The Real Meaning of Uketamo: Thoughts, Expectations, Experiences and Emotions
We use our senses to absorb stimulus from the world. In other words, stimulus passes through to our brains through our senses. But as much as possible we need to take these senses for what they are, rather than allowing our brains to interfere. We need to take these initial senses for what they are. We shouldn’t put our own thoughts, our own expectations, our own experiences, nor our own emotions into these senses. That is what Master Hoshino means when he says that our brains are getting in the way.
If we live how we sense, things will go well. It is our thoughts, our expectations, our experiences, and our emotions that affect the stimulus the world is trying to give us.
Sensing without thoughts, expectations, experiences, nor emotions is 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.
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