upon a time in old Japan there lived an experienced Samurai! He was one of the
deadliest warriors of his time and numerous enemies had met their deaths
through his sword! As he grew older, he knew his next battle could be his last,
though his skill was still unmastered, his body started showing his first signs
of age. He knew it would be just a matter of time, before he would meet his
That is when he started having nightmares! In his dreams all his victims haunted him with the feeling if shame, guilt and despair… One day he was in small fight with bandits near a mountain lake. Legend had it, that a very wise shaman lady lived on top of the mountain, and in the forest below, just when he beheaded the last two standing thieves with one single swing of his bloodthirsty katana, it happened again, but this time in broad daylight, with him being wide awake: all his victims started crawling out of the trees and the earth of the forest, accusing him for taking their lives too early and leaving their families without protection. He knew he was hallucinating dew to his many days of hardly any sleep, but the faces and bodies of the victims felt so real, so terribly real, that he screamed in fear and agony and started running uphill! He ran through forests, jumped over mountain streams and climbed like a hunted animal all the way to the mountain top losing all his armor except his sword on the way… scratched and wounded he reached the hut of the shaman in panic and desperation!
The shaman lady took him in, put bandages with herbs on his wounds, and let him rest on a bed of wollen bearskins!
a awoke he thanked the beautiful old woman in bearskin as she gave him medicine
in a cup of bitter tea!
you the shaman, of whom everybody speaks of her knowledge of all worlds in the
here and there? “
I am just a woman who lives on a mountain, and likes to speak to the trees”
Tell me wise mother! Is there a heaven or a hell, after we die?”
do you wish to know that?” she replied
am a warrior, who took many lives, so many I cannot count them anymore, and now
they come to me in my dreams, and I am afraid, so afraid, that I will have to
pay for my sins, that is why I need to know. Is there a hell or heaven, or
nothing after we die??”
should have thought of that before you fed those poor souls to your sword, and
now come crawling to me like a beggar without honor, hoping for absolution..
what kind of a warrior are you anyway? Did they not teach you courage and
virtue in samurai-school?” here voice was stern and her eyes cold.
the eyes of the samurai became even colder as he drew his sword in anger and
your tongue old hag, how dare you call me honorless?? Do you know who I am, and
how many lives I have already taken in my career?”
“ And now you want to add the life of an old woman to your pile? How much bravery is in that? Tell me, how much?? This does not seem to me as an act of bravery this is the mere work of a self absorbed coward!”
samurai eyes were filled with rage, he lifted the katana with both hands ready
to strike her down, as she held her left hand high, changing her expression to
kindness again and saying:”This is HELL!”
he realized, what he was doing, his eyes filled with tears, his hands started
trembling.. he sank to his knees holding on to the shamans feet and
“ Forgive me please forgive me !”
held his head in her lap, like a mother comforting her baby boy running her
finger through his hair and gently whispered in his ear: “And this is HEAVEN!”
is not our FEELINGS that torment us, it is the JUDGEMENT and the MINDSET we
have in connection to those feelings!
the worst feelings like hate, shame & guilt, are just energies floating
through your body until you start labeling them as something bad and unworthy
to have and feel… and that is when all HELL breaks lose for YOU!!
interesting EXPERIMENT measured the electromagnetic energy running through a
human body in different circumstances:
many different results two stuck out, with almost the exact same amount of
energy in brain and body cells: one was of a massive full body-ORGASM and one a
soft ELECTROCUTION (teaser) …. the first one was labeled as “absolutely awesome”
the other as “absolutely terrible”, although the bioelectric-ENERGY in the body
caused pretty much the SAME things to happen: letting the body shake, sweating,
heavy breathing, sighing, moaning, screaming and causing a short black
has to be CLEAR to us, that the label and the judgment we have concerning
certain feelings and emotions is a CULTURAL and a CONVENTIONAL one, like the
big topic of HONOR the samurai has in the story above… This can also very
clearly be observed with TABOOS in societies, like the following story from
Albert Schweitzer, a doctor who volunteered for medicinal programs in Africa,
shows with brutal clarity: He once had a patient with a taboo (tabu- forbidden,
unholy) for bananas, who came into the clinic, with high fever and under
nutrishioned, his body rejecting any kind of food, except mashed bananas… the
patient did not know what he was being fed and responded well to the mashed
banana diet until he almost recovered completely… this is when he found out
what he had been eating in the last three weeks, his religious feelings of
SHAME and GUILT kicked in towards what he believed was unholy, forbidden fruit,
that was now in his body, that he DIED the next night in a FEVER dream!
Bananas did not kill him, what killed him was his CULTURAL and CONVENTIONAL
mindset of having done something wrong by eating the forbidden fruit, and the
connection to a religious feeling of guilt…
feeling of being nourished was good until he knew what nourished him and had to
DECIDE to label this feeling as something bad, and all the feelings he had
during his recovery, which turned everything from “yea I m alive” to “ I am not
worthy of being alive”!
What has to be said clearly: Not all taboos are bad, not all conventions unpractical… In fact most taboos in society were created in order to make society function BETTER! However, as our stories show us, they also have been a field of controlling the mindsets and behavior of members of this society, in order to uphold power and loyalty to religious or political rulers. As long as we are aware of this fact, we can allow us to CHANGE a CONVENTION, if it is not practical anymore.
we can change these conventions,… we will talk about in the next article..
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