The Spirit of Aikido

The philosophy of Aikido: a humanistic world view of the highest order which, along with the beauty and interest of Aikido movements has captured the attention of intelligent people the world over. These people seem to realize that Aikido lets them physically practice and train themselves in a philosophy of life that leads to spiritual prosperity.

Aikido comes into being when the kind of strict training that results from confronting the instant of life and death is used as a stepping stone from which to lead above one's usual level.

Aikido is The Way of Spiritual Harmony. It is the art of assimilation and unification with Nature. There is no duality, no struggle, no opponent. There is only harmonious action of our own spirit with the spirit of the universe. The techniques of Aikido are the bodily realization of this harmony."

Kisshomaru Ueshiba : October, 1984, Tokyo, Japan

Aikido was revealed to Morihei as an all-embracing path, an eclectic system containing elements of esoteric Shinto, Tantric Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and even Christianity. He once said:

The Aikido I practice has room for each of the world's eight million gods and I cooperate with each one of them. The Great Spirit of Aiki enjoins all that is Divine and enlightened in every land. Unite yourself to the Divine, and you will Be able to perceive gods wherever you are.

The Essence of Aikido by John Stevens