The Gentle Approach of Lujan Matus’ Shamanism


This application for the Parallel Perception Scholarship  was submitted by Max Masayuki Niitsuma. If you would like to offer your support for Max please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.

Hi Lujan! First of all I really want to say thank you for the opportunity to read the Whisperings of the Dragon. Since last year I have been writing for the Parallel Perception Scholarship 2015. After the announcement on the morning of January 15th, I have repeatedly observed myself and wrote in words many times. Because I am Japanese, Whisperings of the Dragon was not an easy book to understand completely. But I tried my best to express my honest feeling in this essay. I will begin from the explanation of Japanese traditional culture, the Yoshiwara.

About two hundred to three hundred years ago, when Tokyo was still called Edo,there was an area called Yoshiwara, a unique red-light district approved by Edo government. What’s so unique about Yoshiwara is that sexual tradition was handed down from generations to generations with tolerance. The highest ranked women were called Oiran and they had the rights to choose their guests in some circumstances.

Oiran was a special being even out of the Yoshiwara and gave effects to society like a super star. Each time Oiran had new clothes and the hairstyle, it became very popular in Edo. They were also highly educated; they learned the manner of Japanese tea ceremony, proper singing, musical instruments. But out of these specialties, Oiran surpassed in sexual techniques and once a man spent a night with an Oiran, they were prohibited to visit other women in the Yoshiwara to keep this techniques secret.

Every time a man visits an Oiran, they spend a thick time together, as if they were married, opening and synchronizing their heart. I have heard that there was a modus similar to tantra and tao, an esoteric sexual techniques. Yes, this is why I am introducing the Oiran in this essay, because there was an esoteric part to it.

At the time of Edo, Japan had high leveled sexual culture beginning from Yoshiwara. Sexual intercourse and anything symbolizing that was nothing to be embarrassed of. Actually, Japanese people had carnival with statues that was in the shape of sexual organs. But after World War II, this tradition of open sexuality became a minority and the society thought it to be something that had to be hidden and kept a secret.

“The important thing in life is opening your heart to only one partner”. This idea of yours introduced in Genki Sudo’s book and your idea of Soft Shamanism has moved me very much. I don’t know why but when I read this words, it strongly reminded me the Oiran of Yoshiwara. I would not say that the Soft Shamanism and the Yoshiwara culture is completely the same, but I believe that there is a common point, the most important thing that we have forgotten throughout the long history. That is to open your heart to your partner and enhance the sexuality of each other step by step, without limitation.

The important point of this process of enhancing sexuality is that both the partner needs to realize the enhancement for this realization should mean true satisfaction. I believe that this enhancement of sexuality will eventually lead to sacred heart. This is nothing to be embarrassed of and I strongly believe it is something that must be handed down to the next generation.

But what is it to “open” your heart? The voice of yours I hear in the Cosmic Giggle is very relaxing to me. Is this because your voice is something from the heart?

I had a precious experience in the past, about 7 to 8 years ago. It was the first time I have gave love to a woman that I loved. I clearly knew how much of my feelings were received by her; I told her “I love you, I love you” and I wasn’t sad at all, but tears fell from my eyes. It was obvious that there was some kind of pure energy that transcended the word “love”, and when I felt that this energy was understood by her, I, myself felt very kind and peaceful, and I also felt the enormous affection toward my love. This peaceful feeling was just fulfilling by itself.

Even though it has been a long time, it is an unforgettable event, for I believe it was an event that came from my heart. From this experience I began to desire profound understandings of the essence of my love. This thought lead me to the study of Yoshiwara and eventually to your idea of Soft Shamanism. To me, these idea of Soft Shamanism, Oiran of Yoshiwara and the precious experience I had are the truth of heart. Today, I still love the woman and so I want to feel and learn further from you the true heart of men, the true heart of human being.

“As I am, so are others; As others are, so am I. Having thus identified self and others, harm no one nor have them harmed.” This phrase by Buddha was the very first phrase that I started the journey of this scholarship. With my English skills, I had difficulty catching the nuance of the words so I asked for help to the Italian and Japanese couple that was at the same cafe by incident.

Many friends and co-workers of mine has helped me out in order to read and write this essay. Even as I am writing this essay, there is someone supporting me by my side. In this means, Lujan, you have gave me an opportunity to meet many people and enhance my life. It is like a rainbow bridge being passed to me from the others. Throughout this month and a half, my relationship between others, such as my parents, friends, and some strangers that sat next to me has became stronger than before. What I met during this period was the new aspect of my heart.

If this book was written in Japanese and not English, I might have been able to understand the book better but I could not have realize the relationship that I could have earned. And even if I could have understood the words of Buddha, I could not have received it by my heart. I want to thank to all of the flow and timing that lead me to this place, and to you for reading my essay to the end. Again, thank you very much. Arigato.

Very best wishes from,
Max Masayuki Niitsuma





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  1. Wow. You have my vote Max. I can feel your heart in this essay and I hope to meet you one day and talk about the matters of the heart and the flows of the heart. Many teachers often said that true sexuality will lead always to love. It is the only way.


    • Hi Bralgei, Thank you so much for your support. I am also very interested in you essay. I hope to meet you in person too, and we can talk about it so much more! Yes let’s meet up in Tenerife!!

