Do not Separate The Dead from God

In India, where Sakyamuni was born, there has been no custom of building gravestones since ancient times. They burn dead bodies and throw the ashes into the sea. It’s natural and reasonable that living things that were born on the land return to the sea because all creatures were born in the sea in ancient times and moved onto the land. I feel the custom of the deceased returning to the sea through the river reflects the world view of Shinto. There is no tomb in India, while a lot of tombs in Japan, the final destination of Buddhism.

  • custom  慣習
  • gravestone 墓石
  • reflect 反映する
  • world view 世界観
  • destination 目的地

Sakyamuni wouldn’t understand any Japanese Buddhist rituals for the dead. He doesn’t even know the Buddhist sutras written in Japanese at all. He would be surprised to hear Buddhist monks chanting them because they are meaningless, phonetic equivalents. Almost all of Buddhist sutras were made up hundreds of years after he passed away.

  • ritual  儀式
  • meaningless  意味のない
  • phonetic equivalent 当て字
  • pass away 亡くなる

Buddhists, however, believe in Buddhism or Buddhist scriptures just because they believe in Sakyamuni. The truth is the Japanese Buddhism lacks spiritual ground. They bury the dead under the name of Sakyamuni on the basis of Buddhist scriptures he doesn’t know, which is horrible. It’s no wonder they can’t send the deceased to the other world in the right way.

  • lack 欠く
  • on the basis of A Aに基づいて
  • horrible ひどい
  • no wonder 驚きではない
  • the other world あの世

Well, how did Japanese people treat the dead before the Buddhist custom of building gravestones diffused all over Japan? I feel that people in those days used to put dead bodies on the ground away from their houses and covered them with earth. When someone dies, they lay the dead body next to another and cover it with earth. If the space for the dead bodies reaches its limit, they put them onto other ones. As the result, the accumulation of dead bodies became like a small hill, which is the prototype of ancient tumuluses for the Emperor. A huge tumulus like a small hill was built for each emperor and its form was the result of accumulation of interments.

  • treat 扱う
  • diffuse 広まる
  • earth 土
  • limit 限界
  • prototype 原型
  • tumulus 古墳
  • interment 土葬

Japanese people in ancient times believed that death is returning to nature, and that the deceased become part of nature, or God. The essence of Shintoism is offering gratitude to Great Nature(=God)that gives them everything. So they offererd gratitude to the dead, too. This is why they devoted the magnetism of gratitude to ancestral spirits on a stated day or in a stated season in accordance with the movement of the sun.

  • essense 本質
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • stated 決まった
  • ancestral 先祖の
  • accordance 一致

Modern Buddhism is very costly and perform unnecessary rituals. It’s a shame that they lack the point of view, or the deeds, of offering gratitude to the dead. I hope all Buddhist sects adopt rituals that express gratitude to the dead and hold rituals at local temples to pray for the repose of the deceased. It’s unavoidable that Buddhist temples are dependant on  contributions from local people for their living expenses. I think it’s necessary for them to conduct activities based on their conscience so that local people can contribute to the temple of their own accord.

  • costly お金がかかる
  • unnecessary 不必要な
  • shame 残念な
  • deed 行い
  • conscience 良心
  • contribute 献金する

It was a mistake for Shintoism to hand over its role to hold funerals to Buddhism. Since Shintoism separated the dead from God due to the concept of impurity, Shintoism has lost its true ancient spirituality. I think Shinto Shrines have developed in such a way that they keep God to themselves and treat God as if God were a patented article.

  • hand over A Aを手渡す
  • funeral 葬式
  • impurity 汚れ
  • keep A to oneself Aを独り占めする
  • patented 特許を取られた

As more and more schools of Shintoism make up their original prayers, they have come to be self-assertive. Such prayers are meaningless for God. Ohara-e-no-kotoba(大祓詞) is the only prayer that reaches the World of Gods. It’s important to restore the deeds of offering gratitude to both God and the dead without separating them.

