One of Ryuho Okawa’s latest works, Love for the Future: Building One World of Freedom and Democracy Under God’s Truth, arrives at a crucial moment in history wherein there is great turbulence occurring in the region of the South China Sea. For those unfamiliar with Ryuho Okawa, he is a world teacher who is the founder of Happy Science, a Japanese New Religious Movement, as well as the Happiness Realization Party, a political party with some considerable influence in Japan. Love for the Future, like Okawa himself, is difficult to place into a static category; such is due to the nature of Okawa’s works which combine elements of self-help, political science and spiritualism into one exceedingly unique package.
Part 1 of Love for the Future is comprised of recent lectures Okawa has given in such diverse places as Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan, all of which took place in major venues and were packed with thousands of attendees. The lectures in this work emphasize such matters as forgiveness for past mistakes and, more primarily, concern for the future. Okawa speaks critically but lovingly about China and demonstrates that he is an outspoken critic of totalitarianism in whatever form it may take. He advises Taiwan to set a positive example for all of China by promoting the ideals of freedom and democracy and emphasizes the importance of this in order to help divert the possibility of another world war stemming from conflict in the South China Sea.
The topic of racism in the 20th century is likewise approached from an insightful perspective in the lectures, and Okawa makes it clear that racism in all its expressions must be made a thing of the past, while also emphasizing the struggles that persecuted demographics faced and overcame in the previous century, which he describes as a century of racial conflict. Concerning modern times, Okawa writes …
“We now live neither in the age of feudalism nor the age of warring states. That having greater might, military power, and strength enables the weaker to be forced into capitulation, or that might is right, are ideas no longer accepted by modern society. We musn’t overlook this fact.”
Such is precisely the advocacy for progress and peace that is needed in our world today, and which Okawa excels at emphasizing to a global audience.
Part 2 of the work involves spiritual interviews with the guardian spirits of Xi jinping, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Donald Trump. The concept of a spiritual interview is likely to appear unusual and suspect to those unfamiliar with spiritualism but the insights gained are nonetheless very compelling. If one views these interviews in a Jungian fashion, in that Okawa is accessing the collective unconscious of humanity, the wisdom which is imparted in these spiritual interviews may be more easily perceived by the less-spiritually inclined. The insights in the spiritual interviews, no matter one’s personal spiritual beliefs, cast a sense of clear discernment as concerns the agendas of the major political leaders in question by examining their subconscious drives.
The overriding message of Love for the Future is one of engendering peace and prosperity into the future of humanity on a global scale. For the vast majority of us, this is precisely what we want, and Okawa’s vision for the perpetuation of democratic freedom for all nations is both discerning and inspiring.