– – – by Takeharu Yoshi Renshi
So, thinking about Ame-no-Ukihashi, or Wuji… we were talking about O’Sensei describing that feeling: that life force feeling… right?
In order to really enjoy something you have to allow yourself to reside in a sort of a stable place. You have to kind of let yourself into the place and be there. And because you’ve been programmed by this society to constantly move, move, move… and pay, pay, pay. Every little thing, is like some middle-man has to extract from you. So you’ve been conditioned this way. So now you’re going to free yourself.
So… part of it is this kind of yi…
When you are [standing on] Ame-no-Ukihashi, and are also in touch with [the feeling of] “In the 3,000 worlds all at once the plum blossoms are opening” – then [you will find that] from the these the real Budo comes forth.
– – – O’Sensei – probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui, p.118
When the ki‘s of Sho-chiku-bai are brought together, and you orientate them towards the NW [that is, in the direction of joy], then [the feeling of] “In the 3,000 worlds all at once the plum blossoms are opening” becomes the beginning of everything, and the place from which everything arises – and consequently you will find that Aiki, too, originates here, along with – and even more so – the place that we call Ame-n0-Ukihashi.
– – – O’Sensei – probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui, p.65