How many hundred of posts, articles, and quotes have I read that mention in some way that someone is transformed when they step onto the mat, into the dojo, or are morphed into that super-hero when trouble is in their faces?
It is not the dogi that give you the power of Aikido.
It is not the dojo that transforms you into that other person you probably aren’t in your everyday life.
It is not some supernatural power from beyond.
It isn’t the fact you pray, or worship in whatever way you do within the practice of whatever religion you practice.
It is … the fact that you learn to integrate all the best things you learn to offset the worst things you will encounter, and the fact that you will somehow learn to find harmony and balance within that life you will live.
There is no magic that can’t be figured out if you want to figure it out. The tricks you learn of mind, of body, and even the mechanics of how the human body works, or how the mind can overcome, to a degree, some of those mechanics … will teach you how and why masters can make you look like a rag doll when you are their partner or uke.
I can not stress enough … that at some point …. the world outside the dojo … the world inside the dojo … the morals and ethics you seek as part of your goal for practice inside the dojo and the morals and ethics you practice outside the dojo … must be integrated and be combined into the human being who will be the member of society.
Maybe this is obvious to some people, and it is does not need to be said, but considering the white-wash that appears in some of the comments, the blog, the articles …. Maybe the OBVIOUS needs to be said.
This development tool, this practice of socialization and integration of some martial arts ability that becomes AIKIDO PRACTICE is a transition of hate into a practice that can teach one to transform ourselves and integrate into our lives, but we are not supposed to lose sight of the harmony/disharmony of the world around us.
I walk into the dojo and I am transformed into … Oh please … learn to use that mind-set as a tool … because eventually you will need to use it in an instant when circumstances are not so ideal.
Get it into you head … these lessons are teaching you to use the power of body and mind, and even of spirit, so you can participate as a member of society transforming that society, let alone … helping to create a better society. It is not done for your teacher, or done for some religious purpose, but it is a way to recognize the negative aspects of yourself and world around you and learn to have some way to deal with those aspects on terms you can understand that you come to practice aikido.
Follow the rules, do the time, and learn your lessons when you practice Aikido, but at some point … step back and realize what the practice is supposed to do to help as you realize things about yourself and the world around you.
That is about as clear as I can make it. The rest is up to you.
Don’t take this the wrong way, we will all have that illusion, because it is part of the natural process of learning, but I speak up because the tool to realize how to use this mind-set, how to break out of the illusion, is to realize …. there is more to it than what you feel today. Things will change, and so will you to adapt and change for the world of tomorrow.