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Darkness to Light

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Back in June of 2017 I found myself in one of the most devastating places of my life.  Abandoned by my father for the second time in my life, my entire world got flipped upside down.  The rug had been pulled out from under me and my family and it would seem that we were left to drown.

It has always been the darkest moments for me that lead me to rise to the very best of occasions.  I have never given up or in despite all the obstacles thrown at me or odds against me.  I have consistently put my trust in the universe and I have never been disappointed.  Humans have repeatedly let me down but the divine never does.  The divine will always come through.  Sometimes not quite in the way you’d imagined, but in the very best way for you.

As I sat on the phone with *Clara ( a medium from Hawaii) I found myself rather shocked by what she said;

“You have really been through it this year haven’t you?”

“Understatement of the year.” I said.

“I have to ask you something rather strange, so forgive me, I see an extremely benevolent divine energy that appears to be living in your house.  Would you know what this is?”

“Yes.  It’s my Gohonzon.”

“A what?” She asked.

“It’s the object of worship in the Nichiren Shoshu True Buddhism practice.  I’ve been chanting since September of 2017 and in February of 2018 the Buddha came to live with me.”

“Interesting.  Well that would certainly explain what I am seeing.  I feel like this energy is wiping the slate clean.  Almost like it’s clearing out the residual Karma of your past and giving you a clean blank slate upon which you can live your best life.”

“Yes, that right.  It is believed in this practice, that by chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo to the Gohonzon with sincere faith, one can expiate their karma in this life.” I said starting to get a bit choked up.

“Very interesting.  And that would certainly be in line with what I am felling.”  There was a brief moment of silence before she continued,  “Oh.  Wow. So, sweetie, there is something that the divine energy would like you to know.”

“I’m listening.” I said.

Where there was sadness, there will be joy.  Where there was loss, there will be abundance.  Where there was fear, there will be love.  Where there was darkness, there will be light.”

Tears rolled down my face and I had no idea why.  I found this to be one of the most profound readings I’ve had in a long time.  She was so very connected to my spiritual body it was almost too overwhelming to take.

“Everything is going to be fine sweetie.  Better than fine.  Better than you can ever imagine.  It just takes time.  And unfortunately time is a mystery but timing is everything.  Five years from now you are going to look back at this situation and understand exactly why it had to happen, and you will be beyond grateful.”

I thanked Clara for my reading.  It was hard to speak since I was so overcome with emotion.

“If you don’t mind, I would love to hear more about this Buddhist Practice?  I have been searching for something new in my life to no avail, but this is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, albeit through another human.”

“Clara, this has changed my life, and I have done many forms of mantras, meditations and chanting.  I would be delighted to tell you all about it.”

Although I was able to Shakabuku her, she was too far away for me to help her, so I introduced her to a member in Hawaii in hopes she could take over from there.

**Shakabuku refers to the process of leading a person to the correct teaching of Buddhism by refuting his/her attachment to erroneous beliefs. Also, it involves conquering mistaken views in one’s own mind and bringing out the Buddha wisdom within.

To my utter delight, Clara ended up going to the Honseiji temple in Hawaii.  We keep in touch often, ecstatically sharing our experiences chanting and the innumerable benefits that have come as a result.

“We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.”  Oscar Wilde

It is never too late to start over, to heal, to forgive, to love, to live.  Endings are beginnings waiting to be written.  Don’t be afraid of the dark, turning to face it with an open heart is the first step on the journey from darkness to light.

**For more information about Nichiren Shoshu True Buddhism visit www.nst.org

Until Next Time Friends…

Keep Seeking,

TPJ

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"Where there was sadness, there will be joy.  Where there was loss, there will be abundance.  Where there was fear, there will be love.  Where there was darkness, there will be light."

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