What is spirit?
Where is our spirit?
Since the 17th century, European philosophers have discussed the nature of the human mind and the body.
René Descartes (1596-1650), a French philosopher, insisted in his Meditations on First Philosophy that the universe contained two radically different kinds of substances---mind and matter.
René Descartes (1596-1650)
The title page of the Meditations.
According to Descartes, the mind and body are distinct and separable.
This kind of view is called as mind-body dualism in the philosophy of mind.
The Mind-Body Problem
However, for a long time, there has been a philosophical problem concerning the relationship between the human mind and body.
Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia (1618-1680) asked Descartes in a 1643 letter about the problem of Cartesian dualism.
Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia (1618-1680)
Tell me please how the soul of human being (it being only a thinking substance) can determine the bodily spirits and so bring about voluntary actions.
How can something immaterial (the mind) move something material (the body)?
How can they interact?
Descartes replied to Elisabeth's question as follows.
You should not think of this interaction as one between two bodies.
It is a kind of union that exists between the two qualities of heaviness and bodies.
However, Elisabeth was not satisfied with Descartes' answer.
Then, in another letter, Elisabeth asked Descartes again.
I agree with you on that our senses are evidence that the soul does move the body and the body moves the soul, but this interaction does not teach us anything about how this happens.
As Elizabeth pointed out in her letters, there has been a problem in the mind-body dualism.
How could the two radically different substances, that is, something immaterial (the mind) move something material (the body)?
She has got a point there.
About this problem, Descartes explained to Elizabeth.
Some part of the brain served as a connector between the mind and the body.
The interaction between the mind and the body occurred in the pineal gland of the brain.
René Descartes's illustration of dualism.
According to Descartes, inputs are passed on by the sensory organs to the epiphysis in the brain and from there to the immaterial spirit.
However, Descartes' theory that the interaction between the mind and the body occurred in the pineal gland has been seen as inadequate by a number of philosophers in his era.
Malebranche (1638-1715), a French philosopher, insisted that such a material basis of interaction between material and immaterial is impossible.
Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715)
Furthermore, there is another objection that a mental substance impacting the physical substance would violate the law of conservation of energy and thus it would contradict principles of physics.
In this way, the mind-body problem has puzzled philosophers and scientist around the world for a long time.
Japanese Psychic's Solution to the Mind-Body Problem
However, about 100 years ago, a novel approach has been proposed by a Japanese psychic.
The psychic's name is Onisaburo Deguchi (1871-1948), a great spiritual leader of religious movement in Japan in the early 1900s.
Onisaburo Deguchi (1871-1948).
Onisaburo left a voluminous amount of prophetic writings.
According to Japanese spiritual researchers,
The accuracy of Onisaburo's predictions is more than 95%
Surprisingly enough, his predictions are coming true even today, such as Apple Watch, Multicopter and Maglev so on.
If you are interested in Onisaburo's amazing prediction of the release of Apple Watch, please click the link below.
On November 4, 1921, Onisaburo predicted the assassination of the 10th prime minister of Japan, Takashi Hara.
Takashi Hara (1856-1921), the 10th Prime Minister of Japan.
Then, about 10 hours after Onisaburo's prediction, Hara was actually assassinated at Tōkyō Station.
Interestingly, Onisaburo explained to his followers’ question about the assassination of Hara as follows.
I saw the assassination of Hara in the spirit world.
So, I think it will happen also in this real world in the near future.
To hear Onisaburo's prediction, his followers proposed that he should warn the Prime Minister of the danger immediately.
However, Onisaburo shook his head to his follower’s proposal.
No, it would be no use warning him of the danger from now.
As a reason for this, Onisaburo explained as follows.
From my past experiences, an event that happened in the spirit world is bound to happen in the real world, too.
If you are interested in Onisaburo's amazing prediction of the assassination of a Japanese prime minister, please click the link below.
According to Onisaburo, the universe can be loosely divided into two kinds of worlds, that is, the physical world and the spirit world.
The physical world has a material property and the spirit world has an immaterial property.
However, the relation between the physical world and the spirit is not parallel as European philosophers insisted.
Onisaburo insisted that the spirit world and the physical world have a parent-child relation.
Actually, the mind-body problems arise from the assumption that the spirit world and the physical world are parallel.
In other words, since we have a wrong assumption that the mind and the body have a parallel relation, it leads to the wrong idea that they must interact with each other.
However, according to Japanese Shinto Philosophy, the relation between the mind and the body is not parallel.
Onisaburo explained the relationship between the physical world and the spirit world in his writings The Story of the Spirit World as follows.
Everything in this physical world is a copy of the corresponding original element in the spirit world.
According to Onisaburo, the spirit world is the original model of the physical world.
Therefore, what happened in the spirit world as the original model is bound to happen in the physical world as the copy of the spirit world.
This is the Onisaburo's view of the universe.
Relation between the Physical World and the Spirit World
From a modern point of view, the relation between the physical world and the spirit world corresponds to that between a display device (monitor) and a cloud database (an aggregation of informational data).
|Physical World||Spirit World|
(Aggregation of Informational Data)
This relation can be illustrated as follows.
In this analogy, each element in the physical world corresponds to each image displayed on a monitor and each element in the spirit world corresponds to each data unit in the cloud database.
Furthermore, according to Onisaburo, there is a spiritual law that an event happened in the spirit world is bound to happen in the real world.
Onisaburo called such a spiritual law that controls the relation between the spirit world and the real world as,
Law of Reflection
In other words, we can consider that events preprogrammed in the spirit world will appear in the physical world.
This is a theoretical model describing the relation between the spirit world and the physical world according to Japanese Shinto Philosophy.
This theoretical model could solve the long-standing mind-body problems, because in this model, the mind does not interact with the body as Descartes insisted.
That is, the body operates as preprogrammed in the spirit world according to the Copy Law.
This is the solution to the mind-body problem in Shinto Philosophy.
The Relation with Zen Buddhism
According to Shinto Philosophy, everything in the physical world is merely a copy of the corresponding original element in the spirit world.
In the above display model, if the display is disconnect from the cloud database, the image on the display will vanish and thus the display will show no image.
Similarly, if the physical world is disconnected from the spirit world, everything in the physical world will vanish and nothing exists in the physical world.
In other words, we can consider that
Everything in the physical world is a shadow of the spirit world
Therefore, the physical world cannot exist without the spirit world, just as a shadow cannot exist without a light source.
|Physical World||Spirit World|
This explains the philosophy of Zen Buddhism that
Nothing exists in the universe
It is because that everything in the physical world is merely a shadow.
In Japanese Shinto Philosophy, the spirit world is not parallel with the physical world, but everything in the physical world originates from the spirit world.
The spirit world is the origin of the physical world
In Shinto Philosophy, such a relation between the spirit world and the physical world is simply called as,
Spirit Over Body
And this is the most crucial principle in Shinto Philosophy.
Some day, the day may come when it will be revealed that your body is merely a shadow of your mind which is preprogrammed in the spirit world.
Published on August 6, 2018
Updated on May 22, 2019
Written by OTAKUPAPA
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- Hiroaki Izuka (2007-2018) "Reikai Monogatari Net."