The seven principles of Huna philosophy
The Huna philosophy is a very ancient philosophy of Polynesia. It is a practical philosophy of life, which was implicit in culture and in many of the disciplines that were practiced there, including shamanism. The word Huna has different meanings. In this context it means basically hidden or secret, in the sense of something that we cannot see with the naked eye. Serge Kahili King, shaman and American psychologist has contributed greatly to explain in current terms this philosophy and spread it in his country and in other countries of the world. It is a philosophy that I understand expresses in a clear, simple and explicit way universal concepts or truths. It postulates seven principles that can be considered conceptual and practical tools for:
Organize our experience of reality
Transform our experience of reality
Grow and develop our potential
Achieve goals or objectives of all kinds
Generate greater well-being, harmony, confidence and power in our life
The principles are expressed clearly and simply and can be applied to any aspect of the human experience. Some people associate the simple with the superficial and the complicated with the deep but such association in general is not valid and even less in this case. The principles of the huna are also very deep. Each principle is a statement from which different senses can be detached. Each sense in turn has a series of implications of a practical and philosophical order whose understanding and application takes us to ever deeper levels of transformation.
At the same time they are generally difficult to apply. As with any learning, the most difficult thing is usually to create the habit, that is, practice and exercise. In general, the greatest difficulty lies in remembering them and using them systematically and continuing to do so even when immediate results are not always recorded in doing so.
While each principle is an effective tool in itself, it is at the same time part of a set that makes sense. Therefore, when a particular principle is selected to work on a given situation, it is convenient to use it taking into account the whole of which it is a part.
1. The world is what one thinks it is.
Thinking is taken here in a broad sense, in which ideas, beliefs, convictions, assumptions and mental images are included, both in their conscious and unconscious aspects. This principle basically holds that our thoughts contribute to generating our experience of reality.
This principle can be understood on a more literal level and on a more metaphysical or esoteric level. From a more literal point of view, what he asserts is that it is not the facts that determine our experience of reality, but the ideas, judgments and interpretations about them. For example, achieving a promotion at work is a fact. This fact changes our reality, but the change depends not only on the fact, but on our beliefs (conscious and unconscious) about it. If we think for example, that we are fit for the new job, that it is deserved and favorable to our growth, we will have a particular type of experience. If we think instead, that the new position implies too much responsibility, that we are not trained for him or that another person is more prepared than we are for that function, our experience will be very different.
On a less obvious level, what this principle affirms is that it was also our beliefs and convictions that contributed to the rise. We say they contributed because we do not control reality. Reality is the result of the confluence of infinity of variables. Our beliefs may or may not promote promotion, they cannot determine what happens at a specific time and place. The image we have of ourselves, beliefs about how we are and what our talents, defects and possibilities are in life will open some paths and close others, facilitate certain achievements and not others. In relation to the example of promotion, we could say that if in general we believe that we can achieve better job positions, it is more feasible for us to achieve them. We cannot force a promotion, but we can create conditions to somehow achieve a better position at some point.
From a more metaphysical and esoteric perspective, the underlying claim to this principle is that thoughts are electromagnetic energy. Thoughts are a very subtle form of matter, they are energy. This energy has the ability to attract circumstances, in the manner of a magnet, and to crystallize in what we call objective reality. What does this mean? that the energy of thoughts, when it has enough strength or energy load creates forms. Believe who we are and our circumstances. If we take the example of promotion again, we could say that a strong conviction that we will achieve a better position can specifically attract this possibility in different ways. Maybe we see a newspaper ad casually, when we don't usually read that newspaper, or a friend calls us to give us that information, or someone offers us an unexpected connection. The thought "I am convinced that I can find a better job" manifests itself concretely in a chain of events that can conclude in the offer of a better job.
Once again, this does not mean that individually we can realize everything we want in each moment. To generate enough energy for something to manifest many times we need an entire human group or community to think in the same direction. To reach the moon, for example, it was necessary to wait for many people to believe it possible. Long before the concrete preparations for this journey began, it had only been a fantasy of some, but it could be realized when many believed it possible.
