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January 09, 2006

"Ki Breathing" by Koichi Tohei Sensei (18)&(19)

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

Shinichi Tohei

To become one with the Universe (3)
A magic pot

There is an old story about a magic pot.
One merchant came to sell an old pot. People complained because the pot was very expensive. The merchant said, “No, it is not expensive at all. It is a magic pot.”
“What kind of magic can it perform?” people asked. The merchant said, “Put anything you like in the pot.”
They threw whatever they had around into the pot and it all vanished. It was truly a magic pot. Such pots must be very useful.

We all have such a magic pot in the one point in the lower abdomen. This is an infinitely small point which can engulf anything.
For example, if someone spreads false rumors about you, you could lose your temper when you tell this to your brain. By throwing it away into your one point, you need not become upset. To repress it would only result in this anger coming out later. This is not good for your health either.
Just throw away everything in your one point and always smile.
If you live this way, even though lightning strikes beside you, you will not be shaken up by the sound and the flash of light. They will be instantly absorbed into the one point and disappear. If you do this, you can enjoy tea even when you have lightning strike near you. You do not have to be shaken up by it.

As one tries to keep his one point in daily life, one should be able to maintain a perpetually relaxed state of mind and body. One will develop a mind which is immovable even when the world around collapses, and a mind which is as vast as the ocean which can engulf everything and remain unpolluted.
People in the world usually believe that relaxation means loss of power. That is why they cannot relax in an emergency. They tense their body instead.
You will realize the importance of relaxation in an emergency for the first time when you realize that relaxation is the most natural and stable state.
Most of modern diseases are caused by nervous problems. Stress, irritations, anger and depression make the fine veins contract and disturb the manifestation of the living power causing various diseases.

To become one with the Universe (4)
Always keep one point in the lower abdomen

Some people may wonder, "If we think one point in the lower abdomen always, we cannot do anything". I will answer this question.
It seems reasonable at first glance. However, always keeping one point in the lower abdomen does not mean always thinking the one point.
The one point in the lower abdomen is not a visible point but the point which is infinitely condensed. Even if your one point becomes too small to feel, when you concentrate, just continue.
Once you calm your mind in your lower abdomen, you can keep one point without thinking about it as long as you practice a natural posture.
Calm your mind in your one point in the lower abdomen. Your mind and body will become one with the universe naturally. It is important to check if you calm your mind in your one point in the lower abdomen before doing anything. Let's practice keeping one point in our daily movements when we are standing, sitting and walking.
I emphasize this because it is important: keep one point does not mean to be continously think consciously of your lower abdomen. If you are constantly focusing on your lower abdomen, you will not be able to perform daily tasks correctly.
When we keep one point, we feel relaxed. Once you understand this feeling, you can apply this feeling to you daily activities.
This means to perform in the most natural state.
Sometimes our mind may be disturbed. If you feel that your mind is disturbed, you can practice “Keep one point” once again.
When you get angry or excited, you loose your one point in the lower abdomen. When you get tired or stiff shoulder, you loose your one point in many cases. In these cases, you can correct yourself and keep one point once again.
At first, we may tend to loose our one point and forget it easily. However, by practicing keep one point again and again, you can keep one point for longer periods of time. When you loose your one point, you will realize it instantly.
When you face important tasks, you need not be upset if you keep the one point.


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