Prayer for Sunday (Setsubun/Risshun)

Today is the Shinto celebration of Setsubun, or Risshun, which heralds the beginning of Spring in Japan. The first of the three Navajo Sings for 2013 ends today.

The ground on which we stand is sacred ground.
It is the blood of our ancestors.
~ Chief Plenty Coups, Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation

Amatsu Norito

Spirits of purification
created for order of and the mother
that they inhabit the Sky,
exactly as when
The God Izanagi No Mikoto
bathed in the narrow estuary
of a covered river with trees
permanently leafy, in the South region.

With all the respect from the depth of our hearts
We ask that they hear us, such as the spirit that hears our
intent, with sharpened ears, together with
Spirits of the Sky and the Land,
Take the badness, disasters and sins and purify all.

Miroku Oomikami
You bless us and protect us

Meishu Sama
You bless us and protect us

For expansion of our soul
And the fulfillment of your will

(Shinto prayer; English translation based on a Portuguese translation from the original Japanese)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am connected to all humanity.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)



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