Aikido and Words of Power
The Sacred Sounds of Kototama
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Aikido founder Ueshiba Morihei described the discipline as one spirit, four souls, three origins, and eight powers. One spirit and four souls are the five vowel dimensions of infinite space, the source of the sacred sounds of Kototama. Author Willliam Gleason explains how to use the sounds of Kototama and how the five vowels represent dimensions and stages of awareness, whose different powers are revealed through aikido practice. Using photographs, Gleason sensei presents physical routines introducing the Kanagi, Sugaso, and Futonorito levels of spiritual development. By learning the sacred sounds related to these dimensions, the adept understands the stages of spiritual mastery and enjoys health and balance in life.