Everything starts with a thought. A thought will manifest into a word or an action. The action may become a habit. The habit becomes the way you live your life. This can be both positive or negative. So a wise person is aware of the thoughts (s)he is thinking. If you think you can or can’t do something, you are right.
I want to share how my Aikido Master Tamura Sensei taught me this lesson. One day I got a telephone call from Tamura Sensei. He said he wanted to meet me for lunch and he had something important to ask me to do. I agreed to meet him and we arranged the place and time. I asked what it was but he said I needed to wait and he would explain when we met.
We met at a coffee shop at the train station. he was already there when I arrived. When I sat down he thanked me for my time and for meeting him. I was happy to meet Tamura Sensei any time. He was my Master but was also like a father, teacher and mentor to me all rolled into one.
“What do you want to do, be and have in the future?” he asked.
“Pardon?” I said. He repeated the same question again.
“Well, I want to continue to practice Aikido and to become a Master like you sensei”.
“Now you are ready to become an instructor! I want you to open and run your own dojo and become a Chief Aikido Instructor.”
“But Sensei, I have no idea how to begin to do that.”
“If you really want to do it, you will find a way! Trust the Universe to guide you.”
“Thank you Sensei I will do my best.”
I never argued with Tamura Sensei because I loved and respected him more than anyone in my life. If he said jump I was already in the air. He said I was to become a Chief Aikido Instructor. This was a real honour and privilege to be given this opportunity. In my head, I could not believe this was real. Other instructors taught at leisure centres or at Tamura Sensei’s own dojo but he was asking me to open my own dojo.
After I finished the meeting with Tamura Sensei I went walking around Yokohama in a trance. Here I was in a foreign country. My Japanese was basic, I had no idea where to begin to find a place or how much work, time and effort this would require, but Tamura Sensei said I could do it, so I was determined not to let him down. Failure was not an option. I resolved to do or die. I prayed, meditated and every day took action to find and build my dojo.
Within a month I found a place and made a deal with the owner that we could both live with. She was very kind to trust me and support the effort I was making, she said she appreciated how much I loved Japan and Japanese culture. Young Japanese people are turning their back on the traditional ways. She encouraged me to keep the faith and she knew I would be successful. No other Western person was doing or had done what I was doing.
Step by step the dojo came together. Every day I constantly worked to build and improve things. Students started to come and Tamura sensei was pleased with the progress I was making. After a year I opened another dojo and built that one up using the same method I had used before. Just keeping the faith, obeying my Master’s directions and taking the required action the results came.
I want you to know that you have so much power, ability and capability within you that you have locked up, unaware of and if you want to improve your life you can do it. You start by asking "What do I want?" If nothing comes up and you feel blocked ask "What don't I want?" People are usually very good at answering this question. From there you change it from what you don't want into what you do want. For example:
I don't want to lose my job! Becomes I want to keep my job and double my salary. You picture your job in a perfect world, making it clear, bright and fresh in your head. Keep that image then start working every day in your job to create the image you want. This is how successful people accomplish what they want. You were born to do incredible things. Show the world your greatness!
Until next time I wish you peace, love and happiness.
Martin Acton Sensei