“The essence that endures is more real than mere paint, but intangible..”
For me, Aikido is not a watered down, collusional pretence of a dance. Not at all.
It must never be forgotten that Aikido has its origins in valid battlefield combat jujutsu of the most virulent kind. Aikido’s forte lies in the fact that the aikijutsu arts continued to refine jujutsu and pare away the excrescences to reveal core principles that optimize efficiency, leverage and economy of motion to their best. And perhaps more.
When practiced with martial integrity, that is, unmitigated honesty, Aikido purges mental clutter and entanglements, to produce clear thinking. This is a never ending process.
Because it maintains an honest body-mind connection this produces a unique synergy that opens up a Way and enables clarity of perception.
Why does it enable?
Nature creates by overcoming challenges, not as in slapping paint on a canvas then expecting it to last. Nature is constantly reworking and changing. The essence that endures is more real than mere paint, but intangible.
When you are going home from the dojo, where is ikkyo? Where is iriminage? Where are.. the things you just practiced?
Much like a more dynamic form of sand art, everything changes and disappears into impermanency, yet the essence remains. Whilst invisible it is more real than the appearances that are swept away.
What remains, albeit unseen by many, are the predispositions which are keys to all Creation. These open up an entirely different view to existence to enable an harmonious and debt free way to negotiate life.
However this awakening attitude must be maintained vigilantly and constantly fine tuned for optimal performance, just like any engine.
Daily training becomes the Way.
“There is no enemy of love.. There is no time and space before Ueshiba of Aikido.. only the universe as it is..” Morihei Ueshiba