…”you don’t need to be looking at the world of ‘things’ “…

Aikido doesn’t work if you’re looking at your hands – or at aite’s hands.  You don’t need to be looking at aite. You don’t need to be looking at appearances at all:  you don’t need to be looking at [the world of] ‘things’.  This is because aikido is  hireburi of the spirit,  and if you train in this Way,  our patron O-KAMISAMA:

AME-NO-MURAKUMO-KUKI-SAMUHARA[-RYU-O]

will [come and] enter into all of your aikido.

– – – O’Sensei, probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan,  published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p.27

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