Do you trust that Aikido works?
Your answer will reflect how much you trust the ‘system’. That, will also reflects how much you trust yourself, and of course, address the value of trust worthiness.
Everything that we can put into a learning, will eventually become a syllabus, someone will systematically draw it out, make sure things fall in place, nicely from novice, level one to expert, this learning curve, cannot be avoided, then only difference is how long it is for every individuals.
So whatever happens, there is a system, a form put in place that works. It has been proven to work, because there is a majority to prove that it works. Any yet, the ‘Anti-hero’ in us wants to doubt it, and prove that it doesn’t work. How often we go to a class, to train with skepticism?
In order for us to really benefit from it, we need to trust the system. It will bear fruit, like it has borne fruit for some many other people. in fact being skeptical is normal, and the faster we get that out of our system, the better it is for us to start picking up the learning.
Doubt is normal. Our mind, with its countless, endless creative faculty will manufacture all sorts of scenarios, we want to cover all bases. And this unwittingly will create roadblocks for us to really learn.
Of course the smart-ass part of us doesn’t want to follow the syllabus ‘dumbly’. When we are told to do ‘A’ we do ‘A’. But we must make that fine distinction. In a situation where we ‘dumb, dumb’ follow, there is no trust. When we trust the system, it is much more complex and deeper than ‘following’ the system.
Trusting the system, means that you do whatever you can to learn about it, read, watch video, discuss, argue, to uncover the value of the system, not just to rip it apart and leave it apart. Sure you can rip it apart, piece by piece, but the real magic of learning is putting it back together once you have torn it apart. and the skill in that will demonstrate how much you trust the system. You find out the weakness of the system, and the strength. and give a balance opinion on it. Educate yourself further to remove any ignorance and doubts, and when doubts do arise, from time to time, don;t give in to doubt, use doubt as a catalyst for learning, not an impediment.