Kumukahi

The literal translation of kumukahi is “one source,” or “source of origin.” I use this term frequently when I am speaking on the subject of (Hawaiian) spirituality. There are other terms in the Hawaiian language that can be used to describe the omnipresence, the divine, one consciousness, God, etc. The two that stands out are “I” (pronounced ee) and Akua. Of the three, Akua is the most commonly used term in modern Hawaii to describe Source; however, it almost always refers to the God based on the Christian belief system. This is because when the Christians (Protestants first followed by the Catholics) arrived to Hawaii they needed a description for their interpretation of God. Although many were suggested along with an explanation of its complex definitions and protocol uses, Akua was chosen. The Christian’s version of its interpretation was then developed to fit the needs of their doctrine. This interpretation holds true today for most Hawaiians.

When I am in Hawaii (or any other place in the world for that matter) speaking or lecturing on a particular subject, it is important that I am able to communicate from a neutral platform. I do this (and when speaking to others) so that the dialogue remains open without conflict or misunderstanding. This is especially true when I am speaking to Hawaiian nationals (kanaka maoli) because many have a Christian upbringing. For example, when I describe the healing power of spirit that exists in all of us and the importance of connecting with Akua versus Kumukahi, the indoctrinated Christian automatically refers to the church’s interpretation of what that means, which in my view is a hierarchical system of subservience and dependence to the church to reach God. By praying to God, you can receive anything you want as long as God allows it. The power of healing is achieved only from God (outside the self) and only if you give your life to “him” (the church). Conversely, when I use the term Kumukahi, most native speakers wait to hear my interpretation based on the subject matter. It keeps their minds open to possibilities they may not have thought of and perhaps a different realization of the world we live in.

The Hawaiian concept of kumukahi as it relates to the universe and our function within it has an entirely different perspective than that of western scientific or modern religious perspectives. Focusing our attention within to find answers or being self-aware (i.e., healing abilities) is the key to unlocking the potential wealth of the universe. We are part of and connected to the universe therefore we have access to its unlimited resources of intelligence.

Growing up in Kona, Hawaii, I was given two different versions of the universe and our connection to it. In high school, we had a model of the universe that had a crank on one end and when you turned the handle the planets revolved around the sun while the moon rotated around the earth. All of these movements were happening in a stationary position within our universe. We were also taught that within the universe there are planets, stars, star systems, solar systems, Milky Way, etc. and between them were (empty) space. Later in life as I studied deeper and deeper into the Hawaiian healing philosophy (la’au lapa’au) and our relationship to the universe, a different version was presented to me. Space is actually matter that has function and is the intelligence that connects all things within our universe. Interestingly, physicists today are proving this to be true. Learning to be aware of this connection unfolds unlimited potential of creative manifestation.

Our solar system is actually not stationary, but rather traveling at an incredibly high speed through “space.” The sun’s forward momentum combined with the planet’s rotational movement creates a helix wave somewhat similar to our DNA strands. All of this and more paint a totally different picture of the potential we have as a human race and the true power we really have within us. Our world is more than a Man sitting in heaven looking down upon the people watching their every movement and actions in judgment.

When I hear different speakers (kanaka maoli or other) speaking or teaching on an aspect of the Hawaiian culture using Akua as the source of the work, it is usually based on a Christian reference point. They may even embellish the information, making it appear that it is “real Hawaiian.” Reciting handed down information (even manipulating the information) doesn’t mean the speaker understands the original intent. Living it and doing the work with conscious understanding of the original Hawaiian culture and its language makes a huge difference.

I wrote a chant titled “’Oli Kumukahi” with the intention of reminding ourselves of the many possibilities of manifesting positive outcomes in our daily lives. Doubt is the one thing that can cancel out the positive attributes used to reach positive outcomes. Eliminating doubt (ho’oponopono) is critical in achieving an outcome you are focusing on. Enjoy. Maka’ala

 

‘Oli Kumukahi

 

E aloha Kumukahi ea ea                                         Love to the One Source

E aloha Kumukahi e

Kumukahi Kumukahi ea ea                                   The One Source indeed

Kumukahi Kumukahi e

Ho’o (long) pono pono ea ea                                 Living in balance

Ho’o (long) pono pono e

Ho’ona’au pono (long) ea ea                                 Trust

Ho’ona’au pono (long) e

Ho’omana’o pono (long) ea ea                              Will Power

Ho’omana’o pono (long) e

Ho’o (long) maika’i ea ea                                       Gratitude

Ho’o (long) maika’i e

No’o no’o pono (long) ea ea                                  Positive (outcome) thinking

No’o no’o pono (long) e

Mahalo Kumukahi ea ea                                         Thankful

Mahalo Kumukahi e

 

Note: Above (long) means to hold the previous tone longer.

 

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Simplicity: The way of old Hawaii

The complexity of modern day living has clouded our ability to recognize and embrace the simplicity of life itself. Our preoccupation with a calendar of events and tasks is so tangled and knotted with never ending demands of deadlines and projects, that we fail to see the wealth contained within life. Money is directly associated with our time and has become our measurement of happiness. Our lives are filled with ongoing attempts to stay on track, to keep our head above water, which eventually conditions us to accept frenetic behavior as normal. We begin to allow multiple distractions as a daily occurrence instead of paying attention to the present moment or focusing on one thing at a time.

Our electronic lives allowing us to be connected to more and more people, have kept us more distant from each other than ever before. We have developed an obsession with obtaining a newer toy of telecommunication and have adapted to over-stimulation, clutter and excess. Our sleep patterns and biorhythms have been altered. We have learned to disconnect ourselves or at least partially, from the frequency of life.

