As a 100% life-affirming martial art, Aikido is unique in the world of Budo. Aikido's founder, O Sensei, was a powerful martial artist, but it was from his profound "Non-Dual" awakening that Aikido was born.
As a beautiful expression of non-duality, Aikido is an art that is both fully martial, and also fully spiritual. As a martial art, Aikido fully meets conflict, but rather than engaging conflict to perpetuate separation, Aikido is an art that restores wholeness. In O Sensei's Aikido "Budo Is Love."
The "Non-Duality" of Aikido is probably best stated by O Sensei's declaration of awakening, his lion's roar:
"Uchu Soku Ware" - The Universe and I are One"
This is Aikido's "Non-Dual core. In this course Aikido Sensei and Meditation teachers Patrick Cassidy, & Miles Kessler, together w/ Dominique Cassidy will guide you through the 3 phases of practice of "Aikido & Non-Duality."
The Integral Dojo excited to be offering our new course on "Aikido & Non-Duality" to our global Aikido community.
In this course you will be guided by Patrick Cassidy, Miles Kessler, and Dominique Cassidy who are all teachers of Aikido and meditation. They will guide you through Aikido's spiritual dimensions in a step-by-step program where you will learn the perspectives and practices that will awaken Aikido's spiritual potential in your practice, and your life.
In this course you will learn the powerful, effective, and life-changing practices that have already impacted the lives of many people around the world.
Patrick Cassidy Sensei has been a teacher of Aikido and Non-Duality for over 25 years. The aspects of self awakening and evolution are important themes of his work, and his approach is an inquiry of what it means to be alive and awake in the world. Along with his own experiences and insights, Patrick offers a framework that allows students to pursue the path of their own self transformation.
Miles Kessler is an American teacher of Aikido (6th dan), meditation, and Integral Practice. He is a dual-lineage holder in both the Iwama tradition of Aikido and the Burmese Mahasi tradition of Meditation. For over 25 years Miles has been teaching meditation, Aikido and spiritual awakening around the world. His work focuses on the development of meditative insight, work on the integration of shadow, and the embodiment of the non-dual perspective.
Dominique has a been teaching meditation, Yoga, and Aikido since 2003. Her teachings are inspired by the Non-Dual Buddhist and Hindu traditions, and well as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Cassidy is a clinical psychologist who incorporates mindfulness and the spiritual perspective with her clients. She also teaches innovative programs for burnout prevention, and mindfulness for healthcare professionals.
Every "Non-Dual" awakening begins with the "glimpse." Those moments of grace, when we shift beyond the separate sense of self, and we have a direct experience of the Non-Dual nature of reality. It may happen in ordinary moments of daily life, when we come into contact with this perspective through another person, or even in those moments of flow in Aikido. Whatever the case may be, once we see the absolute in the relative, the impact of this experience changes us forever.
The sessions of this phase will help you to recognize, and thereby strengthen those moments of glimpsing Non-Duality.
As important as having a non-dual glimpse is, without a commitment to the path and practice of Non-Duality then your glimpse will become just another experience that happened to you in the past. Practices such as meditation, spiritual inquiry, contemplation, satsang, Dharma Discussions, including the practice of Aikido, are all powerful "stabilizing" practices for Non-Duality.
The sessions of this phase dive into the actual practices for stabilizing Non-Duality so it becomes a powerful, and transformative point of reference in your life.
Even though awakening to Non-Duality is important, simply keeping it for your self is not enough. A mature practice means not only awakening to your non-dual nature, but to fully embrace the relative world we are part of. Anything less is simply dualistic.
The sessions of this phase emphasize the on-going practice of integration. How to fully take your place in our human family, while being a living connection between heaven and earth.
From the moment you become self-aware as an infant, you are launched into the world of duality... the world of self and other separation, and the human dilemma of conflict. And yet, throughout your dualistic existence there are moments of grace... where you glimpse perfection, and a sense of wholeness. In this session Miles will guide you in recognizing these easy to miss "windows into the absolute" and see how they become powerful reference points for further awakening into non-duality.
How do we recognize that who we are is not a "thing", that who we are does not have any actual borders, that the idea of separation is just that, an idea? How does this impact our approach not only to the Art of Aikido, but to our relationship to life as a whole? Join Patrick in this direct investigation of our being without limitation.
“Smaran-Vismaran” is Sanskrit for "Remembrance-Forgetfulness." It is a term that describes the process usually occurring after awakening: the oscillation between the new non-dual perspective and the old dualistic one. Join Dominique in this session exploring how to both recognize and work with those oscillations.
