Catrien Ross

Artist & Mystic in Japan


Childhood memories of oceans crossed and continents traversed have doubtless influenced my adult choices and perspectives.

My worldview is multicultural, multifaceted, multidimensional.

By showing myself just as I am, I celebrate the creative and spiritual expansion in you that now stirs you to seek a life more in tune with your own truest longings.

Some Personal Background:

I was born in Jakarta to a Scots father and a Dutch-Indo mother from a long line of Indos in Java. When Europeans were forced out of the new Indonesia we returned to Scotland, stopping along the way for my father’s work in Malaysia and Africa.

I grew up in Glasgow, attending Hyndland Secondary School, then continued study in the USA, where I graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University. I spent many years as a university lecturer and non-fiction writer, receiving several first-place awards for medical and business journalism. After establishing my own consulting company I was invited by the Japanese government to study with other business executives in Japan, and I left America for Tokyo.

In Japan I created a new life in a new culture: A government-private sector cooperation consultant, the Tokyo correspondent for The Lancet, a long-time speaker and columnist for the Japan Economic Foundation, a medical university lecturer, a feature writer, a researcher of ki in Oriental Medicine, and the author of a Periplus Tuttle Classics book selected by the Japan Times as “A Best Book of 2009”.

A spiritual crisis and reawakening changed everything.

Saying goodbye to Tokyo, I moved to the mountains of Yamanashi, where for over two decades I have been reclaiming my life as a natural mystic. I live in a centuries-old minka, deep in Nature, and where I have learned to remake an old post and beam house by hand, lay slate floors, grow food, chop wood, and how to handle daily water from a mountain well. I have experienced renewal and reconnection with natural rhythms and a deep awareness of the miracle of existence, both within me and without. At the same time I also enjoy high-speed fiber-optic internet connection and I believe genuine international communication is both accessible and essential to integrating today’s fractured world.

The natural wisdom of my life in the mountains reignited the spiritual awareness and healing gifts of my childhood and in 2009 I established Energy Doorways, my creative and spiritual center at the foot of Mount Fuji, and now the exclusive publisher for all my new books.

I had been an author and spiritual teacher to individuals and small groups when I experienced my sudden artistic output in 2013.

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Energy Doorways
Katsuyama 1175-1
Fujikawaguchiko Town
Yamanashi, 401-0310


In 2013 I experienced the startling phenomenon of sudden artistic output.

Spontaneous paintings and piano compositions began pouring out of me in fantastical flows that reshaped my contemplative life in the mountains.

The experience was all the more astonishing because I have no study or training whatsoever in either painting or the piano and before my sudden artistic output had not the slightest interest in either.

I do not sketch, draw or paint, and there has never been a piano in my house.

At the everyday, surface level I know absolutely nothing about painting or piano techniques.

I have since come to understand that my paintings and music reveal a hidden universe in the brain that can all of a sudden be directly accessed.

This expanded creativity, erupting in my DNA in 2013, gives me all the knowledge I need about painting and playing the piano.

My sudden paintings and music now proclaim the magnificent mystery of this hidden universe within.

More than 100 of my acrylic on canvas paintings hang in a Buddhist temple in central Japan and my original piano compositions have been released as two CDs, Music from Source and Remembering Hans.

I still write, of course, and since 2009 I have published all my books and other productions exclusively through Energy Doorways.

This decision continues to affirm how much I love the many aspects of making books and being a small publisher.

My books, paintings and music open doorways for those who feel ready to recognize and expand their own innate creativity and spirituality.

I now exhibit my sudden paintings through Catrien Ross Gallery & Space at Energy Doorways.

An additional joy is being a licensed Japanese antiques dealer who finds unusual Asian pieces to further enhance the energy of personal space for clients and the students she mentors.

In 2018 I set up my first ecommerce shop, which means that books and other productions by Catrien Ross (except paintings) are now available online at CATRIEN ROSS JAPAN

My current books include:

36 Musings at Mount Fuji (in English)
Still I Dream of Java (in English)
Ki As Metaphysics (in English)
Kenjo no Mezame (in Japanese)
Hikari no Uzu (in Japanese)
Infinite In-Between (in English and Japanese bilingual)


So what can a natural mystic living in Japan do for you?

  1. By being true to who I am, I inspire you to become the best expression of yourself. It takes courage be just as you are in this world. So many of us are afraid to sound our own note. Yet your unique note matters.
  2. By embracing my sudden artistic output for what it is, without fear or doubt, I allow my paintings and music to remind us there is so much more in us than we know. I dance with the universe, and you can, too.
  3. By providing a safe space at my website, I invite you to explore your own creative and spiritual expansion. Connecting with my story can be a way to deepen your own inner journey.
  4. By posting my blogs and publishing my books, I share my life’s path and my commitment to lasting personal transformation. My words can elicit a resonance in you that leads to a new way of seeing who and what you are.
  5. By being myself, you can be yourself whenever we meet. Across oceans. Across cultures. Across worlds. It is that simple. That joyful. That real.

To Website Visitors:
Wherever you are in the world, I would love to hear from you. So if you feel inspired to get in touch with me, just click open the Connect page and send me a message. I will reply to you as soon as I can from the foot of Mount Fuji.

Meantime, thank you so much for visiting my website and blog.
~ Catrien Ross