Ever noticed how a profoundly positive experience in nature can become a touchstone you return to time and again?
A good memory can resonate within you, recalling the power of nature to heal even the deepest hurts of body, mind, and spirit.
One evening several years ago I reached a low point in a prolonged spiritual crisis in Japan.
Around midnight, exhausted and overwhelmed, I went outside to my mountain garden.
There I simply dropped to my knees on the earth and lifted my arms to the clear, cold darkness.
Great, gulping tears came then.
Energy Doorways has just published our new book in Japanese on energy medicine. (Books)
Energy medicine concepts are not new, of course.
In-depth knowledge of energy flows and energy balancing has existed in Oriental Medicine for some 5,000 years.
But the idea that your own energy can be medicine – that you can joyfully work with this medicine to change and improve your life, and that you can do so easily by yourself – this is a new shift in Japan.
Over the centuries working with energy flow, or ki, as the Japanese call it, became the province of specialists – the acupuncture and Kampo doctors, the martial arts masters, the spiritual gurus, the Buddhist priests.