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Freedom From Delusions – a lecture by Michio Kushi from 1984

September 1, 2017

“Freedom From Delusions” is a lecture by Michio Kushi filmed on June 16, 1984 at the Mid-Atlantic Macrobiotic Summer Camp in the Poconos of Pennsylvania.  It is one of a series of lecture he gave during that week.  The lecture is approximately one hour and ten minutes long and is presented in its original format with added subtitles.  Below is a full transcript that has been edited for clarity. 

We are, at the present time, facing a great crisis. That crisis is the degeneration of humanity through the sickness and mental illness as well as the threat of nuclear war. All these confrontations that threaten our world are due to our present way of thinking – the orientation and direction of modern civilization, itself.

Suppose, in order to find out our origin – asking ourselves: “What is man?”.  When we close our eyes and deeply reflect on this in the following way:

We were yesterday here. Ten years ago, also, we were here on this planet. Twenty years ago also we were here. Before that, we were in mother’s womb, although we forgot completely! And then, before mother’s womb, where were we? We did not begin from mother’s womb. Yes, conception began. Yes, beginning of human being – human form began at that time But before that we were mother’s egg, father’s sperm. And before that we were mother’s blood, father’s blood. Before that we were what mother ate and what father ate because what they ate became their blood. So, someone might have been a cabbage.  Someone might have been a hot-dog. And before that, if father ate beef, cows eat grass.  Grass changes into cow’s meat.

So, we came from. the Vegetable Kingdom  or Plant Kingdom. We transformed and transmuted our life through various formations from the Vegetable Kingdom. So, our origin was, before we became a human, we existed as part of the Plant Kingdom. But the Plant Kingdom was not appearing alone. [It did not create itself] That was [It was created by the] transformation of soil, air. water – so called, “Nature” or you may say the “Elements”, like hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and their combinations. [The] World of Elements. Nature or World of Elements, that is, [the origin of the Plant Kingdom] That covers this entire earth, this entire atmosphere as well as the planets and the whole solar system, as well as millions and trillions of stars. This Nature or Elements – World of Elements –  is a huge world.

However, it didn’t begin itself. [It did not all of a sudden appear] The Elements, as modern science knows, are composed of and came from Pre-Atomic Particles, such as electrons, protons, neutrons, and so forth.  So,the  origin of nature or  the origin of Elements were Pre-Atomic Particles which has Plus/Minus –  which has Yin charge/Yang charge in electricity. They [Pre-Atomic Particles], however, did not come itself.  [They did not arise by themselves].  They were nothing but the center of massive energy spirallic motion. That center – massive condensed energies. That [energy] appears as particles. So vibrations [or] energy is the origin of the Pre-Atomic World. But this Vibration/Energy, how [does it] arise – which is [this] entire Universe – [comprised of] vibrations/energies?
How that is arising? How does that move? How does that change? Because, there are two polarities, two different tendencies:

High and low, right and left, and high pressure, low pressure, high temperature, low temperature, Centrifugality and centripetality, Expansion and contraction,

Those two – plus/minus or Yin and Yang, Alpha and Omega –  these two big different tendencies, opposite tendencies, yet complementary – their [interactions], that is making motions..

When Romeo and Juliet…Romeo get up midnight and go to Juliet’s house and under…outside of Juliet’s house…under the window he sings the song.  I don’t know if he was singing Rock’N’Roll or so forth.  Juliet came out from the bed and waving – open the windows.

These motions – because of polarity;  Yin and Yang, male and female polarity – motion goes. These motions, however… polarities…like right hand/left hand, right brain/left brain, right eye/left eye, right lung/left lung or breathing out/breathing in or eating, taking in and then discharging out or activity and then resting, standing high, straight or lower, laying down.

These antagonistic, complementary activities are nothing but one body that manifests itself into two different ways. In the same way, this happens throughout the Universe. Antagonistic/complementary phenomena are all manifested as One Infinite Universe.  One Infinity manifests into two antagonistic/complementary tendencies and between them energy arises, vibration goes and then creates Pre-Atomic particles. This then creates the world of physical matter, like planets and celestial bodies.  Then this creates Nature or plants  and then that transforms into animal and eventually man, as far as this earth is concerned. That means, we have come from the infinite Universe, itself and came to this world transforming, transmuting through thousands of different forms, lives and finally choosing this solar system, this planet and choosing our parents via the plants world which changes into their blood, which  changes into their reproductive cells and finally came out as human beings.

