THE PAST AND FUTURE OF JAPAN – 1993 In this meditation Geoff is shown some history of Japan (in astral) Geoff – I have somebody standing in army uniform in front of a very big building. It is like a huge government building, the steps going up the front must be two or three stories high and very wide. Then there is this huge building, I am getting an Imperial palace, but it is part of the palace area, anyway I am going inside and up these steps and through enormous doors, and what is here is the past history, like a war museum in a way, but it is much more important than that. There are blocks on the wall or some sort of designs, which relate to past triumphs, battles and eras, times in the life of the different emperors and shoguns in Japan. In the center of this room is a huge tomb, and this is the father of Japan, the founder, I can’t get a name, but it is a very important person, and he is looked upon and the sort of father of Japan. In the room on the left-hand side are various scrolls and documents, relating to all the wars and the history, and these can be taken out and read, but only by people of a certain rank, or authority. I have been asked to sit in one room, there is one wooden chair, very nicely polished, and one sort of a built-in desk, it is a very small room, maybe eight-foot square. There is a lot of history here and lots of vibrations, the walls are very thick. In the walls there are a lot of vibrations. I have a look at a roll of documents and these are old sort of parchments, I have taken one out and laid it on the desk. I am not sure what it is, what sort of document it is, but it relates to a certain period long time ago, one of the dynasties, but what is interesting is that I can see a thought form of the person who was in control in that particular era. He was a very spiritual person in his own way, in those days Japan was very peaceful. It had its disciplines, its hierarchy, but basically it was a very peaceful nation, as with all nations it is impossible to have a trouble-free balance, a nation without any problems just doesn’t exist. And in this particular area the strong resistance, the people who caused the problems they also kept the discipline was the samurai. Now the samurai as we know, they were the army for the main shoguns, and they had no reserves about killing to keep the discipline, they controlled very well. There were three different levels of people, at the top you had the shoguns, then you had the samurai, which is the private army to the shoguns, and beneath that you had the peasants. Because they didn’t know any better they were brought up in the peasant life, and they accepted their role and they were quite happy, they were always afraid of the samurai, but they did everything possible to make sure that there weren’t any problems. They paid their taxes on time they helped to do the necessary things that needed doing on time, and they never caused any trouble and they lived a very comfortable and happy life. This was controlled by the main emperor I will call him in Japan, who controlled all the shoguns, they had areas of land which was given to them by the emperor, old family traditions and names that went back hundreds of years, and the land belonged to that particular family. They had their shoguns, their samurai and the peasants. But this person the emperor overall could see what he had, made it a very peaceful Japan, although it was well disciplined but it was peaceful. The part he didn’t like of course was the killing, which the samurai did to maintain discipline, but overall it was a peaceful nation. During his lifetime he understood this, he was very wise, and he was satisfied to complete his lifetime without making any major changes, there was very little unrest as you would get with a normal nation. When somebody tries to take over or challenge power or whatever, there was very little of this because of the strong discipline. The year was about 300. It is too difficult to get the name, but it was M U I Z, something like that, was the dynasty, it had a Z in which was most unusual. Ah in those days they didn’t have an alphabet as we have, and it is only since, many centuries after when historians were discussing this particular era, when they came up with the English wording for that era, He couldn’t give me his name, it would be impossible to understand, but if we care to look in history books in the year 300 AD we will be able to pick out who he was. I have rolled up the scroll and I have put it away. There is somebody standing next to me and he is directing me what to do, so I take another scroll now, there are three scrolls on the right-hand side, which are much darker indicating a more trouble-some period. And the three come together, I take all three and lay them out and basically it is very black. The period was when Christianity, as it was known then, first came to Japan. It was Jesuits that brought this information, and this, because the Japanese respect other religions, and religion and their way of life is very important to them, because they had to respect through honor and custom, when these priests arrived, they were allowed to practice their religion without any interference. What it did was it started to confuse people, before that there was never any problems, it was a nice peaceful land, even with the samurai maintaining discipline, but with the Jesuits, they started to teach that there was another religion, they were quite fanatical about their own religion, and they thought that the Japanese were basically heathens that needed to be taught, but they also thought that the peasants were just peasants and they were to be ignored. They weren’t taught the religion, what the Jesuits tried to do was to get into the governing bodies, the