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Old 12-29-2002, 10:45 PM   #7
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Dojo: Evanston Ki-Aikido
Location: Evanston IL
Join Date: Aug 2000
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U guys love to split hairs.

Let's try and get through the forest of details to look into the heart of the matter. I've quoted this before, but I haven't read any commentary on this. Perhaps some of you would like to try?
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."

Aiki 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.
Any takers?

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