It’s All Over…….Endings and Beginnings……

animals302So it’s all over, and it’s just beginning….  After quite a year or so, it is nearly time to say goodbye to the old Urban Huna website and look forward to a new phase, including a shiny new website in the process of being completed and more exciting Huna related things to come.

We’ll be connecting with, and breathing life into the Adventurer archetype and finding out how to apply Huna principles and practices in all areas of life and much much more.  And as the cycle of life ebbs and flows, it’s time to embrace the new wave of change and embark on another stage of the adventure.  I do hope you will join me along the way :)
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Huna: Simple Magic in Everyday Life

waikiki car parkHuna in Everyday Life: simple ways to make improvements in your daily life

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how simple it is to bring a little magic into your life.  Equally it’s easy to overlook things of simple beauty that surround us everyday as we lose focus and get caught up in the ‘busyness’ of everyday life.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way.  Often it’s just a simple case of making the effort to pay attention and notice the things that surround us and of having the intention to make positive changes.  Simple and small steps provide giant results.

The photo on this post is of a car park I was in in Waikiki, Oahu a while ago. A night when I stopped to capture the magic of the moment.

Huna provides many simple ways to make improvements in our daily lives as well as enabling us to connect to the every day beauty of life. This includes, for example: breathing with intention to achieve a specific purpose;  symbolising our environment and what we relate to  in an effective way; and mimicking the qualities we desire. One of my favourite activities is to take a few minutes to notice something of beauty in my environment no matter where I am.  It has made me more aware of beauty in seemingly mundane places, increased my creativity and it has a wonderful positive effective on well being.

In a  recent article ‘Everyday Magic‘ Serge King gives some examples of ‘ordinary things which produce magical results’.  These are just a few examples of simple things that we can do that have seemingly magical effects in our lives.  Why not try them out and take the time to notice what you are noticing and notice where magic really lies.  You can read Serge’s article here.


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Huna, positive conversations and blessing

The Hawaiians have a particular type of flute – the nose flute, which is played using breath from the nose.  It is considered to be a symbol of blessing as it is believed that the breath from the nose is more pure than the breath from the mouth. This is because the mouth speaks and with speech comes criticism.

So what is the significance of criticism? Well we know that criticism can have harmful effects at a psychological and an energetic level. The counter, or alternative to criticism, may be termed blessing.  Here the positive features of anything is focussed on and appreciated, providing a beneficial effect psychologically and energetically (plus a whole lot more).    It always interesting when a modern scientific basis is provided to support things which have been practised for many years in esoteric traditions such as Huna.  An example is an article on ‘ The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations‘   which refers to research done concerning the use of positive and critical language in the workplace.  It highlights how critical behaviour increases cortisol levels which inhibits thinking processes and increases sensitivity. On the other hand positive comments produce oxytocin which increases feelings of well being.
I have recently written more on the topic of criticism for for Aloha International.  The article Huna and Positive Conversations can be found here.
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Huna Healing Experience

Title: heal. Artist: Steve Snodgrass. @creativecommons (Commercial).

I recently wrote an article for Aloha International entitled ‘Almost Instant Healing‘ based on an experience of a knee condition being healed.

Healing can take place over different time periods.  In some cases healing can be instantaneous. In the article I describe some of the conditions including beliefs and focus which, when in place, made the healing process occur rapidly.

This example highlights the important role played by the awareness of the medical procedure involved as well as the expectations around getting the best healing outcome. In Huna healing terms this involves communicating with your Ku (or body-mind) and providing directions to follow in the healing process.  The article can be found here.

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Huna and the power of a laser like focus

????????????????????????????????????????????Serge King has recently written an article entitled ‘The most powerful power of the mind‘. In the article he states that ‘focussed thoughts make things happen’ and that focussed thoughts enable the mind to harness its other powers effectively.  Of course, if we take the example of a building, it begins as a focussed thought in the mind of the architect which then becomes manifest as a physical building.  Action follows focussed thinking.

This reflects the Huna principle of Makia or ‘energy flows where attention goes’.   Consider the analogy of a light bulb and a laser beam.  Both can have the same amount of input energy, however the laser beam is more potent due to the intense focus of the beam.

Serge concludes his article with an Hawaiian phrase which I had not come across.  I am replicating it here as it is sums the whole thing up perfectly.

‘Upu ke ali’i, hana ka ukali

– Continuous thought is the chief, action is the follower.

