Spiritual people often use the word ”oneness”.
The University of Mannheim in Germany studied this oneness with people having different types of oneness.（1）
“Connections with people” “Connections with society” “Oneness with nature” “Connections with stories by reading” etc.
This study has shown that people with different types of oneness can improve their life satisfaction and learning efficiency.
The idea of yin and yang in Budo is also oneness.
Using scientific research as a reference, I will explain the merits of having oneness as a Budo.
Table of contents
・Is there really one true principle?
・Why is learning efficiency rising?
・Oneness in Budo is yin yang
Is there really one true principle?
Some people say religion is not scientific.
However, science was originally called natural philosophy and was a field of religious study.
Sir Isaac Newton, who discovered universal gravity, did not think at that time that he was doing science.
What Newton did was “natural philosophy” to understand the laws created by God.
Some say that religion and science are different things, but they were originally the same.
As we trace human ancestors from DNA, we finally reach one woman in Africa.
Even human beings are originally born from one person.
Every living thing is born from one life.
Things can be united by thinking in this way.
One of the words that Aikido founder often said is “祭政一致 SAI-SEI-ICCHI”.
which means festival and politics are the same.
Festivals were originally rituals dedicated to gods in Japan.
Politics was also done by listening to the God’s message obtained by the festival.
In Japan this is both called “祭・政 MATSURI”.
There are also kanji written with the word “真釣MATSURI”.
This means that it is truly balanced.
It was MATSURI that truly balanced man and god.
Festivals and politics are completely different now, but the beginning was one.
This way of thinking is also consistent with the way of “Yin and Yang” in Japan.
Why is learning efficiency rising?
In Budo and martial arts, weapons are often the subject.
Weapons are basic and bare hands are applications of weapons. It is efficient to think like this.
If you do not practice using weapons, you can not use them even if you have them.
You can not do anything with bare hands if you are only practicing using weapons.
Of course it is desirable not to use either.
This is not only a story about battle.
It is important to be able to apply from the beginning.
If you practice weapons and bare hands separately, it will take twice as long.
If you think that the principle is the same, various learning will be efficient.
It is called chunking to associate and memorize various things. It is hard to remember completely new knowledge.
However, one thing can be applied to two things if you think that “the use of weapons in martial arts and the way of cutting wood are the same”.
If you understood that the usage of the tools is the same, it will be applied to other things such as farming and grazing.
There is a difference in efficiency between applying and learning from beginning.
It means that learning efficiency will increase if you think that you are doing something similar rather than thinking that each is different.
That is why people who believe in religion have a higher learning ability.
By thinking of learning as religion-related knowledge, they can reduce there sense of rejection.
There is something similar to Yin and Yang in Japan’s Budo.
The important thing is to have a belief of oneness, not to believe in religion.
If you have Oneness belief, you can get these benefits.
Oneness of Budo is Yin Yang
The concept of yin yang is also based on religion.
At the same time this is also a universal truth.
Please refer to the previous article about the idea about yin yang.
With this oneness belief, we can accept things as things in common. Not quite different things.
The ability to connect different things in common is also a characteristic of smart people.
Yin and Yang’s ideas are incorporated into Budo techniques and philosophy.
For example 不動智神妙禄(Fudo-chi-shinmyo-roku).
The ancestors of various Budo adopt Yin and Yang ideas.
Without fear of misunderstanding, it is outdated to study how to fight with bare hands in the presence of heavy weapons.
However, learning not only skills but also such philosophy can be applied to modern society.
It is not a bad thing to think about the similarities between Budo and society.
If you do Budo anyway, why not use it to improve your life?
Whether you do it or not is up to you.
Some supplements on religion.
Some studies at Imperial College London suggest that those who believe in religion are biased and tend to make intuitive judgments, which reduces their intellect.（2）
Either way there are advantages and disadvantages.
The choice you make is entirely up to you. The same thing applies to oneness, but it is important to use it to be positive for yourself.