Kototama Practice of Mikusa no Kantakara

OMIYA GENPI BOOKMIKUSA NO KANTAKARA, three sacred treasures. This is a kototama-in (word-mudra) practice in which mysterious power of universe comes to you. The three treasures are kagami, tama, and tsurugi. These are three sacred practices.

Kagami = mirror representing the body of sun;  Tama = jewel representing spirit of moon, symbol of kami;  Tsurugi = sword representing energy of stars.


Note that each treasure has two parts. Mudra #1 is the same for all three mikusa, but the kototama chants differ. See the book for kototama and mudras.

Kagami practice #1 – show your real self, cleanse it.  #2 – remove dirt from bad things around you.

Tama practice #1 – cleanse your tama, your soul-jewel.  #2 – bring ame-tsuchi (heaven-earth) inside & outside.

Tsurugi practice. Note: Here, tsurugi is the Murakumo no tsurugi, the sword that Susanoo took out of Yamata no Orochi’s tail. The eight-headed Orochi here represents troubles, desires,etc. Cut them with tsurugi, the double-edged sword. When you cut enemy, you can also cut yourself if you have bad thoughts, so be careful when you use it; be clear-minded.

#1 – polish the sword.  #2 – deal with the enemy.


Oharai is most important to do at beginning of practice: purify the place, person, and osonae offering. Wave the nusa paper wand, or its equivalent practice.

Shime-no-in, as in the straw rope called shimenawa, sets the boundary of the pure space.

We do the oharai and the shime-no in before embarking on the mikusa practice.

MISOGI AS OHARAI. Misogi has outer and inner aspects, i.e., omote and ura. The outer is the standing under the waterfall. The inner can be explained by the word misogi which is mimi-soso-gi. Mimi is ear, and misogi is the listening to all the sounds of the universe, cleansing the spirit, and bringing kajiri to your ear, where kajiri is a promise made to kami.

In mudras, the fingers making promises (kajiri) with kami. Fingers are called yubi (yu is hot water, and hi is fire in kototama).

This teaching is from the Genpi book of Omiya Shirou shown above.