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Feb 18, 2005

"There is no way to peace. Peace is the way."

Mahatma Gandhi

Here is wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year and a Happy belated Valentine's Day. For those who know, Lunar New Year celebrations normally last 15-days for the Chinese. Each day holds a special significance. Preparations for the Lunar New Year always entail the clearing of one's household, to cleanse it of the negative energies of the previous year. Before the stroke of midnight into the first day of the Lunar New Year, all the lights are switched on, and all the doors and windows are left open to allow the fresh new air of the year to flow through the home. So we are in the midst of celebrating love and the joy of renewal.

To diligently do this every year demonstrates one's desire to harmonise with one's environment, the surrounding energies, and oneself. It is an outward exercise of peace and joyful anticipation for the year ahead. Although not directly linked to the practice of Aikido on the surface, the sentiments are familiar and universal. As Gandhi expressed it succinctly - there is nowhere to journey to for peace and harmony. It is ironic that when one is relaxed and in harmony with everything around, one is most effective. Powerful techniques emerge from a peaceful centre. We all know how influential and effective Gandhi was. All it takes is an active realisation to just BE at peace. Easy to understand; a challenge to realise.

In harmony
Rafael Oei Sensei.
(© Copyright February 2005: Rafael Oei)

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