Psychology and the Occult

Since the disasters I have been interviewed many times by the media.
All of those reporters have with passion written good articles. However through my experience having been interviewed on multiple occasions I have come to understand one thing which is that “The articles are the creations of the reporters.”

I often find my own comments and our support activities are not reported with complete accuracy. While 100% accuracy may not be possible, as the interviewee I am keenly aware of the discrepancies.

However, sometimes the “Gap” between what is reported and the real state of affairs provides us with an unexpected opportunity to creatively develop our activities, and in any event it is probably that case that any media coverage is of great value.

The London Times is a respected newspaper. A reporter for this paper wrote an article in which he mentioned the activities of our “Counseling Room”. While I was also interviewed, the central focus of the article was Monk Kaneda who serves at a Tsudaiji Temple in Tsukidate, Miyagi prefecture. When he read this article he started laughing and stated “That’s very London like.”

Indeed it was “Very London like”. When I read the article I thought that I didn’t actually make some of the comments attributed to me. In any event the link to this article is stated below.

This article did in fact provide us with the opportunity to make one creative development. This was to consider the extremes between “Psychology” and the “Occult”.

Christianity, Buddhism and other religions to the extent that is sound and healthy also fully embrace the concept that there are “Things that can be seen” and “Things that cannot be seen.” Looking at it from both sides, on one side you have things that fall within field of psychology such as “trauma” while on the other side things that can be said to fall within the area of the occult such as “ghosts”. Both psychology and the occult are in and of themselves deeply meaningful fields of study. However, they both differ in nature from religion. The other day I was fortunate enough to discuss this topic with another pastor and gained some valuable new insights.

I being only a pastor and theologian do not have the qualifications to hold myself out as an expert in “trauma”. However I am quoted in this article as talking on this point. While there is a gap between what was actually said and what was reported, it did provide me with the opportunity to think deeply about this area and gain some valuable new knowledge. For that I am grateful.

For more detailed content, please refer to the original article.
The link to this Times article is. : c Times Newspapers Limited 2012 |



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