wealthy people, the shoguns etc. to teach this new religion. They were also not adverse to making money and taking donations, for land, building churches, a lot of gold and jewelry, and they basically practiced that, they asked for money to be given to their order and became very wealthy. Now those are being rolled up and put away. The next one being unrolled is a very strong blue, royal blue, and it is plain, on the others were pictures, I would not understand the Japanese writing anyway, but the pictures told the story of that particular era, but on this one is plain blue. The guy on the left, who has been waiting, is now going to explain this to me, and the period they went through. He has taken me to a garden, which is very nice, ornate, laid out beautifully, and in the center is a small church, temple, and we have seen one of these before, this is where they go for guidance, during this period, the main people in the community would rely on their ancestors and history and it was actually spiritual, to get their guidance. They were very wealthy, and they would each belong to one of these small temples, and there would be a wise man as such in each one of these temples. There would be maybe a dozen wealthy people who all contributed to this temple, and it was theirs and belonged to the family, to their family crest. The wise man was looked after, everything was paid for and he lived there, his sole job was to give advice and help, he was a dedicated person, through various ways to the wealthy people, they believed very much him in, believed very strongly. And he made the decisions to the best of his ability, now that person was basically a very spiritual person, but the Japanese race were not ready enough to receive proper spiritual development, or turn into spiritualists, they had other lessons to learn before they would be allowed to become spiritualists, so this one guy in a temple, used to guide the people along the right path. Now he could see what was going on, and what had to be done, and what was the correct thing to do spiritually, but he couldn’t tell them that, so it was always this information from the ancestors the spirits etc. and because they believed so strongly in what he said he had a lot of control. Whenever they were stuck and had a problem, and wanted to know what to do, they would go to him for advice, he made them think that the advice came from ancient spirits and ancestors where in fact the advice was based upon what he thought was best for the progress of the Japanese nation. Some people became very dedicated to this type of religion or way of life, and there were many in high positions, or born of high positions in their family, that would go along and join as an apprentice to this kind of temple. And they would when he died take over the position, and it would be a lifelong position. What was good about that was they had no worries about finance or where they are going to live, or their position, when you became an apprentice you started and you were dedicated for life. So, they had no external pressures and could spend all their time considering what must be done and following the religion and learning it. As each generation passed, each person had their own thoughts, and so they began to mould the Japanese nation into a nation that would develop towards spiritualism. Spiritualism does not mean only spiritualism as we know it, there are, as we know many religions, which are very close to spiritualism, but they are going in the right direction. There was years where this went on and the people themselves, the nation developed and their way of life taught them beauty with nature and other people, harmony, peace, and so many of the traditional martial arts and skills were developed. Because they found a beauty in discipline as well as seeing through their eyes, for someone to subject themselves to discipline for a lifetime a beauty could be seen in that. And so the nation continued to develop as a very strong nation, bound together by common thoughts. There were many wise people created because they could spend their entire life following a religion and developing it, they became very wise in religion but knew very, very little of anything outside of their religion. They were becoming an ideal but to be a true teacher you must learn not only the spiritual side but also the social and living side. It is all very well to follow ideals and put them into practice but when you do not socialise with others of a lower or higher rank, when you cut yourself off in other words you do not gain a fully balanced life. Now we are getting up to the year 1920, Western influence was affecting Japan, the people who had been so disciplined were now seeing other countries, other ways of life, foreign people coming to their land with different cultures, different ideals, different customs and social graces, and they began to build up an anger, a very underlying anger. That these foreigners had interrupted their smooth lifestyle and given them more to think about, now I am talking about the nation as a whole not individuals. The anger started to build up, it was also part of the process of changing, part of the growth process, to be comfortable and happy and balanced for centuries does not help with growth, you must see both sides. So the foreigners came, the anger started to build up and anger not just with the people, but with those in power. They started to go through periods where they wanted to dominate and conquer as they tried with the Chinese, they were feeling a bit left behind. Other countries were progressing much faster than them, and their discipline was starting to get looser. The mood of the people became very despondent, they believed of themselves as the dominating race, they