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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Huna: Hawaiian Shamanism

Huna is a Hawaiian word which means hidden. The word Huna was adopted by Max Freedom Long for his brand of esoteric philosophy that he claimed to have learned from native Hawaiian's while employed as an elementary school teacher in Hawaii around 1917. In 1945, Long founded the Huna Fellowship, and beginning in 1948 published a series of books on Huna which remain in print today.

However, the word Huna was never used by native Hawaiians to describe any form of metaphysics. To native Hawaiian's, Huna is not a religion, but rather a philosophy of living and a way of life. Some have theorized that Long chose the word Huna for its association with the word Kahuna, which can mean a teacher, sorcerer, or master but primarily refers to an expert on any subject. Long's use of Hawaiian words was primarily based on the Andrews Dictionary of the Hawaiian Language, which was the only English/Hawaiian dictionary then available.

Longs teaching have been considered controversial due to the fact that many native Hawaiians argue that they are not authentically Hawaiian, but rather Long is using Hawaiian terms to describe universal principles. However, you will also find many native Hawaiians actively practicing and teaching Huna as espoused by Long or one of his disciple

Principles and Beliefs of Huna

The Seven Principles of Huna

On its most basic level, Huna affords the individual a method of connecting with his or her own inner power. With an understanding of the seven principles given below the individual can utilize the teachings of Huna to bring about harmony in their lives and manifest their inner-most desires. The seven principles are:

  1. Ike -The world is what you think it is
  2. Kala -There are no limits, everything is possible
  3. Makia -Energy flows where attention goes
  4. Manawa -Now is the moment of power
  5. Aloha -To love is to be happy with [someone/something]
  6. Mana -All power comes from within
  7. Pono -Effectiveness is the measure of truth

The Three Selves

The essence of Huna teaches that human beings are comprised of three selves. Many names have been given to these three selves, but they may more easily be understood as the lower-self, middle-self, and higher-self.; or conversely the subconscious mind, the conscious mind, and the super-conscious mind.

The lower-self, or unihipili, does not indicate that it is less important than the other selves, but rather it is below the level of one's consciousness and can be considered to have that of an animal-like level of reasoning. The lower-self is that part of self that stores all of our memories and is the seat of our emotions. It presents information to the conscious self, often through our intuition and dreams, so that the conscious self can address our issues.

The middle-self is called the uhane, or conscious-mind. It is that part of self that is aware of its own existence and has the ability to reason. The middle-self, has the power of free will and therefore can create its own reality.

The higher-self, or aumakua, is that part of self that is "above the physical world" and lives on a higher plane of existence. It is the seat of the spirit and will not intervene in the affairs of your life unless it is invited to do so. When granted permission to act in your life, the higher-self creates your reality based on your thoughts, hopes and fears (which emanate for the lower and middle selves). It is believed that the higher self can see into the future as far as your thoughts have taken shape. Therefore the future changes with your thoughts. Communication occurs naturally with the higher self during sleep. During this contact with the higher self, the thoughts of the day are averaged by the higher-self and used to create conditions in your future. In other words, what you think—you manifest.

Huna teaches that the high-self expresses all the divine qualities- compassion, patience, love, forgiveness. It is the ideal to which the middle-self aspires. The higher-self is considered to be a combined community of spirits. Higher-selves are considered to be individual in identity and yet one with all other high selves at the same time. The high self is also thought to be a perfect blending of masculine and feminine, an androgynous self.

Huna teachings say that each of the three selves has its proper role to perform in the life of each individual. Life, health, and happiness have to do with the integration, blending, and harmonizing of these three selves.

The Ten Elements

Huna teaches that humans are additionally comprised of ten elements. The first three elements, consist of the three selves as described above. In addition, there are three shadow, or etheric, bodies associated with the three selves. The shadow bodies are metaphysical bodies that are thought to be exact duplicates of everything that exists in the physical world. They are believed to hold all physical form together. Everything that has ever been created has a shadow body. The high self has a shadow body also, but it does not interpenetrate the physical body. The high self is connected to the low self by an energy cord. This energy cord has been called the silver cord in other mystical teachings.

Our shadow bodies are comprised of a substance called Aka, which is believed to have a adhesive and elastic quality enabling it to stretch without breaking. Aka is a perfect conductor of mana, or vital-life-force. When you have a strong rapport with your lower and higher selves, these threads develop into cords allowing mana and thought-forms to flow more freely between the levels of self.

