ENDLESS
ENERGY
 
 
 
by
Serge Kahili King, Ph.D.

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Copyright 2009 by Serge King
 
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First English edition 2011
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Chapter One: Endless Energy
 
Chapter Two: The Mystery of Mana
 
Chapter Three: Positive Programming
 
Chapter Four: Intuitive Abilities
 
Chapter Five: Wilderness Insights
 
Chapter Six: The Will of God
 
Chapter Seven: The Most Important Thing

Chapter One
 
ENDLESS ENERGY
 
(This chapter is from a lecture entitled "Unlimited Energy." It has been adapted to a writing style, slightly modified and updated)
 
My name is Serge Kahili King. I am from Hawaii. I was not born there, but I was adopted by a Hawaiian family as my father was before me. My book Kahuna Healing goes into that story more deeply if you are interested. Briefly, he went to the islands, met this family of one of the three primary spiritual and healing traditions of Hawaii, a shamanic tradition, and he was adopted by the head of the family, Joseph Kahili. Much later, out of our family my father asked me if I would like to follow the same path. Even though I was 14 and very highly involved with girls and cars at the time, I still had enough smarts to say yes to that and so he took me into this path and since then I've been walking it, most of the time,  running it sometimes, and sitting down beside it sometimes.
 
I was brought up in this Hawaiian tradition as well as being brought up in a very strongly western tradition. I spent seven years in Africa learning the living shaman tradition that still goes on there and when I came back I decided to get a degree in psychology to make a bridge so that I could explain this ancient system in modern terms, because if I were teaching Hawaiians I would be teaching them quite differently. 
 
We do have a number of Hawaiians in our organization learning this healing system of shamanism, but their way of approaching it and their way of learning it is somewhat different, so for non-Hawaiians we use a system of words and terms that you'd be more familiar with. The knowledge is the same. 
 
The system I teach is called "Huna," which refers to esoteric knowledge, and is based on seven ideas about life, ideas that we usually call "principles." They are of such a nature that they can be applied to anything of human interest, and in this case I am applying them to the subject of energy.
 
THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF ENERGY
1. Energy is what you think it is. One scientific definition of energy is "the property of matter and radiation that is manifested as a capacity to perform work, and a degree or level of this capacity possessed by something or required for a process." If that sounds vague, it's because it is. It helps to understand that the word "work" in this definition means "any influence on something other than the source of the property." In the popular culture, energy is often thought of as a kind of "thing" that can be acquired, lost, or transferred from one thing to another, like a coin or a piece of jewelry. In the system I was trained in, energy is a pattern of movement that has the capacity to influence other patterns of movement. This is similar to, but different from, the scientific definition, because instead of being a "property" of matter and radiation, matter and radiation themselves are assumed to be patterns of movement.
 
2. Energy has no limits. Energy is endless, unlimited, infinite. Of course, this only makes sense if you assume that everything is energy, which our system does. In addition, this gives rise to the logical assumption that everything is connected energetically and patterns influence other patterns through this connection.
 
3. Energy flows where attention goes. As focused beings of spirit the energy of the universe moves through us, and it flows where our attention goes. If we want to change something, the primary process we have for doing that is shifting our attention. Attention is what gets us into trouble, and attention can get us out of it.
  
4. All energy exists now. The definition of "now," of course, depends on the range of our current attention. According to this principle, what we call the "past" is a collection of currently existing energetic patterns of memory, somewhat like the information stored on the hard drive of a computer. What we call the "future" is a collection of currently existing energetic patterns of expectation, somewhat like the plans and projections stored on the hard drive of a computer.
 
In this system the concept is that since the universe is infinite and there are no limits, all time is simultaneous. According to this system, if you want to go backward or forward in time, you actually have to go sideways. "Past" and "future" experiences are existing right now and changing right now as we change. We are affecting them as much as they are affecting us. It's all inter-related.
 
5. Energy loves energy. Although deceptively simple, the deeper implication is energy is attracted to energy, and patterns of energy are constantly connecting, interacting, and changing into each other. One way to see this in nature is how wind energy turns into wave energy that reshapes rock energy. Another way is to notice how animal energy becomes oil energy that becomes fire energy that becomes heat and mechanical energy.
 
6. All power (energetic influence) comes from within. It is based on a concept called mana in Polynesia. All power comes from within, from the source. Not from within you as an individual being, but from your spirit that is connected to the center of the universe. All of the power in your life comes through you. There is nothing outside of you that has any power over you.
 
Everything, however, has power. The power of the tree comes from within the tree. The power of the clouds comes from within the clouds. We influence each other, and that is the purpose of increasing mana, which actually means influence. It's like being able to influence someone by speaking to them. When you think you are controlling someone it's an illusion. All you can ever do is to influence them. On their part, they always have the power to choose how to react to your influence.
 
Audience question: "You are saying that all power comes from within, as in nothing outside has any power over you. How about drugs? How about circumstances that happen to people?"
 
In our tradition all circumstances come from  patterns of thought, patterns of action by the individual. They all come out of decisions made about reality and about oneself and about the world.
 
