Originally Posted by Klem
Moose, I think that form is a result of: Understanding the elements of the spey cast, applied energy to those elements, equipment (rod, line and leader) attribute and caster's style. When a caster combines all attributes together you get form and function. It takes practice to combine everything to perfections. Practice is addictive, therefore, the more one practices the better form they should have and the closer to Zen Casting- right?
That would be it for the average guy, but it leaves out the natural, and they do exist. Also, to be a truly Zen-like experience, all those elements- the micro dissection of equipment, physics, repetition- would have to be forgotten and the oneness of your Self and Rod would come together in an unconscious abillity to work together (thus Dana's comments on walking away and clearing the mind of distraction) that resulted in beauty eminating from something other than your own conscious effort.
The idea of a structured approach such as you suggest would fit more into Plato's world. If you were of the proper class to be worthy of the pursuit perfection would come from:
1) The body- through physical mastery of form from repetition-
2) The mind- knowledge of the mathematical absolutes handed down by the gnostics-
3)The intuitive wisdom imparted from the Gods allowing you to understand the perfection of the archetypes, the perfect spey caster residing in the heavens.
The warrior/caster/ philosopher would then be able to casually make the cast and catch the fish and offer it up to the gods
Sounds like a lot of work though