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Life itself enters here from the now of Kokyu,
Joins center as Hara, a manifestation we call Kokyu Ryoku.
Divine workings of the in and out flow of heart and the soul,
Of love and goodness breathing, thus we can learn and grow.
From heavenly Kokyu comes a gift, the sword of life,
The sword of Aikido, shining kindness, the golden knife,
Forever cutting through the darkness, that thing called fear,
For other arts may use that sword of death, it's not welcome here.
The spirit smiles realizing Aikido is based on love,
No longer gripped by fear but supported by this heavenly glove,
And given a second gift of wisdom, the Aikido spear,
To pierce and shatter that road of ignorance!!! Ahh, stillness and humility appear.
So breath with spirit, breath out love that you may breath in care,
Breath in here and now, let go of the past for it's not even there,
That the spirit of joy formed of Hara may give you another gift, the Jo,
And in non disturbance feel the vitality of oneness the blending the flow.
Then finally realize we can sit in humility, centered in love, and living in faith,
With heavenly presence allowing life's essence to live, with goodness our base.
And when others from fear and doubt and worry says he's an expert and that that he knows,
Stay martial in spirit with nature and remember one thing only......Grass Grows!
The truth of Aikido, priciples creating a path,
First you try then you apply then yoy relax and laugh;
No wasted energy, no interfering mind,
No more false views to follow, no more being blind.
And as you smile and sit whilst your body is standing,
'Attacked' by enemies all about,
They come for the lessons you're handing out,
They take them away like a puzzle to solve,
You smile and watch their delusions dissolve,
So every time they lost they won,
For they left with some light and heavenly sun.
For we are manifestations from now yet we meet here,
Thus we enter the center to learn understanding so that all may be clear,
Then when we make it we find at the center theres peace, silence! but no fear,
What's this? Love and goodness join you, and now becomes here.
Then you find they are active and in comes life and you feel the flow,
Your spirit awakens and with faith sees clearly what to do and where to go;
The heavens surround you here on earth breathing, space, and kokyo,
Just you, God, and life, in harmony, wow where did the mind go???
No more intention, or even desire and not even any starts,
No begiinings or ends but only the blending and of joining with everyones hearts,
Ans the motion of grace non disturbing, divine, a universal dance,
Where all souls join as one! soul brothers and sisters, divine motion yet one stance.
And therein lies the lessen of Aikido, completion!!! that's the messag
I stand in the center, facing my foes,
I stand at the gateless gate, where heaven and earth flows;
I stand in the center, sounds of the mountain echo cease,
Only heavenly love and earthly peace.
They look for an opening but none can appear,
For I'm already open and all remains clear;
Motion in stillness without and within,
No self protection just pure welcoming.
They seek to attack, plans and strategies, depending,
They know their plans and they know their desired ending;
But they can't seem to find me, for I'm winning without winning,
I'm center, not the middle or end, but the infinite beginning.