Aikido and Standing In the Midst of the Great Void

Aikido Quote by Morihei Ueshiba

The practice Aikido works well, but it works better if one understands the various quotations made by O Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba.

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You ARE the Center of the Universe!

O Sensei was a mystic. He followed certain shinto based religious practices, and he put this religion and philosophy to work in Aikido.

One quote of his that I love goes like this:

Cast off limiting thoughts and return to true emptiness. Stand in the midst of the Great Void. This is the secret of the Way of a Warrior.

On the surface, this is mystical, oooh, how neat. But if you take it apart, there is solid physics behind it. Of course, it is more the physics behind the physics, what I call Neutronics.

A human being is awareness with a body. If you stop thinking about the limits having a body imposes on you, then you begin to understand the nature of your awareness.

To Awareness, the universe is empty. It is nothing. After all, you are aware in a body, and that means you can be aware in and through other material. You could be aware through that sword you are holding, or through a gun, or through absolutely any inanimate object.

Really, there is no limit to how far your awareness goes.

To understand your nature is to be the center of the universe. After all, if you are the light which illuminates the universe, then there is no other center.

Light, void, the center of the universe, it all seems gobbledegook, until one takes a good hard look and is willing to be responsible for oneself.

Politicians? Doomsayers? Bad people? They are nothing when you assume the center of the universe; they are mere characters in a play to be ignored while you go on about your business.

And, the good news is that this viewpoint is not limited to, or espoused only by, Aikido. Practice any good martial art, cleanse yourself of the need and desire to fight, and you will shortly become the center of the universe.

The process is, of course, sped up through the practice of Matrixing. Matrixing reduces the multitude of confusing techniques into a simple logic, and makes the martial arts quick and easy to understand.

You can find out about Matrixing at

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