Huna itself means "secrets" in the Hawaiian language. Huna is not a religion but a system of beliefs. The most significant thing that stands out to me with Huna is that these are beliefs passed down for several thousands of years without being written down and they knew things that modern psychology, still in its relative infancy, has just recently discovered and classified. It works for anyone regardless of their religious beliefs to demonstrate that we are all powerful in our own right and we can harness that power. Since this is my own interpretation of all that I have learned in the last several years
I will be taking out the hawaiian language in most cases for less confusion and to make it easier to relate to, translating it into terms for instructional purposes. I do urge you to do some research and homework on your own to complete a better understanding. My intention is to make a cliff notes version of what I know and to cut out the lengthy stories and go straight to the more important concepts.
I learned about Huna form several different sources, most notably Max Freedom Long and his many books on the subject. Not everyone that reads about Huna will be interested in where it came from. Tracing it back to its starting points is one of the things that fascinates me the most. Max Freedom Long (MFL) started learning about this secret in Hawaii when he traveled there as a teacher in 1917 and was hearing rumors and stories from the local people. The stories are incredible and include healing broken bones, fire walking and the death prayer but when he asks for someone to talk to about the stories, no one is willing to say a word. The code of silence is so strong to hide and protect the kahunas that even after meeting Dr. William Brigham to compare notes and stories of the kahunas and working several years to figure out how this huna works, they make almost no progress. MFL goes back to the main land in 1931, 14 years after starting on his quest. Over night MFL gets an idea in 1935 that the kahunas had to have names and words for their magic to pass from generation to generation.
He took out his Hawaiian/English dictionary and remembering that the Hawaiian people had believed in having 3 souls insted of the customary one that most of use believe in, he looked up the words.Let me first explain that the Hawaiian language is made up of short root words to make longer more descript words. Each root adds to the meaning and the words can be translated by separating them into the smaller roots to find their origional meanings. By takeing the words for the 2 souls and translating them down to their roots he found the functions and properties for what we in modern psychology classify as the conscious and subconscious selves. Later on, 6 years down the road he also cracked the code for the Super conscious or high self. The only serious block MFL had was that the kahunas kept their secrets well hidden by the use of symbols and that took him a great deal of time and effort to crack. After MFL came back to the mainland, he had to share his findings with the world and published a report of all his findings.
By chance a retired English journalist read it and wrote back to MFL about the incredible similarities between this Hawaiian magick and that of the Berber tribe in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa where he studied in his youth. The Hawaiian words were the same except for small dialect differences. There seems to be a startling connection between the Berbers and the Polynesians because the languages are not at all related. The two peoples had either been a part of the same stock or had contact somewhere in ancient times.
The tribal history of the Berber's told of 12 tribes of people each having kahunas. They had lived in the Saraha Desert when it was fertile and green land with flowing rivers. They moved into the Nile Valley after the rivers dried up. These people used their magic to help cut, carry and place the building blocks of the Great Pyramid. From there, the kahunas had forseen a time of darkness approaching. To preserve the secret of the magick, the 12 tribes decided to hunt for new fertile lands to occupy until the time was right to again emerge into the world. Eleven of the tribes set out, their kahunas using psychic means to locate a new land and moved alone either the African coast or India and after a period of years with no word, the 12th tribe assumed they were lost.
The 12th tribe now set out to find new land instead going north to settle into the Atlas Mountains. Here they lived for centuries preserving the secret of the magic but as modern times approached the kahunas had all but died out. If anyone has studied the history of this period, the name of the great prophetess, Al Kahina might ring some bells as kahina in the hawiaan language would be the female priest.
This tribal history linked the Polynesians up with North Africans and possibly Egypt. The oral legend of the Hawaiian's people contain little information with the exception of the Polynesian people coming from a far away land. They set out to find the lush fertile lands their kahunas had clairvoyantly seen. They do tell of moving along the "Red Sea of Kane" which corresponds with the idea that they came from Egypt by way of the Red Sea. Tracing the Hawaiian origins thru customs and languages has been largely unsuccessful.
Of the eleven Polynesian tribes, all with different dialects, all have been traced to India, the Near East, Madagascar and even Japan. In India, a number of kahuna concepts have been found but greatly mutated over the many years and are of no practicle use today. Without the help of this retired English journalist, MFL would never have made the important connection to crack the secret code thru symbols that he and Dr. Brigham had begun many years earlier. It is also interesting to note that there is little to no dependable literature about kahunas on the Hawaiian islands themselves. What little information that is available completely missed the basic mechanisms MFL reported. The studies of MFL and Dr. Brigham only recently became more open and available. They had been hidden away in the libraries and one had to ask for that specific information to get access. The secret today is still actively being kept secret as well as that of complete demial of the existence of kahuna magic. To go the next level, it is believed that there is an outer and an inner "ring" of initiates to huna started by passing off codes and ideas in the bible, especially the 4 gospels of all places.
