Huna means "The Secret"
by Serge Kahili King
There really is a secret process that allows you to achieve just as much health, wealth, happiness,
and success as you can ever desire. The funny thing is, it's never been a secret.
As some people discovered an unimaginably long time ago, the best way to keep a secret is to tell
everyone about it, over and over and over again in many different ways until they stop paying
attention and forget about it. Then someone "rediscovers" the secret and everyone gets excited about
it until it's old news and it gets forgotten again.
Possibly the oldest form of the secret process is found in Huna, a name of convenience given to the
very ancient esoteric knowledge of Polynesia. As a word in Hawaiian, ka huna actually means "the
secret." Interestingly, this particular word has the connotation of something hard to see, not
something intended to be kept hidden. The process itself is described in the Hawaiian proverb, Makia
ke ali'i, ehuehu ka ukali (literally, concentration is the chief, energy is the follower), which I
first translated in my 1985 book, Mastering Your Hidden Self, as "Energy flows where attention goes."
In other words, to achieve all your desires, keep your focus on what you want, and not on what you
don't want, a version of the secret expressed frequently in the Seth Books by Jane Roberts. Other
versions of the secret process can be found in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, in Buddhist
and Taoist writings, in Yoga sutras and Sufi poetry, and of course in the works of more modern writers
such as Wattles, Hill, Emerson, Holmes, and many others. One nice thing about the Hawaiian version of
the secret is that it includes specific instructions for putting it into practice. These instructions
can be found in the roots of a little-understood Hawaiian word, haipule.
The Pukui-Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary defines haipule as meaning "religious, devout, pious, reverent,
to worship, to hold prayers or service, to consecrate a heiau, and a church service," but this is
obviously a Christianized interpretation of this very Hawaiian word. More likely, it's original
meaning as a whole word was based on the word hai (to offer) plus pule (prayer, blessing, spell). That
is, haipule is a term relating to a process for making good things happen.
The actual process, according to my Hawaiian uncle, William Kahili, is found in root meanings of the
word. More accurately, the roots describe four ways to maintain a positive focus, which is the key
ingredient of the secret.
Ha, meaning "life, breath, spirit."
Breathe deeply and get emotionally excited while thinking about what you want, or at least feel as
positive and happy as you can. When you lose your focus, breathe deeply to get back into the present
and start over.
I, meaning "to speak."
Speak the words that describe what you want, aloud or silently. When you find yourself speaking
negative words related to what you want, stop, breathe, and go back to saying what you want instead.
Pu, meaning "to issue forth, to appear like smoke."
This is a poetic description of imagination. Imagine what you want in as much sensory detail as you
can. When you find yourself imagining what you don't want, stop, breathe, and imagine what you want
Le, a short form of lele meaning, basically, "to move."
Whenever you are thinking or speaking about what you want, assume a positive posture and move in
confident ways. When you find yourself feeling depressed, helpless or disillusioned in relation to
what you want, stop, take a deep breath, and change your posture or the way you move into a more
positive and confident mode. You don't have to do everything every time you think of what you want,
but each method reinforces the other and helps you to maintain your positive expectation.
So that's it. The secret is out. Or, as the ancient Hawaiians would have said,
Ahuwale ka nane huna
"That which was a secret is no longer hidden"
(from 'Olelo No'eau, by Mary Kawena Pukui)