Naturalness in Bodily Action
Copyright © 2002 James Deacon
Kufu, or 'naturalness in bodily action', is a state in
which ones body is allowed to manifest 'perfect action', i.e.,
allowed to express the total harmony of its natural coordinations,
unfettered by the intervention of ones conscious mind.
the concept of kufu does not preclude training.
the context of the therapeutic arts, kufu calls for the
student to practice a te-ate skill or technique until it becomes
natural: 'second-nature' - until it becomes a function of what
is often referred to as 'secondary consciousness'.
can perhaps be best understood as: 'the spontaneous application
of a skill perfectly learned through dedicated practice'.
exists in the moment of 'no-thought'.
the state of kufu, ones body is permitted its own wisdom,
unhindered by conscious mental direction or control.
mind is not focussed on a specific part or area of ones body;
there is no thought of self, nor of motive, nor outcome, as these
things would only stand in the way of 'perfect action' - perfect
application of treatment technique.