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As-One Network News June.2022

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AsOne Network News June 2022

After the rice planting, Japan has a month-long rainfall during June.
In the Edo period, Basho wrote a haiku about this season;
“The summer rains, how swiftly flows Mogami River.”
And then the summer season is approaching, when "life" is in full swing.
It seems that for the first time in a long time, there were many face-to-face events and activities in the field, and we have received news of joy and success from around the country.
Not only in Japan, but in Europe, finally, the first As One Seminar will be held next month.
In everyone's heart there is an essential desire to "live happily among people and with people" and "create a happy world without conflict".
We will continue to bring you this month's "As One Network News" with scenes from various places where such wishes have appeared.

https://mailchi.mp/748d378d9ab8/news-june2022-hp
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As-One Network News June.2022

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AsOne Network News June 2022

After the rice planting, Japan has a month-long rainfall during June.
In the Edo period, Basho wrote a haiku about this season;
“The summer rains, how swiftly flows Mogami River.”
And then the summer season is approaching, when "life" is in full swing.
It seems that for the first time in a long time, there were many face-to-face events and activities in the field, and we have received news of joy and success from around the country.
Not only in Japan, but in Europe, finally, the first As One Seminar will be held next month.
In everyone's heart there is an essential desire to "live happily among people and with people" and "create a happy world without conflict".
We will continue to bring you this month's "As One Network News" with scenes from various places where such wishes have appeared.

https://mailchi.mp/748d378d9ab8/news-june2022-hp
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Community Tour Impressions @Mayuka Noda

I feel as if everything I believed to be normal and usual has been completely
turned upside down! (As One Suzuka Tour)
Mayuka Noda, who participated in the community tour with her family during Golden Week,
shared her impressions of the tour.
She lived and worked in the U.S. for 30 years and returned to Japan last year, visiting As One Suzuka Tour in May and participating in the As One seminar this June.

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The following is an Mayuka’sarticle >>

Over 3 days during the “Golden Week” in Japan, we, as a family, visited and toured an intentional community/eco village called As One Network in Suzuka-city of Mie Prefecture. As One Network started its foundational activities including SCIENZ (Scientific Investigation of Essential Nature plus ZERO) School in 2000 and during the last 22 years, the network has created a lunch box business, farming, research group, SCIENZ Academy, connected with and expanded to Brazil and Korea. It has registered and offer courses as GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) since 2014.

What distinguishes this community from many others that I’m aware of from research is definitely the integration of SCIENZ method. The community members are first encouraged (not required, I think) to go thru the program at their pace and learn to investigate and discover their own essential nature constantly. From this intention, they interact and communicate with others who are also interested in doing the same. While meeting many of the community members, it was very apparent that they are always processing their thought in the moment to see if it is aligned with their essential nature or zero before verbalizing it.

I can’t remember when I became interested in becoming an integral part of a community. I have always felt that I belonged to a community or several communities, be it a family I was born into, neighborhood, several families that I moved into (as a student living with a few different host families, and during the first marriage with my then husband’s family), and as a student at various schools and employee at various jobs.

I became more interested in consciously and intentionally creating my own community of “like-minded people” or of people with similar values when I opened an acupuncture clinic and a yoga studio. While I always enjoyed connecting with people with different values and backgrounds, when it came to living and interacting with people on the more daily, frequent basis, I wanted to be with and around those with very similar core value systems. It just felt much easier, fun, comfortable and harmonious that way. During the last 4 years living in Texas, Victor and I also found a spiritual community called Agape, where we connected with many people with similar value systems.

What As One Network community offered us was this type of intentional community with similar value systems. It just felt good to connect with people whose values are based on the exploration of essential human nature. I truly believe and realize that we are living on this planet to have variety of physical experiences in order to uncover or discover our true spiritual nature that we have been gifted and been born with. As we discover our true essential spiritual nature and align with it, we always feel harmonious and peaceful inside our hearts.

The name “As One” comes from John Lennon’s song, Imagine, the last line “the world will live AS ONE”.

The world peace and living as one can not be achieved unless we are living in peace, harmonious, at ease, and as one inside of each of us. This community is created with people who are working, studying and exploring what our true essential nature (Zero) is. How can we be aligned with our own Zero and live As One with others? At SCIENZ School and with its programs, each person is first responsible for their own discovery of Zero and then learn to interact with others from the place of this alignment. This community is essentially a kind of lab experiment to plant the seed of individual and collective awareness and possibility in people to live life As One planetary community.

Japan is a land of heavy group consciousness and conformity. The phrase “a nail that sticks out gets pounded” perfectly and literally describes the pervasive culture. As I was growing up in Japan, it became more and more uncomfortable for me to conform to these collective behaviors and rules and I was a minor rebel by high school. But luckily for me, I was able to create an opportunity to move to the U.S. at 17 where I felt that I would be much more free and not have to conform to things that did not make much sense to me. Over the next 30 years, I lived pretty much “cage-free”, where I was able to free flow to where I felt most inspirational, joyful and fun without the resistance from others and society at large.

Japan is definitely not an easy place to live cage-free just yet. But I also know that there are many good values one can learn only from being here such as respect for each other, things, kindness, safety, cleanliness, etc etc. I realize that cultivating our children in Japan is optional. But for now, As One is the type of community in which I would like to experience growth for myself and for our children where they can learn and grow in the home-schooling type environment and in a small group setting with no set curriculum. What’s more important is that they are with the care takers who are like family members who are also discovering their essential nature – because I know that kids can learn more freely what and when they want to learn from their own perspective when there is no have-to’s, should’s or requirements placed upon them.