Just as aka threads develop between the low and high selves, they can develop between yourself and any object or person you contact. With each additional contact with the person or object, the cords become braided together and form an aka cord, which can result in a strong bond between the two. Empathy and telepathy are believed to operate via the movement of mana and thought forms along aka cords. This kind of psychic bond can occur among any of the three selves and between two or more people who have developed strong aka cords between them.

Creation begins with a thought or idea, and as it has been stated above everything that has ever been created or ever will be created has a shadow body, including our thoughts. As thoughts take shape it becomes attached by an aka thread to all the thoughts which came before it. Therefore all thoughts are connected in some way by aka cords.

Another extremely important aspect of Huna teaching is the importance of mana, or vital force. Mana is the basic energy in all things. Huna teaches that mana is taken from food and air by the low self and stored in the low self's shadow body. In addition, mana, or vital-life-energy, in a person's body is divided into three categories or levels of power. The mana of a person changes according to which self is using that energy. The lowest level of power is associated with the lower self. When used by the middle self, the level of mana is believed to be raised. In like fashion, when mana is utilized by the higher self, its level is increased.

Finally, the tenth element is identified as the physical body, which is the vehicle in which the other nine elements reside and operates. So, to clarify the ten elements are:

* The three selves (low, middle, and high)

* The three shadow bodies associated with the three selves.

* The three levels of mana, or energy, as used by the three selves/bodies

* The physical body

Ha: The Breath

Huna teaches that the practice of deep breathing connects us to all life. Humans are designed to take in oxygen, and it is believed that proper breathing increases our energy levels as well as our level of efficiency. When we inhale, we don't just take in oxygen, but we also take in mana as well. It is this energy that we must have within every fiber of our being, including our three selves, our shadow bodies and our physical body.

The Practice of Ha Breathing and of the Ha Rite has variations in different Huna schools but is found in most Huna traditions in some form or another.

Take a deep breath through your nose quickly. Not so deeply as to be uncomfortable or cause strain. Then exhale slowly through the mouth, making the sound "ha" as you exhale, just a soft sound on the exhaled breath do not exhale so greatly as to cause discomfort. The mouth is only partially opened not widely. You may become more focused and mentally clear and energized in a calm and peaceful way from doing the Ha breath this can be done as many times a day as you wish, nothing to excess of course.

This breath form is used in many Huna traditions as a prelude to active prayer, meditation and manifestation or affirmation processes as it can build up an extra supply of Mana which can be used to amplify these efforts.

Another Huna Breath Form is sometimes called the Piko -Piko breath

The Ha Rite

There are many methods to do a Ha Rite, all of which produce results when practiced regularly. All Ha Rites consist of breathing deeply with the intent of accumulating a surcharge of mana before prayer. A mental image, or prayer picture, then becomes the focus on one's thoughts, however, if you are not visually oriented, it is suggested that you focus on your single intent. The prayer picture/intent and mana is then sent to the higher self along the Aka cords (see above).

There are a few things to consider before performing a Ha Rite. They are:

* Ask yourself, does my desire maintain harmony and balance? There is more than enough abundance in the universe to provide for all. Therefore it is not necessary to seek to take what rightfully belongs to another. Focus on your goal and let the universe bring it to you in such a way so that harmony and balance is maintained.

* Your visualization should imply that your goal has already manifested. Don't focus on the path that your goal will take but rather the destination.

* Be sure that you want what you want. If you constantly change your mind about what it is that you desire, your Higher-Self is constantly having to adapt to your whims which will take longer for your goal to manifest, if at all.

To begin the Ha Rite, cup and hold your hands so that your finger tips are about an inch or two apart, and spread your fingers so none of them touch one another (this prevents you from grounding the energy back into your body). While breathing deeply and SLOWLY use the intent of building a surcharge of mana between your hands. You should strive to control your breath to 5 breaths a minute or less (compared to the normal 15-18 breaths a minute), because the longer the oxygen is in contact with your lung tissue, the more mana you extract from it. Tradition is to use four sets of four breaths or even 10 sets of four breaths to build a mana surcharge for the prayer.

Visualize your prayer picture as if it were the cover of a balloon in the area between your hands. The more mana you pour into the prayer picture the brighter and more realistic the prayer picture becomes. Use intent to put mana into the space between your hands. You may want to visualize a sparkling gold/amber mist forming between your hands. At first you may think it is only imagination or coincidence, but the more you work with mana; the more you will come to experience mana is something real instead of your imagination or coincidence, and help you develop faith.

When you are satisfied with the mana charge, and prayer picture or intent, expel a quick burst of breath and visualize it going around the prayer picture and the mana charge binding them together. Then separate your hands and allow the prayer picture and mana surcharge to float away to be taken by your 'Higher Self.