  • prayer 祝詞
  • self-assertive 独善的な
  • offer 捧げる
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

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Diary on a Trip to Ise PART 6

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Then next, we visited Saminaga shrine(佐美長神社) near Izawa-no-miya(伊雑宮). I had never been to the shrine. It was a small shrine without a resident shinto priest, but it was very clean and pure. What I always feel amazing about Ise Grand Shrine is that any small shrine belonging to Ise Grand Shrine is spiritually clean and pure. The style of the main buildings of these small shrines are the same, a miniature of the main buildings of Naiku and Geku. But just preserving the traditional architectural style doesn’t keep the shrines spiritually clean.

  • shinto priest 神官
  • miniature ミニチュア
  • preserve 保持する
  • spiritually 霊的に

Well, what keeps them spiritually clean and pure? I gave it a thought walking in the precinct of Saminaga shrine surrounded by trees. Looking down at the grave path, I found that there was no fallen leaves on it. There being a lot of trees in the precinct, a lot of leaves should fall on the ground. Yes, there is someone who keeps it clean with care every day. Such labor and cost for the maintenance would be huge.

  • give A a thought Aを考えてみる
  • precinct 境内
  • surround  囲む
  • grave 砂利
  • huge 莫大な

In the World of Reality, it is human beings with God inside that make the holy energy manifest itself by taking care of shrines which are made from natural trees and stones. Human beings are a precious, important part of nature.

  • holy 神聖な
  • manifest oneself 顕現する
  • precious 尊い
  • part 一部

The next day, we went to MIshio-dono shrine(御塩殿神社), where salt is made used at Ise Grand Shrine. It owns a salt farm and they make salt by boiling sea water with a large caldron. Unexpectedly, the seawater for the salt farm is taken from Isuzu river. There is a water intake near the shrine, where the river flowing through the town and seawater join together. I got worried a little, thinking that domestic wasted water might mix in the river, for I had thought that the seawater is taken at some deserted coast.

  • own 所有する
  • farm 田んぼ
  • caldron 釜
  • intake 河口
  • domestic 家庭の
  • deserted 人気のない

During the two days of my trip, I visited not a few small shrines. Every time I visited a shrine, I just left my gratitude toward God there, saying “I am grateful for being kept alive.” As I offered my gratitude for being kept alive to the shrines I visited over and over, I was gradually filled with energy mentally and physically. I felt as if God said to me “Then, I’ll keep you alive.”

  • not a few A たくさんのA
  • every time S+V SがVする度に
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • fill 満たす

The next day was the last day of my trip to Ise. After finishing my work, I was going to undergo a special shinto ceremony at Naiku and Geku of Ise Grand Shrine for the first time. Having made donations to Ise Grand Shrine many times before, I had a lot of special tickets for the ceremony. But I had failed to receive the ceremony because of timing and its dress code. I said goodbye to Mr.H in front of the entrance of Geku. It was getting dark outside.

To be continued.

  • undergo 受ける
  • ceremony 儀式
  • donation 献金
  • fail to~ 〜しない

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Becoming Mentally Ill Stops Time

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“It has become difficult for companies to borrow money from banks these days,” lots of people from my work say. It used to be easy for a company to borrow, say 20 million yen a month, from a bank. But now it’s impossible without putting up collateral or another guarantor.

  • borrow  借りる
  • these days 近頃
  • collateral 担保
  • guarantor 保証人

I hear that it is difficult for a person to convert a housing loan to another low interest one without an additional guarantor. An acquaintance of mine told me that he was told by a bank to make his wife’s father another guarantor in converting his present housing loan. He was angry about that.

  • convert 帰る
  • acquaintance 知人
  • angry 怒った

I also hear that more and more regional banks are going bankrupt in the U.S.. If banks in Japan go bankrupt and payoff system is introduced, presidents of small companies will be forced into difficult situations. I hope for the improvement of this kind of financial system.

  • more and more A ますます多くのA
  • regional bank 地方銀行
  • bankrupt  破産した
  • introduce 導入する
  • improvement 改善

By the way, I saw a documentary program on TV the other day, where a homeless man was being interviewed, whose job was to sell an information magazine, by a reporter. He stands on a street all day to sell the magazine he purchased and when he sells a copy, he can pocket about 100 yen as profit. He used to be a day laborer working at construction sites, but one day he broke his leg and got fired.

