Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Dojo – A center where people are giving and receiving light energy.
Goshintai – the scroll through which the light energy is believed to be channeling, located in the center of the wall furthest from the entrance (in Japan that is the highest/most respectful spot.
Kenshu – The three-day Spiritual Development Course that one must take in order to become a member.
Kumite (or Kamikumite) – A member of Sukyo Mahikari. Kamikumite literally means “hand in hand with God.”
Okiyome – Light energy (i.e. members of Sukyo Mahikari give and receive Okiyome).
Omitama - The “divine pendant” given to members upon completion of kenshu. It is believed to concentrate the light energy through those who wear it, and protect the wearer, thus members wear it at all times except when swimming, showering, or engaging in any activity that may cause the pendant to get wet or damaged.
Sonen – Innermost attitude (i.e. what one really feels, not what one thinks one feels).
When you enter the Sukyo Mahikari center on Juniperro Serra Boulevard, you will be asked to remove your shoes and leave them in the entry room of the building. If you are not wearing socks, you will be provided a pair to wear inside the dojo, where you will be receiving light. Once you have washed your hands and rinsed out your mouth, you will enter the dojo, where a member will ask you to kneel in front of him/her on a pillow situated on the mauve carpeting. Once you are kneeling with your eyes closed, the member will clap three times and chant the "Amatsu" prayer while raising his/her hand to your forehead. After ten minutes, the member will ask you to open your eyes. If you respond "yes" when the member asks you if you "feel clear," the member will ask you to turn your back and sit cross-legged, and he/she will begin giving "true light" to points on your neck. When the member is finished, you will be instructed to lie stomach-down so that he/she can concentrate true light into your kidneys. If you have any specific areas of pain or discomfort,