Weil & Dr. Michael Dixon
and Paradise on Earth
Okada (1882-1955), also known as Meishu-sama, was a Japanese
philosopher and spiritual leader as well as a poet, artist,
businessman, husband, and father. In 1935, he founded what is
now called the Johrei Fellowship. Since that time his inspired
vision of a new civilization of truth, virtue, and beauty has
guided and enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people
throughout the world.
and goals of the Johrei Fellowship are based upon revelations
Meishu-sama experienced concerning God's purpose for this world.
Meishu-sama believe that the scientific side of civilization
has made great strides while the spiritual aspects have lagged
behind and that this lag causes many of the problems we experience
today, he taught ways to help advance and improve our civilization
by bringing spiritual science up to the level of present-day
material science. He believed that the time has arrived for
human beings to actively work to fulfill God's plan to bring
both aspects into balance so that they can progress together,
evenly and harmoniously. A true civilization will then emerge
where everyone can attain spiritual peace and material happiness
simultaneously, rather than one at the expense of the other.
taught that we can learn to raise our spiritual vibrations to
prepare for this new age in various ways. These include giving
and receiving Johrei, giving of ourselves in service to others,
bringing art and beauty into our daily lives, and properly caring
for our physical health and the environment.
Johrei, the Divine Light of God, is prayer in action. When enough
individuals have undergone the necessary changes caused by receiving
as well as giving this Light, the earth will become free of
disease, conflict, and poverty. At that time, a spiritually
balanced civilization of high development and remarkable achievement
vision was to create a world of peace, health, and prosperity
for us all - a Paradise on Earth.
vision continues to inspire hundreds of thousands of people
The three major practices involved in "living
Nature Farming Appreciation of Art and Beauty
said founder Mokichi Okada, "endeavors to raise the individual
to a more enlightened state of consciousness. The invisible
Light of God, focused through Johrei, reaches the inner soul
and transforms it, even when received with a skeptical attitude.
It awakens our divine nature by bringing it into direct contact
with the Light of the Spirit."
respect nature and the natural energy of the soil.
Farming, like organic farming, does not utilize artificial fertilizers
or pesticides. However, Nature Farming does not incorporate
animal manure or waste products as soil amendments. Based on
the views of Japanese philosopher Mokichi Okada (Meishu-sama),
Nature Farming adherents profess five principles:
safe and nutritious food that ensures good health.
2) Be economically
and spiritually beneficial to both producers and consumers.
3) Be sustainable
and easily practiced.
and protect the environment.
sufficient food of high quality for an expanding world population.
requirements of Nature Farming reflect Mokichi Okada's goals
for food safety, quality, and nutrition. Additionally, environmental
conservation is a high priority. Mokichi Okadas scientific
perspective includes a spiritual dynamic not commonly encountered
in contemporary scholarship but practiced for thousands of years
in Eastern cultures. In 1941 Okada did some experiments and
concluded, "If we grow crops with love and respect towards
the natural power of the soil, the soil will function to an
astonishing degree. All the difficult problems and troubles
that harass both farmers and consumers today can be solved through
this method of cultivation."
Mokichi Okada often stressed the importance of appreciating art
and beauty for spiritual fulfillment. He believed that beautiful
things -- whether they are paintings, symphonies, literary works,
gardens, or architecture -- embody active forces that can have
positive effects on human beings. Okada promoted a spiritual approach
to life through beauty and taught that it has the power to transform
-- to purify the spirit and evoke the highest qualities of character
from within. He also taught that nature is the greatest teacher
of truth and beauty.
with this philosophy, Mokichi Okada often used flower arranging
to bring beauty into daily life. The Sangetsu
School of Flower Arranging was inspired by Okada's teachings.
Sangetsu classes and workshops are
currently offered all over the world.