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    Morihei Ueshiba

    Post  mudra on Wed May 19, 2010 4:20 pm

    Except for blending with the void
    There is no way to understand
    The Way of Aiki.

    Morihei Ueshiba

    Morihei Ueshiba (1883 - 1969) is better known as a founder of Aikido, which is well-known Japanese martial art. But I consider Aikido only as the "manifestation" of his thoughts and visions in earth.

    Ueshiba taught tens of thousands of students during his teaching career which spanned some 50 years and is noted for his ethical and humanistic view of the martial arts which holds the concept of nonconflict, rather than the defeat of an adversary, as the ideal.

    Basically, the mission of Aikido is to learn how to harmonize with all persons, places and situations. Each technique teaches an intuitive lesson directly to our spirit selves. One cannot truly learn Aikido with the rational mind. It is a spiritual art learned physically. Training in Aikido gives many benefits. In the book Aikido, by Kisshomaru Ueshiba (Hozansha Publishing, 1978), O’ Sensei wrote (in part) the following in his treatise about the mission of Aikido:

    "Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat the enemy. It is a way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family.

    The secret of Aikido is to harmonize ourselves with the movement of the universe and bring ourselves into accord with the universe itself.

    Aikido is non-resistance. As it is non-resistance, it is always victorious.

    Those who do not agree with this cannot be in harmony with the universe. Their Budo is that of destruction. It is not constructive Budo.

    Winning means winning over the mind of discord in you.

    In Aikido, we control the opponent's mind before we face him. That is we draw him into ourselves. We go forward in life with this attraction of our spirit, and attempt to command a whole view of the world."


    Meaning Of Aikido

    Aikido philosophy can be learnt in many ways and one of the ways to start it is to know the actual meaning of Aikido. The term Aikido is made up of three words, “Ai”, “Ki” and “Do”.

    * “Ai”: It means harmonizing.
    * “Ki”: It means universal life force or energy.
    * “Do”: It means an artful path of discovery.
    The combined term “Aikido” means an artful path of discovering ways to gather and harmonize the universal energy.

    When we sense and move with the energy that is manifesting throughout the universe we find that we have a greater ability to live a life that is healthy and fulfilling.


    “Ki” is the most important part of Aikido. As per belief, human beings utilize and also share a common energy source called “Ki”, which helps in running and maintaining the environment for a better living.

    In Japanese, “Ki” has many meanings:

    * “Ten-ki”: It means heavenly energy or weather.
    * “Hon-ki”: It means original energy or truth.
    * “Yuu-ki”: It means brave energy or courage.
    * “Gen-ki”: It means root energy or personal health.

    Origin Of “Ki”

    Now, the obvious question that arises is that from where “Ki” originated. You may find it bit poetic, but “Ki” is said to be evolved from the same place from where the rest of the universe originated. As per Aikido beliefs, feelings with excess tension like fear, hatred, greed and anger take away the universal source of “Ki”.
    Daily practice involves working at maintaining a balanced state physically and emotionally, and indeed, practicing ways to cultivate physical and emotional balance is much of what the study of Aikido is about. In Aikido physical and emotional balance are meant to be two sides of the very same coin. Physical balance helps to engender emotional balance and health, and vice versa as well.

    “Ki Signature”

    “Ki” has got many benefits for the spirit as well as for the mind. This freely available universal energy is said to be used differently by all individuals and this in turn is referred to as “Ki signature”. It is believed that no two persons have the same spirit and same mind. Aikido is an art that enhanced the “Ki signature” of the person who practices it.
    Each person starts with the same source of energy, and manifests this energy in a way that will never exactly be duplicated by any other human being.

    Never Hurt The Opponent

    Those who have read about Aikido must be wondering why this martial art opposes the idea of hurting the opponent. Unlike other martial arts, in Aikido, the person doesn’t kicks, punches or hurts the opponent. There are various reasons to the philosophy of not hurting the opponent in Aikido.

    * Since, “Ki” means that we all have a common energy, Aikido prevents attacking or hurting the opponent, as this will mean hurting a family member.
    * On the other hand attacking an opponent would also mean that we are trying to damage or interrupt the flow of the universal energy in the world.
    Harmony Of Mind And Body

    Another aspect of the Aikido philosophy is to attain a perfect harmony between mind and body. This non-aggressive and non-competitive Japanese martial art beliefs in spreading harmony within and outside. Its main focus is to improve the balance, coordination as fitness level. It helps developing the whole human being, his mind, body and soul.