Perhaps you have felt the need to take a break from the expenses of a holiday or the high cost of family travel. Maybe you are starting to realize the consequences that go along with the security of being able to have the necessities of life and its multiple possessions. Maybe you haven’t even thought about it, in which case I say, “wake up!” Perhaps you are one of the few that are aware of this dilemma, but can’t figure out how to get off the spinning wheel of financial entrapment? Well all is not lost, there is still hope and there is still time to reconnect.

Living PONO is a Hawaiian principle of constantly living in balance. It is about thinking and contributing toward positive outcomes for the whole, in this case, your community – personal and professional. In old Hawaii, you never did things for self-gain without understanding and taking responsibility of the consequences that go with it. Every thought, word or action has an effect on you, the people around you and your environment. Living PONO is about knowing who you are and understanding the value of giving to others without expecting anything in return. Your success is the success of others in your community.

My experiences growing up in Kona, Hawaii with my na kupuna (elders) was one that taught me the importance of living in balance between hana (work) and Pāʻani (play) or activity and stillness. It is a concept that baffled the religious immigrants in the 1800s and is still not understood in today’s modern western way of thinking.

The old Hawaiian way of life valued simplicity while at the same time welcomed complexity as is in all things in life, the people, the environment and the universe we live in.

E mālama pono kakou: We deeply care for and live in harmony with one another.

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Being Real

To be real means knowing yourself. Knowing who you are takes introspection and requires courage. This practice of self-awareness through observation without judgment or criticism is a learned behavior. We have been taught and conditioned to act or appear in a certain way for the approval of others. The image-makers tell us how to dress, how to be politically correct, how to conform and how to be followers. A lot of pressure to fit in is strong and deep from a very young age, but not a wise one from a sovereign thinker. If knowing who you are is difficult then commit to knowing who you are not. At a minimum, start there.

Refusing to comply with something that does not serve your Universal Conscious Self and expressing your independent thought takes determination, which is a strength we all have within us. This is a sign of a radical thinker, a fearless individual and at the same time allowing for others to standout.

Those that know who they are have no confusion about why and what they are here to do with their lives. They follow their passion and trust their intuition. They become guiding lights just by being present with their energy and vision. This is spiritual maturity. The opposite is psychological ignorance. We are unique and have much to contribute, unlike anyone else. To be afraid to shine your light is to deny your spiritual nature.

Having said this, being real does not mean complaining and blaming others for your bad experiences. Taking responsibility for your actions, your words, your thoughts and how it affects the whole is yours and yours alone. Being real takes practice. The next step is for us to drop our pretenses and let ourselves be seen and known for whom we truly are. Cut the cord to past wrong actions and negative emotional experiences that do not serve you or your Universal self so that you can find the real you.

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In the spirit of lokahi

This is an interview conducted over the telephone between myself and Dr. Jane Ely that I thought would be worth posting. Mahalo Jane.

In The Spirit of Lo’kahi:
An interview on the work and world vision of Dr. Maka’ala Yates D.C.

Written by: Dr. Jane Ely, D. Min.

Lokahi is an ancient Hawaiian word with many layers of meanings. For Maka’ala Yates, lokahi is the essence of unity, peacemaking, harmony, connection, and embracing diversity. Ho’o lokahi is the action that brings about agreement, diversity, and unity. But it is much more than this.

In the Hawaiian language there are tones, sounds, and meanings within meanings that carry vibrational frequencies of understanding, mana [life force], and healing. As Maka’ala explains, Lokahi is the platform upon which to communicate and illuminate healing and more importantly, to reunite that which has been broken back into unity, and awareness—in short, to renew a way of life.

Dr. Maka’ala Yates is a remarkable man with a very large world vision. The Big Picture is nothing short of complete transformational change for the people of this earth. Although he would be the last person to admit it, he would perhaps say he is just here doing what he has come here to do. Or perhaps he might say, he woke up at a certain point in his life and ‘remembered’ why he came here and the job he came here to do.

Born on the Big Island of Hawaii in a sacred place, the city of refuge Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, Maka’ala’s arrival was awaited by the elders – kupuna – who predicted his birth and knew him from ancient times. He remembers being introduced to lomi lomi – a Hawaiian form of healing touch and massage – at age six by his Auntie. This was during a time in which Hawaiian’s were under suppression. Many Hawaiians did not speak their native language in public because it was frowned upon.

Maka’ala remembers that his father spoke fluent Hawaiian and that he was reprimanded while attending Kamehameha School. This school was founded to perpetuate the Hawaiian values and traditions of people of Hawaiian ancestry through the vision of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Maka’ala states, if you eliminate the language, the oral traditions of an entire culture are eliminated. The tones of our language carry hidden frequencies of the ancient culture. When the missionaries wrote down our language, they changed it. I remember the ancient ones; these are inside of me.

In childhood family gatherings he remembers kukakuka (talk story) and lomi (touch), two essential factors of carrying on the heritage. From birth, Auntie Margaret, a great kumu [teacher] recognized Maka’ala in his crib. He had the support and protection of Auntie Margaret and family Aunties who infused him with the healing ways, not the warrior ways that many people generally identify as Hawaiian culture. For example, during an epidemic of ‘whooping cough’ when Maka’ala was only three years old, they took him out of danger and sent him to the other side of the island. Looking back on it now, he realizes that they were protecting him.

Maka’ala’s teachers are legends in Hawaiian culture today including Auntie Morrnah Simeona, Auntie Edith Kanaka’ole, Auntie Mona Kahele and his father. In childhood, Maka’ala remembers having ‘breathless states’ in which he would find himself observing himself in an alternate reality, or a kind of meditative state. He would simply stop breathing for minutes at a time, and in so doing go into other states of awareness. It wasn’t until years later that Auntie Morrnah taught him the ha mo’o form  of meditation in which the essence of life and the evolutionary process unfolds in alternate states of being. “Ha is breath but it is much more than that, it is life and death, mo’o is the lizard, and it is also the spine and the awareness of having no fear,” says Maka’ala.

