..The Intuitive Times
Spiritual Practices



by Reverend Vernon Dowiee

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Huna is a practical system of Psychology based on the wisdom of the Kahunas of ancient Hawaii, who for centuries have mainted strict secrecy.

"HUNA," the psycho-Religious methods of the Kahunas or keepers of the secret, is used in performing the Kahunas' particular kinds of Miracles or Magic. Some of these miracles were healing the sick, solving personal problems, untangling financial and social difficulties, and. changing the future for the better. Max Freedom Long's reconstruction of Huna is not a replica of the practices of old Hawaii. Rather, it is a synthesis of some of the universal principles of what he called "workable magic"

HUNA can be practiced by anyone- you don't have to be Hawaiian or Haoli and it does not require any religious dogma. Huna is no longer secret. The universal principles of Huna are open to all who are willing to investigate and use them. The basic test is whether it works. Huna considers the power of the mind to be natural and inherent in everyone. It is not an "occult" system. It is based on knowledge of how to emphasize normal living in every way. The Huna Way of Living may be conceived as "The Hurtless and Helpful Life."

Huna is an action - something that you do. Each one learns to use the principles and does not need to depend upon some one else to do things for them. As Max Freedom Long frequently said "If you are not using Huna, you are working too hard."

The Basic Principles of Huna

HUNA is based on the concept that we are three spirits in different stages of development: the UNIHIPIILI, UHANE, and AUMAKUA; or the subconscious, the conscious, and the superconscious. The subconscious or companion spirit contains memory and emotions and is the least devel-oped. It is like a child that is still in contact with the GOD WITHIN. It is the go between the conscious and the superconscious and in the successful use of Huna it is very important .

The conscious is the Persona, the rational mind. It is the spirit that makes all decisions as to what we do and how our life works out in this turn in this world. The decision it makes effects our progression to higher levels of spiritual evolvement.

The superconscious - the God within - includes our past, present and the crystallized part of the future. It is our guardian Angel. It tries to interpret our wishes in accordance with that which is in our best interest. We send out so many mixed signals, it often has a hard job sorting them out. If our contact between subconscious and conscious is in good condition, we are sure and constant in our request, and we send enough mana, we find that our lives become more and more in harmony with the desires and wishes we want. We learn in time that our needs are always anticipated and met.

The Elements of Huna [#1]

The first element of Huna that we must understand is the Sub-Conscious, the Companion spirit, the Unihipili. The understanding of its role is essential to being able to make use of the Magic, or benefits, of mak-ing your life easier by using Huna. The first thing is to learn how to contact Unihipili and understanding its role in our every day life. The Unihipili is the spirit where the mem-ory is stored. It is also the place where the emotions are controlled. It looks after all our unconscious or involuntary bodily functions. For example, the conscious mind can decide to walk the Unihipili and tells the legs to move [left foot right foot] until we have reached the goal. This is a semi-automatic function and is controlled by the memory of what we have learned over the years. There are also other functions that the cons-cious mind does not remember hav-ing to learn - the heart beat, breath-ing, and all other bodily functions that we could not live without and which are in the memory bank.

We also have other needs which the Unihipili is needed to provide for: for example, if we want to add 1+1, the Unihipili shows all the possible solutions because 1 apple and 1 orange is not 2 apples or 2 oranges but are 2 fruits or 2 objects, 1+1 of the same things are 2 of the same things and the logical Uhani makes the choice. Emotions are also con-trolled by the Unihipili. When emotion gets out of control and we laugh or cry for no apparent reason, an understanding of the practical implementation of Huna can help us to know when to express emotions. Our daily lives are always a two way conversation between the Uhani and the Unihipili. Our lives are enriched through Huna as it also strengthens our connection between the Uhani and the Amakura [the god within]. This connection can make our lives easier.

In order to make the most out of this phase, we must first learn to contact it. We first must make friends with the Unihipli and give it a name. We do this by going into an alpha state through meditation, saying a mantra, saying our "Hail Mary"or what- ever way of praying we are used to.

We must be aware that the Unihipili is very sensitive to criticism and will withdraw if it is criticized. We must always congratulate it for doing thing right and if it is not right, just ask it to try again. This is much like the gentle way we use to train an animal or child. Once we have gained their con-fidence, we must always try to stay positive with our dealings with people and in our activities. This is not easy to do as their negativity will cause us to react in a nega-tive way so we must learn to always turn their negativity into something positive.

The other thing we have to do is remove the blockages we have build up over the years, such as unfounded dislikes of people and things which years of learning have in-grained into our life style. This is a slow process and cannot be done all at one time, but as long as there is a small hole, the light of the Amakura can get through and the Unihipili will take our prayer to it.

