The philosophy of ‘Huna’ was passed down through generations, and is only ever spoken in the present tense, always the ‘now’. The Kahunas passed on these seven principles, allowing practitioners to see extraordinary things in ordinary reality – essentially the ultimate knowledge about life and this world.
Huna (Hawaiian for “secret”) is the word adopted to encapsulate seven important beliefs created by the Polynesian Kahunas – Priests and Healers. ‘Huna’ is not necessarily a secret, but secret knowledge of seven different principles or basic “truths” that explain life, and the most successful ways to navigate through it.
1. IKE – The world is what you think it is.
The outside world is simply a reflection of the world you have created for yourself, with your own thoughts and feelings. Be careful of your thoughts, and be mindful not to dwell on the negative, as that is what you will bring into your existence. If you expect the positive things to happen to you in your life, you need to use positive thoughts and actions in your life to allow this to happen. Learn to be aware of how you think, because you can change your world by changing the way you think. “I am Aware.”
2. KALA – There are no limits.
Whatever you can conceive, you can achieve. You are the creator of your own circumstance, and you can do whatever is humanly possible, if you put your mind to it. Restrictions are usually based on your own limited views. If you don’t believe in miracles, they won’t appear in your life. And so, the only real limit to your reality, is yourself. When you truly understand this, you can never become a victim of any circumstance. “I am Free.”
3. MAKIA – Energy Flows where attention goes.
You have an incredible power to direct energy. Because of this power, you must pay attention to where you direct your thoughts and energy. The more you focus on something, whether it’s positive or negative, the more energy you will give it. Try to spend your time focusing on the good things in your life, and not the bad. There will always be bad thoughts, situations and feelings, however, what makes the difference is how much energy you give the negativity, and how much you allow it to effect you. “I am Focused.”
4. MANAWA – Now is the moment of power.
You are only limited by your perception of time, if you allow yourself to be. Your past is just that and it should be put behind you. It is not something to be forgotten but something to be learned from. It’s your actions or reactions to events that have happened in your past that make you who you are in your present. You have the power to change your future by being focussed in the present. Start living ‘Now’ rather than escaping into a world of thoughts tangled in the past or future. “I am Here Now.”
5. ALOHA – To Love and be Happy with.
Without love you have nothing. Love is the greatest component of life, and a loving intention is the most powerful spiritual force in this world. It attracts and draws you to all that is good. The divine, comforting and healing power of love is the building block for everything on earth. If you love who you are, what you are doing and who you are doing it with, life is joyful. Aloha is as much about loving others as loving yourself. Remember there are no limits. The only reason you have been put on this earth is to love and be happy. “I am Happy.”
6. MANA – All Power comes from within.
It is a Hawaiian belief that Mana is the name for the one source of all the power that exists in the universe. This power is universal and flows through not only you, but through animals and plants, the foundation of the earth, the skies and planets, and everything in existence. Mana is a life energy so to speak. Mana flows through you and gives you the power to do what you believe you can do. Therefore, being aware of your Mana gives you courage. With courage you have the ability to face obstacles in your life because infinite possibilities are always present. To have Mana and embrace courage, it is necessary to believe in yourself. “I am Confident.”
7. PONO – Effectiveness is the measure of truth.
Pono teaches you to pursue your goals in the most effective way possible, as efficiency is the only sensible measure of truth. Put simply, this means use what works. If what you are doing in your life isn’t effective or not making you happy, change it. Practice a positive attitude, and expect the best results. There is not only one way to achieve the things you want in your life. With awareness, love, knowledge, courage and belief you can create a life of your choosing. “I am Positive.”
If we pay attention to these 7 Principles of the Huna Philosophy, we can better assess what is true and positive in our lives and bring that closer, whilst moving away from that which is negative and false. The 7 Huna Principles are a great introduction to the power of consciousness, and having them on your wall to remind you daily is a great idea!
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