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Soul Healing – Meditation

Soul Healing – Meditation

The Ninja understanding is that it is often the tricks of the mind that prevent us from realizing that we already live in a world that is sacred, that holds our truth and will meet our needs if we let it. The advice of the warrior, in other words, is to not conspire with the mind that tells us we have lost something and if only it was returned to us all would be well.

If the Tao is whispering to you that you must take on your fatigue by healing your soul, then you have every right to do so, and there is a practice to help you with this:

In many traditional systems of healing, such as those employed by the mountain Ninja, it is believed that illness and fatigue of the soul, no matter what personal or specific form it takes, arises because primal relationships with Earth have been broken. Healing comes from reconnecting with the natural world.

Healers in Japan still prescribe forest walks and meditative contact with trees (regarded as portals for spirit) as cures for depression, which is believed to arise through soul loss. In Japan, there are many sacred trees, rocks, waterfalls, and other natural shrines and power places to which people bring offerings of sake (rice wine), rice cakes, or flowers so they may spend time in the healing presence of nature.

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Adapted from The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja, by Ross Heaven (Conari Press, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Ross Heaven. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja, by Ross Heaven (Conari Press, 2006).

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2:30PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

feet on and in the ground

11:33AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Very cool article. It appears to be discussing the practice of Shinto, a profound nature-oriented religion that originated in Japan. This is a blessing way that hopefully will become more common in the West soon.

9:43PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

true thanks

6:46AM PDT on May 7, 2012

all of nature is sacred.

6:36AM PDT on May 7, 2012

Love those trees!

7:58PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Than You.

12:54PM PDT on May 20, 2011

great article thanks

3:50AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

loved the article.

6:05AM PDT on Aug 20, 2010

I do yoga and meditate every day. I hope that my depression will go away one day

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