In 1998, I was working as deliverer at that time. I had pains in my shoulders and arms, so I had a daily massage. Ms. Maegawa, my friend of singing, could not just stand by and led me to a church. By the grace of Johrei that I received every day, my shoulder's pain eased off on the third day. I listened to a talk about God by the last teacher of the church and was allowed to join the faith Kyusei Shinkyo in October.
However, I was a work-oriented one, and my faith was so selfish at the beginning that I worshiped only if I had a holiday. The teacher of the branch was always smiling, kind and attentive to me, saying, "How hard your job is! You can make a living without working so hard, can't you?"
One day, she said to me, "I had a dream you were crying. Don't you have something more important than your job?" Still, I could not understand what she meant, and I, who was overconfident, said, "When I don't go to the company, everyone is in trouble." I let the words of the teacher go in one ear and out the other.
On one of these days, what the teacher had dreamed actually happened. I caused an accident resulting in bodily injury. Taken away my car, being unable to go to work or to get out of my house, I did nothing but cry. Even though I was taught, "All the hardship is purification," and "Purification is a function to certainly get better," in those days I thought that all these things were other people's concerns and it was none of my business.
Then one year and a half later, I had the second great purification. At around four o'clock in one evening, I could not move my legs forward, so that I had difficulty in walking. As I thought it was strange, I went out to see a doctor at a nearby hospital but I fell into a coma and was taken to a municipal hospital by ambulance.
I was diagnosed as cerebral thrombosis, and the doctor said to my family, "She's going to be bedridden and can never go home for life. However well she becomes, she'll be wheelchair-bound." My family members immediately gathered together and conferred about the future.
I was completely unconscious all day long. I heard that when I recovered consciousness, I was unable to move my hands and feet and asked a nurse, "I…, who are you? Where am I?" My family was worried about me, who was completely changed, "What's going to happen next?" I could not recollect even my name or my date of birth, and I had a splitting headache if I was asked various questions by someone.
Everybody, from the teacher of the branch down, gave Johrei to me every day in rotation. Then, fortunately, I recovered at a terrific speed that changes that I could stand up, walk next and run, were seen each day about a week after I entered the hospital. Believe it or not, a miracle occurred that I left the hospital in two weeks! I was grateful that I was protected and blessed by Meishu-sama. Thank you so much.
When I had the first purification, I could not understand the meaning that Purification is a function to certainly get better. Besides, in those days I was looking down when I was on a train, and seeing neighbors, I pretended not to notice them and disliked greeting. I could speak about the God only to unknown people from faraway regions.
However, I am totally different now. Going to neighborhood or anywhere I can go by bicycle, I talk about wonderfulness of Johrei. Probably, by receiving Johrei, my joy was changed from being given it to doing it.
Tears brim in my eyes just thinking about "what would have happened now without Johrei?" Meishu-sama, thank you so much. I will contribute to God brightly with smiles from now on. Always considering what will make people happy, I walk facing forward.