I will be going back to the community to attend their one week seminar/workshops next month. Looking forward to learning, discovering myself and connecting more with the community!
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[ScienZ Academy] New students enroll from the abroad!

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The "ScienZ Academy" was established in 2018, aiming to foster younger people who can manifest and realize a "happy world without conflicts".

Click here for more details about 【ScienZ Academy】.

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With the cooperation of the As One Suzuka community, students can experience the way of living, working and someothers, on As-One Style Life in the atmospehere as close relationship like one-family.

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Since two students graduated and moved on to the next stage of society building in March this year, 5 new students from Korea, 1 from Switzerland, and 2 from Japan, totally 16 ones have started their new [ScienZ Academy] Life.

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Julia from Switzerland and Tamaki from Osaka, Japan.

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Souta Totsuka, a new student from Shizuoka, Japan

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Currently, 16 students, including new students, are studying at ScienZ Academy

Young people who want to create a society in which all people can live happily gather at ScienZ Academy one after another, learn together, make the most of every opportunity to learn, grow as human, learn and acquire the ScienZ Method, and fly out into the world as human resources who can create the next society on site.

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Serial No.5 The core of community building is human relations

Creating the Next Society - Part 5
Toward a society where people can live gently and without conflict

Masashi Ono, ScienZ Institute, Inc.

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Chapter 2

1. the heart of community building is human relations

~its abundance will not collapse no matter what happens

Toward a regenerative society, many challenges have been conducted through various activities like energy self-sufficiency, farming and eating methods that follow nature, local currencies and basic income in search of alternative economies, and clothing and construction using natural materials.
However, we think the heart of the community building is the quality of human relationship.

All of varios efforts are perfomed ofcourse through cooperation among people. That is, we cay say that the relationships form the base of these activities.If their relationships are not sustainable, no matter how wonderful the technology or methods, they will not work enough, and in some cases, the community, group, or company itself may not be able to survive due to stagnation or conflict.

According to the study on evogillages in the United States**, more than 90% of ecovillages have collapsed within three years of start-up. The reason for this is either relationship problems or economic issues (actually, this is also a relationship ones).

It is indeed a pity that people are not able to sustain the community because of poor human relations, even though they willingly start with feeling hope in communities or ecovillages. We also hear of many communities where people can continue but their relationships inside are not well, resulting in patience, reservation, oppression, and compromise, and various problems.

I suppose this is not limited to community building, but similar problems are occurring in couples, families, societies, workplaces, and various other activities. In other words, as is obvious when you think about it, all human activities are based on human relationships.

In other words, if the base human relationships are good, everything will go well. I would say that the core of community building, or rather, the core of all activities, lies in these human relationships.

In fact, I also think that today's social problems would be easily solved if only human relations could be improved, and all wisdom and technology could be put to use. (See Chapter 2, Section 4, and the various sections of Chapter 3.)
As mentioned above, in the search for peace, conflicts and confrontations arise with people who have different opinions.... It is very weird when you think about it, but these things often happen. People may think that human relationships are important, but I think they don't realize how important they really are.

When people promote community building, they may also believe that relationships are important, but they may not recognize that this is the core of community building. In some cases, "relationships are important in order to advance something" (i.e., relationships are secondary).
In many cases, we may prioritize matters and economics over relationships, or we may value our own arguments more than relationships.

Also, when we hear that relationships are important, we make an effort to create good relationships, make a conscious effort to get along with others, adopt communication skills, and some others.
"How can I improve my relationships?" Many people may think, "How can I improve my relationship? This may improve the relationship on the surface, but I don't think it will fundamentally improve the relationship.

The idea is to keep the relationship from falling apart, but it will lead to a relationship which we become careful to each other. In such a fearful state of mind, there is no way to have good relationships.
I would say that relationships cannot be solved by techniques or methodologies.

When we become closer to the communities,work together,or become a couple and some others, various relathinship problems come to the surface between us;that is, when we keep a certain distance,we can not see it.If something happens and people explode with anger, blame or accuse others, feel superior or inferior to others, or feel alienated, the relationship will fall apart.

If something happens and they don't get along, those people are in an unstable relationship.
If you don't focus on that, I think it will always be unstable.
If we leave that as it is, I don't think we can have sustainable relationships without conflict.

People are comfortable and pleasant when they are close. No one likes to be on bad terms with others. We get lonely when we don't get along with others, and we get uncomfortable when we disagree. And if they become angry or quarrelsome, they will feel uncomfortable, and so will those around them. Such relationships are not sustainable.

I consider that the most important thing is to have a close relationship in which one can feel at ease from the bottom of one's heart.
However, many people may have given up on such relationships, saying, "I can't do it. Or perhaps they do not know the path or method to such a relationship.

I think it is important to review the situation from the ground, zero. I think that unconsciously, people have given up because they have assumed that "people are like that," or that they are "angry," "always blaming," or " putting the blame on others," toward themselves or others close to them.

If we investigate this scientifically, we can find a way to resolve it. (We'll use the ScienZ Method I mentioned earlier!) ). If we can see the fictions created by human thinking, in other words, the "shoulds" and "should nots," we can get rid of them.
We don't need to do anything special. Just look at it straightforwardly and ask yourself, "What is going on? and you will observe it.

