Jun Akiyama (akiy) wrote:
...Also, for the historically/linguistically minded, what sort of definitions have you encountered in your research regarding the term "aiki"?
"Ultimately, there is only one state of ki
. My father had the following to say about the ultimate state of ki
which he had himself attained:
'Through physical training I reached the ultimate understanding of budo
. Once the essence of budo
had been thus revealed to me, I realized that a person's body and mind and the ki
which unites the two should be brought into perfect harmony, and that these three elements should be further unified with the activity of the universe. It is possible to unify one's mind and body and, subsequently, the universe, through the expert use of ki
is, therefore, the unification of the ki
which is the basis of the life-force and is made manifest by subtle breath control with the ki
which is the basis of existence and which permeates the entire universe, and aiki
is to become one with the universe itself."
Conversation with the late Ueshiba Kisshomaru pg 144 The Mysterious Power of Ki
by Kouzo Kaku.