Re: Who Sez O'Sensei Was Wise!
Now, more importantly, once we see a connection with O'Sensei using a Shinto and Omote to code the secrets of technique, something I referred to as being complexed over that of other martial arts kuns, we start to understand a truth. A truth likely over looked if we didn't question.
If we settle and sit comfortably assuming what we are told to be the truth about Aikido that has been filtered down etc. or fabricate assumptions of the meaning behind words like, "love" and not take into account the gap in language and culture, then we are missing a huge part of Aikido. So what I am saying is, we need to look at the spiritual side as being blended into the technical side, fabricated without having seamless, and both elements dependent on each other. This seems to hold true based on the way many things in Japan are done, especially budo. It is a great way to hide things as well, e.g., the act breathing with body movement. All of which can be symbolize with Ying and Yang/ Izu and Mizu.
It is this poem I look at for proof of that:
Come to appreciate the perfect balance of "Izu and Mizu:" the 'Cross of Aiki'
Then through the voice of the positive advance courageously.
Now let's parallel the poem to technique 93. Kokyu, (Ryote (Both Hands)) in the book, "Budo Training in Aikido." As you can see there is a parallel between the poem and the technique. The poem it self can be applied to many techniques. Therefore, as this is true, so is the relation to O'Sensei's spiritual message, which both technique and spiritual can't be separated nor over-looked.
Now here are some spiritual quotes we all know that relate now to my point and points in several of my posts:
Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. The Art of Peace is a celebration of the bonding of heaven, earth, and humankind. It is all that is true, good, and beautiful.
Consider the ebb and flow of the tide. When waves come to strike the shore, they crest and fall, creating a sound. your breath should follow the same pattern, absorbing the entire universe in your belly with each inhalation. Know that we all have access to four treasures: the energy of the sun and moon, the breath of heaven, the breath of earth, and the ebb and flow of the tide.
As we can see how things work as a "family" under one roof, and not separated into divisions. Where spiritual lends to how technique is done and it's secrets and visa versa. All based on a commonly used Japanese model use by O'Sensei- which I discussed before this.
Therefore, by looking at Aikido in this manner, we see a truth. Or at least we should. And we understand that Aikido isn't built on a western model, or ideas of that we want to shape it into, to reflect to fit our personal beliefs, or agendas. And by doing so is not looking at the original, and instead is creating myths, and distorations of what Aikido is and it's complexity.