Audience question: "For example what if an insect bites you and you get the toxins and you get sick."
 
What we would say is that you and the insect attracted each other certainly and probably not on any conscious level but you had certain patterns that that insect reflected. If a toxin built up and let's say a swelling occurred, that swelling also occurred because it was reflecting some other part of you. Ordinarily, most swellings reflect some kind of suppressed anger.
 
Audience question: "Surely that just reflects the action of the immune system and not patterns?"
 
Of course it does, because not everyone who is bitten by the insect will get the swelling. Not everyone gets the same effect from the same occurrence, so that if you are in a very relaxed or unstressed state, the first likelihood is that the insect won't bite you. The second likelihood is that if does, you wouldn't have any effect from it. The insect would get all the blood it needed and it would go and you wouldn't even notice it. That does happen a lot. The third process, then, is that the less stress you are under, the less toxic the insect's bite would be to you, and the more stress you are under, the more toxic it would be to you.
 
This idea doesn't deny that there are effects and influences and energy in the world. It says, however, that your state is the greatest factor in how they affect you. There are in practical terms all kinds of things outside of us. There are people, though, who have learned how to poke steel spikes through their arms, and because they have learned how not to resist that, when they pull them out there is no bleeding and there is instant healing.
 
There are other people who will die from a scratch from a cat, or drown in a teaspoon of water. If you can learn how to let the energy flow through you without resisting it, then you won't have the negative effect, but if you try to counter an energy which is too intense or anything that we would ordinarily call toxic, it is toxic to the degree that you are stressful.
 
If it is too intense for you to handle and you try to resist it, even habitually, not even consciously, to that degree it is going to hurt. To that degree you are going to be affected by it. You can put your toe in a fire and get severely burned, or you can change your state and walk across it with no harm.
 
Audience question: "What if a person accidentally ate a mushroom that was toxic?"
 
Please understand that I am not denying the validity of other systems. I am explaining our system. In our way of thinking such an incident wouldn't be accidental. Our system doesn't allow for accidents. Accidents can only happen in a finite universe, and our assumption is that the universe is infinite. Everything that happens is co-created.
 
Now please don't take that as blame. It does not imply any conscious involvement, because you are more than just your conscious mind.  It does say, however that your whole experience, every smidgeon of it, is an effect of your expectations at conscious, unconscious, or subconscious level. Energy is attracted to energy. So in this system there are no accidents.
  
7. The last principle is that the effectiveness of energetic interaction is the measure of the truth about the interaction. A different way to put this is to say that expectations are only valid to the degree that they match results. It's easy to claim anything, but if the claim cannot be tested, it certainly cannot be called a truth. Beliefs do not make things true on their own. Only the results of believing can tell you how true they are. The so-called "Big Bang Theory" of the creation of the universe is a good example. Because it cannot be tested, it is really just a hypothesis, someone's guess. Circumstantial evidence, which is always open to interpretation, does not prove a hypothesis. From Hawaii we have an even better example. When dealing with anyone's claim about anything, a Hawaiian proverb uses a surfing metaphor and says, "Show your skill on the back of a wave."
 
This system that I am presenting to you is not presented as truth. It was made up a very long time ago by some people who took a good, long look at the world and came up with some ideas about it that seemed to work very well. They weren't seeking truth, they were seeking effectiveness. So for practical purposes they made effectiveness the measure of truth. That's one of the things that make this system quite different.
  
ENERGY AWARENESS
Let's start off with some more awareness from this point of view of what energy is. We have already said that energy is movement of any kind, but we need to look at that more deeply.
 
When we talk about frequencies or vibrations, we are talking about patterns of movement that can be in the form of waves or back and forth motion. When we talk about increasing energy, we are really talking about increasing movement. The popular idea of putting energy into something is very misleading. What we are actually doing is using one pattern of movement to stimulate or induce more movement in another pattern.
 
Say you have a rock sitting out in the sun. We know from physics that the rock is moving. It is vibrating in a particular range of frequencies that we can call a movement pattern. Light is moving, too, vibrating in a different range of frequencies.  In our example, the vibration of the light is reaching the rock and the rock starts to vibrate faster. We only see the reflected light, but we can feel the effect of the induced energy as heat. The rock has a rather limited range of frequencies that it can sustain while still remaining a rock.  When it moves as far in that range as it can as a rock, it transforms some of the excess light energy into heat and radiates it away from itself. If it didn't transform that energy into something else it would break apart. If the rock is induced to vibrate more than its current pattern can tolerate or radiate, perhaps from a high powered laser beam, it will change its shape, melt, and eventually become a gas. The old pattern will have become radically transformed to accommodate the increase in movement.
 
This applies to us human beings as well. We receive energetic inducement from air, water, food, emotions, thoughts, and many other sources in our environment, including the sun. These energy sources then affect our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy patterns.
 
When a plant takes in the energy of the sun and it takes in the energy of the Earth, it transforms that into changing its own patterns within its overall pattern as a particular plant. This includes physical growth and patterns of reproduction.  Human beings transform their induced energy into physical changes, emotional changes, mental changes, and spiritual changes. We can "grow" in many ways.
 
