A Moʻolelo is a story. Every story preserves important information for a healthy, spiritually-driven life. Teaching Stories have many layers and levels. We call this the kaona – the deeper, sacred meaning concealed within what is shared.
A Haumana/Student learns a moʻolelo word for word so they can share it acurately with the next generation of listeners to benefit from the Teaching. And the story of how the Naupaka Flower came to be goes like this…
There is a shiny green plant that grows near the beaches of Hawaii called the Naupaka. It has small delicate white half flowers. It was named for Naupaka, a Hawaiian Princess who lived many, many years ago at a time when the Naupaka blossoms were whole.
Her people loved Naupaka. She was always smiling and she had sweet words for all the people of the village. One day they noticed Naupaka was very sad. “Aue! Oh dear, why is Naupaka so sad?” they asked each other.
Word reached the King and Queen. They found Naupaka at the mountain pool. The face reflected in the water was a very sad face. “O dear daughter, why are you so sad?” her mother asked.
Naupaka shook her head “I am deeply in love, in love with a handsome young man named Kauʻi”
“Is he of noble birth?” her mother asked.
“No my mother, he is not”
The social order of the day did not allow members of the royal family to marry commoners. Her father said “we must consult the Kupuna/Elders of the Village. They will tell us what to do.”
Alas, the Kupuna did not give their decision. They said “Naupaka and Kauʻi must journey far, they must journey to the Heiau. There the Kahuna will tell them.”
Naupaka and Kauʻi journeyed for many days until they finally reached the great heiau at the top of the mountain.
There they waited at the lava wall and called out to the Kahuna within. “We have arrived here at your temple. Please answer us and come to speak with us.”
The old Kahuna arrived and listened to Naupaka and Kauʻi. He shook his head sadly. “The Hawaiian Gods must decide.”
Suddenly the sky darkened and the wind rose. There was a torrent of rain, a loud clap of thunder and flashes of lightening. Naupaka and Kauʻi embraced sadly. The Gods had given them a sign. They were not to marry.
Naupaka tore the blossom from her hair. She broke it in two and placed half the blossom in Kauʻiʻs palm. “We will separate” she said. “I will remain here in the mountains and you will journey back to the seashore. And, my beloved, never again will we meet”.
The Naupaka blossoms growing nearby heard the lovers sadness and bowed their heads.
To this very day the Naupaka blossom of the mountains and the Naupaka blossom of the seashore remain in perfect halves
The Hawaiians believe that some day Naupaka and Kauʻi will be reunited and the flowers will again bloom as whole, perfect blossoms.
Mahalo Anakala Pilipo Solatorio – this moʻolelo was shared with Uncle by Anake Noni Beamer. Mahalao na Kupuna for preserving this beautiful Teaching Story for us all to learn, live and share.
☝🏽 Learning Challenge From Kumu Nālani:
- Challenge yourself to “think like a Hawaiian” (thatʻs one of the things we help Seekers and Practitioners interested in Hawaiian Culture & Healing to develop) as you read this Moʻolelo
- Can you find the main points that tell you what this Moʻolelo is about?
- What is the purpose of this moʻolelo – the Kupuna/Elders always did things for a purpose, moʻolelo is not different
- Now, can you take it a step further and find the “kaona” – the deeper, sacred meanings placed carefully within this story?
- Write or record your answers – send them to me if you like and Iʻll give you some feedback 😍 here to share with me
- Next Step: put what you learn into practice in your own life…
🌺 We always start each module of our Hawaiian Studies Courses with a Teaching Moʻolelo – you can begin learning about Hawaiian Spirituality, Culture and Healing right now in our distance education, self-paced course: Path to Paʻa. You work your way through all of the learning materials and reach out to Kumu when you need help or clarification. And if we donʻt hear from you, weʻll reach out to you.
