Monday 29 September 2014
Enter the sixth chamber, the Chamber of Ki, the Sword Chamber.
Written above the door in Gold Letters is CUT THROUGH.
Not all words have equal importance, and the word of this chamber is Shinmei.
Your true purpose...the reason you exist.
You may say "In the beginning was the word and the word was Shinmei."
You cannot truly know Ki if you don't know the sword.
You cannot do true Aikido if you don't know the sword.
You cannot know true life if you don't know the sword.
For the blade of the sword is of Ki. It is of condensed Ki and that is Kindness.
The healing sword. Without which there is no Aikido.
As you raise the sword you are cutting through. You are cutting through self and you are cutting through the universe. For what does cutting through do? It opens.
The blade of kindness opens.
You must open your heart, you must open yourself, you must open your centre, your koshi. You must cut through.
When you truly cut through you open your centre of centre, your goodness, your connection to the devine and there waiting is your Ki.
When you cut through completely you reveal your Shinmei. Your true purpose. Your true path. For where else can your true Ki be than on your true path according to your true purpose and ready to build your true world.
And if your shinmei is to help peoples feet then therein lies your Ki, therein lies your connection with the divine, your path, your purpose. Thus will you be a great chiropodist or some such or even a great shoemaker.
And when you truly cut through you only then hear the sound of silence and in this silence comes the sound of shinmei....echoing through all the mountains.
Know the sword. The sword opens. The sword opens to the path. And those who say they don't use the sword are indeed mistaken for they use it every day without even knowing. In the realm of everyday living you use a sword. It is called deciding. Decision is a sword. Before the decision there is no path, only doubt and confusion. The decision cuts through....the path is set.
You must cut through false self to allow the Ki from the devine you to enter.
No sword...no path. No sword....no direction. No sword...No Aikido.
It is then Ki which realigns things. It is Ki which restores. It is Ki which rehabillitates. It is healing Ki.
So I ask you.....why do you concern yourself with crazy matters of the world? The world is in you and your Ki is with your shinmei. Focus!!!
Tuesday 16 September 2014
There is a model to be understood and followed but it is not a new model. It is a natural model. Aikido is organic.
People think that O'Sensei insisting Aikido is much to do with nature itself look to organic farming etc. as a model. Alas that is just a method of farming albeit a very good one but is not a model......the model.....natures model.
The model is natures organization. So all businesses and organizations should follow this model. But where is this model? You won't find it in peoples new methods of doing things.
The answer lies right in front of you. The TREE.
The tree is THE MODEL.
The spread of Aikido itself was because O'Sensei with universal nature was as a tree.
Aikido is universal...not Japanese or English or Chinese or any nationality. Like the wind which covers the whole world, the sun, the rain.....all travel the world based on universal principle.
A tree is an organization....a life organization. Your body is an organization. Each is a business...a life business in itself. All natural principles of organization and business are thus already there right in front of you in nature.....in the tree.
The wind came and carried away the seeds and the seeds settled elsewhere and they too grew into trees in their own right. As trees they produced fruits, seeds and so is the natural cycle. So the fruits of O'Sensei came to rest in various places around the world and thus came about new trees of Aikido.
The product of the tree is it's fruit, it's seeds. Organic. Nature. True model.
The flowers are it's promotion. The roots take in it's raw materials for conversion. Study what the leaves do and realize which part of an organization that represents. From the trunk which reaches from earth to heaven and gives strength to the business and is it's centre line to the branches which give balance.
No new model.....natures model.
Sunday 7 September 2014
Without Harmony as the Goal then how can there be Aikido? Without wanting harmony then you see so much 'lesser' Aikido.
So what is Harmony? More than that....what is the difference between harmony and unity?, harmony and blending?, harmony and oneness?.
Well, Harmony precedes all those things. Harmony is fundamental. To understand Aikido in it's truest form you must understand Harmony.
A bus is coming towards you.....if you don't harmonize you will be run over. A sword or spear is coming to get you....if you don't harmonize then you get hit.
Very simple isn't it? So you can see it has something to do with motion. To harmonize with the motion. To harmonize with the energy. To harmonize with everything.
Ai is not only love it is also harmony. Love needs harmony to keep existing. Harmony needs love to bring completion.
So this is a brief intro.....now let's get into the truth of harmony.
To do this we must go to spiritual principle. Three principles....three disciplines.
Non opposition, non control, non disturbance. You must teach yourself these three things to understand Harmony. Indeed to even understand non resistance.
So back to Harmony. To harmonize with an 'attacker' for instance you must move. Move where? Move to a position of non disturbance. Harmony does not disturb. Only from the position of non disturbance can you blend or unify etc. Harmony comes first.
In your own mind there must be no willingness to disturb either. Throughout spirit, mind and body. Same with non opposition and non control.
The aim is harmony.....not control.
Non control. Let go! This applies to an attack...you must let it go...not try to stop it or control it or interfere with it or change it. All part of the magic of harmony.
When these things are concrete then harmony becomes concrete...then Aikido becomes concrete.
You ever heard the saying 'Ki follows the path of least resistance?' Well, that's close....it actually follows the path of non resistance so how ego got in there and added 'least' I don't know. Anyway....Ki moves to the position of non disturbance. Ki tells you where harmony exists.
Harmony is Real.