reflections on vision

Yamaha R1 - Computer - Roy Æ Hodges

Homage to the lineage of enlightened striving.
Homage to the guardians of the way.

I left the dojo having been taught about the universe. I reentered it one with the universe. You once said to me, “Roy – real aikido, not on the mat”. This is correct.

In the summer of 2015, I received a vision. I keep it close, but to a very select few. Something happened and the reservation I had felt in practice has grown from faithful sufficiency to clear necessity. This is not trivial.

Sensei, how can I put this mildly and yet directly…

Through your teaching. You have given me something I am only yet now realizing more and more profoundly. Motion, Language, Religion, Mathematics, Engineering, Science; these folds around it, all gently inclined toward divine grace.

We, are, warp engines.

The very thing science dreams of, and you found it, and O-Sensei did. Because we are it, and the engine continually increases the resolution of awareness of its function.

Once you discover the engine and activate it, you are judged. Your deeds, all of them, are put through the lens of this engine. Your stride on this planet is larger. Every moment you take, each and every day makes sweeping changes to future probabilities. It is the awareness of a larger influence of probability that allows this to happen. Your awareness is growing.

Karma Semten Chophel is the name given to me by Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. It means, in Guru Rinpoche’s words, “unceasing ever-growing meditation”, and that is a great place to start, and again, again, not two cuts, just one… superpositioned with none.

Now, the sun and the moon are my training partners,
the dojo is right here, and this being, this coming together,

it truly is, we truly are, living shrines.

What was guilt for leaving others behind,
is now love for those hungry to move forward.

Love is what brings a blanket when one is cold,
love is what brings food when one is hungry.

and it is compassion that shares wisdom,
to remove the grain of sand, in my eye.

In gratitude and grace,
thank you.