When that is resolved, you will see a relationship that will not collapse no matter what happens.
Whether the business is going well or not, whether we have different opinions, or whether we are in a difficult situation, we will be able to move forward together without conflict or confrontation.
When someone makes a mistake, we don't blame or accuse them, but rather we stand by them and ask, "Why did that happen? What can we do to prevent it from happening again? and how can we live together in the situation.

It is a intimate, family-like relationship that will never change, no matter what happens.
From today's common-sense viewpoint, many might ask, "How is such a relationship possible?" But it is possible. we difinitely could have that kind of relationship. And I think it is the easiest and most enjoyable relationship.

"What is going on inside of each other?" and explore it, and to have a close relationship that doesn't fall apart, it doesn't take a little skill or method. It takes a certain amount of time and energy, but if you go in that direction, even if it is not perfect, you will have a base for a intimate relationship.

Then, you will be able to communicate and discuss everything comfortably, and things will flow very smoothly. Even if things do not go well, we can always talk things over, and we can all find the best way forward on the spot. In other words, various activities can be carried out on a foundation of human relations that is not affected by any circumstances.

This is on which the As One Suzuka Community has focused most of its energy.
Several people have left during this process. However, even in the face of financial hardship and major failures, by working on this task, intimate relationships that do not crumble no matter what have been nurtured over the past 20 years. Is the base of these relationships like rich soil? On top of that, now each individual is able to express his or her personality, various activities are blossoming, and a sustainable society is just now becoming clearly visible.

2. based on conversation - a relationship where we can talk about anything, anytime

In the previous section, I wrote that the core of community building, and indeed of all activities, lies in human relationships. I consider this to mean "a relationship in which anything can be talked about at any time.

In order for multiple people to work together on something, it is necessary to have constant conversations with each other and with the people involved. I think it can be said that the quality of a group or community depends on the kind of communication that takes place.
Failure to discuss issues that lead to disagreements, disputes, and conflicts, as well as restraint, hesitation, and compromise, will lead to the stagnation and collapse of the group or community.

What is the meaning of conversation in the first place, and what for?

We may have various conversations in various situations, but We may be talking without knowing "what is a conversation?.
In today's society, it seems as if people are discussing because they have something to decide. I have heard some people say, "If we get together in the midst of our busy schedule and nothing is decided, there is no point in getting together.
I think that conversations at the As One Suzuka community are " conversations to understand each other. It may be quite different from the conventional image of discussion.
Conversation is an activity to convey one's feelings (intentions, emotions, etc.) and to receive the other party's feelings. This " conversation" is the basis of all human relationships.

When I write this, many of you may think, "What, it's that simple!" In fact, I think it is very simple and easy.
However, I think that the current image of conversation in today's society, and the preconceived notions of what is good or bad, make it difficult to achieve this kind of conversation.
I think we often react to what the other person says, such as "what to do about the matter," "is it good or bad," and so on. (Maybe you think such things are "conversations.")

When the other person expresses an opinion or idea that differs from your own, you may take it as a negative, opposing, or conflicting opinion or idea and become emotional. In response, you may rebel, become depressed that you have been rejected, or insist that you are more right, which may go in a different direction from the conversation.
If you have a hardened sense of morality, common sense, justice, duty, responsibility, or preconceived notions about others, agree and conflicting emotions will arise, and you will not be able to communicate with each other.

In this state, people do not "communicate their feelings straightforwardly.
In this state, the person is not willing to "accept the other person's feelings as they are.
In this state, conversation will not be realized.
 
Instead of trying to pass on your opinions and arguments, try to convey your feelings.
Rather than reacting to the other person's words or topic, you try to receive the other person's feelings.
It is very important for both parties to be in such a state of being able to talk to each other, in other words, to become people who can talk to each other (people who "can do it"!). This is also why I say that the core of community building and all activities is human relations.

No matter how serious or unforgivable a matter may be, we must put aside our own will and feelings and become one with each other in order to try to understand the other person.
Then, when the other person expresses a different opinion or idea, we become more and more interested and eager to listen.
They will be able to listen to anything and say anything without restraint or contraint.

In current discussions, I think there is often a confusion between "discussing" and "acting," without a clear distinction between "discussing" and "acting," such as "Since we have discussed it, there is no point in discussing it unless we act accordingly.

If conversation leads to restrictions or compulsions to act, we are not inclined to speak our minds as we truly feel. For example, "Since I initiated the discussion, I have to take responsibility for it," "Since I insisted so strongly, it would not be cool to change my opinion," or "Since everyone is talking about doing it, it would be hard for me to express my own different opinion," etc. This is probably due to the fact that there is no distinction between "conversation" and "action".

When we communicate, we are free to talk without restraints, to say whatever we want, to listen to whatever we want, to be carefree, unrestrained, and irresponsible. And how we act is up to the free will of the individual.
In conversations at the As One Suzuka community, we " talk and act freely".

Through these conversations, we find points of agreement, make plans, and decide on things, and then we each put them into action. After the implementation of the plan, some points that were not addressed in the conversation or other matters come up, and it becomes necessary to talk about them. We will want to talk about it.
This continuous life of conversation, action, action, and conversation is also the work of a society based on human relationships.

There seems to be an idea of separating a place to talk what to do and a place to talk how to do it, but in the As One community, when we freely have conversations based on mutual understanding, we naturally feel that concrete things will come out of it.

