I had felt a pain in my fifth toes and left thumb since about April 2007. In around the middle of June, when I talked to Ms. Motosato, who I got to know during walking my dog, about the pains, she immediately did Johrei to me. Then the pains in my thumb and toes were relieved, and I felt refreshed in mind and body when I came home. And I asked her to give Johrei to my husband with high blood pressure and to the eldest son, who had suffered from pain in his lower back and legs, if they could get better without taking medicine.
At the end of June, I was diagnosed with "rheumatoid arthritis" at a hospital. When I told my husband about it, he recommended me receiving Johrei if I would get better by Johrei. I was allowed to join the Kyusei Shinkyo faith in July.
At the beginning, I thought lightly that I would get better just as long as I worshiped at the subbranch and received Johrei on my way home from work. However, my hands became gradually stiff, and I was not able to put my strength into hands because of the severe pain, and so I had to open seasoning jar lids with my teeth. I could not understand that it was the process of "purification," which was making our spirit and body healthy. On the contrary, I thought I was getting worse. And I could not be genuinely grateful to God.
My husband lost his job three or four years ago because of the company restructuring. So I began to work till late at night, having part-time jobs in three places, to support the family budget. Although he got a new job after two years, family finances are tight, so I could not quit my jobs. I was getting too busy to cook meals. My dietary habits were disordered, having ready-prepared food or cup noodles from a supermarket. I always felt tired, was often grumbling, and had a lot of sweets and five or six cans of coffee a day. The balance of my family's mind was disturbed and we talked less and less. I came to think, "I want to run away from the situation by either living separately from or divorcing my husband."
The teacher taught us the importance of mutual Johrei between husband and wife, and that the Divine Light would be sent more to ancestors if my husband entered the faith. Then he joined Kyusei Shinkyo in October. Since then, he has encouraged me, who grows uneasy, and he has done Johrei to me. Receiving Johrei from him, the pain quickly went away and I felt a lot better. I have been able to be grateful to him.
From the next month, we invited Ms. Ito in charge of the sub-branch to our home every month. He/She gave Johrei to our children and friends. We had my mother living by herself in Sado Island, over our home in December. When she received Johrei, she felt good and was very much pleased.
After that, when mother was led to the subbranch and entered the "Goshinden," she, who was particularly sensitive to the spirit world, felt very cold and was shivering saying, "I feel as if I have been doused head to foot with cold water." However, receiving Johrei and reciting the "Zengen Sanji," her trembling stopped suddenly and she looked like nothing had happened. My father, who died by drowning, surely came to her to seek the Divine Light. She was very impressed by the power of the Divine Light for salvation and was allowed to join Kyusei Shinkyo in February of the next year.
After joining the faith, she no longer complained of the cold and I realized that our ancestors received the Divine Light. And I was deeply thankful that I could be linked to Meishu-sama.
I had accidents one after another after that. I had to be away from work for three weeks because of aftereffects, and pain of rheumatoid arthritis of my soles and knees increased. I had to drive with the elbows, and could not hold even chopsticks. I was also no longer able to look after myself such as taking a bath and going to the bathroom without the assistance of my family.
My boss and co-workers at the workplace urged me to think about leaving the company or taking medicine to cure of my illness early. However, I was afraid of harmful effects of medicine and worried about my family's economic conditions, so I could not decide to quit the job. I was in anguish and even thought that I wanted to be relieved quickly by taking medicine. The teacher gave me his/her warm words of kindness, "You should try to go to worship and to do Johrei more than before," and he/she taught the importance of eating habits.
In February, 2009, I quit the job and went to the subbranch regularly for
receiving Johrei. By the grace of God, I felt very relieved and lighter mentally
and physically. As I prepared a Buddhist alter at my home and the "Go-shintai"
and "Obyobu-Kannon-sama" were allowed to be dedicated in the Buddhist alter
in this February, I could rebuild a good relationship with my sister-in-law,
who had been on bad terms with me for fifteen years. In addition, my family
became bright and cheerful, and many friends have been visiting us. The room
placed Go-Shintai is particularly comfortable, and we do Johrei in front of
God there every day.
I am really happy and appreciate that we are connected with Meishu-sama.