Originally posted by akiy
So, what's your definition of "aiki"?
means union or harmony and ki
can be translated as will or intent. Therefore aiki
means to unite or harmonize with another's will or intention.
This can be interpeted on different levels. When you lead your partner, you are uniting or harmonizing with their will or intention to attack you. It is this leading that allows you to perform the technique.
On a spiritual or philosophical level, aiki means to unite or harmonize with the will or intention of the Universe. This is commonly referred to as "...becoming one with the Universe."