HAWAIIAN SHAMANISM, THE ANCIENT WISDOM AND ESOTERIC CHRISTIANITY
HAWAIIAN SHAMANISM, THE ANCIENT WISDOM AND ESOTERIC CHRISTIANITY By Dr Ian Ellis-Jones Published in Communion [The Magazine of The Liberal Catholic Church in Australia], Vol 18, No 3, Michaelmas 1995 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory (1 Cor 2:7)Hawaiian Shamanism, also known as Huna (that which is hidden, or notobvious), or Kahuna (ka-huna means the secret), may best be described asan ancient philosophy of healing, based on love and co-operation and arecognition of the Oneness of all Life (that One Reality, the Absolute, toquote from H P Blavatskys The Secret Doctrine).According to Dr Serge Kahili King, Hawaiian shaman and author of such bestsellers as Imagineering for Health, Kahuna Healing and The HiddenKnowledge of Huna Science, there are seven basic principles of kahunahealing, each represented by a distinctive Hawaiian word. The sevenprinciples are as follows: 1.The world is what we think it is 2.There are no limits 3.Energy flows where attention goes 4.Now is the moment of power 5.To love is to be happy with 6.All power comes from within 7.Effectiveness is the measure of truthTHE WORLD IS WHAT WE THINK IT ISThe first principle, from which all the others are derived, is that the world iswhat we think it is. This principle is represented by the word IKE
2(knowledge, understanding). This principle is common to all major religionsand philosophies.The world proceeds from thought. And God said, Let there be light and therewas light (Gen 1:3). Ralph Waldo Trine, in In Tune with the Infinite, writes… The very universe in which we live is the residual of the thought energiesof God, the Infinite Spirit that is behind all.To think is to create. What we think, that we do; what we do, that we are.For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Prov 23:7). Through wisdom is anhouse budded; and by understanding it is established (Prov 24:3). In thewords of Gautama Buddha, The mind is everything what you think youbecome. Or in the words of an old Oriental maxim, What you think upongrows. We all have been given the power to choose our thoughts, andthrough them our actions.What this principle means is that our thoughts become externalised as ourenvironment and experience. The world which we seem to be experiencingwithout is really the world we are seeing within.Many things flow from this principle. For a start, it means that we are not, intruth, and need not be, in practice, dependent upon anyone or anything forour happiness or peace of mind. In addition, blaming others for our troublesis simply confessing that we do not think for ourselves. Finally, the principlemeans that other people do not exist to satisfy our demands; they need noteven be interested in us.THERE ARE NO LIMITSThe second principle is that there are no limits. This principle is representedby the word KALA (release, freedom, forgiveness). There are two limbs tothis principle.First, there are no limits to what is possible. As children of God we havewithin us, and thus have access to, all the power we need to livesuccessfully. If we are truly established in the Divine, that is, live with ourroots reaching down to the One Source of all creative life and power, the
3whole of the Infinite Power of God will be available. In the words of the NewTestament, All things are possible to him who believes (Mk 9:23). With Godall things are possible (Mt 19:26). We can do all things through Christwhich strengtheneth [us] (Phil 4:13). Or, to quote The Koran, Ye shall besuperior to the unbelievers if ye believe.In Mount Everest: lts Spiritual Attainment, Bishop Arundale writes: When you are in the presence of the Master you always know what to do. Why? Because He lifts you out of your smaller self into your higher Self. When in the presence of your higher Self you know what to do. One of Gods greatest gifts is to give us sufficient power to meet all emergencies.Secondly, there are no limits between us. We are part of nature and ofGod. All is One, and there is no difference between one aspect of life andanother. All life is the same. Of Him, and by Him and in Him are all things(Rom 11:36). In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).The infinite Spirit of God - the One Power - indwells and expresses all so-called material creation and life itself. To the extent to which we realise thatour true life is lived in God, and that God lives in us and in all the peoples of[the] earth (Liberal Catholic Liturgy), we will gradually unfold, and in timeenter into greater mysteries of Truth.ENERGY FLOWS WHERE ATTENTION GOESThe third principle is that energy flows where attention goes. This principleis represented by the word MAKIA (conscious endeavour or purpose). TheRev Dr Norman Vincent Peale, in The Power of Positive Thinking, writes: All of the universe is in vibration. There are vibrations in the molecules of a table. The air is filled with vibrations. The reaction between human beings is also in vibration. When you send out a prayer for another person, you employ the force inherent in a spiritual universe.Thought is creative (thoughts spoken, or even unspoken, posses strongvibratory power, writes Dr Peale in Power of the Plus Factor), and by thepower of constructive thinking we are co-creators with the Universe itself.Our dominion lies within our own mentality. You will decide on a matter, andit will be established for you (Job 22:28). It was Plato who said that thinkingis the talking of the soul with itself. The real question then becomes … isour self-talk positive or negative, creative or destructive?
