Michael Stuempel wrote:
This is the type of blanket statement that I am sorry to find. As I stated in a couple of my posts, I also don't think that "Mysticism" has a place in the dojo in the Aikido that I have grown to understand.
However...I really want to know how prevelant "mysticisim / irrationalism" is within Aikido.
If you say "...taught in more than a few Aikido dojos" does that mean 3 or 4 out of the thousands of Aikido dojos out there or does that mean a huge percentage.
I have never trained in a dojo where there is mysticism being spouted by the instructor. Of course, I have only visited a dozen or so dojos, been to a few seminars...and trained in 5 different ones for a long period of time.
Does this mean I've just been lucky with my choices? or does it mean that you have been misinformed or perhaps unlucky in your choices?
--Michael...desperately trying to get back to lurk mode...but blanket statements will probably almost always maybe get me out of hiding
I don't believe in luck, so maybe you have been blessed.