The Structure of Mind Revealed by Shinto Philosophy
What is mind?
Who am I?
Throughout history, many philosophers and scientists have discussed the relationship between mind and brain.
The concept of mind is understood in many different ways by many different cultural and religious traditions.
In Japanese Shinto philosophy, it is considered that the universe has different kinds of worlds depending on the degree of immateriality.
In this multiverse model, an element in the physical world has its counterparts in the worlds of different degrees of immateriality (See Fig.1).
Fig.1 The Structure of human mind according to Shinto philosophy
In the above Figure 1, Alice has a body in the physical world, but she also has different stages of mind depending on the degree of immateriality.
For example, as the degree of immateriality “S” approaches 1 (100%), Alice’s mind is more deep and subconscious.
The Truth of the Revelation from God
Especially, in eastern spiritualism, such a higher level of mind also appears as a sprit guide.
A higher level of mind (a higher self, hereafter) sometimes supplies us with inspirations to guide us properly.
If the higher self is in the very high level of the spirit world, the inspirations from the higher self are sometimes regarded as revelations from God.
Historically, many prophet have received such revelations from the God.
According to Onisaburo Deguchi, a great Shinto master, when an event occurred in the spirit world, the event also occurred in the physical world.
Deguchi Onisaburo (1871-1948). He was a spiritual leader of religious movement in Japan in the early 1900s. He left a voluminous amount of prophetic writings. According to his followers, Onisaburo's prediction rate is more than 95%. Even today, his predictions are coming true, such as Apple Watch, Multicoptor, Maglev and so on.
Mathematically describing Onisaburo's theory, each element is born in the full spiritual state (S = 1) at first and then the element transfers toward the full material state (S = 0) (See Fig.2).
Fig.2 The Mathematical Model of Law of Transfer
Onisaburo called such a transition from the full spiritual state (S = 1) to the full material state (S = 0) as “Law of Transfer”, "Law of Reflection" or “Copy Law.”
Therefore, there is a time gap between the occurrence of an event in the spirit world (S = 1) and the occurrence of the corresponding event in the physical world (S = 0).
In other words, a higher self can know an event happening in the spirit world, before we knows the corresponding event happening in the physical world.
This explains why divine revelations have been prophetic.
The Explanation of Collective Unconscious
Furthermore, in the Shinto multiverse model, Alice's mind and another person's mind (e.g. Bob's mind) share the same origin at the highest level of the sprit world (See Fig.3).
Fig.3 Alice's mind and Bob's mind share the same origin at the highest level of the sprit world.
This explains the structure of the unconscious mind, such as collective unconscious.
A Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung considered that the collective unconscious are shared among beings of the same species.
Carl Gustav JUng (1875 - 1961)
Furthermore, according to Shinto philosophy, there are no time and space in the spirit world.
In this regard, Onisaburo explained as follows.
There is no sense of time in the spirit world, because it is beyond the time and space.
Therefore, an event, which I saw in the spirit world with second sight, may appear a few days later, 10 years later, or several hundred years later in the real world.
In some cases, I may also see an event from hundreds or thousands of years ago.
When I see events in the spirit world, those events come into my second sight uniformly and in parallel, without any distinction of time and space, light and dark, up and down, small and large, broad and narrow, and so on.
Therefore, even if Alice's body and Bob's body are located far away from each other, their deep minds of the higher level of spirituality can directly interact with each other.
This explains Synchronicity first by Jung which holds that events are "meaningful coincidences" if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related.
The Principle of Success By Unconscious Mind
According Shinto philosophy, you are greatly influenced by higher levels of structures of your mind (higher yourself, hereafter).
In other words, your mind and body are bound by higher yourself.
Inversely, if higher yourself succeed in the sprit world, you will also succeed in the physical world, because what happened to higher yourself is bound to happen to you in accordance with the Law of Transfer.
Therefore, if you want to succeed, you should pray for the success of higher yourself in your unconscious mind first of all, not yourself in the physical world.
This explains the well known principle of modern personal development and self-improvement taking advantage of the power of the subconscious mind, as seen in the Napoleon Hill's best-selling book Think and Grow Rich.
Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)
This is the basic principle of success taking advantage of the unconscious mind.
As described above, Shinto's theory of mind mechanism is simple, but it is a working theory which can explain many mental phenomena.
August 19, 2018
- Kyotaro Deguchi (August 30, 2001). "A giant, Onisaburo Deguchi."
- Kazuaki Deguchi (September 25, 1978). "Prophecies and affirmations of Nao & Onisaburo Deguchi."
- Sugen Takeda (September 3, 2013). "Warning from the spirit world by Onisaburo Deguchi."
- Hiroaki Izuka (2007-2018) "Reikai Monogatari Net."