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Spiritual Places in and Around New York CityPoint here for more book info
by Emily Squires and Len Belzer

Paraview Press, 2000
ISBN: 1-931044-03-1
Spirituality, 138 pp
Trade Paperback: $12.50

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73 Spring Street, Suite 204, New York, NY 10012 
(between Broadway and Lafayette) 
Phone: (212) 343-1842 
Hours: Mon-Fri, Noon-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun , Noon-4 p.m. 

Excellence is a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.
-Don Donato Castelli, Scientist, Priest 

The underlying principle in Johrei is that through the practice of truth, virtue, and beauty in daily life, the three major sufferings of humanity-disease, conflict, and poverty-can be transformed into a state of health, peace and prosperity.

This small, friendly fellowship hall, located directly above the bustle of Spring Street, welcomes but never overpowers the visitor. Simple Sangetsu flower arrangements temper the spare Oriental feeling of natural wood and calligraphy on the walls. Sangetsu, one of the three practices of Johrei, attempts to bring out the hidden beauty of flowers, rather than imposing your will on their arrangement. Johrei uses this unique art form to balance human creativity with natural beauty.

Johrei healing, the second practice, provides a path of service for its trained practitioners. They perform healings on anyone who asks. You sit across from a silent man or woman who directs spiritual energy toward you through their hands. Johrei followers believe this work activates a natural purifying process which promotes inner spiritual balance and eases physical, mental, and emotional stress. The session lasts about twenty minutes or so, and there is no physical contact. You may receive Johrei as often as you wish. It is offered free of charge, though donations are accepted.

We are least familiar with Nature Farming, the third aspect of Johrei practice, although it appears to adhere to the forward-thinking goals of growing healthful, organic food in an ecologically sustainable manner. 

The Johrei Fellowship was founded in 1935 by Japanese philosopher, poet, and artist Mokichi Okada. It is described as an international association of individuals from many countries, cultures and faiths, joined together in a common spiritual practice. In addition to healings, the center also offers courses on all of its practices. 

Copyright 2000 Emily Squires and Len Belzer

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