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August 25, 2005

Breadth of mind to wait for a second

Recently, I often see people who cannot wait for a second in Japan.

For example, at a red light. Even when the light is still red, many people start to cross at the crosswalk. I watch them carefully. And usually, after one or two seconds, the signal turns green. If they are not in hurry, this shows that they do not have breadth of mind.

When you feel the urge to pass someone on a narrow road, if you stop for a second and let the traffic work itself out, you will not feel the need to overtake others. However, people cannot wait for a second, and try to go through first and overtake others.

As people board the train (especially in Tokyo and Osaka), many people cannot wait a few minutes and rush to get on the train. Then, they may find themselves warned by station attendant.

When driving, if there is a car that wants to merge with the main line of traffic, you can wait for a second and let them in. However, many people cannot wait for a second and follow the car in front very closely, thereby preventing anyone from merging.

When listening to others talk, you should just listen, before you say what you want to say. But if you find others’ talk pointless, you often can’t wait for them to finish, cut them short, and then start to talk about yourself.

Have you ever seen people who cannot wait for a second in daily life? How about yourself?

Everyone has their own rhythm. And we act on our own rhythm unconsciously. If things do not go smoothly in tune with our own rhythm, we feel stress.

"Wait for a second" means to change our own rhythm. If we cannot control our mind by ourselves, we chafe, and then demand that others act according to our own rhythm. Sometimes, even when we try to fall into step with others, the others' mind resists this and things do not go well.

If we calm our mind in our one point, we can be up to the conditions even if we have to change own rhythm. In other words, we can have breadth of mind a little. This breadth of mind is very important. And it changes communication dramatically.

Some people are naturally placid. So when we deal with these people, we may not have breadth of mind that we would like. Sometimes, I do not have breadth of mind. Therefore, I check my state of my mind first to see if I can wait for a second or not in my daily life.

I will talk about what I experienced last week.

Last week, the super express train was very late because of a signal failure. I was standing in line to buy a train ticket from the automatic ticket machine. A man who was behind me seemed in a rush. Therefore, I asked the man, “Are you in hurry?”

He said that his train was leaving in five minutes. I realized that I had some time, so I let him go first. This is one of the good examples.

On the other hand, I had to warn a person on my staff because the person was careless in their work.

The staff person started to make an excuse. I yelled at the person immediately to stop making excuses. As a result, the person turned his back, and it took much more effort for him to realize his mistake.

When I first gave him the warning, if I had breadth of mind and listened his full response, it would not have required such an effort on both of our parts. This is bad example of how to be emotional and without breadth of mind.

Mind itself has no color or shape. We cannot see mind. However, “Mind moves body”. Therefore, our state of mind reflects the state of our body. We can know the state of mind through our body.

Let’s check our own state of mind in our daily life.

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August 21, 2005

Teaching at Tochigi Ki Seminar (August, 2005)

I taught at the Tochigi Ki Seminar today. This is also open for Ki development institute students. So, students attended the seminar. Thank you very much for attending this seminar in such hot weather.

The theme of the morning class was “Koichi Tohei sensei’s education”. Koichi Tohei sensei is my teacher and also my father. I talked about Koichi Tohei sensei’s education which I have received and experienced.

It is most important to realize others change through learning. Because we understand things, we can act correctly. Also, we can prevent problems in advance. I taught how to understand things through experiencing them.

The theme of the afternoon class was “weight is underside”. I taught “Weight is underside”, one of the four major principles to unify mind and body, which tends to be misunderstood. I taught “weight is underside” through nursing others, holding a bowl correctly and Ki breathing.

Many people misunderstand, but “weight” and “heaviness” are different. Also, “weight is underside” and “feel heavy” are different. Those who attended Tochigi Ki seminar understood these differences clearly.

By the way, I organized some photos the other day. I found the picture below. Dr. David Shaner who is Chief instructor of Eastern Ki Federation gave this picture to me.

childhood 

Koichi Tohei sensei was about 58 years old and I am about 5 years old in this picture. I have never shown this kind of picture to everyone. This is the first time I have shown this to everyone.

I will teach at the Tochigi Ki seminar on September 11th, (Sunday). The next theme is “Ki and nursing”. I will teach about Ki breathing. I am looking forward to seeing you.

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August 18, 2005

The Method of Realization

It is easy to lose knowledge or information without real experiences.

However, when knowledge and information become firsthand experiences, then we can realize. And this will be a treasure of our life.

I think many people know that “realization” is important.

