Thursday, May 25, 2006

Spirits & Black Magic in Sukyo Mahikari

I have been reading Joe’s blog and one of the things I noticed he talks about regularly is the black magic and conjuring spirits that were used at the dojo from which he practiced. I did not really witness much of what I consider to be black magic…but as far as conjuring spirits go…its hard to be sure. It depends on whether you believe a person lashing out during an okiyome session is a disturbed spirit that fears the light or a spirit that is attacking the person because okiyome possesses some kind of negative power (conjuring spirits).

It was said that Kotama Okada was released from his position as an SKK minister after dabbling in spirit conjure, among other things. According to SKK ministers, Okada began practicing Johrei (okiyome) in a way that provoked the surrounding spirits. Johrei centers do not typically have problems with spirits, but Kotama practiced Johrei in such a way that spirits would start to become angry and lash out. Of course, Kotama would teach in his doctrine that if a spirit is communicating during okiyome that it is a positive thing, as the spirit has been provoked because the light is so strong…it means the spirit will eventually leave.

This is not true, however, according to modern Wicca, Pagan, and Voodoo practitioners. I have read a bit about these Neo-Pagan religions who practice magic and from what they claim it is very simple to conjure/provoke a spirit. The most typical way to do this is through a séance, but there are other ways such as channeling. Channeling is somewhat like okiyome in the sense that the person attempts to open themselves up spiritually and blank their mind and receive the light; this makes them more vulnerable to angry spirits taking possession according to the modern day witches. Okyiome is similar to channeling because of the ritualistic aspect of it which, according to Wiccan practitioners, attracts spirits.

Some of the Wiccan sites I have looked at have said similar things, “People who are spiritually curious are usually spiritually sensitive. A spirit can be easily channeled by a spiritually sensitive person. The main objective of a negative spirit is possession of your body and mind. The spirit wants a home and is looking at your body as its next house. Spirit possession is widely misunderstood. Possession usually happens gradually and in stages. How does a person get possessed? The more spiritual sensitivity you have the more open you are to possession.
Risk increases with pendulum diagnosis, succumbing to trances (possibly okiyome), metaphysical healing (again possibly okiyome), and drugs.”

According to Wiccan sites; possession is usually not a total possession. The person usually has the majority of control. The person can live and function in their life; however, it takes a large amount of control to attempt to live normally. The spirit is always there confusing the person's thinking clamoring for attention.

Usually the spirit is friendly enlightened, and protective until the person tells it to leave permanently. Then the spirit gets agitated and begins to show its true nature. The nature of the spirit is one of hatred. The spirit then concentrates energy to destroying the person.
According to Wiccans, spell casting is becoming more and more accepted by mainstream society, for one simple reason; it works.

One can’t help but wonder what else Yoshikazu Okada was dabbling in while he was experimenting in various religions. Sukyo Mahikari released a statement saying that Kotama participated in several different religions; could Wicca, Voodoo, or Paganism be one of them?

I find it profoundly disturbing that Okada was a minister of the SKK for many years, received Johrei from the practitioners in their dojo…but yet for some odd reason, never allowed members of Mahikari to offer him okiyome. Could it be that the SKK was right and okiyome offered in the fashion from which Kotama taught is dangerous? Was he really conjuring spirits intentionally that could harm the spiritually sensitive individual? Something to think about.


At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The moment the words "spirit attached to" Mr XX are said by the investigating staff member to the receiver of light, these very words conjure/invite in a spirit to attach to the receiver. I know as I personally had such a frightening experience whereby this "attaching spirit" spoke through me, and when asked by the staff member was I related to it, said no, and that it had just "dropped in" to check out what this light thing the staff member was talking about! After that incident from that time onwards till I left SM I never allowed another spirit investigation. I am most fortunate with that experience that I didnt attract an earth bound spirit with violent tendencies. Its quite scarey how they are meddling with these wayward spirits as SM staff members dont know how to send these attaching spirits back to God's Love and Light.

At 6:16 AM, Anonymous Kara said...

I was never a member of Sukyo Mahikari, but the first time I received light from someone other than Asher, my boyfriend...I think the guy was a Socho, but he was definitely a Kanbu member...

I don't remember this, but from what I have been told of the incident by Asher and others who witnessed it was that the spirit began speaking through was a man who apparently had been "according to SM" following my family throughout history with the intent to harm us.

They suggested I receive more light, but after that incident I never received from a Kanbu member again...the incident never happened again either and the only time I have seen anyone else go through what I did was when a Socho or Kanbu member offered them light. Very strange.

At 8:25 AM, Blogger Steve said...

I have one for you.....
Over the 14 years I was involved I think I received a so called spirit investigation maybe five or six times. I didn't go for it too much, it just wasn't my cup of tea! Some instinct told me that this was kindergarten stuff, I was a Wiccan as a wayward youth and that seemed to have some kind of spiritual grunt at the time. Mind you Wicca was a lot of fun and a good way to meet some very lovely ladies....

In the dojo I belonged to there seemed to be a passion for samurai spirits or fox spirits or badger spirits.....none of these have much to do with Aussie culture.

I fixed that........I recall I was feeling quite uncomfortable one time in the kneeling position and was moving up and down a bit to get the blood flow back into my feet.

Then the investigation started, the person doing the so called spirit investigation went through the list of regular types. So I shook my head and started to move up and down more, making a a few Kangaroo type gestures.... through the process of elimination she finally picked a Kangaroo....Bingo!!

