The Essence of Aikido ― To change the air of the spot into your own magnetic field.

新年の伊勢白山道さんの写真

A woman who is a reader of this blog reported by mail that she won a gold medal in individual competitions of Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art. She said that she was fighting with gratitude to people who took care of her and when she was nervous she could calm down her emotions by repeating “I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su” in her mind. “I’ll try aikido next time,” she said.

  • individual competition 個人戦
  • Tai Chi 太極拳
  • nervous 緊張した
  • calm down A Aを落ち着かせる

She used to be far from strong physically and mentally. She went through difficult times when she was dependant on a spiritual being outside herself and she suffered from psychosomatic disorder( bulimia and vomiting) for many years.

  • far from A Aどころではない
  • physically 肉体的に
  • mentally 精神的に
  • go through A Aを経験する
  • dependent 依存した
  • psychosomatic disorder 心身症
  • bulimia 過食症
  • vomiting 嘔吐

To get some exercise is important for a person who is mentally weak and has a tendency toward depression. Women in this age might as well go to gym to keep fit mentally and physically than attend some womanly class. It is especially important that a woman over forty, conscious of her hormonal changes, make efforts to make her mind stable.

  • get exercise 運動をする
  • weak 弱い
  • tendency 傾向
  • depression 鬱
  • might as well~ 〜してもよいかもしれない
  • womanly 女性的な
  • effort 努力
  • conscious 意識して
  • stable 安定した

As for a person who has difficulty getting exercise, he/she should be conscious of it in daily lives, which changes the way of doing things and has a good effect on you. For example, when you’re standing, just to raise your heels a little becomes a good exercise.

  • as for A Aに関して言えば
  • have difficulty ~ing 〜するのに苦労する
  • raise 引き上げる
  • heel かかと

To be mentally stable, it is not enough to take exercise, of course. The best way to make your mind stable is a practice of holding a memorial service for your ancestors with gratitude in mind. The reader also said that she was able to win the gold medal because of a sense of security enhanced by the practice. She said she would want to learn Aikido next. Aikido is also a good way to develop Inner God.

  • memorial service 供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • a sense of security 安心感
  • enhance 高める
  • Inner God 内在神

Speaking of aikido, Ueshiba Morihei(植芝盛平), the founder of aikido, has a lot of interesting episodes. Also it is significantly meaningful that he was associated with Deguchi Onizaburo(出口王仁三郎), a religionist, and Minakata Kumagusu(南方熊楠), a great scholor.

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  • speaking of A Aと言えば
  • founder 創始者
  • significantly 非常に
  • be associated with A Aと付き合う
  • religionist 宗教家
  • scholar 学者

The soul of Ueshiba Morihei comes from the World of Fierce Gods(鬼神) leading to Susanoo. Many masters of martial arts belong to the World of Tengu(天狗), a spirit taking on a form of a long nosed goblin, but his soul is superior to them. I don’t know anything about Aikido, but what I perceive from Mr. Ueshiba is that the essence of aikido lies in the ability to control the spot. Before a battle begins face to face, the outcome seems to be already decisive. Once you cover the spot with magnetism your spiritual body emits, you can beat the opponent, however you fight, because the spot is yours.

  • master 達人
  • superior 優れた
  • essence 極意
  • lie 在る
  • ability 能力
  • outcome 結果
  • decisive 決まった
  • magnetism 磁気
  • emit 放出する
  • opponent 対戦相手

In my spiritual vision, I can see him standing at the center of a circle of magnetic field with the radius of about three meters when he faces his opponent. I feel the magnetic field is flashing blue and red. If he makes such a magnetic field, even a gesture of seizing and flinging his adversary can make the opponent fall down without touching. This phenomenon is related to the state of Kannagara(カンナガラ), being with God, which is a kind of automatic drive, that you achieve when your Inner God develops. In such a state, you can avoid troubles unconsciously.

  • magnetic field 磁場
  • radius 半径
  • seize つかむ
  • fling 投げる
  • adversary 相手
  • fall down 転ぶ
  • phenomenon 現象
  • avoid 避ける
  • unconsciously 無意識に

By the way, my left ear can catch the sound nobody in this world can hear. When I’m asleep, while the ear catches the sound in another world, my acute sense seems to catch the sound around my body at the same time. During a trip, I was woken up by the sound of a cockroach walking on the ceiling at 3 a.m. I couldn’t bear it. So I turned on the light and struck it down quickly with a rolled newspaper. It all happened in a moment, when my wife, sleeping next to me, was awoken by the light and was about to scold. She sometimes remembers it even now and tells her friends about it, saying “What a strange guy!” lol

  • asleep 眠っている
  • while S+V SがVする一方で
  • acute 鋭い
  • cockroach ゴキブリ
  • bear 耐える
  • turn on A Aを点ける
  • strike A down 叩き落とす
  • strange guy 変な人
  • lol 笑

Today too

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

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