The breath of a nervous, unstable man is shallow and uneven; the breath of a calm, centered man is deep and even. But because one’s breath can be changed through training, robust spirit can be developed and stabilized by proper breathing. In the Ki Sayings I wrote, “Breathe out so that your breath travels infinitely to the ends of the universe; breathe in so that your breath reaches your one point and continues infinitely there.” But before you can breath this way, you must keep one point. Then when you exhale, you must not stop your breath short in front of you, but think that your breath continues to the ends of the universe. When you breathe in, you must breathe fully, calling in the Ki of the universe and settling it at your one point. Throughout your breathing session, while inhaling, exhaling and the intervals between, you must always have your mind and body unified. This involves an act of letting go, of leaving yourself completely to the universe. You should feel that your breath is one with the breath of the universe, in fact, that you are the universe and the universe is you. This is the foundation of Ki breathing methods. ~Koichi...Read More
Tohei Sensei tells us in Aikido In Daily Life — “. . .We received our life from the universal in two elements, the body and the spirit. We can express the relationship between these two by saying that the body moves in accordance with the dictates of the spirit and that the spirit uses the body. The two are inseperable. The continuation of human life is impossible with only one of the two, but when they join together we are able to manifest our highest abilities and our innate powers. . . .When we say we are good at the things we like, we mean that we are able to make progress if we like the kind of thing we are doing. Conversely, if we do not like what we are doing, we find it difficult to concentrate our spirit on it. Though our body may be pointed the right way, our spirit will fly off in some other direction. Progress in things we do not like is slow because we cannot achieve a state of body and spirit unification. The critical thing to learn if your want to make progress in anything is to first unify your spirit and your body and then give play to the highest of your own abilities. The things that one can do when he is sincere and when his spirit and body are one are astonishing. . . People often display powers in time of fire that they would never dream of in ordinary life. Women have been known to lift automobiles to drag injured children out from under them. In desperate situations of life or death people come up with unheard...Read More
The Power Of Choice… On the road to success, the road less travelled, there are potholes, small ones — big ones — humongous ones! You have no control over the potholes being there. You did not put them there, and, you can count on them being there. So, chances are that you will hit one of them. That’s the risk — and risk you must. Why? cause there’s a purpose to potholes. . . to refine you — not to ruin you. To test your faith, your courage, your integrity. So risk you must. That’s the choice you must make. Otherwise those potholes will ruin you. Not “stupid” risks — calculated risks. For example: you’re on the top floor of a 30 story high-rise and need to get to the ground floor. You have three choices: elevator, stairs, or jump. Two are calculated risks. One is the “stupid” risk. And to get where you want to go — risk you must. So it is with life and self mastery. Every time you risk, fall, and chose to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, learn from your failures and move forward, you will discover that you are more than you thought you were, that you can do more than you thought you could do, and you can have more of what life has to offer than you ever thought possible. So Risk You Must! “The Hardest Victory Is Over Self” ~ Aristotle Share Tweet About The Author For over fifty years now I have been a student of Master Koichi Tohei. A founding member of Lokahi Ki Society, I now serve as Senior...Read More
We can send forth our great willpower that can move the Universe. ~ Koichi Tohei
With the advance of culture and civilization the organization of our world grows more diverse and complex. The lives of primitive peoples were simple, their area of communications was small, and all they had to think about was a place to live, something to eat, something to wear, and something with which to arm themselves against powerful enemies.
We begin with the number One in counting all things. It is impossible that this One can ever be reduced to zero. Because just as something cannot be made from nothing, One cannot be made from zero.
Tohei Sensei asked me if I knew how to tumble… and the next thing I knew I was flying through the air; and I didn’t how he did it. I didn’t have uncomfortable feeling, any sensation of wanting to resist anything. It was just a feeling of going… Woo-Hoo! through the air… and I tumbled.