Have you ever heard of this? When you receive the Dharma “doll,” both eyes are blank. You make your wish or commit to some goal and draw in only the left eye. All year, the Dharma stares at you with his one eye, encouraging you to complete the goal or get your wish. When that happens, you carefully draw in the right eye in thanks for the Dharma’s help. Then, you bring it to your local Shinto temple and a priest burns it to release the spirit back to the spirit world!
Isn’t that awesome?