Friday, October 03, 2008
As some people discovered an unimaginably long time ago, the best way to keep a secret is to tell everyone about it, over and over and over again in many different ways until they stop paying attention and forget about it. Then someone “rediscovers” the secret and everyone gets excited about it until it’s old news and it gets forgotten again.
Possibly the oldest form of the secret process is found in Huna, a name of convenience given to the very ancient esoteric knowledge of Polynesia. As a word in Hawaiian, ka huna actually means “the secret.” Interestingly, this particular word has the connotation of something hard to see, not something intended to be kept hidden. The process itself is described in the Hawaiian proverb, Makia ke ali’i, ehuehu ka ukali (literally, concentration is the chief, energy is the follower), which I first translated in my 1985 book, Mastering Your Hidden Self, as “Energy flows where attention goes.”
In other words, to achieve all your desires, keep your focus on what you want, and not on what you don’t want, a version of the secret expressed frequently in the Seth Books by Jane Roberts. Other versions of the secret process can be found in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, in Buddhist and Taoist writings, in Yoga sutras and Sufi poetry, and of course in the works of more modern writers such as Wattles, Hill, Emerson, Holmes, and many others. One nice thing about the Hawaiian version of the secret is that it includes specific instructions for putting it into practice. These instructions can be found in the roots of a little-understood Hawaiian word, haipule.
The Pukui-Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary defines haipule as meaning “religious, devout, pious, reverent, to worship,, to hold prayers or service, to consecrate a heiau, and a church service,” but this is obviously a Christianized interpretation of this very Hawaiian word. More likely, it’s original meaning as a whole word was based on the word hai (to offer) plus pule (prayer, blessing, spell). That is, haipule is a term relating to a process for making good things happen.
The actual process, according to my Hawaiian uncle, William Kahili, is found in root meanings of the word. More accurately, the roots describe four ways to maintain a positive focus, which is the key ingredient of the secret.
Ha - meaning “life, breath, spirit.” Breathe deeply and get emotionally excited while thinking about what you want, or at least feel as positive and happy as you can. When you lose your focus, breathe deeply to get back into the present and start over.
I - meaning “to speak.” Speak the words that describe what you want, aloud or silently. When you find yourself speaking negative words related to what you want, stop, breathe, and go back to saying what you want instead.
Pu - meaning “to issue forth, to appear like smoke.” This is a poetic description of imagination. Imagine what you want in as much sensory detail as you can. When you find yourself imagining what you don’t want, stop, breathe, and imagine what you want again.
Le - a short form of lele meaning, basically, “to move.” Whenever you are thinking or speaking about what you want, assume a positive posture and move in confident ways. When you find yourself feeling depressed, helpless or disillusioned in relation to what you want, stop, take a deep breath, and change your posture or the way you move into a more positive and confident mode.
You don’t have to do everything every time you think of what you want, but each method reinforces the other and helps you to maintain your positive expectation.
So that’s it. The secret is out. Or, as the ancient Hawaiians would have said…
Ahuwale ka nane huna “That which was a secret is no longer hidden” (from ‘Olelo No’eau, by Mary Kawena Pukui)
About The Author
Serge Kahili King is a Hawaiian Shaman and Founder of Aloha International - an organization dedicated to sharing the Hawaiian healing arts and helping individuals attain self-mastery. To learn more about this organization and the courses they offer, please visit Huna.org
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