Episode 129: Exploring masculine and feminine principles in aikido

Miles KesslerIn this episode I have the delight of once again connecting with dharma teacher and aikido instructor Miles Kessler. He is originally from the US, but is currently living in Tel aviv, Israel. In our first dialogue we explored the idea of “integral aikido” and how aikido can be a genuin path to enlightenment. In this conversation we explore the notion of feminine and masculine principles, and how these polarities play out in aikido. First of all, how can we understand these concepts and what do they actually point to? How can we learn to integrate the healthy aspects of both polarities, and in what ways can we highlight our fixations and shadows? Our dialogue is bound to both provoke and inspire practitioners of aikido, and we hope you’ll be motivated to explore masculine and feminine principles in your own daily keiko (aikido practice). Also, check out Miles’ website theintegraldojo.com for upcoming events related to this theme.

Episode links:
Miles Kessler
The Integral Dojo

James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (32) er utdannet lærer gjennom NTNU og arbeider ved Åsvang Skole i Trondheim. Han har en variert opplæring innenfor dialogbasert prosessledelse, nærværstrening og konflikthåndtering. I fritiden trener og instruerer han aikido. Han er oppvokst i Oslo, men har studert og arbeidet i Trondheim siden 2005. Ta kontakt med James på følgende adresse: james.arnfinsen @ gmail.com
James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (32) has a teaching qualification from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), his subjects being geography, religious studies and sports science. He is currently working as a teacher in primary school. In his free time he practices Aikido, a Japanese martial art that in it´s essence is about creating a healing relationship towards oneself and others. James lives in Trondheim, Norway.
  • http://www.budo-inochi.com/blog Kai Morgan

    I love this so much – thank you to both of you for your hard work in producing it. My favourite section of all was the bit about the shadow sides. And within that, the most mindblowing point was about the femimine shadow being invisible. Need to really think about what you have said now. Not sure if it really is “invisible” as such, or whether it only seems so, because it is less “important” somehow, and quietly slips under the radar. Perhaps our cultural / conceptual framework tends to normalise things relating to the masculine and consider them as the “reality”; and so we don’t have the language / conceptual tools to actually realise we are also seeing this feminine shadow? Lots to think about anyway and I’m certain I will need to listen to it again! Best wishes to you both – Kai

    • James Arnfinsen

      Thanks for the feedback Kai, glad you found something of interest in our dialogue. If you’re interested in contributing it’s possible to send in a text, and I could possibly publish it on the website. More info can be found here: http://www.levevei.no/contribute/

  • James Arnfinsen

    Miles Kessler recently made two videos where he demonstrates the notion of “masculine and feminine principles” in aikido. Check them out below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hloSiv84bis