“Ultimately, you must forget about technique. The further you progress, the fewer teachings there are. The Great Path is really No Path.
“The Art of Peace that I practice has room for each of the world’s eight million gods, and I cooperate with them all. The God of Peace is very great and enjoins all that is divine and enlightened in every land.
“The Art of Peace is a form of prayer that generates light and heat. Forget about your little self, detach yourself from objects, and you will radiate light and warmth. Light is wisdom; warmth is compassion.
“Construction of shrine and temple buildings is not enough. Establish yourself as a living buddha image. We all should be transformed into goddesses of compassion or victorious buddhas.
“The divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us.”
— Morihei Ueshiba, The Art of Peace
These words, near the end of the little book, are the ones I ponder this morning. This is where my myriad paths attempt to reconcile themselves, in to the idea of No Path. Or as the Beatles would say, “Let It Be.” The buildup and release of fandom, the distress of sensory overload, the confusion of gender dysphoria, the sadness over the state of the world politics, the anger over bigotry and injustice, the anxiety of financial worries, the fear of intolerance and oppression… In perfect contradiction, these are the physical world distracting me from my spiritual lessons and reinforcing them at the same time. My experience with an angel at so young an age imprinted on me the understanding of what The Art of Peace teaches long before I encountered this book. I have spent my life trying so hard to achieve any semblance of what she manifest around her in her light. I have met with resistance at every turn.
I have fought too hard when I should never have fought at all. To become as peace itself, that is her way. If I am to be her, it must be my way.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
The wisdom of a Muppet… truly profound it is.