  • by the way ところで
  • all day 一日中
  • purchase 購入する
  • profit 利益
  • day labor 日雇い
  • construction 工事

The reporter said to him “It’s easy to receive welfare if you visit the public park where volunteers distribute boiled rice to day laborers.” The homeless man said “I won’t. I can still walk. If I receive welfare, I don’t think I can bring myself to work again.” Seeing him trying to live his hard life as far as he could, I felt admiration for him. From God’s perspective, he would look shining more than a man working for a big company complaining all the time.

  • welfare 生活保護
  • distribute 配る
  • admiration 感心
  • perspective 観点
  • shine 輝く

Problems occur one after another in this World of Reality. But as long as you keep your mind healthy, you problems never fail to change with time and your agony will be over. If you become mentally ill, in contrast, the lapse of time stops and you’ll go through hell. And when you die in this state of mind, your agony is fixed. So it’s important to take care of your mind all the time.

  • one after another 次から次へと
  • never fail to~ 必ず〜する
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • in contrast 対照的に
  • lapse 経過
  • state 状態
  • fix 固定する

A practical method for maintaining yourself mentally is holding grateful memorial services for your ancestral spirits and yourself, which can discharge your unnecessary negative magnetism.

  • practical 実践的な
  • maintain 維持する
  • grateful 感謝の
  • discharge 放電させる

In holding a memorial service for your ancestors with the use of three incense sticks,

  1. Offer the first incense stick for your male ancestral spirts, then the second one for female ones.
  2. Offer the third one for other spirits related to you.

In offering them, don’t call a particular name because there are a lot of dead people you don’t know or you’re not aware of. If you call some name, you can’t appease other spirits or living spirits affecting you and as a result your memorial services become ineffective.

  • ancestor 先祖
  • particular 特定の
  • aware  気づいて
  • appease 慰める
  • affect 影響する
  • ineffective 効果がない

You don’t know all of the spirits related to you. So, all you have to do is do what you should in this world and leave the rest to the other world. Calm spirits take care of other spirits who need help, using the magnetism of your gratitude. If you have some dead person you’re especially worried about, just think of the person when you offer the third incense stick. If you’ve come to forget to think of him/her, it means the person has already rested in peace.

  • rest 残り
  • leave A to B AをBに任せる
  • calm 落ち着いた
  • especially 特に
  • rest 休息する

If you’re going through hardships, call your name and offer one more incense stick during the service, saying “YOUR FULL NAME, I am grateful for being kept alive” after offering the third incense stick. This is called a memorial service for yourself. But this is a method only for a special occasion where you’re mentally troubled. In normal cases, you don’t have to do this. This cheers you up spiritually. Do your best whatever happens. Everyone has had trying experiences.

  • hardships 困難
  • occasion 機会
  • cheer 元気付ける
  • trying 困難な

If you’re reluctant to hold a memorial service for your ancestors, it’s OK. You don’t need to. If you do it against your will, the memorial service becomes for the sake of yourself, not your ancestors. And you can get antsy all the more. It’s important that you hold a grateful memorial service for your ancestral spirits naturally when you feel like doing it.

  • reluctant 気が進まない
  • against one’s will 意思に反して
  • get antsy 不安になる
  • feel like ~ing 〜したい気がする

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When in Doubt, Do Nowt.

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There are a lot of people worrying about job-changing or divorce. They’re not so sure about their future after making a decision that they can’t decide whether to do it or not.

  •  job-changing  転職
  • divorce 離婚
  • whether  S+V SがVするかどうか

One of the major differences between humans and animals is the ability to imagine and worry, for better or worse. Animals are, at it were, in the state of Kannagara(カンナガラ), or the state of being with God. They behave by “right” instinct without worry. They concentrate on here and now. When they feel stressed, they try to avoid the cause of the stress naturally. Humans , living in society, cannot trust their “right” instinct more often than not.

