Thursday, December 1, 2022

Chico Xavier meets Studio Ghibli


Leaving the sea we see a Iupipara, with the morphology of a sea urchin and puffer fish (Yupîpara Pindauva ) leading an elderly Tucuxi Sypave (lady dolphin, mother of the people of the sea), behind the girl we see a male hippocampiform Baepina, with other smaller ones, of the same species that inhabit its ventral pouch, At the edge of the water we see the allways curious îasy asteroids (starfish-shaped beings). As in Brazil we have the largest colony of Japanese people outside of Japan, it is natural that Brazilian entities coexist with the inhabitants of the Atlantic Forest, the Japanese kodamas and the Mushi-shi that float around the candle flame.

Chico Xavier, who wrote several books and reported several wonderful events, always impressed me with his immense dedication to helping others, wisdom and kindness. He also was the man who brought me closer to the beautiful Brazilian spiritist doctrine, which can be considered the most Brazilian of the doctrines, and inspired me to feel true compassion for the planet and for all its lives, even though I am not a religious man.

One of these magical reports was made by her friend, Suzana Maia Mouzinho, founder of the Spiritist Center André Luís, in Petrópolis (Rio de Janeiro), she said that she had one of the most beautiful experiences, alongside Chico Xavier, on Copacabana beach with the spirits of the sea.

Once, Chico and Suzana went to Rio de Janeiro to watch a play, but unfortunately, it was past nine o'clock at night and they ended up arriving late, thus missing the entrance time, Chico then said:

“Suzana, we can no longer watch the play, what are we going to do?”. Suzana replied “I don't know Chico, let's go for a walk anywhere..”, “Ok I have an idea”, Chico said “let's go for a walk on Copacabana beach, I've never walked on the boardwalk”. They took a taxi and headed to Av. Atlântica, close to the Copacabana Palace.

In the photos above Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿), co-founder of Studio Ghibli and alongside, Chico Xavier and Suzana Maia Mouzinho, founder of the André Luís Spiritist Center

As they got closer to the place, something magical happened, Chico Xavier couldn't stop looking at the sea, and was very moved. Suzana realized that Chico was seeing something there that belonged to the spiritual plane, with his eyes full of tears. Even before Suzana asked anything, Chico clarified:

“Suzana, you don't know what I'm seeing now…I'm witnessing the beauty of the sea spirits! Spirits that are in the waves, which are not human spirits, and I not even have a clue to say what kind of spirits are there...”

Suzana marveled while Chico continued with the explanation:

“...They are looking at the sand, at the people who are still walking along the shore, with so much tenderness and no one is able to realize such wonderful vibrations...and I going to tell you something else, something wonderful”.

At that moment, Chico reports seeing an incarnated woman (sic.) who was near the water, on the strip of sand, who at a certain point dug a hole, lit a candle there and began to make her prayers and offerings.

When the woman finished what she was doing, Chico saw spirits that were watching her approach the candle light, each one of them took those fractions of spiritual light energy that emanated from the candle, reciprocated the offering of that woman, emanated back energy towards she, who was slowly moving away towards the avenue. In the end, all the spirits that were present returned to the sea.

For me, this account takes me straight to a scene from Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi), in which the protagonist witnesses marvels, sometimes even frightening, related to the culture of her people.

Chico had already seen the so-called elemental spirits of the river waters, as described in the spiritist doctrine, in the farms in the interior of Minas Gerais, where he lived, but he had never witnessed those of the sea, which presented beauty with eccentricity far beyond what human imagination can imagine. 

Upon hearing this incredible report, I, a great admirer of Chico Xavier, as well as the incredible art of Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎駿), co-founder of Studio Ghibli and live in the Liberdade neighborhood (Japanese neighborhood in São Paulo), filled with Japanese-Brazilian spiritual energy, decided create arts based on Brazilian and Japanese popular culture (of our easter immigrants) in Miyazaki's traits.

Actually, some folkloric deities inspired some of Miyazaki’s otherworldly characters, did you know that the already peculiar Radish Spirit, a hefty, slow-moving spirit with a build like that of a sumo wrestler in Spirited Away was inspired by a violent legend of love and death? 

Or that creatures like Kodama (木霊, 木魂 or 木魅) are spirits in Japanese folklore that inhabit trees? Even the title of Princess Mononoke tells you something supernatural is going on (mononoke are spirits that can possess people and even torture them). Many of these characters are yōkai, or paranormal entities that haunt Japanese mythology.

What I tried to do in this matter was to unite the divine gift of these two genius men, beings of light, who inhabited opposite sides of this special planet (Chico Xavier and Hayao Miyazaki), great connoisseurs of the collective spirit of both nations and to explore the creativity in human beings. who inhabit magic and beauty.

Chico in Liberdade nighborhood in São Paulo

Whenever I pass through the Portal da Liberdade, in the neighborhood where I live, and also where my grandmother Emília Zuzu Correa de Moraes was born, in the famous mansion on Rua da Glória number 4, I bow down asking for shitsurei shimasu in memory of my family, as well as the spirits of the Cemitério dos Aflitos (Cemetery of the Afflicted), destined for slaves and indigenous people, as well as those hanged in the gallows square, which served as capital punishment, in the vicinity until 1775.

A the image we could see the giant Anhangá that inhabits the forests of Anhangabaú, nearby, Curupira and Saci walking behind an incarnated woman, the soot balls, inevitable in the dirty city of São Paulo, Ootori Sama and the Spirit of the Radish watching the holy man from the neighborhood, Chaguinhas.

I take care to go through the side of the torii (鳥居) to preserve the central passage for the Japanese-Brazilian giants that also pass through it.

Still inspired by Hayalo Miyazaki, I decided to create an image of what this place would be like if we had the gifts of the fictional Chihiro (千と千尋の神隠し) and the real Chico Xavier to see the spiritual plane.

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