How do I chant?
What should I think about?
I know I shouldn’t beg, but should I demand or expect or ask?
I think we all have asked these questions. I have heard many different answers.
Some people make affirmations – “I will get this job!”
Some people visualize what they want – i.e. imagining a tumor shrinking.
Still others just think “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo”

I have done all three of these and still have trouble figuring out how to chant. Then Sunday at a meeting, a newer member gave an experience about how she chanted. She decided she would use a method I haven’t heard before:
Make a very specific determination which includes very specific results.
For example, let’s say you wanted a new job. You have chanted to find the best job and have applied or interviewed. Now you make a very specific result – I will get the job, I will receive the call at this time, I will start on this date, it will pay this much and have these benefits. When you chant, you have a very specific goal in mind.
I like this idea. Monday night when I was chanting, I came up with my own very specific goal. I owe my dad some money and I just can’t seem to get far enough ahead to pay him back. My very specific goal is that I will be able to pay him back next Wednesday and the money cannot come from my business. It has to come from somewhere else. Where? I have no idea, but that’s what is “mystical” (see Joe Isuzu’s latest blog) about this practice. I believe, because of my past experience, that this will happen if I chant for it. That’s not magical thinking (see Rev. Greg’s blogs), it is experience. Our experiences with this practice lead to our faith.
Damn! I just got a phone call, one of our big printers went down, I got off on a discussion about Straw Man and Red Herring and several people asked me questions. I have no idea what I was going to say next. Maybe someone else can wrap this up for me.