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If you train with the spirit of loving protection,
You're Aikido takes on brand new direction;
Focus increases and discipline too,
Cos you realize eventually it's not about you.
Self defence is very good for the selfish,
Yet do they know what the truth of the self is?
Searching for power to make them feel safe,
An illusion, a deception, but an alluring place.
True spirit expressed through the spear and the knife,
Through the Jo of the Hara, through the Sword that gives life:
Through the warrior spirit, filled with humble politeness,
Where the selfless self replaces wrongness and rightness.
I ain't a preacher or a monk or a llama
I'm just in tune with the sound of kotodama,
And the spirit of universal loving protection,
It's all around us in all eight directions.