Hidden in Plain Sight by Ellis Amdur

In my recent blog, Aikido is Three Peaches, I attempted to sketch out how Ueshiba Morihei described his own aikido, based on his long, transcribed presentation to Goi Masaharu’s Byakko Kai. Summing up, I believe that: a) He viewed aikido practice as a kind of physical kotodama, to give him (and perhaps others) the power to enact mankind’s primordial role in uniting Heaven and Earth. Aikido, for Ueshiba, was misogi, a purification ritual.

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