A Path of Fulfillment

by Christopher Lovejoy on September 26, 2010 · 10 comments

Three months ago, almost to the day, I published my first post, Promise and Possibility, on this blog, and I began my post with these words:

For me, personal fulfillment is not so much a goal as it is a path.

A path with promise.

A path with possibilities.

On this path, you can pause to reflect on where you’ve been to inform your sense of promise.

On this path, you can pause to observe the way ahead to inform your sense of possibility.

These words still ring true for me today, and are relevant to what I’d like to share with you now.

In my recent post, For the Benefit of Others, I put the spotlight on Dr. Ikaleakala S. Hew Len, along with the astonishing results he obtained from the ancient Hawaiian practice of ho’oponopono.

While researching this post, I came across an article on the nature, meaning, and spirit of Aloha, which I read with great interest. I thought that today’s post would only be about Aloha, but no.

In researching The Way of Aloha, I stumbled on a fascinating article that describes The Huna Path in terms of success and prosperity, which, apparently, includes The Way of Aloha.

The article is actually a description of a workshop given by Serge Kahili King from the Hawaiian Huna Village called The Huna Path to Success and Prosperity. In this post, I elaborate on the content of this article to outline and explore seven principles of Huna, of which Aloha is one.

Seven Principles of Huna

When I read this description of The Huna Path, I was more than a little surprised by how familiar it sounded. The author might have taken a few liberties with his interpretations; nevertheless, I was impressed by how clear and succinct he was in his presentation of the seven principles of Huna.

The author describes Huna as an ancient, pragmatic philosophy that grew from the keen observations of life made by Polynesian masters (in possession of esoteric knowledge) called Kahunas. He says that Huna wisdom may be applied to anything, but is especially suited to turning dreams into deeds.

While reading his treatment of the seven principles of Huna, I found myself resonating with most of what he wrote. My advice to my readers is to take what resonates and build on what you know.

The author maintains that the nature of the Polynesian language and mode of thought allowed the ancient masters to condense their philosophy into seven principles of clear and profound insight, which I’ve reproduced here for ease of reference:

Ike
Huna Principle 1: the world is what you think it is

Kala
Huna Principle 2: there are no limits

Makia
Huna Principle 3: energy flows where attention goes

Manawa
Huna Principle 4: now is the moment of power

Aloha
Huna Principle 5: to love is to be happy with

Mana
Huna Principle 6: all power comes from within

Pono
Huna Principle 7: ‘effective’ is the measure of truth

This is ancient wisdom, and it might not sound familiar to every modern ear. With a little tweaking, however, I believe it can be made to serve us in a contemporary context.

1. The Principle of Ike: the world is what you think it is

(Aside: I believe the correct pronunciation of Ike is ee-kay)

The world is what I think it is. If I think the world is a prison, then the world will inevitably start to look more and more like a prison. If, however, I think the world is a paradise, then again, my perceptions of the world will inevitably be guided and shaped by a vision of this world as a paradise.

Of course, there’s more to it than this.

The author is careful to maintain that the most important factor in putting this principle into practice is your firm belief about the world, or, more precisely, your conviction about it – not wishful thinking, and not mere intellectual opinion, but a deep-down, rock-solid, nothing-can-shake-this belief.

Anything less, he says, and you will get tepid, watered-down, mixed results, which he claims is why so many people get such results when they make attempts to consciously manifest their visions or dreams.

The world I know and love is a paradise of peace and prosperity.

2. The Principle of Kala: there are no limits

On the face of it, this sounds rather absurd.

You might be thinking: of course there are limits; everyone has limits.

But let us open our minds a little and take a closer look.

The author notes that Kala is a reminder to us that the universe is infinite, that anything is possible if you can figure out how to do it, and that everything you say and do influences the world around you.

To forgive and release are special applications of the principle of Kala.

To forgive and to release emotions and tensions that obstruct or interfere with the free flow of your vital energies will help you to manifest your objectives and realize your dreams.

In light of this, one might say that if you believe there are limits to who you can be, or if you believe there are limits to what you can have or do, then those limits will inform your sense of the world.

If, however, you leave open the possibility that there are no limits, then all bets are off.

Anything is possible.

3. The Principle of Makia: energy flows where attention goes

Many of us have heard this one before, in one form or another.

Put your attention on suffering and you attract more suffering. Put your attention on what is wrong and you attract more of what is wrong. Put your attention on conflict and you attract more conflict.

The more focused your attention, the stronger the attraction. Positive or negative.

Should you decide to apply a sustained focus to being happy, prosperous, and fulfilled, you will attract happiness, prosperity, and fulfillment faster, with more intensity, with greater ease.

A vision of the fulfillment of your promise with a sense of possibility is central to your intention to putting this principle into practice.

And if you also favor the principle of Kala, your vision need not be carved in stone. Like anything, it can be tweaked or modified to better serve you as you go along.

4. The Principle of Manawa: now is the moment of power

In a nutshell, this principle implies that I cannot do anything yesterday, that I cannot do anything tomorrow. I can only do what I can do now. Right here, right now.

Not yesterday, not tomorrow. Now.

Now is the moment of power.

Dwell on the past – on past difficulties or inadequacies – and you effectively keep yourself stuck in the past, mired in difficulty or inadequacy, reinforcing the very behavior that brought them about.

Worry about the future – about possible failures or rejections – and you effectively keep yourself stuck in the future, mired in failure or rejection, reinforcing the very behavior that might bring them about.

To sum it up, dreams can only be manifested in the here and now, by acting in the here and now.