    Thought, body structure,and movement, shape the flow of ki, into spirit/mind

    Think of the freely flowing water of a powerful river that comes upon a series of fairly large rocks spread out across the river bed and extend up beyond the water's surface. These rocks affect the flow of the river but they do not change the nature of the water itself. Ki flows through the river bed of our brain and body. Our thoughts, body structure and movements, are like the rocks in the river bed. These are the main elements that shape ki into individual mind, or spirit The flow of ki is uniquely transformed by each human being, but the nature of the ki itself, is not altered in the process. Just as the pattern of rocks spread out along the river bed is never exactly duplicated in any other place on earth, the pattern of our thoughts, body structure, and movement is also never exactly duplicated. All mind is similar, but no two minds are exactly alike.

    A heartfelt understanding of the nature of our spirit will help us to create a healthy alignment of our thoughts, body structure, movements, and actions. When every aspect of our self is fully aligned we have a much greater ability to think, feel, and act in accordance with what is best for us in any given moment. We are better able to adapt and change in a manner that is supports the well being of our entire self and our surroundings.

    The misnomers of "mind-body" and "mind and body"

    "Mind is a dynamic, self-organizing, creative system, capable of overcoming physical and temporal constraints. Mind uses and manufactures energy in order to support the self and one's surroundings, trade information, and adapt to change."

    When considering this definition of mind, we can say that mind manifests equally in the body and in the brain in the skull. Because of this I believe that the terms "mind-body" or "mind and body" as used in the Western world, are somewhat missing the mark and tend to lead to a certain degree of misunderstanding. If you ask a Japanese person to point to their mind, usually they will point to the area of their heart, or they will point to their lower abdomen. If you ask the average Westerner to point to their mind they will point to their head. This is why I think the terms "mind-body" and "mind and body" were developed in the Western world. I believe that the average Western person thinks of the term "mind" in relation to "thinking" or "thought". Oriental philosophy considers "mind" to be immanent in both the body and the brain. In Aikido we say that we practice in order to calm the mind, by coordinating our thoughts, the actions of our body, and our breath. Or we say that we practice in order to further empower and actualize our mind by coordinating our thoughts, physical actions, breath, and spirit.

    When looking to calm our mind we give our primary attention to calming our breath and our heart beat, which will tend to lead towards a relaxing of our musculature and a slowing down or cessation of our internal dialogue. If we calm our body we will tend to calm our cognitive thought processes. Calming the mind can also be accomplished by giving primary attention to the speed, rhythm, and tone of voice of our internal dialogue. If we calm our cognitive thought processes we will tend to calm the body. When we calm both our cognitive thought processes and our body, then we calm our mind. Cognitive mind and somatic mind are part of a recursive feedback loop. You can't affect one without affecting the other.

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    Re: Morihei Ueshiba

    Post  mudra on Wed May 19, 2010 4:41 pm

    The Art of Peace

    Morihei Ueshiba

    The following quotations have been compiled from O-Sensei's collected talks, poems, and calligraphy, and from oral tradition.


    The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter


    One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.


    All things, material and spiritual, originate from one source and are related as if they were one family. The past, present, and future are all contained in the life force. The universe emerged and developed from one source, and we evolved through the optimal process of unification and harmonization.


    The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the world because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.


    If you have not
    Linked yourself
    To true emptiness,
    You will never understand
    The Art of Peace.


    The Art of Peace functions everywhere on earth, in realms ranging from the vastness of space down to the tiniest plants and animals. The life force is all-pervasive and its strength boundless. The Art of Peace allows us to percieve and tap into that tremendous reserve of universal energy.


    Eight forces sustain creation:
    Movement and stillness,
    Solidification and fluidity,
    Extension and contraction,
    Unification and division.


    Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. The Art of Peace is a celebration of the bonding of heaven, earth, and humankind. It is all that is true, good, and beautiful.


    Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life. Breathe in and let yourself soar to the ends of the universe; breathe out and bring the cosmos back inside. Next, breathe up all fecundity and vibrancy of the earth. Finally, blend the breath of heaven and the breath of earth with your own, becoming the Breath of Life itself.