The reason our life does not run smoothly is because a garbled message is sent as a result of these blockages. Only a disjoined prayer gets through. There are many ways to remove the blockages: a change in our outlook on life, doing penance of some kind, or being more forgiving. Doing penance means doing something over and above that which is required in a given situation. The ideas is to let Unihipili know that you are aware of the error in judgement and are sorry.

The Unihipili also gathers the [cosmic energy] Mana to be shared by all three spirits. It breaks it down to three different energy levels, Mana, Mana Mana, and Manaloa for their use. Mana is for itself and is used for many things [to be discussed with psychic energy] in its daily function. There is a lot to understand and we will try to clear up any misunderstanding as we go on.

The Eye of Kanaloa
with permission from www.huna.org

In the mythology of old Hawaii, Kanaloa was the god of the ocean, a healer god, and the close companion of Kane, the god of creation. They would journey together, share the sacred drink of 'awa, and use their staves to strike the ground and cause springs of fresh water to burst forth. Rare statues of Kanaloa feature him with round eyes unlike those of any other representations of the gods. According to a Kauai tradition, if you could look into the eye of Kanaloa you would see the pattern above. In the Hawaiian language, "kanaloa" is also used as a word that means a sea shell; the young stage of a certain fish; an alternate name for Kaho'olawe Island; and secure, firm, immovable, established, unconquer-able. A root translation of the word kanaloa means "the great peace, or the great stillness." The word also has the connotation of total confidence. In the esoteric tradition of Huna Kupua, Kanaloa represents the Core Self, or the center of the universe within oneself.

The Symbol's Pattern

As a whole, the pattern represents the Aka Web, or The Web of Life - the symbolic connection of all things to each other. In this respect, the star at the center is the spider/shaman, or the individual who is aware of being the weaver of his or her own life - a dreamweaver. In another respect, the eight lines represent "mana," or spiritual power, because another meaning of "mana" is "branching lines" and the number eight in Hawaiian tradition is symbolic of great power. The four circles represent "aloha," or love, because the "lei" or garland - a symbol of love - is circular and is used figuratively in Hawaiian to mean a circle (as in "Hanalei Circular bay") the word "ha" is also a part of the word "aloha" and means "life" and the number four. Together the circles and lines represent the harmony of Love and Power as an ideal to develop.

The star pattern is composed of a dot in the center representing the Aumakua, or Higher Self; a ring representing Lono, or the Mental Self; the seven limbs of the star representing the Seven Principles of Huna; and the ring around the star representing Ku, the Physical or Subconscious Self. One point of the star is always down, aligned with a straight line of the web, representing the connection of the inner with the outer.

The Symbol's Energy

The Eye of Kanaloa symbol generates subtle energy known as "ki" in Hawaiian. This energy can be used for healing, for stimulating physical and mental faculties, and for many other purposes. Most people can sense the energy which may feel like a tingle, a current, a pressure or a coolness, by holding the hand, fingers, cheek or forehead near the symbol. By itself the symbol will help to harmonize the physical, emotional and mental energies of a room or other location. The energy may be accessed more directly by meditative gazing or by holding the symbol near something that needs harmonizing. The symbol can also amplify and harmonize other energy sources by placing it behind or in front of the energy source.

Huna Kupua
with permission from www.huna.org

Huna is a Hawaiian word meaning "secret," but it also refers to the esoteric wisdom of Polynesia. Kupua is another Hawaiian word and it refers to a specialized healer who works with the powers of the mind and the forces of nature. In that respect it is very similar to the Siberian Tungusic word "shaman."

The understanding of Huna described here comes from the kupua tradition of the Kahili family from the island of Kauai, through Serge Kahili King, who was adopted as the grandson of Joseph Kahili and trained in his tradition .

The Seven Principles
The basic assumptions of Huna are these:
1. The World Is What You 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 Someone Or Something.
6. All Power Comes From Within.
7. Effectiveness Is The Measure Of Truth.

The Three Selves (or Four)
Another set of assumptions used in Huna is that human behavior and experience can be explained and changed through the interaction of three (sometimes four) selves, aspects or functions:
1. The Superconscious or High Self - Inspires.
2. The Conscious Self - Imagines.
3. The Subconscious Self - Remembers.
4. The Core Self - Wills.

The Four Levels of Reality
A third set of assumptions coming from the kupua tradition divides all experience into four levels or frameworks of beliefs about reality which can be summarized as follows:
1. Everything is objective (Scientific reality).
2. Everything is subjective (Psychic reality).
3. Everything is symbolic (Shamanic reality).
4. Everything is holistic (Mystical reality).

The kupua (Hawaiian shaman) learns to move in and out of these realities in order to change experience more effectively.

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