O’Sensei no kuden: Ame no Ukihashi

A person who is working on making progress in aikido above all else must do the following: with super-clear understanding, and holding it in your heart, you must, with eagle-eyes, see the universe as it really is  1), and gather it into yourself – and then, making this [way of being] your foundation, you must keep the gates of your being always open [to everything around you].

– – – O’Sensei, probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzuip. 13

1) in other words: perceive the ground of being, the ‘Great Absolute’, Tai-Kyoku

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