As each person grows to be able to communicate (become a person who can communicate), the conversations are realized, and the community is nurtured and grows through the conversations.
The place for conversations is a free space with a good view where people can connect with each other in a familiar way, without psychological pressure or the need to protect themselves.
In other words, the realization of conversation is also the realization of a society where people can live gently and without conflict, as they feel.
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[Serial no.7] As One Every Day June 2022

Community Saijiki literary calendar


Nichinichi Kore...(Our daily lives are …)

坂井和貴(Kazuki Sakai)


Nobu-chan, one of my old friends living in Tokyo, came to visit us. It was just the day before yesterday.
She stopped by on her way back from a trip to Kyoto, so we only talked for about two hours at the community café space.

She wanted to see Mr. Iwata's Japanese paintings hanging at the entrance.

She asked Mr. Iwata many questions one after another, such as
"Hey Takashi, how did you draw these lines?"
"Oh, it's so wonderful to be able to ask the artist directly!"
She was delighted to be able to ask Iwata face-to-face.

Nobuchan, who has made it her life's work to paint pictures herself, said,
"Now, Takashi, you paint every day, don't you? What motivates you to do it?

He replied, "Before, I used to think that I would paint something like this or win an award, but those were extraordinary motivations. Now, painting has become my "everyday" life. I wonder if I am painting the "everyday. If that's the case,"
" I wonder what kind of paintings you are doing." Nobuchan murmured.

The two of them never stopped talking about painting. I was watching them with a smile on my face.

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Painter "Takashi Iwata" who lives and paints in the community


Nobuchan, Mr. Iwata, and I were friends in our school days, when we were active in the "Tokyo Young People's Association," which, in retrospect, is a very lame name for a group of people. When we started talking, we immediately warped back to those days.
It was a period of less than two years, but it was the kind of day that would create a relationship that would last a lifetime.

"Iwata-san and I are now part of the same [family] in the community."
I began to explain to Nobuchan, who knew little about this place.
"The Suzuka community is like a big family, but there are about five [families] within it, and each [family] has its own meetings, meals, and other activities to see and get to know each other. Our[ family] even held a solo exhibition of Mr. Iwata's paintings, and we are planning to do it again this autumn..." and so on.
And as we talk, I find myself looking back and wondering what kind of "daily life" we are leading.

The "sa" in "Satsuki"(May in Japanese) means rice dedicated to the god of rice fields or early seedlings planted in May. This is the time of year when the rice paddies are in full swing, and with the planting of course comes the chorus of frogs.
From the window of the community dining room, we can see a small rice field about two-tenths hectare across the road.
At dinner time, the orchestral sound is so loud that one would think that all the frogs in the Suzuka area have gathered in those rice paddies.
Every Thursday evening, it is our [ family's] turn to create a place where the community members who come to the dining room can relax and enjoy dinner. Men and women of all ages come by, and we can see the faces of the recently enrolled Academy students and those who have come from around the country to experience and practice the program. It's not like being on duty or in charge, but the feeling of harmony in a family.

After sending off everyone who is satisfied and cleaning up, the tea time with [family] members is also very special. We chat, listen to each other's petty stories, and lose track of time.
We asked, "Where did frogs live before we planted the rice?"
"Well, maybe they were hibernating in the rice paddies."
"But if they did, they would have died on the rotary of the cultivator before rice planting."
"That's true. Then, did they come from somewhere watching the rice planting?"
"But I've never seen a parade of frogs coming to the rice paddies!"
I googled it for the time being.
"Well, it says they are in the grass, mountains, and forests."
"We are in a residential area with a few rice paddies, so there are no mountains or forests nearby, and I don't see any grassy areas."
The conversation was about trivial matters, but Nana, Lucio, Reiko, and Toshimi all felt a sense of curiosity like they did when they were children.

Later that day, I was passing by that rice field. I saw three-year-old Akari playing in Tachibana Park diagonally across the street, so I called out to her.
She pointed and said, "Look, there's a frog in the hump of this tree!"
"There are more frogs in the grass here."
"Oh~, really? Where are they?"
I was so surprised to notice that even in a town like this, there are many places to find frogs, and I couldn't wait to tell my family members about it the following Thursday.
Iwata-san suddenly said, "I have discovered how to stop the chorus of frogs." Our family's frog research continues.

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We're gonna paint the roof of the SCS!
Let's do it together!
The roof is rusting.
We will do it on May 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
SCS is our building and we'd like to keep it for a long time to come.
I want to take this opportunity to paint it together .
The work is very easy and we want to do it with our own people and not outsource it.

I want to finish it all at once before it gets too hot, when it's cooler and drier.
We have something for everyone, young and old, men and women, so we can get in an hour when we have some free time.
I'm going to make it so you can go up the stairs.
Just look at it 👀!
It'll be fun! I'm sure it will be.


Responding to a LINE message from Koichi, a community member, the Academy students and our children climbed up the stairs to the roof set up by the scaffolders one after another. From rust removal to rust prevention, and finally, each [family] climbed up on the roof to get covered in paint.
During the "Golden Week", a week consecutive national holidays, we were blessed with fine weather and painted the roof, which is more than 500 tatami mats in size, in one color of silver paint. Exactly the Silver Week?

As Mr. Yagi often says.
"We live in a very big house. We have rooms all over the place, and we walk down a long driveway to SCS (Suzuka Culture Station), where everyone's dining and living rooms are located. It's a huge mansion~."

