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Alex and Antje, who had come for an internship from Switzerland, departed.

Alex and Antje, who came to Japan from Switzerland in September and had been participating in the [As One Style Practical Training Program] at the As One Suzuka community for about three months, left for their home country.

During their three-month stay, they experienced a way of life like a big close-knit family, participating in the As One seminar and ScienZ School courses, and living together with the people in the community.

What do they feel after their three-month stay?

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Alex.

I would like to become such a person who feels comfortable everywhere, because he can work with other people everywhere with a cosy heart.

This morning many people came and said goodbye to us. I was very pleased that Masako-san and Naoue came, too. I enjoyed it very much to see these two beautiful women. And to see how they enjoy life opens my heart.

Inside me I feel the desire to invite all these people to the As One seminar. But I know: when I really meet people, I get shy and uncomfortable and want to be alone and not talk. At the moment I am like that.

I would like to attend more As One courses to get to know myself better. I would like to come back to Suzuka for a longer time. Three months is just too short. And I would like to be able to understand and speak Japanese well enough to attend the courses.

I feel changed after three months.

Antje.

When I look back on the 3 months, many images and thoughts come to mind.

And what is going on in me now?

It is quiet. I am not really leaving, but continuing in another place. I am looking forward to reconnecting with the people of Switzerland.

The starting point is different now.

What do you think will happen if you don't set boundaries from yourself to others? What if I ask you for your wishes and requests and want to fulfill them? Can we speak honestly with each other or not?

I am interested in this type of family relationship. What kind of relationship do you have with each of them?

With Alex, I can talk about anything. We can go further from there, step by step.

I could feel the atmosphere here.

It is easier to move freely and explore when people who are already there go first.

I wish people from Europe could get to know themselves better in this environment.

*The article was excerpted from the ScienZ School's member blog.
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ScienZ School "Know Myself Course" and Lecture in Switzerland

The ScienZ School's "Course for Knowing Myself" is being held in Switzerland.

As we all explored together, we became aware of our unconscious fixed ideas and bindings, and we could see a life and society in which we are free and unrestricted. We leave for a new world, full of hope! We are all looking forward to the next event.

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Participans of the ScienZ School Switzerland "Course for Knowing Myself".

On 12/16 and 12/17, we also held a talk in Switzerland to introduce As One Network! We have many people coming from all over Switzerland.

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At the end of December, there will be an As One Seminar in Switzerland, and in January of the new year, another As One Seminar in Germany!

In 2023, we expect to see many students from all over Europe coming to Japan to learn about ScienZ.
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【Conflicts and bad feelings that had been occurring within me magically disappear】 Brazil As One Seminar

From October 9 to 15, 【As One Seminar】was held in Brazil.
The following is a report on the seminar in Brazil through the participants' impressions and the memoir of Leo, who participated as an overseas trainee while studying at the ScienZ Academy in Japan.
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【The conflicts and bad feelings that were happening inside me magically disappeared】
While attending the As One Seminar meetings, I felt as if my state of mind was calming down and such a path was being clearly and easily shown to me.

I was also able to see the possibilities of how I want to build relationships with others.

What I felt at this seminar was that by changing the way I see the world, I can see the possibility of harmonious human relationships.

It was liberating to simply be aware of the way I had been wearing, the way I saw good and bad experiences, and to feel that nothing was attached to it.

It was as if all the conflicts and bad feelings that had been happening inside me magically disappeared. These realizations and understandings happened as I interacted with others and looked at myself.

I felt that this kind of movement within me also expressed itself in the well-being of others, and I felt that the feeling of a "big family" was also something that I could reach.

It seemed that the way of life and the way of seeing became very clear during these 7 days.

(From a participant's comment)

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【From the memoir of Leo, who participated in this seminar as a staff member from Japan】
After doing the seminar
It was the first time for the participants to be exposed to the concept of exploration, and as they talked with people, many things became clear.
It was as if we could see the true nature of each person at each stage of his or her life.
I hope that people will be able to see their true feelings and true wishes, and live in accordance with them.

How much of a picture will come out in everyone's head...

After the seminar, how can we actually realize it?
I want to have a mother body that can accept such things.


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It was decided that [As One Seminar]would be held in Switzerland at the end of the year, and in Germany in 2023.
The circle is rapidly expanding to include Japan, Korea, Brazil, Switzerland, and Germany.
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As One Suzuka Community as a place to learn, one after another from overseas

In September, we have a number of people coming from overseas to study at the Suzuka Community.

