The Power of Aloha:
First of All, What Exactly Is Huna?
The Huna tradition represents a unique expression of indigenous wisdom emerging from the secret teachings of the ancient Polynesian culture of Hawaii and the South Seas islands. All these island cultures are linked by a common root language, common mythology, shared shamanistic practices and similar approaches to everyday relating, commerce, health and community. The Huna path in its broadest scope represents a remarkable approach to life, grounded in insights linked to the deepest origins of humankind, yet applicable directly to our current society.
Until recently, the mysterious practices of Polynesian Huna masters have been considered by the outside world to be highly esoteric, mired in occult superstitions and existing entirely beyond our contemporary scientific notions of reality. This condescending attitude was finally shattered during the last decade, as highly respected scientific research - conducted most visibly by the Princeton School of Engineering and described in popular science books such as Dean Radin's The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena - demonstrated beyond professional question that the awesome power of consciousness through which the ancient Huna masters generated their seeming miracles does in fact exist and, furthermore, can readily be employed by all of us, once we learn how.
One aim of this book is to provide you with just enough scientific proof and formal discussion for you to fully grasp the research evidence supporting the veracity of the Huna techniques. However, this is not a theoretical text. Our primary goal is to guide you quickly beyond theory into mastering the actual manifestation procedures of the Huna tradition.
The Huna teachings and techniques drawn together in this book have emerged from the heart of the extensive Polynesian culture over several thousands of years. As with all ancient cultures, there exist numerous myths about the origins of this society's spiritual wisdom. For instance, an enduring Polynesian myth tells how, long ago, the essence of Huna wisdom was brought to earth by an extraterrestrial race often referred to as the Manahunas or Menehunes. These myths identify the constellation known as the Pleiades as the home of this race.
In many variations throughout the Polynesian island cultures, ancient tales recount that a group of Pleiadeans came to earth thousands of years ago to the continent known in the oral Hawaiian tradition as Mu, a large floating island in the center of the Pacific ocean. From this base, the Menehunes spread their galactic Huna wisdom and manifestation techniques throughout the Polynesian culture and then into ancient India and China, Egypt and elsewhere.
Scholars have now discovered many of the core Huna terms and concepts in the esoteric languages of many other traditions around the world. Perhaps the spiritual traditions throughout our planet were in fact pollinated by teachings from beyond it. Who can say where fact ends and myth begins - the great human myths of creation also possess a tremendous power on their own. Our purpose with this book is not to determine the origins of the Huna tradition, but to apply the eternal truths of Huna wisdom to our everyday contemporary lives. What we know without question is that the remnants of the ancient Huna wisdom that extend into our present times remain exceedingly powerful and must have come from a truly amazing heritage.
The Core Principle of Hu-Na
When we look closely at the two short Polynesian words that make up the word huna, we gain instant insight into the deeper nature of the Huna wisdom tradition. First of all, in this ancient language, hu refers to all things "masculine," while na refers to all things " feminine." Thus the word huna is a verbal expression of the primary creative act of merging the world's energy poles into one living whole, just as the Chinese express it through the yin-yang symbol. Depending on the context, we also find that hu refers to action, movement, chaos, change, or power ... while na refers to the qualities of order, calm, peace, and endurance.
Thus, the underlying nature of hu-na is the practice, in all dimensions, of bringing our different aspects into a greater harmony and balance so that we become whole spiritual beings, capable of potent material manifestation and compassionate relating.
As we'll see, the Polynesian understanding of hu-na runs exactly parallel to the new scientific models of quantum reality in the field of wave mechanics, where two seemingly opposed principles or qualities (objective/subjective, cognitive/intuitive, male/female, doing/being, space/time, self/other, wave/particle, and so forth) exist only through their quality of being in complementary relationship to each other.
Recently added to this list of complementary pairs in science (and known thousands of years ago in Huna) is what scientists now call the " consciousness/environment dialogue," where external reality continually and intimately influences internal consciousness, and vice versa.
The key notion here regarding these linked pairs is that we can't have one without the other. As the Huna masters knew long ago, consciousness and the outer world are parts of a greater whole - they're not distinct entities, as classic Cartesian science and our general Western worldview have led us to believe.
