A Wonderful Adventure
by Graeme Kapono Urlich
When people first begin to study Huna, as taught by the Kahili family tradition from Kauai, or any
new learning for that matter, there is a period where they are trying to fit the new learning into
their current knowledge base and understand it from that perspective.
When Max Freedom-Long worked on an early version of a dictionary to analyse the
Hawaiian language for insights into their spirituality, with little or no contact with actual
Hawaiian speakers, he would have been looking for words that matched his current,
Christian/Theosophical, understanding of spirituality.
While he built a very useful system for personal growth it is still very much rooted in the
Western way of thinking. While Huna Kupua or Kahili Huna, as many call it today to distinguish
it from other systems some people have chosen to also call Huna, is taught in a modernised form,
usually in a non-traditional way, it is still very much rooted in the Hawaiian way of thinking.
The transition from the Western perspective to a Hawaiian one, and in the case of Huna Kupua
the switch from the typical warrior viewpoint to the Adventurer one used in the Kupua tradition,
can be difficult. It often leads to what we call the Huna Crisis.
I myself have experienced this several times over the years as I made intuitive leaps through
levels of understanding. This is a process I now call simplification and demystification because
really, the more comfortable we get with this knowledge, the more we understand that all of the
different systems of thought aren't mutually exclusive, the simpler everything becomes.
It can be quite a rollercoaster ride but if we can stay with it we realise that our existing
knowledge base fits into the Huna Philosophy and not the other way around. The sooner we stop
trying to make Huna fit our old thinking and learn that we can shift between different ways
of thinking, utilise different perspectives, to achieve the best results possible, pono,
there's always more than one way to do anything, the more we can relax into the flow of life.
As I wrote in my article, Infusion Confusion, I have found it
necessary to carefully watch that I don't allow the wonderfully freeing concepts of Huna
Kupua to become diluted and distorted by letting limiting concepts supplant the seven basic
principles. Having trained in the traditional way as well as studied in the modern way has
made this easier to recognise.
When I notice life is becoming more difficult it tells me that is what I have fallen into
and I bring myself back to the seven basic principles. The more I can expand my awareness of
myself by keeping it simple, the more expansive and joyful life becomes. I have a ways to go
and I find I am always learning new things to simplify life all the time. What a wonderful adventure.
Graeme Kapono Urlich (March 2016)
Aloha New Zealand - School of Huna and Hawaiian Shamanism