“Osensei and Einstein” by Stefan Stenudd

“The secret of Aikido, said Osensei, “is to harmonize ourselves with the movement of the universe and bring ourselves into accord with the universe itself.” This is, of course, easier said than done. Still, I find Osensei’s perspective to be rewarding in Aikido practice, as well as remarkably accurate even from a scientific viewpoint.

For Aikido not to be but an execution of smart tricks to fell an opponent, or an ever so pleasant physical exercise where two persons push each other around (although this is in itself quite amusing), we have to concentrate on the mysterious visions that were Osensei’s. Then we notice a sweet accord between the ideals of Aikido and the cosmic world order. In fact, the principles of Aikido fit very well with the modern astronomical theories.”

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  1. Sometimes I wonder whether if you ask enough questions about anything you find that the all the answers are consistent with some intrinsic aspect of human consciousness, if not an external reality. O Sensei’s vision and Einstein’s may have as much to say about “the vision thing” as they do about phenomena they help predict in the world.

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