All Seishindo Articles by Date

This page lists Seishindo Articles by date with the newest at the top.

  • What have you come here to learn?
    July 29, 2013

    I rarely raised my hand when Sensei asked questions, but once when he asked why we were sitting there in his dojo. I raised my hand and replied in a clear voice, “I don’t know.” “Ah,” sensei said. “Finally someone with an honest answer!” “If you don’t know why you’re here, why waste your time?” he ...

  • Creating a self-fulfilling prophecy
    July 29, 2013

    “It’s amazing and sad to watch how strongly both of you critique each other, while at the same time neither one of you seems to have the ability to properly critique yourself. You each strive to increase your self-image, by demonstrating how much more you know in comparison to your partner.”

  • The Mind of Aikido and Water
    July 29, 2013

    This article is an excerpt of a conversation with Senta Yamada sensei, regarding his thoughts on the “mind” of Aikido and water.

  • Twelve fundamental premises of Seishindo
    October 15, 2010

    Our ability to communicate in and understand somatic language is wired into our system at birth and forms the foundation of our memories, verbal communication, learned responses, and our ability to live and sustain ourselves.

  • Grassy plains and horses – Innovation?
    November 17, 2009

    Innovation: Is it a quality of positive thinking you need to develop, or a common thread in the fabric of all of life?

  • The Clock is Ticking
    April 19, 2009

    How do you react to deadlines? How would you feel if someone said “Hurry up, the clock is ticking and we’ve got to get this completed!”? How well do you cope with stress? Isn’t it amazing to notice how radically your experience of passing time changes depending on the circumstances, with little correlation to the ...

  • There is no more important person to love than yourself
    March 19, 2009

    It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is for me to lose contact with the part of myself that generates my emotional experience. Does the same happen to be true for you?

  • What is your relationship to Time?
    March 19, 2009

    Have you ever thought about how your orientation to time profoundly affects the way you are in the world? What if you acted “as if” a certain task was already accomplished, rather than wishing , hoping, and praying for something to take place?

  • The whole universe is learning and evolving. How about you?
    March 18, 2009

    This article takes a broad look at the topic of evolution, and how it relates to you and me. All of life is intelligent, all of life is learning and evolving, and all of life is adapting to change.

  • The similarities between Aikido and NLP
    March 18, 2009

    What you read here are the notes of a talk that I gave recently about the similarities between Aikido and NLP. These notes were written with my dual perspective as an Aikido instructor, and a Trainer in NLP.

  • The Body – The Somatic Self
    March 18, 2009

    The body can be considered to be a form of ongoing communication, a shaping of and container/containment of all of the messages (chemical, electrical, nutritional, verbal, etc) that we receive and transmit in the course of our lives.

  • Pre-verbal Knowing- Your intuition
    March 18, 2009

    The world is much too complex and fertile to be fully understood and adapted to by use of the rational mind alone. The more time you spend focusing on trying to find the “correct” answer or method, the less open you will be to sensing the wisdom that already resides with you.

  • Correctness, Profound Truth, and Paradox
    March 18, 2009

    Our usual and “correct” ways of explaining the world, who “I” am, and where “i” am going, are often severely tested in today’s world. Usually at such times a search for only one answer or understanding is simply not enough.

  • Perfection
    March 18, 2009

    How would you react to events and relationships in your life if you experienced yourself being, “just as you should be” or “perfect”? Read this article and you will encounter a new way to think about yourself, that can serve you greatly in life.

  • Learning and Adapting with a Dual Perspective
    March 18, 2009

    The brain in our skull organizes the intelligence of our cognitive self, our intellect, and our verbal language. The brain in our gut organizes the intelligence of the somatic self, our emotions, and our somatic language.

  • Tapping Into Dual Sources of Intelligence – Part 3 of 3
    March 18, 2009

    In Seishindo we believe that changing the condition, usage, and awareness, of the body helps shift emotions, cognition, and behavior, and brings the entire self into a state of greater balance and well-being.

  • Tapping Into Dual Sources of Intelligence – Part 2 of 3
    March 18, 2009

    This article, is an explanation of the principles of the discipline Seishindo, and can also be an aid in further understanding Self-relations Therapy, as developed my Stephen Gilligan.

  • Tapping Into Dual Sources of Intelligence – Part 1 of 3
    March 18, 2009

    This article comes from the chapter I wrote for the book “Walking in two worlds: The Relational Self in theory, practice, and community,” edited by Stephen Gilligan and Dvorah Simon.

