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Misogi is a Shinto practice involving purification in a waterfall or other natural running water. Water-misogi may be likened to dousing practices. Shinto (Kanji: 神道 Shintō) (sometimes called Shintoism) is a native religion of Japan and was once its state religion. ... Ritual purification is a feature of many religions. ... Dousing is the practice of pouring water over oneself. ...


There is the Sen Shin tei Misogi Well at the Ki Society Headquarters in Japan, where people perform misogi with cold water before sunrise. At Tsubaki Great Shrine in Mie prefecture, misogi is performed under an outdoor waterfall mornings and evenings. The Ki no Kenkyukai, sometimes called Ki Society, was founded by Koichi Tohei in 1971, while he was still the chief instructor at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. ... Mie Prefecture (三重県; Mie-ken) is part of the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ...


Before undergoing misogi, people undergo preliminary purification practices. Women put on white kimono and headband. Men put on a loin cloth and head band. They then begin to "shake the soul" by bouncing their hand in front of the stomach to become aware of the soul's presence within. They then start warm-up calisthenics called bird rowing. Following the leader they begin to shout invocations that activate the soul, affirm the potential for realizing one's own soul, and unifying the people with the Kami. The name calisthenics is Greek in origin, a combination of the words beauty and strength. // United States usage Calisthenics is a type of exercise consisting of a variety of simple movements usually performed without weights or other equipment that are intended to increase body strength and flexibility using the weight...


Before entering the waterfall the participants raise their metabolism and absorb as much ki as possible by a special form of deep breathing. They are sprinkled with purifying salt and are given sake to spit into the water fall in three mouthfuls the leader counts to nine and then cuts the air while shouting the word "yei!" to dispel this Impurity. The participants then enter the waterfall while contiuously chanting the phrase "harae-tamae-Kiyome-tamae-ro-kon-sho-jo!" This phrase asks the Kami to wash away the tsumi from the six elements that make up the human being, the five senses and the mind. Santorio Santorio (1561-1636) in his steelyard balance, from Ars de statica medecina, first published 1614 Metabolism (from μεταβολισμος (metabolismos), the Greek word for change, or overthrow (Etymonline)), is the biochemical modification of chemical compounds in living organisms and cells. ... Sake barrels at Itsukushima Shrine Sake (酒; pronounced IPA: SAH-KEH in Japanese, but often IPA: SAH-ki by English speakers) is a Japanese alcoholic beverage, brewed from rice. ...



Misogi is also used in some forms of martial arts, especially Aikido to prepare the mind for training and to learn how to develop your "centre". The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba regularly used this form of meditation to compliment his training and search for perfection Aikido (合気道 Aikidō, also 合氣道 using an older style of kanji), literally meaning harmony energy way, or with some poetic licence, way of the harmonious spirit, is a gendai budo — a modern Japanese martial art. ... Morihei Ueshiba Morihei Ueshiba (植芝盛平 Ueshiba Morihei, December 14th, 1883 - April 26, 1969) was a famous martial artist and founder of Aikido. ...


Citations

  1. Fisher, Mary Pat. Living Religions. 5 th ed. : Prentice Hall.

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Misogi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (335 words)
Misogi is a Shinto practice involving purification in a waterfall or other natural running water.
There is the Sen Shin tei Misogi Well at the Ki Society Headquarters in Japan, where people perform misogi with cold water before sunrise.
Misogi is also used in some forms of martial arts, especially Aikido to prepare the mind for training and to learn how to develop your "centre".
Misogi, Chinkon, Kansha (1093 words)
The activities of Aiki, Misogi, and Chinkon all share the same aim; they are nothing less than sacred vehicles meant to bring humankind into accord with Daishizen...to enable humankind to wald the Kami no Michi, and to live the life of Makoto.
In the most literal sence O' Misogi Harai is the practice of removing kegare (pollution) from the body/mind/spirit by ritual bathing in cold moving water...purification in a river, waterfall or sea.
Misogi practices can be subclassified as those purifying the body (physiological structure), the heart (emotional body), the enviornment, and the spirit (astral body).
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