AiKiDô: The Trinity of Conflict Transformation by Winfried Wagner

By Winfried Wagner

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

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This is a matter of “permeability” (Hayduk & Mainprize 1980), comparable to the findings on the permeability of body boundaries (Fisher & Cleaveland 1958). Interpersonal space is sized not only on the basis of distance regulation, but in respect to all other non-verbal means of expression such as posture (leaning forward vs. leaning back, turning to vs. away from), motor tension and unrest, gaze behavior, facial expressions and gestures, mutual positioning, characteristics of the voice, and many more (Birdwhistell 1970).

This is not merely a visualization exercise. Visualizing (our body image) may guide us, but the aim here is to sense the process in your body. It is thus a somatic or sensory-tonic exercise. The state of being grounded and centered in your hara is called the “heavenly fundament” (ten-dai) from which one is said to grow up “straight to heaven” (sho-ten). Letting go of yourself in your shoulders is prerequisite to centering yourself in your heart and to opening your heart (→ selftransformation). A grounded, upright and centered posture constitutes the implicit support for the explicit positioning of the person in the world.

Intentionality” means to be implicitly (un- or subconsciously) directed, oriented and aligned to the world one is living in before any explicit (conscious, deliberate, purposeful) intention. Intentionality requires creatures to expand themselves into the world! We as humans are extended into and connected with the world by an invisible net of “intentional threads”. That is the meaning of the Japanese word musu(bi) in the term ki-musubi: to be tied/connected, to be linked, to be networked, etc.

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