It looks/feels like an Endo’s book; truly, an historical novel in the vein of Endo,Shusako* https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...: recalling old tiIt looks/feels like an Endo’s book; truly, an historical novel in the vein of Endo,Shusako* https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...: recalling old times of medieval Japan, times when other nations started arriving and brought in new things and….a new religion: Christianity.
Like Endo, Tsuji had some time of learning in France.
Tsuji’s, is a collection of letters sent by an unidentified Italian. These letters were found in southern France and translated into French. A comparison to other documents led to the conclusion that this Italian man didn’t belong to the Jesuits; he even had a critical view of the Church.
The calligraphy had been compared to the chronicles of Diego de Mesquita (1582) and the History of Japan by Luís Frois**. It seems that these letters never got to their destiny. They were written in the São Paulo seminar in Goa, India.
The author introduces the epistolary set, by saying he’s translated them because they offered a “brilliant portrait” of 16th century Japan, from a “different point of view”.
“I cannot recall exactly in what year I wrote you for the last time, I guess it was 1573, maybe a year later”….
So the Italian starts disclosing his “afflicted destiny” which started with his own (fair, he thinks) act of murder: he had killed his wife and her lover, back in Genoa. Then escaping to Lisbon…for 10 years in the sea;… till he reaches Japan in the summer of 1570.
Stationed in Goa he recalls those years in Japan, where he learned that “mellifluous” language. In Goa, while he writes down, he notices that it’s been 3 months no ships arrive, from Portugal.
He landed in Japan, in the village of Kuchinotsu, accompanied by priest Cabral and the “extraordinary” priest Organtino, whose security the Italian man has to ensure. Next, they depart to Shiki village where several Japanese friars speak Portuguese, fluently.
His first impression of the Japanese people is like this: “courteous and white-skin” people….with an “easy smile” and “extreme” personal hygiene. Yet, with a certain “disdain…”.
Meanwhile, they meet with “old and sick” priest Torres (who would die in October) who entrusts them with a mission: trying to spot and help priest Frois who had been left alone in Miyako.
So it goes the writing of this Italian midst the “eternal summer” of Goa: “here we don’t have winter nor a true spring or autumn”. In Goa’s seminar, priests get prepared to serve as missionaries ….and the Portuguese ships are “little reliable” regarding the correspondence, thinks the writer. He served as an officer in Nuova Spagna.
---- The book has got an introduction by Stephen Snyder***, who, points the attention to the fact that, in historical novels, the text demands something else from the reader: (historical) Knowledge. Stephen mentions the case of Tolstoy and his Napoleon description. It only works (the reading) if you’ve got some prior knowledge of the French ruler.
But now I was confronted with this character called The Signore (the factual ODA NOBUNAGA),I had no prior knowledge on. It appears he was responsible for the unification of Japan. A man from the Owari province, he would be involved in the fight against an army of monk-soldiers, of the Buddhist sect Ikko. That fight took 20 years (1559-1580) until nearly 20 warlords (Daímos) were subjugated by Oda.
(Battle of Nagashino.June 28, 1575)
(The areas in purple show the areas controlled by the Oda in 1560, and the grey area were the territory Nobunaga controlled at the time of his death in 1582)
His successors Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa will usher in Modern Japan. After 200 years of civil war.
The book had its English translation as “The Signore, Shogun of the warring states”. I am reading the Portuguese version, translated from the English one.
Back in college years I recall some (sort of) mind-revolutions in the field of Clinical Psychology; to me, i (S.Freud)
Back in college years I recall some (sort of) mind-revolutions in the field of Clinical Psychology; to me, it was mind-challenging studying Freudian Psychoanalysis (especially the Unconscious concept) then, maybe, my first revolution. Afterwards followed the study of Carl Rogers (non-directiveness); and Gestalt therapy by Fritz Perls. Other currents were important namely Cognitivism.(…).One was left behind: Neuro-linguistic programming. I reckon at that time I avoided the issue; just the name made me anxious and evoked images of mind-control and mind-programming; I was utterly convinced about human freedom: the ability of one’s own to determine his/her choices. Humans are not machines.
And now I had the chance to read this French specialist in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP); so I decided to give it a try. I listened to some tapes of the author. She draws some of her work from the pioneering one of John Grinder and Richard Bundler, who explained “how a brain works when reaching for an objective”.
In Noel’s view, psychological dysfunction emerges from a “bad software”[my expression]. It’s all about “programming”. Psychological problems can be explained by the presence (in the patients) of “unconscious maps “used by our ancestors (and inherited) which reveal to be unsuccessful. These programs need to be changed; patients need to become aware of them. Pick the unsuccessful ones, and create new ones (that’s the title of the book:BE THE AUTHOR OF YOUR OWN LIFE).
“Fear of a thing creates the thing”
Noel speaks about “meta-programs”. “Whenever you open your mouth …you activate unconscious meta-programs”; pick the good ones. They’re strategies “off the awareness field”; they’re organizers of thought; they relate to values and goals achievement. Some are not adequate.
”Do as if you’re sick and you’ll get sick”
How this works? Noel attaches great importance to the “willing” aspect: wanting is power; the patient needs to “define what he/she wants”; the power of the brain is paramount; both at a conscious and unconscious level. Imagination and visualization play an important role. The author just says:” close your eyes…get a point of wall fixed…and PRODUCE AN IMAGE: CREATE AN EMOTION; HAVE FUN… WHAT IF YOU HAD IT (your objective)?”. Regarding the new programs: recite them loud: WRITE DOWN THE LIST OF SUCCESSFUL META-PROGRAMS; you should entrust them to your unconscious brain.
Noel:“I was like Mary Poppins” ...
As successful cases (there are many cited) I picked these ones; her mother who for a while in life lost part of her memory capacity got it back and at the age of 72 got a degree in Osteopathy.
Noel at an early age got into courses of stenography without fully understanding its importance; her father was a person who followed his intuition: he knew how to listen to the unconscious messages: he sponsored her courses on stenography: she’s able today to process 210 words per minute. Noel, herself, overcame her fears of thunder.
Noel’s recommendation: teach your children to dream about the future.
Sometimes it sounds a lot of psychoanalytical work, but it’s, all in all, very practical. It deserves a close glance, at least. No matter what part of the brain you’re most used to work with. Or whether you’re right or left-handed…..or ambidextrous.