“The ‘no touch’ fantasies flew out the window, as did the pushing people over with silly gestures and fake kiais and other circus tricks”
A real warrior cannot be hypnotized or deceived by anyone. Not his teachers, not his adversaries. Indeed the whole purpose of the Way or Do is to un-hypnotise the mind to see clearly and lucidly existence in the moment as it is. And to respond impeccably.
Hypnotic frauds and charlatans seductively select followers who make them look good because they are susceptible to hypnotic suggestion, brain massage and blowing smoke up their ego. They then fit sycophantically to following a leader.
Such people do Budo a disservice. Sadly they do themselves a disservice as well because most often, once their followers begin to treat them a certain way, they end up believing their own act. As in a biofeedback loop this creates a bubble of reality that is only real for those inside it. A cult is born.
With religiosity this deception can be gotten away with for extended periods of time. With Budo, only until the next real attack.
Rest assured, nor can a real, hell-bent attacker be hypnotized. You either have real skill or you will have a rude awakening. It is then hoped that you will survive the attack so that you can re-evaluate and gain a sense of perspective.
Whilst the crutch seeking mentally weak, needy or insecure are easily seduced into such quagmires, the wolf in sheep’s clothing generally deploys certain mind trapping techniques that appeal to the ego. For example, ensnaring you with too early promotions, telling you that your ability is more than it is, and fortifying this by placing even weaker followers under your charge, bribery, sexual exploitation has been known to be used, rewards and fear to steer, appealing to pride and so on. The carrot and the stick is older than both religion and politics.
Such stupidity is to be disdained. Often when such cults grow to large proportion, they, in fact, become dangerous to the world.
Conversely, more than one charlatan “master” has been downed by a young fighter too dumb to have his mind entangled with hypnotic bullshit. Some got severely injured in their moment of awakening. And a rude and painful awakening it was.
The “no touch” fantasies flew out the window, as did the pushing people over with silly gestures and fake kiais and other circus tricks unworthy of recognition as anything more than either stupidly inane at worst, or at best training techniques with limited merit.
Budo is not like training dogs to compliance. Rather it should produce individuals of high moral caliber, discernment and initiative. In other words better, human beings.
Budo serves specific purposes. Mainly to prepare individuals to meet themselves spiritually without deception of any kind, and also to prepare individuals for real active service in a field where combat skill is required.
The real teacher does not care for his own popularity or whether you stay or go. He will pare away the ego, this often severely, cut you down to size repeatedly, scold you, humiliate you, prove you wrong, correct you, smash your pride and ruthlessly steer you towards factuality, truth, awakening and authentic skill.
The false teacher may be appearing to do the same, but the core motives differ. One is serving light in the world, and the other merely himself.
If you want to make money, go sell real estate. If you want to deceive people, go start a religion.
If you want to serve people towards awakening, then first gain some measure of it yourself by going through the trials, tribulations and pain of training transformation that enables it. Then serve sincerely without thought of gain, fame or recompense.
Here are the cold, hard facts. Kuzushi cannot be deployed remotely or from a distance. Anyone who implies that it can, is a fraudulent shyster with bad intent. Or stupid and deceived. Such circus does no-one any favours.
Further, non existent magical ability cannot be absorbed by association or osmosis, so sycophantic behaviours only waste years of life better spent willingly going through learning of what is factual and functional.
Instead of wasting your life and years chasing after non-existent and impossible magical ability only possible with tricky editing, deceit, collusion and any of a variety of dishonesties, a wise person will seek to improve their authentic and functional skill.
Practical and real Aikido is found in practice and its deployment may never be needed to survive real violence, but because when practiced properly and honestly it serves to un-deceive the mind, it will improve all other areas of your life with clarity and insight.
Clarity and insight cannot be gained by believing or participating in lies. Nor can human survival be so served. You have to choose. Do you want the Path of awakening? Do to want to tread the Way of authenticity with the real skill it imparts? Or merely participate in a circus of silliness to impress the gullible and illicitly grab some temporary gains.
If you want ruthlessly unmitigated honesty, then Budo is for you. But realise this. Either way you are preparing for the day when you will be tested by the angel of death himself!
Don’t play with Aikido insincerely.
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by Nev Sagiba
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