Huna: Gateway to the godforce within

I did not choose Huna - Huna chose me. From an initial disinterest to having been claimed (body, mind and soul) by this practical expression of the so-called mystical rhealm, my life continues to be changed from one breath to the next. For me, Huna has always known through the body what the quantum sciences now invite us to consider through the intellect. My Huna journey is never about knowing and always about discovering. I invite you to discover with me.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Aloha Spirit: Invite and Allow

For me, Huna has never been about its techniques or rituals. From a Logical Levels perspective, these exist at the Environment/Behaviour/Capability levels of thinking. They are intended to help us remember who we are. They are behavioral anchors that are designed to remind us of who we are when we might forget; and how to access what the ritual presupposes we cannot, without its assistance.

In my early days of discovery of Huna, I was not quite sure what I had found. I read all that I could get my hands on – people like:

* Max Freedom Long – one of the first non-Hawaiians to write about his discoveries.

* Laura Kealoha Yardley – author of ‘Heart of Huna’ – a warm, caring and insightful woman who has been teaching Huna for a very long time. Long after having read her book and having heard of her work with others, I had the great pleasure of meeting and working with Laura at Oceanstone. You can find info on Laura at: http://heartofhuna.com

* Serge Kahili King – author of many books and audio products. My first experience with him was on the Island of Kauai where I spent a week with him in a Huna Teacher training. You can find out more about his work at www.huna.org.

My first introduction to Huna was through Tad and Ardie James. I am grateful for that experience as it set me on a path that I have enjoyed more and more from one discovery to the next. To this day, I am mindful every time I return to Hawaii, that I never think of this genuine Paradise as other than the Kingdom of Hawaii. I see its people and experience its energy as anything but ‘touristy’.

My intention with this blog is making itself known to me from one day to the next. I have no desire to write what I know about Huna - that you can get from any number of books on the subject. What I do have the desire to do is to share with you how Huna has helped me to come to know more about myself. Are not all such gateways about reclaiming what we have always known about ourselves and long forgotten? Huna is not the thing itself – Huna is the gateway that has allowed the essence of who I am to be found. It is a gateway that will allow you to find yourself. Effortlessly. Respectfully. With grace and elegance.

From the beginning, what drew me to Huna was not of the intellect but very much a pressure in my body. I was being ‘spoken to’ in a way that was new to me and yet felt very old. During my fist experience in a Huna program, what called to me – quite literally, in a state of deep relaxation/meditation – was a voice that I had never heard before and yet knew intimately. It was a voice that was my own and long forgotten. An experience completely without logic or reason left me feeing instantly awake and aware; a deep sense that I – the real me that I AM – had just introduced itself into my daily existence in a physical world. That sense of being awake has never left me, and that was more than 15 years ago.

Was that about Huna or was that about my willingness and ability to hear? Was it about Huna or was it about what had already begun to stir inside me, with Huna becoming the conduit that made it safe for me to allow it to enter into my life? Even in this writing, the resonance is in knowing instinctively - even then when I knew nothing about Huna - that something about Huna would keep me safe within myself; and would make it possible for me to give myself permission to know.

For me, the magic of Huna lies in its contexts. All meaning is context dependent, so these contexts of that which is held as mystical in their essence would, by extension, invite me to discover that of myself which is mystical in its essence. To date, the most powerful of its contexts is what I now know as the Aloha Spirit, as it makes all other contexts accessible. In my experience of it, in its simplest form I would use the words “invite and allow’ to translate the experience into words. The capacity to create enormous Space – without judgment, without rules, without the need to reward or punish – within which discovery can occur.

The Aloha Spirit is the gift of the Hawaiian people to the world. As a metaphor, it reflects what James Cook long ago spoke to when he wrote of his arrival in the Hawaiian Islands. “These are a child-like people.” In their innocence lived the willingness to just ‘be’ without the need to hide or protect in any way. For me, the Aloha Spirit kept me safe from my judgements of myself, making it possible for me to allow the discovery of the godforce that I am.

I began to live my life from this notion of ‘invite and allow’. Invite myself and others to consider things, and allow myself and those others whatever responses were meaningful to me/them. No right/wrong; no good/bad – just that which ‘is’.

Consider for a moment what your life might be like were you to begin to live from ‘invite and allow’. From one breath to the next….one moment of engaging to the next….giving yourself full permission to change your mind as you grow and discover. Given that we cannot give what we do not have, as we give ourselves the gift of ‘invite and allow’, we become both willing and able to offer it to others.

Just for today, consider the Aloha Spirit in your next conversation with your spouse; or as you step into an exchange with one of your children. Invite and allow….and see where it takes you.

Aloha!

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