  • difference 違い
  • ability 能力
  • for better or worse 善かれ悪しかれ
  • instinct 本能
  • concentrate 集中する
  • more often than not しばしば

One of the methods for exerting your right instinctive power is holding grateful memorial services for your ancestors and reminding yourself of gratitude for being kept alive, which reduce your unnecessary negative magnetism. Magnetism of gratitude enables you to see your problems objectively.

  • exert  発揮する
  • grateful 感謝の
  • remind A of B AにBを思い出させる
  • reduce 減らす
  • magnetism 磁気
  • enable A to~  Aが〜するのを可能にする

* Do not take action as long as you’re worried about the problem.

If you practice what accumulates your magnetism of gratitude, you can consider divorce, guessing what your life would be like or the cost of living after the divorce. If you’re not sure about your life after the divorce, you had better not hurry because if you’re worrying about something while holding memorial services for your ancestors every day, there is a high probability that your ancestral spirits are against your idea.

  • accumulate 蓄積させる
  • consider 考える
  • had better not ~  〜しないほうがよい
  • probability 可能性

Or, if you leave the judgement to another person or a psychic medium who demands money, you cannot make a right decision because unnecessary spiritual magnetism like dirt prevents you from receiving messages from your ancestral spirits. You could fall prey to the psychic medium and become a good customer who bring him/her a lot of money. You would end up in having more problems, causing regrettable results.

  • leave A to B AをBに任せる
  • demand 要求する
  • prevent 妨げる
  • fall prey 餌食になる
  • regrettable 後悔するような

Your ancestral spirits are watching over you all the time because you’re connected to them by your spiritual line. Irresponsible advice given by self-claimed psychics is rubbish who make a living exploiting unfortunate people. Asking such people for advice is due to your confused mind.

  • watch over A  Aを見守る
  • all the time いつも
  • spiritual line 霊線
  • self-claimed 自称の
  • exploit 利用する
  • rubbish ゴミ

*Ponder and make a decision about your problem after reminding yourself of gratitude.

Do this, and you’ll have no regret. If you do whatever you can and consider the problem,  you won’t regret the result. If you do this by halves, you’ll regret having followed the advice from another person, thinking “There may have been another better way….”

  • ponder よく考える
  • regret 後悔
  • by halves 中途半端に
  • another 他の

While you live in this World of Reality, you’re connected to your ancestral spirits by the spiritual line of your family line. Begin cut off from the spiritual line means the death of your physical body. Instead of asking others for help, you should make the most of your spiritual line, through which life energy flows into you as well. This method of using your spiritual line causes good change in this World of Reality the fastest and most safely.

  • family line 家系
  • death 死
  • instead of A Aの代わりに
  • make the most of A  Aを最大限に利用する

Calm ancestral spirits are in so near a dimension to the World of Reality that they can have influence on their descendants. Also, the time they lived in this world is not so far away from the present time that they can do it appropriately and practically. Holy spirits in high dimensions, on the other hand, have difficulty tuning in to the World of Reality and tend to care nothing about personal affairs. They are apt to be anachronistic.

  • calm 落ち着いた
  • dimension 次元
  • influence 影響
  • descendant 子孫
  • tune in to A Aに波長を合わせる
  • anachronistic 時代錯誤的な

It’s no wonder that souls who left this world ten years ago and ones 3000 years ago are different in experience. The former can support your life much better than the latter. Calm ancestral spirits support their descendants like their own children until they leave the spiritual lines of their families for another trip. They are watching over the whole of your life.

  • wonder 驚き
  • experience 経験
  • the former 前者
  • the latter 後者
  • whole 全体

Once your ancestral spirits in pain get relief thanks to your memorial services, they try to protect you and repay you for your kindness in return. As you keep on holding grateful memorial services for your ancestors, more and more ancestral spirits get relief, forming a spiritual group whose mission is to protect you. This protection is like unconditional love similar to parents’ love toward their children. God has made a rule, as a means of getting through the trying human world, that those are helped who help their ancestral spirits.