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Huna and the power of responsibility

I recently wrote an article for Aloha International entitled The Paradox of Assistance which deals with what true responsibility entails.  When you take full responsibility you are truly living by the Huna principle of Mana which states that all power comes from within.  Of course, that does not mean you will never be helped with what you want to achieve, in fact the case is quite the contrary.  When you take full responsibility for yourself, you will find help coming in many ways, both expected and unexpected, especially if you trust your intuition and are open to inspiration.

Enjoy the article here

Aloha from Pete

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Assist with the Kilauea Lava Flow

volcanoSerge has published the following update about the progress of the lava flow from Kilauea Volcano on Big Island.

Local paper headlines say “Pahoa Is Within Pele’s Grasp.” As of yesterday afternoon the flow was almost at the border of Kaohe Homesteads (seen on the right) and heading toward Pahoa Town (upper center).

There are options and choices where the lava moves from here.  Although as Serge says ‘Pele will go where she wants’, we have the ability to add our intention and influence into the choices that are made. 

There are some things suggested that might be done to help the situation using Kupua techniques (or other techniques you have including imagination, focus and intent). One is to go to the source vent at Pu’u ‘O’o Crater and try to ease the magma pressure as much as possible to reduce or stop the flow. The other is to focus on reducing the fears of people which are helping to attract the flow of lava.  Your help would be gratefully appreciated.

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Huna: the call to adventure!

I recently wrote an article for Aloha International called ‘You Are The Adventurer. The Adventure Is You‘. The Kahili lineage of Huna entails following the ‘Way of the Adventurer’.

This is a really powerful approach to living the Huna philosophy and life in general.  The article poses some questions about what an adventurer is and how you can become one.  Taking a shift in perspective towards acting as an adventurer and ultimately making this part of your identity is immensely empowering.  There are many archetypes of adventurers and as well as images and stories from modern life that we can draw upon.

I would encourage you to consider the unique type of adventurer you are, or could become, and how wonderful it is to view thew whole of your life as one of your greatest adventures.

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Huna: the importance of intuition

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift”.

The above quote is often attributed to Einstein, however it appears that it is unlikely that it was a direct quote.  Nevertheless it is a saying that has become established and has taken on a life of its own as it has something valuable to say.

Generally modern society focuses on conditioning us to develop our rational mind.  While developing the rational mind is useful, it is often to the exclusion of the development of our intuitive side.  One of the first things that my Huna journey consisted of was taking time to get more in touch with this intuitive side.  There are a variety of techniques available to facilitate this process however they are not necessary.  Simply becoming aware that you have this amazing intuitive aspect and beginning to listen to the messages and trust your intuition and insights is a great starting point.  The more you listen and pay attention, the stronger your ability to listen to your intuition becomes.

In Huna this aspect of self is referred to as Ku. The Ku can be considered to be our body-mind aspect and has some similarities to what some term the unconscious.   One way in which our Ku communicates with us is through our dreams. Being aware of your dreams and the meaning of the symbols they provide is one way of getting in touch with your Ku. As Ku is an integral aspect of our selves it is really beneficial to do this. Sadly this is not always something that is done and important insights can be ignored.   The following Hawaiian saying makes this point beautifully:

“Ka po nui ho’olakolako, ke ao nui ho’ohemahema”
-“The great night that provides, the great day that neglects.”





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Huna, Tarot and the Adventurer’s Journey

Recently I wrote about the power of symbology in Huna.  Clearly  symbology is prevalent in the many esoteric and spiritual practices that exist today.  As someone who has been initiated into the western esoteric tradition, the Tarot springs to mind as one of the foremost powerful examples of a working system of symbology.  The major arcana of the Tarot represent a  journey of initiation beginning with the Fool and ending with the World.

There are parallels in Huna.  In the adventurer tradition within which I work,  I consider the path of initiation to be the ‘Adventurer’s Journey’.  We can use the Tarot to map onto this journey and learn from the symbology it contains along the way.

As I was writing on symbols for Aloha International recently, Serge King and Jim Fallon were also writing about symbols – of course no coincidence!  In their article they begin to explore the way in which the Tarot can be mapped onto the  path of moving from being a student of Huna to becoming a Master Shaman.   The original article can be found here, however I  was so excited by the article that I asked for permission to reproduce it here in full as it is so good.

I hope to revisit and build on the themes presented here in the future.  Enjoy!