The Piko Piko Breath

The techniques used in Huna have been practiced for centuries by Polynesian holy men. Huna doctrine emphasizes the power of thought, and states that by focusing positive attention on a desired end result, all goals may be accomplished. Piko Piko literally means center to center and it is an ancient breathing style used for centering and focus. In addition, techniques of deep breathing and meditation are used to charge one's higher self with mana that can be used to manifest thought-forms as defined by our desires.

In Huna healing there are many energy centers, or Piko Points, which are similar to chakras. The two most powerful are the navel and the crown of the head. The navel represents your physical source and lifeline while the crown symbolizes your connection with the Higher-Self.

1. Assume a relaxed position.

2. Put one hand on the crown of your head, while the other rest on your navel. Either hand may be used for these positions. Your hands are placed on these points to assist you in your focus.

3. Begin your deep breathing. Inhale while focusing on the crown of your head and exhale while focusing on your navel.

4. Offer the following affirmation,

"My energy levels will increase dramatically with each breath. I am deeply relaxed. My focus is on deepening my breathing and amplifying my energy levels."

5. Continue until you feel energized. This could take from 2 to 10 minutes.

6. When this occurs you are ready to make a prayer request to your higher self for manifestation in your life.

7. Focus on the goal you hope to accomplish with huna meditation. Clearly visualize your goal as already having happened. Experience the joy that you will feel when this goal has been accomplished.

8. Offer a prayer to your inner consciousness asking for help in sending your desire to your higher consciousness.

9. When you are done, thank your higher consciousness for receiving this goal, and go forth with the expectation that it will be manifested on the physical plane.

Huna Healing

Do the Ha Rite, and place your hands where the person reports pain. If the pain or injury is in a private area in which the person does not desire to be touched, such as the breasts or genitals, then place your hands about 2-4 inches above the person's body at the site of the pain or injure. Visualize the person as completely healthy and well. However, send the mana surcharge and prayer picture to the person's Higher-Self instead of the person. Their Higher-Self will raise the mana, or energy, to its highest level then back through your hands to heal the person. Should the person report pain in another place; move your hands to the new location where they report pain.

It is important to remember that you are not the healer. The Higher Self and the person's Lower Self do the healing. If the process does not appear to be assisting the individual; the problem may be with a fixation in the person's lower-self. If it appears that the lower-self is blocking the healing; ask the person to tell you of an activity they enjoy; but they cannot do now because of the ailment; then change the prayer picture where you visualize that person doing that activity in complete health.

If you see results after you get the cooperation from the Lower-Self to heal the person; then assist them in clearing the fixation. It may be that the lower-self believes that it deserves to be sick. Therefore it becomes necessary for the lower-self to be convinced that healing is not only possible but deserving.

Complexes and Fixations

According to Huna teachings, a complex is defined as a negative thought or idea, usually about one's self, to which the lower-self clings. Complexes are put in place by parents, authority figures, friends, peers, strangers and even one's self! If the lower self feels an overwhelming sense of guilt, shame, or a feeling of not being deserving of love or assistance from the Higher Self, then it will not send the necessary mana and prayer picture to the Higher Self. By clinging to these negative thoughts and emotions, they are amplified and perpetuated in an un-ending cycle.

A classic example of a complex is how a parent or other individual brainwashes a child into accepting the idea that they are stupid, clumsy, ugly, etc… Often others pick up on the individual's insecurities and perpetuate the idea by repeating the insult to the individual on a regular basis. The idea becomes ingrained in the person's thoughts until they begin to actually believe that the negative thought is true. The middle-self then dwells on the negative thought or idea and the individual repeats it to themselves in the form of negative self talk, such as "I am ugly." "I am stupid." "I am clumsy." These hurtful words can be almost impossible to heal as they can be held onto tightly by the individual's middle-self for the remainder of their life, unless they learn how to remove these negative thought forms from the lower-self. It is very important to be careful what you say to impressionable children and adults.

Whereas a complex is defined as a negative thought about something inside yourself, a fixation is defined as a negative thought about something outside yourself, such as health, money, or other people. Generally speaking, fixations are often put in place by your experiences with the subject of your thoughts and perpetuated by your own temperament and feelings about those experiences.

For example, you may have a series of events occur within a relatively short amount of time in which you lose money on bad investments, loss by theft, or even absent mindedness. Rather than maintain a positive attitude and take the setback in stride, you may begin to think that you're "no good with money", that you're cursed, or have bad luck. These thoughts which originate in the middle, or conscious-self, then seep down into the lower, or sub-conscious self where they take root and grow into the middle-self.