  • get relief 痛みが楽になる
  • repay 恩を返す
  • kindness 親切
  • form 形成する
  • unconditional 無条件の
  • means 手段
  • trying 大変な

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I AM GRATEFUL FOR BEING KEPT ALIVE

 

What Keeps Depression Away?

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I owe what I am to grateful memorial services with the use of Yorishiro(寄り代), a medium for spirits to stay at temporarily, and three incense sticks. I’ve been doing this for about 25 years. If I hadn’t started to do this, my life would be very different.

  • owe A to B AがあるのはBのお陰だ
  • incense stick 線香
  • different 違った

I have a family. I’ve been working for about twenty years without suffering from any disease. I’m so healthy that I can dash 500 meters on a slope every day. However, since I’ve been working on the night shift these days, my sense of time is totally out of touch with the normal one. Time seems to fly so fast. Though a holy spirit has told me about the acceleration of time before, I’m not sure if my present sense of time is due to my work or what the holy spirit told me about. I feel as if I were watching pictures in a fast forward manner.

  • suffer  苦しむ
  • disease 病気
  • slope 坂道
  • acceleration 加速
  • fast forward 早送り

As time accelerates, I look younger and younger. The other day, when I get back home after having my hair cut, my wife said to me “You look like a boy!” lol  Now that I’m way over forty years old, I don’t know if I should be pleased at what my wife said.

  • the other day 先日
  • now that S+V 今やSはVするので
  • be pleased 喜ぶ

When I was a high school student, I would often suffer from spiritual problems. Every time I passed by a memorial monument or a crash site, I suffered from depression after I arrived home. I didn’t know how to appease spirits, so I was affected directly by them.

  • would often ~ よく〜したものだ
  • every time S+V  SがVする度に
  • memorial monument 慰霊碑
  • depression 鬱
  • appease 慰める

When I was in college, I experienced panic disorder several times. This was due to spirit possession. The moment I felt a spirit got on the back of my neck, my limbs got rigid and my heart started pounding. I perceived great icy sadness encroaching on my body as if I was watching myself objectively from above.

  • disorder 障害
  • spirit possession 憑依
  • rigid 硬い
  • sadness 悲しみ
  • encroach 侵入する

Thanks to these experiences, I know how effective grateful memorial services for ancestors is and I can sympathize with readers of this blog suffering from spiritual problems. Now I know that my holy spirit led me to experience these on purpose.

  • thanks to A Aのお陰で
  • effective 効果がある
  • sympathize 同情する
  • lead A to~  Aに〜するよう仕向ける

You may not be so interested in spiritual things nor affected by spirits now, but it is possible that you will suffer in the future ahead, for as the electromagnetic waves from the sun get intense, spirits hiding in your spiritual body can appear on the surface. I feel such people will increase rapidly.

  • possible  ありえる
  • electromagnetic wave 電磁波
  • intense 強烈な
  • surface 表面
  • rapidly 急速に

Also, if you’re under the influence of wandering spirits other than ancestral spirits because of the clogging of your spiritual line, you life force, which flows into you from the Primordial Being, will decrease. In this case, your depression is likely to be diagnosed as psychiatric disorder, but it is not cured by medical science in the true sense, for drugs can only make the whole mental activities slow down.

  • influence 影響
  • wander うろつく
  • clogging 詰まり
  • primordial 根源の
  • diagnose 診断する

Depression makes you go through hell on earth. Do not even think that you want to experience it because such a mere thought can cause you true depression. If you should feel something is wrong with you, get a hold of yourself. Once you’ve got depressed, all of your efforts are wasted.

  • hell on earth 生き地獄
  • mere 単なる
  • get a hold of A Aをしっかり保つ
  • waste 無駄にする

If you’ve already have depression,

* Go to the doctor and take medicine at the direction of the doctor.

* Find out what you should be grateful of in your daily lives.

*Drink one litter of hot water a day with o.1 g of sea salt in it.

*Take stretching exercise or light walking exercise.

*Take meals of well-balanced nutrition.

*Clean your room.

*Hold memorial services for your ancestral spirits with the use of three incense sticks. Make sure later that the fire of the incense sticks is out. If you’re afraid to hold a memorial service, you don’t need to.

