During the crisis, many of us became survival-oriented and might have done things like panic-buying toilet paper and foods. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜† Or, (after doing all that), some of us may be forced to be awakened with some urge to be the service of others. Everyone was facing difficulties at that time, but we were not the only one suffering. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜„

We all have different talents and abilities to contribute to the world. Some are already doing what they love. But since this crisis began, it seems to me that we are now forced to rethink and reevaluate the meaning of what we do. For some, they may decide not to continue doing what they are doing, so quit their jobs or get a divorce. For others, they continue to do what they do but with different motivation.

For example, I am a therapist. I believe this pandemic has made everyone aware of the importance of their own health, as well as emotional, physical and mental well-being (also the current health care system). The need for healing is as urgent as food and other essentials. I have become more convinced that I am in the position to serve this need to others, and have the right skills to do so. โœจ๐Ÿ’ช

Now I am motived to heal myself as well as help others heal at a much deeper level so that we can live our life with our full potential. And this has become my strongest passion. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ

By helping people heal, these healed individuals, who each has different and unique skills and talents, will contribute to the world in their own way. Because when our health improves, and we are healed physically mentally and emotionally, we naturally want to do good things to ourselves, as well as to others and to the world.

The more of us are healed, the more positive and happy people there will be; thus, the world becomes a better place. Over-simplified but something like that. ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ˜‚โœŒ๏ธ

It is impossible I alone can change the world. What only one person can do is small but can have a ripple effect by healing small numbers of people, and those people will affect positively around their world, and they may really change the world, who knows? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜

To live a life with passion and feeling of truly being alive, we need to be clear on what we really want to do without lying to ourselves. We must find a way to serve others to make the world a better place by doing what we love. Not by doing something that makes you look better, makes your parents happy and proud, or gives you more financial security or status, etc. In a new world which has just started, you cannot afford to live your life with a lie. You need to really tune into yourself and find what truly motivates you and what makes you happy and love yourself.

๐Ÿ’“ So, ask yourself, at the bottom of your heart, what you really love to do, and find a way to do it. Just try and see what happens. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜

Photo taken in Yahiko Ropeway, Niigata ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต MAY 2019

โ˜ฏ๏ธ Taoist teaching emphasises the importance of cultivating the connection with our heart and virtuous emotions such as love, kindness, compassion, honesty, etc. ๐Ÿ’š As you incorporate some form of spiritual practices in your life, you may feel the increased vital and spiritual energy which starts to improve all aspects of your being physically, emotionally and mentally. However, if you do not consciously and actively dedicate yourself to cultivate such virtuous energies within yourself and to connect with your heart, this accumulated energy can easily flood to your negative aspects of yourself and emotions. Negative aspects are your weakness, shadow, lack, or unhealed part of you, which can drive you to act in a certain way unconsciously. Therefore, if you are not healed, accumulated energy leads to exacerbation of those negative tendencies which you may have. ๐Ÿ˜–

For example, you may have experienced the increase of overall energy through spiritual practices. But if you do not make an effort to heal your shadow and weakness, you may unintentionally end up transferring all your accumulated energy to your shadow/darkness. Unconsciously you will put all your effort feeding your weakness and lack, where you feel most emotionally starved, through external sources such as money and other people. You may use your newly gained spiritual power and charisma to manipulate other people and use others as the means to satisfy your starving monster inside. We all do this, but if the person with high charisma or spiritually recognised status like gurus do this, the effect is much more harmful with more significant scale. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Having a superpower does not mean they will use it to serve the others right. Thatโ€™s why there are so many โ€˜fakeโ€™ gurus with a superpower who manipulate and try to keep their people/students powerlessness. Their people obey the guru, thus giving what a guru wants. Such 'fake' gurus may have completed unbelievable spiritual discipline, naturally gifted with a superpower or can lift themselves up from the ground against the gravity with their energy alone. But if they have not cultivated the virtue of compassion and also have not dedicated themselves to heal unleaded parts of themselves, they will continue to rely on external sources and people to feel empowered. And it is dangerous. People who do not believe their own power will immediately give their power away and depend on those gurus. ๐Ÿ™‡โ€ ๐Ÿ™‡โ€

I have come across a gifted healer who uses his power for sexual advancement, and a guru who is more concerned about their financial gain than teaching and caring for their students. On the contrary, I know many โ€˜ordinaryโ€™ people who are not interested in spiritualism or cannot lift themselves up from the ground with their energy. Still, they possess tremendous virtuous energies of compassion, love, happiness, joy, kindness, honesty, and modesty. Their presence and company simply make others happy in their day to day life. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Real masters (gurus) remind you of the truth that you are the master of yourself. True masters remind you that you have the power within and teach us how to access our own power/love.

