The Way of Huna Wisdom

by Christopher Lovejoy on September 28, 2019

The wisdom of Huna has many applications, but is particularly relevant to realizing personal fulfillment by translating dreams into deeds and manifesting desired results. This ancient Lemurian wisdom can be condensed into seven principles of clear and profound insight:

Ike (ee-kay), the first principle, is translated into English as the world is what you think it is.

The ultimate key to bringing desire to fruition is trust ~ not wishful thinking, not intellectual opinion, not even mere belief, but deep-down, rock-solid, unquestioned knowing. Anything less produces less; mixed results are all too common when attempts are made to manifest dreams.


A key distinction is necessary to grasp the applicability of this principle in its entirety: the existential layer of creation ~ “the world as it is” (the objective view) ~ can be received in contrast to the experiential layer of creation ~ “the world as you think it is” (a subjective view).

At the level of integration with Source intelligence, realizable through a long process of exercising will and faith as the self comes to be known and accepted as the Source, the two layers of creation begin to merge: “the world as you think it is” e-merges as “the world as it is.”

At the level of separation from Source, engaged through a long incarnative process of exercising will and faith as the self comes to be known and accepted as the Source, the two layers of creation remain at odds: distortions of the Source continue to be explored and expressed.

To remain at odds with Source intelligence, one must either (a) imagine a world at odds with the principles of creation (where love is not contained) or … one must (b) interpret the world as being at odds with the principles of creation (where service is not freely given).

Be careful how you interpret the world; it is like that (to quote Eric Heller). I would respectfully add: be careful how you interpret your self, or humanity, or this world in particular, or anything else that you feel justifies projecting the energy of blame and shame ~ it is like that.

Kala (kah-lah), the second principle, is translated into English simply as there are no limits.

This is a reminder that the creation 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. Kala also has additional meanings of forgiving and releasing, which indicate the importance of forgiving and releasing feelings of regret, worry, resentment, and tension that interfere with the free flow of energy toward an objective.


Obviously (existentially speaking), there are limits, for how else could one say “there are no limits”? Paradoxically (experientially speaking), anything is possible, if, as, when one can figure out how to “make it so.” In the face of apparent limits, how does one “make it so”?

In the face of this apparent limit, how do I make it so? How do we make it so?

A most interesting experience arises if, as, when I identify the creation as belonging to the Source of one and all: I need not rely solely on myself to make it so. I have the backing of a supreme intelligence: am I willing and able to forgive and release as I go to make it so?

To be or not to be? With all due respect for Shakespeare, this is not the question.

As I remain true to my calling, my being, what need have I to forgive and release?

Makia (mah-key-ah), the third principle, is translated as energy flows where attention goes.

You attract what you attend. The more focused the attention, the stronger the attraction, and attraction occurs whether attention is positive or negative. The use of this principle requires what many have found quite difficult to do: realize a vision for your life with intentions firm and pure.


So why might it be so difficult to manifest the life of your dreams with desired outcomes?

Vital clues to the answer can be found in the principles of Ike and Kala (see above). Vital clues to the answer can also be found in the principles that follow (see below). Through it all, attentional control, in terms that answer who, what, when, where, why, and how, is key.

Manawa (mah-nah-wah), the fourth principle, is translated as now is the moment of power.

Chronic recall of past inadequacies and difficulties will either forestall forward movement or reinforce the very behavior that led to them, as will chronic worry about future failure. Desired results can only be conceived and achieved in the here and now by acting in the here and now.

One cannot do anything yesterday and one cannot do anything tomorrow.

It really is a matter of focus: be here now; here and now is where it’s at.


Let us take care not to devalue or denigrate the past and future for sake of the present.

The present moment cannot be conceived without a past and future and the past and future cannot be conceived without the present moment; just as a wonderful past can contribute to a wonderful present, so too can a future bright with promise contribute to a glorious present.

Having said this, there is much wisdom to be found in the principle of Manawa. Make no mistake: now truly is the moment of power. Any emotional charge around a realization or possibility of failure can be neutralized if, as, when it is treated as a stepping stone to success.

