Moʻolelo – A Teaching Story: How the Naupaka Flower Came to Be

Moʻolelo – A Teaching Story: How the Naupaka Flower Came to Be

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.

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Understand Yourself Better – start with the Pō, the Place of Origin

Understand Yourself Better – start with the Pō, the Place of Origin

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 , 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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I almost didn’t do it…but then I did…getting to Enlightenment

I almost didn’t do it…but then I did…getting to Enlightenment

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!

 

I almost didn’t do it…but then I did…getting to Enlightenment

The Process of Growing

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 guidanceHey Kumu!

 

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Moʻolelo – A Teaching Story: How the Naupaka Flower Came to Be

Life in the SLOW Lane

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.