LIGHT: itʻs time to Lighten UP

LIGHT: itʻs time to Lighten UP

You are love and light in action. Itʻs easy to forget that sometimes. Fear is heavy. Love is light. Fear creates the illusion of darkness which seems very real at the time. When we train ourselves to recognise Fear, we also train ourselves to turn on our Light.

When we learn how to do this, we can also show others. Our light shines so theirs can.

Light isnʻt the domain of Healers and Practitioners – we can all be Light for each other. Often we tend to think of “light” as one light that shines within us. Light is made up of strands. It isnʻt one light that shines, but strands of many Lights.

When you work on your Light to make it clear and pure in every relationship and situation, it vibrates at a level that attracts another strand of Light to it. Light is vibration of pure energy. Pure energy is unencumbered by pōhaku/stones or what we might call our baggage.

Baggage comes from our Past and doesnʻt belong in our Future. Our Teaching: the Past + the Present = The Future confirms it for us. This Teaching means we must take on the challenge of doing our inner work, really committing to it, and being prepared for unlikely revelations that might take us by surprise, rattle us and threat to destabilise our lives (and our progress).

Taking on the challenge means putting yourself under the microscope and examining every aspect of your life. Every segment. Every Relationship. It means getting clear on what you say you stand for. It is about integrity, Truth.

All of us need to relearn how to be Truthful at this level – thatʻs the power of pōhaku and the influence of the Kolohe and Kepalo. To be Truthful at every level in every moment 24/7. If that is Truthful – are you Truthful?

Hana/the work is continuous. No-one is exempt from it. It is work that is done round the clock every day of our lives. To be Truthful is an aspiration of Physical Life. Every moment we encounter both the potential for Truth and the potential for Untruth…half-truthful, sort of Truthful, sometimes Truthful, mostly Truthful is all Untruth!

☝🏽 Think about it right now: are you Truthful in every moment, including this one right now, in every second that passes?

That seems like a giant mountain, impassable and impossible. Yet Spirit and Spiritual Living is all about what is possible. Possible is the domain of potential. Potential is the domain of Light. Light is a vibration of Energy. Because it is vibrational, it must be at the level of Pure Light.

This Energy has a name. We call it Aloha. The Energy of Unconditonal Love. It is the driving force of the Universe. It carries the strands of Light of those who have made it up the Mountain. As well as those who are making their way up there.

Every step we take up the Mountain is one more step into what is possible for us. Imagine if my Light attracted your Light. We stood side by side. Imagine how much Light Energy we would be shining. Then imagine another Light joins us. Now we have 3 strands of Light Energy. Imagine a 4th, 5th, 6th person saw our collective Light shining and comes to stand with us.

We would all be many strands of Light standing together. Making our way up the Mountain. Helping each other. Raising each other up. Making sure no-one gets left behind. Perservering when the going gets tough, helping each other to find our way through it all. Helping each other to find the joy and radiance so we donʻt take it so seriously that it becomes a weight, a Pohaku/a baggage.

Our Kūpuna know this journey. Theyʻre making it too. The Ancestors have all made it. We are all their collective Aloha. We know that because we are here…We all carry their Light of Aloha. Thatʻs why Light isnʻt just one light but the Light of Many.

The Ancestors understood this. They are the Light too. And, thatʻs why we have Teachings, Stories, Chants, Dances, Arts, Crafts, Healing Modalities, Language, Ceremony, Protocols and show respect for the Kūpuna, to help us learn and find our way.

These ARE the containers of Light.

Which is why we have preserved them in our Lineage – so you can learn them too. And shine…

So how to do it?

It can start with doing your Healing and getting into those dark corners and places you donʻt want to go:

► Lomilomi – is a spiritual healing method that feels like physical massage, or bodywork, but it is working at a whole other level. It addresses the physical – stress, tiredness, overwhelm, injury and so on – at the same time as it working at the level of Spirit, the Ancestors, our Spiritual Guardians. This is often the entry point for those for whom Hawaiian Healing Modalities feels helpful.