    All the priciples of heaven and earth are living inside you. Life itself is the truth, and this will never change. Everything in heaven and earth breathes. Breath is the thread that ties creation together. When the myriad variations in the universal breath can be sensed, the individual techniques of the Art of Peace are born.


    Consider the ebb and flow of the tide. When waves come to strike the shore, they crest and fall, creating a sound. your breath should follow the same pattern, absorbing the entire universe in your belly with each inhalation. Know that we all have access to four treasures: the energy of the sun and moon, the breath of heaven, the breath of earth, and the ebb and flow of the tide.


    Those who practice the Art of Peace must protect the domain of Mother Nature, the divine reflection of creation, and keep it lovely and fresh. Warriorship gives birth to natural beauty. The subtle techniques of a warrior arise as naturally as the appearence of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Warriorship is none other than the vitality that sustains all life.

    When life is victorious, there is birth; when it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for Peace.

    Contemplate the workings of this world, listen to the words of the wise, and take all that is good as your own. With this as your base, open your own door to truth. Do not overlook the truth that is right before you. Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything - even mountains, rivers, plants and trees - should be your teacher.

    Create each day anew by clothing yourself with heaven and earth, bathing yourself with wisdom and love, and placing yourself in the heart of Mother Nature.

    Do not fail
    To learn from
    The pure voice of an
    Ever-flowing mountain stream
    Splashing over the rocks.


    Peace originates with the flow of things - its heart is like the movement of the wind and waves. The Way is like the veins that circulate blood through our bodies, following the natural flow of the life force. If you are seperated in the slightest from that divine essence, you are far off the path.


    Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout. Just as a lotus flower springs from the mire to bloom splendidly, the interaction of the cosmic breath causes the flower of the spirit to bloom and bear fruit in this world.


    Study the teachings of the pine tree, the bamboo, and the plum blossom. The pine is evergreen, firmly rooted, and venerable. The bamboo is strong, resilient, unbreakable. The plum blossom is hardy, fragrant, and elegant.


    Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.

    Twenty One

    As soon as you concern yourself with the &QUOTgood" and &QUOTbad" of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you.

    Twenty Two

    The penetrating brilliance of swords
    Wielded by followers of the Way
    Strikes at the evil enemy
    Lurking deep within
    Their own souls and bodies

    Twenty Three

    The Art of Peace is not easy. It is a fight to the finish, the slaying of evil desires and all falsehood within. on occasion the Voice of Peace resounds like thunder, jolting human beings out of their stupor.

    Twenty Four

    Crystal clear,
    Sharp and bright,
    The sacred sword
    Allows no opening
    For evil to roost.

    Twenty Five

    To practice properly the Art of Peace, you must:
    Calm the spirit and return to the source.
    Cleanse the body and spirit by removing all malice, selfishness, and desire.
    Be ever-grateful for the gifts received from the universe, your family, Mother Nature, and your fellow human beings.

    Twenty Six

    The Art of Peace is based on Four Great Virtues: Bravery, Wisdom, Love, and Friendship, symbolized by Fire, Heaven, Earth, and Water.

    Twenty Seven

    The essence of the Art of Peace is to cleanse yourself of maliciousness, to get in tune with your environment, and to clear your path of all obstacles and barriers.

    Twenty Eight

    The only cure for materialism is the cleansing of the six senses (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind). If the senses are clogged, one's perception is stifled. The more it is stifled, the more contaminated the senses become. This creates disorder in the world, and that is the greatest evil of all. Polish the heart, free the six senses and let them function without obstruction, and your entire body and soul will glow.

    Twenty Nine

    All life is a manifestation of the spirit, the manifestation of love. And the Art of Peace is the purest form of that principle. A warrior is charged with bringing a halt to all contention and strife. Universal love functions in many forms; each manifestation should be allowed free expression. The Art of Peace is true democracy.


    Each and every master, regardless of the era or place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit - love.

    Thirty One

    Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.

    Thirty Two

    Economy is the basis of society. When the economy is stable, society develops. The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material, and the best commodoties to trade in are sincerity and love.

    Thirty Three

    The Art of Peace does not rely on weapons or brute force to succeed; instead we put ourselves in tune with the universe, maintain peace in our own realms, nurture life, and prevent death and destruction. The true meaning of the term samurai is one who serves and adheres to the power of love.

