(Feeding the Dragon)

These Dragons, both High and Low, are at the well-hidden edges of our conscious behavior and placed stealthily in the subconscious.
These Dragons are masked by us, — keeping them from societal scrutiny- and are fed by the “tiny-unhealthy voices”, which speak to our abused subconscious with amazing, “self-indulgent-clarity”:–when we are not keeping our practice.

Famed Psychiatrist, Carl Jung, states that the subconscious often appears as water in dreams. The Chinese tale of the Four Dragons, corroborates this most obviously, as it represents,- water as being the host realm for many of the Dragons; As well as these creatures’ abilityto bestow and control the Earth’s life-giving rain, further affirming their powerful mythic and psychological properties.

This archetype has a good deal of corroboration in much of Dragon Lore and is further supported by the premiere Mythologist, Joseph Campbell;

“Our Dragons /Demons are our own limitations,
Which cut us off from the Ubiquity of the spirit”.
Joseph Campbell

Our Dragons/Our Demons, slain or embraced;

How will we try to understand ourselves?

The Beautiful truth of this fact, which we tend to ignore, is that there are many practices to assist us and it is our own inattention and lack of awareness, which allow these tiny-unhealthy voices and petty conversations great fodder

Without realizing it, we are both the “Grifter” and the “Mark”, and it isour signatures on both lines of every contract.
We then secretly compose all the pictures, which appear in this gallery of falsehoods.

There is a different internal dialog available, to all of us.
It just needs supporting, clearing and strengthening.

We may pick up our sword and Slay these falsehoods, by choosing to look deep in the mirror of our “Opponent/Teacher” and we can discover; there is no losing; there is only life and learning.

Here is where we must face the Dragons, and Slay them;
To slay these Dragons:

  • We must be willing to honor ourselves
  • To honor ourselves we must be willing to ask others to help us look at ourselves, in a deep and meaningful way- a way in which, we are born knowing; but have been trained away from.
“If the Divine Nature, – the Creator,
Had meant for us to Figure Life out by Ourselves,
We Would All Have Been Put On Our
Own Planets.”
(Richard Squeri)

Our Opponent/Teachers-
– Can provide us the reminders.

These can be the places of physical disconnection manifesting between the swords /or in Advanced Play; what are said to be “touches”, “physical-acknowledgements” (or in Flowing Dragon Swords Terms), :“Reminder-deaths” in the Game.


 When acknowledged as the honor that it is, the “Death”,
— provides opportunity for learning and new life.

The Game goes on forever…

These Reminder Deaths keep us present with  the other, while reaching for a more complete awareness of the self . This is where we may touch upon The Divine Presence  if we are willing to look at ourselves through & with the other: while reaching to quiet Fear and Desire.

The opponent/teachers are not therapists, but rather, the truest of mirrors; which only reflect, if we are willing to look,– past the reflection, to a new image, of the two as the “Greater-One”.   Along the way there will be life, learning and death.

However, if we choose, and stay present,  we may find that there is just life and learning, and if we (*3) “Invest in the loss,” (The Death), and choose learning,
There will only ever be life.

For in a world where death is a part of life, there can never be an end,  Just transition while we assimilate the lesson. Bringing our attention back to being in the moment, Present with the other, this is the key to being in the truest sense “Ourselves”. This realization is a reaching for the Divine, with and through honoring our opponent/teacher, within ourselves.

Quotation Foote Notes
*3) Prof. Cheng Man-Chi ng in the book- “T ’ai Chi”- The “Supreme Ultimate”
(‘Exercise for Health, Sport and Self –Defense”)

The inexpressible, the transcendent,

if sought, is felt and touched
by us in many ways

This is just another practice . . .

The first interchanges of Flowing Dragon Sword Practice; should be with a skilled FDS instructor, the areas of the Psyche involved in this practice, can be extremely delicate.



“If the Divine Nature, – the Creator,
Had meant for us to Figure Life out by Ourselves,
We Would All Have Been Put On Our
Own Planets.”




Flowing Dragon Swords

Reaches to Develop and Embody the Two Most Powerful Forces on Earth:

  • The first is Water From the Physical Realm; We reach to flow and be like Water and
  • The other is LOVE from the Esoteric Realm We reach to continually open and encompass all in Love

“I am not the Master of this Game;
There is no Master of Flowing Dragon Swords
I am a student in the classroom with you.”

Richard Squeri,
Founder Flowing Dragon Swords

A beautiful Poem by a student and friend;

Dragon Paradox

Flow with the strength of water,
Connect with the strength of love.
Two swords touch myth and legend,
Hold with mindfulness—and the breath
Moves two unique energies
In a triple focus of spheres as they
Flow with the strength water,
Connect with the strength of love.

Cameo Archer August 2005

(An FDS Student’s proposed Creed for the receiving of a Bokken, in the Practice of Flowing Dragon Swords;)

My Bokken is an Extension of my Arm;
Its use is an Extension of my Love.
My Eyes are the Windows to my Soul and I offer them openly to the eyes of
My Opponent/Teacher.
My Bow before each game symbolizes my personal Integrity & Honor to the
And my Respect, in the highest principles of the Martial Arts Tradition.

