Background, Philosophy and Strategy
I live to express a higher version of myself and I ski to awaken the expression of that higher version of myself.
- What is conditioning skiing, what makes skiing possible!
- What is the individual’s relationship towards outside conditions!
- What is the individual’s relationship towards self!
- How to optimise these relationships to best serve the skier!
Lets get started – Gravity – Number 9
The word GRAVITY is at the top, above number nine, is the master word. Skiing only exists because of gravity. Thus all skiing is conditioned by gravity. Gravity is the power source and it is what moves the skier. The law is that gravity is the mover and that the skier is the one being moved. It is how well the skier accepts being moved by gravity that governs performance.
Number 2- Balance*
The “acceleration jolt” from the slope’s steepness will challenge the skier’s balance, which will need to be resolved.
Number 3 - Technique
The resolution of balance problems is achieved with “technique”.
Number 4 - control
- Sociological statistics reveal that the need for control and the need for security are the two most strongly and universally held beliefs in the mind of mankind. Man is so massively programmed to want to control everything. To a skier, the need for control translates in the need to control gravity.
- Gravity is not controllable, so what is the thing that skiers need to control but are not aware of?
- In skiing the thing that skiers are trying to control but are unaware of is their own emotions. The need for control exists, however is not the thrust of gravity that needs to be controlled, but one’s own emotions.
Arrows are the emotional guidance system.
Each point on the enneagram has 2 arrows stemming off of it. How well emotions are managed is shown by where the arrows are pointing. Arrows may point towards emotional liberation or towards emotional imprisonment.
Looking at the arrows stemming the Gravity point 9.
From the Gravity point, which is also the top of a triangle outlined by points 3,6,9 and whose dynamics allow for correction; we are either drawn towards Technique (3), or towards Harmony (6) depending upon the nature of our love/hate disposition towards gravity.
When balance issues remain, the attraction is towards the control point (4) whereas when balance issues have been resolved, the higher version of self can finally become active and take you towards point 8. Point 8 is where all the magic gets to happen.
This point is a cull de sac as none of the arrows offer a direct exit into the desirable zone in 5,6,7, 8 where you should go. To get into the clear, slope and balance issues in points 1 and 2 must first be resolved.
The Cooperation point 5
Starting with Gravity
Considering that Tallulah who is 5 years old had no issues whatsoever when taken up to 3449 metres because this is where the only beginner terrain is, shows Tallulah's extraordinary good willed nature towards Gravity. This good relationship with gravity was not only confirmed but also affirmed throughout the week. Tallulah’s personal nature is definitely orientated towards appreciating gravity power, if anything, I had to make sure that she doesn’t go OTT in the bombing department. He nature is definitely one “to go” which is great.
Slope issues could have been a real problem because we only had the ultra gentle beginner terrain at 3439 metres or the much steeper terrain bellow with nothing in between. No an easy proposition, let alone for a 5 year old. As there was nothing in between so we had to make the abrupt jump. I held Tallulah in my arms so that she could float over the tricky portions. In my arms she was relaxed and confident and eager to hit the go button once her feet were back on the ground. By the end of the week, I no longer had to carry her at all, even in the steep and narrow portion near the base of the Vanoise lift. Despite the potentially bullish aspect of the slope, the slope never discombobulated her. The need to hide into the control prison does not exist in Tallulah’s universe. Well Done Tallulah.
Tallulah has very good core stability and strength allowing her to stand nice and upright on her skis without any leaning back, which is exceptional for a five year old. This good core strength may probably be what is securing her bombproof confidence. The body has a strong and reliable connection with the ground and she is never fazed by the steepness of the terrain even when going a little too fast. When going fast she spontaneously made the adjustments without falling over.
The objective here was to introduce techniques that lead to harmony and this is where Tallulah’s go-for-it nature is a real bonus because she is not one to be wanting brakes. So I got her to experiment with edging her skis through her ankles so that she could experience “being turned” by the inbuilt turning radius of her skis. Kiddie’s skis are great because they have a tight 6-metre arc, which inspires much confidence. Again, because Tallulah is not afraid to go and has great core stability she does not feel the negative need for control and which is keeping her clear of most of the parasitic rotational movement that skiers are plagued with, she does most of her turning in carved mode like ski racers but at her level of course.
Even though I go on about cultivating the art of letting go of wanting to control gravity, Tallulah who likes to go fast, had ME needing to apply some tricks to keep her speed and her impetus in control, so I had to show her pizza slices and chips.
Tallulah spontaneously lets ALL of gravity work through her, which is why it is important that the next time she skis that she is kept on appropriate terrain so that this quality can mature a bit more so that if can more effectively be transferred onto skis.
Again the good core, and the go-for-it attitude, which is never burdened with counterproductive rotary movements, is very promising for the future.
Good core, well grounded balance and the wonderful desire to go, Tallulah is a little freedom machine.
Tallulah loves skiing and I loved discovering all of her wonderful attributes and we had great and surprisingly mature exchanges. I was forewarned that there could be trouble if she would not have liked skiing so I stayed very attentive and it has paid off because she now loves skiing. The fabulous weather also contributed to bless every moment.
Its not an issue of terminology!
- it is about generating dynamics by active use of the body and ski design through vigorously generating disequlibrium
- trying as hard as possible to fall over and discovering that you absolutely can't and that gravity is not the master by a long shot (thanks to fundamental interaction with intelligent ski technology)
- that balance is your greatest enemy and a huge deception leading to massively incorrect instruction worldwide and inappropriate individual intentions and results on a personal level. Trying to stay in balance and trying to fall over are absolutely not the same thing. Instability and fear mostly come from dealing with the consequences of a tenacious fiction.
However – with intelligent guidance (as from Bernie) people can explore much of this naturally and by feel without ever realising how it works. They might just not reach the moon – like nobody would have without Newton. It took humanity until 1666 to wake up from being totally incapable of even understanding how a rock moves (Aristotle had it totally wrong and the whole of Western education copied and propagated his errors for 2000 years!) So the apparent simplicity of the issue hides a potential trap for all humanity – based on extremely counter intuitive realities. Newton gave us the key (thanks to Galileo) so any 13 year old schoolboy can understand it if he really wants to. Sticking to a false “layman's” understanding is as good as adhering to the stone age in comparison.
Note: Newton's Third Law has a catch! The two forces involved in equal and opposite reactions must not be acting on the same body. ie. A glass sitting on a table experiences two equal and opposite forces - gravity acting downwards and the table (elastic force) acting upwards. Both forces are on the same body so this is an example of the first law only - statics.