July 12, 2011
12 Jul 2011

Understanding the messages of dreams

Dreams often have a much deeper meaning than assumed. The same dream image has different meanings for different people. This is why we need much more than a dream-dictionary to make sense of it.

Most of the time dreams reveal aspects of ourselves that we are not very aware of. It presents them as other people, places, or objects, like a magic mirror, where different part of our self can be interacted with and experienced.

Other times, dreams give you valuable information about situations you are confronting in life, that you may not be able to see with your day-to-day mind, but are aware of it at a deeper level.

Dreams are great tool to learn about our inner world. The dynamics of this inner world are always reflected in our everyday life.
For example, if you need to slow down a bit and rest, you may get a dream about someone being lazy. In real life, you may catch a cold. and be in bed for a few days, or something would happen that would make you stop what you are doing. Usually you get the dream first, and if you understood that your ‘wiser’ self is telling you to slow down, and you listened to the advice, then the cold, or other events may not be necessary.

But how can you get the meaning of the dream? Especially since ‘lazy’ is something bad you don’t want to identify with.
Well, the answer could be as easy as trying to find the neutral, non-judgmental idea that ‘lazy’ could represent.
This may not happen in one step, but a few, as in the following dialogue:
- What does lazy mean?
- Someone who doesn’t do things they need to do, but prefers to rest.
- So what is the less judgmental aspect of that ?
- Someone who rests.

Well, it’s not always as easy as that, you get the idea.

July 6, 2011
06 Jul 2011

Paradigm shift

There is an acute need for a paradigm shift in humanity’s consciousness. The symptoms of stagnation have been here for a while. Mainstream culture keeps rehashing the same themes over and over, hoping to get some more life out of things that have been successful in the past.

The problem is… we’re not in the past anymore. What is the point for the 80-‘s to come back ? What is the point of remaking ‘Blade Runner’ ? What is the point of the same video games but with different names, same movies but with different special effects, the same old – same old rebranded as new ?

There is no point. Except that maybe we need to look at ourselves, and change the culture to reflect our true selves.

And I am not talking only art and entertainment here, but science too. For too long we had a science that was purely materialistic, with rigid institutions that would suppress anything which does not agrees with the established dogma or the views of their commercial sponsors.

The shift is happening, slowly but surely, everywhere, but you will not read about it in the mainstream media.

So what is the new paradigm?

It is for our life to reflect the totality of our deeper selves.

June 13, 2011
13 Jun 2011

Reconnecting with Japan’s ancient spirituality

I came back to London from 3 weeks’ stay in Japan a week ago, feeing finally recovered from the jetlag.

It was very nice to be reunited with my folks and friends for the first time after the March 11 tsunami & earthquake and see how they were all doing.  None of them directly got hit by tsunami but had been affected by the biggest earthquake in their lives and the radioactivity scare. Many of them seemed eager to talk about their experiences so I was happy to listen. I could also see different positions and feelings coexist in one person as well as in the society;  despair, anxiety, depression, regret, willingness to take actions to transform the society, the wish to go back to the old ways, and the need to just forget about everything and relax.  On a practical level, there are still thousands of people still missing in the northern region and many survivors are waiting for their turns to receive temporary housing.

I experienced an interesting synchronicity while I was there — three friends in separate occasions in four days recommended me to go to a shinto shrine called ‘Ise Shrine’ in western region of Japan. I of course felt that I had to follow it and planned a day trip on the only free day I had during my stay in Japan.  (About Ise Shrine;  The whole place felt more other-worldly and sacred than any other shrines that I know — a dwelling place for very ancient nature spirits. After the visit, I feel something in me have shifted. Seeing how many people are talking about the shrine (three more friends told me about it after I planned on a visit), I think many people there are also yearning to have deeper connections with the land and the ancient spirituality of Japan.

May 2, 2011
02 May 2011

Business and Unconditional Love

I could have easily named this Business vs. Unconditional Love, based on how most business is being done today.

The way I think business should be is like a dance. Ever tried Argentine Tango ? If you did you will know what I mean.

In any couples dance, both partners want to dance, or to create a dance. I see the dance  as something in itself. Just like a relationship, there are the two participants, and then there is the relationship, as an entity in itself (sometimes manifested into a child, a project, a dance).

In a true dance, nobody is trying to take advantage of the other, or make a profit off of them. (Yes, I do think the idea of chasing a profit at any cost is retarded.)

In a dance, everyone tries to be the best they can be, letting their inspiration flow spontaneously, while still within the structure created by the knowledge of the dance moves, the flow of the music, the ability of their partner, the other dancing couples on the floor, and  everything there is.

The reward is beyond words.

The partner here is both your customer, and your business partner. But especially your customer.

This is the intention with which I think business or any kind of relationship should be done. Unconditionally, for the love of the dance and transcendence of boundaries.

Good luck, and may the dance be with you :) .

April 11, 2011
11 Apr 2011

What is ‘level of consciousness’ ?

Level of consciousness is the degree to which you experience/perceive your connection to everything else in the universe.

The higher your level of consciousness, the more ‘consciousness frequencies’ you can tune into.