4There is a spiritual law called the law of attraction. Like attracts like. The veryforce we send out causes a corresponding reaction, writes Dr Annie Besantin Thought Power. If we habitually send out negative thoughts into theworld around us, we tend to draw back negative results to ourselves.However, if we send out positive thoughts, we activate our world positivelyand draw back to ourselves positive results. The Bible attests to thisproposition over and over again. For example, a cheerful heart is a goodmedicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones (Prov 17:22); for thething that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me (Job 3:25),and so on.We are to keep our heart [mind] with all diligence; for from it flows thesprings of life (Prov 4:23). A positive mental attitude is essential, since thepositive focus of your mind stirs up the positive, creative force of the Power(King, The Aloha Spirit). To quote once again from Dr Peales The Powerof Positive Thinking: The mental vision which you create and firmly hold in consciousness will be actualised if you continually affirm it in your thoughts and if you work diligently and effectively. This creative process simply stated is: visualise, prayerise, and finally actualise.H P Blavatsky said as much in Isis Unveiled: Consciousness is a quality of the sentient principle, or in other words, the soul; ... Latent as it seems to us, our vigilant Will evolved force, and set our matter in motion.Through prayer and meditation, and the right use of thought generally, webecome attuned to the stillness of the Secret Place and increasinglymanifest the qualities of Spirit. When our minds are raised up until theybecome keyed to the same note or vibration as the Divine Mind, then theywork in unison, so that they produce Divine ideas of order, completeness,health and harmony.NOW IS THE MOMENT OF POWERThe fourth principle is, now is the moment of power. This principle isrepresented by the word MANAWA (time, turn, season). We have nopower in the past, nor in the future. Here we are, in the Eternal Now, and
5always have been. As H P Blavatsky pointed out in Isis Unveiled: The human spirit, being of the Divine, immortal Spirit, appreciates neither past nor future, but sees all things as in the present.Thus, it is in the Now that we must find our way out. Now is the acceptedtime; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2). See the salvation of theLord, which He will shew to you today (Ex 14:13). Salvation, it is submitted,refers to a profound change in consciousness, through the Power of God,whereby we regain conscious possession of our God-given attributes suchthat we become increasingly free from lack, limitation and illness.(Interestingly, the very word for illness in Hawaiian means a state oftension, that is, dis-ease.)TO LOVE IS TO BE HAPPY WITHThe fifth principle is, to love is to be happy with. This principle isrepresented by the traditional Hawaiian word of friendly welcome, ALOHA(love, mercy, compassion). As a greeting, the word means hello, welcome,goodbye and farewell. According to the Kahuna code, first revealed to theWest by theosophist and student of Hawaiiana, Max Freedom Long (authorof The Secret Science Behind Miracles, The Huna Code in Religions, andWhat Jesus Taught in Secret), there are several layers of meaning encodedin the word. No one English word can adequately capture the meaning of theword, the derivation of which is most interesting and instructive.Alo means to be with, to face or to front, or, simply, face to face. Ha meansthe breath of life, or life energy. Thus Aloha means face, or turn to, thebreath of life. The word is, however, even richer. O h a means joy orhappiness. Thus Alo-oha, to be with joyfully, or, more fully, the joyful (oha)sharing (alo) of the life energy (ha) in the present (alo). Finally, there is theword lo, referring to the front cranium of the skull that encases theconsciousness or the brain. The combination of alo-lo-ha then becomesface to face, consciously, I give you the breath of life, or my conscious selfgives you the gift of my lifes breath. (In Esoteric Christianity, the Christ inme salutes the Christ in you).The word implies, and conveys, a wonderful reverence for that which has life– all Life – and for what Hawaiians call the mana, the Power, the Spirit, which
6life implies and which is Life. As we share this energy (ha), we becomeattuned to the Divine Power, mana.Bishop Wedgwood, in his excellent little book, Meditation for Beginners,writes: There is but one love throughout the universe, given by the Divine Father into the custody of His creature; it is the one primal force which in its elementary creative aspect produces multiplicity of form and in its higher aspect draws souls together towards unity in the One Life.In the words of the psalmist, They shall prosper that love thee (Ps 122:6.Every one that loveth is born of God (1 Jn 4:7). Love is in accordance withthe natural eternal order of the Universe, for God is love (1 Jn 4:8). TheKingdom of God which we find within us is a Kingdom of Love. Love is theOne Reality. It is Love that heals. It is Love that saves.The most curative thought in the world is the thought of love (aloha). Loveincreases as judgment decreases, because judgment (eg criticism,resentment) creates a separation. Self-centredness, with