“The Art of Peace”

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Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) was the founder of the martial art known as Aikido which can be translated as “The Art of Peace”…this was his path.

From the introduction of “The Art of Peace”:

“Even as an old man of eighty, Morihei could disarm any foe, down any number of attackers, and pin an opponent with a single finger.  Although invincible as a warrior, Morihei was above all a man of peace who detested fighting, war, and any kind of violence.”

I recommend this book to all who value spiritual expansion and peace.  Morihei was transformed through three visions that profoundly changed his life to which he dedicated the remainder of his days in teaching and living peace.

A quote translated by John Stevens:

“Daily training in the Art of Peace allows your inner divinity to shine brighter and brighter.  Do not concern yourself with the right and wrong of others.  Do not be calculating or act unnaturally.  Keep your mind set on the Art of Peace, and do not criticize other teachers or traditions.  The Art of Peace never restrains, restricts, or shackles anything.  It embraces all and purifies everything.”

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  1. Thank you, Gayle. The quote speaks beautifully to how I want to live. Is it true that we will have just such an existence once the 1% are stripped of power? If so, how do we expose their actions and stay peaceful, non-judgmental etc.

    How do I embrace it all so it will be purified? Is that called faith?

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    • You’re welcome, Amy. I don’t know the answer to your questions…I sure hope we can be left with a life life that. It’s so hard for me not to go to a place of negative judgment on so many issues. I’ve had to stop watching the news…it’s just one negative story after the other…perhaps if we focus on the positive, it will expand our faith in goodness. That 1% must be transmuted by us taking the “high road”. I think that’s all we need do.

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      • I mostly quit the news. I listen to one morning news session on our Cdn Broadcasting Corp – radio. Hearing one is enough…the rest are repeats. Or, I can check the internet for more detail if needed.

        You have brought me back to my base belief, Gayle…just stay on the “high road”. Thank you for being my mentor today.

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  2. Hi Gayle,

    I was led here from SoulDipper’s blog site and boy, am I lucky! Going through your archives, I see a veritable treasure of previous posts of great import. Plan to visit again…. and again!

    Cheers

    Shakti

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    • Well, what a wonderful comment to come upon. Thank you very much, Shakti Ghosal…I so appreciate your kind enthusiasm.

      Cheers!

      Gayle ~

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  3. Great recommendation. Will have to check it out. Thank you!

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  4. So happy that I found this on my visit. This sounds very inspiring
    Tag you’re it.
    http://sillyfrogsusan.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/tag-youre-it/

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    • Thanks, Susan…I’m happy you were inspired. Also, thank you for the tag…but I’m not participating at this time.

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  5. beautiful post gayle. thats what i will call a noble soul. i will try to see if i can get more info on him in net.

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    • Yes, he was a very noble soul. I have a small, pocket-sized book of “The Art of Peace”…it’s filled with wisdom and spiritual guidance.

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  6. Thank you for the recommendation, Gayle. I have a friend who practices Aikido and he showed me some of the moves. It’s really amazing how they can use avoidance of an enemy to incapacitate them. So many of the moves are like a dance. It is a beautiful martial arts form, and now I know more about the philosophy of it, as well. I think perhaps reading “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu and “The Art of Peace” by Morihei Ueshiba might give a person a good balance between the two. I would much rather take the path of peace, myself. But i can also recognize that sometimes it is better to “fight fire with fire”. I will have to check the book out and see what I think about it. 🙂 Thanks again!

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    • I’m fascinated with the process of avoidance too. It’s almost as if you use your intuition to know exactly where the next attack will be coming from and can thwart it with a simple move or redirect the energy away from yourself. It really is so beautiful and is much like a dance. I also have “The Art of War”. I certainly see the need for fighting “fire with fire”…perhaps it’s our intention when “fighting” that makes all the difference.

      You’re welcome. 🙂

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  7. ‘The Art of Peace never restrains, restricts, or shackles anything. It embraces all and purifies everything.’

    Embrace…is a key word here-because it offers a chance for healing.

    Thank you for sharing this great guidance to those of us who truly do ‘value spiritual expansion and peace’…

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    • It truly is beautiful isn’t it…I love the freedom that quote gives me. Yes, in embracing and accepting…thereby will you find your healing.

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