🌺 The Path to Paʻa is also in a live, online facilitated format with weekly classes with Kumu Nālani. Suitable for Spiritual Seekers and Healing Practitioners – especially Lomilomi Practitioners to make sure you have our correct cultural teachings in place…youʻll find (as everyone does) your work will go next level very quickly. Get on the mailing list so you know when the next Course is on 👉🏽 here to be first 👉🏽 learn more about our Courses and do the free preview course too (and yes, you can always send Kumu questions too without enrolling in the full course 😊) 👉🏽 click your heels to go here 👉🏽 want to join something really cool that will help you grow into the true essence of yourself – open to Spiritual Seekers and Healing Practitioners especially of Lomilomi – join the Hawaiian Studies Club: the Path to Paʻa is one of the Courses included as part of your membership along with HEAPS of other KA BOOM Learning Activities, Forums and Biz Building Resources 👉🏽 go for a browse here 👉🏽 and then get on the waitlist here
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I almost walked past this one. Stepped over it, thinking “I have had enough Enlightenment for now…”.
And then I heard “the voice”. Retracing my steps, I heard it before I got there. I just knew what this Teaching was going to be about.
Looking down at a Kukui Nut Shell submerged in the sand. Kukui Nuts – literally used to make light in the old days of Traditional Molokai, Hawaii – are all about enlightenment. Beautifully patterned, I knew before I turned it over, it would be only a half-shell…
…earlier, sitting under the Keawe Tree (an invasive and destructive non-indigenous pest), looking out across the Kalohi Channel toward Lanai in morning calm, this was the conversation I’d been having with the Ancestors…
I knew this important Teaching would be reinforced somewhere as I made my way back home to my Kumu’s hale/house. (Put these 3 things together in the context of this Teaching: the Keawe Tree/ an invasive pest, Kalohi/slow, lingering, becalmed & Kumu – the Source…)
Of course, it would only be half of the Kukui Nut Shell. Of course. Knew it as I turned the pretty thing over. This is the problem we face as a Spiritual Community, and as Teachers of Deep Tradition.
People who only go half-way on the “Path”, thinking they’ve “got enough”, solved their problem, know it all, advice-give to others, think they know enough to teach others.
Going half-way on the Path means there’s still more you don’t KNOW – how could you know, you haven’t completed the Path…
…and if you’re wondering right now “have I…”, then you KNOW you haven’t completed the Path…
The world is full of “teachers” and “seekers” who only have one half of the shell. They sound convincing on the Socials, in their Workshops. They look credible in carefully crafted pics. They sound credible, mostly to people who are just starting the Path, still on the Path, dropped off the Path…
But they only have one half of the shell. They know enough to convince themselves that their work is done, or done enough…
Enlightenment is going the whole length of the Path. Doing whatever it takes. We only know where it ends when we transition into Pō, the place of Origin. And then the Path simply continues but at another level.
We can experience levels before we get to Pō – which is why we “think” we’ve achieved enlightenment, but really what’s happening is we are growing, changing and literally uplevelling our physical experience. It’s enlightenment with a small “e”…
And because we ARE uplevelling, the Path appears to change. Maybe it becomes easier in parts, maybe we become more comfortable with ourselves as we go along it, maybe our KNOWING/Intuition increases, maybe it gets “hard” at times, but we KNOW how to find our way through it.
We know “hard at times” is part of the Path. We KNOW we don’t have to give up and get off the Path, but use what we’ve learned, our Teachings, to get to the other side of “hard”.
The Path seems to change because we do – and because we do, we can change the path through the Path. The Path itself doesn’t change. It’s always going in the same direction – toward Enlightenment.
The Teaching: don’t get caught out thinking you have achieved Enlightenment, and so there’s nothing more left to do. Don’t go through life with only half the shell in your toolkit. Stay on the Path. That’s the only way to get what’s waiting for you within the whole shell. What we call Enlightenment….
☝🏽 What do I do next Kumu?
Take some time to think about where you are and the Path you’re on – take a step back and truthfully ask yourself “am I actually on the Path?” and “If I am, what Path am I on?”. Then take it a step further and check yourself out: “am I where I really need to be, or do I know there’s a few missing pieces in my puzzle?”. And if you’re a Hawaiian Healing Practitioner of Lomilomi or Ho’oponopono who DOESN’T have the Traditional Teachings in place – ask yourself “what is preventing me from learning them?” and “what am I holding onto in my previous training, even if I have a feeling it’s not culturally correct?”.