This long, long, long journey – billions of years journey – everyone has passed through.  Therefore, everyone has the memory that, once upon a time, everyone was One. So everyone knows deep inside, subconsciously, deeply in their sub-memories that everyone is brother and sister.  Everyone was differentiated. Everyone was manifested in their own different way, but our origin is same.  Regardless of how we change our laws, our origin remains the same.  Regardless of how our principles of life may change, our origin is the same, because we are a manifestation of One Universe, and that One Universe is always governed by the law of Yin and Yang.

The Pre-Atomic World to the World of Nature we call, the”World of Matter”.  Plant World and Man’s World (or Animal World) we call, “The World of Biological Life” or you may say, “Organic World”. This, the Pre-Atomic and Elemental World is the “Inorganic World”.  Regarding this Vibration or Energy World, we can only detect a part of it like cosmic rays, electro-magnetics, or colors, lights, smells, etc. [here Michio incorrectly reference “smells” and “hearing” as part of the Vibrational World which actually is part of the Elemental World] hearing, so forth. But a huge part of this Vibration/Energy World which covers the entire universe, itself, actually we can’t detect.  Only small infinitesimal point we are detecting now through our senses – limited capacity of our senses and through our various kinds of equipment.  Of course, behind that is Yin and Yang, we can not see unless we use our insight.  Of course, One Infinity, which is endless and beginningless we can not see because there is no manifestation in form – no phenomena –  this is the Non-Phenomenal World.

The Vibration/Energy World is the  World Of Spirit.  Spirit change into Matter,Matter change into Life, Life change into Matter, Life into Spirit, and all phenomena is born from the Non-Phenomenal World. The  Non-Phenomenal World – One Non-Phenomenal World – creates billions, trillions of infinitely different phenomena. This Phenomenal World we call, the “Relative World”.  The Non-Phenomenal World we call, “Absolute World” or you may call, “God” because it is omnipresence, omniscience  and omnipotent. This, the Phenomenal World, you may call, “Relative World” because it is governed by opposite relative forces.  Time and Space exist in this Phenomenal World but not in the Absolute World.  End and Beginning – Beginning and End exists in the Relative World but not in the Absolute World.  Whatever appears here in the Relative World of Phenomena eventually all disappears into the ocean of One Infinity. Then it comes back again reappears – appear and disappear, appear and disappear –  something like the white foam you see on the ocean, in lakes and in streams which appear and disappear, appear and disappear.

Modern science, especially atomic science, when seeking the answer to the question: “What is Matter?” they looked at Elements and further analyzed them and discovered the atom which they further analyzed and then discovered Pre-Atomic Particles like electrons, protons, neutrons, this and that. They then looked at these electrons  and asked, “What is the most fundamental unit? In the end, they discovered that they can’t analyze and discover any unit! No unit! Matter suddenly disappeared! No more matter! There, they discovered is only energy!

So the present day, most advanced definition of Matter is:  Matter is something like a ghost which appears and disappears in space.  It is not solid, not hanging down, not a fixed thing at all. Here, in our body, we have trillions of cells,  Each cell contains trillions of atoms.  Each atom is made of millions of pre-atomic particles and vibration and energy.  What is this – our body? This appears as a body but this is no body.  It is a ghost or spirit. So, non-matter equals matter and matter equals non-matter.  Nothingness equals things and things equal nothingness.

Three thousand years ago there was a Greek philosopher named, “Democritus”.  When he wanted to know the truth about life; the truth of the Universe he divided this Universe into two: Space and Matter.  Then he asked, “What is matter?” and began the search of for what is matter.  Three thousand years later we discovered that matter is something like a ghost. Non-matter is something like spirit or a mist.  Similarly, thought and thinking is nothing but vibration.  So our body is vibration and energy’s spirit and so our thinking is the same thing.  When we see our bodies, our world, this house this is because of our sensory capacity. We are feeling this.  Suppose if we had different senses, we may not feel this, because this is nothing but mist vibration – a unit of massive vibration and energy.