    Thirty Four

    Foster and polish
    The warior spirit
    While serving in the world;
    Illuminate the path
    According to your inner light.

    Thirty Five

    The Path of Peace is exceedingly vast, reflecting the grand design of the hidden and manifest worlds. A warrior is a living shrine of the divine, one who serves that grand purpose.

    Thirty Six

    Your mind should be in harmony with the functioning of the universe; your body should be in tune with the movement of the universe; body and mind should be bound as one, unified with the activity of the universe.

    Thirty Seven

    Even though our path is completely different from the warrior arts of the past, it is not necessary to abondon totally the old ways. Absorb venerable traditions into this Art by clothing them with fresh garmets, and build on the classic styles to create better forms.

    Thirty Eight

    Daily training in the Art of Peace allows you inner divinity to shine brighter and brighter. Do not concern yourself with the right and wrong of others. Do not be calculating or act unnaturally. Keep your mind set on the Art of Peace, and do not criticize other teachers or traditions. The Art of Peace never restrains, restricts, or shackles anything. It embraces all and purifies everything.

    Thirty Nine

    Practice the Art of Peace sincerely, and evil thoughts and deeds will naturally disappear. The only desire that should remain is the thirst for more and more training in the Way.


    Those who are enlightened never stop forging themselves. The realizations of such masters cannot be expressed well in words or by theories. The most perfect actions echo the patterns found in nature.

    Forty One

    Day after day
    Train your heart out,
    Refining your technique:
    Use the One to strike the Many!
    That is the discipline of the Warrior.

    Forty Two

    The Way of a Warrior
    Cannot be encompassed
    By words or in letters:
    Grasp the essence
    And move on toward realization!

    Forty Three

    The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.

    Forty Four

    Iron is full of impurities that weaken it; through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed into razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion.

    Forty Five

    From ancient times,
    Deep learning and valor
    Have been the two pillars of the Path:
    Trhough the virtue of training,
    Enlighten both body and soul.

    Forty Six

    Instructors can impart only a fraction of the teaching. It is through your own devoted practice that the mysteries of the Art of Peace are brought to life.

    Forty Seven

    The Way of a Warrior is based on humanity, love, and sincerity; the heart of martial valor is true bravery, wisdom, love, and friendship. Emphasis on the physical aspects of warriorship is futile, for the power of the body is always limited.

    Forty Eight

    A true warrior is always armed with the three things: the radiant sword of pacification; the mirror of bravery, wisdom, and friendship; and the precious jewel of enlightenment.

    Forty Nine
    The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang.


    The Art of Peace is the principle of nonresistance. Because it is nonresistant, it is victorious from the beginning. Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished. The Art of Peace is invincible because it contends with nothing.

    Fifty One

    There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.

    Fifty Two

    To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.

    Fifty Three

    The totally awakened warrior can freely utilize all elements contained in heaven and earth. The true warrior learns how to correctly perceive the activity of the universe and how to transform martial techniques into vehicles of purity, goodness, and beauty. A warrior's mind and body must be permeated with enlightened wisdom and deep calm.

    Fifty Four

    Always practice the Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner.

    Fifty Five

    It is neccessary to develop a strategy that utilizes all the physical conditions and elements that are directly at hand. The best strategy relies upon an unlimited set of responses.

    Fifty Six

    A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.

    Fifty Seven

    The key to good technique is to keep your hands, feet, and hips straight and centered. If you are centered, you can move freely. The physical center is your belly; if your mind is set there as well, you are assured of victory in any endeavor.

    Fifty Eight

    Move like a beam of light:
    Fly like lightning,
    Strike like thunder,
    Whirl in circles around
    A stable center.

    Fifty Nine

    Techniques employ four qualities that reflect the nature of our world. Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as a diomand, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty as space.


    If your opponent strikes with fire, counter with water, becoming completely fluid and free-flowing. Water, by its nature, never collides with or breaks against anything. On the contrary, it swallows up any attack harmlessly.

    Sixty One

    Functioning harmoniously together, right and left give birth to all techniques. The left hand takes hold of life and death; the right hand controls it. The four limbs of the body are the four pillars of heaven, and manifest the eight directions, yin and yang, inner and outer.

