“Generating harmony, not because it is easy but because it is not easy, despite all opposition. This is true Aikido…..”
For millions of years, preceded by billions, certain predispositions of physics and cause and effect tried, tested, proved and became habituated as foundational instincts.
These are not about to go anywhere.
They are embedded deep into the survival predispositions of all living creatures. Indeed matter itself. This constitutes the old OS, comprising the hardware, being the universe, planetary system and the solid components of earth. The firmware resides in our DNA (genes).
The software is always being renewed and reformed from the expansive nature of the Universe, this being Light, the future where new variables and possibilities (memes) not only reside but are constantly being revisited and refined just like a Japanese car.
Each generation is superior to the previous. This is the innate and immutable nature of Nature and the Universe. Those rotting in old habit will, with stagnant mind, disagree and find fault because they fear change. But change is life and variety, as the old saying states, the spice of it.
All an adult can teach a child is old stuff. The children teach us the new, newest and newer. IF WE LISTEN, WATCH and HEAR with the eye of the soul.
Make no mistake of it, the old jujutsu teachers studied children at play as well Nature at work and all the denizens of the vast panoply Earth is heir to.
In this, they witnessed the ever renewing Kannagara no Michi at work and realized that the Human is designed to bridge Heaven and Earth as a Hito Jinja in all things. Morihei revived this.
If you don’t get this you have not begun to practice any Aikido of any kind whatsoever.
Mimicking forms is not Aikido. Serving each other is. Providing a challenge safely. Imparting viable methodology. Hiding nothing. Transparency. Teaching against all odds. Bringing the caring spirit of Budo into all life. Correcting yourself. Generating harmony, not because it is easy but because it is not easy, despite all opposition. This is true Aikido.
Once the OS (operating system) reveals itself, the, “Why?” of Aikido becomes obvious and self-evident.
By all means continue mimicking forms. Do the practice with attentive mind. These are the keys that unlock Enlightenment. But also meditate. Notice and live life, real life outside of computer screens with attentive consciousness.
You will see Aikido everywhere. If you don’t, you are not practicing Aikido but habituation. Beware of habituation. It is stagnant and dead and will make you stagnate and die.
If training is not testing and challenging your body, mind and spirit you are wasting time. If real life is not exciting, you are missing it.
Get out and practice the essence of Aikido, the spirit of Aikido. Insert it into everything you do.
What is the spirit of Aikido? To love, care, nurture and protect all life in all forms and expression. Harmony.
Aikido’s operating system is everywhere in and all around you as it is the image of the Universe itself.
In the primitive kingdoms the greatest bully became the “leader.” And they became extinct. In the human and divine kingdoms, the greatest masters are the greatest servants.
Serve all life and the power of reciprocity will bowl you over with abundance. Abuse life and it will return it to you multiplied. That’s the nature of the universe.
Stop grasping at straws.
” The greatest among you will be your servant.” Matthew 23:11
“And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” Mark 9:35