So this child who was predicted to be a bridge between the cultures, and a keeper of ancient practices grew up, went to school, enrolled in the military, became a warrior in Viet Nam, saw people die, went to college, became a tennis professional, traveled the world, went into pre-medicine studies and detoured to become a chiropractor because he felt working with the bones really called to him.

“Viet Nam scared me straight”, says Maka’ala. In 1976, four years out of the military, an incredible event happened in Hawaii that had been predicted by the elders for many years. The experience was the advent of the Hokulea, a double- hulled, 61’-5” wa’a kaulua, replica of the ancient Polynesian voyaging canoes used to navigate by the stars throughout the Polynesian Islands. The name Hokulea means star of gladness, referring to Arcturus, a guiding zenith star by which navigators traveled widely throughout the Pacific Rim. The inaugural voyage left Maui, Hawaii in 1976 for Tahiti. Maka’ala was on the return voyage to Hawaii.

A significant point about this time period is that the elders had predicted this as being a great awakening for the Hawaiian people, and also for the human species of the world. It was during this time period that significant people began reappearing in Maka’ala’s life.  The voyage itself was an “ah-ha” moment as Maka’ala puts it. He understood how in tune the ancient ones were with nature, the stars, movement, technology, science, and the world in which they were intricately inter-related with all life. He came to understand how incredibly advanced his ancestors were, and a seed was planted—the concept of remembering and bringing back the ancient knowledge, teachings and healing practices for the benefit of all peoples.

Maka’ala found the restrictions of the chiropractic profession too narrow for the ways in which he wanted to practice, which included his traditional healing practices. He came to the decision to change his focus and in so doing, began to grow the seeds that had been planted during the Hokulea experience.

He came home to mother Hawaii to pursue practicing indigenous healing. He has been practicing and teaching Mana lomi® for over 30 years. Today, Maka’ala has established Mana Lomi® training on Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai. The intention of all his work is to reintroduce Hawaiians to alternative health education and practices steeped in traditional Hawaiian knowledge of health and healing. The wisdom is based in the ancient healing secrets hidden for more than 1,000 years by the original people of the islands.

As Maka’ala puts forth in Mana Ola: The Healing Power of Spirit, our Hawaiian ancestors gave us tools to make it through the evolutionary changes they have anticipated for generations to come—not only for Hawaiian people, but for all the people of the planet. The return of the ancient Hawaiian healing practices must now come full circle into the hearts and homes of the Hawaiians themselves. Indigenous cultures everywhere are taking back their cultures, which are deeply rooted in healing. We believe the time has come for Native Hawaiians to turn towards their own source of wisdom and rich heritage—for healing, for remembering, and for their future.

This is basically the inspiration and foundation of all the teachings: to provide a health education model for Hawaiian families that can also go out into the world in a way that is aligned and shared, free of conflict with others.

The training program that the Kumu Maka’ala has developed includes: mana lomi®, problem solving Hawaiian massage that communicates down to the bone; ho’oponopono, meaning to bring back into balance, a form of peacemaking; Hawaiian healing chants; la’au lapa’au, Hawaiian herbal medicine; fasting and cleansing; nutrition; and hale pulo’ulo’u, the Hawaiian sweat lodge.

He has established the practice of Mana Lomi®, which identifies and carries the spiritual aspect of lomi from his lineage of healers. Mana is the life force, the spiritually divine energy that moves through all things, and lomi is the work or the vehicle through which healing happens. The program he now teaches is designed to break the blueprint of illness in the Hawaiian nation, empowering the people to wake-up and take charge of their health, remembering who they are.

An example of this exists in a unique education program for young males. Entitled Na La ‘Eha, young males ages 13 to 18 are mentored by older men into the rite of passage that bridges ancient tradition with modern times and explores the healthy masculine.  Young males encounter major male archetypes, explore what it is like to be a man, and dispel myths. Through 4 days of discussion, classroom time, outdoor activity, experiencing emotional male literacy, the practice of accountability, ho’oponopono, and solo time in nature, the boys become men. They learn to recognize their wounds, their hidden shadow-self, and find their medicine and power.

Maka’ala observes that the majority of men all over the world are struggling to redefine and redirect themselves. They are seeking healthy masculine models that can help them be strong and compassionate within the context of today’s society.

But Maka’ala does not stop there with manifesting change. His vision extends to establishing a traditional Hawaiian health center and training institute in Polynesia. The pioneering project organized by Polynesians for Polynesians will be extended to the entire community and will be based in ancient healing approaches with current biomedical health systems.

In 2005, Maka’ala was awarded the Kaonohi Award in Honolulu in recognition of Hawaiians who have made significant contributions to improving Hawaiian health and well being through the practice of Hawaiian medicine within Hawaiian communities. One of the goals of the training program he offers is to train teachers, creating a core team that reintroduces traditional healing throughout the Pacific Rim.

Maka’ala further points out, in Mana Ola: The Healing Power of Spirit, Hawaii has long been known as the ‘piko’ –the center or umbilicus of the universe throughout the Polynesian Triangle and other parts of the world. It has attracted people for generations for healing, navigation, peace, and the study of the cosmos … It is on this piko that we feel moved to develop a health education model that will not only help the Polynesian people to regain their independence from so-called incurable illnesses, but also help them to break free from old patterns that no longer serve. Self-awareness and the power to heal the land and its people are the key ingredients to bringing the people together. An authentic Hawaiian healing center and school provides the means for transmitting the layers of ancient Hawaiian healing in a far-reaching way that is relevant to the times in which we live.

This is the spirit of Lokahi—unification, illumination, communication, transformation, inclusivity and diversity. Lokahi is the vision and the work, and it runs through Maka’ala Yates because he embodies the essence of lokahi and he is dedicated to manifesting its return in his lifetime.

If you would like to learn more or contact Dr. Maka’ala Yates, please visit his website at www.manalomi.com.

