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The Sacred Power of Huna: Spirituality and Shamanism in Hawai'i: Spiritual Light in Hawaiian Shamanism [Paperback]

Rima A. Morrell Ph.D.
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23 Aug 2005
When Rima Morrell first went to Hawai'i as a young anthropology student from Cambridge University, she was surprised to find a lighter brighter world where trees talked to her in ancient temples and magic regularly happened. She found the system of ancient Hawaiian wisdom known as Huna, a system that teaches us how to focus the light of our own being to make magic. Following her Higher Self--and overcoming resistance to its rainbow guidance--she discovered we are each responsible for our own power. Through practicing Huna, we can consciously create our own reality, for we are each the navigator of our own soul canoe. Following her years in the islands, and Ph.D. in Huna, Rima reveals new knowledge about this sacred tradition. Citing the work of earlier researchers such as Max Freedom Long, as well as native kahuna, Rima reveals knowledge about Huna that has not previously been available: the role of emotion in gaining true wisdom, the magical elements of Hawaiian language, the sophisticated system of lunar astrology, and the hula as a system of shamanism. Rima also shows how the principles of a society woven with love can shape our own lives.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company; 1st Edition edition (23 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594770093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594770098
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a Polynesian, I am most impressed by Rima's knowledge of a culture that is not her own. -- Vilsoni Hereniko, Ph.D., Professor of Pacific Island Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Rima has seen the islands by sleeping under the stars. She has experienced them the way that few ever do. -- Melvin Lonokaiolohia Kalahiki, Council of Hawaiian Organizations

About the Author

RIMA A. MORRELL has a doctorate in Hawaiian Shamanism from the Department of Geography, University -College London, and a Masters and Honours degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. She spent years in Polynesia conducting fieldwork with many -kahuna on remote islands and teaching at universities, including the University of Hawai'i. A -fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and the Royal Anthropological -Institute, she lectures at international conferences. She also teaches Huna in -Europe. She and her husband live in London and the Scottish Highlands. Rima's website is www.hunalight.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What Huna is really all about. 9 Nov 2008
I borrowed this book from the local library, read it twice and have now purchased it. If you are interested in Huna - this is the book, if you are interested in Shamanism or a personal, spiritual search - this is the book.

Well written, beautifully researched and the inclusion of the author's own experiences pepper the information she offers with a deep, personal insight into how Huna has developed and where it is today.

The beauty of this book lies not so much in style of writing but in the depth of information offered through the conscious use of language which is, of course, perfectly apt given the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on huna 22 Jun 2006
and the one I recommend. Dr. Morrell has the world's only Ph.D. in the subject and knows what she is talking about. I learned a lot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY, ENLIGHTENING 7 Aug 2009
An eye opener as to how spiritual hawaii is and what a powerful place it is too, helps you keep your finger on the pulse of respect and magic, of the earth and people a great informative read, very well researched and translated.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT Authentic Hawaiian Spirituality 17 Aug 2011
Let me be clear: If you have learned Huna and it works for you, great. What Hawaiians take issue with is just the fact that anyone claims it is authentically Hawaiian in any way. It is absolutely not.

I have not read this book and do not intend to. It very well could hold some new age truths for some, but we Hawaiians have seen this kind of book before. Right off the bat, Hawai'i did not have shamans, and Huna is not Hawaiian. What Rima Morrell found in Hawai'i was an age old farce called Huna, fabricated decades ago by Max Freedom Long, a foreigner whose penchant for writing metaphysical novels allowed him to create one of the longest lasting lies in history. It has been perpetuated by others who put their own "secret" spin on the idea to sell books and classes from which they reap small fortunes. And therein lies yet another way any thinking person can identify the deceptive invention that is Huna: real Hawaiian kahuna do not charge money for their expertise.

Further, if one is diligent and concerned about to where and who they hand the health of their spirit, one can read almost any authentic, truly academic book on Hawaiian spirituality (written by Hawaiians and/or contributed by them), even dig through myriad archives and speak with old, wise Hawaiian elders, and they will never hear of a practice called Huna.

We Hawaiians have lived among and been taught through these resources. It is amazing to us that when a Hawaiian says that Huna is not Hawaiian, we are met with such defiance, resistance, and a refusal to believe. And yet, some of you will believe without proof and advocate the ravings of those not closely associated with our culture. Does this make sense to you?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Hawaiian Spirituality 14 Jan 2010
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So many of the huna and hawaiian spirituality books out there have the same, not very in depth information. You can tell the author has an authentic connection to hawaiian spirituality and the aina in hawaii.

I definitely recommend it.
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