Message from the International Spiritual Training Center
Dream Come True by Sundial Principle
Kelen Meregali Model Ferreira, New York
If I were to describe my life in one word, it would be ‘fortunate.’ After dreaming for many years about becoming an exchange student, I was granted a scholarship in Denmark that changed my life forever. In addition to learning English, I was also gifted with two wonderful Danish families. I was also lucky to be introduced to Seicho-No-Ie early in my life.
I had just entered law school in my hometown of Porto Alegre in southern Brazil and started an internship working for an extraordinary woman and lecturer of Seicho-No-Ie, Mara Abel. She was the one who suggested: ‘You need to focus on forgiveness and see the bright side of all things.’ She said this to me once and I will never forget those words.
In 2006, I came to the U.S. to practice my English. I went to Florida and then New York City. Walking around New York City, I remember getting lost and being startled: I was in front of the UN building. Inspired, I said to myself, ‘I will work here one day.
A year later, life led me to Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, where I joined Seicho-No-Ie weekly meetings. I began to listen to lectures, pray regularly, completing 7 days sutra’s ceremony for my ancestors, participating in a prosperity course and much more. I used to start my days watching the Seicho-No-Ie Program on television every day. It was time to germinate the seeds planted years ago.
By that time, three different experiences on a TV show touched me: an old man mesmerized after seeing the sea for the first time; a woman who was so glad for having water flushing in her sink; and another lady whose dream was to live in a house on steady ground instead of a boat in the Amazon River. All those experiences inspired me to write in a notebook where I keep my biggest and smallest achievements, things I’m proud of, moments when I feel grateful for breathing and living this spectacular life.
In the notebook, I describe opportunities and experiences I have or had, the things I know: I have seen the sea so many times, I have always had water in my sink, and I have lived on firm land my entire life… on these pages I also carved knowing how to read, when many people don’t; having graduated, when many people wish they could but cannot; having laughed until my belly hurts about silly jokes; having seen eclipses of the sun and the moon, sunsets, sunrises, and rainbows… the perfect smell of a flower, fresh coffee in the morning or earth when it starts to rain… All those things I recognize today as the Sundial Principle taught by Seicho-No-Ie.
In 2011, I was invited to work at an international NGO in Brazil. Nine months later that same institution invited me to work in New York City. And here I am, six years after my first encounter with the UN building, working in Manhattan. I immediately searched for Seicho-No-Ie through the internet. After discovering there was a center in Manhattan, I started to participate in their meetings and events.
n February I heard about an International Spiritual Training Seminar to be held in Connecticut and decided to go instantly. I went to the Seminar in search of a deep connection with my true nature and knowledge about the truth of life. For two days we prayed, sang, heard lectures, studied and meditated and it was a great way to feed the spirit.
The Seminar brought to me a clarity regarding my roots and an understanding about my ancestors that I never had before: In this life, I’m a reflection of my ancestors and so I should be grateful to my ancestors for this wonderful life that brought me so much strength.
The Seminar was a spiritual investment for me. I found a philosophy for life through Seicho-No-Ie.