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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IT ALL STARTS WITH A SPECIAL KIND OF LISTENING. A listening, that is so deep, so clear, so unencumbered that there is no mistaking what you are hearing. It is in PŌ – The Place of Origin – that the Ancestors reside. The Ancestors who know and your potentials. They know all that is possible for you. Want to heal and develop personally and professionally? It all starts with discovering the interconnectedness of your own identity. It is only through that process you will truly understand your spiritual sacredness and the sacred nature and importance of your relationship with “place”…
Listening…to the “song” of Place is to listen into the “songs of PŌ – The Place of Origin. You might have a different name for it in your Tradition or way of understanding things.
We MUST come to understand the Place of Origin, if we are to really understand ourselves. Our history tells us how…
We can go back to the very first Kahunas, the first Kahunas of the First of the First Nations people. They migrated through the South Pacific trying to escape Spiritual Corruption.
Spiritual Corruption continues today and each one of us experiences it AND contributes to it at some point. That’s a confronting thought…
…at some point the Kahunas knew they would have to stop running. There was no escape from the corruption the human mind, the Ego, can inflict on the Practices of Spirit. There was only one decision, to stop and make a stand.
And that’s what they did.
They brought with them profound and intricate understanding – the level of understanding that can only come from Pō, the Place of Origin.
From the level of understanding of Pō, they constructed a way of life around the Teachings of Pō that encapsulated the Spiritual Energy of Pō into a way of thinking about life. And themselves as part of life. One fed the other. Because the thinking was uncorrupted, daily life was also uncorrupted…
And so it continued for generations… The Kupuna/Elders provided the direction of life which included the reverence of care of the land, which was not only part of life, but considered part of the family.
They ensured each person was educated in the TEACHINGS OF PILINA – Relationship, developing Protocols and Ceremonies that upheld AND continued the understanding of the INSEPARABLE UNIFIED NATURE of their relationship with land, the ocean, rivers, streams, rain, sun, clouds, stars, animals, birds, insects and fish – everything that could be seen, heard, touched, smelled, felt, tasted and everything unseen, unheard, untouched, unsmelled , unfelt, untasted as well.
People lived at a different level to most of us today.
They lived at a level of uncorrupted Spiritual Pilina that translated to HOW they lived in each day. They didn’t have to think about their Spirituality, they were it.
They understood themselves. They understood the Cosmos, the Universe. They understood Pō – the Place of Origin. They heard it, touched it, smelled it, felt it, tasted it and learned to see the unseen, then add this learning to how they lived their daily lives.
They heard its “song”, the many voices that are present within Pō. And because they heard its “song”, they could hear and understand the song of their Place, their land, where their homes were built. They understood that there was a COMMUNICATION between their Place and the Place of Origin – a PILINA.
One song is part of another song – the sound of your Place is the sound of Pō. That’s what makes a place SACRED.
Your ability to hear it, understand it and communicate with it – to understand and make yourself understood in return – is what gives you your SPECIFIC & UNIQUE PILINA with YOUR place.
It gives you your IDENTITY. Becomes part of you. You become part of it. It’s a reciprocal relationship. You can’t become separate from it – but when you do experience separation, that conflict you feel within, is the sound of place calling you back.
Your identification with Place, as part of Place, is what gives you AND It, sacredness. You both hold the mana/the spirit energy of the Ancestors, which reside within Pō, the Place of Origin. It’s like a fingerprint, and you and your Place carry it. Together. Sharing the same breath and the same life force.
Both of you powered by the Mana of Pō.
In our School of Hawaiian Spiritual Studies, we learn this type of Pilina has a name: WAHI PANA AU PAU. You and your Place are the sacred story of Pō. When you come to know Pō, which is ongoing by the way, you come to know more of yourself. It’s then that you really begin to understand yourself better.
Your unfolding story of Pilina, gives your Place more mana/spirit power. Makes it more sacred bese you come to know your own sacredness, and this is what you give back to place each time you remember it.
It’s you that keeps your place Wahi Pana – Sacred. And vica versa. Your Place is You…Pilina with Place is Pilina with yourself…
☝🏽 Where to next Kumu?