The Huna tradition stands as one of the primary guides to harmonizing our inner and outer experience purposefully so that, instead of feeling we're victims of the outside world, we begin to employ our conscious powers actively to influence the outer world for our increased wellbeing and enjoyment.
At deep levels of human awakening, the attainment of Huna wisdom and empowerment emerges through the direct encounter of our human consciousness with the primal workings of the universe as an infinite whole. As we purposefully expand our awareness of life to experience the union of the inner and outer, we naturally become more and more attuned to the underlying principles of life - the hu-na secrets.
The beauty of living within the precepts of the universal Huna tradition
is that we learn to integrate our everyday romantic, financial and family
lives with the deeper spiritual and scientific truths of human
consciousness. We discover for ourselves that, as the kahunas of Polynesia
have known for millennia, with each decision and action we make we're
performing a vital dance of engagement with the ultimate powers of the
The Huna Masters
Our popular Western press often uses the word kahuna as a generic term meaning "witch doctor" or "shaman" or "occult priest." Let's immediately break free of any preconceived notions about this term so that we're clear about its meaning. The dictionary defines kahuna as a "priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession." As closely as we can comprehend, in ancient times the term most clearly reflected that final definition:
The ancient kahunas were a select group of experts, in each local Polynesian community or extended family, who were recognized as the acknowledged masters of their particular fields. They taught chosen members of the next successive generation their often secret rites and techniques and also performed ceremonies and activities to generate desired actions and manifestations in the community.
For instance, each extended family would have master kahunas who were builders, or architects, who carried on the ancient traditions of canoe- building, irrigation design, fishpond construction, house-building and so forth - knowing how to select the perfect tree, how to build a canoe so that it could sail thousands of miles of open sea without sinking, how to lay out communities optimally, how to train the sailors of the canoes so they could perform seeming feats of magic in surviving long journeys, etc.
Astronomer kahunas carried on the remarkably accurate Polynesian traditions of navigating vast ocean distances by the stars. They also employed seeming magic by using their powers of consciousness to tune in to relatively tiny land masses (such as Hawai'i) in the middle of the world's largest ocean and, through linking their consciousness with those islands, to "pull" the migrating canoes directly to the chosen spot in the middle of the Pacific. Such feats have seemed truly miraculous to our modern minds until recent research has documented how this feat is performed, which we will discuss later.
Kahuna healers were masters of herbal treatment and also expert in employing the power of consciousness to effect a biological organism positively. The Huna healing ceremony (called haipule) is a highly focused employment of certain psychological procedures that allow the intent of our minds to manifest physically as healing.
There were also kahuna organizers, carrying on the wisdom of community integrity, land and water regulation and local social organization. We might think of these people as politicians, but that term doesn't at all convey the deeper spiritual dimensions of the Polynesian tradition. Each person was seen as an integral part of a living community whole, and conflicts were resolved through a particular ceremony, called ho'o pono pono, where interpersonal harmony was achieved through a most beautiful and powerful group dynamic.
Finally, there were the hula kahunas, who were the masters of the spiritual ceremonies of the community, which included ancient chants and dances telling through movement and words the oral history of the community, blessings upon all aspects of the community and everyday stories that evoked spiritual states of mind in the dancers, chanters, drummers and community audiences. Hula has been commercialized by Hollywood and tourism, but there remain powerful hula kahunas who continue to pass down the Polynesian heritage as a living practice.
In addition to these primary community leaders and masters, there were other experts who were also considered kahunas because they took responsibility for passing on to the next generation certain specific beliefs and techniques essential to the community's survival and spiritual wellbeing.
When the Hawaiian islands were invaded and progressively taken over by missionaries and whalers, sugarcane barons and the rest, more and more stringent laws were passed against practicing the ancient Huna ceremonies and beliefs. Finally, it became a serious crime to practice many of the Huna methods, and much of the kahuna tradition was gradually forced underground or extinguished The takeover of the sovereign Hawaiian nation by American government and business interests is not at all a praiseworthy chapter of United States history. However, there's no reversing the past and no useful purpose served here in bemoaning the destruction of the ancient Hawaiian world by modern civilization.
