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Old 05-07-2004, 09:46 AM   #36
Chuck Clark
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Re: How is aikido related to your spiritual path?

Good discussion folks. Thanks.

I agree with both Charles and Ron as they make their points. I think we begin the study/practice learning the "method" as a means of developing ourselves (in many ways...). At some point during this developement we begin to also express ourselves through this method. Further on, the expression becomes a mix of our self as developed by the method. Finally, it all becomes one.

It is a continuing process of making decisions each instant and learning. I think very high level expression of budo is simply actualizing our intent. Of course this works best when our intent is informed by a significant amount of time spent internalizing proper principle and form.

Again, thanks for a good discussion.

Chuck Clark
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