  • Some Thoughts and Ideals to Ponder
    March 18, 2009

    “The Problem” is, that you do not fully recognize the true magnificence of who you really are, and in the process of not fully recognizing your own magnificence, you will tend to devalue both yourself and others.

  • Somatic-Emotional State: Feeling, without the need to think
    March 18, 2009

    Bringing awareness to and regaining a natural relaxed control over the activity of your entire system affords you the ability to positively affect your emotions, and your overall health and sense of well being.

  • Fundamentals That Support Learning & Adaptation
    March 18, 2009

    When wishing to learn a new activity or subject matter, improve our performance, or re-program the self, we will do best to communicate mainly via felt sense, images, and “the aesthetics of sound” (Volume, rhythm, pace, and resonance.).

  • Cultivating Ki Flow and Mindfulness, Manifesting Mind
    March 18, 2009

    “Ki” supports all of life. “Ki” supports life when our system is able to let it flow unimpeded, like when when our immune system spontaneously heal wounds or illnesses.

  • The Ki of Aikido – An Oriental Concept of “Energy”, “Self” and “Mind”
    March 18, 2009

    There are many different ways to perceive, utilize, and benefit from the energy that is available to us in the course of living our life. What follows is my experience of energy (“ki”) while performing Aikido over the course of more than twenty years.

  • Integrating the Intelligence of your Five “Brains”
    March 18, 2009

    Many of us live our lives shuttling back and forth between two seemingly different identities that often conflict with each other. Our rational self, and our emotional self. The integration of these two aspects of self is one of the primary tasks of personal development.

  • The Language of the Somatic Self- The language of your body
    February 20, 2009

    At every moment in time your subconscious mind speaks to you through your body, in a language that is as refined, systematic, and complete as your verbal language. This “somatic” language that your body communicates in forms the basis of the non-cognitive wisdom known as sixth sense, intuition, or “somatic intelligence.”

  • Mushin – Peak Performance State
    November 17, 2007

    In Japanese thinking the more “emptiness” there is, the larger the range of possibilities that exist. If a space is truly empty, then “everything” has the possibility of being manifested.

  • The tyranny of “What if…?”
    November 24, 2005

    What you worry about determines the course of your life. Free yourself from the tyranny of your negative “What if…” scenarios, and you will discover that you have both everything to lose, and everything to gain!

  • Have you been lucky in life?
    November 24, 2005

    Each moment in life, “lucky” or “unlucky”, is to be savored, learned from, and appreciated. Easier said than done? Read this story and it will likely give you a new perspective on your own luck.

  • Learning From Life
    November 24, 2005

    Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Life has taught me some tough lessons, and the scars do not heal easily.”? What I would like to suggest in this article is that you can learn valuable lessons from the past, rather than allowing the past to limit your future.

  • Appreciating your exceptional learning abilities
    November 17, 2005

    Every teacher, parent, and leader needs to realize that each human being has their own unique way of learning and excelling. When we lose sight of this, everyone suffers.

  • One person’s garbage can be another person’s good fortune
    November 17, 2005

    Do you ever feel somewhat depressed because your life isn’t working as you would like? Life is always presenting you with opportunities to succeed.

  • The power and beauty of an ugly duckling- What is your element?
    November 17, 2005

    How do you perceive of yourself as a person? Consider the three different and separate domains a duck inhabits, and you will come to understand what it means to be in your element.

  • You can’t mass produce uniqueness
    November 17, 2005

    Do you spend part of your time working on and worrying about “self improvement”? If so, it is important to not inadvertently stamp out your uniqueness, in favor of a mass produced version of “perfection.”

  • The Philosophy of Fear and Confrontation
    November 17, 2005

    Is there now, or has there been, a person or two in your life that you have difficulty in maintaining a civil relationship with at times? It may be your spouse or lover; it may be a friend or a superior at work. This article will help you better understand your counterparts, and build better ...

  • We-dentity – As compared to “I” dentity
    November 17, 2005

    Feeling that you belong to a group, whether it is family, friends, or at work, is important to one’s sense of health, well-being, and identity.

  • Perfect Imperfections
    November 17, 2005

    Have you ever caught yourself sitting around thinking that if you were “just” a bit different when it comes to this or that, you would be so much more desirable, wealthy, or good looking? Such conversations can seem so believable while actually being so destructive.

  • Are you able to say both “Yes!” and “No!”?
    November 17, 2005

    I hear from many people that they see ever increasing expressions of anger in their everyday work life and personal life. Understanding the process of anger is of great importance.

  • Tsunami: Bringing Forth a New Wave of Hope
    November 17, 2005

    Has the huge tsunami in Japan had a similar affect on you personally, as it did on much of Asia? Has any of what you believed in been washed away, shattered, or destroyed? Has the recent tsunami scared you more or less than 9/11? Or, perhaps the recent tsunami has even led to a deepening of your ...

