AiKiDô: The Trinity of Conflict Transformation by Winfried Wagner

By Winfried Wagner

In this quantity, 9 popular specialists delineate their theoretical or methodological procedure of Aikidô in potentiating positive dealing with of social conflicts. The authors depict the contribution of the japanese self-defensive artwork Aikidô to the idea and perform of clash transformation. the concept that of Elicitive clash Transformation (Lederach, Dietrich) unavoidably demands a revised figuring out of utilized peace paintings and a brand new own profile of the clash employee. this is often the purpose the place Aikidô and conflict/peace paintings meet.

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The respiratory features reflect the underlying viscero- and somato-tonic state of the organism in relation to the field it just happens to be in or is generally living in. If you have difficulties forming an impression of what a sensory-tonic field is, remember the erotic or even sexually charged atmosphere between lovers, or the aggressive or even hostile atmosphere between warring parties. We also say, “ there´s something in the air”, or we speak of a “thick air” in a room when the people within are at discord.

All of these distress patterns involve states of somatic, emotional and mental shrinking, constricting and contracting. In contrast, aikidô calls for a somatic, emotional and mental extension and widening of the self so that it may act flexibly and fluently. “ And we should be „connected by ki“ (ki-musubi) with the opponent. Under these conditions, we can create or maintain a state of “flow”, even if we are struggling with an opponent. Thus, ki in aikidô points to an extended (expanded) state of our body, feeling and mind.

Toku-iku requires the often difficult task of “heart 52 work” from the individual who strives to become sincere, humble and “heartminded”, a state of heart/feeling and mind connected and reflected, unlike someone who is arrogant, emotional unreflective and preoccupied with his own preconceptions ( see my previous remarks on anger/narcississm and selfreflection). e. over one´s inner “demons” or mâras. Mâra is a Buddhist demon who tried to prevent Buddha´s enlightenment by various temptations.

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