So, there are many, many people through various kind of illusions, sensory illusions; they are seeing world which is not true world.  Several days ago I received telephone call, a long distance, urgent call from Europe. Some man called, “Michio Kushi you can save the world! One week later World War happens!” Illusion, delusions and the problem is: Why does he see that delusion? Here we must know our quality of our – this machine [our body]. Let’s think this over furthermore, ok?

Here is the Earth. There is the Sun. Usually you think that the earth is revolving around the Sun [in a circular orbit].  But this is not a true picture, because this does not include time.  Every minute and every second time  passing.  Together with time this, the Sun and the Earth, are moving through space.  This picture of Earth revolving around the Sun is not moving. So now, let’s put time and see it this way:  Sun moves, Earth rotates, revolves around the Sun. How does it revolve? Go like this way. (Michio draws a wave pattern on the blackboard). Earth – That means the Earth is making a wave pattern as the Sun moves through space. Waves…

While this happening then what is man upon the earth? Here is Man and his figure.  When we see this, we were a spiral. We are spiral growing. We have a spiral on our head, also.  If you don’t have head spiral, please sit in a museum.  Many millions of people will come to see you.  Then, our spiral, the spiral of our body – this spiral is nothing but one unit of a spiral that is constantly moving, constantly getting energy, constantly discharging in the form of food, in the form of hearing, in the form of radiation, whatever…ok?  Then we discharge it in the form of body energy, heat, calories or thinking, etc.  That spiral, that complex spiral of body is attached to this Earth to this Earth.  This earth rotates. That means this body is, together with the East, moving like this – rotating. So the body itself is moving like that.  That means: What is man? What is he when he moves like that? Man is a wave! We are waves, and that wave is, each moment, taking in various energies and then dispersing energies. Every moment this is going on. When we disperse energy we disperse it in various ways through physical energy as well as thought or thinking.

[Michio proceeds to perform a demonstration of thought and thinking as spirallic energy that we discharge as we think]. Some friends…please come…let’s see…any young friends… Second friend. Would you bring a chair? Sit down. This handsome gentleman…Look this way, straight, Ok? Straight…Spiritual channel straight…ok? Good… Close your eyes…try no thinking…Don’t think…Don’t think…No thinking…Now start to think about your girlfriend or your wife.  She is very pretty.  She is very charming. She is very sexy.  She is very naughty. But I like her very much… Stop your thinking about her. Return…no thinking… Now start to think about war.  World war began! 26:52 Everywhere missiles are flying. Big cities were destroyed. Everywhere fire. Millions people were disappearing instantaneously. Everywhere fire. Everywhere dead bodies. Whole world is now being end. Change your image into very peaceful country scenery…forest…green grass…blue sky… white cloud…crystal clear water…flowers…birds are singing…flying…Stop thinking…Return…no thinking…Good! Thank you! Right?  Thank you!

So you can understand: thought…thought, image is vibration…vibration.  That vibration  – we are always dispatching. We are always creating.  Some are peaceful ones, some are vigorous ones,  small ones, big ones and discharging out.  So, his supposed war image is now somewhere in the air….going on.  And his girlfriend image is also somewhere now floating. And these images which are making like spirallic energetic motion as a one unit, here and there goes. When you think, here and there you are discharging, dispatching images as if, in the blue sky you are creating clouds – white clouds, or long streaming clouds or cloudy clouds or a dark cloud that covers the entire blue skies. You are creating these yourself.  When you are not creating images, when you enter into deep meditation you are connected with the blue sky.  You are connected with the non-relative One World or you may say, “God”.  But when you start to think many clouds start to come and then you lose connection.  But at the same time you are creating a very interesting world. With that – self- created images quite often you think that such images are true forgetting that you are actually creating them!

While sleeping at night someone may see Frankenstein or someone sees Count Dracula.  Someone else sees that he is being chased. Someone is running after you with a big knife coming to you to kill you.  But when you wake up the image disappears. But while you are dreaming that was reality for you. You are acting, you are sweating, you’re struggling – it was reality. When you eat meat, eggs, etc.- often you see those nightmares.  When you eat fruits, especially tree fruits then while you are sleeping sometimes your hearts beats faster or skips a beat.  Then you see, as if the fruit is falling down from the tree from high above.  That moment was reality for you! Image is making reality and you are reacting to that.

