Kami, Prayer, Shinto

The Energy for Prayer: Formal vs Informal

The past week has been a blur. Although I didn't have much on, I was constantly exhausted from chronic pain and it disturbed most my sleep. As a Shintoist, I usually pray at the kamidana at least once a day, usually in the mornings. This week I found myself forgetting to on two days and… Continue reading The Energy for Prayer: Formal vs Informal

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Prayer, Shinto

Finding Time For Prayer

Waking up at dawn, heading down to your local Shinto shrine and praying to the enshrined kami before starting your day, that's the dream, right? Unfortunately for many Shinto practitioners this is not an option. We are outside of Japan, or situated somewhere far away from any kind of Shinto shrine or retreat, sometimes even… Continue reading Finding Time For Prayer

Prayer, Shinto

Kotodama (言霊)

Kotodama (言霊 - literally 'word spirit/soul') is a Japanese belief that a strong power exists in words and names. This means that reciting particular words or sounds in ritual can invoke kami, purify oneself and influence our mind, body and soul. Kotodama is a very important concept in Shinto and also in Japanese martial arts… Continue reading Kotodama (言霊)