- Through the eyes of Mikoto Masahilo Nakazono
are in an age of such confusion, delusion, and chaos. We dont know how to
approach our most basic necessities, such as the way to eat. There are so many
diets that come and go. Right now, in America, we are attempting to counteract
our obesity problem by consuming huge amounts of animal fat, on the theory that
this burns calories and prevents hunger. Whole grains, by association with carbs,
This is madness!!!!!
Of course, if our objective in choosing
a diet is merely to lose weight, we wont arrive at a comprehensive plan.
Our viewpoint is still so limited! And we want everything to be quick and easy.
I mention this to
emphasize the fact that if from inception its perspective
is askew, the result cannot be a complete success.
Although these diets
result in weight loss, initially, they are too rich for our bodies, with too high
a concentration of animal products for our constitution. Vegetarian diets can
also compromise our systems over time.
They exclude a whole world of life,
and often leave their followers finding energy in refined sugars, too many fats,
and foods from other climates which may be incompatible with our individual systems,
or our environment. If this is the case, we wont thrive.
macrobiotics? The following is a thumbnail sketch of some of the experiences and
discoveries of one of Sensei Ohsawas original students.
is an honorific title meaning "teacher". The head of a dojo is always
referred to as Sensei, and other instructors as well. "O-Sensei" means
great teacher. In Aikido this refers to Ueshiba Sensei, the Founder of Aikido.)
Mikoto Masahilo Nakazono was a serious student of macrobiotics.
He followed the diet, as did his family, for years. When Nakazono Sensei went
to Madras with Sensei Ohsawa, and ran his hospital, he personally prepared all
the meals for over 40 patients, and of course studied their effects, and assessed
the diet. The following are his findings.
When Sensei Nakazono first arrived
in India, he was strictly following the macrobiotic diet. His legs, he found,
were getting weaker by the day.
One day, he and a friend met a coconut
milk vendor and each dared a cup of the regional drink. They immediately felt
better, and each drank a second, whereupon his leg strength returned within minutes.
This was, he explained, because the original diet had been made for the Japanese
In the different climate of India, it couldn'tt be
the best fit.
With his patients too, he found that certain differences in
food preparation were mandatory for their progress, because they were not in Japan.
Even when the regional aspects were taken into account, there were also
individual differences to consider. Sensei saw this, made further adjustments,
and proved these facts by his results.
After studying his patients for three
years, Sensei Nakazono told his teacher that he had been cooking no longer just
one way, but four varying ones (with reduced salt intake) to accommodate differences.
when Professor Ohsawa gave him the rank of 7th diet, the highest then
bestowed; he also changed the cooking to seven different ways, and reduced the
amount of salt. He told Sensei to go on his own way of study.
Nakazonos colleagues who studied and practiced with him under Master Ohsawa,
the sick ones who were the most serious died. Senseis health and that of
his wife and son suffered. He followed the diet so
strictly that first his
skin turned black, then that of his wife, and their second son was born with such
calcium deficiency that his hip joint was not fully formed. Those who followed
the diet more casually however, were
helped by it.
As Mikoto Nakazono
continued to search for the best way to help humanity, he was introduced to the
study of sound vibration, the Kototama Principle. This study has in common with
macrobiotics its aim: world peace. He
studied with Sensei Koji Ogasawara,
who taught him specific sound orders to practice, and a different viewpoint. Master
Ogasawara had worked on translating the most ancient records hidden in Japan,
the Takeuchi documents, from the original Yamato language. These old texts chronicle
cultures and history mentioned nowhere else.
The sound principle, Kototama,
is also explained within them. Sensei Nakazono devoted the rest of his
to practicing and applying this principle. He changed his understanding and methods
of treatment back to these ancient ones, and saw an immense improvement in his
results. He taught about the pure rhythms of the universe, expressed through human
beings as language.
Mikoto Nakazono also worked on translating the Takeuchi
documents, with the familys permission, into English. His book, The Source
of the Present Civilization, presents excerpts from them. (See below).
many years of practicing sounds, and applying his findings to his work, O Sensei
made extensive records of the effects of many foods on all of our bodys
systems. He could eat a food, and feel its vibration as it interacted with each
system in turn. Through this tremendous effort, he set these foods into categories.