Alex and Antje from Switzerland (front left) ↓

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From Korea, Say-ri, Geum-sang & Dong-ha with their son Seomg-yeol, Jung-ah and their two children Yeo-jung and Yeo-min (from left to right in the photo) ↓

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Alex, Antje and Say-ri are "As One Style Practice Program" students

Gum-sang, Dong-ha and Jung-ah are coming to Japan to study as ScienZ Academy students.

The children have started living at Cherish, a voluntary daycare center during the day, with other children from the community, under the watchful eyes of the grandparents, brothers and sisters.

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In this issue, we asked these two from Switzerland to report on what it was like for them to come to Suzuka and what kind of time they are spending there.

Alex

After attending the As One Seminar, I felt lifted up in the world and fulfilled in myself. When I travelled from Suzuka to Switzerland last June after just 10 days of stay in Suzuka, I felt like I was leaving home. Then I knew I wanted to come back, for a longer time.

In August I went to the course to get to know the society. Since then I wonder how can we create a society where no one has to do anything, where everyone acts freely and which is harmonious at the same time. A society in which people enjoy giving each other a fulfilled life. I want to learn here to become a person who can do that.

For me, many things are new and interesting here like the food, the weather, the language, it's a different kind of sleeping here, the art of living together etc. I enjoy doing things together with the other people here, eating together, learning Japanese, working, sitting together in the living room and of course the meetings where you can say anything and hear anything.

I try to investigate, observe, while working and everywhere. It's interesting to see where it succeeds and where it doesn't. And why not? And to look at that together in the meetings. I don't want to hold anything back, to say everything that is inside me and look at it together. I hope that in this way I will come closer and closer to reality, get to know reality. I feel good, I feel more and more at home, even if my inner self is not yet calm.

I often think about the harmonious society, the future society. And how do you realise it? I see the academy students every day and sometimes I wonder if I can become an academy student too. I have a return ticket to Switzerland in three months, but I have the feeling that I actually want to stay here, learn Japanese well and realise paradise for all people by doing research together with these people here. Because I have no doubt that together it is possible.


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Antje

I have been in Suzuka for about 3 weeks now and am taking part in the practice program. In Switzerland, I have been living in a eco-village for a long time. I want to find out what human life means and participate in a society where everyone can live happily. 3 years ago Ono-San came to Switzerland and I started attending the As One courses. I enjoyed it very much to look from zero again. It feels so gentle and I realised that I want to explore more in this way. The desire became stronger to go to Suzuka one day and see how people live together there. What does the As One style look like? When I arrived with Alex, I was surprised that we were participating in the practice program. I think I rather wanted to look from the outside. Now I am in the middle of getting to know myself. I realised that I can't enjoy it if I don't know and understand anything. With my thinking that I have to understand...it becomes difficult. Then I tried to get to know everything and to familiarise myself with things. I quickly realised that I can do that every day. And now? How is it now? It doesn't matter how much I know or understand. Am I now looking, asking, listening? Forming relationships with different people is very exciting. As soon as I fix an idea or thought in my head, e.g. I can't do that or I don't understand anything, something in the connection from me falters. I feel disconnected. I have the opportunity here to look at all the everyday things. Why do I want to do this work? What is behind the joy of having achieved something? I have a picture of myself, but what am I really like? I am looking forward to looking and examining in the meetings and trying things out again and again.
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GEN JAPAN Gaia Youth Held at As One Suzuka Community!

My senses and mind were greatly liberated!
GEN JAPAN Gaia Youth held at As One Suzuka Community!
Gaia Youth, organized by Global Eco-Village Network Japan (GEN JAPAN), was held at As One Suzuka Community.
How did the young people feel about this 5-day/4-night program for 15-26 year olds?
We have excerpted some of the participants' impressions. Please take a look.

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[Connections expand and transcend time and space]
23 years old, male

When I felt the joy and comfort of being able to be myself as I am in our discussions, I began to have hope for human nature and the future.
I believe that when each person connects with his or her true heart, a true connection without separation is born, and in that connection, people are nurtured. Connections expand and transcend time and space. I was able to share such a feeling and feel positive about the future.
I want to be connected to my true heart at all times and observe it.
I want to express my true feelings well. I want to learn how we can expand our relationship to be just as we are, and deepen my understanding of it through practice.
Amazing how we all felt like family during those 5 days and 4 nights!


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Applications for GAIA Youth in January and March next year are now being accepted.
For more details and application for GAIA Youth, click here.
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Scienz School [Course for Knowing Society] Held in Switzerland

Scienz School [Course for Knowing Society] Held in Switzerland

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Participants of the Scienz School [Course for Knowing Society] in Switzerland.

A free world without any "must" (coercion or constraint) has been depicted clearly in each of us.

The number of people from Switzerland and neighboring countries who want to learn about "Scienz" and create a society in which people can truly live happily is increasing, and the number of people who want to participate in the Scienz School is increasing.