If we don't grow with that energy then we try to maintain our patterns and often we get the effects of illness, we get the effects of pain, we get the effects of trying to maintain stability, which, if you look at nature is unnatural. If you truly look at nature you will see that change is a constant, so if we can learn how to flow with change, then we can use that energy and direct it into growth in whatever direction we choose.
 
Another interesting thing about this system is that it places no inherent values on parts of the universe. It is a very egalitarian system. It doesn't make any distinctions between spiritual and material matters. The material is simply another aspect of the spiritual. It doesn't say that thoughts are better than matter, or that matter is more important than mind. They are two different aspects of exactly the same thing. If you were to use the energy concepts to increase your material abundance and prosperity to the degree that it enhanced your effectiveness and happiness and connectedness and loving, that would be just as valid as using that input of energy to send your mind off into the farthest kinds of dimensions and awareness of other beings and being-ness and the most abstract kinds of ideas that you can think of.
 
ENERGY EXPERIENCES
Let's have some experience of being aware of energy.  The more aware we become of energy, movement of different kinds, the more we can start to shift and change and move that energy by induction, association, stimulation, or whatever to move other kinds of energy. So we can move energies in the body or in our relationships with people or move energies in our physical environment. A good way to start is with what is generally called "subtle energy," the kind of energy found in and around crystals, pyramids, and human bodies.
 
Let's experience it visually first of all. Some of you may have done this before, some of you may not have. 
 
[At this point in the lecture I stand in front of a blank flip chart]
 
I'm going to stand right here and what I want you to do is to look an inch or two above my head.  What you want to look for is a contrast.  It could be kind of a greyness, perhaps a yellowness close to my head, or maybe you will see other colors. Most people will see a kind of a fuzzy brightness right over my head and it might be over my shoulders.
 
Can everybody see that?
 
[Most of the audience responds in the affirmative]
 
Now keep watching for a moment and notice if you see any change.  Ok what happened? 
 
[Just before asking that question, I used a mental technique to amplify the intensity of my aura, i.e., to increase it's vibration in order to make it more visible. The audience responded with surprised murmurs and some gasps. A good number answered my question]
 
It brightened up, good. This shows that by shifting thought you can change your energy.  Now keep watching right over my head.  I'm going to move but don't move your eyes.  Keep looking right over my head when I move.  Now, you ought to be able to see the outline there. 
 
[Everyone in the audience is able to see an outline of my head and shoulders appear on the flip chart after I have moved away]
 
That's called an after image and the reason you can see it is because there was an energy radiation. You can only see an after image when you have been looking at something that radiates energy strongly, like a bright color or a bright aura..
 
This is something that everyone can see. If you didn't see it very well at first, with a little bit of practice or a little darker room it would be easier. Subtle energy is visible to anyone. You do not have to train for years and years to be able to see it. It's all around us. All it takes is paying attention.  Of course, the more motivated you are the better you are able to see it, because you pay more attention. For most people, seeing the aura is like "Gee that's nice." The same thing happens with most people who walk on wood fire embers in a workshop. "Ok. Well I did that. Now what?"
 
The ability to see subtle energy doesn't have to be put to use, although it can be. Here I only want you to know that it is there.  We are surrounded by energy. We are energy. We don't end at our skin. 
 
Now let's feel that energy. I'd like you to reach out to someone on each side of you, but don't touch them. Put your hands out with your left palm up and your right palm down, about two inches apart.  We have already had a nice build up of energy here in the room, so it should be easy.  Can you feel anything? It's very subtle, it might feel like tingling, it might be like warmth or it might be a cool breeze kind of effect. 
 
[Most of the audience responds in the affirmative]
 
Now put your hands about two or three inches farther apart.  Can you still feel that? If you move your hands ever so slightly towards each other you might feel a sense of pressure. 
 
[Most of the audience responds in the affirmative]
 
Ok you can put your hands down. From our point of view what you are doing is not feeling that person's energy, you were feeling that person. You were actually touching them, because we are all in touch.
 
If you are touching everyone's energy, for practical purposes you have access to infinite energy all of the time. It becomes only a question of letting it affect you. 
 
[Here I raise my hand, palm outward, and face it toward a member of the audience in the front row]
 
Now Rusty is sitting here, nice and quiet, but I can touch Rusty's energy right here or I can go all the way back to Hawaii and I can put my hand up again in the direction of this place and ask "I wonder how Rusty is doing?" Then I pay close attention and I can say, "Ah she's fine, she's ok," because I can touch it from there, too. Wherever I think about her I can be aware of her energy, because her energy is everywhere and so is yours.
 
Do you want to experience a real energy high? Go to a busy shopping mall or a sports event sometime and be aware of people's energy. Just be aware of it, you don't have to do anything. The awareness will stimulate your energy. If you go dancing, it's better than taking something if you allow yourself to be aware in a focused way of the energy of the people who are there. That's all you have to do, and your energy will be increased in intensity by induction.
 