  2. Simply could not stop reading. Namaste!

    • Hi Carmen, thanks heaps for your support. I am glad that you enjoyed it!

  3. Because it is written in Japanese, I cannot read Genki Sudo’s book on his interactions and learnings with Lujan. But after reading your essay Max, I feel you have revealed the deepest treasure in it.
    Thank You.

    • Hi Henk,

      Life always reveals its best to us in its perfect timing! How great! Your treasure is my pleasure. 

      Please out it out Genki’s wonderful performance!

  4. I loved reading your essay

  5. Thumbs up max

    Nice to feel your ambition to express yourself. And thanks to all the people who made it possible and helped out with the translation.

    • Hi Sven

      Big thanks for the thumbs up, your appreciation and support! Yes I am deeply grateful that so many friends helped me and made this essay possible!

  6. i enjoyed reading your story very much. Thank you

    • Hi Christine
      That’s my Pleasure Christine! I am so happy that you enjoyed my essay. Big thanks for your kind support.

  7. Dear Max, thank you so much for this very important aspect of love and sexuality ! It opened my heart widely and allows me to understand a few things about mankind and what Lujan is saying much better. I think you are a great person and your love is a real force and touched me right in the beginning of this new, beautiful day. Thank you very much, Max !!!!!

    • Hi Eva

      Thank you for you kind words Eva. I am so delighted that my essay was able to affect you in such a positive way, and thanks a million too for sharing your positive energy!

  8. Well-done, Max. It turned out to be completely different from what I expected when you told me about your attempt to write an essay, which was a great surprise. You proved that getting in touch with yourself at deeper level and put an outcome of it in words through your own thinking process can transcend the barrier of languages to convey who you are and what you are made of to others and touch their heart. Again, congratulations on the completion of your essay, Max. Yoku gannbarimashita.

    • Hi Yas san

      Thank you very much Yas ;) Your words mean so much to me! I am so touched to know that, despite the language barrier, I could still touch others’ heart. Love is beyond any boundaries. Ouenn-arigatogozaimasita!!

  9. Dearest Max,
    What sweetness you write! You write beautifully in English. I experience from Lujan’s practices a depth, and a falling in love with my essence, which allows be to love my beloved more deeply. You captured this amazingly in your essay. Thank you Max!

    • Dear Georgina,

      Thank you heaps for your sweet words and support. It was a huge challenge for me to read Lujan and express myself both in English . The fact that you were able to resonate, and connect with my essay, means so much to me

  10. Thank you for sharing your story, and about this aspect of Japanese history. Your collaborative effort exemplifies and amplifies your heart’s desire.

    I desire to see your beautiful smile in person one day.

    Arigato Max!

    • Ellie

      Thank you so much for reading my story and putting down these warm words. It means so much to me that you enjoyed my essay. I hope it put a smile on your face. And of course I hope to see that smile one day as well!

  11. i was touched. How amazing. It’s true that you are famous in my heart!

    • Hi Emma, I felt again from you that timing and flow are alway perfect. gratitude Emma!!

  12. Dear Max

    I really enjoyed reading your essay and was fascinated by what you wrote about that aspect of Japanese culture
    It’s lovely to read what you have experienced as part of writing this and to share your experience of love with us this way.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Angelika

      You are most welcome Angelika. It means so much to me that you enjoyed my essay and my little story about Japanese culture. I really appreciate your support and your sharing of thoughts.

  13. Thank you Max! Your words reminded me of my fascination with the japanese culture in the past. And I admire the effort you made and the help you got on the way in order to write this essay. Rainbow bridges. All the best!

    • Arne
      Your kind words and warm wishes are very much appreciated, Arne. I hope rainbow bridges are all around you as well. Best wishes, Max

  14. Beautiful experience, Max. Blessings to you on your discovery of gentle, rolling thunder.

    • Thanks for your blessings Sugrue. You certainly have mine too.

  15. I was moved by your perspective. You express a beautiful gentle spirit. I can only imagine a profound wisdom gracing your voice as inner silence continues to realize the potential of your cultural heritage.

    • Dear Jerry,
      No words can express how much I am touched and encouraged by your words. It means so much to me that I have your support.

  16. wow max reading this brought tears to my eyes. it is a very touching and fascinating essay. your heart and your devotion to love really comes through your words and surrounds you with a pure blessing that gives and receives. i wish you all the best. i am grateful to have read this.

    • Hi Phi, I am so grateful and touched by reading your comment. From writing this essay, I have gained far more than I could have imagined and expected. You have certainly passed me a beautiful rainbow bridge, Phi. Thank you so much.

  17. Same, this brought tears to my eyes. Max, wow, you have traveled so far already, answering the song of your heart.

    I hope you meet the Nagual Lujan. He is beyond words.

    Lots of love,

    • Hi Luma

      Please do not too many tears flow for my essay!
      Anyway one of the great guitarist told to me before ”my all music from heart affection then just through guitar “ that’s the my one more unforgettable memory.
      Yes, strongly I hope to meet Nagual Lujan through the this opportunity.

  18. Hi Max,
    I have known you from Emma! It’s amazing! although I have never see you before, I can feel your heart from your words! You are a nice person! I hope we can have a chance to see each other in the future and also hope you a very happy 2015!

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