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"We rethatch the big roof of our own house by ourselves."
"We rethatch it ourselves, so it will be more our house."
Rethatching thatched roofs in Shirakawa-go, famous for its gassho-zukuri style of architecture. There is a group called " Kumi" or "Yui," and everyone in the village rethatches one house in one day.

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My mother's birthplace was in a mountain village with a thatched roof.
I asked my grandfather, "Grandpa, don't the rain and snow sink into the house? He replied, "You see, we have a fire here on the hearth. This smoke goes up to the roof and dries and smokes the thatch. This is what makes a thatched roof strong. So you don't have to worry about it."
In such a house, we live together in peace and security, so we become closer and closer.

I think family is so interesting. Children cannot choose their parents, grandparents, or siblings.
They just happen to be born there, become children of that family, and live together.
It is not that they live together because they are close, or because they are intimate with each other, in the beginning.
We don't have a special day, we just go about our daily lives, one day at a time.
But as we live, we become a family. Before you know it, you become intimate and close, and a bond is formed that will never be shaken unconsciously.

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Today's [family] is somewhat similar.
Each of us did not choose to be a part of this [family], but we became a [family] by chance.

And we live together, one day at a time, in a normal, non-special way.

We are close to each other, but because we live together, we become even closer, we melt into each other.
Then you will want to live together more and more. We become unshakable "one".
Not only the [families], but the entire community will be filled with such a spirit.
And not just the community...

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After my activities in the Tokyo Young People's Association, I chose a completely different career path than my parents had hoped for.
I still have a letter in my desk from my mother, who was very much against it, and who was saddened and cried a lot.
"If you have decided on that path, you should finish it."
I became aware of the awesomeness of my parents. Those words at the end of the letter have been one of my driving forces for a long time.
No matter what happens, no matter what I do, family will always be family. My mother and father would never change, they would always look after me, they would always love me, there was no way they would ever hate me or give up on me, and no matter what I did, I would always be okay. I was always driven by a kind of air that floated in the depths of my heart, which was different from my consciousness, and it always became a gentle tailwind to move me along.

The air current that has been formed by living together with my father, mother, brother, and grandparents every day as a family has been unshakable and clear.
Riding on this current comfortably, I have seen people, interacted with people, and lived with people. .
I have made many friends and associates, and my relationships with them have deepened into brothers and sisters and family members.
When I became a parent, I realized that there was a never-ending wellspring that overflowed from within me, and that I would continue to pour out to my children. I soon came to realize that it is not limited to my own children.

And then there is the daily life in the current community.
The daily life depicted in Mr. Iwata's paintings, the daily life that appears in each person's place of work, the daily life that emerges in our daily lives...
The "daily life of play" that is unnoticed and danced with ingenuity and love on each stage in each corner of the community...
Where does this day by day life lead us?
Where shall we direct the overflow of our lives?
No matter what happens, no matter what we do, my [family] will not leave us alone, and no one will be left alone.
Being in the same lotus, not a lotus, but a big boat, day by day...our daily lives are…

Late last night, Ina-chan sent a picture to the [family] group LINE.
"Fireflies are flying above our rice paddies."

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Akari, Kokoro, Hana, Natsuki, Umi, Tatsumi, Sakuto...the faces of the children of the community, one after another, come to mind as their eyes light up at the glowing fireflies.
The rice paddies are about to be filled with early summer activity.
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As One Network News May 2022

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As One Network News May 2022

In Japan, fresh greenery season has come.
The surrounding rice fields are filled with fresh water, and rice planting has already been done here in Suzuka City, where the As One Network office is located.
As usual, rice farming starts toward the harvest season. That will bring affluence and enrichment to people's lives. In this way, we are alive and thriving again in the long-lasting chain of life on the earth.
In the midst of this connection, we can ask ourselves what we want to pass on to the next generation, what we want to inherit. The "AS ONE Network" is a solidarity of people who wish to create the next society and truly realize their wish. This month, we will continue to send you a piece of our activities in the email news.

https://mailchi.mp/219880b2fd52/news-may2022-hp
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Serial No.4 Method of Realization

Toward a Society Where People Can Live Gently and Without Conflict from their heart.
Masashi Ono, ScienZ Institute, Inc.
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Chapter 1 

7 . Method of Realization
~A Way for Everyone to Live as Human Beings without Binding Each Other

In the process of creating the As One Suzuka community, the various human problems have occured among us as I mentioned before.
We were confronted with the current situation where people bind each other and unable to discuss due to assumptions and fixed ideas.

In various books, you will find that assumptions and fixed ideas are the causes of anger, bad feelings, and conflict. When you hear that, you think, "How can I get rid of them?" and "Let's try not to have assumptions and fixed ideas!" Many people try to consciously avoid such things, make efforts to avoid them, or try to tell themselves not to do so.
  
However this kind of thinking pattern may have a temporary effect, I don't think it will fundamentally solve, that is, eliminate the problem from the ground. I think many people have such experiences as anger. And "It's normal to have anger and bad feelings! We all have assumptions and fixed ideas," and we may often give up.
  
Einstein said, "You cannot solve problems with the same mindset that created them. " This is exactly what you are doing. With the same mindset, you are thinking, "How can we get rid of it?"

We were the same way. We have always known about the harmful effects of fixed ideas and we have been making efforts to prevent them from happening. But they will not go away with that.
  