  • I’m always busy, but nothing much gets done!
    November 17, 2005

    When you find your life spinning out of control, take the time to breathe and feel into the emotional experience you are creating. If you maintain a clear concept of who you are and what you are wanting to accomplish, you can stay on track and feel OK with all that transpires.

  • Teaching others to be kind, and positively oriented
    November 17, 2005

    In various relationships we need to learn how to join with and utilize a person’s current “bad” behavior in order to induce them to act in a more positively oriented manner. This article will teach you just such a method.

  • Wouldn’t it be great, to be as hardy as a weed?!
    November 17, 2005

    Life is always ready to teach us a special lesson of some sort or another, if only we would take the time to notice and learn. Here is what I learned from a weed-tree in my neighborhood.

  • The rewards and risks of personal freedom
    November 17, 2005

    We all need to decide whether to “play it safe” because we are worried about what could go wrong, or instead take a chance, and be who we really are and live the life our heart truly desires. Which choice have you been making?

  • The Web of Life
    November 17, 2005

    The web of life is always there, ready to teach us a “special” lesson of some sort or another, if only we would notice.

  • Are You Feeling in Control?
    November 17, 2005

    When it is all said and done, do you feel like you mostly stay on an even keel emotionally in your business and personal life? If not, this article can help you consider what you might need to be doing differently.

  • Is it finally time to forgive?
    November 17, 2005

    In order to free ourselves from the pain of anger and resentment we need to be able to forgive our self and others. The longer we dwell on hurtful situations from the past, the longer we keep our self from living fully in the present.

  • The Paradox of One And Many in Aikido Philosophy
    November 17, 2005

    This article is a synopsis of the teaching of Aikido master Koichi Tohei, regarding how to appreciate, empathize with, and respect the diverse people, energies, and opinions that you come in contact with on a daily basis.

  • I hope you are not too proud to learn from a dog
    November 17, 2005

    Without words, we cannot separate ourselves from others. Without thinking there is no pain. Without judgment there is no right and wrong, good and bad. When you are only here, only now, you will “only” experience your core self, and feel at peace.

  • What can you learn from a steam engine?
    November 17, 2005

    As you get a sense of how your system naturally slows down and speeds up, you will have a much better ability to support the overall “steady state” that leads to health and well-being.

  • Feeling Beneath Our Fears
    November 17, 2005

    Listening deeply to your own mammalian nature has the power to profoundly enrich your life.

  • What is your primary identity?
    November 17, 2005

    I can say from my twenty plus years of Aikido practice, that responding to aggressive fear with connection and calmness, is a very transformative experience for both parties involved. There is something so special about being in a highly challenging situation, and “poof” prior to thinking you find yourself taking a deep breath, and feeling ...

  • Where do “I” begin and end?
    November 17, 2005

    Today, I am inviting you to explore the boundaries of “self.” I ask you to ponder where “I” begins and ends. What is part of “me” and what is outside of “me”? Who and what is “you”? What is “us” and what is “them”?

  • No Thinking, No Suffering
    November 17, 2005

    It’s our thinking that creates good and bad, right and wrong, sorrow and joy. When we actively engage in “no thinking” there is both no suffering, and no consolation.

  • From The Perspective of a Child
    November 17, 2005

    If you look back at times that you initially thought were quite horrible or devastating, isn’t it true that most of these events, over the course of time, did not turn out to be nearly as devastating as you initially felt they were?

  • Recipes For Stress
    November 17, 2005

    It is within your power to reduce the stressful reactions that you have, and a key to changing your reactions is being able to track the way in which you generate stress.

  • With a little help from our friends
    March 18, 2005

    Our nervous system is an “open loop learning system” that draws on energetic connections with others in order to continually adapt and hopefully flourish. This concept of “open loop learning” is very much a part of the theory of Aikido.

  • Trust in the moment, and trust in yourself
    March 18, 2005

    Do you often get yourself upset and feeling less than fully confident, as part of your preparation for facing a daunting challenge? You can improve your performance if you let your somatic intelligence lead the way.

  • Our Very First Tasks of Learning and Adaptation
    March 18, 2005

    Our movements represent both an organization of the self, and an organization of information from the outside world in relation to the self. Improve your ability to move freely and you will think and feel with a greater sense of health and well-being.

  • A small piece of carpet can add to your self-confidence
    December 1, 2003

    Self-confidence plays an important role in determining how you perform in the world. This is true for dogs, as well as people!