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November 24, 2005

The correct image

Let’s think about the image which we have of ourselves.

We all have a self-image which we build up by ourselves, and also an image placed upon us by others, which we have unconsciously accepted.

The important thing is that human beings be sure their image they adopt is natural and true.
“Mind moves body” Therefore, it is natural that our image controls our actions.

“Mind moves body” is Ki principle.

Let me give you an example:

When I talked with one of the staff the other day, I had a realization.

This staff person started to have followers since last year. That means this staff person is not just a senior worker but a boss.

This staff person works very hard. However, he does not have a very good reputation, especially from other staff members.

I heard about this and so I had a talk with this particular staff person who has recently become a boss.

I found that his image of “boss” and mine were very much different.

What do you think the difference was?

The staff person thought that the boss should manage his followers’ work. Therefore, he tried his best to do this.

Certainly, managing others work is one of the jobs of a boss. However, a boss’s work is not only the management of followers.

The boss has a responsibility to create an environment for the workers, provide fair assessment, work together when followers have trouble, and judge things which followers cannot judge.

There are many other roles for boss, as well.

If the boss is hung up on only managing his followers, then he cannot perform the rest of his job.

In this case, the rest of the staff said, “He does not work but just gives instruction.”

His image which he has adopted, “boss should manage followers work”, is incomplete.

In the real world, many people have this partial image and still become the boss.

In this case, I did not pass on to him the correct image of the boss. Therefore, this kind of thing (happened.

Now this person has changed his image of what a boss is, and he is much more successful at being the boss.

Beside the image of boss, each of us has different images, such as “parent” “Children” “husband” “wife” “teacher” “business people” “leader”.

Each of us has a different image of “Men” and “Women”, too.

The problem is those images are just adopted unconsciously and not build up positively by ourselves.

Before we start something, we have to check own image of what that is, and then check if the image is really the correct one.

Also, it is important to know the difference between your image and others’ image.

I am sure you will find that, in many cases, there are significant differences, and you will get a big realization. By sharing our images, we can achieve smooth human relationships.

Let’s practice together.

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November 10, 2005

Remember to Extend Ki!

What is necessary for realization?

Even if a group of people live under the same conditions, some of those people will realize something, and others will not. What is the difference between these people?

One of the differences is if they send Ki clearly to that which they wish to understand.

You might feel, “Oh, that’s simple!”

However, this difference is everything when we are speaking of realization.

Here are some examples:

When you listen the teacher telling a story that you have heard before, if you listen thinking “I have heard this story before”, you do not send Ki clearly to the speaker and you cannot get any realization.

Even if it is the same story which you have heard, if you send Ki clearly to the speaker, you can get a new and deeper realization each time.

When you read a book, if you read the book thinking, “This book is just the same as the book I read before”, you are not sending enough Ki to the book, and this will limit your understanding.

No matter what, if you read a book with Ki, you will get new realization.

This is very simple. However in reality, we often do not send Ki in our daily life.

There are many people who have trouble in face-to-face conversations. I receive inquiries about this from many people.

In Japan, people are taught “When you talk with others, look at them.” However, even if you try to look into others eyes, sometimes it is very hard to do.

It is said that “The eyes are the window of the mind”. The eyes show the state of mind clearly. If you look at a person’s eyes whose Ki is very strong, it is easy to receive the person’s Ki.

However, if you stare into someone’s eyes, you may not be able to remain aware of other conditions around you.

As a result, many people look away when talking face to face. This gives others distrust and makes it difficult to realize their state of mind.

If this is a business negotiation or some kind of trouble that needs to be solved, it could be detrimental.

Then, try looking around the other person’s nose, instead of their eyes.

If you do this, the other person will feel that you are looking at their face in a straightforward manner.

The most important thing is that you can recognize others small changes in facial expression or attitude because you are sending Ki to others well.

It is not until you have true understanding of what the other is saying, that it has value.

I often meet higher ranking people. But I extend Ki and look at them in the way described above, and I do not get nervous now.

This way helps me a lot.

Please try to put it into practice in your daily life.

If you always remember to send Ki, then you will realize much more.

Let’s practice together.

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November 01, 2005

Teaching at World Camp 2005

World Camp seminar was held from October 19th Wednesday to October 23rd Saturday. It was a five days seminar. On October 22nd Saturday and 23rd Sunday, Japanese Instructors' seminar was also held.

There were about 140 people attend the seminar from USA, Europe, Russia, Australia and of course Japan. I taught through out the seminar.

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The first day of seminar, Koichi Tohei sensei came to the class and shook hands with each participants and took group photo together. Also, Tohei sensei awarded a student who has been studying Ki-Aikido 50 years in Hawaii. Tohei sensei gave him a ceramic plate (Mashiko-yaki plate with Tohei sensei's calligraphy) as a relic of 50 years of study.

The theme of World Camp 2005 was "The Universal mind". Everybody has a selfish mind such as we want to move people and things as we think. However, if we act with selfish mind, others have bad feeling and there will be collision in relationship. It is as same as Ki-Aikido techniques. We practiced to control own mind and using mind not let others move but let’s move together through Ki-Aikido.

There is 520 Tatami mats at Tenshinkan dojo in Ki no Sato. All participants used whole dojo and practiced Ki principles and Ki-Aikido.

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It is important to experience Ki-Aikido techniques directly rather than just listen the explanation. Therefore, I taught each participants directly and let have experience of correct technique and wrong technique. I realized many things from the seminar. Seminar was very positive atmospherics and I could feel oneness.

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Not only Ki-Aikido, but Ki breathing, Oneness rhythm exercise, Kiatsu therapy were also taught. Also, tea ceremony was held by Ki-Aikido school students and participants enjoyed tea with Ki.

By the way, it is natural to teach class in English at the world camp seminar. "Ki is extending" is wonderful. I could listen English well which I cannot listen usually. However, this is not only listen English but feel others' Ki. I send Ki to others well, therefore, I can understand what others want to say. I feel that it is important to send Ki to others again.

This is just an aside, but when I talked with my wife after seminar, I could not listen her Japanese well! I dropped my guard and I did not send Ki to her. This is not good. I will practice more.

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