Aloha for Everyone

by Christopher Lovejoy on October 31, 2010 · 2 comments

Aloha.

The word conjures up images of beautiful Hawaiian women dancing hula on warm, sunny days, swaying to and fro in grass skirts and offering up colorful wreaths made of flowers.

Either in greeting or as a farewell, Aloha expresses love and happiness.

The deeper meaning of Aloha speaks to the Way of Aloha or the Aloha Spirit, both of which refer to giving and receiving the energy of love and joy in the present moment.

The more you share this energy in this way, the more attuned you become to Mana – the Universal Power from which all things true, good, and beautiful arise and flow with ease.

The more attuned you are to Mana in a loving and joyous way, the more easily you can bless your way to health and happiness, wealth and prosperity, knowledge and wisdom.

The Aloha Spirit, originally titled The Little Pink Booklet of Aloha, gives us the secret to living a life of fulfillment: bless anything and everything that represents your deepest, most heartfelt desires.

Before I give you some suggestions on how to do this, I’d first like to place the principle of Aloha in a context that would deepen our understanding and appreciation of The Huna Path.

A Warm Retrospective

So far, I’ve covered the principles of Ike, Kala, Makia, and Manawa on The Huna Path.

What I’d like to do now is retrace my steps back to these four principles so as to infuse them with the meaning and spirit of Aloha – to understand and appreciate them in the light of Aloha.

Ike would have us believe that the world is what we think it is, but in the soft, warm light of Aloha, Ike might go something like this: we see in the world what we carry in our hearts.

If we carry hate, we see hate; if we carry love, we see love. If I carry a vision of paradise with peace and prosperity in my heart, then I will see evidence of a paradise with peace and prosperity.

Kala would have us believe that there are no limits, but in the soft, warm glow of Aloha, Kala might go something like this: there are no limits to what your heart can have you be or do.

If we open our hearts to a field of infinite possibilities, where everyone and everything is connected to everyone and everything else, then there are no limits to what our hearts can manifest.

Makia would have us believe that energy flows where attention goes, but in the soft, warm light of Aloha, Makia might go something like this: the energy of love and joy flows wherever we bless.

If we bless whatever represents our deepest, most heartfelt desires, letting the energy of our love and joy flow towards it in relative comfort with relative ease, then we will attract and manifest more of what we desire.

Manawa would have us believe that now is the moment of power, but in the soft, warm glow of Aloha, Manawa might go something like this: now is the moment of power in the presence of love.

If we remind ourselves on occasion to stop and breathe, to dwell in the present moment, to feel the power of love, to be here now in the presence of love, then Aloha is but a heartbeat away.

Research from the Heart

Research from the Institute of HeartMath shows a critical link between your emotional states and the rhythms of your heart.

Your heartbeat generates a pattern over time, and with the use of complex algorithms, a precise determination can be made about how you feel.

When you feel negative, stressed or frustrated, your heart generates an incoherent waveform, showing up as jagged and irregular (like an earthquake when the anger is extreme).

And when you feel positive, at peace or in love, your heart generates a coherent waveform, showing up as a very smooth pattern which appears as a sine wave.

You can probably guess which waveform is better for your health and well-being.

But did you know that the waveforms from your heart get communicated to your brain, telling your brain how to respond or react?

The waveforms of your heart trigger electrical, neuronal, and biochemical changes in your brain.

Your heart also monitors blood pressure, hormone levels, and other changes in your body, and sends this information to your brain. Your heart also responds to messages from your brain.

The communication is two-way; changing your stress response starts with the heart – not the head.

For this two-way communication to occur, your heart has its own brain.

The brain of your heart has around 40,000 neurons known as neurites – not as many as your cranial brain, but enough to keep the flow of information going in both directions.

From the research, it appears that the brain of your heart is the central processing unit, whereas your cranial brain contains many (but not all) of your memories and serves like a digital readout.

The brain of your heart also has a memory as evidenced by those who undergo substantial changes in their personalities and preferences after having had heart transplants.

The upshot of all this research is this: listen to your heart; follow your heart.