A number of people also want to visit the As One Suzuka Community and stay and experience it.

This September, two people will be coming to Japan, and next spring, three to four people will be coming to Japan.
It seems that exchanges with Europe will become more and more active in the future. We are looking forward to it.
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A "Getting to Know Oneself Course" was held in Brazil.

A " Getting to Know Oneself Course" was held at ScienZ School Brazil.

Here are some comments from the participants of the " Getting to Know Oneself Course" at the ScienZ School Brazil.

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Until now, I think that has been entered in me things like responsability, rules, way of thinking, strong defend of my ideas, etc. I though that those things make me feel safe, so I though that they were necessary to me, making me create more and more self confident in my mind.

I think that is possible in the daly life, little by little, to going to know that especially because I don't need to protect my self is why I am in a state of true security and satisfaction living together with other people.

If we live in a society where we don't need to force ours ideas in each others, our minds go naturally becoming more soft and adaptive.(Male, 30s, Brazil)
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Day 2 after As One Seminar

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Ms Mayuka, the second person, from left in front row

Report from Mayuka

Last month, I participated in the As One seminar, which lasted 7 days and 6 nights. This camp-like atmosphere, I remember going frequently as a competitive swimmer as a child. As an adult, I have been to meditation and yoga retreats, but this was my first experience since our twins, now 2 years and 8 months old, came along.
I had never really concentrated and contemplated so much about the true, essential nature of self and human beings, and how we can begin to realize peace and happiness in the world.
Why do I think this way?
Why am I like this?
What is happiness?
What is true human nature?
What is possession? What is responsibility? What are rights?
Can a person live alone?
What is a society where people can be happy?
We spend about 10 hours a day thinking about these simple questions, and discuss them together. We talked and listened to each other through various trial-and-error processes, layered ideas, and explored them further and further. I didn't know such a place existed.
There were Swiss, Korean, and Japanese people at the seminar, and four languages (German, Korean, Japanese, and English) were spoken. Among them was the question, "What is language?" Each of us expresses our thoughts and feelings by converting them into words that are familiar and easy to use. But there are also feelings that are difficult to express in any language. The onomatopoeic words, such as "wakuwaku" or "muramura", are not only used to describe sounds but feelings and exist only in Japanese, at least among the four languages.
What surprised me was to realize how often we use onomatopoeia on a daily basis to describe otherwise hard to describe feelings.
This was the moment when the obvious ceases to be so.
People really cannot live alone. This seminar may have been the first time that I truly realized how many people, how many things (created by people), and how much we live as part of natural cycles from birth to death. I deeply felt the connection between everyone and everything (humans and non-human organisms, plants too).
What is true happiness?
Is true happiness just being able to have the things you want and do the things you want to do, like money, things money can buy, and experiences? Then, why is it that so many people are not happy even if they can fulfill their material and experiential desires? Or perhaps, it is precisely because of that, the world is becoming a more and more unhappy place?
Then, what really is true happiness?
I felt that the most important thing is the connection and relationship between people.
That is something that cannot be exchanged for money.
In today's society, the connections between people have become shallow, and I think this is as a result of miscommunications and misunderstandings.
Then, how can we solve this problem?
It always seems to take a roundabout way to get to me, and then eventually reach back home within.
First of all, am I genuinely peaceful and happy?
If not, why? How I be kinder and befriend myself?
Daily awareness and practice begins.
In conclusion, I am overflowing with gratitude for the seminar that helped me to realize various things. I am grateful for the As One Network community, which is actively exploring ways to incorporate these ideas into our daily lives, work, and relationships. If it can be realized in this community, it can be spread throughout Japan and the rest of the world.
I now have a deep sense of hope that I can be a part of it and contribute to a brighter future and a truly happy society for the human species to exist.
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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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Gaia Youth Visit As One Suzuka Community on Tour

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First Gaia Youth Tour As One Suzuka Community

The UNESCO certified education program Gaia Youth (organized by GEN-Japan) is being held for the first time in Japan, and as part of the learning experience, a tour of the As One Suzuka community was held on Saturday, March 26.
They were all in their early 20s from various parts of the country, and Academy students who live and study in the community also gave tours and interacted with them.

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In their final impressions, they said.

* When I first heard about this community, it sounded utopian and unrealistic, but as I went around and came into contact with actual people of my generation, it became more realistic and vivid. There is something exciting about it."


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SUZUKA FARM
At SUZUKA FARM. Talking with the academy students here.

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The last session was about community life. At the community space JOY and HUB.
They were excited to get to know run the economy without money exchange among people. That is an innovative economy based on respecting each individual and supporting each other to maximize their potential.

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