believed because of discipline and working together as one nation, that the Japanese were a form of master race, and that was why when Hitler approached Hirohito, he thought of Japan as being a master race similar to Germany. And therefore it was advantageous to side with this ally who thought the same way. The people being so disciplined followed Hirohito to the letter, what he said went, we are one nation, we are strong Japanese and we will do what our emperor decides, he has the wisdom and the years of experience in talking to the wise men, the ancients the spiritual past and all that, and they blindly followed. When it came to going to war, they were in favor, because now they could dominate, they could get rid of their anger and show the rest of the world that the Japanese were superior. Having anger suppressed in your body is not good, but it is not suppressed just for one lifetime, as a nation grows if there is suppressed anger in one generation, it automatically goes into the next generation, it is not a short term physical thing. And the suppression had been building up for a long time. The war of course was a massive learning process, and helping to shape Japan’s future, people were taught humility, and for them because of their discipline, when they had to surrender, it was the height of shame that a master race had to give in. And that shame was not forgotten for the next forty or fifty years. The new generation that is coming in now, has learnt from the long time discipline of the past, from the religious aspect, and they understand more now that they are not the master race, they believe in what they do, they are very strong and they will always be very powerful. There will be minor conflicts, two or three of them coming up, which is just again getting rid of this suppressed anger. By they learnt a very big lesson after the war, they work together now as a people, and they are a strong nation, their discipline keeps them together, their ideals. And because it is together they are making it happen, they no longer have total belief in whoever is the emperor or governing body of the country. Because they have seen that during the war the emperor was wrong which has never happened before, they now see this and understand far more. They are not yet ready to switch over to spiritual religion, they still have their own religion and beliefs, they are not yet ready to switch over as is a country such as England. But they are getting closer and stronger as nation, the next major step in Japan is understanding of helping one another not because it is expected, it is a custom, but because they want to do it, and because they understand how other people feel. There is a definite lack of emotion in Japan caused by discipline, their lifestyle is governed by their upbringing, there are social graces that must be adhered to, there are guidelines that they must follow, there is very little emotion in it, it is all laid down in a path for them. Marriages are not based on marriages as we have here, not that they are pre-arranged but there are more customs, the women are more subservient, they have not yet learnt to be equal, and they accept what is given to them, the women are dominated and the men are in control. Now back to the room, and we are now putting that scroll away, and there is one more scroll, which is red with gold edges. It is as yet unwritten, for this is the future of Japan, after many centuries of learning, Japan is now coming of age and it will be a very good country that is starting to develop, it will take many people to guide Japan in the right direction, in the centuries to come. During the tilting of the earth on its axis, not much damage will come to Japan, but it will bring the people closer together, a lot of homes will be destroyed, there will not be a large loss of life, the homes will be destroyed and for a period people will see each other as people, without the existing social standing, with the man being much higher than a woman etc. The economy will be totally shattered, there will be nothing left except the people themselves, and this is the last lesson that this nation has to learn. They will look after each other, they will start to understand and love each other and they will emerge a very good people, and they will continue to develop on the spiritual path. The reason for this history is that you and I will be working here in the future, working with the minds of the people, such as those of other countries, and this is all experience for us to listen to. The person with me at the moment would like to teach us more in the future which he will do, but we must first gather the basic information from the various nations and groups of people, so that we have a very good grounding as to what we must do in the future. Only once that is gathered can he teach us the specific and guide us in the right direction for helping others, you cannot learn to read before you have learnt the alphabet. There will be other important persons who will come to guide us and they will tell us what their experience is. We must not be surprised as to who they are. He is saying his goodbyes and I am being led back out of this room of the original soldier that I saw, and back outside. There is still discipline and respect there, which is the way that I am used to, and as I walk backwards this palace fades away. There are many others who have been watching this communication, Japanese and Chinese, and they are being told by the group that Eastern religions are totally different as we know, but so are so many other things, all our experience that we have had to date has been with the West, and the East is totally different, it takes a lot of learning. Verna – That is in this life. Geoff – Hmm, That’s it.