However, even if we have a great deal of knowledge and information, if this does not connect to real experiences, we may not realize a thing.

When do we get realization?

Please think of your most recent realization. When and what was the situation that allowed you to realize something new?

One thing is certain; whenever we realize something, we are extending Ki. In other words, we are using our mind positively.

When we realize something, we are extending Ki to the object of our realization. If you are not interested in the object at all, and you do not extend Ki, there is no realization.

Similarly, when we pull our Ki, or use our mind in a negative way, there is no realization.

This “pulling of Ki” is a very risky thing to do.

When we fail in something and feel down, we pull our Ki and so cannot realize the cause of failure. This then causes the next failure. And this can become a vicious circle that goes on and on.

We cannot realize without extending Ki.

Another aid to true understanding is relaxation.

Once again, please remember your experience of realization in daily life. When your mind and body are nervous, can you realize something?

When we relax both mind and body, we become calm and free of stress, and using our mind freely, we always tend towards realization. In this way, we can receive true understanding with even the slightest of opportunities in our daily life.

When we study a thing, it is essential to study it seriously. However, this seriousness does not mean that we must be nervous. When our mind and body are nervous, we cannot realize.

It is important to understand the meaning of relaxing correctly. If we misunderstand the meaning of relaxing, we lose our Ki.

When we relax correctly, this is a mine of realization.

What it comes down to is that when we realize something, we are extending ki and relaxing mind and body.

”Ki is extending” and “to relax” sound different, however, these are the same.

Koichi Tohei sensei has resolved these as “Four major principles to unify mind and body” and teaches specifically how to unify mind body through them.

Four major principles to unify mind and body:

1. Keep one point
2. Relax completely
3. Keep weight underside
4. Extend Ki

”Ki is extending” means “4. Extend Ki” in the four major principles.
“To relax” means “2. Relax completely” in the four major principles.

These four major principles are likened to four different routes to climb mountain. In the same way that we can climb to the top of the mountain from any of those four routes, by performing one of these four principles, anyone can experience oneness of mind and body.

You do not have to do those four principles at once. If we perform one of these principles, we have accomplished the others naturally.

These four principles sounds quite different, but actually, they are one thing. This may be difficult to understand through mere words. You can experience those four principles being actually one in our various seminars and workshops.

Let’s study together.

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August 17, 2005

Learn principles from different angles

I play piano.

My piano teacher is a student of Koichi Tohei sensei and also one of the famous pianists in Japan. On the other hand, I was not such a brilliant piano student :) However, what she taught me is very effective now. She allowed me to realize many things. I would like to tell you two things that I learned from my piano teacher.

One is to know my own state of mind before playing piano. Though I play piano the same as usual, the sounds of the piano are changed by the state of my mind. Therefore, before I play piano, I check the state of my mind, and then I start to play the piano. “Mind moves body”. So, state of mind is reflected in the sound of the piano.

I apply this realization to Ki-Aikido. Even though I do Ki-Aikido techniques the same as usual, the technique will be changed by my state of mind. Therefore, before doing a technique, I check the state of my mind and only then do techniques. The state of mind is reflected in all techniques. I practiced it thoroughly. And after that, my Ki-Aikido techniques became completely different from the past.

Another realization is to relax correctly. When I touch the keys with relaxation, the sound of piano is very clear and beyond expression. When I touch keys with muscles or losing Ki, the sound of the piano becomes unclear. When I play piano at a contest in a large hall, clear sounds reach to every corner of the hall. Unclear sounds cannot reach as far.

I apply this to my Ki-Aikido now. When I do techniques with relaxation, there is a natural rhythm, and the movement looks large. When I do techniques with strength or losing Ki, there is no rhythm and the movement looks small. Ki-Aikido and piano are very different, but they have a lot in common.

About ten years ago, Tohei sensei was interviewed by an overseas newspaper company. The newsperson asked Tohei sensei why Tohei sensei let his successor learn to play the piano. Tohei sensei just said, “To let him master oneness of mind and body”. You cannot master Ki-Aikido if you only practice the movement of the technique. When you master oneness of mind and body, you can do techniques. Learning piano was to understand oneness of mind and body.

Tohei sensei let me learn piano because I was interested in playing piano. So, if I was interested in something else, he might have let me do something else. Fortunately, I could meet the best piano teacher. And I was taught oneness of mind and body through piano from a different angle. At that time, I also learned Sado (the way of tea) and Nihon-buyo (Japanese dance) besides Ki-Aikido. And I played in the yard vigorously. All of those experiences became my foundation of oneness of mind and body.

