Guided by a Higher Power

Guided by a Higher Power

米国翻訳専門職大学院(USA)副学長 堀田都茂樹

Tomoki Hotta
Vice Chancellor
Babel University Professional School of Translation

In this article, I’d like to introduce the recently published book All is Guided -Five Resolutions for Overcoming Adversity and Finding Purpose in Life (Shogakukan Publishing) written by Hiroshi Tasaka, who has been one of the greatest influences on my life apart from those in my workplace.

I’ve known Dr. Tasaka for about 20 years now (I’ve been reading his books for almost 30 years). Our first encounter came about because of a careless mistake on my part. As the managing director for Babel in the 1990’s, Babel was – like almost all other corporations at the time – looking for ways to enter into in the global market. The keywords at that time for enterprises were global and the Internet.

It was then that I realized that, every time I entered a bookstore, I was searching for Dr. Tasaka’s recently published books. One day as I was reading about the think tank that Mr. Tasaka is president of (as a graduate of Sofia University, I feel a connection to this think tank, called Sofia Bank), I came across information about an informational program Sofia Bank offered online. “Perfect!” I thought, and proceeded to send an email to staff (or so I thought) at Sofia Bank expressing my interest in learning about the program. However, I accidentally ended up sending my email to Dr. Tasaka himself!

The funny thing is, it was almost as if Mr. Tasaka had been waiting for my email. He replied with an email saying he would love to talk to me. From that point on, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tasaka sensei as Babel has translated his books into English (from here on out I would like to refer to Dr. Tasaka as Tasaka sensei since I am his student, having enrolled in his juku, or private school).

My role has been to translate into English Tasaka sensei’s books, in order to share these books with the world (at some point in the future I’d like to introduce one of his books, titled Invisible Capitalism). One of Tasaka sensei’s books Babel is currently working on translating and publishing is Zen Winds: 50 Stories of Zen Wisdom. This book is scheduled to be released in April of 2018 when Tasaka sensei speaks on invisible capitalism at the Japan Society in New York.

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As I mentioned above, in this article I’d like to introduce the recently published book All is Guided -Five Resolutions for Overcoming Adversity and Finding Purpose in Life (Japanese title is Subete wa Michibikareteiru: Gyakkyo wo Koe, Jinsei wo Hiraku Itsutsu no Kakugo). Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t some advertising pitch for Tasaki sensei’s book. I simply want to introduce this book because the ideas found on its pages helped me re-center my life and gave me great encouragement. Indeed, I’d love it if everyone I’ve come to know over the years was able to read this book.

Tasaki sensei writes the following:

34 years ago, I became ill to the point of death; as I stood on the brink of despair I discovered a single strand of light. It was only then that I found the resolve to confront my adversity.

Once I decided to harden my resolve, I experienced an amazing vitality which welled up within me, and it was then that I was able to overcome my illness.

This new resolve for some reason sharpened my intuition and insight, and I found my life soon filled with fortune.

In addition, I began to sense constellation (in other words, a sense of correlation), and that which is called synchronicity began to occur in my life.

In this book, I’ve shared for the first time with the public those several mysterious experiences that occurred in my life.

What did I resolve 34 years ago?

I made five resolutions, all which are centered around the conviction that everything in life is guided.

The following are Tasaki sensei’s five resolutions (the comments following each resolution are comments I’ve added).

1st Resolution: Your life is guided by a higher power.
Encounters with others are important; these are referred to as destined encounters.

2nd Resolution: All things that happen in life have a profound meaning.
How we interpret what happens in our lives is important; each experience is an opportunity for growth.

3rd Resolution: All problems in our lives originate with ourselves.
It’s important to accept all things and realize your strength of spirit.

4th Resolution: Some higher power is helping us to grow.
You can always overcome adversity and grow. It’s important to have a sense of mission.

5th Resolution: You are given all the wisdom you need to overcome adversity.
The wisdom you are given is:

• Intuition: When you trust all things to a higher power and pray with a mindset of trusting all to that higher power, you’ll find a tranquility and freedom from distracting thoughts.
• Premonition: Memory of the future.
• Constellation: The term constellation is both a psychological term and a term that refers to groups of stars; it’s having a sense of relationship or the realization that there’s a connected story among that which is seemingly unrelated.
• Synchronicity: the phenomenon of meaningful coincidences and telepathy.
• Fortune: The power to find significance or the voice guiding you in situations that seem to be mere coincidences.

Tasaka sensei writes the following:

Wisdom doesn’t appear when you have negative thoughts. To keep from negative thoughts, you must resolve to accept that all is guided. This is because, in doing so, you affirm all things.

When – no matter the adversity – you resolve to accept that all things are guided, from that moment you’ll experience a mysterious power and wisdom welling up from deep within your heart. It’s then that mysterious things begin to occur in your life.

Tasaka sensei also writes, “In this book, I’ve shared with the public for the first time those mysterious experiences that have occurred in my life.”

Although I’ve heard first-hand from Tasaka sensei some of the experiences he shares in his book, as one who has constantly searched to find Tasaka sensei’s secret to having an unshakable work ethic, I wanted to share this book with others.

Tasaka sensei often says, “don’t be carried away by simple mysticism, but always consider things logically.” Indeed, you’ll find in this book a way of reasoning which is deeply convincing and profoundly moving.

Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll be able to share my own experiences, many of which are similar to those written in this book.

Hiroshi Tasaka Profile

Dr. Tasaka holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, and participated in founding The Japan Research Institute. He’s a professor at the Graduate School of Tama University in Tokyo, and a member of the Global Agenda Council, which holds its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Dr. Tasaka is also a TED member. Following the 2011 tsunami and nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima, Dr. Tasaka served as an advisor to the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat. He recently opened Tasaka juku, a school for training reform leaders in the 21st century. Over 3,800 executives and other leaders in Japan have attended this school. Dr. Tasaka has published over 80 books in Japan.

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