Author: Jane Ely, D. Min. lives in Santa Fe, NM and is an indigenous healer, counselor and teacher. Please visit www.drjaneely.net or www.peacemakerschool.org to learn about the Peacemaker School and upcoming intensives. Jane can be reached via email at info@drjaneely.net

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Wai Ola: Water of Life

Wai Ola

Water of Life

Life for Hawaiians, especially before colonization, was centered on water and agriculture (land). The most important food staple at that time was kalo (taro), which relied heavily on the mana (life-force) of the water because the kalo was considered ʻohana (family) to the Hawaiians. The mana of the water was established through attentive cleanliness of the river ways by ceremony, which included pule (prayers) by the villagers. These ceremonies and prayers were important in maintaining a positive relationship between land and water, which led to the same relationship to all Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiians).

There are two kinds of water in the Hawaiian language, wai (rain or land water) and kai (sea or salt water). The ancient God for wai was Kané and for the ocean water it was Kanaloa. Of the many water ceremonies used in pre-western contact Hawaii, the two most notable were kapu kai and pikai.

Kapu kai is the ceremonial bathing of one’s self in the sea or salt water if on land. This ceremony was done to purify the body and spirit of the individual,especially when an imbalance was present. This type of ritual was usually done in private however;it was not uncommon for a group of villagers or family members to perform kapu kai to bring harmony and peace into their ahupuaʻa and ultimately the world.

Ahupuaʻa (side note)

The original purpose of the ahupua’a concept was recognizing that each of us have responsibilities that contribute to the wellness or demise of the community and ultimately, the rest of the living world. The original intent (pre-warrior period) of the ahupua’a system was the non-verbal agreement among the inhabitants to protect, preserve and sustain a particular area of land and water that flowed from the mountains to the ocean. The outcome of each responsible action determined the outcome for the individual and ultimately, the people within that community. The island was divided equally like slices of a pie and everyone was allowed to travel the “mauka-makai” (highlands and lowlands) routes to access the abundance and to give back to the ahupuaʻa.

Through sharing resources and constantly working within the rhythms of their natural environment, Hawaiians enjoyed abundance and a balanced lifestyle with leisure time for recreation during the harvest season. The system was one of lokahi, which was the understanding of, “living as one” or we are all connected. Every thought, word(s) or action had a direct effect on everyone within that ahupua’a and ultimately to the planet. The original people were doing their share of maintaining balance and harmony within themselves and their community.

Sometimes kapu kai was done as a precautionary measure to ward off negative energies prior to performing in a public event. It was to ensure that the individual was not carrying wrong intentions or allowing wrong energies to interfere in their public presentation. This ceremony was also done prior to a student’s hula graduation,which was called ʻailolo and after a kahunaʻs healing treatment. Women did this ceremony following the end of their menstrual cycle each month.

Kapu kai should not be confused with ʻauʻau kai, which is bathing in the ocean for physical cleanliness. On the Big Island of Hawaii, kapu kai was usually done in five consecutive days. It was not uncommon however, to do this ceremony periodically for general improvement of physical and spiritual health. A child or an ill person could be given this ceremonial bath by someone else.

Each year I have a two week intensive Mana Lomi® (Hawaiian problem solving bodywork therapy) program in Hawaii. At least two days prior to everyone arriving I will go to the beach to do a kapu kai ceremony to purify myself, and my intentions. I envision everyone having an inspirational, life-changing experience. I see each person achieving exceptional skills that go beyond the mechanics of learning this spiritual and specific bodywork technique. During the ceremony I offer a hoʻokupu (gift) to the ocean and Kanaloa, which consist of Hawaiian herbs wrapped in Hawaiian ti-leaves. I will always end with a Hawaiian chant of inspiration.

Pikai is a traditional Hawaiian ceremony of sprinkling seawater or salt water to purify an area or person from spiritual contamination and harmful energies. This ceremony is commonly confused with the Christian ceremony of sprinkling of water. The use of water in symbolic purification is universal;however, pikai during the pre-western contact was unique to Hawaiians. The use of fresh water, seawater and even coconut water was used ceremonially.

Essentially, when the water of purification (wai huikala) had sea salt in it, the ceremony was pikai. Sometimes ʻolena (turmeric) or limu kala (sea vegetable) was added to the seawater for an enhanced outcome. In the hale puloʻuloʻu (house of purification sweat ceremony) that I conduct, I like to use awa (kava kava), ʻolena and sandalwood (ʻiliʻahi) to reconnect to the real power we have within.

Pikai was done when a new house or a new canoe was completed. As many other rituals do, pikai help relieve the feeling of being helpless in an unseen outcome (unknown) or the fear of something. Pikai brings a sense of protection from influences felt to be unclean or harmful.

The ancient Hawaiians viewed water as the essence of life for their ahupuaʻa much like their view of the human body. The land like the human body is dependent on the health of the “river of life.”

Mahalo

Makaʻala

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Problem/Reaction/Solution

The concept of problem/reaction/solution has been used for hundreds of years from those that want power and control over resources and people.  The idea is very simple, create a problem that is significant, and then blame someone else for it.  Report that problem through the media (news outlet) in the way you want it reported, then get the public to agree that this problem must be stopped.  They, the creator of the problem, now are in a position to provide a solution to the problem.  The ultimate goal is centralization of power and control.

Some examples of conceived problems are stock market crash, fanatical action, war, explosive damage, shooting, credit card crunch, food shortage, global warming, etc.  The media report what they are told to report, people react to it and the creator of the problem gets to centralize power and ultimately control the people and its resources.

Distraction is a key ingredient to pulling off this con so the general public cannot find out the truth behind who really created the problem or no problem.  It’s like a magician distracting the audience with one hand while the other hand is covertly doing something else to make the trick work.  I always like to follow the magician’s indifferent hand to see how the trick is done like finding out the real truth or intention behind a manufactured problem.  When there is a story repeated or drawn out over and over by the media, I tend to look in another direction to see what really might be going on elsewhere in the world.

