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It was Onisaburo Deguchi who revealed the path of chinkon and manifested its true essence. Morihei observed and experienced its true nature in Omoto.

Chinkon means to calm the world, the nation, the family and many other things. However, the most important thing is to calm the person, the individual self. One should perfect himself by achieving inner peace. Unless a person shapes and perfects his character, he cannot achieve peace within his family, not to mention society or the nation. If a person who has not yet achieved inner calm or who is incomplete attempts something, the result will be incomplete. Thus, one should reflect upon chinkon-kishin.

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  1. All sounds great if one had access to a waterfall or a beach,a river and the time to do all these things……
    The reality is one has to go to work to pay the bills and work long hours in stressful conditions, take care of your family whilst maintaining a calm mind, now that does take training!!
    I look at daily training in any physical pursuit a release to all those pent up frustrations we all have to deal with. Aikido if practised with intent does do that…..
    As would boxing, judo, football, baseball, swimming etc etc…….. People who do some kind of sport or exercise do tend to be more rounded.
    Mumbo jumbo and chanting to the spirits I’m afraid doesn’t do it. Some choose to do that but it still doesn’t stop the human condition being what it is, sad as it is…..
    With good comes evil, yin yang, night day, black white, rhubarb custard,and all that jazz….

  2. This article constitutes the the more meaningful Aikido that points to our source of existence and how to become free from the bullshit paradigms people like to make real because they live in fear and choose to have no control over themselves. It also offers some practical techniques for clarifying the mind to notice actuality, instead of delusional matrices.

    Slaves to the rat race (The Matrix) make the rat race (The Matrix) become more real by contributing to its parasitical effect. That’s only something to be proud of if you are entirely satisfied at functioning at less than 1% and remaining a slave forever. Each to his own.

    The Universal Mind enables awakening through the medium of creative inspiration and direct perception. Minds bogged down in the frameworks of time and space, cannot know more than illusion. Most humans spend their “waking” lives hypnotized by their sensory world, cluttered by visual and sensory stimuli which gives them the illusion of a material reality. Hence they easily enslave themselves into the Matrix. In reality, space and time are really nonexistent, as is the need for the slavery most people choose to subjugate themselves to.

    It was correctly portrayed in the film:
    Morpheus: “What is the Matrix? Control. The Matrix is a computer generated Dreamworld built to keep us under control, in order to change a human being into a battery of energy. We are the energy source easily renewable and completely recyclable. All they needed to control this mind was something to occupy our mind. And they built a prison out of our past; wired it to our brain and turned us into slaves.”

    Practices that serve to awaken, enable becoming free from the past and to borrow from the future. Not in chasing the unattainable delusions of “having it all” but rather in being at peace with our choices.

    Give it some thought. The alternative is to keep affirming your delusions, living in denial of actuality and your slavery.

    By changing ourselves, we change the world. It’s that simple.

  3. I change, but the world doesn’t, truth hurts….as always!!
    I don’t think that by changing yourself the rest follow, that is up to every individual…..
    My reality is very real to me. Keeping the mind clear through training oneself helps to overcome the daily problems we all face. It is that simple….

  4. A realist see’s the world as it really is…and idealist see’s it as he like’s it to be…most Aikidoka are Idealists.

  5. I just see the reality as it is, that’s all Nev…..

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