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September 19, 2005

"Ki Breathing" by Koichi Tohei Sensei (3)

This article is translation of Koichi Tohei sensei's book, "Ki breathing (Ki no Kokyuho)". We will upload new article every Monday.

Shinichi Tohei


Human beings are one with the Universe

First, let's think together.
Where did we come from?
Everyone answers we were born because our mother's egg was fertilized with the father's sperm.
Well, where did the sperm and egg come from?
First we need to understand, what was the beginning of human beings?

Not only human beings but everything has its beginning.
Anything that has form must have a beginning. For example the sun is said to be blazing now, but there must have been a beginning of the fire. There must also have been a fire, before the fire started. If we trace the history of all things, we can only say that everything came from something invisible.
This is called "Mu" in Zen world. But this does not mean just nothing. This also means "there is nothing, but something exists".
If we think this way, our mind, body, sun, star, earth, animal, plants, everything was born from something invisible.
That is, everything came from infinitely small particles.
Ki is the infinite gathering of infinitely small particles.

Mathematically speaking, the basic entity of mathematics is the number one. The earth is one. A pebble is one. If it is reduced by half, what remains is also one. If it is reduced by half infinitely, it does not become zero. If there is one, half of it always exists. Ki is the infinite gathering of infinitely small particles. In this way the sun, the stars, the earth, plants, animals, and human mind and body are all born of the ki of the universal.Ki is the essence of the Universe and it interacted in various ways which gave the universe its form. Then the Universe was created. We are one with the Universe. And our lives are part of the life of the Universe.

Breathe the Ki of the Universe through your body

Our lives are like the amount of water we might take from the great sea and hold in our hands. We call this "I". Yes, it is the same as calling the water our water because we hold it in our hands. On the other hand, from the standpoint of the water, it is a part of the great sea.
Although if we open our hands the water will fall back to the sea, even as it remains in our hands it is in conflux with the outer great sea. If we refuse to let the water flow with its own, it will go stale.

Our lives are part of the universal ki enclosed in the flesh of out bodies. Though we say that this is "I," viewed with the eyes of the mind, it is actually the ki of the universal. Even though that ki is encased in flesh, it is in conflux with and active as a part of the universal. When we breathe, we breathe the ki of the universal in with our entire body. When the conflux of our ki and that of the universal is unimpaired, we are in good health and are lively.

We live in harmony with the Universe.
Harmony means to interact with the Ki of the Universe.
Breathing is important to keep this harmony. We breathe the Ki of the Universe throughout our body.
Ki Breathing is to activate and interchange with the Ki of the Universe. This is the best way to activate your life power and keep your health.

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