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Creating Your Own Reality
by Graeme Kapono Urlich

Many schools of thought talk about creating our own reality. There is also the idea that everything we see in the world is a reflection of our beliefs. Unfortunately many people take this idea too far and blame themselves for all of the things that they don’t like about the whole world.

The first principle of Huna is Ike, the world is what you think it is. This also says that we create our own reality but, with the other six principles, it acknowledges that everyone else is creating their own realities alongside that and that these concurrent creations, we often say we live in a consensus reality, are occurring at the same time and influence our creation process along the way.

It’s more useful to say we are creating our experience of this consensus reality. It’s also useful to understand that others are doing the same thing and to be able to compartmentalise our focus and awareness to a large degree. The reality someone else is creating may be very different from the one we desire. Part of the first principle is the understanding that the world is also NOT what we currently think it is. This allows for us to adopt new thinking and create better experience.

Being able to bring our focus back to what we personally are experiencing in our lives and making conscious choices about that reduces the influence that the creation of others has on us. The more we can do this, with the intent of making the world a better place, the more we influence the creation of others around us in a beneficial way. This is a natural process, we’re not doing anything with the intent of changing the behaviour of anyone else, we are simply working to improve our lives.

At the same time as focusing on what we personally are experiencing, we can be aware of what realities that others are creating and, as a Kupua (shaman), I do that actively so that I may apply the skills I have developed in a way that, hopefully, has a healing effect; in a way that opens the way for people around me to see more effective choices in their own creations. Once they see new opportunities, it is still up to them to choose.

I’m reminded of an exercise I learned in my shaman training and still do, when I remember, to this day. We were hiking along the Bird Walk at Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. The exercise was to grok different role models to see how it influenced our experience of the walk. I initially focussed on James Bond – 007 – and paid attention to what I was noticing along the way and how I felt. After a time I noticed I was feeling a little fatigued so I switched my attention to Sir Edmund Hilary, the first man to summit Mt Everest, and noticed my stamina and endurance instantly increase.

I’ve just treated myself to a new camera for an upcoming visit to Hawaii. It is a full frame camera and it uses different lenses from the APS-C camera I have upgraded from. I can no longer use the superzoom lens that is so convenient for travel photography and have to decide which lens I can take with me. Over the years I have noticed that I look at the world differently and look at different things when I have the camera in my hand and which lens happens to be on the camera.

When I have the telephoto lens on I tend to look away into the distance and notice different things, not so much detail but more of an encompassing view. When the wide angle is on I am looking close by, looking at detail and possible patterns, shapes and lighting that might make an appealing image. Before I go out with my camera I think about what kinds of images I want to capture and decide what lenses are best for that.

Usually, before I go out with the camera, I will think about what kind of images I want to capture that day and choose an appropriate lens to take. It's hard to get macro images with a wide angle lens for example. Sometimes I will just take it out with whatever lens is on it and see where that leads my attention. The same approach is useful in life. Thinking about what results we desire, we can begin to identify ideas and behaviours are likely to work best for that. Sometimes we can temporarily adopt a different set of ideas and see how that changes our experience.

In different situations, it can be useful to modify ideas and behaviours temporarily, like when a teacher goes to nightschool to learn new skills. It is usually more successful if he can shift his mind set from that of a teacher to that of a student.

By noticing where our focus is, and what aspects of the world we tend to notice most, we can learn the skill of shifting focus, looking at things in different ways and possibly changing our thinking so we can create better and better experience day-by-day. Which lens are you using? Is it an appropriate lens for what you wish to achieve? By becoming more conscious of our day-to-day decisions, we can change lenses or create new ones to suit our desires.

Creating a better life for ourselves simply involves altering the internal rules that we live by, our beliefs about ourselves and the world. We create different lenses by creating frameworks of thinking and practicing using them. In this way we become more flexible and can move in and out of different states of living as needed when we move through various situations and experiences. Change is inevitable and being able to shift perspective and take a positive attitude to it is essential for a happy and productive life.

Huna Philosophy

Graeme Kapono Urlich (November 2023)

Aloha New Zealand - School of Huna and Hawaiian Shamanism

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