In one of his conferences, O sensei explains that in Aikido one must understand all natural laws of the Universe and for instance, that one must know and use the rotation of the Earth.
We know that Earth revolves on its axis with a 23 º angle (which slightly changes with time).
Let's follow that indication, let's trust him even if we don't know where this will lead us and let's rotate the image appeared in the DOSSIER 1 until we reproduce the same angle, similar to Earth's tilt.
For reasons that will become clear in next chapters, we chose to select a 30º angle instead of 23º. Then we reproduced that angle in all quarters of the circle cut by the rectangular diameters.
The four defined diameters define eight directions sharing a common origin: the center of the circle.
To tell the truth, that shape is a bit difficult to read since it describes life as we will see when the time has come. Let's try to outline it in a geometric form which will make the eight directions easier to perceive.
Here is the result:
These spirals, once drawn, happen to be Bernouilli spirals.
Also named "spira mirabilis", that spiral has one remarkable property: homotetia.
When it moves, when it changes, it remains identical (with the same ratio, proportion). That property is expressed in the latine words carved on Bernouilli's tumb: eadem mutata resurgo (Although changed, I shall arise the same" TN).
That spiral is the structure of many natural phenomenons, from galaxies to sun flowers, from artichokes and urchins to tropical storms.
Spiral galaxy NGC 4414 shot by HST
NASA picture licence PD-USGOV-NASA
Tropical storm Bianca
NASA picture licence CC BY
Helianthus flower, Bannerghatta Bangalore
Picture by L. Shyamal under licence CC BY-SA
The homotetia property of that spira mirabilis echoes Phytagoras' sentence:
You will know, as far as is possible for a mortal, that nature is always identical to itself.
Ueshiba sensei begins one of his conferences as follows:
The Universe and the human body are the same thing, If one does not know that, one does not understand Aiki. Because Aiki comes from the movement of the whole universe.
What must the practitioner do in front of such a statement from the Founder?
Of course he can frame and hang it in his bedroom, next to Pythagoras' sentence, he can say it loud twelve times a day, he can also write a hundred pages about it... But none of this will help understanding.
As for me, I propose another path: exploring the plan (also work plan / structure / map TN) O sensei left us for our instruction, that plan that nobody, as far as I know, has truly explained yet.
Philippe Voarino, march 2012.
Aikido is not a sport, it is a martial art which laws (takemusu) are in harmony with the laws of the universe. Studying them allows the practitioner to understand his place in the universe. Aikido was born in Iwama, O sensei achieved in that village the synthesis of tai jutsu, aiki ken and aiki jo.
The International Takemusu Aikido Federation (ITAF) brings to the practitioner the structure he needs in order to work as close as possible to the reality O sensei MU defined. The official national representations are the guarantee of a teaching faithful to the Founder's.
In modern Aikido, weapons are hardly taught, if taught at all. In O sensei's Aikido, on the contrary, aiki ken, aiki jo and tai jutsu are unified and form together a riai, a family of harmonious techniques stemming from one unique principle. Each techniques helps understand all the others.
Peace is a balance between a human being and the world around him. The true martial art's goal is not to become stronger than one's opponent but to find in that opponent a way to realize harmony. There is no enemy anymore as such, but an opportunity offered to reach unified ki.