Believing in the invisible
Any conversation that starts with a ‘you’re going to think I’m stupid, but…’ is going to be good. I had a Japanese friend recently tell me that they had been going through a rough patch, and to get over it, she would put a pile of salt at the door to ward off the evil, and brush their shoulders every time they entered the house to, you know, brush off the evil.
I see nothing wrong with this, and I don’t think it’s stupid. Although it’s not at all scientific and based solely on superstition, something humans invented, these simple acts are having a positive effect on my friend. She clearly stated that it was spiritual and not at all religious, so what’s wrong with that?
We are all extremely lucky to be alive, I remind myself of this everyday even when I’m feeling down. And if believing in the invisible has the effect of pulling you out of a rut, I say go with it. Just don’t push it on other people.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.
I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.
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