    Sixty Two

    Manifest yang
    In your right hand,
    Balance it with
    The yin of your left,
    And guide your partner.

    Sixty Three

    The techniques of the Art of Peace are neither fast nor slow, nor are they inside or outside. They transcend time and space.

    Sixty Four

    Spring forth from the Great Earth;
    Billow like Great Waves;
    Stand like a tree, sit like a rock;
    Use One to strike All.
    Learn and forget!

    Sixty Five

    When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back, send him on his way.

    Sixty Six

    The body should be triangular, the mind circular. The triangle represents the generation of energy and is the most stable physical posture. The circle symbolizes serenity and perfection, the source of unlimited techniques. The square stands for solidity, the basis of applied control.

    Sixty Seven

    Always try to be in communion with heaven and earth; then the world will appear in its true light. Self-conceit will vanish, and you can blend with any attack.

    Sixty Eight

    If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attacks. And once you envelop them, you will be able to guide them along the path indicated to you by heaven and earth.

    Sixty Nine

    Free of weakness,
    No-midedly ignore
    The sharp attacks
    Of your enemies:
    Step in and act!


    Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing. Bravely face whatever the gods offer.

    Seventy One

    Each day of human life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay. Each moment is etched with nature's grand design - do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things.

    Seventy Two

    Protectors of the world
    And gaurdians of the Ways
    Of gods and buddhas,
    The techniques of Peace
    Enable us to meet every challenge.

    Seventy Three

    Life itself is always a trial. In training, you must test and polish yourself in order to face the great challenges of life. Transcend the realm of life and death, and then you will be able to make your way calmly and safely through any crisis that confronts you.

    Seventy Four

    Be grateful even for hardship, setbacks, and bad people. Dealing with such obstacles is an essential part of training in the Art of Peace.

    Seventy Five

    Failure is the key to success;
    Each mistake teaches us something.

    Seventy Six

    In extreme situations, the entire universe becomes our foe; at such critical times, unity of mind and technique is essential - do not let your heart waver!

    Seventy Seven

    At tthe instant
    A warrior
    Confronts a foe,
    All things
    Come into focus.

    Seventy Eight

    Even when called out
    By a single foe,
    Remain on gaurd,
    For you are always surrounded
    By a host of enemies.

    Seventy Nine

    The Art of Peace is to fulfill that which is lacking.


    One should be prepared to receive ninety-nine percent of an enemy's attack and stare death right in the face in order to illumine the Path.

    Eighty One

    In our techniques we enter completely into, blend totally with, and control firmly an attack. Strength resides where one's ki is concentrated and stable; confusion and maliciousness arise when ki stagnates.

    Eighty Two

    There are two type of ki: ordinary ki and true ki. Ordinary ki is coarse and heavy; true ki is light and versatile. In order to perform well, you have to liberate yourself from ordinary ki and permeate your organs with true ki. That is the basis of powerful technique.

    Eighty Three

    In the Art of Peace we never attack. An attack is proof that one is out of control. Never run away from any kind of challenge, but do not try to suppress or control an opponent unnaturally. Let attackers come any way they like and then blend with them. Never chase after opponents. Redirect each attack and get firmly behind it.

    Eighty Four

    Seeing me before him,
    The enemy attacks,
    But by that time
    I am already standing
    Safely behind him.

    Eighty Five

    When attacked, unify the upper, middle, and lower parts of your body. Enter, turn, and blend with your opponent, front and back, right and left.

    Eighty Six

    Your spirit is the true shield.

    Eighty Seven

    Opponents confront us continually, but actually there is no opponent there. Enter deeply into an attack and neutralize it as you draw that misdirected force into your own sphere.

    Eighty Eight

    Do not stare into the eyes of your opponent: he may mesmerize you. Do not fix your gaze on his sword: he may intimidate you. Do not focus on your opponent at all: he may absorb your energy. The essence of training is to bring your opponent completely into your sphere. Then you can stand where you like.

    Eighty Nine

    Even the most powerful human being has a limited sphere of strength. Draw him outside of that sphere and into your own, and his strength will dissipate.


    Left and right,
    Avoid all
    Cuts and parries.
    Seize your opponents' minds
    And scatter them all!