its misbelief inseparation, is, according to Archbishop Temple, the true original sin and isthe source of all actual sin. We are to judge not according to appearance,but judge righteous judgment (Jn 7:24) and to resist not evil (Mt 5:39). Thisis the Way, the Path of Wisdom and Attainment, recognising the innateunity of all life. You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free (Jn8:32).Dr King, in The Aloha Spirit, says that blessing is the most powerfultechnique in the world and the way to tune into [the] Power. The secret isto bless everyone and everything. Blessing may be done with imagery ortouch, but the most usual way to do it is with words. There are variousforms of verbal blessing, namely admiration (the giving of compliments orpraise), affirmation (a specific statement of blessing for increase orendurance), appreciation (expression of gratitude) and anticipation (ablessing for the future).We are to bless people, animals, circumstances, and all potential for happinessthat we notice around us - in other words, everything. In the words of theNew Testament, we are to bless them which persecute [us]: bless, and curse
7not (Rom 12:14). In fact, the Old Testament injunction to bless the Lord yourGod for ever and ever (Neh 9:5) means, in effect, that we are to recogniseand affirm the life of the Lord in all things and in all people. Death and lifeare in the power of the tongue (Prov 18:21). By our words we will bejustified, and by our words we will be condemned (Mt 12:37).ALL POWER COMES FROM WITHINThe sixth principle is that all power comes from within. This principle isrepresented by the word (MANA vital force, divine power, creative power).Mana is, to use the words of Bishop Leadbeater (The Science of theSacraments) divine force … spiritual force, which is oftentimes spoken of asthe grace of God ... just as definite as is steam or electricity or any other ofthe great forces of nature. Where there is no mana, there is no life, and nothought (The kahunas used the word mana-o for to think. It means literallysomething done with mana). All of us have vital force; it is our life force.In Shintoism we read, Do not search in distant skies for God. In man’s ownheart is He found. Or, in the words of the New Testament, the kingdom ofGod is within you (Lk 17:21). Within us is the Power; not the power of a finitepersonality, which is helpless in itself and bound by the limitations of thesense life, but the Power of the Infinite, which is the One and Only Power. Inthe words of Fr Geoffrey Hodson (The Hidden Wisdom in the Holy Bible, vol1): In the Ageless Wisdom God is not presented as an anthropomorphic figure, an Almighty Being in human form and with human tendencies combined with divine powers … He is not distant in a far-off Heaven, but actually present as the divine life in Nature and the divine Presence in man, the ‘God which worketh in you…(Phil 2:13)The one Power that maketh all things new .. lives and moves in those whoknow the self as one (Liturgy). This God within each individual (BishopArundale, You), this Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col 1:27), is ever active,moving ever onward, upward and Godward in a ceaseless process ofunfoldment.EFFECTIVENESS IS THE MEASURE OF TRUTHThe seventh, and final, principle is that effectiveness is the measure of truth.This principle is represented by the word PRONO (correct behaviour). Whatmatters is what works. This does not mean that the end justifies the means.
8Not at all. In fact, it points to the opposite: the means determines the end.When we cease to act merely as a means to an end and start to live with atrue valuation of the present moment which is the action being done (ErnestWood, The Seven Rays), we are on the Path which leads to the truth thatshall make us free (cf Jn 8:32).From the same mouth comes blessing and cursing ... Does a spring pour forthform the same opening fresh water and brackish? (Jas 3:10,11). We are toprove all things and hold fast that which is good (1 Thess 5:21). As H PBlavatsky pointed out (see A Modern Panarion), we ought to be ever-readyto abandon every idea that [proves] erroneous.There is an ancient Hawaiian chant which can be translated more-or-less asfollows: I come forth from the Void into Light I am the breath that nurtures Life I am that emptiness, that Hollowness beyond all Consciousness The I, the Id, the All I draw my bow of rainbows across the water The continuum of Mind with Matter I am the incoming and the outgoing of Breath The invisible, untouchable Breeze The indefinable atom of Creation I am the I.In other words, the secret and hidden wisdom of God … decreed beforethe ages for our glorification (1 Cor 2:7): there is only One Presence andOne Power active in the universe, in all, with all, over all, and as all - God,the good, Omnipotent. By him were all things made, yea, all things bothin heaven and earth, with him as the indwelling life do all things exist andin him as the transcendent glory all things live and move and have theirbeing (Liberal Catholic Liturgy). All life is but an incarnation of the OneLife. The Universe is not divided against itself. God is all there is. God inus, as us, is us. As children of God, we are linked together as one inuniversal consciousness. You are all brethren .. you have one Father,who is in heaven (Mt 23:8,9). ALOHA!