Aug
29

“Interview with Mariye Takahashi (2)” by Stanley Pranin

This interview contains one of the most vivid descriptions of the spiritual side of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. It is a first-hand account of the Founder entering a trance state and speaking directly with the Kami. You have never read anything like this. – Editor

“I could see him so clearly, standing there outside the door, bathed in the electric light from inside the room, as dignified, resolute and noble as ever. Besides his strong personal “presence,” he also struck me as being very large physically, standing there filling the whole doorway as if a giant rock had suddenly appeared there. The space around him seemed strange, as if filled with a vacuum, overlaid by a kind of rich tension, looking nothing like the hallway of an inn. I even heard my ears ring with a bell-like sound I never heard before. He said, “Mariko, it’s dark out here; let me in!” so I answered, “Yes, of course, please come in.”

I remember seeing him there so clearly, in every detail, even down to his white tabi socks. At that moment, I suddenly felt like I was losing my balance, like I’d suddenly fallen under the influence of some sort of strange “universal gravitation.” It was like I’d run into a massive wall made of particles of wind. For an instant is was as if some intangible “wave-motion” was pushing toward me, like a kind of air pressure, but not the result of any kind of actual wind. It so affected me that I could barely stand up and I even felt like I might actually fall over backwards! I sort of tottered there for a bit, trying to regain my balance. I also wondered briefly why, in spite of all the aikido training I’d been doing, I was having such a hard time maintaining my center. And of course I felt even more pathetic and embarrassed with O-Sensei standing there watching me the whole time as I stumbled around.

Finally I think one of my knees touched the mat. The dimensions of time and space were so strange that I became totally disoriented. At that time I ended up in a fetal position and began to feel really sick. I slowly began to fall sidewise. Involuntarily, my head fell to my chest. I tried to raise it to the normal position but it was just impossible. Not only was my head heavy, I felt like some kind of massive power was over my neck giving me the feeling of being cut open. My body was continuing to fall and was getting closer to the floor. Then I saw out of the corner of my eye O-Sensei dashing into the room to my aid to support my body and help me into a seated position.”

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Comments

  1. Nev says:

    Stan,

    Thank you for posting: “Interview with Mariye Takahashi (2)”  again.
I’ve seen and experienced some extraordinary things in my time giving validity to the self evident interdimensionality of the universe we live in and the exceedingly small percentage of it we on earth are conscious of, and comfortable with. Your article brought up a memory worthy of repeating, but I’m not sure whether to post it.

    Here’s an Aikido related one.

    In about 1973 at the west Ryde Gym (which had a considerable tatami area) we were practicing multiple attacks.
    Mr Sugano was in the middle as nage and we were all young men in our twenties with little brains. Arrogant pricks, albeit well meaning and rather nice bunch notwithstanding, we were always trying to prove something or another (Which speaks to Seiichi’s immense patience with us as well as his consummate skill)

    
Whenever there was a demo/embu or such a dojo situation, we most coming from a Judo, Karate, Wrestling, Football or other backgrounds were forever testing poor ol’ Sensei to see if he was really the real deal and trying to take him down with real attacks, the best we could muster. As if his Mac-truck/elephantine-powered padded with cotton wool counters were not sufficient to convince us, we kept on testing.

    Sensei remained immutable, unreachable and inscrutable. He was the cat, we the mice and he would safely toy with us. We stood not a chance. But most kept looking for that opening.

    On this fine day, I recall clearly, a rather intense, heavy duty multiple attack situation where we had the dude working. At least we thought we did.

    Suddenly, one guy had him in a choke lock, others by the arms and legs.
I found myself staring at Sensei’s vulnerable back only four metres away, maybe five.
“Why not, “I thought, “I’ll gently tap him on the back,” pure ego.
As I began to run forward, one meter in and three or so away, I ran into an invisible wall of what felt like the electromagnetic energy Marie describes in this article,
    “intangible “wave-motion”

    “I could barely stand up”

    “I was having such a hard time maintaining my center.”

    
“The dimensions of time and space were so strange that I became totally disoriented. At that time I ended up in a fetal position and began to feel really sick. I slowly began to fall sidewise. Involuntarily, my head fell to my chest. I tried to raise it to the normal position but it was just impossible. Not only was my head heavy, I felt like some kind of massive power was over my neck giving me the feeling of being cut open. My body was continuing to fall and was getting closer to the floor.”
“Despite being sick and unable to control my physical motions I had my conscious mind observe what was going on around me.”

    She describes it perfectly.

    Anyhow, as I was sinking, I saw Sensei fumble, and everyone just flew off him in all directions. 
And then I lost consciousness.
Nothing physical had touched me.
 Just the force field.

    Then everyone was around me resuscitating me and generally annoying me and asking me what happened.
It was one hell of a force field protecting Sensei.

    Reminds me of Koichi Tohei’s “By living a life of becoming more in harmony with the Universe, we make ourselves worthy of protection by the Universe.”

    The lessons that incident unlocked were many and are still coming. Perhaps some time I’ll write some articles on the subject, though I’m somewhat reluctant as such things are best experienced.

    Best regards,
    Nev

  2. Justin craft says:

    Sensei,
    Were you ever privy to the specifics of self cultivation techniques for the attainment of said invincibility, or are we left to discover the way in the seeking?

    Please understand that I am not seeking a shortcut just fearful of going down the wrong path and therefore being unable to pass along the real thing.

    Justin Craft

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