Stay positive about life, and treat yourself to this fascinating introduction to Huna!
Serge Kahili King writes with a practitioner's interest in the psychic, an anthropologist's approach to culture, and a linguist's delight in the Hawaiian language. The result is a historical and philosophical overview of Huna shamanism which is remarkably clear and concise.
There are four basic principles of Huna:
1. "You create your own reality (Ike)." 2. "You get what you concentrate on (Makia)."
3. "You are unlimited (Kala)." 4. "Your moment of power is now (Manawa)." (p. 37)
Huna has much in common with visualization and affirmations. However, Huna is not exactly like either of these techniques. Huna shamanism has some rather sophisticated philosophical underpinnings which have subtle but important implications. For one thing, time is conceived a bit differently. The present is defined as the span of time which can be influenced by your current actions. Another important aspect of Huna is the idea that your beliefs don't just mirror the environment that surrounds you, your beliefs actually create your environment. Working with these beliefs is the essence of all healing practices. Other challenging concepts include the Huna viewpoints on the self, karma, the conscious, the subconscious, the emotions and the intellect.
Positive thinking is the basis of Huna. One of my friends who has been studying Huna for several years reports that the Huna philosophical concepts are very helpful for figuring out why some positive thinking techniques work and others don't. Traditional Hawaiian psychic techniques, healing techniques, and bodywork are described with brief summaries, rather than by using case studies or practical exercises.
I can't judge the historical or anthropological authenticity of this material. However, the author claims to have spent considerable time with traditional people in West Africa, and his way of expressing philosophical concepts shows an indigenous influence of some sort in his thinking. It's a fascinating world view which is quite unlike the one I grew up with in the suburbs!
Highly recommended for those with an interest in healing, the psychic, Eastern or Western philosophy, psychology, history or anthropology.