Everyday, we go to the dojo, and do our stuff. Then we change and go home and do our stuff too. Every single day we are doing our stuffs. Why?
This is especially more so when we go to Aikido, since we made a choice to go, we have to have a reason for going. That reason is a belief.
Let’s face it, we live in a peaceful time, what is the probability of us, ever using what we learned in Aikido? To disarm an attacker? If we go to class with a ‘Doomsday prepper’ mentality, then we might as well learn to fly a plane, learn to defuse a bomb, learn Russian. The point is, what we learned in the dojo, is pretty much not very useful in our everyday lives.
And yet we go to train as if it is a religion. The reason is belief. We belief that with the values of Aikido, or in general, in martial arts, will make us a better person. We go to the gym to work out, thinking it will make us a Brad Pitt, or some Hollywood kick ass babe. It is these belief that keeps us going, and there is no belief that can stop us. All beliefs keeps us going. And beliefs are non-judgmental, there is no right, or wrong beliefs. Beliefs are simply beliefs because we believe in them.
One important thing though, we give power to what we believe in. If we believe that we are weak, we get stronger at being weak. If we believe that we cannot learn Russian, Russian becomes more difficult to learn.
And it is a one way street, you cannot reverse and say hey! Wrong belief! Let’s back out! Very much like life, a belief has no reverse. you can only go forward. and take the next turn, and hopefully choose a more aligned belief.
So we keep going to the dojo, in hope of turning our belief from abstract to something concrete. Very much like a soldier joining a Ranger course. The thought of joining is a belief, the motion of joining is acting on a belief, and the ability to pass a Ranger course , is making a belief a reality. Hence, everyday when we go to our dojo, we need to bear in mind, every moment is a reality check, are we acting on our beliefs? And is our reality an enactment of our beliefs. If yes, then what are the beliefs we live by? We all turn up on the mat for different reasons, different beliefs, and until we can agree and properly empower our beliefs, we will always be stepping onto the mat, and living our lives for all the wrong reasons.