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Peace and harmony

Peace and harmony of mind AIKI 
 
“AIKI” means a matching of Ki (Spirit). It is also called “Ki-musubi” (Knotting Ki). The string knotting one Ki with another described as “Tama-no-o” (thread of life). The founder used different descriptions according to the audience. Getting into a state of “KI-musubi” upon entry into Dojo is desirable but not easy. You must see to it, however, that your Ki is sustained and kept alive at least during the course of a given exercise. Harmony can only be maintained in a state of ‘Ki-musubi”. 

Harmony is a situation in which, physically speaking, the Ki strengths of two partners are tied together. If your partner is aggressive, your reaction should be turning your body obliquely, deflecting his attack and closing in on him for either a throw or a hold. If your partner withdraws his ki, your ensuing action should be a move ahead for a hold. In other words, harmony is maintained by avoiding conflict with the strength of your partner and adhering thoroughly to a principle of non-resistance. When two rubber balls are pressed against each other, for instance, they spin uncontrollably without conflict of force between them. The way they gyrate utterly defies prediction.

The harmony in empty-handed exercises is strikingly similar to this phenomenon. When such harmony is maintained, a number of varied techniques will result depending on how you direct your tegatana, nay, move only a finger. An intangible matching of Ki manifests itself on the tangible body in the form of various techniques. “AIKI” is a mind possessed of peace and harmony. Under such condition, body and spirit merge into one, working their way up to new heights of enlightenment.