Friday, February 12, 2010

What is Shinto?

It teaches about being grateful to the Great Nature. Not only does it teach being thankful but to "live" with the nature.

The Ise Jingu is a great example of using the wisdom of living with nature and produces their own natural materials in their daily Shinji rituals.

At the bottom of Isuzu River, the water from the ocean is jointed. A saltern is made at this place and a shrine is taking care of the production. This salt is actually used in the rituals or ceremonies at Ise Jingu. At Izawa-no-miya shrine, rice is entirely produced for the offering to the gods. At the shore of Ise Jingu, the priests in their white attire work on making dried seafood with abalones, squid and other types of fishes to be used in the ceremonies. They also use it to cook them and present as their daily offerings to the gods.

It's much like a self-sustaining housewife growing her own vegetables in her garden. Maybe the only difference is the conscious offerings of gratitude that comes along with the production. I think many of our readers are doing very well on this matter.

On the other hand, what is missing at the Ise Jingu? They don't send gratitude to the ancestral spirits. In the idea of Shinto, once we die we become assimilated with the nature. Therefore sending gratitude to the Great Nature = ancestral spirits. I still think it should also be directed directly to ancestral spirits.

For the Imperial Family, the Naikū is their ancestral grave. Thus, when they pay a visit, they will be worshipping their ancestors as well as the gods. And I believe that we should be doing the same; to have the altar for the gods and for our ancestors below. It makes sense. When the political system was established, the tragedy happened and the gods and ancestral worship had been separated.

Now that our nation is in prostration, it is important for us to follow the Imperial Family and work individually on sending gratitude to the Great Nature=Gods and to our own ancestral spirits.

From now on, if you cannot believe in your own choice and go ask for help to psychic readers who ask for money or selling products, your luck will turn downwards. The Earth will keep the souls that trust oneself and doing his/her best. The humans are the transcription of the Earth itself. If you abandon yourself, you are abandoning the Earth. Then you will be forced to leave this world.

If you make an effort, the effort will be rewarded and revival is possible.

Ikashite-itadaite arigato-gozaimasu

Thank you for letting us live

Monday, February 8, 2010

Beauty Comes from Within

Lately the sunspots are appearing daily in a high amount. I sense the spiritual power from the sun is taking us back to the original condition, regaining one's true nature.

From now on, your aura will reflect your daily thoughts more and more. It's like you are wearing a spiritual gown. It is a time where the face, especially the eyes would start to show about the truth of a person.

One's physical body will age and one may suffer from a miserable sickness. But when your thoughts stay in goodness, it will reflect on your physicality. You will be projecting a sense of grace. The inner essence will show more and more as the times goes by.

Once in while, a scene I saw on TV 20 years ago comes back into my mind. It was a show that gathered actual accidents. One of the accidents was about an explosion of a water pipe on the side of a road, taking place at a small town in South America. A small girl fell into one of the hole created by this explosion. The water pressure forced her to fall into the hall, so it was really tight and several adults were trying to pull her out but failed. She was buried all up to her neck. Only her face was on the surface, trying to breath as much as she could. After a long effort, the adults had given up pulling her. They were all in tears and trying to bail out the water. The whole pathetic scene was shown on the screen.

At one point, I noticed the girl's eyes made a sudden change. She had realized spiritually that she is dying soon. Inside those eyes, I was able to witness a gentle smile of Jesus Christ very clearly in the light. An understanding arose to me on that moment. That the spiritual being who is worshipped in the region comes to guide the soul(s) in an adequate figure when the time has come. Maybe the beauty of the Christ was shown so vividly because the girl was pure. Later, the girl disappeared into the water.

It proves that a simple belief is worthy and surpasses an egoistic logic.

Today, just like any other day, I continue to simply change the water of my Kami-dana altar, putting up three incense to my ancestral spirits and send my gratitude.

Ikashite-itadaite arigato-gozaimasu

Thank you for letting us live