By Winfried Wagner
In this quantity, 9 well known specialists delineate their theoretical or methodological strategy of Aikidô in potentiating positive dealing with of social conflicts. The authors depict the contribution of the japanese self-defensive paintings Aikidô to the speculation and perform of clash transformation. the concept that of Elicitive clash Transformation (Lederach, Dietrich) unavoidably demands a revised realizing of utilized peace paintings and a brand new own profile of the clash employee. this can be the purpose the place Aikidô and conflict/peace paintings meet.
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And we should be „connected by ki“ (ki-musubi) with the opponent. Under these conditions, we can create or maintain a state of “flow”, even if we are struggling with an opponent. Thus, ki in aikidô points to an extended (expanded) state of our body, feeling and mind. Extension (Spaciousness) As a first step, let us again take a look at mother-infant interactions. The human embryo and fetus “floats” in the vital, nourishing and protecting “field” of the maternal organism. As research on prenatal influences has shown, this field is strongly influenced by the physical, emotional and mental states of the mother.
The emergency or alarm reactions (reacitivity) have to be modulated; we have to be able to down-regulate negative affects as well as to create positive emotional states like calmness and empathy, humor and benevolence. e. g. attention-shift, thoughtstopping, introspection, dis-identification, reframing/re-appraisal; – all this in order to be able to endure unpleasant emotional situations (→ containment), to generate a positive emotional state, and to respond reflectivley rather than reactively.
And creative... and real... and in touch... and all there and fully aware” (32-33). This is in full compliance with the existential psychotherapist Rollo May (1983): “Every existing person is centered in herself, and an attack on this center is an attack on her existence itself” (26), he wrote. Therefore, every person has the need to preserve his centeredness (27). Centering, therefore, is an existential condition, but the ability to hold the center when threatened requires extra practice. Without centering, one lacks a natural and intuitive, pre-reflexive and pre-intentional given positioning.