Same way, in daytime you are creating so many images which are not really existing.  For example, suppose – you know about “ownership”, idea of ownership – suppose, you have and you think, “I own that house and that property.”  But in reality you are not really owning that. When you die you have to leave it behind.  If that is truly yours then you can bring to the next world too! You are not owning. Just you created an illusion as if you actually own it!  Just you are using it. Not owning it. With money, it’s the same thing.  You may think – “I am owning this coin.” No. If you are really owning it then it will stay with you! But this so quickly leaves you.  And, you didn’t actually make this!  The Government made this.  But the government didn’t actually make it, either.  What is this material?  This material is in the mountain.  Who made it? Nature made it. Energy made it.  The Universe made it. Even government doesn’t own this.  The government is just using this as we are also just using this. Right?  We are not owning this. Similarly…we say: He’s millionaire or I am poor. If he has a million dollars then he’s millionaire.  But actually he doesn’t own that!  He is the same as us – a person. When he owns something or when he has it, soon he will disperse it because energy gather, then energy goes out.

Sickness – many people think that  sickness comes from outside of ourselves – by accidents or by someone’s curse or by some enemies.  They create the image of an enemy. The Enemy is everywhere.  Virus is the enemy.  Hereditary factor – DNA is the enemy. That means parents are the enemy! Bacteria is the enemy.

So to defend from the enemy for ourselves, which we are convinced that we are a very “good” guy – to defend from the invasion of virus, bacteria or any kind of threat we invent weapons.  Weapons to strengthen us – armors,  vaccinations, injections, medications, this and that.  In the case when virus already began invade then we take chemotherapy, drugs, this and that – to destroy them.  We also use radiation – bombardment with the atomic bomb.  This – our body – becomes a battlefield.  And in order to defend ourselves on the outside we apply various kind of chemical, sprays and sanitation. Furthermore, we test these chemicals using millions of animals every year, every year – killing them. Battles! Bloody battles! War is going on constantly. Within our body, outside our body and among our animal kingdom well as vegetable kingdom because we think there are enemies everywhere. So, everywhere battles are going on!  That exact same thinking goes, when we think: Soviets may attack! America may attack! This or that may attack! Let’s have the weapons! Let’s build a shelter! Let’s destroy them! … etc…etc…goes…ok?…Battles!

In this planet, on this planet, in this solar system, in this Milky Way galaxy, in this Universe, is there really an enemy? Is there really an enemy here?  Yes, one enemy is there.  That enemy is the “self”, self-delusion,  self-abuse of eating, thinking and lifestyle.  That is the only one enemy! All others are not enemies! They are the friends! They came out from Universe.  They came out through the Order Of The Universe.  They came out from Nature and Plant Kingdom, etc. They are also Spirit, vibration, spirit, energy, etc.. They are not the enemy!

If we are weak we become their food, so they invade. If we are strong as human beings then they never attack us. Test this! Eat very well. Next summer, together with non-macrobiotic people, go out and picnic in the forest. Bugs come. Flies come.  They circle around you then go to the friend who is fat, who eats ice cream, who takes orange,  juice, who drink milk.  They don’t come to you.  They avoid you!  Because they know your blood is very thick and strong.  They know your tissue is tight. So mosquitoes, when they try to push,  their tube [into your skin].  It’s difficult for them to insert it and after they succeed then while sucking out your blood coagulation already begins and that tube becomes stuck. They have to die! They know it! While flying they think, “Oh! This is a dangerous one!” So, instead they go to a very sweet, soft blood, very liquid and full of Vitamin C.  And so, at that time is the mosquito an enemy? No!  You made yourself a wonderful attractive paradise for mosquito and so mosquito came to you.  The mosquito is very innocent! The cause is yourself! You made yourself very inviting to the mosquito. While you are eating ice cream, potato, etc. you become very attractive to the mosquito, and when mosquito comes, because they thought you are inviting them, then you try to kill them! For a mosquito that is shocking!  They think they were betrayed!