We were faced with the reality; even though we had been trying to start up As One Suzuka community attempt from zero since 2001, we had not been able to go beyond that. Finally we came to realize that we could not achieve it with the theories, methods, and schemes we had been using,in order to create an innovative ideal society that had never existed before. In 2004, we launched the ScienZ Institute and felt the need to review and explore everything from zero, on a completely new horizon, and we decided to concentrate on the research activities in earnest.

In the process, instead of thinking "What do I do?"and "What if I do this?", we found the new path, that is a scientific inquiry, asking "Why?" and "What is going on? "

We have named this approach "ScienZ," from the initials Scien (Scientific Investigation of Essential Nature) and Zero (zero, nothing, empty...).

We are capable of great things and technology, but we are not able to achieve our full potential in the sphere of "human beings" and "societies". The reason or law of things and the natural world cannot be determined by human ideas, can it? By observing the actual state of things and the natural world, we discover the underlying reason or law.
However, on the human beings and society, we often judge based on human ideas such as "this is the way it is," "this is the way it should be," and "that is good or bad. It is usual for people not to try to find reason or law, but to make decisions left and right.

Even in concrete situations, for example, when a machine breaks down, if you watch it carefully and ask, "What's going on? If you observe it carefully, the cause of the problem will become clear, and you will naturally know what to do about it. If you do not know the cause of the problem, and you keep saying, "This is the way to do it," or "This is the way it should be done," the situation will become more and more complicated.

What does "of course" mean? What is the meaning of "should"? When we explore these questions, we can see the mechanism. Why has such a mechanism been formed? Where is the state of fixed ideas that binds self and others? How does it work? and some others, can be grasped by oneself. You will be able to see that what you have taken for granted is in fact an unfounded assumption or a fixed belief. When we explore anger, worries, and conflicts in this way, we can naturally move in the direction of dissolving them once the mechanisms of these feelings become clear.

In other words, when we explore the reasons of conflicts and bad feelings, we find that the cause is "attachment to one's own thoughts," which is formed from "psychological pressure due to coercion, bondage, and some others. Attachment to one's own thoughts" refers to a state of "fixed ideas" or "I have to do something". We have developed a method to eliminate this attachment.
We named it the "ScienZ Method.

  
For example, let's say something happens in the community that you think, "That's a big problem!" And then you immediately think, "I have to do something to solve it," or "What should I do? and then take action. But even in this case, what is the "problem"? "What is actually happening?" "What is going on inside my mind and emotions?" What do I really want to do? What do I want to be? When we observe and explore these questions, we can see what is going on, clarify the causes, and discover our deepest wish, and naturally find a path to the dissolution of disharmony.

Based on the idea of "ScienZ," we call our consistent method "ScienZ Method," which starts from "knowing human beings" to "realizing a society" where people can live as true human beings.
Awareness of the fact that it is a human idea": become aware of "fixed ideas" (it must be done).
How is the fact, how is the reality?" ・・・・
Turning to the actual world
What is the nature, essence, and truth?
Knowing the reason of the natural world. Knowing the deepest wish of human beings. Knowing the true nature of human beings.
Through the process of
This is the method of "realizing the ideal. ・・・・A society that follows the laws of nature = a society where there is no conflict, everyone is intimate with each other, and everyone lives from the heart.

When written like this, it may sound difficult.
But actually, I think it is the easiest and simplest way to live as a human being.
As you get to know human beings, you will find one element after another that hinders human nature. If we remove them, I think we will naturally see what a human is.
Birds, butterflies, and animals in the natural world live as they are without making any effort to be as they are! Humans seem to have bound themselves to "this must be done" and "this must not be done" with human thinking, and this has undermined their humanness. By becoming aware of and removing the "fictions" that bind us to ourselves, we can return to our original human nature.

This method can be applied not only to the As One Suzuka community, but to anyone and everywhere. Many people not only in Japan but also in Korea, Brazil, Switzerland, and other countries have learned this method and are using it in situations such as good human relations, community building, company management, share-houses, and child-rearing.
  
I would like you to see this method in use at one of our sites. It is so comfortable, simple, easy, and pleasant to see people living their lives as they are.
And I hope that anyone who wants to make use of this method will do so.
  
What do you do?" Do this?" I hope that people will move away from the "to-do" thinking patterns of "What's going on? What do I really want to do? We call this the "Human Knowledge Revolution.
If you would like to learn more about the ScienZ Method, please attend As One Seminar. In addition, the ScienZ Institute has published a book explaining ScienZ.

Click here to learn more about the as one seminar at Switerland
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My impressions of attending As-One Seminar

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This was my first participation in As-One Seminar.
Finally, I got my wish to go to As One Suzuka Community!
I'm really glad I came... really really glad!!
I am not exaggerating, but I feel as if my whole life has been for coming here.

I felt that I was allowed to experience what I wanted to know, not as knowledge studied in my head, but as an experience through the seminar week.
Words cannot express how moved and grateful I am.

After the seminar, I believe now, more than ever in my life, truly, sincerely, quietly, yet boldly and powerfully
'We can all be happy together!
The world will be as one."
It's not a pretty thought, but I can feel that way from the bottom of my heart.
No hesitation, I can say, "Seriously, the world people can all be happy together!"
This seminar gave me tremendous confidence like this, so calmly and gently.

"As One seminar curriculum" and "The ScienZ Method!"…so, so, sooooooo amazing!!!!
Isn't this already...much more than the Nobel Peace Prize!?
I thought this is the one which everyone in the world can be truly happy beyond borders…"the No-labels Peace Prize!"