Hoʻoponopono goes in deep and like an arrow hits itʻs target. It is about breaking through the layers of stories and the entanglements that go with it. Weʻre looking for the pohaku, the stone, the baggage, the things that are weighing you down. Weʻre stalking it, peeling back the layers of the years and the experiences until we find it. Itʻs deep, itʻs powerful, and you will walk a new path after it. Youo can book with Kumu Nālani, Deborah Rose Hālani for online sessions as well as in-situ or ask us for details of a trained Luna Hoʻoponopono near you.

Lāʻau lapaʻau/herbal medicine, Kilokilo/astrology, Spiritual Hands-on Healing modalities, Meditation – thereʻs lot of ways to heal. Hawaiian Healing is a System of Healing but itʻs not the only one. The Teachings say Prayer is the medicine and you experience it through energetic healing forms.

Healing Conversation with the Wise Guides – an exploration of whatʻs happening in your life, discussing it, teasing it all out, coming up with ways to navigate through it, getting your next step.

You can also join a course through the Hālau and the SoHAD School. The Hālau Foundation Course that introduces the Teachings of our Lineage is the Path to Paʻa. Itʻs the first stage for all our Practitioner Level Courses too.

Or, you might like to be in a more informal learning space – the Hawaiian Studies Club meets twice/ month. Low cost, informal, like-minds, structured yet organic.

As well, you can explore your Spiritual Intelligence – these are self-paced options to take it all at your own pace. The foundation of these courses is our Hawaiian Teachings, so you get to learn a little about them too.

The SoHAD has courses in Indigenous Welsh Spirituality – thatʻs the Teachings of the Welsh Druids. And from time to time we have pop-up classes and talks in things like Sensory Awareness, Focussing, Meditation.

👉🏽 Joining the Community mailing list is the place to be to know when these are on. And, you can always contact Kumu Nālani directly. As the 51st Generation Teacher and Healer she is here to help you…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out Who You Can Be

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out Who You Can Be

When a  sense of reverence surrounds your being it creates movement with every thought and action. You allow your inner self to quietly shine.

When you honour and respect yourself from deep within, you also honour and respect the needs of others. It allows whatever needs to be worked through and achieved to be done with dignity and respect.

This is the time of Lono i ka Makahiki – or Makahiki Season. It is a period often called Hawaiian New Year. Lono is one of the 4 major Akua/Gods & Goddess. He is associated with Agriculture, Rain, Fertility, Peace and Goodwill.

Makahiki Season can be a time for making peace within and with those around you. Who do you need to make peace with? Who are you avoiding? Are you making promises to “catch up” but donʻt do it? What hurt are you carrying toward a person? And why is this hurt impacting you so much?  What piece of you is so wounded that you canʻt talk about it to the person concerned, make peace?

When you bottle things up and internalise hurt, the wounding magnifies. If it continues over time, it may seem insurmountable, that it canʻt be made right. Thoughts turn to just letting it slide in the hope it will somehow get better.

Digging in deep is required. Digging into your own hurt, to find the source of your wounding is needed.

Thereʻs something unresolved within you. Something youʻre afraid of that prevents you from making things right.

Often itʻs how the other person, or people, will receive us as we speak the truth of our experience of them or the situation that caused such hurt. Thatʻs a wound from way back that also needs your attention.

Making things right involves risk. You risk whatever relationship it is you have. But thereʻs a greater risk and thatʻs the risk of damaging the relationship you have with yourself. You might already feel that your relationship with yourself is non-existent at worst, fragile or a work in progress at best, and your foundation isnʻt strong enough to risk rejection – from yourself or others.

It is when you are on the edge of risk that the greatest growth can occur and you take another step toward the person you aspire to be. Risk in this context is your growing edge. By rolling the dice and risking it all, you grow.

It does require you to reach in deep, into the depths of your Being to find the courage to make things right. It will require you to put all your learning about yourself into action. It is a test of what and who you say you are in the world. You will be required to show how you are living your beliefs.

It is a test of Truth.

Itʻs this that can create a state of inner conflict – I want to live my beliefs, to be the person I say I am in the world, I really do and yet…thereʻs an edge to all this. I get it. Itʻs hard. Living a  spiritual life in these times where the basic spiritual foundations are not known, valued or respected is hard.

It is even harder to live them when youʻre the one doing the compromising of value and respect…when you do not take steps to set things right, it’s on you!

