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The Musician’s Book of Five Rings Now Available

The Musician’s Book of Five Rings is finally here!

From martial arts to musical acts, Hanshi Stephen Kaufman teaches samurai strategies of Miyamoto Musashi for excellence and ascension of performance.

In this day and age, it is rare to find an individual that has devoted his life to this process of dual mastery—over oneself and one’s art. Hanshi Stephen Kaufman is the real deal! He lives what he teaches and continues to dedicate his life to refining the highest principles of discipline and performance within himself and to share his extensive wisdom with countless aspiring students worldwide.

Book is published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz and is available at http://www.jazzbooks.com/

Also available and signed by the author at http://www.hanshi.com/

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Update on Musician’s Book of Five Rings

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An update on the progress of my new book release, The Musician’s Book of Five Rings – Samurai Strategies of Miyamoto Musashi for Excellence and Ascension of Performance.

We’re in the final stages of production. I received my book proof this past week and made necessary edits, and now it goes back to the publisher this week. Planning for a late September/early October release if all goes well with the final details.

To pique your interest, here’s the introduction to the book:

“You are holding in your hands a most unusual book. A true modern-day samurai, a master practitioner of the art of the sword, has adapted the centuries-old principles of attaining excellence in the martial arts to show you how to become a master in the field of music. This book is a roadmap into the mastery process—it will outline the process, step-by-step, toward the dual goal of self-mastery and mastery of the art of musicianship and performance.

Drawing on the work of the legendary Japanese martial artist Miyamoto Musashi, you will learn, among many other things, the most effective way to develop the discipline needed to be a great musician, the way to approach a musical performance, the importance of tradition in developing your art, and, most importantly, the over-arching ATTITUDE of mastery that will empower you to reach your highest musical potential.

In this day and age, it is most rare to find an individual that has devoted his life to this process of dual mastery—over oneself and one’s art. Hanshi Steve Kaufman is the real deal! He lives what he teaches and continues to dedicate his life to refining the highest principles of discipline and performance within himself and to share his extensive wisdom with countless aspiring students worldwide.

If you dream of being a great musician, the principles outlined in this book can light your path so that you, a realized master of your art, can burst forth into the world as a blazing artistic fire!”

Dave Frank

Author, Joy of Improvisation, Vol. 1+2 (Hal Leonard)

Assoc. Prof. of Piano, Berklee College of Music

Director, Dave Frank School of Jazz, NYC

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Major Book Deal Announcement

Stephen F. Kaufman is proud to announce his forth-coming book, The Musician’s Book of Five Rings – Samurai Strategies of Miyamoto Musashi for Excellence and Ascension of Performance.

Stay tuned for more info and final book cover. Tentative publishing date is in the month of September.

For more info on the book, visit: https://samuraimusician.weebly.com/

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The Hanshi David Mann Action/Adventure Series

My Hanshi David Mann high-action and adventure series, The Hanshi of Central Park and the Hanshi in Brussels was my first, major set of novels. Follow the character’s adventures through the realm of espionage and detective work, first in New York, and in the follow-up novel, Europe. Throughout the month of September, I making available these novels at a greatly reduced price—both for only $15 plus free shipping, plus autographed. Visit my homepage, Hanshi.com to order and to view all other books in my catalog.

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Meditation – A Brief Question and Answer

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Video Promo for “The Sword in the Boardroom”

My major release of 1997 – 1998, The Sword in the Boardroom, has been given a facelift with a new cover. The book, a synthesis of Musashi, Sun Tzu, and myself as commentator, has continued to educate and guide top-flight negotiators and deal-maker professionals around the world. The main premise of the book is to win, but to win for the benefit of all concerned.

Book is available for purchase, signed, at www.hanshi.com/books

Learn more about Sword in the boardroom at http://swordroom.weebly.com

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Video Promo for Napoleon Means Business

There have been many great generals throughout history. In the west there has been Caesar, Frederick the Great, Patton, Eisenhower, Rommel, etc., etc. One of my favorites has always been Napoleon. Here I talk about his 122 war maxims that I have interpreted for contemporary business and life. They worked then, and they certainly work now. Read and learn.