Let's look back what did I do during the week of the seminar?!
Along with the theme and questions from the navigator, I listened to my inner self each time.
Sometime my head and mind whirling and fluffing,,, but it was precious time to talk with myself.
And I shared the honest voice that came out of me with seminor members and everyone listened to it quietly.
And I also listened carefully to each member's voice as well.
In a cozy Kotatsu room which was a very relaxing and homey, and we all sat in a circle with tea and coffee, and we talked and talked everyday a week.
We were all just talking, thinking and enjoying the indescribable ambiguous feeling by the "hmmm", "really?", "is that so?" and "well, what do you think?" that shoot out from our navigator Ryu-san's smiling face.
And what happened to me was,,,
I laughed a lot, laughed from the depths of my gut, and cried over and over again.
I cried so many times that I didn't even know why I was crying. I think it was the happy tears from my soul.

Now, what was going on inside me?
At first, I was surprised at the way of discussion did not try to come up with answers or right answers. There were no answers!!
It was like... unsettled mood and a strange feeling that I could not seem to grasp.
From the middle of the session, I began to feel more comfortable with this feeling without any answers.
Unknowingly, I became accustomed to a way of being and thinking that was free from judgment.
I felt as if the necessary awareness was coming naturally from within me, as I was reassured that there was no answer or correct anywhere.
I could felt that it is okey to just be as I am and just look at what is inside me at any given moment.

I also realized my idea like "I'll remember that, gotta keep it to myself!" naturally disappeared.
I began to feel more and more comfortable with the sensation of accepting what came at that moment and letting it flow again, just like breathing in and out.
By the end, I couldn't even remember what I was doing just a few moments ago, my head and mind were so relaxed and simple.

In this way, something inside me began to change with many moment-by-moment realizations.
And I think a revolution occurred in me very quietly.
It was as if I had been given a pair of magic glasses that allowed me to see things that I had not been able to see before.

How kind it is to be able to hear my own true voice as it is, and to be allowed to say it.
How kind it is to have someone who listens to my honest voice as it really is, and to be allowed to listen your honest voice as well.
I felt such peace and love growing inside me, just by being able to relax, talk, and listen with no judgements and conflicts. How enriching!
Through the seminar, I became to feel so relieved, so kinder, and calmer. I feel wonderful abundance now.
I feel so much love and closer for everyone I spent the week with. I can feel us as As-one family now.

I also recognized that the "As One revolution" to be free from all kinds of ties, restrictions, judgments, and fictions, and to be happy together as our true selves, is happening very gently and quietly inside each human being.
Now I can comprehend that…
We don't need someone else to work hard and wave the flag to lead the way in making the world a better place.
We don't need to sacrifice something in order to gain something.
And we don't need to be hard on ourselves to be good for the world and good for others…
We just need to know that we are already connected in deep inside of us and there is a sure way to be happy together very peacefully.

Let us listen carefully to our own voice and the voices of those around us, and let us be honest without any fear and hesitate.
By doing so, we will be kinder, gentler, and more secure, and we will develop closer, family-like relationships with those around you and me.
Let us live each day gently, just as we are, without being overbearing or burdened.
It is not something lofty or difficult. Anyone can do it. We all can do it.
So that we can all make the world a better place together, day by day and one by one.

I see the harmony of happiness spreads not through strength and righteousness, but through kindness and peace of mind.
The world will be fulfilled with gentleness and love naturally, like the beautiful ripples of each person spreading and melting away.
And I believe we will embody the fullness and abundance in this world.
It was a week that convinced me of this.
Thank you very much.
Shiho Ide(Kanagawa pref.)
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[Serial no.6] As One Every Day May 2022

Playing with Building Blocks

I think it was the summer of my third year in elementary school, when the boys' choir I belonged to at the time held a camp.
It was an annual event for about 50 elementary school students held every summer vacation at Nakabusa Onsen, the entrance to Mount Tsubakuro in the Northern Alps. The buses would rock them up a narrow gravel road with no guardrails, for several tens of minutes.

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The location is at an altitude of 1,462 meters above sea level. We slept in a large cabin-like building beside a magnificent mountain stream, and then ascended a long flight of stairs to a splendid indoor hot spring pool.
Various memories come back to me, but I can't help laughing when I can't find any memory of the crucial chorus practice.

That summer, on the eve of the last day of the camp, the weather in the mountains was wild and stormy.
When we went outside the next morning, we found that the mountain stream, which had been so clear, had turned into a muddy brown stream, covered with splashing water, and large rocks were being washed away with a rumbling sound.
We cheered at the sheer force of it all.
Soon after, the choir teachers informed us.
"There have been several cliff collapses on the mountain roads. We can't go down the mountain today."
We cheered again.
"We can stay here with the others longer."
"Yay, what are we going to do?"
"Teacher, no more choir practice!"
"・・・・・"
We were so glad for the cliffhanger.
From there on, it was all fun and paradise.
We ran around to see the muddy stream, played cards and ping-pong, dove into the brown, bottomless hot spring pool and played ninja, watched high school baseball on TV, and played as much as we wanted.
I don't know how many days we stayed, but when we ran out of food, the rescue team that came up the mountain carrying their backpacks gave us rice balls to eat and we cheered again.