😊 We’re really interested in working with Spiritual Seekers who want to get on the Path and go the distance in life; we also L-O-V-E–E working with other Healing Practitioners and Teachers…the world needs you and your work, BUT we need, as a deep and culturally esteemed Lineage, to MAKE SURE you have the CORRECT Teachings in place. We are culturally appointed custodians of the Teachings – we don’t decide “hey! I’m going to start teaching this stuff”, the Kumu Pa’a Nui decides on behalf of the Community. And that’s a really significant difference between the Kumu of the SoHAD and most other Spiritual Teachers of Hawaiian Healing.
👉🏽 Development you can do:
- Seekers and Practitioners: develop your Spiritual Intelligence. Join our distance, DIY Courses with help from Kumu and the Wise Guides on tap whenever you need it whilst you are studying with us or join a facilitated class with Kumu Nalani or one of the Wise Guides
- Hawaiian Healing Practitioners: start by joining our Path to Pa’a Course – you’ll be so glad you did. It’s got the Traditional Cultural Teachings you need for your Healing Practice. Two options: in a live online class with Kumu Nalani or Distance Education with help from Kumu when you need it. This training is recognised Professional Development in 39 Countries.
- Join the Hawaiian Studies Club: this is a members only Club – check it out here 👉🏽 Yo! Take me there
- 1:1 Develoment: do regular sessions with one of the Wise Guides, there’s 5 to choose from. They all work in different ways 👉 Wise Me Up!
When we grow we create a bridge between healing and change. That’s what growth is. Growth is the mid-point, the transitional process that leads to change which is the transformation from one state to another. Within these states of transition another process takes place. We learn to become strong and unshakeable – or what is called Pa’a in our Hawaiian Lineage.
We can only get to the stage of Growth because we have moved through the cycle before it, which is healing. Healing continues through Growth, but it is a different more aware and advanced stage of Healing. Healing itself will always be continual because all new growth spurts require healing to be entered into first.
We cannot heal without first learning – which is why learning, healing and growth are a web of interdependent cycles that we must move through if we are to attain the state of Pa’a and stay there. Change is the part of the process where we learn to stay Pa’a.
As we teach in our courses, Pa’a is not the zenith or peak, that once there we simply perch and stay. That’s impossible because the energy of the world moves and we must move with it. In all things and time periods this happens.
When we resist, we experience pain and suffering by trying to hang on. Often we lose sight of what we are really hanging on to – but if we have worked the process of learning, healing and movement into growth, we come to understand the true nature of it and what’s in it for us to keep hanging on.
The revelation of the “what’s in it” for us to hang on, the illusional reward, is a step on the Path to enlightenment. One bulb lights up with each step and it’s this that enables the next bulb to light. All through life we are stepping and lighting – that’s how we get to shine but the shine will only last as long as we stay Pa’a. Which is why we must continue to step along the Path.
Each time we do, another layer is revealed to us. These layers of Beingness and Understanding can only be stripped back and revealed because we are Growing. Growing is part of the lifecycle. It isn’t always easy and painless. It isn’t always fast. In fact Growth that is too fast can create the state of Fear – fear of being powerful enough to have the awareness we are simultaneously shaping and participating in our lives at the very same moment in time. Sliding doors moments…
When this happens and we have awareness of it, without the learning, healing and growing in place first, it can be so overwhelming that we reject our own power because we haven’t been taught how to companion our power and use it as a force for movement towards Source. As humans we do not really understand power. Our Hawaiian Teaching of Mana gives us a way to understand spiritual power and transcendence of physical limitation.
By the very word we learn that within it’s two syllables there is a sacred meaning that holds the key to understanding Growth. We always say, the sacred meanings are held deep within the language. Understand language and you will understand the Ancestral Teachings, and this applies to the origins of all languages including the olde English. When we study Mana, we are studying deeply into the understanding of Growth, its orgins, its present and its future. Mana gives us an alignment that moves through time and space.
