AiKiDô: The Trinity of Conflict Transformation by Winfried Wagner

By Winfried Wagner

In this quantity, 9 popular specialists delineate their theoretical or methodological process of Aikidô in potentiating optimistic dealing with of social conflicts. The authors depict the contribution of the japanese self-defensive artwork Aikidô to the speculation and perform of clash transformation. the idea that of Elicitive clash Transformation (Lederach, Dietrich) inevitably demands a revised figuring out of utilized peace paintings and a brand new own profile of the clash employee. this can be the purpose the place Aikidô and conflict/peace paintings meet.

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What matters is a “mind that stretches throughout the entire body and self” (Takuan, cited by Wilson 1986, 32). The steps to develop mindfulness are the following (for further details, see Wagner 1999): 53 ➢ strengthening the mind, ie. developing the power of concentration; ➢ purifying the heart/mind (misogi, agatsu) to develop open-mindedness; ➢ unifying and emptying the mind in order to realize pure mindfulness or empty-mindedness (mushin). Aikidô teaches people to be mindful of technique, breathing, balance, centering, extending/ connection to the other person, and so on.

On the other hand, ”humans cannot function as pure spiritual beings; they need to have a body in order to function” in the world (M. Ueshiba, cited by Hideo Takahashi 2010, 82). Thus, if you are not able to “project your mind into your hands, even 10,000 techniques will be useless“ (Tesshu, cited by Stevens 1989, 147). What matters is a “mind that stretches throughout the entire body and self” (Takuan, cited by Wilson 1986, 32). The steps to develop mindfulness are the following (for further details, see Wagner 1999): 53 ➢ strengthening the mind, ie.

In his autobiography, Fritz Perls (1992) wrote, that the goal of therapy is “to center one´s existence”; that “without a center you despair of ever being real”; that “without a center we are lost, we wobble without taking stands”; and, “that with a healthy center, there is excitement strong enough to be alive... and creative... and real... and in touch... and all there and fully aware” (32-33). This is in full compliance with the existential psychotherapist Rollo May (1983): “Every existing person is centered in herself, and an attack on this center is an attack on her existence itself” (26), he wrote.

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