Huna and the Tarot
by Jim Fallon and Serge Kahili King

Dr. King has stated that “Huna is the very ancient wisdom of Polynesia, said by some to have been formulated by wise ones of Mu who were careful observers of God, Man and Nature. The same wisdom has thus been found in many times and places, including the Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth”. It is also found in the Psalms. Dr. King stated that Huna is not exclusively Hawaiian, but a universal philosophy of consciousness.

In looking at another “book”, the Tarot, which is an Egyptian word meaning “royal path” we find the Major Arcana has this wisdom in picture form. Its use was to allow one to tap into the universal “collective consciousness” by meditating on a particular card. There are 22 Major cards, or Major Arcana, (greater secrets), or trump cards, that can be interpreted as represent the path leading from being a student of Huna to the attainment of being a Master Shaman. This interpretation is possible because the world is what you think it is, and there is always another way to do (or use) anything. Even Arthur Edward Waite, author of The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, admitted that most of the Major Arcana are open to many meanings.

In a brief history of the Tarot, the physical cards first showed up in Italy, between 1430 and 1450 in northern Italy called tarocchni. Prior to that date, legend and lore and oral tradition states that the cards were developed by the Egyptian god Thoth, who wrote down these universal concepts on golden plates. In this article we will focus on the Huna techniques revealed in the Major Arcana of the Tarot. Details on how to use the techniques can be found in the books of Dr. King.

Card 0 – The Fool.
Technique: Hana Wiwo’ole – Adventuring.
Here the Fool represents the Haumana, the student, beginning the Adventurer’s journey to become a Kupua, a Hawaiian-style shaman.

Card 1 – The Magician.
Technique: Haipule – Manifesting.
The Fool is playing the role of the Kupua, learning how to use the tools of breath, words, imagination and action to make that which is invisible become visible.

Card 2 – The High Priestess.
Technique: Ho’opa’a – Studying.
The High Priestess represents Lono, the conscious mind, whose role is to use knowledge and imagination to learn the secrets of the masculine energy of Hu and the feminine energy of Na.

Card 3 – The Empress.
Technique: Pikopiko – The Connecting Breath.
The Empress represents Ku, the body mind, whose role is to connect the Haumana with the visible and invisible worlds. Pikopiko, a way of using directed breathing to connect anything to anything, is a major technique for doing this.

Card 4 – The Emperor.
Technique: Hua – Creative Meditation.
The Emperor represents Kane, the Higher Self, whose role is to give inspiration and energy to Lono and Ku. These benefits can be actively accessed with sensory imagination that combines memory and fantasy in the form of symbols.

Card 5 – The Hierophant.
Technique: Ho’oiho – Stillpoint.
The Hierophant represents Kanaloa, the Core Self, whose role is to integrate Kane, Ku and Lono into one confident and peaceful being. The Stillpoint technique is a way of getting centered in one’s core of being, from which point consciousness can be focused in any direction for any purpose.

Card 6 – The Lovers.
Technique: Ho’omaika’i – Blessing.
The imagery represents Ku and Lono learning from the Aumakua how to practice aloha through the art of blessing.

Card 7 – Chariot.
Technique: Kimana – Energy Work.
Here we have the Haumana Kupua directing subtle energy, represented by the sphinx polarities, for practical healing and manifesting.

Card 8 – Strength.
Technique: Ho’ikaika – Strengthening.
The Haumana Kupua, in the form of a woman, uses her mana to help others.

Card 9 – The Hermit.
Technique: Kaiao – Enlightening.
The Haumana Kupua uses his lamp of knowledge to teach and enlighten others.

Card 10 – Wheel of Fortune.
Technique: Hailona – Divination.
Another name for this card was “Fate.” It refers to divination and casting, showing the changes or ups and downs of life and how information, shown by the four figures in the corners of the card holding books, is accessed.

Card 11 – Justice.
Technique: Kaulike – Equalization.
The word kaulike can be translated as “justice” in the sense of balancing things out, but it also refers to a specific technique for doing that which is part of the Kahi Loa massage system. In that technique, various parts of the body are touched in sequence, followed by a downsweep of the the aura in order to equalize or balance the energy of the whole body.

Card 12 – The Hanged Man.
Technique: Ho’alu – Hang Loose.
Calling this “The Hanged Man” gives the impression that he is being punished, but that is an error. He has been suspended, yes, but this is an ancient technique for attaining an altered state of consciousness, as evidenced by the halo around his head. The Hawaiian word for “hang down” or “hang loose,” ho’alu, can refers to this deeper esoteric technique or simply be an admonition to “relax, let things go, be at peace.”

