Up till now, aiki – as budo – has been a thing of one kata after another, BUT now that it has fundamentally forgotten all of that, it has become a matter of where you put your spirit. If you don’t have, in your own heart, a heart of love, then there is no way you can produce these magnificent waza that are about protecting the whole of creation: in just the same way, we know, as our traditional Japanese kamae, seigan, is very, very much a kamae of love. The inner truth of being without forms, is that Japanese budo does not force the opponent into a series of moves: it does not force him to be aite… And the [standard mental attitude and fundamental tactic of] not resisting is so very much a gesture of the spirit – an act, as it were, in the spiritual world – that it has a [spiritual] name: nenpi-Kannon-riki. It is the innermost hidden secret [ – the gokui – ] of bu that there are no forms. Bu arises spontaneously from our deepest impulses, and it is fundamentally, and from the very outset, a matter of ki controlling everything.
These things were all revealed to me in my training by
and then on December 16th, 1942, in the time between 2 o’clock and 3 o’clock in the morning, all the kami of Japan were good enough to show their presence and congratulate me on the advent of [true] Aiki. [Which with] training in Yamato-damashii, and the swordsmanship of Sho-Chiku-Bai, and with the double-edged sword that unifies Heaven and Earth, using the movement of the heart, washes away the world’s impurities. And in that regard, the very first thing [that had to happen,] was that the Great Pacific War had to be ended. It’s a hard thing to talk about, but I had been blessed with the opportunity to make a great new beginning, and so I had retired – [after which I found] divine providence manifesting itself from every possible direction – and I built in Iwama a 36 tatami Aiki-Jinja. And soon after that, when the atom bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which made me all the more resolute, His Majesty, with an Imperial Proclamation, ended the war. From that time, when you look at Japan, you see that everyone has been bound together with bonds of aiki and mutual concern.
O’Sensei, probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui, p.129-130