For example, for over two weeks the media this month (July 2013) had been covering the Trayvon Martin case ad nauseam.  This not so unusual case involved the shooting of an unarmed African-American kid.  At the same moment in time while most Americans were glued to this distraction and emotionally invested, the Russians were amassing 160,000 troops to “combat readiness” following an Israeli strike on Russian made anti-ship missiles in Latakia, Syria.  Also activated in Russia were long-range aircrafts, 70 naval ships, bombers and light aircrafts.  No media coverage on this in the U.S.  Wouldn’t you think if WW3 was on the verge of happening that this might be more important than a legal case involving a shooting in some little known town, USA?

In this same month (July 2013), police and firefighters in Los Angeles were ordered not to speak to the media about the deadly crash involving Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings, fueling speculation that some form of cover-up could be underway.  Michael Hastings was the journalist that ultimately brought down a U.S. four-star general in charge of the Middle East crisis.  Hastings contacted Wikileaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died in his car crash saying the FBI was investigating him.  No further coverage or follow up about this incident was reported in the media.

In the same period Bradley Manning a whistleblower soldier in the U.S. Army was in court accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to Wikileaks.  Also not covered in mainstream media is the case against Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA covert surveillance of U.S. citizens.

In the month of July 2013, it was more important in the media to cover what the lawyers for Zimmerman, the person who shot the African American kid, had for breakfast, or what the coroner’s testimony was going to show!  The more you know about a distraction, the more you start to realize there is something more important going on that the “powers that were” are trying to suppress from its citizens.

It is interesting to note that the outcome of World War 2 was the European Union and centralization of banks.  The outcome of World War 3, if there is one, is to establish one-world government and a single army to be controlled by a few.

Unfortunately or fortunately, today I cannot believe anything the media reports or anything a politician says because I feel it is all lies anyway.  I lost their trust for some time now ever since the first Obama campaign for presidency.  The question we must ask ourselves is what are we going to do about it?  What is the solution?  One thing for sure, there is no time or need to protest or retaliate against “the powers that were.”

“To fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement. This is a paradox: whoever defeats a segment of the Empire becomes the Empire; it proliferates like a virus, imposing its form on its enemies. Thereby it becomes its enemies.” ~~ Phillip K. Dick

The most valuable thing that cannot be taken away from us is our soul and our connection we have between each of us, Mother Earth, Father Sun and Kumukahi (One Source).  By making a conscious effort of knowing who we are and where we are will lead us to true freedom.  We can accomplish this by stop being in a box that the control system wants us in!  When we are constantly confused and distracted we are not able to connect the dots to see the whole picture.  We can break out of the box by not conforming to the world as we are told it is.  It’s ok to swim in a different direction than the majority or think differently from the “norm” if it means getting out of the box of insanity.

“Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by the majority of the people.”  – Giordano Bruno.

I know deep within my heart mind that we are powerful angelic beings in this Universe and that we have unlimited abilities to manifest endless possibilities.  We are all one and we are all equal.  We are in a time of massive awakening with more and more people opening their minds to possibilities.  “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”  My daily meditation practice involves creating a membranous dome of protection around my family, my nation and me.  This is a world where weapons of all kinds cannot operate and a place where damaging drugs are neutralized.  I live in a sustainable spiritual world where all people support and love each other unconditionally.  Together, our unified thoughts can create the world we want to live in.

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Heart Disease: Latest Research

This brief article is a follow up from my last blog on CHD.

The most commonly accepted medical cause of heart disease to date has been elevated blood cholesterol.

“We as physicians with all our training knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong.”  Dr. Dwight Lundell, M.D.

The only unnatural accepted therapy for heart disease is prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet with extremely restricted fat intake.  The medical and scientific belief about lowering fats is that by doing this it would lower cholesterol and ultimately heart disease.  The long established dietary guideline turns out to be detrimental to our well being of living.

Newest discoveries

Inflammation in the artery wall may be the true cause of heart disease.  What we are finding is that the long established dietary recommendation in the U.S. might have created one of the unhealthiest society to date.  For example, there is an epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the U.S. 

“Obesity and diabetes are among our top public health problems in the United States today,” said HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.

With at least ¼ of the U.S. population taking expensive statin medications and many restricting their fat content in their diet, more Americans will die of heart disease than ever before.

Inflammation is the body’s natural defense to foreign invaders such as bacteria, toxin or virus.  Without inflammation being present in the body, cholesterol cannot accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes.  Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended.

We were told to follow a diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates.  We now know that this lifestyle causes repetitive injury to our blood vessels leading to chronic inflammation, which ultimately leads to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.  The overuse of simple highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and its derivatives) and the excess consumption of omega 6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn, and sunflower, which are found in many processed foods are making us a sick society.

One remedy to consider is to choose foods closer to their natural state.  Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegies (taro is an excellent food source if you can get it) and foods high in raw fats (raw nuts, raw butter, avocado, etc.).  Eliminate omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and processed foods that are made from these.

Ancient Polynesians were very healthy due largely in part from eating foods with high nutrient content such as fish, taro, seaweed, coconut, breadfruit, etc.  Eliminate inflammatory foods and start eating fresh unprocessed food and you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body.

“The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation.  Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats.  We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.”  Dr. Dwight Lundell, M.D.

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A Veteran’s Prayer: “No Soul Left Behind!”

