In Hawaiian the word huna actually refers to a tiny particle, a spec or crumb or something powdery. In this sense it can refer to something that could be hard to see. It is used here as a general term to refer to the range of powerful esoteric wisdom, philosophy and practices of the ancient Hawaiian and Polynesian people. This is not knowledge that is deliberately concealed, but knowledge that requires effort to find and understand.
Huna is as relevant to our modern lives as it was to the lives of ancient people. A key concept in the Huna philosophy is that we create our own experience of reality through our beliefs and actions. We are the co creators of our universe. Huna teaches us how to create our reality consciously. It provides a way of increasing our personal power and life force energy. Huna shows us how we can integrate our subconscious mind, conscious mind and higher self to make profound changes at a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.
Huna can bring love, abundance, empowerment and harmony to bear on all aspects our lives. It offers a way of living free from dogma with techniques and practices that are both simple and deeply powerful.
Some of the key assumptions of Huna as practiced by the ‘kupua’ or adventurer shamanic tradition of Huna have been wonderfully described by Dr Serge Kahili King, Kahu of Aloha International. These include the following sets of assumptions:
The Seven Principles
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 Aspects of Self
Human behaviour and experience can be explained and changed through the interaction of three (sometimes four) selves of functions:
1. The High Self (Kane, Aumakua), inspires.
2. The Conscious Self (Lono) imagines.
3. The Subconscious Self (Ku) remembers.
4. The Core Self (Kanaloa) wills.
Different Perspectives on Reality
Experience can be divided into four essential frameworks for understanding:
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.
The following link to an article Huna and Hawaiians by Serge Kahili King gives an overview of how Huna was part of ancient Hawaiian culture.