Public stance, Raw honest feelings, True heart

Both public stance and raw honest feelings represent immature minds that are under the control of one’s birth and upbringing. As opposed to them, the true heart is the regrets and aspirations in the dimension of the soul which are buried under our mind that is working in everyday life.

The Study of the Soul distinguishes public stance, raw honest feelings, and true heart, as something different from one another.

Generally speaking, public stance is grasped as “legitimate but somewhat hypocritical thoughts and logic.”

On the other hand, raw honest feelings are understood as staying behind public stance, representing “feelings that contain a guilty conscience and shabby mentality that cannot be openly expressed, although honesty can be sensed from it.” Also, it seems to be a generally accepted image that “people who can speak their raw honest feelings to each other have deeper bonds than those who speak only with public stance to each other.”

However, it cannot be said which are deeper feelings, raw honest feelings or public stance. They both are immature minds that are under the control of one’s birth and upbringing.

As opposed to those, the true heart is not in the same shallow level of consciousness, in which raw honest feelings and public stance stand together. It is the feeling that is buried under our minds of everyday routine and is the truthful regrets and aspirations that connect to the dimension of the soul. This true heart is inseparable from Bodaishin (the heart that seeks for one’s true self, loves others and contributes to the harmony of the world).

And, it is The Path of Prayer, Revised Edition that provides a significant clue for purifying the immature mind that is under the control of birth and upbringing, and to awaken the true heart, Bodaishin that is dormant within the depths of our own minds.


– “The Essence of Shikan Practice I” (Textbook written by Takahashi sensei for the new Shikan Sheet (Reflection and Insight Sheet) study session)
(available only in Japanese)