Re: Spiritual and i/p
The problem is that there is no problem. Part of Aikido training is not blaming others for our actions. Your reasoning, David, is like blaming a woman wearing a skirt for being raped. Our responses and actions reflect on those who make them not on those who supposedly provoke them.
Inner power is defined differently for different people. I think it is a combination and blending of the 2 extremes of the 2 camps that appear on this thread. The spirituality comes from the humility of taking responsibility and letting others be on their own path.
Early on I read that Jun asked us not to get into a discussion about who was better than others.
On another note: when the 220 man pushes against you is your stance natural or in hamni?
From the Dalia Lama this morning: The many factors which divide us are actually much more superficial than those we share.