Japan’s predominate religions are Shintoism and Buddhism. Traditionally, Shintoism focuses on daily rituals aimed at connecting the practitioner to Japan’s ancient roots and his/her ancestors, as well as the divine essence that supports all life — rocks, trees, animals, and the earth itself.
While waiting in a long line at a coffee shop, a woman remains calm and content, while the patron behind her feels irritated and frustrated. When cut off in traffic, a man continues calmly driving toward his destination, while another driver blows his horn and shouts obscenities.
I can appreciate books and healing systems that focus on the positive. It bothers me, though, when the message seems to be that if you just use “this” technique, “that” affirmation, or something else, then everything will change quickly and your wonderful new life will flow with ease.
Endings, beginnings, changes, and the same old, same old — where does your spirit lie? Where do your resources guide you? Do you envision change as moving forward, or do you visualize change as scary, fearful, and undesirable?
The world is inundated with falseness. It is an echo chamber of untruth and awash in stagnation. You once moved forward, but now you cease to know the way. You were once so certain, but now you doubt and question. You question not only the way forward but the way inward.
Your state of awakening can appear as chaotic and fragmenting in your current reality. You question your purpose and whether you can endure it any further. The ego desperately hangs on to control everything to keep you separated with the feeling of being in control of creating reality.