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May 26, 2005

Ki is extending

I have chance to teach Ki principles to over 300 people a year through seminars, workshops and KiAikido classes.

Until a few years ago, my experience was that sometimes my lecture was well received and sometimes it was not so well received. Of course, it is natural that there are differences in each seminar. However, in my case, the difference was extreme. First, I thought this big difference was because of the participants. If the participants sincerely wanted to learn, then the seminar would be well received . However, this view turned out to be wrong.

A few years ago, I had a chance to teach Ki principles at a large 5 day seminar.

My ability was not enough to please every participant at that time. (Even now, of course I am still developing my ability) However, I thought that once I was given this chance, I would do my very best to please the participants. And I did teach very sincerely.

As a result, at the end of the first day I received thunderous applause from the participants. Many participants were disappointed that the class was over for the day.

I felt that it was easy to finish that first day of the seminar without a problem. I had experienced success that first day and then I started to teach on the second day. (The participants were the same as the first day.) The seminar went very smoothly the second day because I was liberated from mental pressure as I remembered the easy success of the first day. However, this second day of the seminar was not received well. I was shocked, and decided I needed to re-create my mental state from the first day. With this mental state, I taught Ki principles with ease and sincerity. Then, as a result of this change in attitude, I received thunderous applause from the participants just like the first day of the seminar.

"Gee...there is rule." I realized.

Only the human mind can move another personユs mind when we speak to another person. It is important to develop a high level of technique, however, this is not always enough. The most important thing is to do our very best every time. This "very best" state of mind is the same as "Ki is extending" which Koichi Tohei sensei teaches us. On the second day of this seminar, I was caught off guard. Then I realized this. After that, I was able to finish seminar very successfully.

Koichi Tohei sensei says the following. "A person who acquires a high level of technique is called skillful. On the other hand, a person who can use own mind anytime anywhere is called a master." Even if a person is able to develop a high level of technique, if this person does not use his or her own mind clearly, then this person is not called a "master".

After this experience, I do Ki breathing every time before I teach to calm my mind. And I always teach in this same state of the mind. I always check myself to be sure that I am extending Ki.

I think teaching Ki principles is similar to acting on the stage.
When the audience feels the actor's mind, they are touched by it. They will not be touched if only the actor's technique is good. When we tell something to others from the heart, the others will be able to feel the heart. As a result, both of our Ki becomes one and we feel this oneness.

In many cases, even when we greet people everyday, we do not greet them with the same state of the mind everyday. Sometimes, we greet people without our mind. It is always important to check yourself to be sure that you are doing your very best, and see that your mind is in the correct state when you do a thing.

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May 19, 2005

Quality of the words

There is a certain quality in the words that we speak. In another words, there is speaking with Ki, and then there is speaking without Ki.

For example, please imagine saying "Thank you" to somebody.

There is a big difference between saying "thank you" from the heart and saying thank you without your mind.

If you have appreciation in your heart and say the words "thank you", this state is called mind and body oneness. When our mind and body are one, we say," Ki is extending."

On the other hand, if you have no appreciation in your mind, but say thank you only with your words, this is a separation of mind and body. We call this "Pulling Ki".

Last week, when I was on the express train, I heard the following interesting conversation. One person was senior staff and the other was junior staff:

Senior: "You have some responsibility in this mistake, too."
Junior: "(in a sloppy manner) I understand."

Senior: "What's with the attitude?"
Junior: "I just said I understood, so that means I understood."

Senior: "If you make a mistake, arenユt you sorry for your actions?"
Junior: "So, you mean I should say I am sorry. OK, I'm sorry!"

Senior: "(with anger) I did not mean that!"
Junior: "I have just apologized to you. So, that's it!"

What do you think? Don't we sometimes see this kind of scene in our daily life?

The junior staff said "I am sorry". However, he did not accept the situation and his own faults in his heart. You understand that it is pro forma apology. The senior staff got angry at his pro forma apology without Ki.

Looking back at my daily life, I realize that in the past, sometimes I have sometimes used words without using my mind clearly.

I am careful to use my mind clearly outside of the home, but in my own home, sometimes I tend to use my mind not so clearly. This is because we have an emotional dependence with our own family. Therefore we have to be very careful when we speak to our family and our close friends.
There are words to appreciate, to encourage, to appreciate the pains someone has taken, to show concern for someone, to praise, and to encourage someone. These words mean nothing if you speak them without mind.

Mind (Ki) does exist.

The easiest way to train() Ki principles is to use your mind (Ki) clearly when you speak to someone.

Let's practice together.

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May 12, 2005

Quality of the sleep

We cannot live without sleeping.

Sleep has not only quantity but quality. If you sleep for a long time, it does not necessarily mean you receive high quality sleep. To have high quality sleep, how you use your mind is important.