Book is available at www.hanshi.com/books and also at Amazon and Kindle.

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Video Promo for Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-Defense

Hanshi discusses his book that is receiving many plaudits about the methodology he employs to teach a fundamental and seriously crafted safety consciousness reinforced by fierce technique.

For more info on Hanshi Stephen Kaufman and to order his books, visit hanshi.com

Book also available on Amazon and Kindle.

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Book of Five Rings Explained by Hanshi Kaufman – Part 4

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Book of Five Rings Explained by Hanshi Kaufman – Part 3

Lesson 3 from Musashi’s Book of Five Rings by Hanshi Stephen Kaufman

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Hanshi Kaufman Teaches Hebi Ryu Budo Kata

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Understanding Negative Energy

Understanding Negative Energy:

How to Use It Advantageously to Enhance Your Life and Work

Rev. Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman

1 – We exist in a finite universe: we measure things by relative substance.

2 –  Alternative universes are speculative.

Acknowledging the above two postulates, it is your choice to believe or not believe and to condone or condemn, according to your belief and/or experiences. Anything that passes through your intellect, i.e., the above parameters based on individual education and enlightenment, should cogently suggest that “thought” of any parameter is neither correct nor incorrect.

From early childhood, many have used the expression: “Blah, blah, blah to you and no backsies.” Very profound wisdom that “blah, blah, blah,” and, defined accordingly, always made most of us feel a lot better about specific circumstances. As we grew, matured, and developed, we were, in many instances, cautious not to levy insults or curses on others because of the alleged come around/go around “karma” effect. Over periods of time and succumbing to this criticism has produced tremendous stress, anxiety, and abject hatred toward certain things that horribly and needlessly affected our lives. Keep in mind, though, that wishing someone dead or cursing them to suffer great pain is one thing; physically making someone dead or maiming another is an entirely different matter: not necessarily a good idea. The consequences generally outweigh the emotional and psychic outburst and may cause others associated with you (and yourself as well) to experience grief on a quite different plane.

One should consider breaking the chains of karma—easily said—and just as easily done. However, it does take much courage to break the chains of karma and requires burning bridges and doing without guilt or shame. As well, karma, based on the infernal eternal notion that what comes around goes around, is not necessarily true; it only occurs sometimes as a possible outcome on earth and not necessarily in LaLa Land or Heaven.

Karmic obstruction is the acceptance of a needless guilt based on subservience to a presumed higher authority, such as religion, abstract philosophies, misconstrued moral turpitude, etc., all apart from one’s own intellect and inner feelings. This incorrect ego arrogance is then perpetrated on ideas levied against members of all societies by those seeking to control others due to the seeker’s lack of self-esteem and self-subjective fear of the unknown: the unknown, which, in reality, does not need to exist—imaginarily or otherwise—and should not be given a second thought. This does not mean eliminating imagination, as long as it is within the constraints of one’s true belief system, and the bearer should not seek to impose it on anyone beyond a discussion level. Levying karmic fear is a weapon to control masses for the purveyor’s personal gain and pleasure and not, sardonically, to entertain friends and associates. A perfect example is the Ten Commandments, profound guideposts that they are. Followed accordingly to the extent one can, they will encourage a person to consider them a method for staying out of trouble and not getting emotionally, physically, psychologically, or financially eradicated. On another level of reality, one that works instantly and without recrimination or recourse, unless desired, is the productive use of negative energy to reinforce positive outcomes.