The Heart Under Stress

A change of heart trumps positive thinking and cognitive therapy.

Take a stroll through the splendor of nature, listen to music that soothes the heart of your soul, have a heart-to-heart discussion with someone, get your hands dirty in your favorite flower garden.

All of these activities (and more) can positively shift the energetics of your heart, allowing you to let go of a troubling issue for a time so that you can see the big picture and get clear about your options.

You might want to make a list of such activities for future reference (“what do I need to do to feel good?”).

Bringing your heart into coherence will sychronize your brain function so that you can think more clearly, more quickly, more easily.

A big challenge for humanity right now is to transform its relationship with the stress response so that it can regulate it more effectively and efficiently.

Some of us are clearly better at this than others.

They can manage the stress response with relative ease from their experience with handling difficult situations and from their experience with pacing themselves through stressful situations.

Other factors, however, are more intrinsic to the person involved in a stressful situation, circumstance, or environment, such as strength of heart and sensitivity to stimuli.

In their book Transforming Stress, The Institute of HeartMath offers techniques to better manage the rhythms of your heart, to better manage emotional states, to better manage the stress response.

Here’s a basic technique to get you going, one that many already use in a hit-and-miss manner, to bring more coherence to the heart:

  1. Be still and relax; focus on your heart
  2. Breathe gently into the area of your heart
  3. Generate a positive feeling, image, or attitude

Feel the peace, the love, the joy, the bliss, the grace, the gratitude, the care, the compassion, the kindness, the sensitivity, the empathy, the tolerance, the appreciation, or the admiration.

Even if you can get yourself to a neutral place in the midst of stress (“I love my ___, but I sure don’t appreciate her/him/it right now”), this can help your heart return to a state of coherence.

I’ve already said this, but I’ll say it again for emphasis:

If we remind ourselves on occasion to stop and breathe, to dwell in the present moment, to feel the power of love, to be here now in the presence of love, then Aloha is but a heartbeat away.

The Power of Blessings

The power of the cranial brain is overrated.

The brain of your heart is where the most meaningful action takes place.

What are you feeding the brain of your heart?

Look at the food you eat and drink. Is it nutritious and delicious?

Consider the books you read or the games you play. Do they inspire you?

Look at the entertainment you watch. Does it uplift you?

Take a moment to reflect on your health, fitness, and vitality. Do you like what you see? Do you like how you feel?

How about your satisfaction with work, money, and prosperity? Could you do more with less?

What about fun, leisure, and recreation? Are you giving enough of your time to them?

Pause to consider your relationships with love, success, and happiness. Do they satisfy you? Do they fulfill the heart of your soul?

Before I offer up suggestions for blessing anything and everything that represents your deepest, most heartfelt desires, you might want to ask yourself:

What are my deepest, most heartfelt desires?

  • Write a narrative to describe them – a description of your perfect day, for example
  • Collect images that represent your desires and make them accessible from one place
  • Listen to music that soothes the heart of your soul or calls forth the vitality of your spirit
  • Gather your family members or a group of friends and share your responses from the heart

So, what does it mean to bless?

I know that so much of what we see and do these days has been desacralized. Like beautiful Hawaiian women dancing hula on warm, sunny days. “Nothing is sacred anymore”.

Unless, of course, you think feel otherwise. I do, and so, too, perhaps, can you.

To bless means you recognize or emphasize a positive quality, characteristic, or condition, along with your intention that what you recognize or emphasize will arise, increase, or endure.

Blessing anything and everything that represents your truest, deepest, most heartfelt desires starts with knowing yourself well enough to say, with positive conviction, what it is that you love.

The principle of Aloha – to love is to be happy with – invites us to bless that which reminds us of our most intense, most wholesome desires to fulfill our promise with a sense of possiblity.

How shall we bless?

Most obviously, you can bless someone (or something) with a touch – physically, if you know someone reasonably well, or symbolically, whether or not you do (a kind word can touch the heart).

Trees, plants, flowers, animals – they like to be touched, too.