As you close down your awareness, so you close down the effect that that energy has on you. A lot of times we train ourselves to do that for protection out of fear, because we are feeling things that we don't like, don't want, or don't understand. Another viewpoint, which is the shamanic viewpoint, is that when you become aware of energy you begin to change it. You don't have to protect yourself from it. You might decide to change it instead. How do you change it? By changing the way you think about it, because your energy is going everywhere, too.
 
ENERGY AND HEALING
Are you familiar with the concept of the white light? 
 
[Affirmative response from most of the audience]
 
The white light is often taught as a white light of protection. For those who are not familiar with it, it's a metaphysical technique of imagining that you are surrounded by a white light that protects you from negative energy that is in your environment, or that is directed at you on purpose by someone else. The whole idea of negative energy is a misguided concept, but we'll let that go for now.
 
We have a similar concept in Hawaii that we call la'a kea.  Basically, it means "sacred light" and we use it a little differently.
 
In our concept, because all you are doing is putting your attention on your own aura or energy field, if you make it your intention to have a field of harmony instead of protection you have a much greater effect. Rather than trying to protect you from someone else's nasty vibesÑand really, all you are doing is shutting down your perception of your own stateÑwhat you  do instead is to consciously reach out with your energy to be a healer, to harmonize the energy around you.
 
Let's have a little bit of an experience with this to show you what the difference is. Take a couple of deep breaths, because breathing always stimulates your energy field too. You'd be amazed how at how quickly your energy field gets weaker when you stop breathing.
 
For just a moment put a beautiful white light of protection all around you.  If you are not familiar with that concept you can imagine it as color or even sound or a feeling, if you like. Just imagine that there is light or energy around you that protects you from any negativity or any bad vibes in the world. Feel that around you. 
 
Now, change that with your mind and your intent from a light of protection to a light of harmony. Imagine that this light that you have around you now has the power to harmonize any disharmony, the power to change vibrations so that they become healthy and helpful instead of whatever they were at first. Feel that as a light of harmony around you now and be aware of the difference.
 
Alright, take a deep breath and come on back. There are times when you want protection, so don't throw that technique away, but I think you will find most of the time that harmony will work better. Would anyone like to make any comments of their reactions to making the change?
 
[Audience responses of more relaxation, feelings of expansion, sensations of movement. A question is posed about using this for distant healing]
 
 Anyone that you want to heal is everywhere, so you can reach them anywhere. Whether they feel your help or not consciously is not important, and there is where true humility comes in. It is important to help even without proof that your healing was received.  If you observe their behavior, however, or hear from them, there will be changes.
 
When we send that sense of harmony on behalf of someone else we give them full permission to respond to it in any way they choose. That way (like when the rock turned some of the sun's energy into heat), you give it to them with love, which means no strings attached. They will  transform that into their own best healing. 
 
It may be different from what you expected but it will move towards healing because the thought of harmony is there. If you send it to produce a specific effect then it will be a lot less effective, unless they have asked for a specific effect. The more trust that you give to them that the nature of the universe is naturally moving towards healing and harmony the better effect you will get for a general healing.
  
[Audience question: "Isn't that like invading someone with your energy?"]
 
Let me give you a point of view on that. One point of view is that if the universe is infinite and if we are infinite as part of that universe, how can we invade anything? That's an interesting thought, isn't it? So then we have to decide if we are infinite or not. If we are not, then we have a whole different set of things that we have to do. If we are infinite, then there is no invasion.
 
 In our system we don't think that we are putting energy into anyone, whether we are using our aura or our hands. All healing of that nature, from our point of view, happens by induction.
 
You are increasing your energy, the vibration of your energy. That translates to an increase in vibration in the other person, and they heal themselves with the increased activity of their own energy (which in a larger point of view is not any different from yours). So the healing is always by induction.
 
This also means, following on as logically as we can, that no one else can drain you of energy. You can't take energy away from the infinite. What is happening when you have the experience sometimes of being drained is that you or some part of your being is resisting someone or something.
 
If you are with someone that you don't like, some part of you is going to try to resist, close up, block off its awareness of that person, and in the process you will be shutting down your own flow of energy (technically, you will be damping down your vibration rate by increasing your body tension). If you shut that down enough you will have physical, emotional, or mental problems.  
 
We also use the theory that if you get the same kind of illness that someone else has, you are not catching it from them, but you do mimic them. You might mimic them out of fear and you might mimic them out of love. 
 
My mother was Italian and in her tradition they used the idea that you could help someone else by taking on their illness. When I was young and very ill, she would hold me in her arms and will my illness into her, and then I would get well and she would get sick.  From the point of view of the system that I am teaching you now, what she was doing was giving me a very powerful placebo. She was creating the vibration pattern of illness in herself to convince me that I didn't have it any more. Obviously not on a conscious level, but this is how we would explain it.
 
So as she got sicker I got better, because I could see the change, I could see her transformation from wellness to illness, and so I cured myself by allowing myself to relax, which allowed me to heal myself. 
 