In this day and age, it would have made the big news that "Children stranded at Nakabusa Onsen Hot Springs due to a cliff collapse were left alone and helpless."
The situation might have made the national news.
I am sure that the adults were big-hearted about the situation, and we children were just happy to play with each other. I don't think we were anxious or worried.
I don't know if we were aware that something might have happened, but the adults would take care of it, and we just left the whole thing to the adults and were floating in the calm sea of peace of mind.
I think everyone has probably had a similar experience.

"How can children laugh and play under such circumstances?"
I sometimes see such scenes like that. Recently, more and more. I am surprised at the sight of them, and at the same time somewhat relieved and relieved, but I also wonder if that is the original nature of us human beings.
It's also the reason why we doze off on trains and buses.
We are quick to put water or food in our mouths.
We can breathe in and breathe out the air of wherever we are and with whomever we are with.
It's in our nature to do so.
Most of the day is spent in such a way that we let our guard down.
We don't suspect nature, society, or people at all.

We live relaxed and defenseless without checking every single thing such as who is driving the car or who made the food, and soon.

Speaking of " Losing Strength”
Right across from the Suzuka Culture Station, there is a children's gymnastics class.
There is a large glass window, and every day there is a crowd of parents who come to watch their children's gymnastic activities from outside.
Just across the street, I caught a glimpse of a boy doing a nice big wheel on the bars in front of me.
I was amazed at how he was spinning so effortlessly, even though it takes a lot of strength to go up and down.
I observed that he seemed to be "relaxed" all the time.
His body was flexible like a whip. His hands were not clenched tightly around the bars, and some of his fingers were floating. I am sure that he is working efficiently only in his core and other necessary parts of his body, and is not straining in any unnecessary parts of his body.
Looking back at myself, I realize that I would not be able to do the big wheel of life if I had to be on guard and defensive at every turn, with all my muscles and mind tense. To keep spinning comfortably and to play around forever, we simply loosen up, let our guard down, and let our true nature take over.

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Since its opening in 2010, the Suzuka Culture Station, which is located in the center of the community, has undergone the "customary" remodeling work.
Visitors often ask, "What's changed again? They are right.
From the outside, it may seem unplanned and inefficient.
I have often reflected on what I would have done if I had been able to envision the future, and I will leave that for the future, but for now, the expansion work is underway to prepare for the movement of the five Korean students who entered the Academy this spring and the young people who will follow them.
Mr. Motoyama, a carpenter in the community, is working on the project.
Not only here, but also at the community's offices, facilities, and the houses where each of them live, if there is anything that needs to be done...
"Mr. Motoyama!"
is always called out to him.
"The toilet is clogged."
"The wallpaper is peeling."
"I need a new air conditioner."
"I want the floor waxed."
"I want the rust removed from the roof."
"・・・・・"
There is no way to describe the sense of comfort and familiarity we feel when we can call on him anytime, over and over again, no matter what the need. It has become as natural as breathing the air, but it has soaked into the heart of each and every one of us in the community.
And there is Mr. Motoyama, who responds to that feeling.
This is also a matter of course, but I have never been criticized for doing something like that from him.
"How do you want to do it?"
It is pleasant and enjoyable just to have a conversation about how to do it. Even if I make changes in the middle of the process, he responds with a "yes, yes, yes! So I can say or ask as many times as I want without hesitation. And finally, I am fully satisfied with the finished product.
For me, it's like having a big brother who is always there with his carpentry tools among the big family, saying, "All right, Leave it to me". So I leave it all up to him.

Mr. Yagi, who works with me at the office of HUB, laughed and said, "I have never thanked Mr. Motoyama even though he has fixed a lot of things fo us."
That is the kind of relationship we have with each other.
The existence of one person like him is really significant.

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(Mr. Motoyama, the community's carpenter. 1st left)

The current renovation is like a bunch of grown-ups getting together to play with blocks.
"I want to open up the dining room, so I want to empty out the food storage room next door."
"Well, let's turn this interview room into a storage room..."
"Let's move the clothes closet and renovate that room into a meeting room."
"We can install the sliding door of the clothes closet directly into the food storage room."
"Can't the hallway be converted into a dining room?"
"Then let's move the temporary storage in the hallway to this storage room."
"・・・・・・・・"
The ideas kept coming, cool ideas, unoriginal ideas, unusual ideas, and gradually, breakthrough ideas began to emerge among everyone.
We are planning to complete the project around the end of May, but I wonder how it will turn out.
I wonder how it will look to visitors at that time.
Piling, breaking down, piling again...
It is fun to assemble the blocks, and it is also fun to break them down.

This may be a bit of confidential information, but the answer to Mr. Yagi's question, "What is your favorite animal? The answer is "human."
Playing with building blocks is fun because you are playing with people.
Because people come close together, more and more interesting blocks are created.
(For example, I get nervous because there are other people around, or I get anxious about what someone says or does.)
Even if you have a habit of getting stuck in a "The maze in your head that doesn't exist" that you have somehow acquired, you can easily get out of it.
But if you slip out of it, you will be aware that what is in front of you is only a human being, and he or she will clearly come into your sight .
You are a human being, I am a human being, and when we meet, what shall we play together?
Because we feel at safe and calm among humans, we can play with the building blocks.
Because there are always people around, there is no fear that the blocks will fall apart, or even if they do, there is no worry.
If we are swept away together with humans, there is no difference in our enjoyment, whether in clear or muddy stream.

"My favorite animal?" I think it's "human".
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