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Gain Energy, Luck and Happiness through Travel to Power Spots

Want to get married, become rich, get rid of a little evil, or do away with that ugly wart? It’s as simple as visiting a Power Spot. One the biggest trends in Japan last year was the rise of Power Spots, and any type of travel associated with them. Power Spots are supposedly any place where you can receive invisible energy that can help you achieve all your life’s dreams, whether they be material or spiritual. This is of course not a new concept in Japan, as the Japanese have ascribed specific powers to temples and shrines for thousands of years. Shinto beliefs also stress a spiritual aspect to nature,  inhabited by millions of gods.

What is new is the packaging of all such Power Spots into one large mixture of your favorite spiritual energy dogmas. A little Feng Shui here, a dash of Qigong there, a handful of Shinto and a healthy does of eccentric hazy Japanese mysticism that has a long, if somewhat hidden history in Japan.

Power Spot Craze

Book shelves groan from the weight of Power Spot guide books (volumes 1-10 of course) and every travel agent I pass is selling Power Spot tours to Petra, the Grand Canyon and Machu Pichu. There are Yama Girl Clubs (women hikers) who gather to hike into the remote areas most Power Spots can be found, such as Mount Fuji, Mount Osore in Aomori, the high mountains in Wakayama and Nara, and countless other places. Judging by the popularity of the craze, Japanese tour companies must have visited all the Power Spots associated with wealth and prosperity.

Of course, I am not as cynical as I may sound. Most people don’t know that I have a spiritual side, and I’m a huge fan of deriving spiritual value from a combination of nature and symbolism. In fact this passion led me to walk the Shikoku Pilgrimage. While the idea of “gathering energy” at Power Spots, first proposed by a self -proclaimed psychic named Kiyota Masuaki, sounds a bit far fetched I have to admit I like the idea. I also have to say up front that I believe in this type of energy, partly from my own meditation but also through my practice of Aikido.

Deeper Understanding Of Power Spots

According to one Power Spot guidebook author, Power Spots are like the world’s acupuncture points where the energy flows close to the surface. To be healthy and successful humans need to carry this energy throughout their whole bodies like blood. Those who visit Power Spots not only gain the benefits themselves but also send this energy to family, or the office (how Japanese) without noticing. This might be a very small trivial amount of energy, but that power keeps being sent and poured into those environments. In this way the entire energy keeps going up.

The guru also claims that by going to the power spots yourself, you share that energy with those surrounding you and are able to share the happiness. By having this kind of notion in our minds we are able to boost your own ability to carry more energy.

Now that we have a better understanding of what Power Spots are, you probably want to know WHERE they are. I have you covered. Stop back in for Part 2 in this series and I’ll reveal the top Power Stops in Japan for Love, Money, Healing, Health, Work/Study, and Getting Rid of Evil (no not your mother-in-law).

What do you think? Are Power Spots real or just a way to take advantage of the depressed, anxious, or bored?

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17 Responses to “Power Spots: Japanese Spiritual and Travel Craze”

  1. I stumbled across your site and felt you may be interested in a short ceremony we are performing on Summer Solstice. I’m having very good feedback from groups involved with power spots and sacred places. The idea is to sort of create individual power spots across the globe simultaneously.

    I wrote a letter that explains where I’m coming from, but in short, at exactly 23:09 GMT on June 20th, we will give Thanks, Love and Forgiveness to the Earth and the Universe for five minutes. We have people involved all around the world now, and if this is something you find positive, please join in. And please forward to as many like-minded folks as well. Here is the body of my “Letter to Earth”. Peace

    Letter to the Earth

    My soul brother Taylor said he wants to perform a ceremony on Summer Solstice. A ceremony to give Thanks to the Universe, to give Love to Existence, and to give Forgiveness to the World. At first, I thought what a nice idea. But, what if the entire planet did the same at the same time? What if we could initiate an Evolution? An Earth Evolution?

    I’ve been on this planet for over fifty years, and while I’ve seen amazing events occur and great technological achievements, it seems that we humans really haven’t progressed culturally or spiritually. It’s like the human song is a record with the needle stuck in a groove. We continue to war, to hate, and to treat each other and the Earth in violent and despicable ways. If anything, we’ve become adept at these things on a Global Scale. And we the people have become desensitized to the horrors, callous to our fellow humans and quite impotent. We look away and go on our way.
    It just takes the slightest tap to move the needle on the record and continue the music. And like the record, I feel that a small push from each of us can make a change. Even a small effort on a Global scale is huge. Let’s hear the human song again. I’m guessing many will say this is stupid or a waste of time. But I know that there are many who feel like me, who know the spirit in life, who do believe we can make a better World.