A kahuna would be a "keeper" of the secret, now commonly referred to as an expert in any field in modern Hawaii like the
movie "The Big Kahuna" is about the most expert of surfers. Huna uses a life force energy called "mana" for use in learning
skills very parallel to psionics. What is most notable is the Huna teachings of the subconscious, conscious and superconscious. Central to Huna is the break down of a person into 3 distinct and separate selves that work closely together.
The Lower self: The unconscious/subconscious self that is home to the animalistic emotions and the shadow part of a person
that works closely with the middle self. The Lower self is the mechanism that makes mana for use of all 3 selves.
The Middle Self: The part of us that is the conscious reasoning rational self. In the Huna View, the middle self has no
memory, the memory is retrieved from the lower self which works so closely that its regarded as a brother. The middle self
has imagination, and will and instructs the subconscious. The middle self is the only part of a person that is capable of
doing harm to their self and others.
The High Self: This is the part of us that is the super conscious soul or God self because if communicated with properly,
this self is what manifests all desired things into reality. The high self is the trusty all-wise guide that is capable of
communicating to the god source or with other higher/god selves. The belief in huna is that the higherself is a female and male, referred to as the mother and father blended together to unite as one so compared to in the christian beliefs as the
The goal in huna is that all 3 selves are taught to communicate with each other in harmony. Huna does a great deal of work on developing qualities of heart and character. The huna practitioner becomes more and more aware of the nurturing and loving aspects of the Earth and feels loved and supported by nature because we are a part of nature and we should treat nature as the sacred objects they are. To act against nature would be symbolically acting against ourselves as similar to the hermetic magick teaching of as above so below.
Each of the 3 selves also has its own individual shadowy body. Those shadowy bodies of the lower and middle selves are closely surrounded and interblended with the physical body until the death process whereby the selves live in their shadowy bodies. The higherself lives at all times in it's shadowy body and during life, there is physical contact made with the higherself and its shadowy body but at no times does the higherself or its shadowy body reside in the physical body. Psychology recognizes the equivalent of the 3 selves but not the shadowy bodies. However, Psychic science recognizes these bodies as etheric doubles.
Huna recognises 3 kinds of energy, one grade for each self, all of them referred to as mana. The grades are divided as such: the lower self uses mana as life force or seen as a similarity to mesmeric force. The middle self uses its grade, called mana. Mana, as "will" or hypnotic force. The higher self uses loa mana but charges it in some mysterious way for its usage such as
healing, creating thoughtforms or patterns out of the shadowy substance to become materialized in the future. Each grade of mana is generated in the lower self and transfered to that self for usage.
Huna teaches a connectedness to all of life and the ability to direct energy to assist the Earth in return for that support.
Seven Huna Principles:
Awareness: The World is what you think it is.
Freedom: There are no Limits.
Concentration: Energy Flows where attention goes.
Persistence: Now is the moment of power.
Love: To love is to be happy with.
Confidence: All Power comes from within.
Wisdom: Effectiveness is the measure of truth.
In Huna practice, one of the very first goals is becoming the kind of person who's prayers are answered not just once but on a regular basis. In the process of Huna prayer you learn to, with careful focus, form the thought forms you want to manifest. After you have a clear picture in your mind of what you want, you build up a surcharge of mana or energy by doing a Ha Rite
(energy building exercise) and send the thought forms, also called seeds along your aka cords to the lower self. The lowerself then carries these on to the high self and Aumakua to produce a rain of blessings in answer to know that your prayer has
been received and an answer will be forthcoming.
The Ha Rite is the very cornerstone of Huna. It is comprise of gathering energy in in the lower self, using the middle self
to project the desire and then connecting by an aka cord to the higherself and sending that energized thoughtform to thehigherself. The thoughtforms build on eachother like a chain or a cluster of grapes, connecting and sticking together to forma framework in the spirit and energy body in which to manifest into reality. The title of this particular rite comes from the hawaiian word "Ha" which has many layers of meanings.
It is also fortunate that these meanings have another secret, they tell us exactly what to do. "Ha" in the hawaiian dictionary means among many things breath and the number 4. Taken literally, we gather energy by breathing 4 times. You start by inhaling thru the nostrils sharply and quickly, filling the lungs. Then exhalation with the mouth slightly open in a slower haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa method. This is to be done in 4 sets and a nice warm feeling can be felt in the abdomen. The word "ha" also means water. Water is the huna symbol for mana or energy. So what we have with the word Ha is that we produce energy (mana) by breathing hard 4 times.
As the subconscious mind is busy with the task of gathering energy, the conscious mind should have decided what it wants to achieve. The Conscious mind will project what it wants in pictures in the mind as a visualization. Once this is complete, we visualize an aka cord going from the abdomen to above the crown, connecting to the higherself. The energized thoughtform will be sent up this cord and if everything has gone correctly, the "rain of blessings" will be felt to be translated as a light dew or mist felt on the skin.