…on the ‘love-energy’ of IZANAGI and IZANAMI

So… because I arise from the activity of all these great kami, my body – which is what I choose to call  my five viscera and my five bodies – was/were fashioned by this kami-activity as a creative, benevolent being in my own right: having charge and responsibility for my share of creation. My two hands perform the movements that are modeled in my head, and in doing so they channel the five sounds [ – the kotodama – ]  and [whatever comes in through] the five senses. This is IZANAGI and IZANAMI [working together].

You cannot understand this unless the divine process of creation is happening through you, too. And this cannot happen unless you understand yourself as an aggregated phenomenon… and an aggregated phenomenon that is joined by musubi with the whole world, and with all of society.  So, please, I would ask you all really to try and understand this point.

The organization of your ki comes from outside of yourself, it is out front of you, flowing into you as you step forward.  And going to meet it and welcoming it is an education in love [“ai“].  It is  n o t  an education in slaughtering your fellow-man.  But it is just like calligraphing a circle [ – an enso. ]

And this education in love [“ai“], is IZANAGI and IZANAMI  turning and stirring the breath of yin and yang, of water and fire. The human breath, as it is uttered, goes in and out, as the  continuous play of kokyu.  And this, too, is IZANAGI and IZANAMI, nurturing the constituent elements of ki-energy.  And as this ki-energy  spirals and revolves, it becomes the love-energy of IZANAGI and IZANAMI.

– – – O’Sensei, probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan,  published in Aiki-Shinzui,   p. 94

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