*Try to be grateful for being kept alive and remind yourself of gratitude toward your ancestors or dead children in everyday life.

  • direction 指示
  • nutrition 栄養
  • be afraid to~ 怖くて〜することができない
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

These things above are not necessarily what you have to do. Decide what you can do by yourself. Don’t be upset. Look at the situation patiently without haste. Holding grateful memorial services for your ancestors and reminding yourself of gratitude for being kept alive, which make you aware of the starting point of life and death, keep depression away. It will determine your destiny whether you put these into practice or not.

  • necessarily 必ず
  • patiently 辛抱強く
  • aware 気づいて
  • starting point 原点
  • keep A away Aを寄せ付けない
  • determine 決定づける

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Being Positive Heals Sick Families and Friends

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There seem a lot of people who have depressed and anguished feelings, caring about sick families. They have to know that they can’t cure others’ diseases however hard they worry. Worrying too much would damage their own health, which makes the situation much worse.

  • depressed 憂鬱な
  • anguished 苦悶の
  • relative 親戚
  • disease 病気
  • situation 状況

Diseases are a consequence of your state of mind. Modern medicine can deal with the consequence as a supportive measure. Techniques of modern medicine have developed largely to be sure, but the fundamental cause of diseases is still unknown and often not paid attention to. It’s been regarded as outside of medical science and in the field of psychology or religion somehow.

  • consequence 結果
  • state 状態
  • modern 現代の
  • fundamental 根本的な

This is because human beings don’t know why life arises, after all. If invisible human mind is unraveled by science, the universe, seemingly unrelated to human mind, will be unraveled, too.

  • arise 生じる
  • invisible 見えない
  • unravel 解明する
  • unrelated 無関係の

The universe has the only one mind, which is the same as yours. People can understand each other’s emotional pain. This is not so much because they have the ability to imagine as because they share the same mind. Imagine you have a family or friend suffering from a disease. At this very moment, your mind is near the person. So, if you lift up your heart and send your gratitude to the person, you can heal him/her without saying anything. This is what true spiritual healers do.

  • emotional 感情的な
  • ability 能力
  • share 共有する
  • imagine 想像する
  • suffer 苦しむ
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

Or, what if your child is mentally ill? Then you must not be pessimistic about your child’s future, spending your time in a blue mood. Enjoy your life and live positively, which will do much good to your child. Your child may make sarcastic remarks like “You look happy don’t you, huh?” But, at the bottom of his/her heart, your child is feeling relieved.

  • pessimistic 悲観的な
  • positively 積極的に
  • sarcastic 皮肉な

Most traditional religions or spiritual methods are apt to make people feel gloomy. They oppress people and make them depressed, for if the believers or clients should awaken and become light of heart, such religious groups or healers can’t make money or maintain their organizations by threatening or instilling a feeling of fear into them. Also, nonsensical incantations are no better than a placebo. It can only give you a false, temporary feeling of relief.

  • traditional 従来の
  • gloomy 陰鬱な
  • oppress 抑圧する
  • threaten 脅す
  • instill 植え付ける
  • incantation 呪文
  • false 偽の

You are like an end of a rope extending from the one and only mind, namely the Primordial Being. The part between you and the mind is like your ancestors. If the rope had been broken, you wouldn’t be here. Even if it’s not broken, the loosen fibers of the rope make the end loose.  Holding grateful memorial services for your ancestral spirits and reminding yourself of gratitude toward the one and only mind bunches the loosen fibers together and braces up the whole rope.

  • primordial 原初の
  • fiber 繊維
  • remind 思い出させる
  • bunch  束ねる
  • brace up A Aを引き締める

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Smoke of Incense Sticks has the Power to Cut off Negative Magnetism

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In my opinion, bad dreams are phenomena that happen instead of the realization of them. I think that bad dreams are not to be realized in the World of Reality and their negative energy is sublimated in the dreams. For example, if you have a bad dream of a car crash, you will drive more carefully or stop driving for a while. As the result, you can avoid a car accident. If you have a good dream, on the other hand, you might make more effort so as to realize the dream, which may make it happen.