Much later, when my mother was having some difficulties and I wanted to help her, she absolutely refused at first, because she didn't want me to take on her illness. I had to spend some time convincing her that, although I loved her very much, I didn't love her that much. Actually, I convinced her that it wasn't necessary, that there was a different way to do it. 
 
Once I was able to convince her well enough, I was able to help her by helping her release the resistances that she had so that she could heal herself, or allow her body to heal itself, if you like.
 
We have to create illness. That's a creative act. It takes energy to make yourself ill. You have to divert a certain portion of your energy into creating a pattern of resistance or holding back that produces what we call illness, dysfunction or disharmony.
 
It takes energy to do that. It takes a lot more energy to do that than it does to allow life.  People seem to think that it's so easy to get sick. No it isn't, it takes a lot of effort. It takes a lot of energy. All you need to get well is to change an idea and health happens.
 
Sometimes, however, because we have been trained in various traditions or societies to have so much fear, to think about the world in a certain way and to be with a certain group of people who think about the world in a certain way, we tend to move into blockages of energy, shutdowns, slowdowns of energy because we think we should. It's like flu, which we often call a "mediagenic" illness, meaning that it can be caused by the media. You don't have to have it. The contemporary American culture teaches that in a certain season flu happens, even though it obviously happens all year long. Flu and other illnesses do not happen by accident, however.
 
Every illness is an attempt to solve a problem. If you don't have a more creative way to solve that problem your body will go back to a memory, maybe genetic memory maybe experiential memory, maybe the memory of people around you or what it hears on TV to find a pattern that will suit the purpose in the moment if you haven't consciously given it another choice.
 
Illness is sometimes used by your body to slow you down, to keep you from doing things, to punish you for something that have done wrong, to keep you away from people, to force you to grow, and all kinds of other things.  It is used, but that doesn't mean it is necessary, because there is always another way to do anything. You don't need illness unless you do not give or allow your body a way to solve a problem differently.
 
Some people believe that illness is a necessary polarity of wellness. This is based on a philosophy that says you have to have the bad to balance the good.  We don't use that philosophy, and if you truly look at experience you'll find that the evidence of life is against it.
 
Let's suppose that you have an apple and an orange. Let's suppose the apple is perfectly ripe, juicy, and fresh and you bite into that apple and it tastes so good, it's wonderful. Then you have over here an orange. It's also fresh right off the tree, organically grown, and when you peel it open and bite into it, oh it's so juicy and has that wonderful orange flavor. And you have bananas that have a wonderful banana flavor, and you go and have some great pistachio nuts, and you have some peaches you go from good to good to good to good to good. You didn't have to have one piece of rotten fruit at all in order to enjoy all of the goodness of all of those others, and the only bad effect would have come from eating too much too soon.
 
There is so much good in this infinite universe that we don't need the bad to enjoy it. We can use the bad to force ourselves to do things in a certain way but it is not a necessity.  
 
Another question that arises is the right to heal someone else. The answer comes from simple logic. The fail-safe guideline is: If you have any doubts, ask permission. A logical progression would be: If you are going to heal on a physical level, you better get physical permission. Don't put your hands all over someone unless they've said okay. If you are going to heal at a telepathic level, then get telepathic permission if that makes you feel comfortable. You can ask telepathically "May I send you some energy?" and you trust the response and if the response is no then don't. Trust whatever you get, you don't have to know why.
 
There is a third part of the logical progression, but I have to explain it a bit. If this life is a dream, then the only thing that you are healing is your image of that other person. They are having a dream of you, too, and if they didn't want your help you wouldn't be aware of them. There are billions of people on this planet folks, and most of them you are not going to encounter. Therefore, the ones you do encounter who do need help must be significant in your life dream. And if it is your dream, then you have the right to heal any of the images in your dream. They also have a right to fade out of your dream, or to become more prominent in your dream. 
 
There is always another way to do anything. You can justify it or work with it from any kind of point of view that you choose and find a way that works for you. The main thing is, do you feel honest?  Full of integrity and in a true healing mode? Do you really want to help?  Trust that whatever you do is the right thing for you to do in that moment.
 
[Audience question: "Do you do mental or distant healing silently or out loud?]
 
That depends on who you are working with. If we are working with someone who has conscious problems with what we are saying, or they have a lot of conscious resistances to being helped or to changing their points of view, then the best thing to do is not work with their conscious mind at all but with their body mind. In other cases where even that seems to be so terribly blocked we go to spirit and work directly with that.
 
This is where humility comes in again. True humility and true pride are the same thing. They both consist of knowing who you really are and what you can do. So you go to your high self and say "I don't know how to handle this. You are infinite. You do it. Thank you very much." Amazing healings take place when you can work at that level.
  
HEALING TECHNIQUES
Let's first preface this with the idea that all healing is self healing.  All you are healing when you are working with someone else is an aspect of yourself. If you close yourself off to that you block the feedback effect. The more you heal with openness to the idea that you are also working on yourself, the more you are healed.
 