Our intent in this book is to bring to light some of what remains of the
Huna tradition and to help breathe new life into the Huna ceremonies,
beliefs and conscious intent so as to brighten our own lives and spread
social harmony, spiritual clarity and personal power throughout our world.
What Can Huna Do for You?
Assuming your foremost interest is to learn pragmatic principles and procedures to improve your life, here's a list of the realistic payoffs you can look forward to as you begin to apply the techniques in this book to your personal and professional experience.
1) Reaping Your Deserved Prosperity
The ancient kahunas were absolute masters at applying the inner mental system of Huna to accomplish physical and social goals, to achieve material success and to change dreams into deeds. They were able to perform their miraculous work through a very particular mental process that can now be understood readily in modern psychological and scientific terms.
A primary intent of this book is to teach you Huna manifestation techniques that will enable you to use your power of consciousness purposefully to help generate material success.
In ancient Polynesian times, prosperity, or good fortune, was called pomaika'i, which also meant "to be blessed." The root word maika'i means good, and po refers to the inner or invisible world, so pomaka'i means a blessing coming from within or from the invisible realms of reality (what scientists call the pre-matter matrix) - exactly what we'd expect because the Polynesians knew that all blessings of the material world emerge from our own inner thoughts and attitudes.
As we'll discover step by step, we can readily act within our own minds to become more prosperous in our business dealings, if only we learn specific techniques for redirecting our attention to what we genuinely need and desire in life.
2) Fulfilling Your Heart's Desires
One of the greatest discoveries of the ancient kahunas was that love works better than anything else as a tool for effective action. Because love implies being in harmony with the world, a truly loving intent is the most powerful spiritual force the world can know.
The Hawaiian word for love is the well-known term aloha. This word has been so abused that it has become an almost meaningless cliche used to sell everything from potato chips to airlines. However, when we return purposefully to its original meaning, the power in the word suddenly leaps forth afresh.
Traditionally, the word aloha meant "the joyful sharing of life in the present moment," or equally, "our hearts are singing together." When we understand alo as meaning "to be with" and oha as meaning "happiness" - the deeper intent of the word becomes clear.
Furthermore, the core term ha means "breath of life." When combined with alo, the meaning of alo-ha becomes "to be joyful together and filled with the breath of life."
What the Hawaiians knew about love was that we must first find our inner happiness before we can be happy with another person. How do we find that ever-elusive quality of inner happiness? The Huna tradition comes to our aid dramatically by revealing that we have three distinct aspects of our being (ku, lono and Akua lani) that must communicate harmoniously with each other and love each other for what they are before we can truly reach out and participate in fulfilling friendships or love relationships.
As we'll see, the process of "finding the ideal mate" need not be a random, frustrating search. Your mind does touch the consciousness of like-minded people and attract them to you. Rest assured that, through procedures grounded in solid, verifiable truths, you can bring to you exactly whomever you need in order to fulfill your deepest personal dreams. Furthermore, you can learn to generate around you what the Hawaiians call ohana, or extended supporting family.
3) Regaining Natural Physical Vitality
At the same time you're exploring your inherent power to thrive financially and enjoy a heartwarming love relationship, you will also be guided toward a new relationship with your own physical health.
In recent years, we've all come to realize that there exists a direct if sometimes difficult-to-quantify relationship between the habitual thoughts we think, the tension those thoughts generate and our chronic negative health conditions. Conversely, the more harmonious our thoughts, the less stressful our lives and the healthier we are.
The inherent nature of the Huna path is to bring harmony to our underlying polarities of male and female, active and inactive, conscious and unconscious, fast and slow, etc.
The Huna healing process, which is one dimension of the primary haipule ceremony we'll be learning, teaches us how to change our underlying beliefs about ourselves, generate a new sense of harmony throughout our being and thus stimulate the flow of healing relaxation and peace within our bodies.