Mana teaches about the formless power of our true nature, our spiritual essence and how it moves, transcends and moves again. We are in a constant cycle of movement and growth. We may deviate at times and feel lost. This is because we have stepped off the Path in the way we live. The Teachings are those that bring us back again if we understand what they are really telling us.
The Teachings are both the Path and the map to finding our way back onto the Path when we have stepped off. Fear causes us to step off the Path as we have already shared with you; impatience causes us to step off the Path; Ego is another cause – which is really dressed up Fear. Ego is the compensation for not feeling worthy or good enough. It arises from feelings of disempowerment.
If we understand Mana and spiritual power, we will also understand empowerment and all its many layers. That’s why it is a study of laying down one layer at a time. And it’s also why our Teacher Kumu Lawrence says people are in too much of a hurry to get to Z that they don’t pay attention and put the work into the knowing all the layers of the ABC’s. Meaning, everyone wants to get to the end, the outcome, but the outcome you want can only come from doing the study to understand all of the steps along the way.
You will only have lasting empowerment if you learn to understand, apply and live from the Source of Power – which is also about living from your Spiritual Intelligence. It all fits together and all of these skills and knowledge must be developed so that you can move into Change.
If you think about it in this way you’ll see that Growth is the period of Personal Development…and if you can see that, you have lit a bulb of Enlightenment…
☝ Learn more about Growing and living from the Spiritual Path in our Path to Pa’a which is the Foundation Course of Hawaiian Spiritual Teachings. These Teachings are the spiritual ground from which healing modalities like Lomilomi Massage and Ho’oponopono grow. If you want to learn those modalities, the Path to Pa’a is your starting point. You can do this course DiY or in a class live online with Kumu Nālani. Another way to develop is to do the Spiritual Intelligence Courses, start with Phase 1 which can also be done as DiY study or in faciiltated classes with Wise Guide Deborah Rose Hālani. ❓’s are always welcomed as our only desire is to help you learn, heal, grow, change and aim for something higher. Here to ask Kumu for help and guidance: Hey Kumu!
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WHEN THE YEAR STARTS TO DRAW TO A CLOSE & THE NEW ONE IS ON THE HORIZON it’s time to start looking forward.
When the hurly burly of Christmas & the Holiday Season ramps up it’s easy to get caught up in the distraction as you swing from crazy to chaotic – end of year targets, an endless round of socialising, holidays, Christmas lunch & dinner to think about, as well as co-ordinating visits to the rellies – family. In all of this, there’s one simple question to answer, “are you happy?”.
You might answer sometimes, generally, usually, not always – we all have things in our life that make us feel happy, but deep down are you happy?
If you find yourself saying “I’ll be happy when...”, it’s time to clear the clutter to uncover what truly makes you happy. Finding happy isn’t a chase or a goal to go after, it’s finding where your happy place is within you & the rest follows.
How about making 2022 your year of personal growth, change and development – free from being weighed down by past baggage…
Unfortunately there’s still a lot of stigma about Counselling but Counselling is really all about Personal Development – working one-on-one with someone to help you get where you want to go, to stop doing the things that prevent you from being happy and start doing more of the things that do. It’s that simple.
📅 A Year of Personal Change – what you can do:
1. Let go of expectations of yourself, others and how you think things should be
2. Stop trying to please everyone – it takes you away from your true self
3. Repair resentment, guilt and shame – find its root cause and heal it. Remember we all makes mistakes – it’s how we learn
4. Find forgiveness and you’ll find authentic connections with yourself and others
5. Say goodbye to draining, de-energising relationships – it’s tough but you’ve got to know when it’s not for you
6. Release all the busyness – have you confused it with status and achievement? Or avoidance? It doesn’t give you more of anything except stress and (often) lower self-esteem
7. Money doesn’t buy happiness – of course you need it but what have you traded-off for material gain & earning more & more? And how much do you really need anyway?
8. Let go of fear of abandonment – it leads to poor decision making
9. And let go of fear too – that’s one thing the Kūpuna/Elders always advise. Fear is the distortion of the Ego which is designed to help you in this school of life.
