A Watershed Moment for the Light

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A conversation with Bruce McBarnette with the Sukyo Mahikari Center for Spiritual Development of Washington, D.C. McBarnette will be offering the homily during the Service on Sunday, September 2, and Sukyo Mahikari practitioners will be giving Light during the Affirmation of Spirit and immediately following the service to anyone from the ISD-DC community who wishes to receive it. 

ISD-DC:
What is the Sukyo Mahikari Center and what is it’s mission/ministry?

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Bruce McBarnette:
Sukyo Mahikari is an energy practice through which you can receive a positive, relaxing, energy called “Light” that is transmitted from the hand of a practitioner. By receiving Light you can revitalize your spirit, mind, and body. Some people feel calmer and gain greater clarity of mind. By giving Light and practicing principles of harmonious living, you can profoundly transform your life. Sukyo Mahikari has over a million practitioners in 70 countries and has centers all over the world where people can receive Light or learn to give it. The mission of the organization is to improve the world by sharing the light and doing other forms of community service which include constructing hydroelectric power plants in Japan, reversing desertification in Africa by planting trees, and cleaning up parks and communities around the world. In recognition of the organization’s efforts, The United Nations has given Non-governmental Organization status to SukyoMahikari, which is an honor very few charities can achieve.

ISD-DC:
What have you enjoyed most about previous visits to ISD to share Light Energy?

Bruce McBarnette:
The members of ISD are very open-minded and knowledgeable about various practices. I have been impressed with how grateful they are for receiving light.

ISD-DC:
What is the process of becoming trained to give Light/how might our congregants become more involved with Sukyo Mahikari?

Bruce McBarnette:
There is a three day training class called the Spiritual Development Course that costs $200. After that there are many other training opportunities members can engage in to further their practice.

ISD-DC:
How have world circumstances affected your personal spiritual perspective and outlook, and the Center’s?

Bruce McBarnette:
Many of the world’s —  including climate change and political gridlock — were predicted with great detail in the writings of our founder over half a century ago. For our members, witnessing these events unfold has strengthened our appreciation for the importance of sharing light.

ISD-DC:
How can metaphysical organizations work together to spread peace throughout the world?

Bruce McBarnette:
We are at a watershed moment in history where more people are awakening to the fact there are multiple paths to spiritual development and no one spiritual or religious practice has a monopoly on the truth or possesses the only key to salvation. In combining our strengthens, honoring our differences, and working on goals that benefit our entire community and not just our sect, we can build the foundation that leads to peace in our communities, cities, countries, and the whole world. 

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