Of course, our physical health is intimately related to ongoing tensions in regard to making enough money, being truly loved and various other needs and desires. The Huna tradition teaches that we can't separate one from the other. Our physical health and our ability to make money or make friends are all part of a continuum that emerges from our inner beliefs, attitudes, fears and anticipations. Once we regain balance and harmony within our own hearts and minds, we can succeed in reducing tensions and improving our health.
4) Genuine Family and Community Spirit
In our contemporary culture, we have nearly lost many of the insights and practices of a healthy family and community. In vivid contrast, the Polynesians have continued to maintain a very deep and fulfilling sense of ohana where open hearts and shared hearths are the norm, not the exception.
The truth is that we can't really succeed in business and in love as isolated individuals. We're family and community creatures by nature, and we can learn a great deal from exploring the traditional Polynesian approach to ohana, which has always embodied an organic sense of harmony between the individual and the community - a harmony existing as the natural extension of the individual's inner positive feelings toward self and loved ones and all of the natural world.
You can purposely begin to create a vision of a harmonious family and community in your mind and act from the inside out to manifest this vision in your everyday life. You already have the power to do this; all you need are the tools. A key insight we'll be exploring is the scientific fact that we all exist within a subtle transpersonal "collective consciousness" where we're all connected already - we only need to learn to participate in the shared "community of consciousness" that already exists all around us.
5) Spiritual Awakening and Fulfillment
Because the Huna approach to prosperity and true love touches the core of our spiritual being in order to activate our primal powers of manifestation, this teaching is aimed at deepening our contact with the spiritual self and integrating spiritual presence with mental and physical presence.
The ancient Polynesians realized even in antiquity that each of us has three aspects to our identity -the conscious, directive mind (lono); the subconscious, active body/mind (ku); and the super-conscious, instructive mind or higher self (Akua lani).
A primary aim of Huna is to bring about a harmonious relationship, within our own personal being, of all three of these aspects of ourselves so we can function as a conscious creative spiritual presence in all our activities and encounters.
Where Science and Huna Meet
Until recently, a book such as this would have been forced to defy the full range of Western scientific beliefs about reality in order to honestly present the Huna approach to influencing the outside world through the power of the conscious mind. Fortunately, we're now on the cusp of a period of history when the chronic battle between science and spirit, material and metaphysical, is coming to a positive resolution. The result should bring a remarkable expansion both in individual human capacity and community harmony. This book is dedicated to that intent.
Perhaps you've already heard about the Princeton studies in applied consciousness and numerous other substantiating experiments that have recently proven beyond even a skeptic's doubt that the powers of consciousness the ancient kahunas claimed to possess and employ do most certainly exist. If this material is already part of your scientific understanding, you can jump quickly beyond this short section. However, if you're not familiar with the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Project carried out under the guidance of Robert Jahn, you may find the following paragraphs highly enlightening. They describe seminal research that will rapidly impact our entire worldview, and they also provide scientific evidence to substantiate the techniques presented in this book.
At heart, Huna is a pragmatic approach for using the power of your own mind to influence events and developments in the outer world.
The premise of Huna is that everyday human consciousness does carry the power to broadcast thoughts and images (mana'o) into an interconnecting "pre-matter" or "ether," or, as the Hawaiians call it, "aka substance." Furthermore, this broadcast of energized information has the power to effect directly not only physical matter, but also the thoughts of others.
If this primary Polynesian spiritual premise is correct, then our entire material approach to life in Western culture has been sadly off the mark, rendering us relatively impotent through our belief that our thoughts don't directly impact the outside world.
Throughout history, many of our wisest scholars and scientists have openly claimed that they could sense the presence of an invisible yet almost palpable power of manifestation that exists within their own minds. Isaac Newton, the patriarch of classic Western science, stated clearly that, for him, the primary force of change in the world would prove to be "the mystery by which mind could control matter." Francis Bacon, father of the experimental method, was highly interested in studying such "mind over matter" phenomena as telepathic dreams, psychic healing, transmission of spirits and the power of the mind on the casting of dice. Most great names in contemporary physics, such as Max Planck, Neils Bohr, Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schroedinger and David Bohm, have written about the still-mysterious influence of consciousness on external matter and events.