So it seems she had discovered a resentful Kangaroo Spirit, which didn't like the fact it had been shot and killed. I recall the so called investigator was quite enthusiastic.....maybe this was the first time a Kangaroo spirit had manifested!!!. So the tale came out about being resentful and missing his Kangaroo family. The kangaroo attached to me because I shot it for sport and it wanted to pay me back for killing him.

After awhile, things calmed down and the Kangaroo 'spirit' was told all about "true light" etc etc.

I didn't have the heart to tell the lady I made the whole thing up! I remembered an old TV show called Skippy the bush Kangaroo and just imitated the movements, seemed a fun thing to do at the time. I was getting a bit weary of all the Japanese overlay of everything and seeing the richness of the Aussie culture being devalued.

I was uncomfortable and moved to find a better position, this movement was interpreted as spirit movement...I just went along with the ride!

So why not a Kangaroo still brings on a smile when I remembered it.

I have spoken with others over the years and they also mentioned spinning a tale or two for a so called investigation as well. We have had a few good laughs about it.

So from my point of view the whole spirit investigation thing is a load of superstitious hooey!

At 5:14 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Wow Darcy, thanks for this post! Its good to see some former members, I hope we can hear from more.

I can say for certain that I have experienced the "disturbance phenonmena even after removing omitam, but I can't tell you if it is all im my head or it's the real thing. I can tell you that I agree with Steve that the higher ups do not know what the hell they are doing.

Again it's rather telling that regardless of the existence or not, all of the Jorei /SKK history of Okada was hidden by SM. The reason that I find it so fascinating is that they expect you to accept that Okada was doing the right thing...but if he really was, don't you think they would just come out and say he was booted because he was doing it and that was from God? Of course they won't do that, and they never answered my questions when I asked. They will just say "it's all the light of God"

Btw Steve, great story. Have anymore???

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


A great tale!
Just a thought, when you conjured this kangaroo spirit up were you hopping mad about the place? Perhaps one day we could compile a story book on all those "mythical" spirits!

At 6:13 PM, Blogger Darcy said...

Could we give you a nickname so we can seperate you from the other ppl who wrie anonmouly? It can be anything, a name or just a word, an animal...whatever you want...this way we can call you something besides anonyous.

At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Rosie said...

Ok Steve,

Ill go by the name Rosie.
Its all roses once you leave Sm!


At 9:05 AM, Blogger Joe said...

I just wanted to clarify that there wasn't any extra special conjuring going on at the center where I practiced (at least that I know of!) In fact, we were rather small and it was always interesting to me because there was no one really trained to handle any large scale manifestations or investigations.

My main interest in this comes from the fact that I was blown away by the revelation that Okada was sacked from SKK because he deviated into this realm. That really began to make it clearer to me, because it now all adds up. The Biblical warnings against sorcery or consorting with spirits is something Mahikari would never mention to you, they only use Biblical quotes that suit their needs. I have encountered many of the spirit phenomenon and it is quite destructive and annoying (the cold flashes, strange creatures in my dreams.

All in all, there are just so many points of contention and contradiction that have been hidden that one MUST question the value of this group.

At 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi joe, you r right. Also the fact that what we practice in mahikari is the same as johrei practice but they do not deal with spirits. If you log on to you will be amazed at the information there. i am sure there are so many confused members out there as there are so many questions unanswered.

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At 4:07 PM, Anonymous KitKat said...

I know a woman who had been a full Doshi (and has since left the cult), and she said they received no 'special training' to do spirit investigations.

I strongly suspect - and she agrees - that it is mostly a hypnotic / trance state that people get into, and with the Kanbu adding their suggestions and interpretation onto any slight physical movements or problems they know of in the person's life.

At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been in Mahikari for the past 13 years.. and havent been enthusiastic about gg to Dojo for the past 5 yrs due to some personal problems. But I will never forget the protection this God has given me, and all the wonderful feelings and experiences I have received when I was there. If you guys have made a choice to leave, it would be good if you stop talking negative about it. Well, that is if you believe in the basic thing called Karma.

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At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I am from India.. I had a boyfriend for five years.. Was planning to get married soon. 2 years ago his mother and sister joined Mahikari and freaked out.. Which made my so very wise boyfriend also to join. He and I belived in God faithfully but not any religion per say. But Mahikari had its new shot.. It shot my heart.. He just received omitama few months ago and changed drastically. He kept insisting me to join Mahikari.. And when I denied, he claimed that I am possed by bad spirits and I must atleast recieve light. Yet I stayed away and in the bargain, we broke up. I tried receiving light but something just didnt feel right as I know how secured you feel when you think of God.. I never got that feeling while receiving light so I couldn't do it.. He has called me selfish and many other things.. I just pray to God that he comes back to his senses and lives a good, joyfull life.

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At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Altair said...

While doing toneri ( overnight guarding of Dojo and divine articles) I stuck my finger uop my arse and ran it over the goshintai frame and actual chon. I then ran my finger over the Izunomi statue, the eyes and the writing on the back. I laced the flowers for the alter with my genital hairs and pissed in the flower water. All good harmless fun. That was a couple of years ago and nothing has happened to me. I have also taken doshis omitama when he was in the shower and put it on the floor and put my foot on it, so he has had an omitama accident and does not know it. Absolutely sublime. I have now rid myself of any power that so called divine objects might have had over me. It is all mind control bullshit and I was taken in by it and it has cost me much financially. I aim to totally destroy Mahikari it is the only way, these people deserve it. they are in business as is every organised religion with usefull idiots giving voluntary service believing they are elevating their souls and getting closer to god. It is total deception, it is evil.


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