Have you wondered sometimes why our Sazuke does not work, no matter how hard we pray and promise whatever we will offer to God? I know I have. What would happen if all of our Sazuke works all the time? The patient will get better, but eventually he or she may succumb to illness or sufferings, and possibly come back to us to heal again? I believe that God does not want this scenaio to occur. The cause of why they suffer is not being addressed. This is why most of our prayer for healing does not occur. God wants people to be free of illness or suffering. This can happen if we understand the concept of reincarnation and karma (innen); and what makes these two occurences happen. It is the heart or soul we must understand. God tells us that we do not understand the heart in the first verse of the most important scripture in the world. God tells us to understand what comes from our own hearts (mune no uchi yori). I believe the heart is what God wants us to convey to others before our prayers are answered by God. Yes this includes both the Joyous Service and the Sazuke.
I will give you an analogy. In medicine or dentistry, prevention is most important. Many of our illnesses can be prevented. For example in dentistry, flossing, rinsing, and brushing is important in retaining the teeth. Likewise in the world suffering and illness can be prevented, if we understand the heart, and its function in bringing upon joy or sorrow. God wants us to give people knowledge of their own hearts. If they understand their own hearts they can by themselves bring upon joy in the future. This is like the Christian analogy of teaching someone to fish. Give a man a fish, and he will be able to eat for one day, but if he is taught to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.
So what are the steps in activating our Sazuke to the stage where it actually works? 1. first we must purify our own minds by understanding the function of our own hearts. 2. we must spread the truth of the heart to other. 3. We must perform the Joyous Service to ask God to save these people we have shared God’s teachings to. 4. These people will come to our churches to be be healed of the illness God placed as guidance to help them understand the heart. 5. We will perform the Sazuke, and again give them information on the heart, and how it brings upon joy or suffering. If all 5 steps occur, then healing will occur, and the person will be on his or her way to being saved, not only from the existing illness, but from future sufferings.
Some of you may question these steps in the salvation of others; but this information is all in the Ofudesaki and the Mikagura-uta!