Well, here I am in Tokyo.
I arrived 4pm on Wednesday afternoon, so that would be 7am in England. I missed my connection in Paris by 5 minutes, due to the flight being delayed from Heathrow, so had to wait in Charles de Gaulle airport for 5 hours until catching a flight with Japan Air. All in all I had been travelling for 18 hours so absolutely done in. I perked up a bit, however, on the bus journey from the airport in Tokyo, when I saw just how many trees I could see. Central Tokyo is a different thing, however. Like most cities there are parks but being the most densely populated city in the world there are a lot of high-rise buildings.
There are many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, but they seem to be sadly ignored, even though they are well-kept. In fact, the purpose of the shrines as gateways for the gods of Nature seems to be forgotten. My apartment is luckily very quiet, and in a secluded street, but just down the road and round the corner is a bustling centre of shops, theatres and restaurants.
Yesterday was my first working day, and I delivered the first 4 Munay-Ki rites to one student, and the first 6 to another. This is by no means the way I would normally wish to do it, as anyone who has received the rites from me knows, but these girls had come from many different parts of Japan to receive the rites and come on my workshops. To say they were buzzing at the end is quite an understatement!
I have been pondering on the reason why everyone is so excited about my being here. I guess it is a little like the way we in Britain regard ancient Native American wisdom teachings today, and likewise in the late 1960s Indian Spiritual traditions inspired us. Somehow it seems that somewhere down the line we lose sight of our own traditions and wisdom. There can be many reasons for this. It could be the introduction of a new Spiritual or religious belief system, scientific evolvement, invasion followed by occupation, or defeat in war. All these things can result in such feelings as confusion about the tribal and national identity, humiliation, shame, anger and suppression of personal and national pride. Our base chakra or Serpent archetype becomes diminished, and in order to survive we look outside ourselves and to other cultures to ostensibly re-establish our identity.
Something to discuss at a later date, perhaps, as I get to discover more about my gentle and genial hosts. I welcome anyone else’s opinions on this.
Until next time then, when I hope to have taken some pictures.
Love and Blessings