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The Spiritual Dimensions of O Sensei's Message: Understanding O Sensei's world, words and work from a Western Spiritual perspective
Paul Rest, Author of Aikido: The Martial Art That Can Transform Your Life and The World
Original Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
How can what O Sensei taught and did in his life be viewed through the actions of men and women in the West who followed a similar path? Included in the talk with be references to: the Quaker mystics, Thomas Kelly, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Merton, Gandhi, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Richard Maurice Bucke ("Cosmic Consciousness") and William James. The question is: Is what each of these gifted individuals searched for and found the same? Or, is there a difference? If so, what is this difference?
Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei: 1883-1969) was the Founder of the martial art, Aikido, which is based both on his martial training, and on his life-long spiritual quest. The culmination of this quest was an extraordinary experience that occurred in 1925. From this moment of Enlightenment, Morihei entered a state described by many as invincible. For many who practice today, Aikido is equally a spiritual path and a martial art.
Paul Rest is a 4th degree black belt in Aikido. He has trained and studied Aikido for almost 25 years. He is a direct student of John Stevens (7th dan), the noted author of many books about O Sensei and Aikido. Rest is an assistant instructor at Aikido of Petaluma and a long time student of Richard Strozzi-Heckler (6th dan). He is currently working on his next book about Low Impact Aikido (a non-folling/non-falling type of Aikido). Rest's book, Aikido: The Martial Art That Can Transform Your Life and The World was published this year and has sold world-wide.