You can bless someone with a random act of kindness, with a few words of gratitude, with the presence of your peace, your love, your joy, your bliss, your grace.

You can bless in silence: what a beautiful sunset; what a beautiful flower; what a beautiful person.

You can bless the future with positive anticipation: “I just know I’m going to …”; “I just know you’re going to …”; “I just know we’re going to …”.

You can bless yourself. In the dead of night, when you wake up feeling perplexed, preoccupied, or overwhelmed, bless yourself with a soothing mantra in the form of a word, phrase, or question.

Words like “peace” or “love”. Phrases like “release on peace” or “love in my heart”. Questions like “could I allow myself to be as profoundly at peace as I am?” Be creative. Be original.

And last, but certainly not least, you can bless yourself by slowing down long enough to soak up the wise words in The Little Pink Booklet of Aloha. And then sharing it with others.

Going forward, instead of mind power or brain power, let us talk about heart power.

Intuitively Heartfelt

Research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine indicates that the heart has intuitive access to a field of information not bound by space and time.

In a study where subjects faced an array of randomly generated pictures on a computer screen, the heart had a rhythmic response to a picture before it was actually selected.

It seems that precognition comes from the heart through a quantum field effect.

These effects are fun – and sometimes scary – but the real value of intuition lies in giving us clarity in the moment, to alert us and push us or pull us and guide us toward beneficial outcomes.

Especially in our relationships with others.

Have you ever walked into an area where the energy of the people who are (or were) inside it inspired you? Energized you? Brought you down? Made you feel uneasy? Gave you the creeps?

I once walked past a cemetery at night (I’m not at all afraid of cemeteries) and felt a pervasive cooling presence that literally chilled my bones (yes, it was a chilly night, but not that chilly).

I’ve had an intuition to run for cover before it started to rain and found cover within seconds of a downpour.

Reports of mothers running to their young children for no apparent reason is also not uncommon. These children are typically in need of help or are found on the verge of being injured.

And so, if you should ever get an intuitive prompting from the heart, please don’t rationalize it away like someone trapped inside a materialistic-naturalistic-reductionistic paradigm.

Follow the impulse or take a step in the direction of your heart’s desire.

Aloha for Everyone?

This is a legitimate question, but one that I believe can be safely qualified in the affirmative.

I realize that many people in the world are fighting against problems, fighting against problems that they see in others, and fighting against parts of themselves that they see as problems.

Their energy is directed, for the most part, toward fighting problems, resisting change, being against something rather than for something, to a point where they can no longer say “Aloha” to anyone.

The world might seem to you to be full of people who no longer have access to the wisdom of their hearts – who don’t, can’t, or won’t have a heart in situations where this is clearly called for.

You might feel that these observations support an argument that says Aloha is not for everyone, but I would encourage you to feel otherwise.

Yes, there are those who have been classified as sociopathic; yes, there are those who are so damaged by the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune that they can no longer empathize with anyone; yes, there are those who seem so mean and selfish and inconsiderate that they have lost all contact with the hearts of their souls; yes, we keep hearing about those in positions of authority who commit heinous crimes against humanity; but consider: unless and until you approach someone for the first time in the spirit of Aloha, how will you ever know (or feel or sense) that this person is capable of giving love?

Obviously, in one sense, Aloha is not for everyone. That is, it simply cannot be so.

In another sense, however, Aloha is for everyone – from your own point of view, for your own sake, with your own interests at heart, to satisfy and fulfill your own sense of good will.

On the other hand, unless you’ve insulated yourself from the problems of the world in the many subtle ways that this can be done, you’ll know that many people are struggling to makes ends meet.

Not all complaints, grievances, and protestations are groundless. Not all of them can be magically and instantly transformed into positive intentions. Not all of them deserve to be dismissed outright.

If you have a heart, you’ll know this to be true.

However, for those who feel they react negatively too often than desired to less than ideal situations or circumstances, there’s an interesting perspective you can take when you do so.

The principle at the core of this perspective is this: all power comes from within.

This will be the subject of my next post.

Until then, please remember: to love is to be happy with.

Aloha!

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