If you’ve been looking for an alternative pathway to health and wellbeing, one with cultural and spiritual origins, then you might like to consider Huna.
Huna was originally called Ho’Omana”. Ho’o means “to make” and “mana” means lifeforce, similar to the qi used in Daosesist meditation.
Put that together and you get “Make Mana”. And indeed, that’s what these methods are all about: cultivating lifeforce.
Contained in the Huna are healing techniques used to control Mana (Qi / prana) in the body, similar to Taoist meditation.
Below, I will share the Huna healing methods. But first, let me tell you the fascinating history behind these techniques.
History of Huna Healing Techniques
These techniques were discovered by writer Max Freedom Long.
Uncovering these exercises was a true challenge for Max Freedom Long.
For millennia, the techniques were maintained by the Kahuna, spiritual advisers, according to the Kahuna Research Group. There were the Lapa’au, who were masters of physical healing, and La’au Kahea, who were masters of psychological healing.
These advisers were “keepers of the secret”.
Max Freedom Long heard about these techniques when he visited Hawai to work as a school teacher in 1917 (2).
Max asked the Kahuna about their practices. But they would not talk to him.
It wasn’t until 1934 that Max Freedom Long began to understand the religions of Hawaii. He learned that the Kahuna religion was encoded in the Hawaiian language. And so, he began studying the connection between Hawaiian and Kahuna religions.
He wrote his discoveries in his first book, Discovering The Ancient Magic, published in 1936.
This work formed the foundations of his later (and best) books:
- 1953’s The Secret Science at Work, a Huna textbook,
- 1965’s The Huna Codes in Religions.
As is mentioned in these books, the techniques are about living in harmony with the three levels of consciousness.
The three levels of consciousness are:
- unihipili (subconscious)
- uhane (rational mind)
- aumakua (super-consciousness, connection to the divine).
By knowing and understanding these three selves, we can heal the body and mind, and we can be successful in life.
The guiding principle of the Kahuna is similar to Buddhism: our thoughts have a significant impact on our reality, and real power comes from controlling consciousness.
To live in harmony with the three selves, we must understand the seven principles.
The Seven Principles:
- IKE: The world is what you think it is
- KALA: The world is beyond limits.
- MAKIA: Where attention goes, energy flows
- MANAWA: Essentially, present-moment-mindfulness.
- ALOHA: To love is happiness
- MANA: Power resides within
- PONO: Effectiveness is the measure of truth.
As you can see, there are a lot of similarities between this and other spiritual systems. The idea that reality is the product of the mind, that what we focus on grows, and that we must live in the moment. Many of these philosophies are familiar from Buddhism.
Much like Buddhism, Huna teaches us to live in the moment, to be mindful, to take control of our thoughts and perceptions, and to understand that love and compassion lead to happiness.
Ultimately, it is the idea that real power lies within ourselves.
One of the main ways to access that power and to control Mana is by practising Huna meditations. So let me show you how to do that.
How To Do Huna Healing Meditation
- Decide on what you want the outcome of a prayer to be. For example, health, happiness etc.
- Address your prayer to whichever god you believe in (for example, Christ, Buddha, the Ascended Masters).
- Write your prayer down
- Read the prayer aloud once every 28 days
- Lovingly ask your conscious mind to take the prayer to the god or master on whom you are praying.
- Visualise your prayer being sent upwards through your crown chakra towards heaven / the sky.
- Be receptive and say “Lord, let the blessed rain fall.”
- Listen for a response from your god / deity.
Another powerful meditation is to use the Ho’oponopono mantra for forgiveness, which you can read about in my meditation on forgiveness.
Huna Healing is a beautiful way of meditating on health and success.
Although they are relatively unknown, these exercises could potentially yield significant benefits and help restore the flow of prana to the body, which according to Eastern medical science is essential to our wellbeing.
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Paul Harrison BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations and is the author of four books on meditation. He has been featured in Psychology Today, Breathe Magazine, Healthline, Psych Central and Lion’s Roar.
Paul studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
Paul’s biggest inspirations include Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Jack Kornfield.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison