightmare and I remember using scrunched up newspaper to whack a huge cockroach dead. And even flicking a smaller cockroach off my thigh.
Yes, it was a dream. But if I’m able to subconsciously deal with cockroaches, perhaps I am actually reducing my fear with the help of hypnosis.
It is a small step towards my goal. And I’m feeling happy about it. I’m not ready to deal with huge flying cockroaches though. Or even huge running cockroaches.
I used to believe mental preparation and theoretical knowledge was key to gaining confidence. That, however, is inaccurate.
One has to challenge himself in the world of reality, where unplanned and spontaneous behaviour runs the show. You will not know the outcome of your unplanned actions, but if you succeed, this experience becomes a great confidence booster. It allows you to believe in yourself and your abilities.
Yesterday, my gathering with old friends made me realise I still subconsciously held on my perfectionist ideals. I observed myself not daring to trying new things for fear of appearing stupid. For instance, at the funfair, it was until Danny handed me the ‘riffle’ in his insistance that I try to hit the target that I did so. I missed the target but made a close shot.
This ordinary experience gave me profund insight: Sometimes, we have to give ourselves the right to be imperfect, be unconcerned about the outcome but have fun. I was so afraid of appearing incompetent. But once I made the imperfect but close shot, I learnt to have more faith in myself.
So, the key to my quest of confidence, is to put myself in reality and practice having faith in my abilities.