In conflict energy in the form of combatants is at a higher level than in the absence of conflict. Aikido is a martial art that endeavors to facilitate the transition of high level energy in the form of the combatants to the lowest energy state possible in conformance with the Minimum Energy Principle.
O Sensei (taken from The Art Of Peace, John Stevens) -
"... we put ourselves in tune with the universe..."
"A warrior's mind and body must be permeated with enlightened wisdom and deep calm."
"If your opponent strikes with fire counter with water,... it swallows up any attack harmlessly."
"...once you envelop them you will be able to guide them along a path indicated to you by heaven and earth."
"Let attackers come any way they like... blend with them...Redirect each attack and get firmly behind it."
"Enter, turn and blend with your opponent..."
"Draw him outside of that sphere and into your own, and his strength will dissipate."
"...keeping yourself in a safe and unassailable position... no one will suffer any losses..."
(Original blog post may be found here