Cleansing, Kami, Moon, Personal, Prayer, Shinto

Solitary Shinto

Hello everyone! I am back from hiatus and will be updating this blog twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays! To start, I am going to continue the '30 Days of Shinto' series, this week: Solitary Shinto. Many Shinto practitioners are from outside of Japan and may not have access to a local shrine or… Continue reading Solitary Shinto

Prayer, Shinto

Kotodama (言霊)

Kotodama (言霊 - literally 'word spirit/soul') is a Japanese belief that a strong power exists in words and names. This means that reciting particular words or sounds in ritual can invoke kami, purify oneself and influence our mind, body and soul. Kotodama is a very important concept in Shinto and also in Japanese martial arts… Continue reading Kotodama (言霊)

Prayer, Shinto

How to Worship at a Shinto Shrine

When visiting a Shinto shrine it is important to be respectful of the Shinto faith and to perform the correct shrine etiquette. This post will go through the entire process from start to finish so that you can worship in a respectful and correct way. Entering the Shrine Make sure not to walk in the… Continue reading How to Worship at a Shinto Shrine

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Faith and Prayer

Due to the traditional, inherited nature of Shinto, many practitioners do not have what would be described as 'faith'. Instead, they follow the customs due to national identity rather than any personalized spiritual experience. Shinto is so deeply ingrained into the Japanese psyche that it can be hard to even know where to start from… Continue reading Faith and Prayer