The continuing power of battling from zero limits

Fairfax County/Northern Virginia Criminal Defense/DWI Defense attorney Jon Katz incorporates his combat and meditation experience into his work for his clients

Dec 07, 2015 The continuing power of battling from zero limits

“What is our assigned prosecutor like?,” my client asked me.

I answered: “He used to be nice, but has been acting like an a**hole more often lately. I still get some good results with him nonetheless.”

I quickly recognized that with my “a**hole “response, I had set up myself, my client, and this prosecutor to set limits for our achieving victory in my client’s case. I envisioned back to my initial interactions with this prosecutor, when we both were starting with a clean slate, remembered that everyone has the seeds to do both good and not as good, and focused on motivating both me and this prosecutor to the day when we started with a clean slate.

On the court date, I approached the prosecutor with some sincerely entertaining banter, and that helped open the field for us both to get back to that clean slate. I obtained a very favorable negotiating result for my client in the process.

Over six years ago, my wife learned about Joe Vitale’s and my teacher Ihaleakala Hew Len’s Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More. While the part of the title after the colon is overhype, the book covers Ihaleakala Hew Len and the powerful Self Identity Through Ho’0ponopono approach that reminds me that “there is no out there for the mind,” that I mainly need to work on myself (because we all have plenty of work to do on ourselves) rather than trying to change others, and that zero limits is an essential path for attaining personal and professional success.   

With my above-referenced opponent and all opponents,  I should neither chase nor hide from them. To give a trial combat example of the power of zero, t’ai chi master Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo is quoted as having aptly said: “Normally we think that if [our opponent] has 100 pounds of force or power, I better have 150. But then if I get 150 pounds of force, he may have accumulated more himself. Or there’ll be somebody else with more. So next time it will be my 150 against his 200. Then Ill need to go to 250. . . and still, there’s always going to be somebody with more than me. So I need to reverse my approach. I need to take my own power down to 0. Then there’s no chasing or spiraling. Nothing can change. If he has 100, I have 0. If he has 150, I have 0. If he has 200, I still have 0, on and on, whatever he has, Im always beneath it, it doesn’t change or affect me. Im not chasing his attributes, or competing, or catching up, or exceeding him. That’s Taijiquan.”

Many times I have blogged about the power of returning to zero, where our negative obstructions to personal, combat and professional success are removed. In so doing, we remove ourselves as a blockage to others reaching their potential to benefit our side.

Whatever works for returning to zero is good. I have not taken to Dr. Hew Len’s approach of focusing on the subconscious for returning to zero through constantly repeating the mantra to the subconscious of “Thank you; I love you; sorry; please forgive me.” The mantra no longer sounds overly simplistic and insufficiently helpful to me, because the mantra helps me recognize that my subconscious has much gunk to clear. However, it is too much of a leap of faith for me to take Dr. Hew Len’s approach, although I do sometimes repeat that mantra.

What works for me in returning towards and persuading from closer to zero — because getting to and staying at zero is a constant effort — is to do the moving meditation and combat practice of daily taijiquan, doing sitting meditation from time to time, and keeping a good balance of humor and joy in everything I do.

In a recent solo meditation session, I came the closest I have ever come to zero in meditation, after my reported breakthrough last year when during directed meditation with Alan Lokos, for a time I wondered if when I opened my eyes, whether I would be the only person on the planet, because at that moment, I felt such a deep level of peacefulness and connectedness with all people. During my recent breakthrough meditation session, I felt even more peaceful and connected than during my session with Alan Lokos, and since then have been able to approach that level of peacefulness and connectedness even when in full court combat mode. My taijiquan and meditation practice helps me do that.

We see and hear about so much conflict these days, running from too much aggression from drivers to the recent massacres that have become all too commonplace. Such conflicts are challenges to being peaceful and fearless, but underline all the more how essential it is for me to be peaceful, fearless, calm and at zero in handling every moment and challenge in court and the rest of my personal and professional life.

Combating at zero is powerful and essential for me .


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