    Ninety One

    The real Art of Peace is not to sacrifice a single one of your warriors to defeat an enemy. Vanquish your foes by always keeping yourself in a safe and unassailable position; then no one will suffer any losses. The Way of a Warrior, the Art of Politics, is to stop trouble before it starts. It consists in defeating your adversaries spiritually by making them realize the folly of their actions. The Way of a Warrior is to establish harmony.

    Ninety Two

    Master the divine techniques
    Of the Art of Peace,
    And no enemy
    Will dare to
    Challenge you.

    Ninety Three

    In your training do not be in a hurry, for it takes a minimum of ten years to master the basics and advance to the first rung. Never think of yourself as an all-knowing, perfected master; you must continue to train daily with your friends and students and progress together in the Art of Peace.

    Ninety Four

    Progress comes
    To those who
    Train and train;
    Reliance on secret techniques
    Will get you nowhere.

    Ninety Five

    Fiddling with this
    And that technique
    Is of no avail.
    Simply act decisively
    Without reserve!

    Ninety Six

    If you perceive the true form of heaven and earth, you will be enlightened to your own true form. If you are enlightened about a certain principle, you can put it into practice. After each practical application, reflect on your efforts. Progress continually like this.

    Ninety Seven

    The Art of Peace can be summed up like this: True victory is self-victory; let that day arrive quickly! &QUOTTrue victory" means unflinching courage; &QUOTself-victory" symbolizes unflagging effort; and &QUOTlet that day arrive quickly" represents the glorious moment of triumph in the here and now.

    Ninety Eight

    Cast off limiting thoughts and return to true emptiness. Stand in the midst of the Great Void. This is the secret of the Way of a Warrior.

    Ninety Nine

    To truly implement the Art of Peace, you must be able to sport freely in the manifest, hidden, and divine realms.

    One Hundred

    If you comprehend
    The Art of Peace,
    This difficult path,
    Just as it is,
    Envelops the cirle of heaven.

    One Hundred One

    The techniques of the Way of Peace change constantly; every encounter is unique, and the appropriate response should emerge naturally. Today's techniques will be different tommorrow. Do not get caught up with the form and appearance of a challenge. The Art of Peace has no form - it is the study of the spirit.

    One Hundred Two

    Ultimately, you must forget about technique. The further you progress, the fewer teachings there are. The Great Path is really No Path.

    One Hundred Three

    The Art of Peace that I practice has room for each of the world's eight million gods, and I cooperate with them all. The God of Peace is very great and enjoins all that is divine and enlightened in every land.

    One Hundred Four

    The Art of Peace is a form of prayer that generates light and heat. Forget about your little self, detach yourself from objects, and you will radiate light and warmth. Light is wisdom; warmth is compassion.

    One Hundred Five

    Construction of shrine and temple buildings is not enough. Establish yourself as a living buddha image. We all should be transformed into goddesses of compassion or victorious buddhas.

    One Hundred Six

    Rely on Peace
    To activate your
    Manifold powers;
    Pacify your environment
    And create a beautiful world.

    One Hundred Seven

    The Divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside of us.

    One Hundred Eight

    Unite yourself to the cosmos, and the thought of transcendence will disappear. Transcendence belongs to the profane world. When all trace of transcendence vanishes, the true person - the Divein Being - is manifest. Empty yourself and let the Divine function.

    One Hundred Nine

    You cannot see or touch the Divine with your gross senses. The Divine is within you, not somewhere else. Unite yourself to the Divine, and you will be able to perceive gods wherever you are, but do not try to grasp or cling to them.

    One Hundred Ten

    The Divine does not like to be shut up in a building. The Divine likes to be out in the open. It is right here in this very body. Each one of us is a miniature universe, a living shrine.

    One Hundred Eleven

    When you bow deeply to the universe, it bows back; when you call out the name of God, it echoes inside you.

    One Hundred Twelve

    The Art of Peace is the religion that is not a religion; it perfects and completes all religions.

    One Hundred Thirteen

    The Path is exceedingly vast. From ancient times to the present day, even the greatest sages were unable to perceive and comprehend the entire truth; the explanation and teachings of masters and saints express only part of the whole. It is not possible for anyone to speak of such things in their entirety. Just head for the light and heat, learn from the gods, and through the virtue of devoted practice of the Art of Peace, become one with the Divine.

