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:
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