A list is just a list without action and action is hard to take on your own – that’s why you need a Wise Guide to help you access the places you would not be able to go by yourself and cheer you on through the tough stuff…they also make sure you’re holding yourself in love and not judgement
☝ If this strikes a chord and you want 2022 to be a milestone year, then make a time with Mark or one of the other Wise Guides and get set for 2022…
Disconnect from technology & reconnect with the land
It’s Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The time when she arrives with her Ruler the Sun, and you know it’s time to strip down and open your heart to the season ahead.
Summer is the traditional time of heart opening inwards as she beckons you toward expansion. Now is a good time to think about how you limit yourself and also how you can throw off those constraints and reach for what you really want.
☝ What has limited you this year? Has it been time, money, an old story, an entangled relationship or perhaps not knowing in which direction to move…
In ancient times when we lived within the changing seasons, Summer ignited our hearts and our joy – and this is the real message as the weather ripens. Now is the time to reconnect with your heart and your joy.
And because Summer breathes fire through the sun, she is also connected to your Solar Plexus – the home of your life force, the life energy that invites you to create powerfully in your life.
☀ For those into the Chakra System, your solar chakra is the home of your will – the energy powerhouse that fires up the energy to get going and reach out and achieve. It’s here that you store your emotions (and sometimes the rawness of them), your self-discipline and your self-esteem.
When your solar plexus is juicy and in tune you can overcome the limitations of the ego and the thoughts which keep you feeling small. Your inner warmth and confidence radiates throughout your whole being, you feel in balance, in love, enriched, full and this extends out to other people and all areas of your life. Life feels good and you feel happy.
But when it’s blocked you can feel angry, depressed, stuck, planning but never actually doing. You easily jumble your priorities so that things like work are high up the list and your own needs and interests are buried at the bottom. You can become judgemental and critical of others, and more importantly, of yourself.
Your solar plexus governs your relationship to yourself and how you see yourself in relation to others – so when its energy is depleted you might find you’re over-dependent on other people for approval. Often you can feel it in your digestive system as it goes out of balance too. We’re lucky in Australia that our Summer coincides with the new year so we can reset for the year ahead and start planning for a renewed way of living.
You can clear and unclog your solar plexus and refresh it by turning off the technology and getting outside under the gaze of fire energy – the sun. Take walks in nature, by the beach or in your own garden. Add more yellow foods into your diet – yellow is the colour of the solar chakra. Try aromatherapy oils and herbs that clear & energise – take a trip to your local Herbalist.
Commit to attending to your emotional needs with Counselling, Ho’oponopono, Lomi Lomi or other Holistic Healing Modality with a skilled Helper. The solar plexus is also the seat of your intuition – so by doing these things you rid yourself of self-doubt, worry about what other people think of you, anxiety and mistrust in your ability to Know.
💚 But most of all really focus on connecting with yourself from your heart – look into your own eyes from your heart and let it remind you of the good stories about yourself; re-prioritise so your needs are at the top of your list and then watch how everything and everyone else naturally falls into place around them…
The Slow Movement: slow down you move too fast, you’ve got to make these moments last…
For years we’ve been vocal advocates for the Slow Movement Movement! In our Healing Studio with Clients, in workshops, courses, Wise Guide Sessions – we love the slow!
Slow movement is all about slowing things down but it’s more than just taking time to stop and smell the roses. In fact, it’s not about stopping at all, which eases the horror when I tell someone it’s time to wind it back a bit…
Now, I never advocate what I haven’t tried myself, so for most of the last few years, I’ve really gotten into the movement of doing things real slow. And what’s the easiest way to try it out – through excercise.
Put your hand up if you rush through your stretching to get to the main event? Every time I’ve asked someone about stretching they all say the same thing “I rush through it to get it over and done with...” Well, that’s where just about everyone gets it wrong.
But stretching isn’t only about getting ready to do your exercises – strip back the traditional stretching activities like Yoga and you’ll remember that it’s all about the PROCESS of opening, exploring, being curious, interested and aware. So slow stretch before Yoga is necessary to get more out of it…
In the battle for the bikini body, it seems the message of Yoga (and all stretching actually) is getting lost.