Here are two very quick things that you can do yourself and share with others.
1. Relax. Right where you are, relax all of your muscles. Keep just enough to stay sitting up or standing as the case may be. Relax as much as you can. If you did this a hundred times a day, you would be a lot healthier. While you are in that state of relaxation, use imagination, memory, anything that you like, and get angry about something. Keep your muscles relaxed, don't tense a single muscle, and get as angry as you want, with no muscle tension.
 
[Murmurs, surprise, and smiles in the audience]
 
Okay, I think that you have discovered by now that if your muscles are relaxed, it is physiologically and emotionally impossible to be angry. One of the most important self healing things that you can do is relax your muscles. Be aware of the little tensions during the day that build up often in your shoulders when you are talking to someone, your hip when you are standing around, the way that you walk and sit. Be aware of those little tensions and relax them right there and then.
 
Massage is a wonderful way to do that. So is a hot tub, but you can also relax your muscles in between times mentally. Not only does it help you and heal you emotionally and physically, but because memory is stored in the body, the more relaxed you are the more access you have to all of the best skills that you have learned. 
 
The more tense you are the more you start losing those skills, because body tension interferes with remembering. If you are really stressed out you go back to the first things that you learned as a kid, which are stored in many places in the body. That's why people under high stress faint, throw tantrums or do all kinds of stuff that seems childish. It's because they have lost access to the other things they learned later.
  
 2. Forgive. I cannot emphasis enough that from a healing point of view, forgiveness is one of the best healing techniques that you can use yourself or teach to others. The more you hold on to various forms of anger, such as hate, resentment, guilt and griefÑyes, grief is a form of anger, because it involves resisting what exists and wanting something differentÑthe more tension builds up in your body, and excessive tension is what produces illness, dysfunction, and disharmony. Forgiveness is a process of releasing that tension by changing how you think and feel about someone or something.
 
Contrary to popular opinion, forgiveness benefits you, because it releases tension. It might or might not benefit someone else, but it always benefits you.
 
The simple way to forgive is to give permission for something to exist, or to have existed. This does not make it right or wrong, and it does not mean that you will lose the ability to take care of yourself as needed. All it means is that you will release a lot of tension and free up a lot of energy that you can use for more creative purposes.
 
People who find it hard to forgive, or who refuse to forgive, have a serious problem with self esteem and/or self confidence. Because of that, they think that holding onto anger will protect them in some mysterious way from making some mistake again, or they fear that their forgiveness will mysteriously give power to the object of their anger. Anger then becomes a symbol of their own power, even though it may destroy them. That's an extremely unhappy and unpleasant way to live for them and those around them. The cure is increased self respect and the development of social skills, but that's a cure that cannot be forced on anyone.
 
Forgiveness, however you achieve it, helps to increase health, wealth, happiness, and successÑand it makes your aura shine more brightly.
 
PIKO-PIKO
Now let me give you something more that you can do with your conscious mind which uses this ability of yours to focus your attention. In this case it's a special type of breathing. This is the process we call piko-piko. In Hawaiian piko is the navel, and in Hawaiian tradition this is the seat of emotions, thoughts, and feelings, somewhat in the same way we think of the heart in English. An extended meaning of piko is "center," and the process of piko-piko is one of shifting your attention from one center to another as you breathe. In theory, this produces a wave of subtle energy between the two centers of attention. In practice, it helps to relax the body, calm the emotions, and clear the mind.
 
The centers of attention can be anything, but the most common way to do piko-piko is the following:
1. Inhale with your attention on the crown of your head.
2. Exhale with your attention on your navel.
 
I am not saying to move the energy from your crown to your navel; I am not saying to breathe in energy through your crown or to breathe it out through your navel. Don't do any of that. I am saying put awareness on your crown when you inhale and put your awareness on your navel when you exhale. The energy "knows" how to move on it's own. Go ahead and do that.
 
[After two minutesÉ] Would anyone like to share their experience?
 
[Audience comment: "I felt energy beginning to move in my body, and then it stopped."]
 
What was happening was that energy was beginning to move and finding a blockage, an area of tension, to be more exact. If you work with that gently for a longer period of time the process would begin to release the tension.
 
We did from crown to naval to begin with. You can actually do it from any point on your body to any other point, such as from your left hip to your right hip.  If you were to do that for an extended period of time, you would find increasing sensations in that area. It's a way to release the whole pelvic region and all the energy that might be locked up there in tension. It might help to put a hand on each hip to help you maintain your focus.
  
An alternate way to get the same effect is to do piko-piko from the back of the neck, from the 7th cervical vertebra, that is, to the base of the spine. You might think of this as an interesting exercise to experiment with until you can feel a sense of something flowing up and down your spine. Sometimes, the flow can turn into a sensation of heat, which is when the body is radiating excess energy like the rock discussed before.
 
MOVING IMAGES
Energy flows where attention goes, and attention goes where energy flows. I talked before about walking in a shopping mall and being aware of the energy of the people there, and how your subconscious body mind will mimic whatever you focus your attention. Another way to increase your energy flow for healing is to observe, be aware of, or even think about and visualize something highly energetic. 
 