This study catalogues each individual foods rhythm and shows how it affects
each system in our bodies; and it is inclusive of all food groups.
of the other things Sensei Nakazono taught us were that:
overview of diet and other therapies is available in The Real Sense of Natural
O Sensei, as a student of the Kototama Principle,
said that the vibrations of words either capture the true essence of the phenomena
to which they refer, or miss it. If they capture it, they are truly representative
of the thing, if not, they send us a false message, it is a lie.
and Yang are currently confused in their use. The word Yin
is a concentrating vibration, however it is used to connote expansion. Conversely,
Yang has an expansive sound frequency, but means concentration. If
these terms are mistaken from beginning, the sense of reality is altered and the
truth cannot be fully grasped. With this confusion from its inception, the macrobiotic
practice too cannot be completely balanced.
Sensei was not condemning macrobiotics.
He had praise for Sensei Ohsawa, saying, He did promulgate the use of natural
foods, and that alone can be enough. Nakazono Sensei prescribed some macrobiotic
remedies for his patients. However, he taught that macrobiotics does not take
into account individual and environmental differences fully enough, and is too
Any true teacher gives his best effort to his work, and hopes that
his students will perfect it. Like a parent, he wants future generations to improve
upon it for their lives and the betterment of mankind. To do so,
be diligent in his examination, forthcoming with his results, and honest with
his conclusions. It is with this sense that Mikoto Nakazono presented his discoveries
relative to his teachers diet.
Sensei Nakazono quoted Professor Ohsawa
as saying, Sick people are the same as criminals and should be given no
respect. He explained that the crime is against oneself. Any diet or other
practice which leads to a
worsening of ones condition needs to be re-examined
because employing a system which hurts oneself in any way is also a crime.
who are seriously interested in the macrobiotic diet have already shown themselves,
by their interest, to care about benefiting humanity. The next step is to assess
whether they agree with all of its precepts. If
not, they must determine which
ones are right, which are wrong, and which they would modify. O Sensei would undoubtedly
advise them to keep an open mind to new information that might come their way.
That too should be studied thoroughly, taking care not to harm themselves or others
in the process.
For his advice to us, O Sensei continually repeated, Dont
be anyones robot. Try things for yourself and see how they affect you, and
then try them on others. That is the way to proceed. If we want to contribute
to the establishment of a better world, we must work tirelessly toward final
answers. We cant be slaves to past knowledge, or personal inclinations.
It takes courage, but how else will we know?
Born in Kagoshima District, southern Japan, in
1918, Sensei Nakazonos earliest experiences of healing came from his mother,
a nurse-midwife who used foods, herbs, poultices and massage in her work.
1934, he began a two year apprenticeship in the study and practice of Acupuncture
with Dr. Juzo Motoyama in Nagasaki. In 1938, he received his license as a Bone-Setter.
Nakazonos association with Professor Ohsawa began in 1950 and their close
relationship lasted over ten years. In 1955, Sensei left Japan and traveled to
India where he established the Universal Institute. There he diagnosed and treated
mental and physical disorders using the Ohsawa system.
In France, where
he settled with his family in the early 1960s, he established the Kan Nagara Institute
and began training European students in Aikido and therapy techniques. He traveled
throughout Europe and North
Africa during his eleven years residence
in France. Before he departed for the United States in 1972, he led over 40,000
European Aikido students and student practitioners of natural therapy.
he arrived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he opened a medical clinic and dojo and began
teaching aikido and oriental medicine as manifestations of the Kototama Principle.
January 1973, patients of Sensei introduced an Acupuncture Practice Act in the
State Senate. This was the first acupuncture legislation ever considered in the
His healing capacities became so widely known that it was
necessary for him to ask his son, Katsuharu K. Nakazono Sensei, to come to Santa
Fe and assist him. His son, also a highly ranked aikido master and acupuncturist,
arrived in Santa Fe in 1974. By 1977, they had treated well over 4,000 patients
came from all parts of the country and various parts of the world. In
order to make his work available to others, in the fall of 1978, he enrolled his
first class at the Kototama Institute.
Sensei continued improving his work
as his understanding and experiences deepened. His final work was called Kototama
Life Therapy. It is a spiritual therapy, based on the fact that it is the human
that is doing the healing.
In 1984, Santa Fe citizens bestowed
on him the award, Living Treasure of Santa Fe. During the 1985 Legislative
session, the New Mexico State Senate honored Sensei with the Award of Exceptional
Achievement for having inspired and directed the passage of the New Mexico
Acupuncture Act, for having established schools and for the professional practice
and recognition of acupuncture in this State since 1972.
classes, his patients and his writings, Sensei Nakazono has asked the world to
seriously study the Kototama Principle. It is for all humanity. This is the message
of his lifes work.
This article is based on the writings of Mikoto
Masahilo Nakazono, and things he said in classes from 1972 until his death in
1994. He taught us that no two people interpret what he says the same way. I have
myself to things I am sure of, but could not include the vast amount
of information he gave us. His books contain the essence of it.
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