However, only recently has our experimental method become sharp enough technologically to put to the test the driving question of whether or not the human mind can broadcast actual energetic information beyond the physical body and materially impact the world from a distance.
The last twenty years have been landmark decades in consciousness research. A number of studies from around the world could be cited, but perhaps the first and by now most solid set of studies demonstrating the actual scientific presence and behavior of consciousness is that begun in 1979 by Robert Jahn, noted professor of aerospace sciences and dean of the traditionally quite conservative Princeton School of Engineering and Applied Science, who established the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Center for the scientific study of consciousness-related physical phenomena.
Very briefly, here's a sampling of what they have found to date, which directly supports the validity of the entire Huna manifestation process.
"Mind Over Matter" (Human/Machine Interaction)
Hoping finally to answer Francis Bacon's early question about whether our minds can influence the tossing of dice, the flipping of coins and other supposedly random phenomena, the following experimental situation was set up at Princeton.
Using the most sensitive data systems available, a human "operator" would sit with a computer that was randomly generating either "plus" (1.0) or "minus" (-1.0) signs at a very rapid rate. The operator's instructions were very simple - to employ his or her will power, or power of intent, to influence the statistically random output of the computer.
In each test run, a "general population" operator was asked first to focus his or her attention (in Huna, what the Polynesians call mana'o) on helping the computer generate the expected "zero" total of the plus-one and minus-one random output. On the second run, the operator was asked to employ his or her conscious intent in helping the computer to generate a "higher than expected" numerical output. Then, on the third run, the operator was asked to focus on influencing the computer to generate a "lower than expected" numerical output.
As the formal report states, "the primary variable in these experiments is operator intention (mana'o), and effects are claimed only when correlations between those intentions and changes in the output distributions are replicably observed."
From the classic Western scientific understanding, there should have been no statistically significant difference between the three runs. The opposite proved true: "The overall results indicate a modest but persistent achievement that is well beyond any reasonable chance expectation."
This proof that a person's conscious intent or directed will power can somehow influence a computer's electronic performance was a shattering realization throughout the academic world. From the Huna point of view, however, this "discovery" by Western science that the human mind can project its intent or mana'o out into the material world is no surprise at all. Instead, it only authenticates for the Western mind the truth of the Polynesian worldview.
A New Sense of Conscious Space
Once the initial Princeton Study data were compiled and processed, showing that the human mind can influence a computer that is spatially close to the operator, the designers of the Human/Machine Interaction Study decided to see if the power of consciousness over matter remains the same or diminishes over space.
Step by step, they began physically separating human from machine by ever-increasing distances, looking for the anticipated drop-off effect over distance. However, much to their surprise, they didn't find any drop- off at all. Even when the operator was literally thousands of miles from the machine, the ability to influence the random output of the machine positively or negatively remained unchanged. Physical distance was clearly not a variable in the consciousness equation. Here was yet another anomaly that flew in the face of conventional scientific thinking.
Again, from the Huna point of view, having performed countless "magical" deeds from one island to another and over great volcanic peaks, the ancient kahunas would not have batted an eyelash at this "discovery" that consciousness can have its effects over whatever distance is required. That fact has been a given in the Huna tradition for thousands of years.
Mind and the Time Factor
Naturally, the scientists running this study began asking themselves, "If the mind has the power to transmit energetic information and intent over distance, then what must be the mechanics of this transmission - how does this really work?"
Historically, science first noted the transmission of energy through observing waves moving across a body of water. Some time later, it was realized that sound also travels in a wave pattern through the medium of air molecules. Then came the massive breakthrough showing that light is also a wave pattern, traveling through the space/time continuum. Then, most recently, came the realization of the nature of matter itself as electromagnetic waves.
Almost surely, Professor Jahn and his associates have now concluded, the actual broadcast coming from the human mind must also be some kind of wave pattern, traveling through some as-yet-unidentified medium.
At this point, the researchers took a greater leap. They decided to study the variable of time by having the operators in their experimental model broadcast their intent to the machine a certain amount of time (ranging up to 336 hours) before the machine was turned on.
