Once you’re on the path, and there’s no control, what to do?
When a crisis or some unexpected tragedy strikes, if it’s happened before, it doesn’t hurt as much. Or, more accurately, there isn’t as much compounding as you’d maybe expect. You can in a way prepare yourself mentally for these catastrophes by simulating a catastrophe mentally, or by challenging yourself to overcome, well, challenges. I think this is one of the huge benefits of Yamabushi training. It is entirely unpredictable, even the master doesn’t know where exactly the path will take them until they’re actually on it, and once you’re on the path, there’s no control. Best to surrender and go with it rather than trying to go against the tide. This, in essence, is Uketamo. Unfortunately, there are some things you can only learn from experience, but you can take solace in the fact that once you have these experiences, the next time something similar comes along, you’ll be better prepared. This is also Uketamo.
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.
On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.
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