Thank you to everyone who has helped The Wooden Tarot get to where it is today with your constant and limitless support. I am currently raising the funds to add a minor arcana and have the entire 78 card deck printed and sent out into the world. You’ve all been asking for it, and now you have it! Help me complete the deck by pledging any amount if you can, or just sharing it with your friends and followers.
I will be choosing a few reblogs to gift decks to once they’re printed. This isn’t a giveaway post. It’s just my way of saying thank you to my tumblr family for being so awesome.
10 days left!!!
The weirdest thing about being a part of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine group is that I know a lot of your full names…
The Konko Faith is an open and broad-minded religion. Our Founder taught us: “Live your life with sincerity… genuine, wholehearted sincerity. You do not need to come to church to pray. You do not have to clap your hands. Living with sincerity is what is important.”
The core message of this book, Shinja no Kokoroe, can be simply put as “Be Sincere.” This is consistent with the Founder’s teaching: “Anyone can imitate how someone does his work, but not the sincere heart he does it with.” (Konko Daijin Oboegaki 8-7-8). To realize divine blessings your heart must be sincere.
Practicing the Konko Faith is simple; there are few set rules in this faith. Elaborate explanations of our Faith run the risk of conveying the wrong message. All you need to do to practice our Faith is to deepen your sincerity by following the guidance provided in this book wholeheartedly. Learn from the examples in this book and use them to develop your own way of practicing faith.
Taking responsibility for you own faith development is a core principle in the Konko Faith. Relying on your minister to develop your faith is a mistake. Your minister is there to help, but the development of your faith is up to you. While, of course, a strong minister can mentor believers with deep faith, contrary to what you might expect, is it common to find Konko believers with deep faith at a church where the minister is inexperienced or stubborn. The strength of a Konko church depends on the sincerity of its believers.
Be responsible for your own faith development.
Sincerely follow the and the simple guidance provided in this book.
Develop absolute trust in Kami.
You will realize divine blessings."
- Preface of “Shinja no Kokore/Live with Faith: Being a Konko Believer”
Reverend Yoshiaki Fukuda
San Francisco, California
The new Inari shrine on the grounds of Tsubaki Grand Shine of America in Granite Falls, Washington is coming together! The first picture above was taken during the installation of the torii on April 4, 2014. The second and third pictures are of the dedication ceremony (hounoshiki) for the torii, conducted by Rev. Koichi Barrish-sensei, which took place on April 5, 2014. The remaining pictures are of the completed Inari torii. In the last picture, you can see the torii peeking through the foliage of the sacred grove if you look carefully!
The shrine itself was installed late last week (on April 10, 2014), but I am waiting to post pictures of that until the rest of the pieces including the tamagaki (fence) are in place. I will be returning to Tsubaki Jinja April 25-27th and I will take additional pictures of the fully completed shrine then.
Hey guys. I found this special little gem while messing around online. ;) It’s one of the books I’d be sending out to everyone! So, if you wanna read it, here’s the PDF!!
Just a little reminder…there’s some parts in this book that has a little bit of bias as it was written by a small group of people within Konkokyo
So just to clear up: Kami-sama does NOT support abuse or allowing yourself to be stuck in an abusive situation. Kami wants you to break free from anything that hurts your soul, at it’s core. Kami-sama wants true happiness for you.
You should not feel that your anger, or negative emotions, or pain and suffering is unjustified or wrong to feel. Yes, feel them. Feel all your anger, sadness, suffering….just the point Kami-sama wants to make is to not let it eat you alive, or overtake you. It’s okay to feel angry, but don’t let it turn into a rage and loose sight of who you are at your heart.
You should not accept that suffering just happens. Kami-sama wants you to break free from suffering, with your strength, Kami-sama’s strength and support, (and hopefully) the help of others lifting you up too. Never stay in a situation where you suffer.
Just wanted to clear that up.
Also, Konko is a very malleable faith.
It’s best, when reading materials, to keep what you like, but don’t be afraid to criticize or scrutinize, or ask questions and think about what you don’t like.
After all, we have a Conference and many gatherings every year just to talk about the things we find odd or that doesn’t settle with us in some of the materials, and that’s encouraged!
Konkokyo materials are not to be taken with the same amount of regard or authority as the Bible or the Tripitaka.
I read Shine From Within the other day! It was very interesting, and I have a better understanding of Konkokyo now, definitely! I found the pdf just by googling it, and it’s here if anyone else would like to read it!
I guess I have a few questions stemming from it, but I will probably need to think some more and piece them together (a few I was able to solve just by thinking them out, but some I will need some input from those more knowledgeable!)
Anyway, thought I would let y’all know!
Tonight, at dusk, when my partner was driving me home, it seemed very… magical, spiritual, I think
I could almost feel this energy humming through everything, and the moon was so so bright
I don’t really know where I’m going with that, but tonight feels… important, somehow? Hmm…