My first hour in country and everything appeared to be moving at a heart racing pace.  As an Air Force “Buck” Sergeant, I had to adapt quickly with the rhythm of Vietnam, at least for the first few hours.  It was daylight, and my eyes had to adjust quickly to the blur of everything going on around me as we were ushered off the C5A military transport onto the hot tarmac

We just got in from the marshes of Florida, U.S.A. after some intense survival training, which was required as a part of a unique Air Force unit called, “Red Horse.”  This was a combat ready, highly trained and specialized Civil Engineering squadron that could be deployed at a moment’s notice anywhere in the world.  It is or at least it was then, similar to the “Seabees” in the Navy.  The unit I was trained with and now catching a ride with had their separate orders.  Mine were to find my own team, which was in another direction.  There was no gentle ease in transitioning into this combat zone.  There was only heads-up and trusting my instincts to guide me since I had no seasoned senior sergeant or commanding officer to tell me what to do and how to get to my destination safely.  It was like trying to get around Europe without a map or GPS and getting lost, but at the same time learning and remembering how to get from point A to point B all the while adrenaline kicking into full gear.

I remember my first thought on that first day, “wow, Vietnamese people are very short.”  I also remember seeing individual soldiers falling asleep with their weapons in hand while sitting at the edge of the tarmac waiting for a smaller air transport to go somewhere.  I finally got to Saigon City (now Ho Chi Minh City) aboard a C123 transport, resting overnight in a U.S. joint military barracks.  That night I was jolted out of a deep sleep from a screaming soldier who was apparently having a nightmare.  It scared the crap out of me, as I had no idea what was happening.  The guy in the upper bunk above me explained that it was common with some field soldiers who had experienced severe combat situations and not to worry.  It took a couple guys (not from his unit) to hold on to him until he calmed down. This happened with another soldier that night, needlessly to say, I couldn’t sleep the rest of the night.  Little did I know then that I would be having my own nightmares from my own experiences years later.

Although this is the very fist time I have ever shared any significant thoughts about my two tours in Vietnam (’69 – ‘71), this article is not really about my personal experiences in combat or what I had to endure in Vietnam or even what I did there.  As with some vets, there is a nondisclosure agreement with the military from specific activities, especially if it involved sensitive missions.  For example, and I feel ok about saying this to you today, I was in Cambodia when the U.S. president at the time told the world that the U.S. military was not in that country.  I know many other soldiers personally that had to keep a “zipped lip” on their activities including rescuing POWs! 

What I really want this article to focus on is the question, “what about the souls that were left behind?”  We all know the phrase, “no soldier left behind,” but no one that I am aware of has addressed our responsibilities to souls that may still be wondering the plains of a foreign land.  When you care deeply for your buddies in your unit, that you have known through dark times and joyful times of military life, especially in a combat situation, you would never consider leaving any one of them behind, no matter what the consequences.  This is true even with those that we don’t know personally.  It is a basic rule in all branches of military service; one that still goes on well after a war is over.  Today we are still going back to past combat zones looking for and recovering soldiers and airmen lost in combat.

If we really understood the possibilities and potentialities of trapped souls on the earth plain caused by a sudden trauma (there are other causes of course) to that individual, we would be just as committed to retrieving these souls as we have done for their physical bodies.  Some time later in one of my ho’oponopono training, one of my Hawaiian elder teachers took me through a more detailed process of helping a soul stuck on this plain from a suicide.  I realized that most are in a confused state of being and we just have to help them see the light to go home.

Not only is there a possibility of a soul being left behind, but there is also the possibility of a soul being fractured.  This is when a traumatic event can cause the connection between the soul and its physical and spirit self to be more distant than when we were born.  When the soul has been forced apart (not separated, but more distant) from the rest of itself, it affects the behavior of returning soldiers including severe bouts of separation anxieties, depressions and coping issues with daily living.

After my first tour, I was able to return home for some needed R&R.  Not realizing that my soul was showing signs of fracturing, I was approached by my Na Kupuna (Elders) to have a “once over.”  It was sort of like being scanned by wise souls who looked into the eyes with an energetic connection of love.  In an instant, I felt as if I was asleep for some time and now I was beginning to wake up.  I had been in a dream state of life experiences and suddenly the present moment felt more real.  I was told that there were some personal obligations that I was responsible for in Vietnam and a specific ceremony was in order.  I further learnt about souls trapped on the earth plain for one reason or another and that I could help some of them to “cross over” if they so chose.  Through a form of energetic ho’oponopono, I participated in a ceremony of disconnecting from my responsibilities of past experiences and actions that did not serve my highest good before returning to Vietnam.  Before leaving Vietnam for the last time, I did a private ceremony that involved the thousands of footsteps that walked before me on that land and my actions while there as a visitor.  My mantra was, “if I have harmed any one knowingly or unknowingly in any way, forgive me and I disconnect from that responsibility.”  It also included, “if anyone has harmed me in any way knowingly or unknowingly, I forgive you (them) and I disconnect from that responsibility.”  I then did a ceremony for those souls I was aware of that could have been stuck on the earth plain in that combat zone.  I did not want to leave Vietnam with any possibility of souls that I knew being left behind.  I wanted to be sure that those I knew got to the other side if they needed help! 

My last tour involved working with VC (a term used for Viet Cong – a made up name by the U.S. for the enemy) sympathizers to help build market places for their villages and other living needs important for them.  I received many awards and recognition for my efforts and by the time I got home with an honorable discharge from the Air Force, I felt good about my future and about myself.  The past was the past, good or bad, as I disconnected (‘oki) from any responsibilities from those experiences.   I am truly grateful for my na kupuna as they continue to support me from the other side of the veil.

I would like to end this story with a touching experience a fellow vet and dear friend of mine shared with me recently.  Her story is similar to the many other Vietnam vet’s story I have personally had the privilege of hearing.  I have left out personal identifications from her story for obvious reasons, but left her words and sentences intact.  I love you S5.

 

Unable to sleep…  Vietnam fills my mind… remembering a Vietnam “brother” who died recently.   He’d been living off the grid in the Pacific NW.  He came out to my town to see if I could come visit him.  He was dying of cancer, compliments of Agent Orange. When I arrived, I found him living deep in the woods surrounded by other vets also living there. 