The more frequencies you can tune into, the more levels of being you can experience.

If you can truly tune into a rock, the rock and you become one, and from outside it will be perceived that you can move the rock (telekinesis). Same way you can interact with everything. The key to ‘tune into’ something is ‘unconditional love’ or complete acceptance towards that something.

Experiments have showed that becoming one / blending your consciousness with cells in a petri dish will make those cells listen to your consciousness and increase or decrease their growth rate by as much as 50%.

Now think about the effects we unconsciously may have on our own selves and on each other, depending of our level of awareness (or consciousness).


April 4, 2011
04 Apr 2011

A thought on Japan disaster

Spring is here in London, and we’ve been soaking up the sunshine that we’ve missing during the long and dark winter.

Quite contrary to the peaceful atmosphere of the spring season here, a huge devastation has happened in my home country Japan as you all know, and I feel like I’ve been living two parallel realities. Many thanks to those who wrote me a personal note to ask how my family and I are doing. I feel your support, and am appreciating more than ever the sense of connection with my friends.

Speaking of two realities, I’m aware that Japan is now having to live two kinds of roles also — victim of the natural disaster who needs to be supported, and the one who is causing damage to people and the earth who needs to take more responsibilities. During the first phase of the disaster, many foreign media complimented on how Japanese people behaved with such discipline and sensitivity with each other without causing any violent scenes. In order to successfully go through the long and arduous restoration process, however, I believe we Japanese need to also get in touch with new ways of being –  characteristics that we often project on the ‘westerners’–, such as being assertive, being able to clearly say no, and quick to take practical actions. The combination of both styles I believe will make the true resilience that we desperately need, not only for Japan but for the whole world that is going through a huge transition.

It makes me hopeful to see that many people are bringing out their inner power that they haven’t had the chance to use until now, as you can sense from this collection of tweets.

April 3, 2011
03 Apr 2011

The colours in the nature

I read an article in an alternative health site that the colours of nature are in essence different wavelengths of light= energy, and it’s very healing for us to be exposed to the diverse colours in the natural world, e.g. plants, flowers, and animals. In other words, just looking at them and being surrounded by them is like a form of energy medicine. Being exposed to diverse assortment of colours / wavelengths also stimulates our brain to function at a higher cognitive level.

It’s true that the colours in the natural world are so diverse and has so many different nuances that even if Crayola produced a set of 500 colours, we still wouldn’t be able to recreate them. It would probably be a good idea if you are surrounded by artificial environment most of the day, to go out or to look out the windows from time to time, or place some plants and flowers in your home and office.
I feel it’s not about ‘using’ the nature for our own benefit but it’s about bringing awareness to how we are resonating on such a subtle level with nature and how we are also part of it, and of course, not forgetting to give gratitude to it for giving us so much.

March 24, 2011
24 Mar 2011

Comfort vs. Peace

Talking to someone the other day, this came up. That more and more people are starting to realize that money, although they can bring you comfort, they cannot bring you peace (of mind or heart).

I think most people mistake peace for comfort, and spend most of their life trying to bring about comfort, when what they really need is peace of mind.

So, my advice to whoever might be reading this, forget about comfort, find and do what makes your soul sing with joy, and regardless of your financial situation, you will be happy, for you would have found peace.

February 20, 2011
20 Feb 2011

Ask yourself

When one is forced to wake up, one has to go in, to get in touch with one’s true nature and life purpose.

Then one can change over night.

Ask yourself, what has real value to you?

Why did you choose to be born and come to maturity in these times?

What is specific to you that you have to offer to a world such as the one we live in?

February 7, 2011
07 Feb 2011

Empowering others / allowing others to empower you

The other day a good friend of mine in Japan sent me an interview article of an economist, Yasuo Tateoka, who has been disseminating the ideas of ‘Shien-gaku (Supportology)’ and ‘Economics of Altruism.’ His theories are based on his actual experience of being part of the team that led a majour automobile company on the verge of collapse to a miraculous revival.

One of the ideas he is supporting is the importance of willingness to bring out other’s strength/gifts, and having the experience of someone bringing out your ability in return. When an organization really follows this principle, instead of ‘forcing / being forced to do something’, amazing things can happen. There will be no victim, only the people who are appreciated and happy, and voluntarily extending themselves. Sounds naive and too good to be true?

At one hospital in Japan that is following the above principle, the janitors voluntarily take home with them dying plants in the building, bring them to life and bring them back to the hospital. Nurses and other staff volunteer their time to organize an art exhibition in the hospital for a dying patient and an aspiring artist. I’m sure the artwork must have inspired many in return.
I too believe that one of the keys to survive the so-called global crisis is to empower each other, and that everyone contributes to the whole. But what if we are not sure what we are good at? The above person says the key to finding your calling is to be process-oriented — just take action when something attracts you. If it’s your calling, things start to go smoothly or a helper may appear, and above all, you will start to feel like something is allowing you to do it instead of you doing it. I love the idea of an economist talking about process paradigm! Although I try to follow the process as much as I can, I’m also often result-oriented especially when it comes to work. Something about the article relaxes me and excites me about following what is calling me.

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