O’Sensei: “that place which goes dancing up and dancing down”…

You should do  e v e r y t h i n g  with musubi.  If you do not do this, true power will not come forth.  If you do not do this, you will eventually discover that – all of you – your keiko has been for nothing.  But on the other hand, if you DO do this, you will discover that aikido is the aiki – the joining of ki’s – of  Heaven and Earth: connecting  – musunde – the true bu of the Former Heaven 1)  with your Earth, [right here]. Using the sound of no sound  2),  you must organize your spiritual ki.  You have to stand on Ame-no-Uki-hashi, and be moving the ki of that place which goes dancing up and dancing down.  And when you are doing this, you are also moving the ki of our planet’s ki-body [ – thus: the ki of the room right where you are – ] and much more… And so when you are turning the very wheels of Fate 3) – [performing furitama] –  you will begin to discover that this is the very heart and center of our teaching.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan,  published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p. 28

1)  the Former Heaven arrangement of the Eight Trigrams: the directional pattern of energies that can be sensed in Mu, and in Wu-Ji.
2)  True kotodama: not the sound itself,  but the impulse in the mind that precedes actual utterance.   Sensing this impulse is a way to tune yourself to the collective sub-conscious.
3) “setting aright the past, the present and the future” is the standard Shinto expression…


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