Again, truly startling results were obtained - the factor of time between stimulus and response didn't diminish the operator's mental ability to influence the random output of the machine. Somehow, the medium (aka) through which the conscious intent (mana'o) was broadcast had stored this information until the computer was turned on and the study run.
In the Huna tradition, it has been well known for thousands of years that a master kahuna can send out his or her intent, and that intent will remain active in the surrounding aka medium until the intended receiver of the message becomes receptive and takes in the communication.
Male and Female (Hu-Na) Together
Another vital piece of evidence regarding the functioning of consciousness in effecting the outside world has also emerged from the Princeton Studies concerning the influence of gender on the final impact of an intended action.
We mentioned earlier that the Huna tradition considers the harmonious interaction of the complementary aspects of hu (male) and na (female) essential for personal empowerment. Does this variable prove to be active in modern research?
The Princeton studies came upon yet another rather astounding statistic when they ran this variable as part of their Human/Machine Interaction tests. When operators were gender-paired in the research, directing their intent toward the functioning of the machine as a team, the results were again jolting.
"What was surprising was the observation that the same-sex operator pairs produced results that were opposite to intention, in both directions of effort, while the opposite-sex pairs yielded positive results - with average effect sizes 3.7 times larger than those of a single operator."
This discovery clearly indicates that when two minds are put together, they influence each other and the results. Furthermore, balancing the opposite sexes, the hu and the na in Huna terms, leads to clearly enhanced performance, while a strong imbalance of only hu-hu or na-na generates seriously reversed results. Such unexpected new insights into the functioning of consciousness will prove of great import.
If all this isn't enough, here's yet another key discovery emerging from the Princeton studies, which we'll discuss again later: when opposite-sex pairs (male-female, hu-na) happened to be a "bonded" couple (married or girlfriend/boyfriend) with a strong emotional "love" relationship, their results were "nearly six times those of the single operators."
There's no way around this statistic - the scientists ran many tests to be sure they were statistically correct on this one, as you can imagine - and over and over, they found that the simple procedure of bringing emotional love, or aloha, into the picture increased the positive results of "mind over matter" to startling proportions.
Furthermore, in equally radical experiments, the Princeton Study documented for the first time, to the satisfaction of even the most skeptical scientists, that two friends can communicate both symbols and visual images to each other over any distance and beyond the confines of linear time - purely through the mysterious power of two minds in positive emotional resonance with each other - to merge effortlessly through as- yet-unknown processes and media.
Considering all this overwhelming data input, Professor Jahn and his associates at Princeton have now concluded, after twenty years of exploring this "consciousness/environment" interaction phenomenon, that there exists no distinct boundary between mind and matter at the wave/particle level of reality. Instead, as Jahn expresses this, "consciousness is allowed to permeate outward into its surrounding environment to an extent consistent with its prevailing purpose."
Of course, this is exactly how the Huna masters have envisioned the manifestation process all along. Now finally, Western science has given birth to a formal discipline exploring the process, which in academic circles is being called the "quantum mechanics of consciousness."
In sum, with all this new scientific support strongly reinforcing our inner anticipations that our minds do possess the power to influence the outside world, we find ourselves fully empowered to master Huna manifestation techniques, clarify our higher intent in life, actively assert our will and anticipate genuine results. With this new research into the quantum mechanics of consciousness in hand, we can now advance into the more pragmatic aspects of applying the Huna manifestation techniques to our own lives.
Now that you have a brief overview of what you can gain from Huna and how it actually works in the material world, it's time to delve deeply into the first step toward manifesting your highest potential. We welcome you to leap in and discover for yourself the genuine blessings that will come to you on all fronts when you actively apply the ancient Huna principles and techniques to all aspects of your life.
This excerpt was taken from The Secret of Aloha Power written by Kala H. Kos with John Selby. This book is coming out shortly in North America, if you are interested in purchasing it in the near future, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This book is currently available in German and sold in Austria, Switzerland and Germany as Die Huna-Lehre published by Goldmann. It is also available in Poland as Moc Aloha i Wiedza Huny published by Wydawnicwo "Kos".
Copyright, Kala H. Kos, Ph.D. and John Selby, 1999.
Copyright © Kala H. Kos 2000 Updated 07/01/07