I noticed with a number of trainings there is demand that a practitioners “energy” inclination, arousal arrangement be a certain way. At times this can be at odds with where theirenergy is. This I realise creates a problem in aikido practice. If the goal is unification though joining energy –kimusubi– we are at once creating a split between the practitioners actual energy state and that demanded of the practitioner.
With this in mind I am attempting to encourage practitioners to stay where there energy currently is. Using the a deepened breath to heighten this awareness. Practice then evolves from from following the direction of any energy and opening to the influence of the energies of those around, without loosing touch with our own energies.
This will be familiar to Gestaltists as both the paradoxical theroy of change and the practice of inclusion.