We'll do a brief experiment for this that doesn't take long to do.  Take a deep breath and close your eyes. I would like you to imagine the ocean on a calm day. The water is perfectly flat, it's in between tides so there is barely a ripple on the surface.  Feel how your body feels as you think of that.  Now think of the ocean on a windy, stormy, but beautiful day as the waves are coming in. There has been a storm at sea and the waves are big and the wind is blowing and the surf is high and pounding against the shore. You can hear the booming of the sea.  Feel your body as you think of that.
 
OK, take a deep breath come on back. Did you sense any differences in how your body felt between the two images?
 
[Audience affirms differences]
 
Big differences right? We just barely did 30 seconds here, but if you were to spend some time focusing on an expression of high energy in nature, you would become charged up and energy would start to flow through your body more abundantly. 
 
This is a simple thing that you can do when you need more energy for work or more energy to stay awake or if you are healing yourself. If you have a tension blockage or a resistance energy effect somewhere in your body, just thinking about some natural high-energy phenomenon will start to increase the flow in your body, and it will begin to mimic the equivalent effects of that and induce flow. It's a very simple but very powerful way to get energy moving.
 
CONCLUSION
I sincerely hope that these techniques will help you to become healthy and stay healthy, and that the ideas I presented will stimulate you to do further research on your own.

Chapter Two
 
THE MYSTERY OF MANA
 
 
The most greatly misunderstood concept in Hawaiian culture is mana. Used frequently as a borrowed term by modern anthropologists and sociologists, it is generally defined as a "pervasive supernatural or magical power." Among metaphysicians, it is often lumped with qi, ki, and prana, partly because it rhymes nicely, and partly because it is assumed to be the equivalent of energy, particularly "bioenergy." In point of fact, it's true meaning is as different from either of those as it is possible to be.
 
The following discussion is based not only on Hawaiian cultural use of the word itself, but also the common Hawaiian practices of deriving meanings from roots, and of relating homonyms (sound-alike words), near homonyms, homographs (spelled-alike) words, and words where mana is the root or stem.
 
In very general terms, mana is a special kind of quality that people, objects, and even abstract entities (such as governments) have, and one that some people, objects, or entities have in more abundance than others. What is this quality? Let's begin with translations from the Pukui-Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary,
 
The first group of meanings gives the essential definition in a rather roundabout way. Leaving out the redundant use of the word itself, we have "supernatural or divine power, miraculous power; a powerful nation, authority; to make powerful; to have power, authority; authorization, privilege; miraculous, divinely powerful, spiritual; possessed of power."
 
The essential meaning is very clear, once you remove superfluous adjectives. Mana is power, pure and simple.  As to what that means, we only have to look at the accepted scientific definition of power to understand: "Power is the ability to do work," that is, to make something happen.
 
"Supernatural" or "divine" power, in a Hawaiian context, is merely the power attributed to gods.  In ancient Hawaii, this could be the evident power of lightning, rain, waves and tides, etc., or the less evident powers of life, death, illness, and strange happenings.
 
"Authority" as a meaning of mana is confusing to people who associate authority with potential power, but for ancient Hawaiians mana always referred to expressed power. Authority is only powerful when it can be translated immediately into direct action, whether through an intermediary or not. A powerful nation, therefore, is one whose government has the authority to make something happen. The greater the extent and intensity of the happening, the greater the mana the nation is considered to have. It is interesting to remember that, in English, the word "authority" derives from "author" which means "to create." The word "privilege" in this context means the right to do or say something that has an effect on someone or something else, as, for instance, fishing rights, but the actual mana only appears in the exercise of those rights.
 
The next set of meanings involves figurative extensions of the basic meaning. Here, mana is used to mean "to branch or spread out," symbolic of the active nature of power. The relationship becomes even more obvious with the phrase mana weu lani, which literally means "a branch with divine foliage," and figuratively refers to a chief. From "branching out" derivative meanings include "branch, limb, crotch; crosspiece; a line projecting from another line; a stream branch, a road branch or fork; a variant or variation of a story."
 
Other dictionary meanings of mana are "a hook used for eels" (probably because of the branch-like design of the hook); "the stage of growth of fish in which colors appear" and "stage of a fetus when limbs begin to develop" (both derivations of the branching idea); "a native fern with large, much subdivided fronds" and "a variety of taro used in medicine that propagates by branching from the top of the corm."
 
Mana is also the name given to the largest house inside certain temples in ancient Hawaii. Called ka hale mana as well, it literally means "the house of power,"  a consecrated, sacred building for which a very special ritual was used that was called 'aha hele honua. For this ritual, a kahuna would use a sacred cord, 'aha, having symbolic meanings of "the breath of life" and "the number four," both contained in the word ha. With this cord he would ceremoniously measure (ana) the placement of the four posts in the corners of this building.  Hele in one of its meanings is "to fix, to tie down, to establish," and honua also means to establish.  So it really means to fix, establish, empower the place.
 