The problem is the same with viruses, bacteria, etc..  If we are good, virus may come in but don’t develop and may cease away.  Bacteria is the same!  But we think, “I am always good guy! I never make mistake! I am good boy! Good school boy. Good conduct and I go every Sunday to Church and give 25 cents.  I am good guy! But why I get cancer?” So, we wonder whether God was sleeping on the white cloud. Didn’t care or if God is wonderful person, then maybe the Devil is there.  The Devil is probably making trouble for us –  sickness, suffering, unhappiness.  So, we create fiction and make another illusion – “Devil somewhere is there! Evil somewhere is there! Because I am always good guy yet, become trouble! That means somewhere Devil is there!” That thinking we call, “Egocentric thinking!”  Ego-centric thinking:  This tiny man think, “I am the good one! Universe number one good guy! No fault!”…Egocentric thinking – we call this, “Arrogance”…arrogance. He is deluded thinking, “This tiny one is the Perfect One!” Illusions…he superstitiously believes it! So he creates enemies all around him. So, he is involved in a constant battle – everyday, everyday, everyday –  in a battlefield.  This kind of world we call, “Hell”. Practically everyone, or almost everyone – all modern people are living in Hell. They are not living in Paradise.  Paradise, or the Kingdom of Heaven, is nothing but this world, this solar system, this galaxy, this entire universe, itself. There is nowhere else. But we, by our own illusions, make our world like Hell.  Enemy is there! Devil is there! And, we act as if they were actually existing trying try to kill us, right?

This type of thinking is in medicine, in social problems, in international relations, in various enterprises, in families.  So, they are creating all sorts of superstitious world. Let’s take the example of a nation: the United States of America. Where does that exists? Yes, this is the State of Pennsylvania. We are paying tax.  We are the Citizen of America. Where the American flag flies then we salute it. We sing the National Anthem.  We are the America and it’s great! But, where does America exist?  Yes, we carry the passport, we carry a visa and when get out of the country, we carry them.  When you go to France and when you go to Germany we show our passport – I am American Citizen.  It appears America exists.  But where does it exist? Yes, when see a map America is sometimes a pink color or sometimes a green color or sometimes black color.  Yes, its seems America exists.  North of America is Canada and south of America is Mexico.  United States of America – many States there.  Yes, it definitely exists on the map. But, who made the map? Someone made the map. Who made the National Anthem? Someone made the National Anthem. Who made the United States Constitution? Someone made the United States Constitution. Who made States? Someone made the States. But…in reality, the United States does not exist.  So, birds fly without carrying passport, visa. Animals cross the borderline without visa.  Look down on the land from a jet airplane and see! There is no borderline – just mountains, green forests, rivers, etc.. Where exists United States of America?  Here! [Michio points to his head].  We think that exists, that’s why we act as if that exists.  So, same thing, we divided more than 100 sections – this entire earth [into nations].  Some is big, some is small.  We think that exists! It does not exist in reality! Only here! [in our mind].And after divided we think that actually exists. And we carry passport, we carry visa. we say, “I am America Citizen”, “I am French Citizen”, this, that, etc…acting as if it’s real.  It’s an illusion! Illusion! An image! An image we created! It’s doesn’t actually exist!  So, whoever does not think that way therefore has no nations.  Squirrels have no nations. Birds have no nation.  Therefore they need not to pay the tax.

The problem is – how many delusions we have different from the reality – actual reality. Your husband, you thought, “He’s very handsome. He’s wonderful.” and honeymoon time, it’s so great.  Two months later you start to wonder. Two years later you start to scratch your head.  Five years later you file for divorce.  Because you deluded yourself! You created an illusion, a superstition on you!  Husband is husband from the beginning.  He is he from the beginning.  He goes to the toilet. He eats. When he sleeps he snores. But we imagined him to be something like Prince of the World.  An illusion!

Suppose, almost every mother thinks that her child is the best in the world! It’s wonderful! I like that very much. But, that is an illusion. Same thing: Jewish people think, “We are the chosen race.” Chinese people think, “We are the central race of the world.” French people think,  “We are the most refined, chic people.” United States people – American people think, “We are the most liberal protector of the freedom, liberty of mankind.”  Japanese people think, “We are the descendants of the Sun!” Everywhere, everyone thinks, “I am the…great!”, ok?  Illusion! Delusion! These kinds of delusion and illusion – for so many thousands of years – have governed people!

