Our central concept is "the working of life" on a farm. Although individual sessions and workshops are very important for transformation in a body, mind, and bioenergy, more important is "How do we integrate therapy experiences into everyday life, social life, a way of life, and an environment?". We can take off social masks and explore unknown deep levels freely and safely in a therapy space that does not belong to everyday life. And then, we have to bring up our authentic self, true self, or newborn something we found during therapy sessions in everyday life.
Unfortunately, it is so difficult for people who become more vulnerable, creative, and playful through melting armors to explore "How to live authentically" in this modern period. Because we are required more efficient and visible results than feelings and invisible processes, we have to spend a lot of time in front of computers and smartphones. As a result, we have lost "the working of life" to use a whole body and whole sensations in everyday life. Furthermore, since Tsunami and big earthquakes occurred in Japan, we have lost social, environmental, and spiritual containers to support human beings and open new possibilities. As we have been exhausted only to survive in an old paradigm, it has been difficult for us to find an appropriate lifestyle and "how to be in a new paradigm."
We cannot feel about "how to be" only by thinking in our head. By grounding feet on the earth, using the lower half of the body and whole sensations in the working of life on a farm, Hara becomes full of energy. We get a sensation of centering, calmness, and a feeling to connect with "something" beyond an ego structure. Then "how to be" and our sense of value will be transformed involuntarily. We Japanese had initially grounded feet on the earth, thought in Hara, moved from Hara before westernization. I don't have any criticism and denial of westernization; on the contrary, I have a good feeling to enjoy benevolent influence from western. So, I have learned psychotherapy and bodywork from western. My point of view is that we need to recover our balance between western culture and eastern culture, modern science and ancient wisdom, objectivity and subjectivity, dualism and monism, sympathetic nerves system and parasympathetic nerves system, masculine principle and female principle, the function of our ego and an authentic self, etc. I believe firmly that there is wisdom and a hint to live in harmony in our traditional working of life and definitive path to spiritual growth.
We tend to use the sympathetic nervous system excessively when working stressfully and quickly in the city. Blood withdrawals from the abdomen and peripheries go to the heart, brain, and large muscles (mainly in the back area) to move the body; our mind becomes busy managing tasks, we turn our attention to outside, not to inside. As a result, we may lose roots and strength in the lower half of the body (especially Hara), feelings, affection, and needs in the heart, and then we become a kind of robot. Therefore, I want to make an opportunity to stay away from the city, recover a harmony among body, mind, and spirit through "the working of life" on a farm, and just be with inner silence. I feel that Echigo Province - our home of Japanese Spirituality - is an appropriate place where we stay as an authentic self for Japanese and people from abroad.