  • opinion 意見
  • phenomena 現象
  • sublimate 昇華させる
  • car crash 衝突事故
  • on the other hand 一方
  • effort 努力

There is a good way to prevent bad dreams from happening intentionallyーholding thankful memorial services for your ancestral spirits with the use of three incense sticks. Holding such a memorial service every day, even for a couple of minutes, generates magnetism of gratitude, and this magnetism counteracts accumulated negative energy. The simple action of a few minutes in the morning like this can offset what otherwise would happen later that day. Magnetism of gratitude does neutralize accumulated negative magnetism.

  • prevent 妨げる
  • intentionally  意図的に
  • thankful 感謝の
  • ancestral 先祖の
  • incense stick 線香
  • generate 発生する
  • magnetism 磁気
  • counteract 相殺する
  • otherwise さもなければ

Smoke of incense sticks is very effective not only for appeasing ancestral spirits but also for cutting off negative magnetism. It’s more effective than salt. My impression is that “cutting ” or “cutting off”  is more suitable expression than “purifying.” Spiritual magnetism, or ectoplasm, looks like smoke. It differs in color and subtlety according to its dimensional level and content. I perceive that the spiritual magnetism of holy spirits, for example, has a certain color and consists of fine particles, while that of low-level evil spirits feels damp and sticky.

  • effective 効果がある
  • appease 慰める
  • cut off A  Aを切断する
  • impression 印象
  • subtlety 精妙さ
  • dimension 次元
  • consist 成る
  • particle 粒子

Spiritual magnetism and smoke of incense sticks are so similar in complexion and physical matter that the smoke can have a strong influence on spiritual magnetism. The smoke can give comfort or solace to your ancestral spirits or other spirits related to you and counteracts negative spiritual magnetism.

  • similar 似ている
  • complexion 様相
  • influence 影響
  • solace 慰め

I know various kinds of methods to corp with evil spirits, whose spiritual magnetism is negative,  but the use of incense sticks is one of the most effective methods for repelling them. This is derived from a secret ceremony of Taoism and very effective in cutting off a target. Incantations or prayers can’t match the power of smoke of incense sticks. One of the reasons that the successive Imperial Families have adopted Taoism in performing rites is that an Emperor who first adopted it was very surprised at the effectiveness of smoke of incense sticks.

  • varous 様々な
  • corp with A Aに対処する
  • repel 撃退する
  • be derived 由来する
  • Taoism 道教
  • target 対象
  • match 敵う
  • the Imperial Family 皇室
  • successive 歴代の

The secret ritual with the use of incense sticks is not performed in modern shintoism. But incense sticks used to be used at rituals in the past when Taoism was introduced in shintoism.  I feel the secret ritual was passed down to the Imperial House and became the origin of Kodo(香道), the cult of incense-burning. In Taoism, long incense sticks are still used in performing rituals.

  • modern  現代の
  • used to~ 〜したものだった
  • pass down A Aを伝える
  • origin 起源

The essence of my personal method of holding the memorial service with the use of incense sticks lies in spiritual phrases and the timing of saying them. While you’re holding a memorial service, great things are happening in the other world you cannot see. The smoke of the third incense stick for other spirits related to you keeps you away from negative spiritual magnetism of evil spirits and erases your own negative magnetism.

  • personal 個人的な
  • lie 在る
  • the other world あの世
  • keep A away from B AをBから遠ざける

However hard you try to cover up your own bad things, you can’t bring good fortune as long as you keep it inside. The World of Reality is where you get something with a struggle. Running away from reality gets you nowhere. I don’t recommend my personal method to anyone, especially those who lack the will to practice it on their own, because it can have adverse effect on such people. The holy spirit helps those spiritually who try to help themselves and others gratuitously.

  • however~ どれくらい〜でも
  • cover up A Aを隠す
  • fortune 運
  • struggle 苦闘
  • get A nowhere どうにもならない
  • lack 欠く
  • adverse effect 逆効果
  • gratuitously 無償で

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