Making things right is what sets you free. Thatʻs the payoff. The risk is you might also lose something or someone. Thatʻs the decision only you can make. It is a question of happiness and unconditional love. It is a question of putting yourself at the head of the line. It is a question of spiritual resilience to deal with any fall out. It is a question of Spirit first and your relationship with Spirit above all others.

It is a question that life is not necessarily absolutes. Absolutes is to limit thinking and creativity. To consider that an outcome is either one or the other creates another level of imprisonment. Imprisonment of Spirit. Of your Spiritual Essence. Of all that you are.

Your Spiritual Essence, your ʻuhane, needs to be your Guide in this not the Mind.

Absolutes is the domain of the mind. The mind is the playground of the Kolohe and Kepalo – lower order destabilising entities who never work in your best interests. Indecision cracks the door open for them to enter. Continuing to delay action opens it further. Getting tangled inside inner conflict pushes the door open a bit more…

The way to close it forever is to do the hana/your inner work to strengthen your spiritual foundation so that there is no room or possibility for separation from ʻuhaneʻs guidance. You have been given this great gift, this great asset to help you in the physical world. To not learn to use it, live from it, be it – thatʻs disrepect.

Respecting who you are, all your potentials, the spiritual freedom that is avaiable to you starts with finding resolution to relational issues. You show yourself disrespect when you engage in avoidance, which is a signpost to your fear.

You show respect for the Beingness of the other person or people when you step up to the plate to speak the Truth of your experience – which might not necessarily be THE TRUTH but it IS the truth from your side.

When you hold on to pōhaku/stones, the things that weigh you down, it becomes emotional baggage which weighs you down even more. You create your own pōhaku, not the other person or persons, who may be unaware of the impact of the incident on you.

You may feel youʻve been disrespected – but the Truth is, youʻre the one doing the disrespecting by not addressing the issue with yourself and the other/s involved.

Decision is your great power. Use it to free yourself. Makahiki is the time to do it…

►Don’t know if you can get there? Hmmm, we can help you with that. Traditional Hoʻoponopono can take you deep inside to the place where your orginal wounding lies. Together we work through the layers of relationship one at a time. The key to Future is in opening doors in your Past. Make a time Kumu Julia, Wise Guide Deborah or one of our trained Luna Hoʻoponopono. Use the Contact Form to find out whoʻs near you or book directly online with Kumu or Wise Guide Deborah.

► Maybe it’s a Healing Conversation that we need to have: here it’s less formal and we still sink in deep. We’ll chat about where you are, what’s happened, where you want to go and what’s blocking the way. You’ll work away with some handy how-to’s to get you started. Kumu Julia Nālani and any of the Wise Guides can help you out.

► Another way is to join a Course and build that Foundation with the help of our Traditional Teachings. The Path to Paʻa is where you want to be. OR, you can join the Hawaiian Studies Club- itʻs a monthly membership, $40/month, and we meet twice a month online. Each meetup is specific, fun, useful, insightful and recorded. Recordings are accessible for 12 weeks and then they go into the Library. Thereʻs also other handy tools and resources for Club Members as well as Course & Session Discounts. So check that out too…not sure, letʻs talk it through. Contact me…Aloha, Kumu Paʻa Julia Nālani x

☝🏽 PS One important thing when we talk about Risk – it doesnʻt mean you place yourself in unsafe situations with unsafe people. For example, in Narcisstic Relationships, Domestic Violence or with people who know are mentally unstable. You still do the inner work but you donʻt place yourself at risk. Not sure? Ask Kumu.

WHATʻS THE RUSH – rushing your Spiritual Growth doesnʻt get you there any faster

WHATʻS THE RUSH – rushing your Spiritual Growth doesnʻt get you there any faster

Scrolling through the SMʻs this morning Iʻm struck by how many people “like” and “love this” on the quick fix lists.

So I want to know – whatʻs the rush? If youʻre a Spiritual Seeker why are you rushing your development with Quick Fix Lists?

What are you rushing to or from? Itʻs true in our Teachings we often share Anakala/Uncle Pilipoʻs wisdom about making our way up the Mountain – but never does he tell us itʻs a fast trip!

Zooming up the mountain and getting there faster doesnʻt mean youʻll find what youʻre seeking when you get to the top!

