The Ki of Aikido - An Oriental Concept of "Energy", "Self" and "Mind"

Written by Charlie Badenhop

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Thought, body structure,and movement, shaperepparttar flow of ki, into spirit/mind

Think ofrepparttar 122359 freely flowing water of a powerful river that comes upon a series of fairly large rocks spread out acrossrepparttar 122360 river bed and extend up beyondrepparttar 122361 water's surface. These rocks affectrepparttar 122362 flow ofrepparttar 122363 river but they do not changerepparttar 122364 nature ofrepparttar 122365 water itself. Ki flows throughrepparttar 122366 river bed of our brain and body. Our thoughts, body structure and movements, are likerepparttar 122367 rocks inrepparttar 122368 river bed. These arerepparttar 122369 main elements that shape ki into individual mind, or spirit The flow of ki is uniquely transformed by each human being, butrepparttar 122370 nature ofrepparttar 122371 ki itself, is not altered inrepparttar 122372 process. Just asrepparttar 122373 pattern of rocks spread out alongrepparttar 122374 river bed is never exactly duplicated in any other place on earth,repparttar 122375 pattern of our thoughts, body structure, and movement is also never exactly duplicated. All mind is similar, but no two minds are exactly alike.

A heartfelt understanding ofrepparttar 122376 nature of our spirit will help us to create a healthy alignment of our thoughts, body structure, movements, and actions. When every aspect of our self is fully aligned we have a much greater ability to think, feel, and act in accordance with what is best for us in any given moment. We are better able to adapt and change in a manner that is supportsrepparttar 122377 well being of our entire self and our surroundings.

The misnomers of "mind-body" and "mind and body"

A definition of "mind" that I often use it in my work, isrepparttar 122378 following: "Mind is a dynamic, self-organizing, creative system, capable of overcoming physical and temporal constraints. Mind uses and manufactures energy in order to supportrepparttar 122379 self and one's surroundings, trade information, and adapt to change."

When considering this definition of mind, we can say that mind manifests equally inrepparttar 122380 body and inrepparttar 122381 brain inrepparttar 122382 skull. Because of this I believe thatrepparttar 122383 terms "mind-body" or "mind and body" as used inrepparttar 122384 Western world, are somewhat missingrepparttar 122385 mark and tend to lead to a certain degree of misunderstanding. If you ask a Japanese person to point to their mind, usually they will point torepparttar 122386 area of their heart, or they will point to their lower abdomen. If you askrepparttar 122387 average Westerner to point to their mind they will point to their head. This is why I thinkrepparttar 122388 terms "mind-body" and "mind and body" were developed inrepparttar 122389 Western world. I believe thatrepparttar 122390 average Western person thinks ofrepparttar 122391 term "mind" in relation to "thinking" or "thought". Oriental philosophy considers "mind" to be immanent in bothrepparttar 122392 body andrepparttar 122393 brain. In Aikido we say that we practice in order to calmrepparttar 122394 mind, by coordinating our thoughts,repparttar 122395 actions of our body, and our breath. Or we say that we practice in order to further empower and actualize our mind by coordinating our thoughts, physical actions, breath, and spirit.

When looking to calm our mind we give our primary attention to calming our breath and our heart beat, which will tend to lead towards a relaxing of our musculature and a slowing down or cessation of our internal dialogue. If we calm our body we will tend to calm our cognitive thought processes. Calmingrepparttar 122396 mind can also be accomplished by giving primary attention torepparttar 122397 speed, rhythm, and tone of voice of our internal dialogue. If we calm our cognitive thought processes we will tend to calmrepparttar 122398 body. When we calm both our cognitive thought processes and our body, then we calm our mind. Cognitive mind and somatic mind are part of a recursive feedback loop. You can't affect one without affectingrepparttar 122399 other.


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What Planet is Your Family From? Uranus or Neptune?

Written by Nancy R. Fenn

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The Neptunian ideal is for perfect union, communion,repparttar ecstasy of never having to leaverepparttar 122358 mother's care orrepparttar 122359 father's protection. The family ideal is for a seamless blending of personalities into an organic whole which breaths and sighs as one. (The Uranians are now horrified, thinking, "I can't breath!")

The god Neptune ruledrepparttar 122360 ocean and it is an oceanic oneness that Neptunians crave. They secretly desire an umbilical attachment that transcends all rituals of coming of age. No matter how oldrepparttar 122361 children get in a Neptunian family, they are expected to return home for holidays, take close care of aging parents, observe all hallowed family traditions, raise their children in time honored sacred ways and marry someone who is willing to morph into and be absorbed by this entropic amorphous constellation of pulsating sensors and feelers.