Many people think that after they graduate grammar school they must go to high school, then college, then University.  They think, “What kind of job? How much salary I should get?”, etc.. And they plan – they think,  “I am working for that company and at 65 years old will retire, and so forth.  Who made that orientation of life? That is a delusion system! Is he really choosing what he wants to do on this earth? He came from the  infinite, changing into thousands  and thousands of different forms/lives then choosing this planet as human beings – this wonderful, beautiful earth.  Did he come from the Universe, from one invisible world, spiritual world to this world to become the company employee, getting $200 per week?  Or to sell his life: How much for this one hour? How much for this one week? How much for this one year?  How much for 50 years, 55 years?  When 65 years comes then no one can or will buy your life. Then you call it “retirement” and go to Florida. For that purpose, did you come from this world? From this infinite universe – taking billions, billions of years life journey. We have to think, “Something is greatly wrong here!”  As in yesterday’s lecture we said: Billions of dollars were spent over 30-50 years – billions, billions, billions dollars spent – and there is no solution for degenerative disease, cancer, mental illness, this and that. There is something greatly wrong!

Same thing, in this world you are living, you are working, you think you are doing wonderful things and you are a good boy, good girl yet, getting sick, getting unhappiness, getting depressed, getting this and that. Something is wrong here. Something is wrong with our image of life, image of the world, image of occupation, image of day to day life – something is wrong. So,  90% – 99% of modern people are governed by some strange delusion about life and because of that they are working as slaves; selling time, selling their life into money and when something comes, we think that is the Devil or that is enemy and we try to kill and try to destroy it.  It’s all wrong.

This earth, this Universe is, itself, is Paradise. It is, itself, the Kingdom of Heaven. There is no Hell. There are no enemies. There is no suffering in this world. If you/I suffer, if you/I get sick, if you/I have trouble(s) then that is because I, me, myself, did not see this world as paradise and I did behave badly. I did it! I, myself, did it and I saw things that way, as illusions.  So I acted that way [as if such illusions were real]. I thought sugar is wonderful with high calories. I thought cheese is a high protein source. I thought these were great and ate, ate, ate…then breast cancer comes. The Devil did it! No! I did. So, only enemy in the world is myself. Myself is the only real enemy. My own abuse, my excessive pleasure seeking, my egocentric thinking – my illusion, “I am good guy!”

So, first, we have to wake up! We have to wake up from the nightmare of this battlefield – this modern world nightmare and we must wash our faces with cold water and see, how this world is wonderful and how I am grateful for this life. I came here. My parents made me possible to come here. How parents are great! How ancestor were great! How plants – I came from that plant world…that plant are brothers and sisters, my origin – so beautiful, so great! This air, this water, this land, is so great, so beautiful. That is our source of life. We came from there. We were – our previous life was there. And everyone is spirit manifesting God, manifesting the Universe.  So, everyone is so pretty, so wonderful. Everyone is seeking health, freedom, happiness because everyone came from here, so everyone has one same dream. So, thank you very much, parents. Thank you very much for ancestors. Thank you very much for flowers, for the plants. Thank you very much for the cloud, for the sky, for the stars. Thank you very much for the God invisible. Thank you very much for food. Thank you very much for all brothers and sisters of all societies. Gratefulness and appreciation from the heart, from the soul – that is the beginning of your happiness. That is the beginning of your awakening as a real happy, free human being – a manifestation of God in this Kingdom of Heaven on this planet. Appreciation, gratefulness – thank you, thank you very much. That is the beginning as a child – children of this wonderful paradise, free from sickness, free from all suffering. Then, that wonderful, great, appreciation of things – how can I share my joy and happiness with friends, with people, with animals, with plants? How can I share this wonderful happiness? So when you see a suffering person automatically you want to help him or her. When you see those who are sick then automatically you want to help them! When you see AIDS patients – and many people are calling AIDS untouchable – then automatically you want to help them; grab them; want to help them and eat together with them, right? And, that love, brotherhood, sisterhood automatically comes when you have a deep appreciation, automatically! And you want to shake their bodies and say, “Look! See! This Universe so wonderful! This world so wonderful! Why you are so worrying about? Why are you so full of fear? Why are you seeing so much confusion depression and anxiety! Look! And…eat this! Eat! Then you will become…your eyes open. Your brain start to become clear. Eat this…and see this world is so wonderful!”  And that is macrobiotic food; to make everyone a wonderful happy person who can see this earth, this universe as paradise, as it is.  Open eyes, clear the brain, open our ears, open our sense of smell, open our sensitivities and there – a spiritual person is new born.

