The Hidden Power of Aikido: Transcending Conflict and Cultivating Inner Peace

The Hidden Power of Aikido: Transcending Conflict and Cultivating Inner Peace

The Hidden Power of Aikido: Transcending Conflict and Cultivating Inner Peace

The Hidden Power of Aikido: Transcending Conflict and Cultivating Inner Peace


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Real-life applications of Aikido for self-transformation, conflict resolution, and joy

• Explains Aikido solutions for peacefully resolving difficulties that arise with intimidating and unpredictable people, those who are stubborn or don’t listen, insincere people who want something from you, and chaotic situations

• Presents Aikido’s step-by-step protocol for developing the receptiveness of the beginner’s mind and deescalating potentially violent or dangerous situations

• Shares stories of how Aikido helped the author transform interpersonal difficulties into peaceful interactions

Illuminating the inner philosophical and practical aspects of Aikido, 47-year Aikido practitioner and 6th-degree black belt Susan Perry, Ph.D., uses personal stories of joy, achievement, and hardship to demonstrate real-life applications of the transformational principles of Aikido. She introduces the origins and techniques of Aikido, providing a brief biography of its founder, Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei), and compares his philosophy with that of Aristotle. She explains in detail how Aikido helped her resolve difficulties at work, as a student, and as a teacher/sensei. Through each story shared, the author offers a glimpse of the beginner’s mind, a state essential to personal transformation and also the key to transforming conflict into a peaceful interaction.

Perry also shows how the tools of Aikido—the sword, bokken, and jo—not only help correct posture but also are symbols cutting through darkness, revealing the truth of reality. She discusses the importance of experiencing the beautiful qualities of the mountain forests, which calm and cleanse the spirit. And she explains how a deepening practice of this martial art leads to an aiki state of sincerity, inner peace, and boundless joy.

Revealing how Aikido can help you face your fears and develop your heart and soul, this book shows how this martial art can help you embrace change, cultivate a strong center, and ultimately live a joyful life of engagement with the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644118979
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 04/02/2024
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 684,224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Susan Perry, Ph.D., has practiced Aikido for nearly 50 years. She holds a Rokudan (6th-degree black belt) in Aikido, a doctorate in philosophy, and a Godan (5th-degree black belt) in Japanese calligraphy. Best known for founding and publishing Aikido Today Magazine, she is now president of Aiko Institute. A former assistant professor in the California State University system, she lives in Claremont, California.

John Stevens is the author of Aikido: The Way of Harmony.

John Perry is an emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD by John Stevens

FOREWORD by John R. Perry, Ph.D.

PREFACE Aikido, Lighting the Way



ONE Aikido
Embracing Change

TWO O-Sensei
Unifying Two Opposing Worlds

THREE Beginner’s Mind
Discovering the Enemy Within

FOUR Centering
Finding My Warrior Nature

FIVE Awakening to Makoto
The Principle of Heartfelt Sincerity

SIX Honoring the Gems of the Past
Preparing the Path Forward

SEVEN The Practice of Purification (Misogi)
Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Opening Up

EIGHT The Way of Protection with Maai
Timing and the Power of Distraction

NINE The Sword of Truth
Cutting through the Darkness

TEN The Wizard’s Magic Spear
Calling Down the Light

ELEVEN An Ocean of Energy
The World as Vibrations

TWELVE Symbolic Jewels
The Hidden Aspects of Inner Cultivation



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