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The Path of Light
Amaterasu(1) (ahm-ah-taerra-sue) is Japanese for "The Light of Heaven" and is the Japanese Shinto Goddess of Heavenly Light (Sun Goddess). She is a key player in the Japanese Shinto creation myth and rules the High Celestial Plain (Takaamahara) and the Universe.
Shinto means way of the Gods. "Shin" meaning "Kami" or divine and "to" or "do" meaning way. It is made up of folk traditions of Japan grounded in nature and the outdoors, particularly on mountains and in waterfalls and streams that is meant to bring out the best in people.
Amaterasu Okami means "Great August deity who shines in the heavens." Each morning when the sun rises, it serves as a reminder of one's own Divine inner Light as well as the Universal Divine Light that shines in and on the world. It also is a reminder to "Day after day, create a new day."
The Heart of Aikido: The Philosophy of Takemusu Aiki by Morihei Ueshiba, Compiled and Translated by John Stevens. Originally published by Byakko Shinko Kai Publishing,1986; later published by Kodansha International, Tokyo, New York, London, 2010.
The Secrets of Aikido: The hidden teachings and universal truths of Aikido, as taught by its Founder, Morihei Ueshiba by John Stevens
John Steven's New Year's Greeting January 1, 2014