Our First Encounter
It was fall back in 1999 when we first met Hideo Izumoto. My friend asked if my husband Matt and I would be interested in an acupuncture session with a Shinto Priest she met. She said his name was Hideo Izumoto, that he had the ability to see the aura and used acupuncture to heal the energy body. We both had sessions with him and it was a pretty amazing experience. Neither one of us ever had acupuncture before and he seemed to know right where the pain or old injuries were. He was a quiet man but you could see there was something different about him.
Working with Hideo
During the latter part of 2011, I looked him up again because we were interested in another acupuncture session. Our search found him and we invited him to our home for some healing work. My husband and I ended up working with him until the end of 2012. He spent some time with us in our home that included hosting healing groups, rebuilding his website and recording his teachings. We took him to the Shenandoah Mountains on Skyline Drive and he really loved being there. He asked us to make a DVD series so he could reach more people with his teachings. Although we went our separate ways later that year, the videos sat on our file server. Recently while purging old data, I came across those recordings. What became of Hideo? That answer we cannot be sure but many people we know have not seen or heard from him for some time. Because of his passion for his teachings, we decided to finish these videos and make them available to the public.
Chapter 1 – the 47 Words of God Chant
Hideo Izumoto is best known for his healing chant. In conversations with him about it, he described how chanting changed his life. Hideo said he was first taught the “47 Words of God Chant” as he called it, from his teacher. Although he did not disclose her name, he said she was of Jewish descent and she was a Shinto priest. “Knowing the words does not make you good, my Kami told me how to chant the right way”, he stated.
Searching for Origins
Research in 2011 on the origins of the chant was limited. Today, however, that is not the case. A Google search on Hi Fu Mi Norito will turn up many results. Research on the words led me to the Shinto library which states the 47 words were transmitted to the shrines from the Kami to the priests. In the book Shinto Norito: A Book of Prayers by Ann Llewellyn Evans, this chant is listed as, “Hi Fum Mi Words of Purification, sacred syllables to be chanted while tuning the vibration of your voice to the divine.” It states there is no real translation to the words. Hideo had his own translation and it is what he believed, with all his heart.
In his lectures, he explained that these 47 words represent the harmonic structure of the Universe, both in their message and mathematics. The number 47 is a precise harmonic of the Earth’s heartbeat of 7.83 Hertz. Simply divide 47 by 3 and then by 2 to get that exact decimal number. When you hear the words or chant along, you harness the original creative heartbeat of the Universe for your own healing and initiation. He included that the number 47 also represents the basic elements of the physical and spiritual universe, from micro to macro, including our physical body, our mind-body, and our spiritual body.
The 47 Words Defined
According to Hideo, the following represents the meaning of the words:
Hi Fumi — Yo I Mu Na Ya — Kotomo Chi Lo Lane:
We are gods and creators. We create everything in the Universe for us and it belongs only to us and forever.
Shi Ki Lu — Yu I Tsu Wanu — So O Ta Ha Kumeka:
We practice Freedom, Truth, Love, Beauty, Happiness, Advancement and actually becoming God Beings.
U O E — Nisali Hete — Nomasu A Se E Holeke:
We live together forever, for our happiness and advancement. Thank you, God, for everyone, everything, and for me.
This video was filmed on December 11, 2011, in Crozet, Virginia and features Hideo chanting his “47 Words of God Chant”. This video features subtitles with the words so you can use it to learn how to chant in the way he taught
Next month we will feature Hideo’s lecture on the his Shinto beliefs and the Healing Chant