“We are the artist” in our own lives. We are the master craftsman, shaping our existence from the cradle to the grave. We wield the tools, dream the dreams, see the visions, draw the plans, take the time and do the work in everything we say and think every moment of the day, every day of our lives. As a sculptor takes his raw materials and begins to realize his ideal artistic piece, and a painter takes his brush and gives form to his creative ideas, it’s clear “we are the artist” in our lives.
Oshieoya (PL’s spiritual leader) reveals the true meaning of human life in the first PL Precept, “Life is art.” Like the artist, when we express our true selves in everything we do, our full human potential is realized and it is uniquely our own. There is a potential power of individual expression that we can all use through all our human abilities, such as understanding and appreciating things, planning and creating, judging and deciding, and in just doing or implementing things.
When all our expressions in daily life begin to reflect our unique individuality, our lives can be enriched, and we can then open up new areas in our lives. Modern-day people are inclined to emphasize only the outcome – the results – interpreting happiness only in terms of material satisfaction. The PL Precepts, “Life is art,” and “To live is to express one’s self,” are the most powerful principles of human life, clearly pointing out the true nature of humankind. Through this understanding we can achieve a higher level of fulfilment and live happier lives.
The purpose of the Perfect Liberty organization is to work for world peace by helping people lead more enjoyable fulfilled lives in harmony with others. To achieve this, PL shares with us the divine principles for human life, the PL 21 Precepts, which were revealed by God to the previous spiritual leader of PL in 1947. By following “The PL 21 Guidelines for Living a Happy Life,” we put into practice the divine principles that were revealed in the PL Precepts. These common sense positive guidelines provide us with a roadmap for our daily lives, and by following them with the help that PL provides, we can lead wonderful, fulfilled, contented lives while also helping others to be happy as well.
The PL 21 Precepts are the basis of the PL Teachings. Shortly after midnight on September 29, 1947, exactly one year after PL was established, the Second Founder Tokuchika Miki, who was visiting Misasa Church in Hiroshima Prefecture, was struck with divine intuition. He prayed to God (Mioyaookami) and the Kyoshin (Founders’ spirits), and by half past three, he had received the entire 21 Precepts.
Photo: Second Founder, Tokuchika Miki
The PL 21 Precepts reveal the true path of life for all humankind. Beginning with
Precept #1, “LIFE IS ART” as the foundation, there are twenty more precepts that stem from it and are closely interrelated with one another. Therefore, when you look at the last
Precept #21, “LIVE IN PERFECT LIBERTY” and then read
#20, ““LIVE MAINTAINING EQUILIBRIUM BETWEEN MIND AND MATTER” or
#19, “BEGIN ONCE YOU PERCEIVE,” all are tied to one another. However, if we deeply analyze the meaning of each of these precepts, they all point back to the first precept, LIFE IS ART.”
Each precept is written in simple and clear language, but the truth revealed in their words applies universally to all humankind. Through living by the PL 21 Precepts, we human beings are able to know the true meaning of life, and can find true happiness.
The PL 21 Principles are the practical guidelines in for our daily lives as PL members:, they assist us in practicing the PL 21 PRECEPTS. The PL 21 Principles are specific guidelines on how to live the PL way (an artistic life) and teach us how to reach a positive state of mind, so that we can express ourselves more harmoniously and joyfully.
While praying at the Omitama (The PL Prayer Symbol), and continuously practicing these principles, you will experience the joy of being a PL member and you will be able to discover your true potential as a human being. You can create your own path toward happiness and prosperity.
If you wish to know more about the PL Principles, please ask for a consultation from your local church minister.
“Most people don’t see themselves as artists, and they don’t feel they are creative people, PL teaches you to find fresh ways to solve problems and gives you the courage to apply creativity to all things that happen.”
Member for over 20 years, Ottawa