In light of this principle, it pays to cultivate presence of mind, to manage and release your emotions skillfully and gracefully, and to take inspired action that follows your analytical and intuitive guidance.

5. The Principle of Aloha: to love is to be happy with

I love this principle. I love this principle not because I’m happy with it. There is no ‘because’. I’m happy with this principle and I love this principle. I love this principle and I’m happy with it.

Another example: I love you not because I’m happy with you, and I’m happy with you not because I love you. I love you and I’m happy with you; I’m happy with you and I love you.

The followers of Huna tell us (in a description from a YouTube video): “We shall extend and display respect to all others, which reflects our appreciation of humanity. We shall carry our pride quietly, neither boasting of ourselves nor speaking badly of others – often dishonest methods of self-praise. Yet, we must remain unashamed of our principles and be honest in our criticisms.”

This is the true meaning of Aloha.

Aloha offers us two important messages. The first is a paradox; the second is a promise:

  1. the more you are at peace with what you presently have, the easier it will be to change it
  2. the more you love your dream – the more it inspires you – the easier it will be to manifest

So many of our dreams and desires are born out of fear and loathing. For example, we want peace because we’re afraid of war and we want prosperity because we’re afraid of poverty.

In light of these considerations, the principle of Aloha is clear: fall in love with peace to manifest peace; fall in love with prosperity to manifest prosperity. To love peace and prosperity is to be … happy with both.

6. The Principle of Mana: all power comes from within

This principle will undoubtedly be a difficult one for many to accept.

Too many of us are accustomed to giving away our power to The Other.

Mana tells us that there is no power outside of us – no being, no person, no object, no situation, no circumstance, no conspiracy – that has any power over us whatsoever.

By our own beliefs and choices, we can pretend that The Other has more power over us or our lives than we do, but the power to do this (to believe and to choose this) comes from within us as well.

The sum and the source of all (however you like to name it and describe it) does not act on you; it acts through you. If you can dream the dream, then you have the power to make it come true.

You also have the power to make it hard – or easy. Your choice.

7. The Principle of Pono: ‘effective’ is the measure of truth

What matters, according to this principle, is what works.

If you intend a successful end, employ a successful means.

If you intend a prosperous result, apply a prosperous method.

If you intend a fulfilling outcome, follow a fulfilling pathway.

If one way doesn’t work, try another, or try something different, or expand your vision to come up with a new approach, until you get what you need or want.

And if one plan doesn’t work, change plans. It’s the end result that counts – not the result of any one way, means, method, technique, or plan. Stay flexible with instructive failure; make it your friend.

As the author states: “if it works, it’s Huna”.

The Huna Perspective

You might have heard of the Witness Perspective, where you adopt the emotionally detached point of view of the observer in situations that require or demand calm, cool, collected objectivity.

The Huna Perspective is more comprehensive.

It starts with a relationship between you and the world. To be sure, a lot goes on in a world that is inherently insecure and unstable, not all of it good or positive. This goes almost without saying.

In spite of this, or perhaps because of it, you do have some choice about this most basic and vital of relationships.

Your dominant view of the world does carry weight, and because it carries weight for you and for those with whom you come into contact, you’re in a position to shift that weight as a witness to your world.

You’re in a position to shift it to the negative end of the spectrum or the positive end.

In other words, you can turn your world into a prison or into a paradise – a cage or a beach.

And when you remember that there are no limits to what you can be, have, and do, you can give yourself as much freedom as you desire to be, have, or do whatever your heart desires.

On one condition: that you take responsibility for the foci of your energy, your presence of mind, your capacity to love, and the growth of your power. The more responsibility you take, the more energy, presence, love, power, and freedom you will have to share and enjoy with others.

Final Thoughts

Every problem, every difficulty, every brick wall that we might find ourselves facing only appears impenetrable or insurmountable within a particular frame of reference or point of view.

Create another frame, assume another view, and problems vanish, difficulties dissolve, brick walls fall – while opportunities appear, as if from nowhere.

We are the authors of our own experience of reality.

We can write the stories of our lives and weave webs of meaning, purpose, and direction that serve to enhance the quality of our lives and put misery in its place.

With these seven principles in mind, and with our hearts in the right place, I trust that we can all fulfill ourselves and transform this world with terrifying ease.

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BriteLite September 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Some good stuff here. These principles represent a triumph of consciousness in a world of matter. I’d love to see some practical tips for bringing these principles to fruition.

Christopher Lovejoy September 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Hi BriteLite, as I delve more deeply into these principles, I’m finding practical uses for them. I’ll be sharing some of them in posts to come.

Brian Griffith September 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Hi Chris,
There’s tons of great traditions to discover in the world. I’d be interested in seeing more about this Hawaiian one. Like what sort of community do people of this tradition have? What are their families like? What’s the history of their community, and what are they doing these days?

Christopher Lovejoy September 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Hi Brian, thanks for dropping by. I would agree with you that there are many interesting wisdom traditions in the world and that the Huna tradition is certainly worth further exploration. This article, The Deeper Meaning of Aloha, offers a few indications of how this tradition might manifest in a community of families. The site where this article is located might offer further food for thought in terms of the history of this tradition.

Evelyn Lim September 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I kept coming across about the Huna path but have had no time to investigate what it is about. Your post has piqued my interest. I may just attend a workshop on it in the coming months, after all.

Christopher Lovejoy September 29, 2010 at 8:14 am

Hi Evelyn, I resonate deeply with the metaphysics of the Huna path, and have decided to follow this path for a while to see where it leads me. In posts to come, I’ll be exploring and applying each of the principles in depth, just to see how far I can take them.

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