Ice are just ice, and bricks are just bricks, and yet Karatekas can break them at ease, with enough training.
Similarly, we see Shaolin monks’ ability to execute death defying moves with ease, and we go ‘wow!’
Any yet, these folks are normal human beings like us. They are able to redefine the norm. As an Aikidoka, we are challenged to redefine the norm as well, when we are held on tightly, and it seems like there is no way to break the grip, our sensei showed us that it can be done.
When we are ‘attacked’ by our uke, we need to fight that instinct to react. We need to be able to redefine the very basis of ‘attack’. Our training cuts to our very core of our existence. People think attack, people think punch, people think hurt, we need to think otherwise, so as not to react. We need to think otherwise to inject an antidote to the situation, already poisoned by the reality of the norm.
The norm, is a fallacy of our ego. In life there is no norm, we are constantly adding value. To be caught in a norm, is to stop or limit our ability to add value. We must be constantly be conscious about the fallacy of the norm. We are trained, to think otherwise, and we must, so as to make sure that the norm is constantly being redefined, constantly being reshaped.