…Shin-Kokyu in 1955-58 …

EXERCISE FOR CONCENTRATING ON THE ONE-POINT AND FOR KI-FLOW

[ – – – from André Nocquet Shihan’s Hombu/Iwama notes? – – -]

1)  Join the two hands, palms together, both in the shape of the Sword mudra 1), level with your heart, then extend them, while raising your thoughts, to the Polar star…

2)  Turn them back to back and direct them [in an outward circle] towards the Center of the Earth, passing by the Heart, where they deposit the Heavenly Yang energy, the energy of Love…

3)   [Hands moving down towards the ground,]  visit your own “Earth” before reaching the centre of the Earthly sphere…

4)  Re-visit your own “Earth of Saturn” while drawing back your two sword-hands [ – te-gatana – ] to the level of the one-Point, into which they deposit earthly Yin, the energy of Transcendence…

5)  Direct them [index-fingers extended, or formed in the Chinkon mudra,  out] in front of you and extend your thoughts towards the infinite…

6)  Return – in the same rhythm – to the cardiac Center, then…

7)  Simultaneously direct them in opposite [cardinal] directions AND extend your thoughts ad infinitum…

8)  Bring the “complementary opposites” back towards your Heart in such a way as to realize their joined-ness… [re-forming the same mudra]

9)  [Without moving your hands, ]  lead your mental Ki again towards the Centrum in order to realize a new interior [mental] visit…

10) Continue this descent towards the Center of the Earth…

11) Come back up again then raise your Ki, from the base of your feet (R.1 [-the Bubbling Well] ) to the top of your head (DM. 20)  in order to revisit again your own “Earth”, before you…

12)  Come once again, [moving your hands] axially, to the Polar [star as in 1)]…

This practice finishes with [otakebi/okorobi,] the gesture[s] that allow one to affirm Intention  – Yi – in the one-Point.

In addition to focusing on your Centrum,  emphasis should be put on the Belt Meridian – Daimai – which has these functions:

a) To allow the exchange and union of Yin and Yang energies, to link the High and the Low, by means of the Yinweimei and Yangweimei at the level of Spleen-points  13, 14 and 15,  V.B. 25,26,27 and 28, the Renmai and Dumai in Conception Vessel 5 and Governing Vessel 4, Kidney R.11 to 16 and Channel 52 [in other words: around the hara].

b) To concentrate, direct and project Ki all the time while still maintaining [one-]Point.

– – – J-D. Cauhépé and A. Kuang, Shobu aïki. La victoire selon l’art chevaleresque de Morihei Ueshiba, pp. 174-5

 1) probably not truly two sword mudras – but rather:  hands clasped with index fingers extended, OR, MOST LIKELY, o_senseipraysonmountaintopthe Chinkon mudra, as in this photograph of O’Sensei – middle-fingers through little-fingers interlocking with right fingers over left – and one variation of the Chinkon mudra being both thumbs laying side by side…
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