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May 21, 2007

"Ki Breathing" by Koichi Tohei sensei (31)

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

Shinichi Tohei


The principle of non-dissension

It is important to keep healthy human relationships to maintain a healthy mind and body.

The Universe is absolute, with which we have no cause to fight. Battles arise first when the idea of duality appears.
By focusing on the relative world, we have lapsed into the attitude that fighting is a natural thing. We have forgotten the true nature of the Universe.
People today find this a very difficult concept to understand.

There are too many people today who feel it is impossible to live without conflict. There are also many who, though it means oppressing others, will stop at nothing to gain ascendancy and to win by any means.
Naturally, this situation even more difficult if these are the people who get together to discuss world peace.
If we truly desire world peace, each individual must return to the basic spirit of the Universe and understand the meaning of the principle of “non-dissension”.
The general belief is that the principle of non-dissension means that we must agree with whatever anyone might say, that we are not to resist if someone should strike us, and it is a very weak way to live.
This is really not the case. The principle of non-dissension demands the strongest spirit.
It demands a complete supply of plus ki in mind and body to help us avoid receiving even a little of our opponent’s minus Ki.
The situation is similar in nature to a clear spring bubbling from the bottom of a pond. On its way to the surface, not one drop of the pond’s mud water enters the clean stream.
When you are filled with plus Ki and emitting it, none of the minus Ki around you can enter your body. Just as the mud waters of the pond would rush in and dirty the clear water if the spring stop flowing for even a moment, so to if you draw in you own Ki even a little, you will receive all the minus Ki around you.
Therefore, the principle of non-dissension demands a strong mind constantly filled with Ki and constantly sending our Ki to the Universe. A mind whose Ki is in perfect conflux with that of the Universe.
The way of non-dissension enables you to overcome any disappointments without grief, to laugh off any slander, and to lead any attacker without receiving the blow.
Those who cry themselves to sleep resisting nothing and replying to no ill remarks made by others, are not what we mean by the principle of non-dissension.
Locking up the speech and actions of your opponent in your heart is not real non-dissension; it is endurance. Though you say nothing with your lips, your feelings may be seething within you. Conflicts and contradiction in your mind is a sort of battle, too.
The non-dissention we are speaking of arises when we do not harbor ill feelings against our opponent’s minus mind, but with the magnanimity of the sea that accepts all tributary streams, maintain a calm in our own heart.

An employee of a certain company began studying oneness of mind and body.
He came to me one day with a problem. He said,
“I am frequently having conflicts of opinion with my boss at the office and that the differences would usually end in a quarrel. My boss is stubborn and I am short tempered. Though I knew fighting is not good, I could not stop. Whenever my boss said something bad to me, I always got angry. I wanted to know what I can do to solve this problem. “
“Have you leaned oneness of mind and body and mastered it?” I asked.
“Yes, I understand it well.”
“It’s really quite easy, then. When someone says something unpleasant about you, maintain the one point in the lower abdomen, send forth powerful Ki, and do not take personally what he says. If you do this, all of the bad things the other man says will revert back to him. For instance, if your boss calls you a fool and you refuse to take in what he says, it returns to the sender, who is in effect saying that he himself is a fool. You would laugh and agree if your boss was to say to you, ‘I am a fool’, wouldn’t you? Just try thinking this way, and watch the other man’s face. The face of a man who is angry, all by himself, becomes immediately rather amusing.”
He apparently immediately put my advice to practice. However angry his boss would get, he would simply smile and say, “Yes, yes.” Finally his boss announced, as he stormed out, that talking to my student only made him angrier. Then he walked away.
One realizes when he sees his partner’s smiling face how foolish and worthless being angry alone is.
The same is true with a threat. If the person threatened keeps one point and a calm their mind, the one to become frightened will be the man who made the threat.
A few days later, the boss asked my student, “Something’s funny here. You seem to have learned something different lately.”
He explained the entire thing it his boss, who said that having quarrels was so much nonsense and resolved to stop.

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