    On Summer Solstice, June 20, 2012, at precisely 23:09 Greenwich Mean time, we simply ask for 5 minutes of your time. At this moment, wherever you may be, simply give Thanks to Your God, Your Higher Self, to whatever is Your Spiritual Truth. Give Thanks for this Life and this Experience of Soul.
    Then fill Your Heart with Love. Feel it expand in your chest until it exceeds the physical body. Then let it go. Visualize it enveloping the Earth and all Humankind. Let it fill the Universe because Our Love is that powerful. Lastly, the hard part. Forgive yourself. Forgive your neighbor. Forgive your enemies. Use the same Heart Energy to Forgive each other. Five Minutes.

    Together we can do better. Together we can begin this new Evolution of Life. We’re tossing a pebble into the Water. Let’s now feel the ripples.
    Please invite your like-minded friends and family to join. Send this invitation across the Planet by voice, email, Facebook, mail or carrier pigeon. We want to blanket the world with Positive Energy and make a change.

    Love + Forgiveness = Peace.

    We sincerely give Thanks to all joining in. Taylor and Matthew and the Redmond Washington Spiritual Community

    Stay Tuned For Winter Solstice…….

  2. I can mingle with others that are having a good.

  3. I really need to find me a power spot! Even if it doesnt get me what I ask for am sure the journey to one will be just as great.
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  4. KellyNo Gravatar says:

    Cool! I think I totally believe in this. There are some places that hold more energy than others, I think, so this makes total sense. Sedona, Arizona is kind of like that. Lots of people claim there are vortex’s there too.

  5. HerbsterNo Gravatar says:

    I have my own personal power spot. It is a place that renews my spirit and gives me a lift. When I am there, I can mingle with others that are having a good, uplifting experience, one of mutual benefit or with some effort find solitude. I also feel fear, for this is truly a powerful spot, (we might be stretching the definition of spot), it may blow up and reek havoc, killing and destroying. I found it as a young man and its draw has pulled at me my whole life. Similar to Mt Fuji I’m sure. I spend many waking hours planning the next hiking adventure on Mt Rainier.
    I could barely write this without an out of body experience taking me back!

    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      I know a number of people who feel very strongly about Mt. Rainier. I have to admit the Power Spot I visited today at 600 meters and a 1 1/2 hour hike can not compete :)

  6. Jeremy BNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know a lot about this but isn’t there supposed to be one in Scotland, near Edinburgh? I think it’s up on a hill but it escapes me right now.
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  7. DavidNo Gravatar says:

    So, this is why you’re going to Japan this week… To bum a Kami for some spare change… ;)

    Gosh, I can be cynical at times…
    To be honest, Shintoism is the only religion in the world that remotely interests me: close to nature, no dogma, a god for anything and everything, they’re here to serve you and not the other way around, as long as you party and get drunk in their name (aka Matsuri), they’re happy. So, yeah, I want to know about those power spots in Japan. ;)
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    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      yeah, i thought I would gather some energy while I’m in Japan :) I love a good Matsuri as well, but I’m not so sure the Kami are here to serve us. They seem to do their own thing and humans just get in the way sometimes.

  8. ArtiNo Gravatar says:

    I totally believe in them… Of course there are places where you can feel the energy seep into you..
    I have felt that at many places here in India!
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  9. inkaNo Gravatar says:

    I don>’t believe in particular power spots and must say that I felt admiration and awe in Petra and Delos but no particular power flow. However, like beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, there is nothing wrong with the belief in power spots for those who are sensitive to ‘flows’ and ‘energy’.
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  10. The creation of such amazing natural Power Spots is truly incredible to see. While I don’t believe in mysticism or energy powers, I do believe in the inspiration that these spots can bring and the power to provoke a positive influence. Thanks for sharing this, I’ve never heard of the term before!
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  11. ColetteNo Gravatar says:

    It’s long been known that energy (some call it chi) gathers at certain spots and along certain lines (in England we call them ley lines). I’m sure there are places where these spots exist – though the fact they’re in open spaces & countryside is hardly a coincidence. Anything which inspires has value – though unfortunately it often ends up being exploited for commercial gain. I’d visit them though!

    • ToddNo Gravatar says:

      Hey Colette, Japan has a long tradition of Ki (chi in Chinese) but I think this concept does go a bit beyond the notion of just energy. Or at least the commercial concept goes beyond just energy to serve multiple purposes. Although i have to admit, sitting on the top of Mt Fuji at sunrise and an unforgettable experience.

  12. Kenan LucasNo Gravatar says:

    I am not a spiritual person but I can still appreciate this. While I don’t believe there is anything metaphysical about these Power Spots I think that perhaps by journeying far to natural wonders you feel uplifted and energized from the beauty of it all.
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    • ToddNo Gravatar says:

      Well, power spots according the Japanese also include Temples and Shrines. But I agree, there is something about the Journey that just puts you in a mind set to see a larger picture in life

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