For the growth of our souls, we were born with our life's missions.
What kind of pathway have we been taking since the first day of our lives,
when we were first embraced by our mothers?
Nowadays our daily lives are too busy and complex
to allow us to be aware of our life's missions are.
However, only when we are in pain, in our mind or bodies,
can we be released from our daily tasks.
Illness can have a positive meaning in life.
It can motivate us to look back and see our purpose for which we were born,
and what we are living for.
We want to serve you not only to help your healing process
but also your awareness of this life's mission.
Ongoing journey of awareness?
～from JAPAN TIMES～
THE JAPAN TIMES SUNDAY,DECEMBER 26,1999
Personality Profile VIVIENNE KENRIK
A holistic chiropractor, Suto heals the body, and also the conditions that led it to rebel."Illness can have a positive meaning in life. It can motivate us to look back and see the purpose for which we were born, and what we are living for. We want to serve you not only to help your healing process but also your awareness of this life's mission." This notice inside Dr. Kazuhiko Suto's Healing center in Azabu encapsulates the philosophy of his life's mission. He was always, he said, "curious about background. I tried to look behind." This inquiry led him to give up the comfortable life he was leading and, at age 38 and married, with three children, strike out in a completely different direction.
He was born the first son in a farming family in Akita. The major disturbance in his early life was his mother's continuing ill health, which has kept her in hospitals almost all the time from his birth until today. "I chose my mother. I chose my father. I chose this life," Suto said. "I tell my children they chose me. Then they answer that they made a big mistake."
Suto was brought up by his grandmother, and educated locally until he entered Gakushuin University in Tokyo. His happiest memory there is of playing the French horn in the school orchestra. "I love nature," Suto said. "I love the beautiful sound of the French horn, so natural sounding, like the wind." When he returned to Akita, he accepted the employment with the local television station.
For 15 years he worked in broadcasting, in producing and on the business side. He was often the interviewer then, on camera. Already his sympathies were drawn. "I paid more attention to the people who were weak in our social system, while others preferred to work with the successful ones," he said. "I enjoyed my work. I had a good carrier, financial security, comfort. But sometimes I felt the work was not sufficiently important. Something was lacking for me."
At one stage, he was seconded for duty to his company's branch office in Tokyo. Because he needed attention for a leg that was troubling him, he consulted a chiropractor. "He forced me to fix it by myself, by natural methods, by swimming. His explanations were so reasonable. My body changed, and my mind changed. I recognized the importance of caring. Somehow I had a passion to change my life, to become a physician, to take care of people in natural ways. It took me two years to persuade my wife, Vivian. She was afraid of being poor. Nobody in my family agreed with me."
After he had won Vivian's agreement, Suto went alone to America. He checked around, looking for the courses that he wanted and that would accept him, and planning for his family to join him. He settled upon Chicago. He gave himself for four months in which to learn English before embarking upon basic science courses followed by chiropractic studies.
He and his family stayed for six years.
"My goal was so clear," Suto said. "Vivian at first suffered a lot. Then she found she could study and qualify to give bio-energy treatment, and that gave her a goal. Now we work together in this healing center, that we made ourselves."
Usually people seek Suto's help when they are in pain. "Pain," he said, "comes from a huge imbalance. We always have some imbalance, but we need to check deviations. Pain has a purpose. Everything in the cosmos has meaning." He differentiates between good pain and bad pain. "Bad pain," he said, "is a warning system. Good pain occurs when the body is trying to put itself right." He helps the body by manipulation, seeking to compensate for the wrong circumstances that led the body's rebellion. He takes everything into account in thinking through his diagnosis, and recommendations for future behavior that will correct bad habits and avoid the recurrence of pain.
Suto says he is very positive in his attitude to life. "People wit permanent physical disabilities are very brave," he said. "Often they chose their own goals that they try to accomplish. Every patient has own acceptance stage. Every patient is different."
True to his old curiosity and habits of questioning, he tries to get behind the front that a patient usually shows him. He said: "When a patient feels relief from pain, he likes to talk. If the patient reaches the stage of wanting to talk, I am willing to listen. I fit foreigners. Non-Japanese people have the spirit of wanting to control their own lives, to take responsibility for health and happiness. We become coworkers. I can be a friend."