One of the recently released books by World Teacher and Happy Science Founder Ryuho Okawa is The Possession, which examines the phenomenon of “spirit possession” from an enlightening lens. When the average person thinks of “spirit possession”, they associate it with demons and movies that depict Catholic priests performing exorcisms. As Okawa explains, the phenomenon of “spirit possession” is more complicated than that.
The definition that Okawa gives of “spirit possession” may be summarized as indicating the presence of a spirit or spirit group which exerts influence over a human from the spiritual planes. Such an influence can be benevolent just as easily as it may be malevolent; for example, angels may take possession of a human. Okawa describes a law of vibrational wavelength frequencies that account for the dynamic of the types of spirits that a person is influenced by. In this way, he states that one may essentially choose one’s spiritual friends in accordance with one’s attitudes and behaviors, because like attracts like.
While the methods outlined in The Possession are oriented toward Buddhists and, specifically, members of Happy Science, they can be applied by anyone who has faith in something higher than themselves. A few key considerations that Okawa describes as being important to avoid malevolent “spirit possession” include accepting self-responsibility instead of blaming other people, maintaining a sense of faith in God, and striving to embody love, wisdom, self-reflection and progress in one’s life. With these qualities put into practice, a person will sympathetically attract benevolent forces into the sphere of influence over their life. This requires daily effort, but is worth the work that it entails, for it ultimately amounts to attracting a greater degree of happiness and success into one’s life.
Not all people believe in spirits, but Ryuho Okawa frequently discusses the concept that spirits and psychologically unconscious influences are one in the same. Viewed from a psychological lens, The Possession outlines a path to ensuring a positive psychological state by means of attuning oneself with benevolent unconscious patterns and thoughts. Carl Jung described archetypes that exist within the collective unconscious of humanity, and likewise described the manner in which they may exert influence over an individual or group consciousness. Okawa expands upon the teachings of Carl Jung in The Possession by providing practical methods for aligning oneself with compassionate archetypes or spirits.
When the importance of “spirit possession” is considered in the context here described, it is evident that there is a spiritual or unconscious influence cast over all people and phenomena in the world at any given time. Such pertains to geo-political events as much as it does to the lives of individual people, and is accordingly a very relevant topic of consideration, perhaps especially in the turbulent contemporary times. This concept forms the basis for understanding many of Okawa’s books, and in particular his Spiritual Interviews series. For those who enjoy Okawa’s works, for those who may struggle to understand them, and to those who have yet to begin their journey through his extensive catalogue, The Possession will prove to be a book of great value.