Last night I was working a little bibliomancy. Basically I flipped through the calligraphy dictionary until a symbol jumped out at me. This was it, appropriately for me ,the magician Sensei Strange, the symbol means 'not normal, different.'
This is an old style coming from divination shells and bones of the ancient Chinese magi from 2500 years ago. It is terribly tricky to write, but in the last couple weeks I feel like I have been getting the knack.
How does this symbol apply to my aikido thinking? It IS my aikido thinking. Do you know what made Kano, Tomiki, Ueshiba great artists? They tackled material and it morphed in their hands. They evolved it, they classified it and thought about it differently than anyone had before. They were not normal thinkers.
Normal is average. I demand more then average from my art. I do not want to be a cookie cutter aikibudoka, a mere photocopy of a master before me.