When they have the necessary strength, our thoughts produce effects in our body, in our health, in our relationship with ourselves and with others. They can also manifest our desires, goals and projects. Thoughts operate as co-creators of our reality. In general, healthy thoughts create healthy physical conditions, harmonious thoughts generate harmonious relationships, beliefs of prosperity generate prosperity.
2. There are no limits.
Who has not had the experience of thinking about a person and after a while receiving his call? Or conversely, have the urge to call someone and find out that that person was thinking of one at that time? How these could cite many examples to account for one of the meanings of this principle: that everything is connected. In terms of the spirit, information and energy there are no separations, there are no borders or limits, everything connects and communicates with each other. Our mind with our body and vice versa, people with each other, people with the environment and with people, etc. We receive and issue information and are connected spiritually and energetically with everything around us, even if for different reasons we are not fully aware of it. Telepathy and clairvoyance, for example, are possible for this reason. We can receive and issue information about everything that surrounds us, regardless of the distance at which we find contact, precisely because there are no borders.
The other sense of this principle has to do with the fact that everything is possible, that is, there are no limits to possibilities. In the fields of science, education, technology and computer science, there are many examples of things that were considered impossible and now are not. Science and technology have allowed us to transcend the limits of our perceptual system. As everyone knows, instruments were invented that can capture and transmit things that our natural senses do not capture. Now we can see things, through these instruments, that until a while ago were considered impossible to see or that were unknown to man. Until relatively recently it was thought that children with Down syndrome had very little chance of learning. Today, with suitable programs and methods, these children are getting to learn much more than they used to learn.
The question is that everything is possible if we find out how to do it and if we keep our expectations flexible in relation to the results and the methods we use. This principle does not say that everything is possible for a particular individual, in a certain time, place and form. He says that everything is possible in more universal terms. To make certain issues possible, desire, dedication and joint work of a group of individuals is required. For others, it is necessary that certain circumstances occur first so that other things are possible.
But the point here is that if we think something is possible we can somehow contribute to it, while if we think it is not, we are not collaborating to make it.
On a more individual and interactional level, the vast majority of people have ideas (conscious or unconscious) about what they can be, do or have in life that set limits to their possibilities. What is important to keep in mind is that in general these limits are only assumptions and not "true" limits with respect to what is or is not possible for us. Also on an individual level everything is possible if we discover how to do it, that is, how to transform our self-image, our thoughts and actions and if we also remain flexible in relation to our expectations, processes and results.
3. Energy flows where attention goes.
This principle refers to what the phenomenon of energy is like. It tells us that it flows naturally where we pay attention. If we direct attention to some part of the body, there goes the energy automatically. That which receives our attention is energized, so that our most frequent thoughts are those that have more strength and power, because they are the ones that receive the most attention. As we have seen when referring to the first principle, thoughts are electromagnetic energy. We have also said that when they have enough strength they manifest in some way in the concrete. This principle gives an account of precisely how is the process by which thoughts take hold and how is the mechanism by which we can empower something. He says that everything that we constantly focus on, both automatically or voluntarily and consciously or unconsciously, acquires strength and prevalence in our lives. If we pay close attention to a problem or an upset, they increase. If we put instead, the attention on the possible solutions or on the desired well-being, that is what we facilitate.
4. Now is the time to power.
From the past we draw experience, towards the future we draw a direction and in the present it is where we have the power to do something with what we have learned, with our desires and projects. There has been much talk about the present being the only real thing in existential terms, since the past is only memory and the future only imagination. But even if in existential terms this is clear, in psychological terms many people live longer in the past or in the future than in the present. And what happens then? Contact with the power source is lost. This principle tells us clearly and simply how we can connect with our power: focusing attention on the present moment. It does not say that it is bad to go to the past or the future. Many times it may be necessary. What he says is that if our attention stays there we disconnect from our power and that to recover it is necessary to return to the present. To focus on the present it is only necessary to make the decision to connect with the now in some plane of existence or in all of them: the now of the body, of the mind, of the actions or of the spirit.