- Get to know your Place; what is it now? What is it’s history? What are First Nations stories about it? – doing you research can lead you into an exciting adventure and deeper connection with People & Place
- Get to know your Place by visiting a spot you feel drawn to: maybe intuitively, maybe through your reserach or other knowing and quietly meditate or pray in this Place. Observe Protocol 👇🏽
- Develop Yourself: our Spiritual Intelligence Courses 1 – 3 take you on a journey of self-discovery starting with yourself, then Nature and finally the Cosmos. You can do these by Distance Learning, at your own pace with support from Kumu and the Wise Guides when you need it 👉🏽 bingo
- Join our Path to Pa’a Course: this is for both Spiritual Seekers and Practitioners and is all about the Foundation Teachings of our Ancestors from Halawa Valley Molokai, including teachings about Wahi Pani and how you can develop your relationship .👉🏽 check it out with the free course intro
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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.
Itʻs one of those WOO-HOO Moments! Weʻre excited to launch this flagship Training Program. Itʻs the full-blown Traditional Training that weʻve done ourselves. And, as well as being recognised by our Lineage of 50+ Generations, your qualification is recognised in 27 Countries which means that you can conduct Hoʻoponpono Sessions with Clients in any of those Countries. Youʻll be able to add Hoʻoponopono as a Healing Modality to your insurance if youʻre a Practitioner.
Luna Hoʻoponopono Training hasnʻt been done this way before…anywhere! Weʻve taken every piece of the Hoʻoponopono Healing Process and broken it down into bite-sized chunks; weʻve not only thought about the Process, but what we’re (the Luna Hoʻoponopono) actually doing when we use those “chunks” into the Process. Weʻve analysed each of the meta (big) skills as well as the micro (itty bitty) skills, and scrutinised what weʻre doing when we say this word or that word. That is, what the intent behind it is – what the Ancestors wanted to achieve as a result of “doing” each skill, “embodying” certain qualities, “thinking” in a particular direction and so on…
And weʻve done it for each of the Lessons weʻve included in the Training Program. Thatʻs why itʻs a full-on, deep, deep, deep experiential immersion into not just learning about Hoʻoponopono but really understanding every part of it in detail. Which is mission-critical because weʻre dealing with people’s lives and theyʻre coming to us, the Luna Hoʻoponopono, for help to get back on track. For Healing.
In case you missed it, we’re real Practitoners ourselves doing sessions with people – so this isnʻt an “academic” Course, itʻs the real deal…
This Program is also at the pointy-end of Mythbusting all those furphies (improbable stories claimed to be factual. Furphies are supposedly ‘heard’ from reputable sources, sometimes secondhand or thirdhand, and widely believed until discounted) that are plastered regularly across the Internet. And thatʻs one of the reasons, Kumu Paʻa Nui Lawrence Aki, our own Kumu, wanted Traditional Luna Hoʻoponopono Training done in detail. Because what is untrue is contributing to the death of the actual Traditional Cultural Practice. In a way, when people continue to do what is not Pono/right, they are contributing to Cultural Genocide…
…tough words, but this is a serious issue and itʻs also why we set up the SoHAD as a Social Enterprise – so we could put in place Projects which preserve the Teachings and Cultural Practices in all sorts of different ways. If you’re a Practitioner or Home Healer of Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage Bodyworker, from any of the Schools, Luna Hoʻoponopono is part of the must have skill-set – so you need to do the Training. Itʻs Professional Development for you that also gives you another Healing Service to offer your Clients in additon to what youʻre already doing. All Practitoners of Healing and Wellness Modalities can do Ho’oponopono Sessions.
And, if you’re a Home Healer – someone who works with family and friends – you do this Training as well. In fact, thatʻs how it is Traditionally done, within the family. Itʻs still done like this today.
How much do you really know about Hoʻoponopono and being a Luna Hoʻoponopono? Put yourself to the test and take this learning challenge – youʻll find out whether youʻre on track or, maybe it will truth-bomb you! Either way, youʻll also get a feel for some of the learning activities in our Training Courses – not sterile, death by powerpoint or boring “read yourself into a coma” learning resources. Instead, you’ll find a warm and encouraging classroom with engaging experiential learning activities, community meetups and vibrant spiritual learning…
🌻 Give the Quiz a go and then weʻd be super, duper, knee-knockingly excited if you join our class – here to enrol and do the Free Preview Course too.