The rooms and hallways ofrepparttar 122362 Neptunian family home ring withrepparttar 122363 angel chorus, “We’re so close.” “We do everything together.” “I married my brother’s best friend.” “My mother and I write to each other every day but we don’t open them. That way when one of us dies, we can always be in touch.” Family members in Neptunian homes make sacrifices for each other that could make a saint blush. After all, to live your own life would be selfish.

Every once in awhile a Neptunian child gets into a Uranian family in order to elevate their sense of feeling connection, or a Uranian child gets into a Neptunian one to introduce fresh new ingredients intorepparttar 122364 “soup” so to speak. These children arrive when families have reached critical mass and help them make leaps in evolution. Families evolve just like people do.

Neptunian family members touch, cuddle and snuggle all their lives. Perhaps you have seen them, likerepparttar 122365 family that sat in front of me atrepparttar 122366 Pavarotti concert who got up atrepparttar 122367 break and went torepparttar 122368 bathroom together like those crack-the-whip lines we used to form onrepparttar 122369 ice skating rink. Some cultures are prone to Neptunian dynamics. I suspect that Third World countries incline that way because of interdependency needs that are accentuated in conditions of limited resources. Hardly anyone can stand alone in poverty. There are many coming of age movies today where a second generation, being raised inrepparttar 122370 United States or England, tries to come to terms with marrying outsiderepparttar 122371 Neptunian family’s expectations and moving brazenly outsiderepparttar 122372 family circle. “Bend it Like Beckham” is an example of a film with this theme.

Are you beginning to form an idea of which planet your family comes from? Here are checklists to assist you.


Checklist for Uranian families:


•independence is valued

•ability to think for yourself

•contribute torepparttar 122373 community

•stay busy outsiderepparttar 122374 home

•egalitarian family structure (everyone is their own authority)

•high energy creative self expression

•much enjoyment talking about things


•every man/woman for herself

•frequent rifts and separations

•lacking emotional connections

•few family traditions

•contests of will

•conflict over pecking order


•someone inrepparttar 122375 family is forced to be dramatically and passionately at odds withrepparttar 122376 rest, who are cool-headed

•if there are any skeletons inrepparttar 122377 closet they are probably “outed” and involve someone who went againstrepparttar 122378 law

Checklist for Neptunian families.


•close knit

•communicate without talking

•physical closeness and depth of feelings

•protective; no one has to leaverepparttar 122379 nest

•strong worth ethic; take care of your own

•us againstrepparttar 122380 world



•no one has any privacy

•emotionality runs rampant over logic and practicality

•individual members are never encouraged to "make it on their own"

•difficulty rising "above your station" in life

•emotional manipulation and control

•dark undertones

•being independent is considered being selfish

•family "secrets" such as abortions, illegitimate children (more important in former generations), mysterious or early deaths, fanatical religious beliefs, financial failures or ill-gotten gain

Did you find out which planet your family comes from?

The important thing is that no matter what your family is like, it's family! More and more adopted people today are looking up their birth parents. If this proves impossible, did you know you can still do it through your astrology chart? An astrologer can give you a good description of your earliest days here onrepparttar 122381 planet. We can even tell you about your prenatal experience ofrepparttar 122382 womb.

Many astrologers today are specializing in family dynamic readings. For your reading, you will be asked to providerepparttar 122383 birth dates, places and times, if available, of all members of your immediate family. This includes, parents and grandparents on both sides, important aunts and uncles, also children, grandchildren and important steps.

A family dynamics reading is a fascinating and healing experience. Today’s astrologer is a positive professional, reading for personal growth and empowerment. Issues are presented in terms of choice and evolutionary intention. You'll learnrepparttar 122384 reasons you incarnated withrepparttar 122385 people in your family karmically; whether you have been with them in other lifetimes and in what relationship, constellated issues and challenges and areas of potential growth and healing.

Know yourself as never before. Know yourself inrepparttar 122386 context of your family. If you would like to learn more, read Erin Sullivan’s book, The Astrology of Family Dynamics” or schedule an appointment with a professional astrologer who does family dynamic readings.

Nancy R. Fenn is a professional astrologer in the San Diego area specializing in family dynamic readings. Visit her on the web at

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