Offered by
Steve Easterling

“A Game with a thousand Deaths in it;
Is preferable to a Game without Integrity.”


“If the Divine Nature – the Creator-
Had meant for us to figure life out by ourselves,
We would all have been put on our
Own planets.”


“… the Swords are not the Dangerous part of our practice; it is without doubt the ‘Dragons’ we all carry, which can do the most harm.”


“In the beginning of our Game, we are only here to witness for one another the act of Acknowledgment and allow ourselves the chance to learn about our own movement or stillness and the body which we are blessed with, while in communion with our “opponent/teacher”.


The following are principles, from Aikido practice, and are presented here as my interpretation of what was purported to me, from my current Sensei, Sensei Noha, in a story from his experience of an understanding from Endo Sensei in Japan. This is not meant to be a quote or even what Sensei Noha necessarily meant by sharing them with me. They are what I’ve formulated and taken away from that experience and have used to speak to similar principles in FDS Practice with my students. (RS)


  1. Connection
    Beginning with you…
    Connect with the self, breathe away all agenda.
    We then Open the “Heart-Mind”/ “Soul”, the “Consciousness”…
    Simultaneously we reach for the eyes as the windows to the soul, and gently request that we may enter.
  2. Blend With and Enter
    While we are joined in connection we ebb and flow with our “Opponent/Teacher”, leading and following, co-creating and being present.
    We then go to our own breath; it is this that allows us to “listen” to the other through the swords, in each fresh moment.
  3. Technique
    The last consideration, and only after the first two are embodied as second nature, along with the growth of your overall game, does this then become something to turn your attention more to:  first – train and train.
“Reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere”-O’ Sensei

Another way to express the same truths we can glean from FDS practice

The Ji Ho Kye:
–Has only to do with the self, the singular, The “I”;“The Individual Realm”
The Ri Ho Kye: 
–Has to do with the group, the collective, the “general”“The General or Collective Realm”
Knowing both of these expressions, we reach
 to be able to express them, this other way in the future;
“Ji-Ri” Moo Gay
Individual, General – No Obstruction
…And finally the expression of this next line is considered a sacred understanding to reach for and speak from;
“Ji-Ji” Moo Gay
Individual, Individual – No Obstruction
From Joseph Campbell




The Myth of the Three Dragons

The Three Dragon Myths which speak to us through the Game, come from two groups of cultures —half a world apart.

  1. The first, Is from a Far Eastern Dragon Myth Interpretation, which portrays Dragons as magnificent and prodigious, (*1) “protectors of the swamp,” bold, brilliant, and beautiful; – yet they are consistently undone, by their vanity and use of power. For our purposes, We will call this
    The High Dragon”.
  2. The Second Myth of the Dragon, comes to us from an Interpretation of one of the European Dragon myths, and portrays the Dragon, — as a cave-dwelling creature, equal to our basest natures (*2)“a hoarder of gold and virgins.”  This Dragon possesses only, and knows only, — its own repugnancy and pain. Obsequious with the darkest places of itself, it cannot participate in the philanthropy of the spirit, nor, the joys of love. For our purposes, We will call this “The Low Dragon
  3. The Third Myth, is a compilation of both an Asian and a European – Specifically Germanic-Myth, and blends these  two paradoxical forms to produce a third and rarest of all Dragons;
    The Golden Dragon”-

Quotation Footnotes
*1 & *2) Joseph Campbell-in conversation with Michael Toms from- The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell Series

As we speak of:
“Slaying our Dragons to become a Dragon”.
The Golden Dragon is said, to lie in a place so peaceful and harmonious that few have ever glimpsed it.

There is confusion to this day, as to whether these sightings are The Golden Dragon or a child . . . which seems to be reported in the same breath. This unfettered place where the Golden Dragon lies is the birthright of all people. This precious gift from the Divine Nature, which is born in each one of us, is a place of balance and serenity. For our purposes,  We may also call this, “The Golden” or “The Balanced Dragon

What do we know of Dragons?

“The World Culture” is rich in Dragons.  The Dragon, in many cultures, has a wide spectrum of meanings.  The early “Old World”(Anglo-Euro) and the early Far Eastern World are places where the stories of these ancient creatures tell us they were both feared and respected; sought after and hunted; and were everything from the portenders of wealthand powerful protectors, to the cause of poverty, sadness and ruin.  This great variety of symbolic meaning can speak to us, when we look to the Dragon myths, legends and stories as metaphors, for what they most certainly were to the “Old World”, and are to our present-day psyches.

How do the High and Low Dragons relate to us?

These Dragons are the parts of ourselves which do not serve us.  They are the parts of us, wherein, we tell ourselves that we are not worthy of love,… that we have no right to happiness, … and that all others are better than we are.

This is the Low Dragon as: Abused Ego — the place of insecurity, depression and inaction.

Likewise, are those parts of us with which we tell ourselves we are superior to others, that we are above service to our fellow persons, and that,
all our deeds and motives are righteous.

This is the High Dragon as: Inflated ego— the place of hubris, conceit and arrogance.