We talked… it rained… we remembered… it rained.  We kept warm by the fire… it rained… we laughed… it rained.  He was in pain, so I held him and sang. The sun came out.  He smiled, then was gone… I sang.  I only knew him as  “S2” (Soldier 2).  I was “S5”.   He was a “brother” that wanted to have lots of children and teach elementary school.  He was a good soldier… a good man.

 Some think of the military as black and white, even some vets.  There are those of us who completed our obligations in a military that was more various shades of gray.  Some of us got lost there, left behind by a government that didn’t know what to do with the warriors they had created.  We are like ghosts moving amongst our fellow veterans, memories intact but not allowed to speak.

Here’s to “S2”

 

My prayers go out to those left behind and to those that have fractured souls.  May you all find your way home and be in the light of love.

Maka’ala

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Understanding Hawaiians (Na Kanaka Maoli)

It is the year 2012 and the Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi (PKOA) is finally recognized by the United Nations as an indigenous sovereign nation.  After many years of painstaking struggle, we as Hawaiians can finally return home.  The government of Atooi now has jurisdiction over the U.S. government, occupying Hawaii according to international law and the recognition by the UN.  You can find the headquarters of this nation on the island of Kauai.  The Ali’i Nui (High Chief) is Aleka (Dayne) Aipoalani (a direct descendant of Kaumuali’i) and the kingdom’s website is http://www.atooination.com.  PKOA is composed of peoples from diverse cultures whose relationships share the mission of ho’opono ‘aina (to make right with the land).  Hawaiians now have an opportunity to regain their stolen lands and government (1893 colonial possession by the U.S).

Atooi is a far cry from my young days growing up on the Big Island of Hawaii, when land was continually swindled from the Hawaiian people by the corrupt practices of the new invaders.  My father knew every Hawaiian living in West and knew that these people never sold their land to anyone.  I believe the term he used was “adverse possession.”  This is when an individual or a group pays taxes on a specific parcel of land, and after seven years, can claim that land if no one else has paid taxes on it.  You can look it up in Black’s law dictionary for a more detailed description.  Of course, Hawaiians never knew or told about this new law.

When my father was attending Kamehameha School on Oahu (an all Hawaiian elementary and high school) he was reprimanded every time he spoke Hawaiian, his first language.  English was forced upon the native people of Hawaii (Kanaka Maoli) as well as a new foreign culture and religion.  The point is, if you want to eradicate a culture, you first take their land away, then their language.

In order for the Hawaiians to survive the events of the past, they were forced to form organizations based on Western systems of thought that were confusing to them.  To survive the restructuring of their way of life, they had to adapt.  They had to have representation in this new order, to protect and defend what little they had left.

This was the beginning of an unhealthy seed of exploitation being planted on sacred land.  Today there are many Hawaiian organizations that carry the signature of an idea of a democratic organization that is based on a wrongful form of democracy.  These pseudo Hawaiian organizations are using the same model that our ancestors had seen practiced against them and their ‘aina hiwahiwa (precious land).  There is a deep history of self-interest, greed, and political corruption that we have experienced by a country that turns an eye on its own sacred ideals as stated in the American Constitution.

An example of this is Bishop Estate, which controls lands, worth more than 6 billion dollars.  The original intention of Bishop Estate was for the education of native Hawaiians.  Bernice Pauahi Paki, the great granddaughter of Kamehameha I, married Charles Reed Bishop and together they created a trust for the Hawaiian children.  Unfortunately, today Bishop Estate is filled with a dark history of corruption, nepotism and greed.  My uncle who was a surveyor for a private company noticed many instances where Bishop Estate encroached on other Hawaiian lands by moving the boundary markers.

For anyone looking in from the outside, you can start to understand how challenging it is for a Hawaiian to develop a clear sense of his or her own identity.  We were told in many ways and in many forms that if we are to survive in the new world we had to let go of our traditions.  We had to let go of a fairly complex system of deep understanding that people and government did not own land, but that land was a precious gift from the gods (Kumukahi).  As a young man, my father always taught me that our kuleana (responsibility) to the land is to perpetuate it for future generations where people and nature prospered harmoniously.  Imagine what went through my na kupuna (parent’s, grandparent’s, ancestor’s) mind when a foreign government came in and took them over, against their will!  This new colonial invader then introduced a new system of land management.  Land was now to be divided amongst those that wished “private ownership” for personal gain.  They also introduced “government ownership” for personal gain.  How were the Hawaiians to react when these private individuals became government officials creating laws that served their own personal interests?  The new Hawaii perpetuated money, power and profit with no concern for the people or the land.  It created a wound to the spirit of the people whose heart and soul was deeply rooted to the sacred land and sea.  It has taken Hawaiians many generations to digest and realize just what this wounding has meant to them, and to the land that they love.  Today, almost half of the Hawaiian population lives outside of Hawaii mostly because they can’t afford to live on their ancestral land.

In 1778 it was estimated that about 400,000 Hawaiians lived throughout the islands of Hawaii.  One hundred years later in 1878 this population decreased to about 40,000 people due, in large part, to diseases introduced by contact with foreigners.  These diseases included venereal disease, small pox, measles, whooping cough and influenza.

I remember my sister and I, as young kids, trekking along the cliffs of Ka’awaloa (near where my ancestors came from) finding a small cave with eight children’s bones neatly wrapped individually in tapa cloth.  We both wondered what happened to them and why so many in one spot?  I realize now that it was probably one of the diseases that killed so many in such a short period of time.  Imagine the impact this might have on you and your family.  It could have been my relatives buried in that unmarked grave.  I can’t imagine the deep sadness to lose so many people who were so precious to me.  When you value family as a source of joy and renewal, it becomes a serious loss, a deep wound, especially if it is your own children.