☝ Thereʻs an automated Payment Plan or you can pay in full, whatever works, but if you need an alternative, reach out and letʻs see what we can customise for you. The last Training Program for 2021 starts 01 August. First modules release 25 July and our first Meetup get together is 01 August via the Online Schoolhouse.
Oh! Thereʻs also a Special Introductory Course Fee Offer until 30 June 2021. We really want to work with you and train you to be a confident, highly skilled Luna Hoʻoponopono doing Hoʻoponopono the way our Ancestors wanted it done – read the Course Guide for more and then we’ll see you in the lumipapa/classroom…
We all know when we’re not, so why don’t we do it…
We just love it when things line up and everything just falls into place. We love it so much we ‘can’t believe” it.
We love that contented, kind of miraculous feeling – an intuitive knowing that if we could only put our mind to it we could have whatever we want all of the time…
So it’s seems counter intuitive, that when we have these experiences, we know that’s how it’s supposed to be, yet we don’t continue to do it.
Perhaps it’s conditioning – “...you can’t have everthing you want…” so we don’t really expect to get what we most desire and we’re suprised when we do.
By the way, that’s another self-sabotaging thought, that shows us how deeply ingrained, “less than” and “not having” actually is in our modern lives.
It also shows us how seperate we’ve become in our modern lives and how far away we’ve moved from what we call in the SOHAD – the School of Spirituality, Healing & Development which is also part of True Nature – “the space”.
The “space” is the Universal System of which we are all a part. When we are in alignment with the System and in “the space” – everything else lines up around us. It has to, because we are PONO – that is, in correct alignment Spiritually, Mentally, Physically.
We are living from within “the Space” from within the Spiritual System. When we live this way, we are living from Spiritual Intelligence – a higher form of intelligence. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is part of Spiritual Intelligence as is IQ.
It’s living from a higher aspect and we all know how to do it – it’s just that we have lost contact with it because the qualities that we use to live this way have become devalued in modern society. It’s one of our latent skills.
From the Druids to the Hawaiians, Earth-based Cultures all have this same Teaching. If modern people continue down the path, which we call the path of Separation, then the legacy of our world is in peril because we are living from “outside” the system.
The Spiritual System relies on us to do our part which is to live from a place of Completeness – which is a step beyond Oneness and Wholeness – and from which we can only live IF we live from within the System itself!
This is what the Sacred Teaching of PONO is – living in right relationship and balance with all things in this Universe BECAUSE we know that we and the Universe are one and the same. One cannot achieve its Completeness without the other…it’s a bit of a mind bend.
So if living in Alignment gives us all the good stuff, all that we desire – why don’t we do it?
Because it takes sustained effort, belief and acceptance of our Personal Power. Self-sabotage again that has become more like, society sabotage. It’s literally become a power game.
The game is to keep us small. Spiritually, in our Lineage Teachings, we know this to be the handiwork of the Kalohe & Kepalo – spiritual energies that prey on our vulnerabilities and seek to disrupt and destroy at every level.
These energies are able to get a foothold in our lives because of our unhealed vulnerabilities which take us out of living PONO, in the right alignment with Spirit. Fleetingly we experience PONO and the right alignment when those good things happen to us, but we take ourselves out again by putting it down to a fluke – but it’s the Ancestors saying “hey! When you do this, live like this, this is how good life can be...”
You can have it all – we call can. We just have to make a commitment to keep doing our inner work and close the gap of Separation. It’s that simple…
Our Path to Pa’ Course – Part 1: PAPA Foundations and Part 2 – Living Pa’a are two Courses which help you to set your foundation and understand yourself better. Our Spiritual Intelligence Courses are a direct path to “the Space” and we include Stage 1 in our Practitioner Level Courses as a Bonus Module.
Other ways you can help clear yourself and prepare to enter into an exploration of “the Space” and your Spiritual Intelligence is by working one-on-one with the Wise Guides.
Food for thought…explore the Free Previews in our courses