Compass of the Times by Keiko Takahashi
Compass of the Times 159
Experiencing Being the Soul
The 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 gathering is 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.
It also enables us to continue to express our inner thoughts and aspirations to outer realities (Inside-Out); and perceive outer realities as a calling to us (Outside-In). Without a physical body, such an exchange would not be possible and the level of training of our soul would be greatly limited.
The Sense of the Soul Has Already Been Manifested
In the phenomenal world, it will seem like a special life experience if you actually feel your soul, or draw out the sense of the soul. Many of you may think “I have not had such experiences, so it is irrelevant to me.”
However, even if you, at first, appear to lead a life far from the sense of the soul, there will be a time when you are using that sense in many different scenes of life without being aware.
For example, human beings possess a pleasure-seeking principle upon birth that is to avoid pain and seek pleasure. When you try to transcend this principle to carry out something important or to inquire the essence of an issue rather than simply viewing this as good or bad, you are drawing out and using your power of the soul, even if you are unaware of it. At such a time, you are experiencing your soul.
For you, who pursue and practice the Study of the Soul*1, such occasions are not something unusual.
Day by day, you perceive incidents you encounter as Chaos*2. You think about light and darkness, as well as the possibilities and limitations that lie in Chaos, and touch it with your hand with your utmost sincerity to actualize the blueprint*3.
When you meet people, you think about the passage of life that they have gone through. You think, “What kind of parents were they born to?” or “What kind of three streams of influence*4 did they undertake?” or “What kind of aspiration did they have when they fought against their situations of life?”
These are clear signs that your soul is breathing within you in each scene of your life.
Directly Experience the Existence of the Soul
As we go through the various twists and turns of our lives, we fight against the conditions that are given to us in an attempt to search for our undying aspirations and realize our life’s mission. At such times, the manifestation of the soul becomes even more certain.
In life, there are times when we experience our soul more directly:
- The sense of openness and connection to the great existence that results from deepening our prayers in daily life
- The sense of direct contact with the soul that is brought to a person who until then had difficulties in relating to others, resulting in a wholehearted collaboration in resonance*5.
- The feeling of presence of a deceased soul brought to a person who was intimately reminiscing about the deceased.
- The feeling of firm connection and reality we feel when the barrier that had separated us from the world or from others, and that had separated the visible world from the invisible world is now melted.
In GLA, we place greatest importance on such direct experiences of the soul.
Many people have had the moment to directly experience the existence of the soul in various occasions, such as the four sacred gatherings*6, the seminars for different generations, the voluntary activities of the GLA Projects*7, and the special memorial services. Such experiences enable us to transcend our own framework that once bounded us to envision a new world. This experience,
combined with a true understanding of the Divine Truth, will bring the unwavering center to us.
*1 The Study of the Soul Book for Solving the Equation of Destiny)It is the perspective that grasps our lives from the dimension of the soul. It also refers to the system of the truth, the Divine Truth, that permeates every aspect of the human soul and the world. As opposed to “the study of phenomena” that is directed at the tangible world, the Study of the Soul is an investigation of all things, including the formless and intangible world. (excerpted and summarized from page 3 of The Reason Why You Were Born as You)
*2 Chaos Chaos harbors various possibilities and limitations; positive factors and negative factors, and both types of energy are swirling within this. Positive factors are clues or elements that lead a reality to harmony, development, or deepening, while negative factors are triggers or elements that lead a reality to confusion, stagnation, or destruction. We give a shape to Chaos as we interact with it by our heart and our actions. Once we touch it by our hand and give it a form, it never returns to its original state. As spilt water cannot be returned to its container, fixation of Chaos is an irreversible phenomenon. This is the reason why it becomes decisively important in how we interact with Chaos and with what state of mind. (excerpted and summarized from pages 133-137 of We Can Change the Future (available only in Japanese))
*3 Blueprint There is a blueprint for everything. When we wish to accomplish something, we must first remember the fact that a blueprint exists—an image of what should be there from the start. This means there are answers to be sought in all cases and ways to access them. Putting it in other words, there is always a best possible path to take in any situation. (excerpted and summarized from Chapter 2 of The Soul Doctrine as a Way of Life, available in late July)
*4 Three Streams of Influence These are the conditions of life that all humans bear without exception. The conditions are: family which symbolizes values and ways of life flowing in from parents and lineage; place which represents values and way of life flowing in from country, land, region, industry, company, etc.; and era which indicates values and information flowing in from the times. (excerpted
and summarized from page 116 of Book for Solving the Equation of Destiny (available only in Japanese))
*5 Collaboration in Resonance Collaboration in resonance means for those individuals with different personalities to work together in harmony. It is none other than creating a new world together with those who share a strong bond by voluntarily providing the world that each person possesses. (excerpted and summarized from page 6 of The Grand Challenge)
*6 Four Sacred Gatherings (Shi-sei-jitsu) Four sacred gatherings means the four important gatherings of GLA: #1. The beginning of a new year, #2. The anniversary of the founding of GLA (April 8), #3. The commemoration of the day when the founder, Master Shinji Takahashi returned to heaven (June 25), and #4. The time of conclusion of the year. These gatherings are held in hope that we use opportunities to reconsider our way of living by deeply accepting the “essential meaning of the time.”
*7 Project Activities In the project activities of GLA, volunteer activities and learning will occur simultaneously while members take part in the operation of the seminars, or while supporting the members’ daily activities. During the project activities, we place importance on the spirit that every participant joins the activity as an individual soul and as an individual human being. (excerpted and summarized from page 75 of Reversing Destiny, available only in Japanese)
Excerpt Translation of G. Monthly Journal June 2017 issue
Preliminary translation as of June, 2017
GLA member-volunteers translated Takahashi Sensei’s words.
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