Add to these deep wounds to the spirit of the people the introduction of religion.  A religion that tells the host culture that traditional customs, dances and ceremonies are immoral and blasphemous.  They were told to turn their other cheek, to be passive and forgive those who have ruined their way of life.  It is interesting to note that the five biggest landowners in Hawaii today are descendants of missionaries.  To add insult to injury, the Hawaiians must forget their own language, their own customs, and their own sacred traditions.

It has been a long struggle over incredible odds to find our voices and to regain our own identity.  Today we are experiencing a non-religious spiritual renaissance, a reconnection to our true past from the pre-warrior period.  In 1976 when I sailed on the double hull canoe “Hokule’a,” I didn’t realize at the time, that it was to become the turning point for us as Kanaka Maoli, to heed the calling of our ancestors and our lands.  It became the reawakening of our consciousness and the resurrection of our voices and sacred traditions that were buried with our na kupuna (ancestors) generations ago.  It is the aloha (love) of our people, the Hawaiians and those that are Hawaiian at heart, that will bring harmony and peace to the ‘aina (land) and the na kanaka (people) for generations to come.  It is the heart of Aloha that is unique to Hawaii’s secret past, buried deep in the heart and souls of those who love the land.  This is Hawaii’s true calling and its gift to the world.

Maka’ala

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Indigenous Medicine Mindset

“Health is a matter of wisdom,” says Kupuna Hale, one of my Hawaiian elder teachers in years past, “not scientific knowledge.”  She further expressed to me that what I was learning in the “scientific” school of thought (pre-med and Chiropractic) was considered child’s science as compared to the wisdom of our ancestors.

The scientific medical view of disease is that disease is centered in the body.  The Indigenous Polynesian’s view of a so-called disease or illness is an imbalance of the soul, a disconnection of meaning, of purpose, of essence.  The task of the Kahuna Lapa’au (in this case, a master in Hawaiian medicine) is to heal the soul from its disconnection, to aid in bringing the soul back to the One.  Our modern society is riddled with lost and disconnected souls.

The Kahuna Lapa’au recognizes each soul as sacred and always connected to Kumukahi (One Source).  They viewed life (living) as a spiritual practice, not a dogmatic religion or other mind controlling system.  Bringing health back into balance was a spiritual practice.  Therefore, based on the mindset of the ancient Indigenous medicine Kahuna, disease is caused by the disconnection of the soul in one form or another.  Living an empty life, which is living without meaning or with meaning that is too trivial or too materialistic for the needs of a sacred soul.

I feel the western culture has purposefully persuaded us to shut our eyes to see the truth.  It feels as if we have abandoned the feminine principle.  We have lost sight of whom we truly are, sacred beings living on sacred ground connected to Kumukahi.

The feminine way is one of understanding the world, a way of finding solutions that affect the whole, and a way of taking action for the highest good for all.  To have a sacred experience requires a balance of our feminine capacity.  It’s valuing the individual: the intuitive, the character of the person.  It allows us to dive deeper down the rabbit-hole (not just focusing on the surface of things).  Don’t get me wrong; I am not about getting rid of the masculine principle especially when it pertains to healing.  I am for reclaiming wholeness, and integrity

Below is a Hawaiian chant of empowerment that I have modified to include all people.

E iho ana ‘o luna            –            What is above is eventually brought down

E pi’i ana ‘o lalo            –            What is below is lifted up

E hui ana ka honua            –            The world is united

Ikaika ko kakou ‘uhane –            Our Spirit remains strong

Imua ka lahui na po’e

     kanaka a pau loa            –            Let us all move forward together (as one wind)

The imbalance in the western medical system is the over emphasis on a masculine principal approach that permeates our entire culture. This essentially belittles all of those that are brave enough to ask questions.  It lessens the integrity and soul connection of the people that operate within that system and it diminishes the self-confidence of the people who seek out that system for their health care needs.  When you enter a typical doctors office, there is an immediate sense of disconnect, a sense of diminished self-power.  Granted, some of this is self-induced, but much of it is the sterile environment of the office.  There is literature littered throughout the waiting room and pharmaceutical advertising reminding us of our individual limitations to bring health back into balance.  It feels more like a business than a relationship to heal a sacred soul.  “How will you be paying for this?”  “Do you have insurance to pay for today’s visit?”  When you eventually see a doctor, rarely is there any physical contact (except from the nurse perhaps) and lucky you if you happen to get an eye contact!  When you leave the doctors office, you may feel even less capable, even though you have been given the correct diagnosis and treatment protocols.  When you experience a strong masculine principle style, you feel their strength, their dominance.  Even if you are helped, you end up feeling lesser of a sacred person.

When someone interacts with you from the feminine side of themselves, you feel empowered, you feel your own unique self, the full capacity of your possibilities.  Every medical Kahuna understood this balance and the importance of establishing a relationship with their patients including the connection with the treatment protocol or medicinal prescription.  Imagine if the western medical system was like this as well as provide the right diagnosis and treatment protocol.

We no longer need a disease-centered medical system.  We need a form of health care that embraces the interdependence of all living things.  What we need is an indigenous medicine mindset approach based on relationships that are pono (aligned, balanced, whole).

My father always reminded me about how the little words, not the big ones, that can make a difference in a just relationship between two people.  Complex and foreign words unfamiliar to the general community can cause a separation between people, just like the medical profession has done.  The medical field has conveniently developed a communication system that encourages separation from themselves and the rest of the world.  Their scientific language makes others feel less than competent and perhaps in the doctor’s mind, superior to the layperson? There is absolutely no reason why the medical profession couldn’t use a language that everyone could understand.  The medical profession has created a masculine principle of what some call a “practice of professional isolation.”  Maybe we should start the healing process by first healing the professional isolation?  We definitely need to change medicine as a culture of competition, independence and separation.  The masculine system can prescribe and possibly cure (a legal term only they can use), but the feminine principle heals the soul.

Mahalo. Maka’ala

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