Ikigai’s Echo: A Journey of Convergence and Discovery

by | Aug 16, 2023 | Blog, Mindfulness

It’s intriguing how life manages to convey the same information through various channels and perspectives, all converging at once with the force of a resounding proclamation: “Pay attention to this!”

Such an occurrence recently unfolded in my life, and surprisingly, I was attuned and receptive this time around.

Allow me to elaborate. In my ongoing pursuit of education – a journey that encapsulates the entirety of my existence, encompassing roles and experiences far beyond mundane routines – I found myself delving into the later segments of my committed academic endeavour, an MSc in Body Psychotherapy and Body Psychology. My intent was to explore the uncharted territory of additional knowledge.

During this exploration, I chanced upon the work of a Japanese Psychotherapist named Shona Morita, the originator of Morita Psychotherapy, and his incorporation of the Japanese term “Ikigai.” While these terms might sound unfamiliar, my longstanding fascination with Japan, its cultural tapestry, historical richness, and unique expertise, compelled me to venture further into this realm. My primary focus was on comprehending the intricacies of Psychotherapy, but the word “Ikigai” kept resurfacing in the literature, highlighting the straightforward elegance with which the Japanese populace integrates this concept into their lives. It serves as a pivotal thread woven through the fabric of their existence.

At this juncture, I could certainly expound upon the essence and significance of “Ikigai” and how it holds the potential to resonate with and enrich your life. I could even encourage you to explore this for yourself, for the experience of personal discovery is unparalleled. However, this approach would, albeit unintentionally, diminish the innate joy of uncovering these insights independently.

Returning to the fortuitous occurrence, I hadn’t yet fully embarked on an exploration of the word’s deeper meanings; perhaps I hadn’t been entirely receptive until then. As fate would have it, my birthday materialized, and among the presents I received, a book unexpectedly made its appearance – a book selected entirely at random by my daughter. It bore the title “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” by Garcia and Moralles. Strikingly, my daughter was blissfully unaware of my burgeoning interest in the subject matter when she made her selection. Yet, there it was again – the same concept, the same word, echoing from disparate sources and converging before me within a matter of days.

Naturally, I took this as a prompt from the universe and proceeded to engage with the book, which, despite its brevity, offered profound insights. I genuinely recommend it as a wellspring of captivating points to ponder.

This sequence of events, in turn, casts a spotlight on the course I am set to facilitate starting in late September: “Energy Balancing Therapy.” This concise program aims to restore and harmonise the flow of energy within the body, fostering holistic well-being encompassing the physical, mental, and emotional realms. My longstanding curiosity about the interplay between mind, body, and spirit and their harmonious convergence has led me down this path.

The crux of this narrative underscores the presence of both lengthy and abbreviated avenues to self-nurturance. Delve into the realms of Ikigai and Morita Therapy at your own pace, or if the moment beckons, embark on the journey when you’re ready. Should you choose, the short course offers an opportunity to familiarise yourself with ten instrumental tools that can guide you toward inner equilibrium.

When I began penning these thoughts, the intention wasn’t to advocate a product but rather to illuminate the intricate tapestry of our world. If you’re reading these words, it’s not mere coincidence – you possess an inherent curiosity, an inclination to explore, and an alignment with the currents of synchronicity. The realm of emotions and intuition is growing more resounding by the day, and drawing from my 34 years of dedicated learning and attentive listening, I stand ready to accompany you on your voyage of heightened awareness and learning. I eagerly anticipate the possibility of our paths crossing in due course.


Craig Rebuck