It all depends on how I frame an apparent failure in my life (my love, my work), for in the overall scheme of things, an apparent failure might just be what I need to bring me ever closer to desired success. Frame it in a positive light and I get to keep my life happy and bright (aloha).

Aloha (a-low-hah), the fifth principle of Huna, is translatable as to love is to be happy with.

In view of manifesting, this means (1) the more at peace I am with what I presently have, the easier it will be to change it, and (2) the more I love my dream ~ the more it inspires me ~ the easier it will be to manifest. Many people, however, harbor dreams born of fear. They want to manifest peace because they’re afraid of conflict or they want to manifest prosperity because they’re afraid of poverty.

Have a dream? Remain at peace with what you have; remain inspired by what you desire.


The order in which these principles are being presented is becoming all the more apparent.

Aloha is a successful, inclusive realization of principles one through four: the world is what you think it is; there are no limits; energy flows where attention goes; and now is the moment of power. When someone greets you with Aloha, keep these principles of the heart in mind.

Mana (mah-nah), the sixth principle, is translatable simply as all power comes from within.

No person, no object, no circumstance has any power over us. By our own decision and belief we can act like the other has more power over our lives than we do, but the power to do so comes from within. Source intelligence does not act upon us, but through us. If you have a dream, says Mana, you have the power to make it come true. Of course, you also have the power to make it difficult, or easy.


Have you ever observed someone with a significant amount of mana? They appear poised, ready and willing and able to act decisively and effectively in any given moment. They appear so because they have chosen to embody the principle of Mana: all power comes from within.

When you embody and express power, do you do so from without, or from within? Are you a puppet dancing to the tune of someone else’s strings? Or are you now dancing to the tune of your very own strings? Do your actions express Manawa and Aloha in service freely given?

Pono (poh-noh), the final principle, is translated as effectiveness is the measure of truth.

What matters is what works; the means determines the end. If you desire joyous results, employ joyous means. If one technique doesn’t work, try another; if one plan doesn’t pan out, change plans. Ultimately, it’s the end result that counts, not the result of any one technique or plan.

Many techniques from many sources can be used because Huna is a system of ideas, not techniques.

In short, if it works, it’s Huna.


Huna principles one through three (Ike, Kala, Makia) lay a wide open foundation for living the life of your dreams. Huna principles five through seven (Aloha, Mana, Pono) offer vital clues on how to manifest the life of your dreams in accordance with the first three principles.

Principle four (Manawa) is the central bridge principle that connects these six principles: the creation is a container with which, by which, and through which to manifest desires and your creation is a mirror with which, by which, and through which to manifest your desires.

Viewed in this light, the principle of Pono is far more wise than it appears.

Consider: shit happens. Almost invariably, in the moment in which it occurs, the manure of experience is taken as unpleasant, but have you ever had something happen that you took as unpleasant and that later proved to be most beneficial? Now we need to qualify as follows:

Apparent shit happens.

The profound wisdom of this simple statement cannot be overstated. The assertion, my life is full of shit, can now be viewed in a new light, as an affirmation: my life is full of apparent shit ~ manure that can be worked to good effect with the seven gardening tools of Huna wisdom.

Consider: you follow your inspiration and you suddenly find yourself mired in shit. This could mean that you’ve met with apparent failure ~ a stepping stone to success ~ or … this could mean that you’ve met with a blessing in disguise ~ a shortcut to manifesting your desire.

Either way, as you respond in the way of Huna wisdom, in alignment with principles, fine-tuning your balance between will and faith, can you nevertheless remain present in the here and now long enough to work with the apparent shit with appropriate gratitude and generosity?

Please understand, this is not an invitation for you to walk, dance, play, or swim in apparent shit. It’s an invitation to be open to the presence and promise and power of apparent shit so that you can keep moving onward, upward, and forward with your life, your love, your work.

You’ll know when Huna wisdom is working in your favor when you can regard any apparent shit in your life as neither apparent nor shit. I can well imagine, even in the face of apparent “apparent shit,” that the entire creation will seem to love, bless, and thank your every move.

Ultimately, Huna wisdom is an affirmative response to the way of negation, where all things remain blandly subjective and relative to one absolute consciousness, but at it’s very root, Huna is an organic invitation to tap, tune, and taste your very own infinite potential.

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