    One Hundred Fourteen

    The divine beauty
    Of heaven and earth!
    All creation,
    Members of
    One family.

    Excerpted from The Art of Peace translated by John Stevens.

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    Waveform Interaction in Aikido
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    Aikido's Four Basic Principles to Unify Mind and Body

    Codified by Koichi Tohei sensei

    Keep One Point to develop calmness
    Relax progressively
    Find Correct Posture in everything
    Develop your Positive Mind.

    1: Keep One-point

    The one-point , in aikido parlance , is the spot about three fingers width below your navel. Physically, it is your center of gravity , of body mass.
    Spiritually , it is where your Ki resides . The Japanese refer to it as the Hara, the seika-no-tanden, the seika-no-itten, and other names. In Western parlance , we might call it our " gut " _not the stomach, but that place where our " gut feelings" are born. In aikido , all movement originates from the one-point , as does your ki extension. Think of your one-point as ki generator. To keep one-point is to be actively aware of it as you move and practice.
    Close your eyes and place your hand lightly over your one-point . Move your mind there . Focus, and feel yourself becoming more calm and centered. Now , remove your hand and open your eyes. Keep this connection with your one-point at all times. Don't be discouraged if you don't feel anything right away. The more you try , the more success you'll have.

    2: Relax completely

    Any athlete will tell you that you must be relaxed to perform at optimum efficiency and skill. While this may seem a contradiction in terms; it is not . Stiffen your entire body , then try to move fluidly. You can't do it . The same goes for aikido . In order to successfully execute aikido technique , you must be as relaxed as possible. You must also be relaxed to truly connect with your one-point.

    3: Weight underside

    Just as relaxing completely flows from keeping one-point , keeping your weight underside flows naturally from relaxing completely. You must keep your weight down to perform aikido technique . You can't expect to capture someone's ki and physical momentum if your weight is up around your chest or your shoulders.

    4: Extend Ki

    Once you are connected with your one-point , completely relaxed and with your weight underside , you are ready to extend ki. We are not talking of projecting energy in some mystical manner, like a laser beam. To extend Ki means to allow your natural spiritual and mental energy to flow easily and steadily through your body as you execute aikido technique.
    The difference between extending Ki in your technique and not extending Ki will become readily apparent as you practice. When Ki is not flowing ,you will feel as if you are using all muscle to execute aikido technique . You will clash with your partner, and you will both quickly become frustrated , and physically and mentally tired . When Ki is flowing , your technique will flow. You movements will seem like a dance . Your partner will enjoy being thrown , and chances are you both will wind up smiling.

    Professional athletes constantly speak of practicing the Four Basic Principles _they just use a different terminology. When an athlete speaks of being " in the zone " , they mean they are performing in accordance with the Four Basic Principles. When you are " in the zone " , you feel as if you can do no wrong. You find you are " seeing the ball really well , " or " reading the other guy " to perfection . It is as if the scoring lane or the path to the end zone or goal is crytal clear , waiting just for you. You know what the other guy is going to do before he does it . You don't know how you know _you just do.

    Practice of the Four Basic Principles is'nt limited to the martial arts and athletics . Artists , actors, musicians , business people , people who practice any craft or trade , whether it's figuring taxes, planting flowers, laying bricks , even just sitting outside and enjoying a beautifull day _when everything is going just right , and you are peacefull and quietly joyful , relaxed yet alert and at one with your work , you are in the zone . And when you are in the zone , you are practicing the Four Basic Principles.

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    Re: Morihei Ueshiba

    Post  mudra on Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:38 pm

    Ki Power Demonstration

    Sensei Wasyl Kolesnikov 6th Dan demonstrates examples of power of mind. To do these exercises one has to be relaxed and focused. During the Aikido techniques Sensei is showing two big principles in Aikido. Irimi - which means to enter, go straight (but not clash). Tenkan - which means to turn. This helps to dissipate the power. Sensei Kolesnikov has a new book available, "Return to the Source"

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    Post  mudra on Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:58 pm

    Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life. Breathe in and let yourself soar to the ends of the universe; breathe out and bring the cosmos back inside. Next, breathe up all fecundity and vibrancy of the earth. Finally, blend the breath of heaven and the breath of earth with your own, becoming the Breath of Life itself.

    ~Morihei Ueshiba

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