Re: Aiki, Iki, Kokyu, Heng-Ha and Aun, Part 2 - Breathing deeper...
the standard Jewel looks like this
, but Ueshiba's abdomen is perfectly round...
I do not recall the earliest reference to the jewel (Yayoi period) but I do seem to recall the shape you refer to has archeological sources that predate the kojiki by ~1700 years and they do appear, more or less, in the 'standard' shapes.
Take two 'standard' jewels and place them together and, viola, round in a blend of in yo (yin-yang aka 'diagram of ultimate power'). Six of them suckers in complimentary pairs in three orthogonal planes gives a sphere ... sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
Last edited by Rob Watson : 04-23-2012 at 04:04 PM.