by Dr. Masaru Emoto
"The Secret Life of Water"
pg. 154 - 162
One thing that these new old concepts of community have in common is concern for the environment. For a long time, oil has been a source of major concern and conflict for the world. Most world economies are powered by oil, as are many of the wars going on in the world. And that's to be expected. Energy is at the foundation of all cultures. We owe our comfortable lifestyles to our ability to procure sufficient amounts of it. We can keep the neon lights on all night. There's always a store open nearby to feed our hunger and our desire of the moment.
But what will happen to us when the last drop of oil is used up? The lights will go out and our appliances will be useless. But it won't matter because we won't be able to transport food to our tables. The foundation supporting us is frail indeed.
If it's not cramping our style today, then we tend to think it's a problem for someone else. But now, in times of abundance, is when we should be laying the foundation for the survival of the future generations. We need to be looking for something to replace oil and the oil-based products that we so rely on.
One possible alternative that has caught my attention is hemp. Nature provides for us in many wonderful ways, so we should look to nature first for solutions to our challenges. The hemp plant can provide many of the things that humankind requires in order to survive on this planet.
From it's stalk, paper, cloth, and even plastic can be produced. Four times more paper can be made from an acre of hemp than from an acre of trees. The cloth made from hemp is much more gentle on the skin than chemical-soaked cotton, not to mention that hemp is three to four times more effective than cotton as a crop.
Another feature that makes hemp attractive is its rapid growth rate. In 110 days, the plant will reach a height of two or three meters, making it possible to harvest several crops in a single season. In Japan, it's said that ninja would use hemp to improve their jumping skills, When the plant first started to grow, they could easily jump over the top of it, but as it grew taller day be day, it required more and more effort and skill to clear.
Hemp can also become an ideal source of human nourishment. The fruit of the hemp plant provides the same amount of protein found in soybeans, and it is easy to digest. It also contains essential amino acids and fatty acids.
The hemp seeds can also be used to make a healthy oil. Huo Ma Ren is the Chinese name for it, and it is widely used as herbal medicine. It's medicinal uses are numerous. Possible derivative products include an antibiotic, antidepressant agent, pain reliever, and headache medicine. It's also reported to have shown dramatic results in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, rheumatism, and skin rashes. Hemp can also be used to make shampoos and cosmetics because of it's moisturizing characteristics.
From a hado perspective, hemp is good for the environment because it has positive hado. In fact, hemp's rate of vibration is what enables it to grow so quickly. It is a Gift of nature that could come to our rescue just when we need it.
Hemp is wove into the fabric of America's history. It's said that without hemp to make ropes and sails, Columbus would have never been able to make the trip across the ocean. Even the Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper. You could even find hemp growing on George Washington's farm.
As a teenager, Nakayama-san came close to drowning and had a near-death experience. The young man found himself surrounded by light in another world where people were going about their lives. He saw a plan with beautiful leaves and recognized a wonderful sense of healing coming from the plant. when he cam to, the experience made him think in a deep way about the purpose of life.
Several years had passed when Nakyama-san encountered the plant that he had seen in his out-of-body experience. here was no doubt in his mind that this was the plant which would help him understand the mysteries of life and the universe. The plant of course was hemp, and since that time, Nakayam-san has made the study of hemp his life's work.
During his journey, Nakayama-san visited many places related to hemp, including the hemp road of Japan that served as the network tying together an ancient self-sustaining society. In ancient days in Japan, many trade routes linked the country. Along with routes for salt, sugar, silk, and other products, there were also routs for transporting hemp. If you drive the hemp road you can see the traces that ancient Japan had an abundant self-sustaining society, which was based on a solar worship.
On its long journey through Japan, the hemp car made stops at the many Shinto shrines in Japan where hemp is considered to have special significance. Their ultimate destination, the Heitate Shrine, is considered the oldest shrine in Japan; even its name comes from the ancient Japanese word for hemp.
From ancient times, hemp played an important role in Shinto beliefs and practices. It was considered to have many powers, including the power to purify and cast out evil spirits. I suspect that one reason the ancients revered cannabis so much was its rapid rate of growth, indicating a high vibration rate. This enabled it to drive out evil, impurity, and other forms of low vibration.
Hemp's many uses in the temples include the braided ropes around sacred trees and the bell rope used to wake the gods at the entrance of the shrine. At the Ise Temple, the most sacred of all Shinto shrines, ancient cannabis is preserved along with the sacred mirror, serving as emblems of the body of Amaterasu, the founding Goddess of Japan. A sacred Amaterasu talisman is referred to as the shrine cannabis, and each year ceremonies take place according to the sacred "cannabis calendar."
Shinto does not claim one founder or one god. Mountains, rivers, oceans, animals, trees, and flowers are all gods, and along with people, all elements of a single, unified universe. The sould of Shintoism is harmony. In nature, nothing is inferior and nothing is superior. All things are given a role and responsibility, and one part of the universe serves all other parts by best being who and what it is.
Perhaps the bountiful nature of Japan had something to do with the emergence of such a concept. With the beauty, colors, sounds, and scents of four distinct season, the Japanese have become sensitive to the nature around them, making it possible to see multiple gods within nature and leading to the formation of a culture that promotes the richness and sacredness of vibration.