While my experience of Hawaiian spirituality isn’t explicitly feminist, I am attracted to it because of its loving and gentle nature. It doesn’t feed the patriarchy. It is a philosophy that doesn’t use dogma but rather principles. It doesn’t work as a top-down power system but rather as an internal power extending to the external world. This is reflected in one of our principles: “all power comes from within.”
I was ordained as an alaka’i (spiritual guide) in October 2016 by Serge Kahili King the founder of Aloha International. He teaches Hawaiian Adventure Shamanism or Huna for short. Huna means secret. It isn’t a secret in the sense of something that can’t be shared but rather something that is esoteric or hard to see. You can think of it like the mists of the sea, hard to distinguish and even harder to hold on to. But all real nevertheless.
Serge gave me an initiation name that is a full sentence of Hawaiian words – Ho’ikea i na mea maika’i ‘O ka wahine ihupani. English translation: wise woman who manifests good things. When receive our name, we are asked to pick out one of the words to use as a nickname. Serge advised me not to pick ihupani even though it means “wisdom” because its literal meaning is to hold one’s nose. This refers to the concept of “diving deep” to access profound knowledge. I must admit, I do like that, but I picked maika’i instead which means beautiful or good. I love this whole concept. To honor the organization and be reminded of the work that I do, I use Maika’i as my middle name in many venues including here at FAR.
I wanted to write today about some of the fun parts of Huna. Well, it’s all fun because it’s all an adventure – it is adventure shamanism after all. I’ve picked out a few Huna nuggets for people to play with and enjoy.
Probably my favorite (although truly hard to choose) is called la’a ke’a. La’a means “sacred”, and kea means white or clear as in light. The two words together mean lovelight. As a concept it means a radiation of clear or invisible purposeful energy. One of the most common ways we use it is called “pink fog.” If we find ourselves in a tense situation, we picture or use our imaginations to the scene covered in pink fog. Then we energize that mist by deep breaths, or movement of some type. This helps the tension drain away. For short, we talk about “pink fogging” a situation.
The theory behind it draws on several Hawaiian Huna principles. One is that energy flows where attention goes. By putting positive attention on an issue, it can positively affect those issues. Another principle is There are no limits. What we are doing in essence is drawing on the limitlessness expanse and energy of the universe to concentrate energy or power onto a situation.
Any number of colors can be used. Some suggestions are green for open heartedness, or yellow for energy, such as solar energy. If we can think it, we can do it. We use this technique for healing both in person and for distance healing. When we work to heal others, a wonderful side effect is that we heal ourselves as well. This is a fun concept to play around with, especially to use different colors to get different effects. We surround a person or a situation with the la’a ke’a color that feels most potent to the situation. It all helps in healing because it relieves stress and can work on areas that are in pain.
I’m often asked about using la’a ke’a for protection. We can use white energy to increase safety but there are two precautionary notes about this. If you find yourself using it all the time, that indicates the presence of fear, and it might become more useful to deal with the fear directly. Because energy flows where attention goes, using a lovelight for protection all the time will energize that fear, especially over time. If we are in a situation where we or someone else needs protection, by all means use it, but do understand its repercussions. This is one of the reasons that I love the concept of la’a ke’a so much It gives us all the good stuff when needing help and healing and it helps us avoid the trap of falling into fear-based thinking.
Here’s another fun little Huna technique makes similar use of energy work. It also employs of another of our principles (actually a corollary) which is everything is alive, aware and responsive. Have you ever struggled to open a pickle or spaghetti sauce jar? Try this: Everyone and everything likes to be praised. So compliment the lid. Thank it for taking such good care of the contents within. Notice how wonderfully snuggly it fits. Maybe comment on how attractive it is. Then try opening the jar again. Feel free to continue using aids such as a rubber pad, but you will notice how much easier it is to open.
If you would like to learn more about these techniques and why they work, along with other fun Huna practices, I am doing a zoom workshop under the aegis of the New York Shamanic Society on Saturday, February 25th at 1:00 NY time. Hawaiian Adventure Shamanism: A Journey of Discovery to Inner Healing and Harmony
The workshop will run for at least 3 hours.
You can also register and pay via Eventbrite.
BIO: Janet Maika’i Rudolph. “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE QUEST.” I have walked the spirit path for over 25 years traveling to sacred sites around the world including Israel to do an Ulpan (Hebrew language studies while working on a Kibbutz), Eleusis and Delphi in Greece, Avebury and Glastonbury in England, Brodgar in Scotland, Machu Picchu in Peru, Teotihuacan in Mexico, and Giza in Egypt. Within these travels, I have participated in numerous shamanic rites and rituals, attended a mystery school based on the ancient Greek model, and studied with shamans around the world. I am twice initiated. The first as a shaman practitioner of a pathway known as Divine Humanity. The second ordination in 2016 was as an Alaka’i (a Hawaiian spiritual guide with Aloha International). I have written three books: When Moses Was a Shaman, When Eve Was a Goddess, (now available in Spanish, Cuando Eva era una Diosa), and One Gods