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November 20, 2010

The Value of Our Existence

A Short Instruction:

The purpose of this article is to apply the Ki principle (mind moves the body) which is the fundamental of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido to our daily life.

It is not enough just to read, but it is important to positively practice the subject given each month. Learning through practice will be your lifelong asset.

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The Value of Our Existence

Koichi Tohei Sensei edited his small booklet entitled “Ki Sayings (Shokushu)” that contains his teachings. There is one saying called “The Value of our Existence”.

“The Value of our Existence”

Our lives are born of the Ki of the Universe. Let us give thanks for being born not as plants and animals, but as human beings blessed with a Universal Mind. Let us pledge to fulfill our missions by helping to guide the development and creation of the Universe.

It is not easy at all to find out what you should do and what your mission might be in this world.

The thing that many people in their 20’s ask me is, “Which way should we go?”. They do not know what they want to do. In the old days, when people struggled to survive, and could not even select their jobs freely, there may not have been such a worry. Probably this is only the problem of people who do not worry about living day to day, and can select their job freely. However, this is a big trouble in these people.

Some time ago, I met one young person in Los Angeles. He did not know what to do in Japan and so came to the USA to find out the answer. He had been in the USA for many years. When I asked him “Did you find the answer?”, he told me “No, I will go back to Japan next year and continue to look for the answer there”. This person may have the same worry for all his life.

Our value of existence can be known by our relationship with other people. By making ourselves useful for the others somehow, we can better understand our roles.

As for this young person, he thinks only what he wants for himself, and he does not think about his relationship with the society, such as how he might serve the world, what he can do in this world for others. The ideas of “There is not a job for me,” or “This job does not suit me” are also thinking only of himself. It is absolutely wrong to think that “there is no job for me”.

If we open our mind outward, there are plenty of things to do such as serving or being helpful in the world, in the company, and for others.

If you think there is no job, it means there is no job that you want. If you think only for yourself, you can not know what you should do.

Even in doing the same thing, the result will be different whether “you do only for yourself” or “you do for the others”.

The people who “do for the others” are always smiling and vigorous. However, those who “do only for themselves” rarely smile and often look dull.

If you want to have a vigorous life, you need to serve the world. By knowing the role you should play in this world, you can know “the value of your existence”.

What is your role to play in this world?

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Teaching the LA Dodgers

A Short Instruction:

The purpose of this article is to apply the Ki principle (mind moves the body) which is the fundamental of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido to our daily life.

It is not enough just to read, but it is important to positively practice the subject given each month. Learning through practice will be your lifelong asset.


Teaching the LA Dodgers

I had the opportunity to teach 24 LA Dodgers baseball players, called “Top Prospects,” and their head coaches in an LA Dodgers special camp in January this year. “Top Prospects” mean the young players who are closest to become Major Leaguers. There are about 180 players in the Minor League division of the LA Dodgers, and “Top Prospects” are these 24 members.

Out of the 24 players, 4 members have already become Major Leaguers and one of them is Mr. Kenley Jansen. During the game with Arizona Diamondbacks on 25th September 2010, he took the mound in the 9th inning and LA Dodgers were leading the game. He performed his job successfully and team won the game. When I talked to Mr. Kenley Jansen before the game, he told me, “Keep one point always helps me!” with nice smile.

Since the teaching for the special camp in January this year ended successfully, it has been decided by LA Dodgers to invite me to the camp for about 70 “Prospects players” out of 180 Minor League players who are also very talented.

Minor League is the place for LA Dodgers to train future Major League players and is not the place where “reserve players of Major League” stay. By the way, usually the players that LA Dodgers got from other teams through draft by spending hundreds of millions do not play immediately in Major League. In order for prospective players to be able to continue to play successfully in Major League, they must learn necessary experience, technique and toughness of mind. Also they learn the spirit of Major Leaguers such as the responsibility towards society as Major Leaguers. In other words, the Minor League is the opportunity for future Major Leaguers to make necessary preparations.

They try very hard to train baseball, wishing to become Major Leaguers even without sufficient income.

Generally speaking, it is only a 6-8% possibility that young players who came through the draft can become Major Leaguers. It means most of the other young players cannot become Major Leaguers. Therefore, if they think a certain thing will make them improve, they devote themselves to learning it.

The purpose of inviting me from Japan is for LA Dodgers to raise the rate of possibility of making Major Leaguers from 6-8%. This is really a work worth doing for me, since I can be involved in the training of such prospective players.

I taught for 6 days from 20th September 2010 (Mon) to 25th September 2010(Sat) in the camp of LA Dodgers in Arizona, USA. I taught during their usual training schedule. The camp then continues another 4 weeks (from 26th September 2010). I left my uchideshi to review what I taught for players in the camp.

Today they are training Shinshin Toitsu Aikido in their camp.

(This report was uploaded on 1st October 2010 in Japanese report)

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