Koichi Tohei sensei always teaches us in the following way:

When we are out the whole day, our body becomes dirty. Therefore, we take a bath or shower before we sleep. Mind is also the same. Throughout the day, we face many minus things. The minus things have an influence on our mind consciously and unconsciously. Therefore, it is necessary to clean up our mind, as well as our body, and go to sleep with a peaceful mind.
The best way to calm your mind is to do Ki breathing. Before you go to bed, please try it fifteen minutes at least everyday. You will realize Ki breathing is very effective. Try comparing a night of sleep with, and then without Ki breathing.

In addition to that, if you do "Meirei-Anji-ho", this will be even more effective. "Meirei-Anji-ho" is very easy to do. You just address yourself in the mirror. You may be surprised at how easy this is. And, if you try this, you will be surprised at how well it works.

This is an example:
You just say to yourself in a mirror, "You will wake up at six in the morning." Then, you can forget about the time and just sleep. Many people use their mind in a minus way such as saying to themselves, "I have to wake up at six tomorrow morning", or "I can sleep only five hours", before going to bed. You may not feel you slept well using this method!

Please compare a night in which you do this to a night in which you do not do this. You will find that your awakening in the morning is completely different. Just using your mind clearly, you will receive a much higher quality of sleep.

Lastly - How to wake up in the morning:
To wake up with mind and body oneness, you must not sleep "twice". From the scientific point of view, if you sleep twice, it is easy to become tired. In other words, once you wake up, do not go back to sleep.

You may say, "I have to wake up, but I want to sleep." This condition is a separation of mind and body. It is an illusion that you feel good when you sleep twice.

Please compare waking up at once and then sleeping twice. You will realize that sleeping twice actually makes you very tired.

Mind (Ki) has no color and no shape, therefore, we cannot see it. To acquire how to use mind (Ki ) correctly, it is important to repeat the experiment and the verification. Knowledge is not enough. We must actually practice it. Then you will be able to acquire it.

In this way, the quality of the sleep will have already been decided before you go to bed. Since I started to practice sleeping through Ki principles, I have a very high quality sleep. Sometimes, my work allows me to only sleep two or three hours a night, but I still awake refreshinged.
The following are 10 points which I teach at my seminars. Many people use these points to improve their quality of the sleep. To get high quality sleep, please use these points for your own experiment and verification.

1. Before you go to bed, you will do Ki breathing. (To calm your mind)
2. Just before you go to bed, you will do Meirei-Anji-ho. (To have plus mind)
3. You do not eat a meal at least three hours before you go to bed.
4. Bathing immediately before going to bed is avoided.
5. Self Kiatsu (Shoulders, neck, leg, etc)
6. Make your head cool, your feet warm. (Do self Kiatsu on the soul of your foot)
7. Bath in the morning sun.
8. Do not sleep twice.
9. Use your body well in the day time.
10. Do not nap too much.

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May 05, 2005

Put yourself in your opponent's place when you teach others

There is a study called "The Learning Pyramid". This is a study of which way is the most effective way to learn things. (See Pyramid learning).

The more the teaching goes beyond mere word content, the more we tend to learn effectively. On the following list, the number on the right side is the percentage of learning rate.

- Lecture 5%
- Reading 10%
- Audio/ visual 20%
- Demonstration 30%
- Discussion Group 50%
- Practice by Doing 75%
- Teach others 90%

The most effective way to learn is to teach others.

Before I knew this, I had asked my students to tell other people what they had learned at the class. (I had done this within the class structure.)

TThere is a certain way to teach others. We had schooling for the students of the Ki development institute from May 1 to May 5th, 2005. The theme of the schooling was, the"Quality of teaching others."

Koichi Tohei sensei defines "teaching"as "to letting others discover for themselves".

When we teach, we tend to transmit the experiences or knowledge of teachers. However, teaching does not mean to just say something which the teacher wants to say. Especially, young teachers try to tell everything to the students. If you do this, the students may get confused and not be able to understand correctly.

The correct way to teach is to put yourself in your opponentユs place. To do this, you will need to see other peoplesユ condition correctly.

When the students do not understand the teaching, their faces tend to be clouded over with anxiety. When the students understand, their faces extend plus Ki.

The best way to study Ki is always through feeling other peopleユs state or condition of mind.

And if you tell something to others, others may not understand as you do. It is very rare that others understand things exactly as you intend. If others do not understand as we have assumed they will, we tend to become impatient about them and even, at times, emotional. In this instance, we must keep one point.

I have been teaching Ki principles for 10 years now. I teach Ki more than half of the year. However, I never get used to teaching Ki principles. Every time I teach, I learn something new.

To learn Ki principles more deeply, let's teach Ki principles to others correctly.

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