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Process of Kototama

How does Kototama “work”?

Kototama is the power of human speech to create. Wosite and Nekoye give an explanation of how Kototama functions creatively. The starting point is the Wosite description of the continuous creation of the world.

Amemiwoya in center of creaton

Creation Process

There is an Original Presence behind all that’s created. We give it the name, Amemiwoya, Exalted Sacred Parent. It corresponds to the Quantum Void, the Great Emptiness that has potential for everything. Amemiwoya, by reverberating the seed sound u, begins to umu (give birth to) Ame a and Tuti wa.  See the Motoake chart above.

In Ame-tuti, the word Ame represents an unseen dimensionless dimension of subtle, light, pure energy. The word Tuti refers to dense, heavy energy forms, that are seen and manifested as matter and physical energy of the phenomenal universe; it includes our Planet Earth and our Moon and humans and other beings.

Creation of Earth

The step-down process from Amemiwoya to light energy of Ame to dense matter of Tuti proceeds through five stages of vibration of the vowel sounds.

a Holding and anticipating 

i Breathing and flowing

u Running and activating

e Rushing and changing

o Balancing and stabilizing

The phenomenal world is thus created.

Creation of Humans

  • Amemiwoya initiates creation.
  • Akuta Kami protect Amemiwoya, and establish seasons of the year and directions of space.
  • Anami Kami protect Awanouta song of universe and language, and bring down vibrations to form the human body.
  • Misohu Kami produce the human body, and reverberate the human voice.

Human Voice: Nekoye and Kototama

The human voice has two aspects which we may refer to as Nekoye and Kototama. Nekoye is the forming of koye human speech and language out of ne throat sounds. When Misohu Kami reverberate in the human voice, the ne throat sounds become koye, words with meaning, and speech and language. Language enables humans to communicate and this, in turn, allows for cooperation and the building of society.

Kototama is a general term refering to the power/Spirit of language. The Spirit of language has the power to make koto things from koto words. We have above presented the Wosite view of how this is done. Conversely, Kototama is the language of Spirit. Spirit with a capital S is energy of Universe from Amemiwoya. Amemiwoya speaks through Kototama. In other words, not all human speech contains the same amount of energy or power. The closer to the will of Amemiwoya, the more energy and power will be carried in the Kototama of that speech.

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Kototama Waka of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken

Kototama Researchers

In a previous post, Woshite World introduced Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken as Kototama researchers of the 19th century. Both of them wrote thousands of waka, inspired by kototama and their strong feelings for their country and their people.

Waka and Wosite

The entire corpus of the Wosite literature of the Jomon period is written in waka, the 5-7 rhythm of the earth and the heavens. It was spread by Isanami and Isanagi in the Awanouta, and by their daughter Wakahirume. Wosite waka is an expression of kototama, the spirit of language. Waka poetry in the rhythm of 5-7-5-7-7 has continued on into the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Waka has given its name to the prefecture of Wakayama.

Waka is classical poetry of Japanese literature. Waka means “Japanese poem” or “Japanese poetry.” Waka poetry can be found in the eighth century documents, the Kojiki, the Nihon Shoki, and the poetry collection, the Man’yōshū . Up to the eighth century, waka was the general term for poetry composed in Japanese and included several genres including the chōka (long poem) and tanka (short poem). By the time of the Kokinshū in the tenth century, waka became synonymous with tanka. After that, “tanka” fell out of use until it was revived at the end of the 19th century. 

Emperor Meiji

Emperor Meiji

Emperor Meiji composed a multitude of waka. One of his most famous expresses his anti-war sentiment.

yomo no umi     mina hara kara to     omofu yo ni

nado nami kaze no     tachi sawa gu ra mu

The four seas are all born from one womb

I wonder why do wind and waves clamor so?

Empress Shōken

Empress Shōken

Empress Shōken composed many waka including this one that is truly heartfelt:

Shikishima no Yamato kotoba wo tate nuki ni

  oroshizu hata no oto no saya kesa

She is speaking of the Yamato kotoba of Shikishima (Nihon), as the pleasant sound of weaving the warp and woof threads with the hata-ori loom. She suggests that time and space (warp and woof) are created in harmony, and the country is doing well. 

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