Kotodama is a Japanese concept that refers to the belief in the spiritual power or essence inherent in words and language. The term “kotodama” is composed of two kanji characters: “koto,” meaning “word” or “speech,” and “tama,”meaning “spirit” or “soul.” Together, “kotodama” can be translated as “soul of words” or the “spirit of speech.”

Kotodama originated from ancient Shinto and mystical beliefs which emphasize the sacredness and transformative power of language and words. Speech is thought to possess a spiritual energy that can influence the physical and spiritual realms. Words are the DNA of communication. Homophones, homographs, homonyms, heteronyms and etymologies can reveal the mystical aspects of human consciousness.

Puns are more insightful than pundits.

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Working at small companies is about business.

Jobs in governments are about busyness.

The difference between business and busyness is the difference between “i” and “y.” Companies are about self-interest: I. Governments are impediments to doing business as paper-hungry bureaucrats invariably ask: why? Businesses ask a different question: how?

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Each sense connects us to a facet of reality. Thoughts are a senseless connection.

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Heaven is “have-even,” where everyone and everything is even; one thing: the soul.

The soul is what every thing is before and after it is what it is whatever it is in the now.

The now is heaven when we realize we and all things are the soul.

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Our eyes and ears can misinform us, but the nose knows.

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When we remember every day is holy, every day is a holiday.

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Those who can explain “what it?” have wit.

Those who know “what is?” are wis(e).

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Those who worship an idol are idle.

They don’t realize their divine purpose: to enjoy their self and its roles in life, realize divine consciousness and help others do likewise.

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You’re (what you are) not your possessions, thoughts and self-identities.

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It Is What It Is Whatever It Is


Acronym: I why why

Why do I exist? Why is the universe as it is?

It Is What It Is Whatever It Is.

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God’s son is the sun.

God’s creation is light.

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When we are our tale, the tail is wagging the dog.

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Accepting is the essence of unity.

Excepting is the essence of duality.

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As dogs chase their tails, we chase our tales.

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In the eternal and endless universe, we are wee.

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The holy is holey when some things are holy and some not.

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The enlightened know every thing is essentially light.

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The inside of a circle: a hole.

The inside and outside: the whole.

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We see the sea, not the vast ocean beyond.

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There is consciousness of the self and consciousness of the soul.

Self-consciousness makes us self-conscious.

Soul-consciousness is peace that comes from knowing all is sole.

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When we are grateful, we are great-full.

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The definition of passion is:


an intense or overwhelming feeling

an outbreak of anger

a strong desire for some activity, object, or concept

sexual desire

The etymology of passion is suffering.

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What we hear is here.

Sound is the presence of the now.

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Hap (luck) is the root of happiness.

Happiness is essentially realizing however difficult our current circumstances or role in life, we are lucky they’re not worse and lucky we still have a role.

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The soul is sole.

The soul is one thing: what every thing is before and after it is what it is whatever it is in the now.

The now is the sole expression of the soul.

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Good evening.

Have a good time transitioning to sleep, where all are even.

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The now is always and not all ways the same.

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Good morning.

Have a good time mourning the person you were yesterday, who is now no longer.

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Things of like kind connect with kindness.

When we recognize every thing is of like kind, the expression of the soul, we treat all things with kindness.

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The sole of a foot is like the soul; the rarely seen foundation upon which we stand.

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Awareness is like clothing.

It comes in two forms: “A-ware” and “B-ware.”

A-ware is open and loose fitting. B-ware is closed and uptight.

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Unlike adults, children are unadulterated.

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When every day is everyday, we are oblivious to the everchanging now.

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The Everything is the no-thing and the now-thing.

No-thing is what the Everything is before and after it is what it is whatever it is in the now-thing.

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The two letters in the Hebrew word for “life” have a numerical value, in terms of their sequential order in the alphabet, of 8 and 10. Added together, they total 18. The number 18 is symbolic of life in the Jewish world. Acknowledging this equivalence, monetary gifts between Jews for various rites of passage (birthdays, weddings, holidays, etc.) are often given in multiples of 18 ($18, $54 etc.).

The number 18 also informs us about the nature of life: finite and yet eternal. The number 1 implies finite as the number is drawn from top to bottom; from heaven to Earth or from birth to death. The number 8 implies life is eternal as, graphically, 8 is continuous and with no beginning and no end. We are a finite physical self and the eternal soul.

The numbers 1 and 8 also reveal the nature of the Everything in the now. The number 1 implies every thing is one thing, the Everything. The number 8 implies every thing is interconnected. Upon realizing we are all one thing, we treat every thing as we treat ourselves. That’s compassion. Our oneness with every thing allows us to view the world from innumerable perspectives. That’s the essence of wisdom. Wisdom and compassion are the essence of an enlightened life.

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“M” is a vessel with one bucket,

“W” a vessel with two buckets.

We can do more than Me.

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No thing is forever, but nothing is forever.

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Life is a present we receive when we are present.

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Hear here.

When we listen to music, we connect to the now.

When we dance to the music, we are the now.

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Piece is stress. Peace is serenity.

As a piece of the universe, we are separate from the other pieces. This is the essence of duality, the principal cause of stress.

When we realize we are the universe, we are at peace.

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I + Word = World

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” — John 1:1, The Gospel of John.

Words were first transcribed symbolically, in cuneiform tablets, around 5,400 years ago. It was then man became god as transcribed words and thoughts created the world as we know it now.

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Every thing creates a duality, yet the everything is one.

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Patients need patience, as time heals all wounds.

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Ah. Aha. Haha. Hahahaha.

Ah — joy.

Aha — the realization that joy is the purpose of life.

Haha — laughing at the simplicity of this realization.

Hahahaha — laughing at how silly we were for not realizing this earlier.

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We are “i” or “I”.

“i” is the small, (underdeveloped) “I”.

“i” is a short vertical line, or body, with a detached head above. It suggests separateness or duality between our physical and mental experience of the now.

“I” is one long vertical line, the integrated body and mind. It is Axis Mundi: connecting heaven and Earth.

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We have it backwards.

Man’s best friend is not the material (dog), but the transcendental (god).

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The present is the pre-sent, not the now.

The pre-sent is what every thing is before it is what it is whatever it is in the now.

When we are in the now, the now engages our attention.

When we are present, we can see the entirety of the now and realize we are the consciousness that created the now.

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“Real eyes realize real lies.” — Tupac Shakur