Kototama Secrets of Michi (Tao) in Kojiki Myths – 2


This is the second lecture in the Yamakoshi Kototama Okagami series. In this lecture, he explains the vibration of the universe as kototama, and the movement of kototama is the energy we call kami. We hope that the student of Wosite will work out for herself/himself what Yamakoshi’s kototama theory says about the kototama and energy kami of Wosite, the Wosite cosmology, the role of Awanouta, the meaning of nekoye, and other lessons we have presented on this blog site.

LECTURE 2  Time, Space, and Weaving the Universe

Vowels map out space, while consonants map out time. All together they form the universe, uchuu, where u represents vowels and space, and chuu represents consonants and time. This is expressed in one of the most dramatic waka written by Empress Shoken:

Shikishima no
Yamato kotoba wo
tate-nuki ni
orushizu-hata no
oto no saya kesa

Shikishima is the name for Nihon in traditional waka poetry. Orushizu hata is doing the weaving with the hata-ori weaving machine, and oto no saya is the beautiful sound of weaving. The empress is exclaiming that time and space are being created in harmony, and all is well in the country of Yamato. The vowels are like the woof of the weaving and they represent space. The warp threads represent the flow of time. When warp and woof are balanced, the world is in harmony. This brings to mind the Tanabata matsuri of weaving space and time.

One hundred sounds of kototama

There are one hundred sounds when fifty sounds are reflected in the sacred mirror. There are folktales about kototama. For example, the folk hero Momotaro has a name that refers to the one hundred (momo) sounds coming out. His grandparents are Isanagi and Isanami [says Yamakoshi]. In another tale, Urashimataro tells about the Chinese visitor who came seeking the elixir of immortality. When he opened the treasure box, only smoke appeared – because he did not understand kototama. [Doesn’t this imply that kototama is the secret of immortality?]

Yama symbol of eight spaces

The yama symbol is the square containing four intersecting lines, one pair forming a ‘+’ and the other pair an ‘x’. These lines divide the square into eight parts, each an isosceles right triangle. The name ‘ya ma’ comes from ya meaning eight and ma meaning spaces. It is equivalent to kume: ku, nine; me, eyes; these ‘eyes’ are the points at the eight ends of line segments plus the point in the center. Yama can also be represented as a square divided into nine equal smaller squares.

[It is said that kume sennin immortals rode clouds around the universe. Sennin is written 仙人 and means immortal mountain wizard. The adjective kume may refer to wizards who understood kototama.]

The two lines that cross the yama square like a + is the symbol of the kami Kamimusubi. The other two lines that cross in an x form is the symbol of Takamimusubi. Both kami are needed to make sound and all things.

The 9 father sounds plus 5 mother sounds together make 14 which is toyo: to = 10 and yo = 4. [Toyo, as in Toyoke, means excellent, bountiful. So the father and mother sounds together are excellent and denote prosperity.]

The joining of Kamimusubi and Takamimusubi is represented by the crossbeam of a torii as well as the twisted rope shimenawa on the torii. The shimenawa is a kuchinawa, a snake rope. These days it reminds us of the DNA helix.

The Sound Chart: Amenominakanushi, Takamimusubi and Kamimusubi

The Amanoiwato [the sacred iwa rock-cave] is the human mind. To understand this, just listening won’t do. You must open your mind. The word iwa is i no ha (where ‘i’ means 5 or 50, and ‘ha’ means breath). The 50 sounds are fundamental (hado no moto). ‘Hado’ means vibration, and ‘moto’ means base. All vibrations from the universe enter the brain, and the hundred kami appear. A kami is power; for example the kami of water is the power of water. When we have musubi, the kami are connecting.

The sound U is the kami Amenominakanushi, which gives rise to the two kami Takamimusubi and Kamimusubi. Consider how U divides into A and WA.  A is akarui, light, Takamimusubi. WA is shadow, Kamimusubi. A is clear like fire, and positive; WA is hidden like water, and negative. So the single sound of U separates into WA-A, mizu-ho, water-fire. Recall that A U WA appear in the center of the Motoake circle chart of Wosite, where A is the heavens and WA is the earth. A is very light and WA is very heavy.

Takamimusubi makes things come out – recall that the T sound is a coming out sound. Kamimusubi makes things by connecting. Both kami are needed! They are dual (opposite) energies of U. When U divides into WA and A, the properties of WA and A are these.

WA  –  A

Kamimusubi  –  Takamimusubi

water  –  fire

female  –  male

negative  –  positive

right  –  left

down  –  up

unseen  –  physical

black  –  white

heat  –  light

Futomani meaning

Recalling the pairs: T Y, K M, S R, and H N, let us now discuss what happens when we put our hands together when we pray or clap. A is the thumb of the left hand, WA is that of the right hand. The digits of the left hand represent the sounds A TA KA SA HA; the right hand represents WA YA MA RA NA. When we put our hands together we have the pairs A-WA, TA-YA, etc. One clap is ten sounds; two claps are twenty = futo, where fu = two, to = ten, and represents the kototama of futomani, the twenty mana. Futomani is the joining of Takamimusubi and Kamimusubi.

Thus uchuurei the Universal Spirit enters the human head. Kami is the principle of movement of kototama.


  • Uchuurei means Universal Spirit.
  • Uchuu means space-time.
  • Vowels represent space; consonants represent time.
  • The mythical Amanoiwato represents the human mind.
  • Fifty fundamental vibrations enter the brain.
  • They are reflected in the sacred mirror and 100 kami appear.
  • Kami are power.
  • The seed sound U divides into A and WA.
  • When we pray or clap our hands, we join A and WA.
  • When we clap twice, we produce futomani, the twenty mana energies.
  • Kototama is the vibration of Universe.

Editor’s Note

At the end of this lecture, Yamakoshi is describing the vibration of the universe as kototama. Vibration is movement, as in the above final statement. Or, more precisely, the movement of kototama is the vibration of energy which we call by the name kami. Here, Yamakoshi is explaining his opening statements about Amanoiwato as the cave in the human brain, and opening the cave with kototama. He stated that kototama is the principle of every wisdom teaching. Do we see how he arrives at this conclusion?

Kototama Futomani. The formal name of kototama is kototama futomani. The word futomani appears in other contexts. The basic meaning of futomani as the twenty energies is part of the kototama teaching. The use of futomani to mean divination is an application of kototama knowledge to analyzing a situation and determining an optimal outcome in harmony with the universe. The word futomani comes from the Wosite hutomani.

Hawaiian kototama. The deconstruction of words into their component syllables which have kototama meanings is strikingly similar to the practice when teaching the deeper meaning of words in the Hawaiian language. Don’t forget that the spiritual energy called Mana or Manna, worldwide, is exactly the same in the Hawaiian language. For Hawaiian kototama, please see the 1969 Quest book, Children of the Rainbow, by Leinani Melville.



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