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Peace is an energy, both active and real,
Manifest in Kokyu Ho, acknowledging Gods will.
War is but illusion, a trick of the mind,
Sore is the confusion, unbudo, unkind.
As stillness races forward in the flow of divinity,
As shihonage forms from the symbol of infinity,
The two cuts of the sword, the sword that restores health,
The true sword, invincible, undisturbing cuts self.
And all turns to quiet as faith is returned,
All of the binary code, basics relearned,
For I am nothing and I am one, the empty cup reflects us,
The selfless path of Aikido, the path of peace disects us.
People ask me is Aikido about sensitivity.
I say 'obviously' for it contains no negativity;
For that has one purpose, the purpose to negate,
But Ki is infinite so negativity must infinitely wait.
Some people ask me is Aikido a budo art,
I say 'which budo? and send them back to the start;
The budo of war of games and strategy, chess, monopoly or ludo?
Why no of course not it's the one of truth, it's called sen no budo.
Some people ask me if it's to do with control thus for control freaks,
They point out it has within it a certain set of control techniques:
That illusion being is what they are seeing thus unbeknown live with dischord,
For those control techniques are merely the motions of a sword.
So then they ask is Aikido thus the art of slicing and dicing, with cutting and flows?
The way of the Samurai, to be brave and stand up to all enemies and foes!
Alas no I say for bravery is hollow but courage is full of the spice of life,
The sword makes an empty bowl of faith in turn which heals all life.
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.
Some people enter the spiral of violence,
They call it self defence or the opposite of silence;
Some people enter a whirwind romance,
Like a leaf dancing happily but but no base, no stance.
Some people enter the spiral of hate,
Revenge and destruction and that is their fate;
Some people see the spiral as power,
But it's just the vessel, the path, sweet or sour?
Some people talk about spirals of in yo ho,
But do they know why spirals appear and then they go?
Some spirals relate to a harmonious flow,
Some spirals don't alas and that's not the way to go.
And when you're at peace, a state of ultimate humility,
The spiral of peace reaches out, true strength, our own servility,
Bereft of fear yet all is clear and one plus one is one,
No fight, no enemies far or near, Aikido you've become.
Recently it was explained to me,
The healing sword, out quite logically,
Alas, pure logic, devoid of feeling,
Cannot see the truth of healing.
But so be it, if it fits, that;s nice,
So stay with that view was my advice,
But meanwhile I'll open the door to way,
Of the healing sword borne of the healing way.
So let's get inspecting, let's add some refinement,
To heal needs a quality and that is realignment,
Back to what was or even better,
The sword that does this, anew trend setter.
The sword that rehabilitates, returning what's been lost,
The sword that heals not the sword that costs,
And in this brief glimpse and minor exploration,
May you see the swords goal which is Restoration.
With it's edge so sharp it gives sight to the blindness,
The edge is made up of pure spirit of kindness,
And the heart and the soul both contained there within,
The solution that cuts through and everyone wins.
And like that sword we could go on to the jo,
What is it's purpose and what's it's true flow?
A weapon? a tool? ha, ha, spiritually a toy,
Borne of spirit once again, the spirit of joy.
The earth and the heavens, the stars and the sun,
The true nature of it all thus Aikido is fun,
So pick up your true sword and jo and join in,
Aikidos an experience felt without and within.