Let's study principles together.

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August 11, 2005

Educating a Child

Koichi Tohei sensei is my master and also my father. I would like to tell you about Koichi Tohei sensei from a son’s point of view.

I remembered an experience from my childhood the other day.

My father often played five-in-a-row or played the card game of the one hundred famous poems (Hyakunin-isshu; Japanese game) with me. He played with me very seriously.

I played five-in-a-row ten times in a row. And I lost ten games in a row. He knocked me down without any hesitation :-)

Since I was small, I was always very chagrined at loosing this kind of game. My father noticed this and so he made me think about why it was that I had lost the game.

One time, I could not win at all, so, I cried and said, “I cannot win.” In the next game, my father purposely lost the game.

Can you imagine what he said after that?

He said with anger, “This is called ‘making someone look good’.”
I felt the sting of defeat more. So I said to my father, “I will not cry even if I loose the game. So, please play with me seriously.”
He said, “I understand.” Then, we played the game again. And he won five times in a row

Again, he gave me time to think about why it was that I lost the game. When I realized the cause of loosing the game, he praised me very much.

I think back now, and I think he believed in a child’s ability and led me to have more incentive by not giving me fake satisfaction.

I learned that when things do not go well, I consider the reason why, and continue to play the game. Without turning my back on the problem and not stopping Ki. This is my habit now.

Of course, the way to lead children is to depend on each child’s character. At least this was my father’s way, and it was the best for me.

When we played the card game of the one hundred famous poems, the situation was worse. Father got 94 cards and I got 6 cards.

I was very unhappy at loosing so many games. My father again noticed this and so he wrote each poem on a piece of paper and put these papers inside the house where I would see them.

I tried to memorize three poems a day. Therefore, I was able to memorize all poems within about a month or so. After that, I played again with my father. At that time, father got 70 cards, I got 30 cards.

I remember that I was so happy.

Once again, he did not just satisfy the child, but let me know how to play. And he played with me seriously.

Eventually, I would have a fifty-fifty chance of winning when we played five-in-a-row or played the card game of the one hundred famous poems. I think there is not so much ability difference between us now. (But I have still never been able to win! )

I focus on applying Ki to education. Because I would like to share Koichi Tohei sensei’s intangible teachings with as many people as possible.

It is the most basic thing to utilize Ki principles in helping people grow in education in the home, school education, worker education and leader education.

If you are interested in this, let’s study together.

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August 09, 2005

Questions and Answers (August 9, 2005)

【Question】

I am a member of Ki-society. I always enjoy your mail magazine.
I want to ask you about my dreams.

I often have bad dreams at night. Sometimes I have a nightmare and my wife wakes me up. I do not think I have that many negative things in my daily life, but.....? Would you please give me any good advice of how I could manage this?

【Answer】

Thank you very much for reading my mail magazine.

One’s dreams have a strong relationship with the subconscious mind. When you are awake, your conscious mind works more and when you are asleep, your subconscious mind, which you are not aware of much in your daily life, works more.

Koichi Tohei sensei always tells us, “The subconscious mind acts as a storehouse of knowledge and past experiences. The materials stored in the subconscious mind form the conscious mind.” You see, the subconscious mind acts as a storehouse and whether you notice or not, all the negative images accumulate in your subconscious mind. At night, they come out to your dreams.

There are two answers for you. The first one is to be positive before you go to bed.
During the day time, you have both positive and negative experiences. At night you can take a shower and wash your body, but do not forget, your mind also needs to be washed every night. The easiest way for anyone to become positive is to do “Ki Breathing Exercise”. Do this right before you fall a sleep, and that could be the best way for you.

The second one is to keep your subconscious mind positive. Do everything positively. Remember, your tiny negative act can be stored in your subconscious mind. Maybe each one of your negative acts seems tiny, however once they accumulate, they could be very harmful. Use positive words, and be positive all the time, and your subconscious mind can be kept always positive.

I used to have a horrible dream sometimes. However, after I learned how to change my subconscious mind from Koichi Tohei Sensei, I hardly have any nightmares; or I can even know that I am a little negative, when I have bad dreams sometimes. You can guess whether you are positive or negative by your dreams.

Let’s start “Ki Breathing Exercise” together! If you do not know how to do it, please come to our seminars.

I am looking forward to hearing from you, the nice positive news, again soon.

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