Rely on Peace
To activate your
Pacify your environment
And create a beautiful world.
When I first ran across this quote I struggled with the line “Pacify your environment”. In my time on earth to pacify has taken on a meaning of stepping on, holding down, subdue, bring to submission, as in “pacify the resistance”. After coming to a better understanding of the word "pacify" I have a more accurate understanding of this O'Sensei quote. Pacify comes from the Latin pacificare; to make peace. Now this quote has strong meaning to me. To rely on peace to activate my many powers. To be relaxed, centered, extended, to be at peace so that my true power may come through me.
Pacify your environment. To be at ease with; to be calm, to be at peace with, to be comfortable with, to be one with the world surrounding my center. In this way I can have a positive, productive, influence on creating a beautiful world each moment of my life.
When we train in Aikido we are making an investment in our personal well being, our physical health, our mental strength, our spiritural growth, and by extension our community. This is the investment we make each time we walk into the Aikido dojo for committed training. The two or three or more hours we spend each week in formal practice, along with (hopefully) the hours of commitment in our daily lives yields a payoff that stretches from our center, out into the world around us.
Our physical health increases through the physical practice. This allows us the energy to do our work in the world so that we can obtain the shelter, food, and clothing that we all need. It gives us the stamina to raise our children, take care of our grandparents, dig in the earth to sow the gardens that feed us, and swing the hammers that pound the nails holding the supports of our homes together. It recharges our immune systems to ward off illness and gives us the flexibility to bend around the barriers in our lives.
Our mental strength grows as we test our powers of observation and creativity. Our mind is challenged to observe and then direct the body. We are lead to creatively enter into a way of thinking that knows no enemies, only partners; no bad, nor good, only opportunities; no past or future, but only now.
In the dojo we create a spirit of love, cooperation, and harmony. It is with this trust and understanding that learning and growth can take place. We connect ourselves through our physical and mental practice to the larger universe. We learn to feel the flow of energy as it surrounds us and moves through and with us. Our spirit is rejuvenated and rejoices in the practice of our art. We then take this spirit with us as we leave the dojo. Touching all we meet from a calm and centered way of being.
In this way we affect a growth in spirit and consciousness throughout the world, as our touch is passed on from person to person, group to group, community to community, nation to nation, the spirit of harmony, the art of peace, grows and spreads. We find ourselves more creative, more cooperative, more in sync with the natural process of life. So our wealth increases, both in the mind-body-spirit manifestation, and in the realm of the material as we spend our energy in cooperative creation and growth rather than in deceitful destruction.
This investment we put into our training in Aikido has a very high payoff. It is slow. It is gradual. It is sustainable.
Watch your investment grow as you touch those in your life, and they touch others.
What If Everyone Trained in Aikido?
Imagine what could happen if more people made such an investment. Go ahead, imagine it. If you can passionately imagine the people of our world investing cooperatively, creatively, peacefully, harmoniously, then we can make it happen!
Aikido is an investment in creating a beautiful world.