Your spirit, mind & body love the process of “interested curiosity” and you’ll find that the effects of your stretching and follow-on exercises will actually last longer. The slower you go the longer the benefits stick around. I’d love to say slow movement is mindfulness, but I get stuck there as well because the word MINDFULNESS is so exploited its real meaning is getting lost somewhere too.
But I guess Mindfulness, the real kind, is probably the best description of the tool needed for slow movement effectiveness. After 5 years at Buddhist School, which seems a lifetime ago (or many lifetimes from the Buddhist perspective!) what I learned was the purpose of mindfulness was to end suffering by developing insight and the ability to be fully aware in the moment.
So whether it’s Mindfulness or interested curiousity, when it comes to a healthy Spirit, Mind and Body, the point is to take things slowly so you become aware of what’s actually stuck in there and put an end to it by releasing it…
…S L O W – GIVE YOUR BODY A CHANCE AND IT WILL SHOW YOU WHY IT LIKES TO GO SLOW RATHER THAN PUMPING THE PERSPERATION
☝ Let me explain how it works.
I’ve been rehabing a mysterious hip injury for at least 2 years and against my better judgement I took advice to stop doing Yoga. At the time I wasn’t so sure it was a good thing to do and now I wished I’d listened to my own inner knowing of what’s good for me.
Anyway, the good thing about not listening to myself was I returned to the roots of yogic practice. Even though parts of my job is physical, Lomiomi moves you in a different way. And when I wasn’t offsetting this because of my injury, my own muscle tone fell away.
At the same time, I’m thinking about why my original injury’s taking it’s time to heal. You know, what else is stuck in there? Cue SHAZAAM MOMENT! 🤸♀️ Of course, body wisdom. Your body always knows the answer to what’s needed if you give it (and yourself) time to team up and you do the listening rather than the doing. Bodies speak slowly…
All kinds of stagnant, stalled energy gets stuck in there. Some of it is years old that’s gotten stuffed in there. But it can’t get out if you keep stuffing more on top of it. And that’s where the slow movement – literally, slow movement, comes in.
When you go slow, you also have to start engaging with your breath differently, you don’t have any other choice. So your breath becomes your super-charged power weapon. Think Tai Chi, Qi Gong and all those other slow moving activities (watch a video if it seems so out of your stratosphere that you couldn’t possibly imagine moving so slowly) – and what do they have in common? Go to the top of the class!
👉 Slow movement allied by the slow movement of the breath kills the lower order thinking mind’s (the Ego) need for distraction and aversion – especially to those things that are actually good for it. The Ego acts this way because it never lives in the present – which is part of mindfulness training and also the tool need to go slow.
Let’s not get lost here – we’re discussing the benefits of going slow and using your body wisdom to do it. The Ego won’t want you to go slow – as soon as you do its going to fill your mind with chatter about what you “should” be doing so you better hurry up.
But you will have better health and wellbeing for longer, if you just go slower. For example, when you go slow, you can hear how your body talks to you; you can feel how your breath moves through your body and actually points to where things are stiff or stuck. You become aware that if you direct your breath into your joints, for example, it will curl its way through and around the ends of your bones always looking for the space between them to clear and open them up – which is why over time you’ll notice that you’re less stiff and more flexible. And really that’s the aim of all Yoga and excercise.
So take it really slow and make the stretching part of the excerise not the entree.
But it’s more than the just the physical effects, it’s the emotional and mental impact too. When you let your breath be the Explorer it will take you deeper into your body wisdom and you become aware of the emotion that’s stuck in your joints, bones and muscles.
How many times during the day do you find yourself choking back emotion to keep the peace or save embarrassment? It all has to go somewhere and it goes deep into your body…
When you go slow, you easily and naturally contact it and it releases. You’ll know because you’ll feel much freer when you move. And that’s why stretching is really the main event. So take it slow, breath slow, move slow and your thinking will be sharper too.