Thread: How spiritual?
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Old 10-20-2003, 12:30 AM   #33
RoninKivjoru
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Ted Ehara (tedehara) wrote:
I know some Ki Society members have found Aikido compliments their religion, rather than conflicts with it. This might depends more on the "style" of Christianity and Aikido you practice.
I agree with Ted. I am a Christian, and I've found that there's no conflict either in my mind, or the minds of the pastors I've talked to about it. I'd say if a Christian was hung up about it not being a "Godly" power, likening it to their understanding of The Holy Spirit, is helpful. I honestly believe it's a labelling issue, that's it. God gave us this energy, but most mainstream churches have downplayed it because it sounds to much like "witchcraft." Aikido got me back in touch with a part of me that western culture had, unfortunately failed to teach me about.

Chris Owen
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