I feel lucky and honoured to have met such a master, Tzvika Calisar, who possess compassion and love, as well as dedication and passion for spreading Seiki Shiatsu to the world. Although he does not fit to an image of the stereotypical guru ๐Ÿ˜‚, his heart can direct all his students to the path of love, compassion and healing (and I believe he has some kind of superpower). ๐Ÿ’šโ˜บ๏ธโœจ

Just to remind you again: as we become more and more awakened through spiritual practices, our own light becomes stronger and brighter, which leads us to the realisation of even stronger contrast of the opposite, our shadow and darkness. ๐Ÿ˜–Therefore, more and more, we must devote ourself to observe, acknowledge, accept and heal those shadows and darkness. ๐Ÿ’ช And compassion and the connection to our heart is the foundation and centre for this process. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’šโœจ

Photo taken at the Ueno Park, Tokyo, ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต MAY 2019

The energetic heart centre ๐Ÿ’š has been mentioned in various philosophies, traditions, spiritualism, new-age, and esoteric practices such as the chakra system and Daoism. โ˜ฏ๏ธ In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Heart is where the Spirit resides; therefore, a healthy Heart maintains a connection with our physical being and spiritual/energetic being. And this spiritual self within us connects to the universal energy. The Heart is also the centre of our mental, emotional and psychological beings so governs all the aspects of our psycho-emotional functions. The Heart is also where we receive love through the connection with other people as well as the universal love through the direct connection with the Spirit or universal source/God, whatever you want to name it. โœจโœจ

In Seiki Shiatsu, to connect to Seiki, you need to cultivate the connection with our heart first because Seiki, which means vital energy or internal healing force, is only felt inside our heart, and cannot be found by relying on sight or palpation. Seiki meaning 'life force or vital energy', is the state of primordial energy before it divides to Yin and Yang. Therefore, Seiki contains, transcends and unifies the two opposing forces of Yin and Yang, thus everything, Tao. โ˜ฏ๏ธ Therefore, it is essential that Seiki Shiatsu students develop the awareness of feeling their own heart and the connection to it by practicing meditation, bodywork and Qi-based movement exercises.

In Daoism, Mantak Chia explains that the highest virtue we can achieve is compassion. โ˜บ๏ธ And it is cultivated through the connection to our heart first, and then our heart connects to the universe. Hence, you experience the oneness of all existence. So in this state of oneness, you are the same as everyone else. There is no separation between you and the rest of others. The state of compassion comes from this experiencing of oneness with all the existence. Therefore, if some people are experiencing pain, you feel it as your own, thus you will feel the urge to help them. This state of compassion can only be achieved when you have mastered the cultivation of strength and self-love within ourselves first without relying on external sources. Otherwise, you end up mixing sympathy with compassion which are two different things.

Because the experience of direct contact to our heart can be only felt inside us but cannot be comprehended by the analytical mind. For example, you may feel it energetically and emotionally; warm sensation (Qi) emerges from your heart and spreading to the whole body, making you feel relaxed, satisfied, and appreciate everything in life. ๐Ÿ˜Š You may get the sensation of being filled with positive energy in your heart so that you are inspired to act in a certain way or just feel energised and healed. โœจ

Just like the Daoist teaching, โ€˜Dao De Jingโ€™ (Chapter One), says, โ€™The Dao that can be spoken is not a constant Dao. The name that can be named is not a constant name.โ€™ So reading numerous books about the self-help, philosophies, spiritualism, new-age, esoteric practices and understating in words and memorising the description of it ๐Ÿ“š cannot automatically connect you with your own heart. It is actually the opposite; when you let go of your analytical mind, the heart feeling emerges. ๐Ÿ’š

Some may be dedicated to practice some form of meditations and spiritual practices diligently to cultivate such a connection. Indeed, the Spirit cannot reside safely in our Heart when our mind is too busy thinking and occupied, therefore, stilling our mind and emptying chattering naturally lead to opening and connection to our heart. By making 'space' in our Heart, Spirit can enter our Heat, which gives us a sense of presence, genuine contentment and peacefulness, where universal love emerges, and where you experience oneness. That is the ultimate self-love. ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ’š

Photo taken in Niigata, Japan, ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต May 2019

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