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Aikido and Words of Power: The Sacred Sounds of Kototama


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For the first time in English, the secrets of the sacred sounds that unlock the principles and spiritual strength of aikidoandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226;andnbsp;andnbsp; andnbsp;Explains the nature of the five vowels that govern the physical manifestations of universal consciousness andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226;andnbsp;andnbsp; andnbsp;Uses more than 300 photographs to demonstrate a unique approach to aikido techniques that supports advanced spiritual practiceandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226;andnbsp;andnbsp; andnbsp;Author is a 6th dan aikido instructorandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Aikido founder Ueshiba Morihei described the discipline as one spirit, four souls, three origins, and eight powers. One spirit and four souls are the five vowel dimensions of infinite space, the source of the sacred sounds of Kototama. Now, for the first time in English, William Gleason explains how to use the sounds of Kototama in the practice of aikido. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Aikido is often approached as a purely physical discipline, but it is a truly profound spiritual vehicle for those who approach it with sincerity of purpose. The five vowels represent various dimensions and stages of awareness, whose different powers are revealed through aikido practice. Using more than 300 photographs, Gleason sensei presents physical routines that provide an introduction into the Kanagi, Sugaso, and Futonorito levels of spiritual development.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Understanding the sacred sounds related to each of these dimensions, the adept gains not only the ability to realize the stages inherent in spiritual mastery but also the ability to maintain health and balance in his or her own life. and#8220;When fish move through water, there is no end to the water; when birds fly, there is no end to the sky.and#8221; Similarly, humans swim and fly in an ocean of sounds. Understanding Kototama allows human beings to view the world without distortion and allows the creative powers of the mind to flourish.

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Director of Shobu Aikido in Boston and a sixth dan instructor, Gleason follows his The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido with further philosophical clarification and greater detail concerning the practical application of teachings by Morihei Ueshiba O-sensei, the founder of Aikido, who died in 1969. He covers the five principles in turn: aikitama or the spirit of universal harmony, sangen or the unique principle of dynamic monism, iki or the breath of life, shugyo or the spiritual training of technique, and inochi or aikido as a spiritual path. Photographs illustrate the positions and moves he describes. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


The secrets of the sacred sounds that unlock the principles and spiritual strength of aikido are explained, along with the nature of the five vowels governing physical manifestations of universal consciousness. The author uses photographs to demonstrate how this approach fosters advanced spiritual practice.

About the Author

William Gleason has studied aikido and Japanese medicine and philosophy since 1969, including 10 years of study in Japan. The director of Shobu Aikido in Boston and a 6th dan instructor, he is the author of andlt;Iandgt;Aikido and Words of Powerandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;The Spiritual Foundations of Aikidoandlt;/Iandgt;, and translator of Mitsugi Saotomeandrsquo;s andlt;Iandgt;Principles of Aikidoandlt;/Iandgt;.

Table of Contents

andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;FOREWORD by Hiroshi Ikeda shihan andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;SHOBU GOHO: THE FIVE PRINCIPLES OF AIKIDO andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;AMATSU SYLLABRIES andlt;BRandgt;The Fifty-Sounds Tables Shown in Three Different Orders andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;A NOTE ABOUT PRONUNCIATION andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;INTRODUCTION andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;1.andnbsp; AIKITAMA: THE SPIRIT OF UNIVERSAL HARMONY andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In the Beginning--The Kototama of Su andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ichirei Shikon: One Spirit, Four Souls andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Classification of the Vowel Dimensions andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;2.andnbsp; SANGEN: THE UNIQUE PRINCIPLE OF DYNAMIC MONISM andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Dynamic Monism andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Function of Ki andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Spirit and Form of Principle andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Tate and Yoko in Motion and Form andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Tate-Yoko of Hachiriki andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;3.andnbsp; IKI: THE BREATH OF LIFE andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Breath of Heaven, Earth, and Man andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Three Stages of Kokyu andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Kokyu as Power and Timing andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;What Is Ki? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Buddhist vs. Taoist Breathing andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Breath as Spiritual Purification: The Forms of Misogi andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Fire, Water, and Earth Ki andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Kokyu Ho andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Kokyu Nage andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;4.andnbsp; SHUGYO: THE SPIRITUAL TRAINING OF TECHNIQUE andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Ranking System of Aikido andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Levels of Training andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Body Movement andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ukemi andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Spirit of Ikkyo andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Spirit of Irimi Nage andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Spirit of Shiho Nage andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Kote Gaeshi and Kaiten Nage andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;5.andnbsp; INOCHI: AIKIDO AS A SPIRITUAL PATH andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Mechanical Judgment: Realm of the Insentient andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;First Three Instincts: The Animal World andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Birth of the Islands: The Potential of Higher Judgment andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Inochi: The Path of a Human Being andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Returning to the Origin andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;APPENDIX. THE FIFTY SOUNDS OF THE KOTOTAMA andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;NOTES andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;GLOSSARY andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;BIBLIOGRAPHY andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;INDEX andlt;/Bandgt;

Product Details

The Sacred Sounds of Kototama
Gleason, William
Destiny Books
Healing - Energy (Chi Kung, Reiki, Polarity)
Spirituality - General
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Psychological aspects
Martial Arts - Aikido
Aikido -- Psychological aspects.
Religion Western-Mysticism
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398 bandamp;w illustrations
10 x 8 x 0.6 in 23.73 oz

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