However, fixations can be put in place by other's experiences with the matter at hand. As in the example above, the events may occur to a parent and the parent repeats the negative thoughts in front of the child. The child then begins to believe the negative idea as well. When similar events occur to the child, he or she may then come to believe that they have somehow inherited the parents bad luck, curse, etc…

Unlike your consciousness, your subconscious (lower-self) is always active and alert taking in information. It hears everything even if the conscious-mind is not aware of the fact. Sometimes the lower-self absorbs concepts and beliefs and transmits them to the consciousness (middle-self). For example you have heard or been told not to go outside with wet hair because you may catch a cold. The lower-self often takes these statements literally and will manifest the expected result.

How to Clear Complexes and Fixations

In order to clear this fixation, generate a charge of mana between your hands with the Ha Rite, and say an affirmation such as "I deserve to be in perfect health", then push the ball of mana in your solar plexus. By stating the affirmation, and providing the charge of mana, you convince the lower-self that the middle-self is an authority figure, and your lower-self will begin to cooperate with your wishes.

Max Freedom Long recommended doing good deeds for others so the lower-self will feel worthy of requesting help from the Higher Powers above the Higher Self. However, this technique may not work for everyone. In order to make it feel valued, Huna advises that the individual give their lower-self a name and to develop a relationship with this part of yourself. Several Huna authors and teachers have recommended using the name "Subby", but this seems impersonal and too generic. There is also an implication that the lower-self is subservient, or diminished in some way. Therefore, you may wish to give your lower-self a name which implies a high self-esteem, self-respect, and personal power.

To clear a complex or a fixation, it is first necessary to identify the complex or fixation. A good way to identify complexes and fixations is to use a pendulum. Teach your lower self which way to swing the pendulum for yes, and the way to swing the pendulum for no. Then talk to the lower-self asking if you have a complex on sin, guilt, shame, etc, or fixations on lack of money, health problems, etc. It is normal for the lower-self to ignore you requests to communicate at first because many people have ignored the it for years, and it may not take your request to communicate seriously, so keep using the pendulum until the it begins cooperating.

Once you have identified it, write a keyword or phrase on a piece of paper which accurately described the complex or fixation. Hold the paper between your hands and perform the Ha Rite, and visualize filling your body with mana. Use the intent that the mana will drive the complex or fixation from the body, so see the complex or fixation as black smoke running down your arms into the piece of paper. When your body is full of mana, and the complex or fixation is completely in the paper, expel a quick burst of breath and visualize the breath going around the piece of paper; trapping the complex or fixation inside the paper, then burn the paper, and tell your lower-self that the complex or fixation has been destroyed by the fire.

For a while, your lower-self will try to remind you to feel guilty about some perceived wrong because, much like a computer, it only knows what it has been programmed and cannot draw a direct link between cause and effect. When this occurs, gather a charge of mana in the body and gently remind the lower-self that the complex or fixation has been destroyed by the fire.

Alternately, you could transfer the complex or fixation into a rock then either burry the rock in the dirt or throw the rock into a lake, pond, or stream; so the negative energies may be transmuted by Mother Earth.

This spiritual technology works because the lower-self is unable to discern the difference between a real and an imagined event, and the space that WAS filled by the complex or fixation is now filled with mana and you do not leave an empty vacuum for the lower-self to fill with another negative habit.

Huna and the Connection to Modern Neo-Paganism

Victor Anderson, the founder of the Feri or Vicia tradition claimed to know Huna, to be a kahuna, and to speak Hawaiian. It should not be surprising then that the Feri Tradition shares some common elements with Huna, such as the belief in the three selves, called souls in the Feri Tradition. They are identified as the Fetch (lower-self), Talker (middle-self), and Godself (higher-self).

Whereas Huna is not believed to be a religion, but rather a philosophy of life and a pattern for healthy living, it is not in contradiction with Wiccan beliefs and practices. In fact, some of the concepts associated with Huna are thought to be universal and therefore can be practiced by anyone.

----Carolina Dean

Sources

Wikipedia Entry on Huna

Huna Teachings at Crystalinks

Huna 101 by Two Bears

1 comment:

Carolina Dean said...

The Talker,

Thank you for your comment, however I have a policy of not allowing links in my comments section.

I did click on it and read the blog post but found it rather vague. Since you commented on my blog, I can't help but feel that your "don't walk the walk" comment was directed at me? However, I know this can't be true since I have not sold anything to anyone that I don't know in quite some time.

Again, you are welcome to leave your comments in the future but comments that include links will not be approved.

Thank You