Card 13 – Death.
Technique: ‘Imi i ka ‘uhane – Soul Retrieval.
This card refers to the technique of Soul retrieval. Here we see the Haumana Kupua in his spirit form(the skeleton) traveling or journeying to a non local reality to retrieve the fragmented pieces of a soul and bring them back to unite them with the whole person.

Card 14 – Temperance.
Technique: – Grok and Guide
The square and triangle worn by the figure shows the number four for the square (referring to the four levels of reality), and the number three for the triangle (referring to the three selves), totaling seven (referring to the seven elements of Huna). The figure is balancing (one foot on land, the other on water, relating to Ao, the outer world, and Po, the inner world) the seven elements going from one cup to another. The figure is mixing these elements at the level of the navel center, or Piko.

This refers to the Huna technique of working with the elements. As Dr. King states, “There are 7 elements to work with in Hawaiian Shamanism. These can be worked with telepathically, symbolically, or, most effectively, with the process known as “Pace & Lead” or “Grok & Guide.” Attunement with the elements can be used to enhance personal power or personal power may be used to direct and influence the elements. Names and symbols for the elements are used to imagine them at the navel (piko) to evoke them, change imagery to increase or lessen their symbolic or actual effect, and areas that can be assisted with elemental healing.”

Card 15 – The Devil.
Technique: Lapa’au – Stress Relief.
This technique includes many forms of healing, from the use of herbs and medicine to various forms of massage, all with the intention of energizing the body and ridding it of illness. The generic word in Hawaiian for all types of illness is ma’i, meaning a state of high stress. The main figure in this card represents illness with the Ku and Lono chained to it by stress, implying the need for release.

Card 16 – The Tower.
Technique: Ho’oponopono/Kupono – Conflict Resolution/Making Corrections.
Another title for this card was arbitration, or resolving conflict. Lightning, usually associated with thunder, is one of the most ancient Hawaiian symbols of mana, spiritual power. Among the old gods, it was a sign of Kane the Creator, Lono of the Heavens, and Pele, the volcano goddess. The card refers to people who did not speak the same language, and had conflicts. Then the mana of Spirit had to be introduced to break up rigid patterns of behavior, to encourage forgiveness and restitution, and to put things back in order.

Card 17 – The Star.
Technique: Wai Ola – The Water of Life.
An ancient Hawaiian prayer calls for the Aumakua to bring forth the water of life and manifest “life, health, well-being, livelihood, etc.” This is a spiritual blessing of great power, achieved by a combination of willingness to ask and openness to receive. The eight-pointed stars in the card represent the source of spiritual power and the water represents the blessings for mind and body.

Card 18 – The Moon.
Technique: Huaka’i Po – The Inner Journey.
The mental, physical and emotional aspects of the Haumana are ready to enter the three inner worlds of Kahiki, Milu and Lanikeha by passing from Ao, the outer realm, to Po, the inner realm.

Card 19 – The Sun.
Technique: Kalakupua – Magic.
Now the Haumana Kupua has mastered the ways to work with the seven elements of Fire (the sun), Water (in the bottom left corner), Wind (moving the flag), Stone (the wall), Plants (the flowers), Animals (the horse), and Humans (the child).

Card 20 – Judgement.
Technique: La’a Kea – Sacred Light.
The figures form the letters of the Latin word “LUX” meaning light with their body and hand gestures. The seven vibrations coming from the trumpet are the seven colors of the rainbow. The figures are also placing their awareness or concentration on the light and sound coming from the angelic figure, who is acknowledging the graduation of the Haumana Kupua into a full-fledged Kupua. The three figures representing Body, Mind and Spirit are breaking free of limitations, symbolized by the coffins being opened, and expanding their awareness.

Card 21 – The World.
Technique: Nalu – Peaceful Togetherness.
This card has also been called “The Crown of the Magi,” a reference to the attainment of the Adventurer as a Kahuna Kupua, or Master Shaman. Nalu is a type of passive meditation that enables one to merge with fields of knowledge and skill and to incorporate them into oneself. The four figures in the corners represent the Four Levels of Reality and the wreath represents the focus of Nalu that can reach into any one of them. The wands held by the Kupua symbolize her knowledge and power, and the swirling cape represents the ‘ahu ula, the sacred cloak formerly worn by masters, high chiefs and kings in old Hawaii.

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