A Johrei Safe-haven: Gateway to Emily's Prayer Alter
Johrei: Unknown Eastern Spiritual Methodologies
From time to time, I go back and re-think some of my old articles, that is hubs. I ask myself, "What happened that caused my readers to miss the point, or the lesson, that was given?" Was it something I did, or failed to do? Was the concept too difficult? Johrei is not a difficult thing to grasp. It is just a healing method, conceived of by a Japanese person, a while ago, that works, the same as prayer works. But one may ask, "Does prayer really work, or is it all in one's head?" The question, "Does it work? is a good question. Prayer either works or it does not work. I tell you, it can work. I have seen it work, even though I am a researcher, a scientist, and a business profession, and someone that no one would expect to believe in the healing power of prayer. But again, I am a theologian also. Maybe not a great theologian, like the one's found in Ivory Towers in academia (like Harvard, Yale, Duke, the University of Chicago or Vanderbilt). By the way I do have a graduate degree from Vanderbilt, the Divinity School, but I am not as bright as some of the great scholars I studied under. At one point in my life I did want to be a Jesuit, and did have an opportunity to study under some of them, the greatest of all being Father O'Malley, or more formally, you can present him as being "The Reverent John W. O'Malley, S.J., a University Professor in the Department of Theology, at Georgetown University. I was very fortunate to have been able to study under a scholar as great as this one. I will probable never be fortunate enough to hear him lecture again.
The point I am making is, Johrei is a healing methodology. It is called by many "The Medical Art of Japan." I have seen it used to heal people. I have seen it work, to heal, with my own eyes. "Seeing is believing," when the eyes are in the head of a scholar. I am not saying that you can believe everything that you see. One can be deceived, I suppose.
Anyway, I have re-published this hub on Johrei for those who want to re-read it. I will write more on Johrei if there are those who express a sincere interest in it.
Johrei is a simple spiritual methodology to practice, but a difficult one to talk about. I first encountered Johrei while living in Gotemba, Japan for 4 years among my Japanese friends there. Akemi Sato, a Japanese friend from whom I met while living in Japan, accompanied me (as a guide) to a professional conference, where MOA International members were displaying Japanese Nature Farmed foods, and teaching Johrei approaches. It was a good day for Akemi and I as we traveled to and from the conference and learned approaches to growing foods and healing that we had not considered before. I am fairly certain that Akemi also found Johrei and Japanese Nature farming of great interest to her.
The geographical niche in which I live and work (and practice Johrei, Japanese Nature farming, and other spiritual methodologies) have become a magnet (The Enchanted Valley of Mamushi), that attracts many visitors who come here to learn who they are, where they come from, and how they fit into the overall scheme of Live. Sometimes people come, not knowing why they have come. They just come to valley to find whatever they can find.
Emily came to the valley to help raise foods for the poor, the homeless, and just for the Joy of it. She was an M.Div. study, studying at the Divinity School at the Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a Texan who had made her way to Nashville to prepare herself for a ministry, for a life's work of helping others.
She helped to organize and launch Mamushi Nature Farm Initiatives, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization for "the relief of hunger" in the world. She planted the first Three Sisters' Garden in the Enchanted Valley of Mamushi, and she also created a Prayer Site, I call it a Johrei Alter, and she left behind a spiritual presence, a sense of having been here in the valley that will always be here.
Emily has no idea how great her impact had been on the valley or how her "mark" has been etched upon the site that we call "Emily's Garden."
This discourse has not gone very deeply into the concept of Johrei, what it is, or how it works. At some point, I will have to write another discourse on Johrei, the method. Johrei is a simple concept to apply, like the concept of "prayer," and it is powerful, just as the idea of prayer is powerful.
Thank you for reading my work, as always, and "as you go, Peace."
Regards, Dr. Haddox