Letting Go: Talks on Aikido is a collection of insightful, concise essays adapted from talks given by Christopher Curtis, 8th Dan, the Chief Instructor of the Hawaii Ki Federation and sensei of the renowned Maui Ki-Aikido Dojo in Wailuku, Maui. The volume covers a wide range of topics, from the basic principles and techniques of Ki-aikido to the practical ways that Ki-aikido can be applied to living a more centered, productive, and mindful life.
The book is a useful companion to related Letting Go lectures, podcasts, and discussions available at Curtis Sensei's blog.
"Most people pursue waking up in the way they go after a new car, or a mate, or becoming CEO, as if it's the same thing. But this is not the same. Those are temporary goals. There is nothing wrong with getting new cars and becoming CEOs, or whatever else pleases you, but don't confuse the two. Achieving those things, we use skills that can be learned, whereas awakening does not result from education, a gathering of knowledge. This is the very highest art form: the art of letting go of doing and dropping into resting in awareness itself. This "shift" is the perfect and complete unification of all aspects of life, of truly knowing and experiencing at the same time; suddenly, waaa! It all comes together. -From Letting Go, Chapter 4
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