5. To love is to be happy with something.
Love is understood in this philosophy as a particular type of energy and action and not as a feeling. Feeling love is something that completes the experience, but it is not what defines the quality of this energy or the actions that it entails.
From an energetic point of view, love is a force of union. The opposite energy is the separation energy. When one vibrates with the energy of love one feels attached to something or someone. The type of actions that derive from this energy and that contribute to increase it are the actions of valuing, recognizing, admiring, appreciating and thanking something or someone. So when we do any of these actions we are increasing the energy of love in the relationship with ourselves, with others and / or with the environment.
The principle says that when we love we are happy. So if we want to be happy with something, we need to love it. As love is an action and an energy, we do not depend on any feeling to increase love in our lives: what is required is that we perform and practice the actions that lead to it, which are, as we have said, the assessment, the Recognition, admiration, appreciation and thanks.
Mental action contrary to love is criticism. Every time we criticize something or someone (including ourselves) we vibrate in an energy contrary to love. So every time we criticize we generate unhappiness. Generally the idea is that if we criticize we will improve something, but the effect is the opposite of the one we wanted because, as we have said, what we generate is unhappiness and separation. For this philosophy if there is unhappiness we have not improved in the essential.
The energy of separation is emotionally experienced as fear. Fear is the emotion we feel when we vibrate with that energy, when we feel alone and apart. If we are afraid the way is not to fight it, but to generate more power and love. When we are full of power and love, fear has no place, it disappears. As we have seen in reference to the previous principle, our power increases when we are focused on the present and as we saw in relation to this principle, our love increases when we perform the actions that lead us to vibrate with the energy of union.
6. All power comes from within.
Everything in nature has power. Power is energy directed to a purpose. So everything has a purpose. Every aspect of the whole, every being in nature has its own purpose.
Human beings, like everything else in the universe, have power. This power is expressed in the different aspects or planes of being as physical, emotional, mental and spiritual power. We usually talk about having more or less power. From this philosophy, what we really have is more or less connection with energy sources, more or less fluidity of energy in our system and greater or lesser capacity to intentionally direct this energy towards a goal.
The connection with energy sources can be understood basically in three different ways, depending on the beliefs that are held in this regard: connection with internal sources, with external sources or with both. From the point of view of this philosophy, we are not the only or ultimate source of energy and power, because everything has power in the Universe. As we have said, we can generate our own power and we can also connect with sources of power that are beyond us, to increase our own. Since the Universe is infinite, the power of the Universe is also infinite. The more we are connected to the Universe the greater our power will be. But this connection depends on us. Having power implies having responsibility and decision, so that we decide (consciously or unconsciously) how much, how and in what way we establish these connections with our own individual power and with other powers beyond us, such as the power of other beings, of nature, and of the Cosmos. That is why the more love we have, the more power we have, because we are more united and more connected with more sources of power. When the different powers are connected and in harmony they benefit each other, they influence favorably and in that way the purposes of all the parts in relation are fulfilled, at the same time as the purpose of the All. That is why there is no greater power than the power of love.
7. The effective is the measure of the true.
Huna philosophy is eminently practical. It does not propose truths or absolute methods. From this philosophy even these seven principles are relative. They are ideas or effective tools to achieve happiness and well-being in life, but there are and can be proposed other equally valid or effective.
This principle therefore holds that everything is relative in terms of truths and methods. It states that the result is the true parameter. He affirms that we can only know if something is true or not because of the effects it produces. This implies that what is true for some may not be for others, that what works for some may not work for others.
It also proposes a way of directing attention in life: it proposes that we seek the effective and that through it we find the true.
This principle also says that there are always many different ways of doing things, of arriving at the desired results, because in it is the idea that there can be many effective ways to achieve something.
There is another idea, less obvious, implicit in this principle, when it is considered in the light of the set of the 7 principles and that means determine the ends. Harmonic media produce harmonic effects and inharmonic media produce disharmonic effects. From this point of view there is effectiveness only when the result is harmonic and as we have seen, there is only harmony when there is love.