Because when you get there, you might find thereʻs a new peak which you couldnʻt see before. And so the journey begins again. What you learned on your way up, is what equips you for the next peak. Where you are, which you thought was the top, is a plateau to rest for the next leg of the journey.

So being in a hurry means you might by-pass important Teachings that are the foundation for your next level of ascension. And where will that leave you? Ill-equipped for whatʻs next…

Hurrying towards the goal (whatever that is) is triggered by Need. Need stems from a sense of lack in some area of your life – maybe itʻs your stuff from the Past that you havenʻt fully resolved, maybe itʻs a sense of time running out, new information revealed or maybe itʻs just that youʻre in a hurry to “move on”.

But hurrying isnʻt the answer. Hurrying can cause you to skim over only the top level which gives the illusion that youʻre “doing the hana/the work”. For growth and change to occur, the learning has to be deep.

Going deep takes patience because just like the mountain, thereʻs depths within depths. Your job is to discover them all. As you do you will discover the pathway changes as you expand.

Expansion takes patience and persistance, thatʻs why we have the word “E hoʻomanawanui” – which literally means patience and fortitude or taking big(nui) time (manawai) to do (hoʻo) something.

Our Ancestors understood Patience and Fortitude are not easy to live by day to day. They are two sides of the same coin. One arises because of the other. If you are in a hurry, youʻre trying to CONTROL the flow of your life. Control in this context doesnʻt help, it causes you to hold on more tightly, which creates a sense of scarcity and hurry.

You think you are hurrying forward, towards something. But thatʻs not true. Youʻre not hurrying away from pain but hurrying deeper into it. Peddling backwards. Some people might call it “avoidance”. Only you will know.

So what to do?

▶ Acknowledging growth requires you to stop, step back and reflect deep into the REAL TRUTH. As you do, be aware of even the slightest, most subtle contraction, frission or glinch as you do. Your body is your physical sensory vessel that is most often the easiest to listen to – but remember, when your body tells you something, it has already happened at the Spiritual Level. The Phsyical is the last place you become aware of it.

▶ If your body feels the REAL TRUTH about your attachment to Quick Fix Lists, fast remedies or 5 Ways to…, listen to it without hilahila/shame or judgement. It is simply your expansion into REAL TRUTH – which is always the domain of the true Seeker.

Itʻs a sign of your Growth, lean into it…Aloha, Kumu Paʻa Julia Nālani x

🌺 PS Hereʻs how I can help you to REALLY grow and develop fast as a Healing Practitioner and/or Spiritual Seeker: join my Hawaiian Studies Club. Itʻs a community of Healers, Practitioners and Seekers just like you. Itʻs a real community filled with a variety of weekly learning opportunities led by me Kumu Paʻa Julia Nālani, unikiʻd 51st Generation Kumu Paʻa. In the Club I share with you Teachings, ʻolelo noʻeau/wisdom proverbs, weʻll explore Spiritual Intelligence – the intelligences of our Ancestors – and how to use these intelligences each moment of our living. Thereʻs a Hula and Oli as well + build your biz advice and Ask Me Anything Days. Thereʻs more of course – check it out over on the Hawaiian Studies Club Page or contact me to ask more…

WHATʻS THE RUSH – rushing your Spiritual Growth doesnʻt get you there any faster

Buckle Up Buttercup – how to stop falling out of the roller-coaster ride

We think about the Spiritual Path as being fairly straightforward, but it isn’t really like that at all. Which is why people fall off the Path. Finding your way along the Path takes real commitment and tenacity. For as long as the memory within our stories tells us, Humankind has had to meet and face one uncomfortable truth – the truth of their humanness.

Sometimes it’s used as an excuse for our failings and mistakes. We can write them off as being “Human”. But is this level of our “Humanness” the same level of being “Human” as the Ancestors lived it?

So the real question is: what did they know that we do not? What is it that prevents each one of us living from the same level they did? And if we did, how would our lives be improved in some way, or would they?

When a set of Teachings is given within any traditional Cultural framework and you begin experimenting with what it’s like to live within them, each one of us is confronted with the weaknesses of our humanness because they are exposed and magnified by the Teachings we’re engaging with.

The roller-coaster of emotions (often labelled as unhappy ones) we experience is our resistance to letting go of what we have allowed ourselves to believe in for many years as Truth. As Humans we do not easily let go of anything we believe has valued and served us in some way. It is the not letting go that keeps us in a place of feeling stuck and unsatisfied. The more we hang on, the more rigid we become. We cannot move.

Often it is the very beliefs we are holding on to that are keeping us stuck – but we cannot see it because those beliefs have gotten us to where we are now. It is the Now that is telling us we are stuck and need to move, but it is the valuing of beliefs that we have outgrown – at some level we intuitively understand this even if it is a very vague intuitive sense – that is preventing the movement.

Every Tradition tells us that to prevent movement is to create suffering. We are the source and architect of our suffering…

Most people cannot take the roller-coaster of emotions. The roller-coaster feeling is the tension between holding on and letting go. Because we cannot cope with the intensity of the feeling, and because we have not learned how to experience the wide gamut of emotions in a healthy way, we resist the movement, telling ourselves all sorts of familiar fabrications: “I’m fine as I am”, “this is as far as I need to go right now”, “I’m OK, I don’t need to change”, “I like myself less now than before”, “itʻs normal to…” and 101 other one-liners.

All of them are the Voice of Resistance – we just don’t recognise it because itʻs a familiar voice and feeling the roller-coaster of emotions isn’t. When something isn’t familiar or when it fails to meet our imaginary view of what “becoming” looks like and what “light” feels like – we assess it as Bad or Not Good…what is really happening at the most profound levels is CHANGE…

And most of us arenʻt taught how to recognise it, embrace it, ride it out and live through it until it becomes our “norm”.

Which, if you really think about it, is why we actively seek out Spiritual Teachings in the first place – to make sense of ourselves…

People do not change because they cannot (or will not) go the distance. They haven’t learned basic coping mechanisms for being uncomfortable with uncomfortable experiences. They are thirsty for the quick fix that instantly makes them feel better and more approving of themselves – and that’s when the old “Stories of Resistance” like those one-liners really kick in.

That we have those thoughts is a normal process of personal change; that we allow them to keep us nailed to the same spot, is not. Are these words “pinging” you strongly in one way or the other? Are you feeling “the Yips”? Are you feeling uncomfortable? We hope so. That’s why we have given them to you. We want to be controversial. We want to create the Depths of Thought within you. We want you to objectively assess your own beliefs. We do not want you to stay nailed to the cross, sacrificing the finding of the Truth of Light within you. That is the mission of all Traditional Teachings in their pure form.

Uncorrupted Teachings help you to fight your way through; corrupted Teachings do not serve the Truth of You, they serve the corruption of your Spiritual Essence keeping you contained in “unpotential”, which is a wasteland, literally a wasting of your spirit and a wasting away of your potential. Uncorrupted Teachings teach you the Skill of Discernment, so you can see the Truth, corrupted Teachings will make it sound like truth, but really they’re hiding the Truth from you. They blind you to all that you can be. To all youʻre supposed to be.

You will only ever know this for yourself when you go the distance and follow the path to its end – in the process you will experience life unmasked. The roller-coaster of emotions is the first raw experience of unmasking. Only when you are unmasked, are able to decide the Truth. Which doesn’t require a decision at all…

How can I develop myself further Kumu?

  • Join the School of Spirituality Spiritual Intelligence Training – Stage 1: 4 x Sundays in November 2022 @ 09:00am – 10:00am with Kumu Nālani live online or start the DIY Course and reach out to Kumu when you need to. This course is suitable for everyone
  • Join the School of Hawaiian Spiritual Studies: Path to Paʻa. 7 x Mondays starting mid-October 2022 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm with Kumu Nālani live online. This course is for those interested in learning about Hawaiian Spiritual Practices, Practitioners of Hawaiian Healing like Lomilomi and those thinking about becoming Lomilomi and/or Hoʻoponopono Practitioners.
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  • Do a 1:1 online Hoʻoponopono Session and start clearing the stones from your Path: Kumu and Wise Guide Deborah Halani both do these sessions Or doing live online Healing Sessions with one of the other Wise Guides – each Guide works with you in a different way