Compass of the Times
In response to each individual’s wish to pursue more of the Study of the Soul, Takahashi Sensei provides us with Words of the Month and Compass of the Times each month, which, interrelated to each other, serve not only as clues for our studies and practice, but also as monthly guidelines for living our lives.
July 2017 Compass of the Times 160
Ask What Should Be Your Decisive ChoicesWhat Are Your Choices for Today?
How rich the reality of our world would be if we were able to see every possibility that existed at any given moment?
Yet, we are not able to live while simultaneously observing every possibility. Just as we are not able to exist in two places at the same time, we normally choose one possibility out of many to act upon, which also means to discard many other possibilities.
June 2017 Compass of the Times 159
Experiencing Being the SoulThe Month to Deepen the Meaning of Having a Physical Body (Utsushi-mi)
In the month of June when it is officially the beginning of summer, GLA holds the Gathering of Utsushi-mi to commemorate the day when the founder of GLA, Master Shinji Takahashi returned to heaven.
This gatheringis to ascertain the meaning of the eternal soul to live in this world in the physical body or Utsushi-mi.
Having a physical body is the very reason why we can create various realities in the phenomenal world, and learn much from incidents and encounters that happen in reality.
May 2017 Compass of the Times 158
Transcending InequalitiesOur Lives Are Not Equal
This month, I would like to think about one example of the resolve that we must have as we lead our lives. That is, “Our lives are not equal to one another.”
As the three streams of influence which are the basic conditions of life in the Study of the Soul indicate, it is never the case that our lives are all exactly the same as one another, even when we share something in common. Each person’s life is different in many respects.
April 2017 Compass of the Times 157
To Gain the Fundamental Power of the Heart and MindThe Future of Educational Reform
The educational system of Japan is about to undergo seemingly the largest reform of the postwar period.
Japanese education until now has valued education as a route for children to absorb information and acquire knowledge. It is not an exaggeration to say that excessive emphasis has been put on this.
March 2017 Compass of the Times 156
To Be ConsistentTo Begin from a Single Principle
“I want to live a life based on the Study of the Soul*1, but such a life is difficult,” some of you may feel.
In a sense, this feeling is natural because a life based on the Divine Truth has multiple aspects and often differs from the ways you were taught through your birth and upbringing.
February 2017 Compass of the Times 155
To AccumulateInvitation to a Grand Challenge
A month has passed since the new year began and I presume that your daily lives have regained their calm. Even so, there might be those of you who want to review your goals and aspirations for this year.
If you are one who seeks such a review, I would like you to think about a “grand challenge.” I suggest this because sometimes it happens that the path that you should take becomes visible for the first time by finding a grand aim or far-reaching aspiration.
January 2017 Compass of the Times 154
Uphold Your IdealsLife in the Era of Chaos
Happy New Year.
I sincerely pray that the year 2017 will be an even better year for everyone.
I believe the year 2016 was the one in which we became acutely aware that each of us lives in the era of Chaos and are placed in a state of confusion.