Modern people are suffering unnecessarily because of their delusions and because of their delusions they were imprisoning themselves into a delusion cage of Hell. Hell. Let’s take out that cage! Who can do – a person who can – take that cage out – is only he, himself. But in order to make him get this cage of delusions out ,he must eat well. If he eats meat then he sees a delusion cage of the horrible horrors – battles, war, murderers.  He thinks that is the world. When he eats milk and dairy food, sugars then he thinks of very sentimental love, very lazy or a very tearing story of sadness that is depression, that is the world.  He is confined [in his own cage].

So, in order to open his eyes we must eat these plants that grow towards heaven with grain that grows on the top of the plants – heaven and earth – that make themselves open toward heaven.  Not fruits, which drop down toward the earth. We call these cereal grains: Brown rice, wheat, corn, barley, etc.. Eating these everyday, everyday that, together with others plants then we start to open towards the Universe; towards this wonderful Universe.  A full sense of appreciation begin automatically from within you.  Delusions – all delusions caused by sugar, delusions caused by cheese, delusions caused by chickens, these all disappear. Unless we eat human grains, human beans, human vegetables we cannot think human way, right? While you are taking ice cream, while you are taking cheese, while you are taking this and that you can not think human way! You create delusions, as if an enemy is there and this or that etc..

The reason there are not so many people among so-called experts, specialists, who understand macrobiotics is because they were eating beefsteak, hamburgers, this and that – so they see delusions; so they cannot understand this very simple fact. So, in order to really understand macrobiotics – this wonderful paradise of the Universe -they have to eat, for awhile, six month, one year, two years -this human food; food for humanity; food for the spirit called “humanity”. There, he becomes reborn as a human being and when he has this, the spirit of appreciation, gratitude naturally comes out and he sheds tears automatically for suffering people – who are suffering by delusions. Then, at that time, he becomes an “Angel”  – an angel to help, angel to save the world, angel to save other families. Every man can be a Devil or can be an Angel, by himself. I hope everyone of our friends becomes a wonderful angel. From them, from you – wonderful words – the gospel of happiness, health can go out throughout the world. I really hope so and let’s really go together for that.

Thank you very much!

There are over 200 video lectures by Michio Kushi on VHS tapes currently archived in the Smithsonian Institution. Needless to say, to digitally convert and make them available to the general public for free is a daunting and expensive task.  If you are interested in helping to make this happen please contact me at: Thank you.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth Ann Kessler permalink
    September 1, 2017 6:00 pm

    Phiya, thank you so much for sharing this lecture. I remember your dad coming to The Sofitel Hotel in Philadelphia one year to give a lecture. He told us to close our eyes. There was silence. All of a sudden I felt tingling up my arms. And then it got stronger. I was spooked so I peaked. Your father had his shirt sleeves rolled up and was strongly pushing his arms out over and over again. He, one man, was able to give energy to hundreds of people. It was an amazing experience. He was one of a kind, your dad.

    ~Beth Ann Kessler



  2. tom trujillo permalink
    September 1, 2017 7:49 pm

    what will it take to do this,,,these 200 Smithsonian tapes are different than the ones michios wife has?

  3. September 1, 2017 11:58 pm

    THANK YOU. Priceless.

  4. George Bakhos permalink
    September 2, 2017 7:08 am

    Totally inspiring with clarity on reality. Thanks for the reminder

  5. Gale Jack permalink
    September 2, 2017 9:45 am

    I met Michio and Aveline just before my 40th birthday so I had many years of eating meat, cheese, sugar, butter, etc. as well as taking medications. Fortunately, I’ve now had 38 years of eating the macrobiotic way to the best of my ability and understanding and I’ve noticed that such practice not only insures your physical health but makes a huge change in your thinking. And while I’ve never worked for a salary for decades, I still have all that I need: a place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear, and many new friends. It’s miraculous.
    Gale Jack

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