I have found a few Japanese words I learned from the spiritual organization I have been involved with for 30 years has great meaning for me. Kototama, is a word reflecting your behavior and attitude. It determines what you put out to the world through your speech and intentions. It’s reflects how you navigate the world and what you do as a response to your challenges and responses to those challenges.

Kototama is taught us the importance of these actions because the vibration of the words you use, have sound vibration that create effects specific to their intent.  Emoto’s work with water has shown how ugly words create distorted formations in frozen cross-sections of the water exposed to those words. Words that are loving, create beautiful crystals.

Sonen is the word describing someone’s inner most attitude. This is important because what you say and think from your innermost being is what your life looks like. Your life reflects what you believe in, your feelings and thoughts, and choices you make.

Your thoughts (silent words) and verbal words create your reality. Everything creates and comes into form from the vibration of sound waves. The bible says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.”

Never forget: there is a consequence for every thought you think and every word you speak. Consider that before casually throwing out anything into the ethers. That act will either harm or help you. What goes around surely comes back around. When it returns to you, do you want it to be full of mercy, grace and feel great? That’s the level of positive energy you must send out. If you’re always fearful and scared, you attract fearful and scary events. It’s time to become conscious. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are CoCreating our world with every action and word we choose. If you’re not happy with your life, consider changing your thoughts and intentions toward others.

Your attitude IS everything.  I find the happiest and most successful individuals understand this core tenet. I realize that we often lose out on many opportunities because we simply didn’t possess the self-confidence to believe in our innate power. Nor, do we realize we are in control of our destiny. Instead, we give our power away to others. It’s about choice. We can second guess our abilities and undervalue our strengths ~OR~ we can recognize that we can choose to succeed regardless of our challenges, because our challenges are there to propel us forward, not hold us back.

~ by Lorraine E. Castro on August 28, 2021.


  1. Thank you so much!! So helpful!


  2. Spot on Lorraine. Contentment comes with gratitude plus a steady awareness of our involuntary emotions, and how we choose to respond to those emotions. Just choosing to smile can make you feel better and capable of feeling release/joy. Are you smiling now? 😉

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