I was reading one of AMC Guest Blogger Gergely's articles talking about learning language a few days ago and I left a comment telling about my experience of learning english. And in fact, that is the second time that I think I enter into another world. The first time is when I was in middle school, first grade.
That day I was on the way back home with one of my classmates, and he told me he got Weiqi at home and invited me to play with him. At his home, he teach me the basic rules and then we start a game. And there is no wonder finally almost all my pieces was taken out, step by step. I went back home, but cannot forget the black and white pieces. In the morning, when I sit in the classroom, I became dazed and don't know when right in front of my eyes a chessboard was hanged there then I start to play, one piece black, one piece white then gradually mixed together. This way is not right, try this way...and when I was on the way back home, I was playing. When I ate, I play, what I ate I have no idea. Not sure whether I also play when I was sleeping, but before fall to sleep I was playing, I know that. And I just don't know when I fell to sleep. Those days, I was just like a walking body, my body was still in this world but I actually entered into another world and playing weiqi there, almost all the time.
This kind of state was lasted for one and a half weeks. At last the chessboard was gone, and I already simulate many changes in my mind. That guy who teach me weiqi invited me to play again. This time, it seems I got Alphago siting behind me and I defeated him completely, he just didn't even have a chance to comeback.
One of my friend is interested in Buddha. I am not. But some times when we meet and sit down together he always talked about Buddha. And although I have no interests but he is my best friend so I choose to listen, just listen. One day he talked about trance state blablabla and I was just nodding all the way, although I am thinking something else. But suddenly I remember that one and a half weeks' lost into another world. Then I told him my story. He said this is also a kind of trance state, and I was in fact into a very deep trance state. I opened my eyes widely and ask him how deep it is. He told me I entered into the forth state which is the last state of trance, named giving up.
When I heard that word giving up, I standup and strike the table hardly and said, "that's right, giving up. I just give up everything, I got nothing else left in this world as I completely entered into another world, in that world I got weiqi only". And he said, that is also why you can go a thousand miles in a day timeframe, so that guy who teach you weiqi is certainly no longer your adversary. And usually there is a reason why you can enter into that world that is the first game you played with your classmate and you loose.
Then after that, I also start reading Buddha books. And I am trying to remember all the details about that different world. At this moment, I can still imagine a chessboard hanged in front and I can start playing, but it is a kind of imagine. When I was in middle school it was not imagine. Imagine is just too limited and difficult, the world I entered is isolated and chessboard, white/black pieces are already there waiting for me to play, they are always there. And to image a chessboard takes times, but enter into that different world is so easy all it takes is just 1/100 second, speed of a flash like turn on a switch. Imagine is easy to interrupt as you are still with this world, but enter into that different world is you physically into that world.
I am thinking if there is a way that can lead people into a different world, where you can focus on what you are interested. Then everything will become much easier. In that world, there is no doubt you can go anywhere you want, you can achieve whatever you want, you stretch out your hand that thing is there you can touch and take it away. And in that world, there is no space and time, cannot aware of that because my focus is on the weiqi so anything else is gone, invisible, or not even available at all. You enter into that world and when you come out, you will become the top player, champion, number1.
And in that world, nobody is teaching, but you are definitely practicing and learning. And that is why I can improve a lot in 2 days for english, one and a half weeks for Weiqi.
I am still working/thinking further to figure out all the details how I can enter into another world, or whether there is a way that can lead people into another world. I will get there one day.