What is truth? Truth isn’t just saying the right thing or even saying the thing that is true. Saying the truth is one thing and acting true is another thing, but being true is a state of being. This means being true to yourself and to those whom you interact with and there is no need to dominate in any way. This is the essence of living in truth.
When I am teaching Aikido, my intent is “this is what I can show you, or this is what could help you.” I see martial arts as a way to better themselves. A large percentage of martial art teachers are doing it because of their lack of self-confidence and this is why they became martial art instructors to show others they are doing something extraordinary.
If a person is unwilling to help another person become as an enlightened as them, then they are not as enlightened in the first place, they just have the rhetoric. Society places the focus on the belief system which basically says “I have to dominate, I have to control.” The enlightened person doesn’t have to dominate and doesn’t want to dominate. They teach and they learn from others, it is an exchange of energy
Several months ago I stopped by a martial arts store to pick up some supplies. The owner of the store had taken some private classes from me in the recent past as he had been impressed by one of my students who tested for her black belt. While I was waiting he introduced me to one of his instructors in his martial art school. The instructor began asking me questions about Aikido. I began by informing him that it was a non-aggressive martial art based on redirecting the opponent. He then began to boast about his approach in teaching. His mind, besides being aggressive, was also dominant and it was obvious he felt that way in all situations including the conversation. Everything was about him, a very narcissistic mentality which does not ever work out. One of the easiest things in taking someone down is someone who is totally focused on themselves, since they don’t understand balance. He may know technique, but if he was in a confrontation with someone who didn’t have an ego mindset, he would lose. His mindset is built on a facade meant to scare, meant to intimidate and in actuality shows the shield of someone lacking in self-worth. Many of those who are involved in the real violent martial arts are not there for the training or understanding, they are there for the ability to dominate.