Thursday, December 13, 2007


VICTORY


I like a religion where anybody can walk right in to the establishment and in a good, open, non-infidel spirit buy one of the talismans-- in this case a "Victory" (in whatever may be your endeavor) omamori.

I could in this instance have bought instead a Hello Kitty general purpose talisman (photo a few posts below), butI don't really have any cartoonish aims, or objectives whose achievement could reasonably hinge on minimalist cat depictions.

I saw the Victory ones and I thought yeah, this red one on white is for me, this fits how I trust in the basic premise that religious hierarchy has coopted over the millennia, the original spiritual understanding that if you will it and keep it in mind it will come to pass, the automystery "magic," that is your own, that is born in you and that you should never surrender to another...

If you have with you at all times something to constantly and subtly remind you, preferably in a beautiful way, of your wish to be, for example, victorious in your honorable endeavors (forget about taking the thing to Vegas or winning the lottery with it, these things work from the inside, not from the outside) then keep this on or about you at all times, let it interrupt you, let get in your way, let it redirect your wandering thoughts, let it re-mind you of the summit of yourself, until one day you arrive there...

4 comments:

Tabor said...

Ok, I was gifted one of these by a Japanese colleague and have it hanging in my cubicle at work. I guess I will have to post a photo someday in the future and you tell my what is and I will see if I want to carry it around. There is so much STUFF in my purse these days, maybe it will help me get rid of that to make room?

Bob Brady said...

Sounds like you could use a Victory omamori; focuses me pretty good on my cluttery habits - though I'll never get to zero clutter - nor do I want to: time is for more than uncluttering, though it is nice to move freely about...

Val said...

Probably even worse than Tabor, I bought one at Daisen-in, Kyoto and havent a clue what it says! Its purple, which is why I chose it.

I too have it in my office, where I can see it every day. I do hope it is an appropriate one!?

Perhaps you could fill the need for online query answering service. They could print the url on a slip given out with every one sold to a non Kanji reading tourist?

tracy said...

"these things work from the inside, not from the outside"...beautiful. I need one of these "Victory ones", very much so.