I can see it now: "It has to be felt" by Peter Goldsbury, a martial arts thriller patterned after "The Name of the Rose," where one top shihan after another is murdered as aikidoka pursue a fabled aikido scroll wherein Morihei confided the secrets of internal training. In the end, a top shihan burns the dojo to the ground and eats the scroll to keep the secret.
In that case, perhaps the title should be, IHTBE ("It has to be eaten"), and, since this column is all about kotodama
, if someone (it would probably have to be Doshu) actually utters the words on the scroll, good, or bad, things will happen, depending on his ability to pronounce the words 'correctly' (which is the way Morihei intended them to be pronounced).
Thank you, Raul. You have given me some interesting ideas.