This book is an exposition to expound the philosophy that maintained the structure of Japanese society for nearly one thousand years. In the late eighteen hundreds, the leadership of Japan sought to quell the ideal of “service” in an attempt to modernize itself with regards to the rest of the world, especially the Western mentality. It is a contemporary account of the manner in which people must conduct themselves if they would to be at peace with the world and themselves while maintaining harmony with the universe.
1 — Do not be afraid of change. It is the only thing you can depend on.
Change occurs through all things at all times. It is called life expressing its desire for new understanding and expression. If this did not occur, then imminent death would be the result, albeit not necessarily physical. When feelings of uncertainty arise in a person, it is usually the beginning of a new sense of consciousness, even if that particular person does not go along with the driving force that is creating the unrest and causing a desire for change. There is never progress without conflict. Even in the midst of understanding one’s art to a new level of awareness, the old forms will create discomfort in acceptance of the new because of their own sense of beingness relative to the person undergoing the prelude to change. When the desire for a different set of circumstances arise, it is essential that you consider the move to the new consciousness. It is your soul telling you it is time to move on. It will possibly reappear in your mind time after time until you make a decision of choice wherein you make the move or you don’t. Eventually, if you don’t, the feelings will subside and you may wonder later on why you didn’t take advantage of your intuition. If you do, get ready for combat on any level it appears to emanate from. This is not a bad thing if you are prepared and self-assured.
© SFKaufman 2010