Positive energy as a tool for eradicating the aggravating circumstances people encounter is, in most cases, a futile attempt to change conditions, and though there may be instances of immediacy based on an affirmation, the results generally do not last and, rather, cause more grief than cure. The reason for this is that the energy is erroneously guided in the wrong direction as a result of emotional impact because of an external condition that is the cause of the aggravation in the first place. This is also an aspect of trying to eliminate acting on impulse through the so-called seven deadly sins, which, when thought about correctly, are tools for ascension into one’s own constructs of profitable living if one is brave enough to control these thoughts without severe ego aggrandizement. Keep in mind we are living in a finite world, not a speculative heavenly abode. Feelings are certainly relevant; however, understand that feelings relate to physical conditions, regardless of an anticipated reward in another dimension. Yes, certain behaviors maintain security and a sense of safety, but no doubt everyone has experienced angst and hatred in one form or another relative to something that has caused discomfort. Trying to rid oneself of guilt in this mentality is equated to the wearing of a ‘hair shirt’ in order to redeem oneself in the eyes of a misconstrued entity that you cannot possibly understand, in the hopes that you will be redeemed and granted entry into a next phase of existence.

This fundamental truth is the unequivocal experience of doing what you do for the absolute enjoyment of your earthly right to live in joy and freedom—and—for no other reason at all. It does not matter what philosophy you subscribe to. There are multiple paths to the “top of the mountain.”

Simply put, if you desire something—truly desire something—it is essential to come to terms with the abject hatred of the opposite condition. To succeed at something, you must detest the aspect of failure in not attaining your desire: sublime acceptance or overt demonstration. Such mental action will cause you to evolve in higher attainment and expression of good in your life. To overcome poverty, it is essential to abjectly hate poverty rather than merely to think in terms of eradicating it with clean thoughts about a wholesome and moral life.

Negative energy is a catalyst for personal success in any endeavor you define. If you are a normal functioning human, there is no doubt that you have thought on these levels many times in your life but may have thought it inappropriate to think on that level for any self-contrived reason or, perhaps, religious or civil fear. Definitive acceptance of the annihilation of your “enemy” is a demand of yourself for an absolute change of circumstance. Controlling your thought relative to this environmental change will, eventually, if it is sincere, turn into an overt act of consciously acting in your best interests to change the condition, without having to experience guilt and shame. Acting overtly does not mean physically acting out with forms of danger that could bring about retribution as a possible ‘karmic’ response. It does mean you will do what is required to effect the change for your benefit while convincing the opposition of their or it’s compliance as a benefit for all concerned while keeping the maximum outcome for your personal growth and life enhancement intact. Don’t believe it? Ask anyone who has all of the things you think you are deprived of and sincerely, sincerely want to experience. Ask yourself what are some of the deepest thoughts you have had about doing whatever necessary to gain and hold your fantasies as realistic events in your life and that you would “do whatever is necessary” to obtain them? Outside of laziness or fear of accomplishment, there is nothing you can’t attain to, within the constraints of reason.

There is nothing wrong with having intense desire for accomplishment, according to your definition of what it is. There is nothing wrong with reaching out and taking it and accepting it as yours if that is your decision. You are only subservient to yourself, and you must consciously overcome the need to succumb to the negative sentiment and manipulative grace that has controlled your life to this point.

Negative Sentiment is the basis of negative energy that controls your destiny; it is a form of guilt. Negative sentiment is the factor that restrains you from moving ahead with the acceptance of your deepest dreams and desires.

Manipulative Grace is what holds you back from rebelling against the interference from the implications of others who desire to control your life. These things are easily overcome with applied reality facilitation provided by Self-Revealization Acceptance.

Consider negative energy as being the most important freedom generator conceivable. Instead of constantly battling with the need to live the so-called “good life” and constantly fighting so-called “evil inclinations,” demand that the Spirit of the Thing Itself of your true self take command by telling it in verbal form, aloud, exactly what you want the negative energy to be converted to. Do it without the permission of anyone or anything.

You will be astonished at the ease, simplicity, and speed that change occurs. However, YOU must determine that you will maintain the creative inclinations of your own mind and permit it to occur. If you do not maintain your own conviction, you cannot expect the change to stay intact.

Clarity of thought and clarity of purpose are essential as you prepare for ascension to newness. Think about the change you want, and use negative energy as a catalyst. Insist that you are strong enough and sincere enough to bring about the change to your advantage. Then, just let it happen!

© Stephen F. Kaufman, founder of Self-Revealization Acceptance®

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