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…shimizu kana!!!…




So, then, KA-MI-MU-SU-BI is the energy that reconciles contention and strive, and restores harmony and musubi 1). And it is from this activity and function that both the name and the substance of this kami arise. The ‘TA’ of TA-KA-MI-MU-SU-BI functions as a prefix to the afore-going, and it has its own sound-meaning: it is a very positive sound, and its essence is yang, and since its denotative meaning is “a cultivated field” [ – usually a field of rice – ] it is understood in this context as the sacred rice-field cultivated by


– and by this token, too, the sacred mirror – and the 50-sounds of the kotodama sounding all at once.

So, similarly, adding to [the energy of] KA-MI-MU-SU-BI this syllable ‘TA-‘ – the sacred rice-field (mitoshiro) – and the self-awareness of one’s own life and soul – we get


– whereas this energy with no self-knowledge is simply


The former is ‘A’ and the latter is ‘WA’.

‘A’ is ‘Heaven’, ‘my’, ‘morning’ and ‘brightness’ – ‘WA’ is used to express ‘peace’, ‘harmony’, ‘ours’, ‘a circle’ and so forth…

So, at the outset, the ‘U’ of AME-NO-MI-NAKA-NUSHI-NO-KAMI, is a unified, harmonious whole. And from this unified field, Heaven and Earth, immediately begin to separate. And Heaven and Earth, as they separate, form the syllables ‘A’ and ‘WA’ – and this is the division that becomes that becomes the duality: ‘me’ and ‘mine’ (but also: ‘me’ and ‘yours’). The yang and yin of eki-divination, subject and object, subjectivity and objectivity, positivity and negativity, spirit and matter, living soul and physical objects: these are all ways in which we see this fundamental, original division in two of the [natural] universe itself.


And so, the three sounds ‘U’ – ‘A’ – ‘WA’ are known as the three Gods of creation. And the way we see the [natural] universe splitting in three like this, is simply the way that the human mind can best grasp its indivisible-simultaneity. And since this separation of objective [natural] universe from the subjective way of understanding it is a splitting of reality into the two faces of omote and ura, then from which-ever of these two sides you view it, you are not seeing reality. Because  at the very moment that the original, harmonious whole of AME-NO-MI-NAKA-NUSHI (‘U’) springs to life – immediately the [natural] universe splits into the duality of ‘see-er’ and ‘seen’, ‘knower’ and ‘known’. This is primal, and central to the original fate and destiny of human-kind. And it is the most important principle of Futomani.

1) in the context of ongoing creation, that is: the energy that transforms chaos into harmony and connectivity.

– – – Koji Ogasawara,   Kototama Hyakushinpp. 21-22

…omote and ura…



Kimbal Anderson Sensei’s gift to Tsubaki America O-Kami-Yashiro is now completed and polished…   …waiting to make that roadtrip to Granite Falls, in the mountains outside Seattle…FINISHEDin DOJOCROP

Peter has a show playing with his sound design:

Oslo – in the Mitzi E. Newhouse at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York, June 16 to August 28…OSLOneonatnightoslo_jennifer.jpg__50000x390_q85_subsampling-2oslo_negotiatingroom

Lynn’s new sculpture is here!!!…

…a sturdy small horse/ large pony, Torran is not strictly breed specific (though he strides through my imagination with Spanish or Celtic ancestors).   Torran is a traditional-scale, resin release — pre-orders begin as of now….





Rebeca, performing at TedX Boise…

…with Mahavia Flamenco… 



...and Rebeca’s new CD: ‘VOGT’  by PALANKEEN…


…the digital download is available here,  and the  CD’s are available on the same link.  You can buy them here in Boise at Doyle’s on Broadway,  and at the Record Exchange.

A change of optic:

Aikido is a gem of many facets – sometimes it seems that every one of O’Sensei’s students remembered a different teacher, and of course, many, many different styles have been preserved and developed – but here is one facet that clicked into focus for me recently:

what if O’Sensei spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo coherently pursuing what he felt to be his “mission in life”?…

what if he spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo creating and nurturing a network of dojos run by Omoto-Kyo, ex-Omoto-Kyo and Ko-Shinto believers ( hand-picked deshi,  some of them raised, almost, as members of his family) – – – and ex-Kamikaze pilots, too (!) – often with his own name on the sign –  in places – and close to shrines…

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…peace pole!!!…