What is the process that occurs as you "digest" or integrate a perspective of no separation? How does this perspective become a ground for your interaction with the world? What does it mean to be without limitation and experience your unique and personal point of view simultaneously? In this session Patrick will show you how integrating a perspective of no limitation, non-duality, and freedom from fear, will start to rewire your life in ways that are beyond expectations.
Aikido from the non-dual perspective is nothing less than a "Koan." It is a riddle that can never be understood from your basic survival instincts, nor from your intellect. In this session Miles Kessler Sensei will lead you into a deeper understanding of this practice beyond instincts and intellect, and help you become established in "non-duality" with the profound "pointing-out instruction" that is "The Aikido Koan."
How can you recognize when your actions are completely free? And when they are still conditioned by the belief in a "separate me"? Join Dominique in this session as she guides you in practical exercises for deepening the conscious embodiment of a non-dual perspective.
With a new awakening to life without separation you will discover a deeper integration as the ground of our being. What are the steps to embody this freedom and inhabit it as your home? How can you facilitate a process of evolution personally and collectively? In this session Patrick will teach you the clear steps for bringing your awakening and integration into a new expression of who you are.
The end of our journey is a paradoxical beginning. Every hero's journey culminates with a "return to the market place", and thus begins the endlessly challenging practice of integrating the non-dual perspective into your life. In this final session of the course Miles Kessler Sensei will guide you through the stage of maturity of "being in the world, but not of it."
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"Living in a country so far away from the Aikido mainstream, I feel blessed to be able to connect with great teachers and an amazing group of people on the same path. Thanks for creating such a valuable gift! "
"What an extraordinary mix of contemporary masters sharing their insights and knowledge of Aikido. I feel privileged to be taking part in this remarkable opportunity."
"I am so inspired by this online course! What an honor to receive the expertise, perspectives, and experience of these great teachers. What an honor with people all around the world."
These recorded 90 min. sessions are the heart of your "Aikido & Non-Duality" course experience. During each class your 3 teachers will personally guide you through the "Aikido & Non-Duality" journey, combining Dharma Talks, guided meditations, Dharma Discussions, breakout sessions, and a clarifying Q&A session with the course participants at the end of each call.
All session were recorded live with the "Aikido & Non-Duality" sangha and you can access each session on your member’s portal, so you can work at your own pace and at your own convenience.
In this course you will receive 3, 60 min. Q&A sessions from Patrick, Miles & Dominique. Many of the frequently asked questions are addressed and will deepen your understanding of the path of Aikido & Non-Duality. These Q&A sessions are a great way to help you to both fine-tune and clarify your practice.
All of the course sessions are available by streaming and downloading on your member's site. You will have life-time access to this course for watching, re-watching, downloading and studying the complete course at your convenience.
All of the course sessions will also be made available to you as an audio download. You will be able to listen to these recordings on line, or to download to listen at your convenience. These audio archives will be a valuable Dharma resource for you to keep and re-listen to for years to come.
In 2015 The Integral Dojo produced the online ecourse "From The Dojo To The World" w/ 6 of the Aikido world's most inspiring teachers. All 6 of these sessions are now packaged in an e-course w/ audios of each session, as well as a transcribed PDF ebook of each session.
Here's what you will learn:
PLUS ADDED BONUSES:
w/ Patrick Cassidy & Miles Kessler
Special Guest Dominique Cassidy
PLUS SPECIAL BONUSES
This online course offers 100% online learning so you can take the program from anywhere, no travel required! Each course session is delivered online via streaming on your member's portal. You can also download the video or audio of each session to watch at your own convenience. Just choose the learning option that works best for you. In total there are 15+ hours of content (not including bonuses).
Yes! All types of people have gone through this training, both those studying Aikido and those who are not.
As an art based on universal principles, "Aikido & Non-Duality" is full of practical teachings that you can take into any aspect of life and see immediate benefit.
Alumni include teachers, facilitators, coaches, therapists, mediators, parents, business men and women, students, and cultural creatives. This course for anyone who wants to bring spiritual principle of Non-Duality into their lives. This training is for anyone who wants to bring forth more light into the world.
When you purchase the "Aikido & Non-Duality" you'll have a full month - that's 30 days - to go through the sessions and apply the teachings to your Aikido and your life. If you complete all the sessions and you're still not satisfied with tangible results of this course, then just let me know and I'll give you a full refund.
That's how confident I am in the value of the transformational experience you'll get from the "Aikido & Non-Duality." I can't think of a more fair and reasonable offer than that.