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August 27, 2007

"Ki Breathing" by Koichi Tohei sensei (36)


Hello. This is Shinichi Tohei, Chief Instructor and President of Ki Society H.Q.
Koichi Tohei sensei is my master and also my father. In conclusion, I would like to introduce to you how my father uses Ki principles in daily life from my point of view as a son.

I realized Ki principles while growing up. However, until now, I did not realize that my father's education was based on Ki principles.

My father gave much attention to the way that people use words. He not only corrected my language usage, but if I said, “I cannot.” “I do not like it.”, or “It is difficult”, my father told me to revise my comment such to “I can” “I like it” “It is easy”. I could not understand the meaning of this at the time. However, this was training to change my subconscious mind to plus.
As a result, I developed the habit to think of everything in a plus way. This is very important for me. I do not ever think I am unable to do things, rather I think “I can” when I do anything. When you do anything, thinking “I can” or “I cannot” makes a big difference. My father never told me to think in a plus way. It became my habit without realizing it by daily training from my father.

My father corrected me many times, and it never bothered me. After I grew up I realized that he was checking if his state of mind was plus before he scolded me. This is because no matter how hard he scolded, I would accept his words in a plus way. He did not scold emotionally because he understood my mind also.
When my father scolded me, he never used the words which denied my integrity as a human being. He ended scolding with plus words such as “You can do it.” or “You are good if you keep this promise.” There is a big difference between finish scolding with minus words and plus words. It seems when my father scolded me, he checked if his mind was calm first.

There are two ways to educate people. One is “develop one's merits”, another is “correct one's defects”. Both are important. My father developed my merits mainly. I had many weak points, but he developed my merits first. Weak points are easy to see if we compare them to strong points. Therefore, we tend to correct one's defects first. To tell the truth, developing the strong points is a redeeming feature.
Human beings correct their own defects when they want to change. That is, when we extend Ki, we can grow. It is impossible to correct our own defects by someone else pointing out only our weak points. First, you need to recognize and promote the strong points of the child. By doing this, the child has a successful experience and develops self-confidence “I can do it”. If you start to correct weak points, the child will think “I cannot do it” and the child will lose his confidence.
I realize now but If I evaluate my father's education as based on Ki principles, I can say all of his education was application of Ki.

Ki does exist. Plus Ki brings plus result. Minus Ki brings minus Ki. If you wish growth of a child, first, parents need to be plus mind and fill their home with plus Ki. Minus Ki never brings plus Ki.
If you want your own growth and development, first, change to plus mind and fill your surroundings with plus Ki. This is important.
If an executive wishes growth of the company, first, the executive himself needs to be plus mind and fill his company with plus Ki. This is important.

If we wish growth of our society, it is important that each of us extends plus Ki. Ki breathing is the way to learn how to extend plus Ki always.
Anyone can do Ki breathing. It does not matter if you are old or young, men or women. If you start ki breathing, you can do it now without doing special training.
I hope many of you practice Ki breathing and society will be filled with plus Ki.

August 2007

Shinichi Tohei
Chief Instructor and President of Ki Society H.Q.

Thank you very much for reading translation of "Ki breathing (Ki no Kokyuho)". This is the end of translation.


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