A curious extension of the word mana appears in the word ho'omana. The prefix ho'o plus a stem word is used to show causation in some cases, and pretense in other cases. For instance, laha means "published" and ho'olaha means "to make known." On the other side, kuli means "deaf" and ho'okuli means "to feign deafness." Unfortunately for translators, there is no clear way to know what was intended in early Hawaiian documents. All we have today is how the words are used today. What we do know is that when the first missionaries came to Hawaii and were trying to translate English into Hawaiian for the purpose of encouraging Bible studies, they had to deal with the chiefs and the priests to work out equivalent meanings of words. So when it came to translating the English words "religion" and "worship," the Hawaiians gave them ho'omana, which could either mean "to empower" or "to pretend to have power." Today, ho'omana can mean "to empower, to give authority to, to authorize," and "religion, worship."
 
Now let us turn to some of those homonyms, near homonyms, and homographs that were mentioned above.
 
To begin with, when mana has a macron over the first a it is pronounced a little differently and has the meaning of "a chewed mass." The concept of power is still there, because it refers to a chewed mass of something used to produce a specific effect, like chewed 'awa root used to make kava ferment faster, or chewed coconut flakes or kukui nuts used for healing. The same form of the word can mean "a trait acquired from those who raise a child." If you are a child and raised by somebody, any traits that you acquire from the people who raised you, parents or not, can be called mana (with the macron), and it is easy to notice the sense of an acquired power in this idea. It is also short for haumana, which means "student." Since one of the meanings of hau is "to offer, as in a sacrifice," and since mana is placed as an adjective in this word, it may mean that the student is offering his or her mana, or authority, to the teacher.
 
MANA AND ENERGY
Although mana is not energy as such, it can refer to the power or effects that energy produces. Here I want to emphasize the effects of subtle energy, one of the names of the energy used in hands-on healing and associated with pyramids, crystals, and the non-magnetic effects of magnets. Other names for this form of energy are bioenergy, qi, ki, prana, and vril.
 
When mana is spelled and pronounced with a macron over each a it means "arid, desert." It also means another type of fern with subdivided fronds, which relates it to the first mana discussed, and it is the proper name for a dry, arid area on the southeast portion of Kauai. What interests me most, however, is the possibility that it may refer as well to a well-known dehydration effect of subtle energy.  Pyramids, crystals, magnets, and subtle energy devices of all kinds produce a dehydrating effect on meat, fruits, vegetables, and, to some extent, on humans, all without heat.
 
A variation of the word is manalo, with a macron over the first a, meaning "sweet, potable water; appeased, softened, mollified." With ho'o it means "to remove bitterness or saltiness." The reason I bring this up is that another effect of subtle energy is to make water and other liquids more sweet and potable, and to remove bitterness from coffee and tea. In addition, it softens ("ages") young wine and distilled beverages in an extremely short period of time.
 
Manamana is a doubling of the word, and it means "to impart mana," which itself simply means to empower. It also means "appendages, claws, branches, rays, forks; to branch out." And the same word means "finger, toe." It's important to remember the underlying empowerment meaning here. It is not the pattern that is being emphasized, it is the extending of power and its effects. This is made even more clear with another variation, manana, which means "to stretch out, as arms, fingers, feet; to spread out, as the tentacles of an octopus; to protrude, as ears; to distend, as nostrils when breathing hard; swelling, as with disease." And with ho'o, "to loosen, as a grip." The latter meaning definitely emphasizes the effect, which is another way of saying "to release tension." One of the most important effects of stretching, projecting energy with the fingers, deep breathing, and subtle energy is that of relieving tension.
 
Mana'o means "thought, idea, belief, opinion, theory, thesis, intention, meaning, suggestion, mind, desire, want; to think, estimate, anticipate, expect, suppose, mediate, deem, consider( in the sense of plan)."  Mana, of course, means power. The second part of this word, 'o (with a macron when by itself) carries the idea of "there, yonder, beyond." The whole word obviously has the connotation of something moving outward, in this case, thought. As we know from Hawaiian legends and healing techniques, they do not think of thinking as something that only takes place inside our skulls. There is a different word for that purely intellectual process: no'ono'o.
Mana'o, by contrast, implies using the power of thought to affect or influence the world around us.
 
The variation mana'o'i'o makes this even more clear. The whole word means "faith, confidence; to have faith, confidence; to believe." The clarity comes when we note that it is composed of the two words mana'o and 'i'o. The first we have just discussed. The second means "essence, substance; true, real." It isn't very hard to conclude that the concept is "to make something real with the power of thought."
 
Another form is mana'olana, meaning "hope, confidence, expectation." The dictionary says that lana is a nominalizer (something which turns a word into a noun), but since mana'o is already used as a noun without it, perhaps another meaning of lana  is intended. This is "floating." If so, the definition of the whole word makes more sense, supposing it refers to the kind of thinking which is not as firmly directed as a belief or intention, but is simply there, drifting around in a passive way.
 
Manawa is a word composed of mana, power, and wa, time or channel.  So, a possible interpretation could be "the power of time" or "to channel power." As a word, manawa means "time, turn, season, date, chronology, period of time; affections, feelings, disposition, heart, seat of emotions; top of the head in the position of the fontanel." Like many other cultures, the Hawaiians considered the top of the head, the fontanel or crown, as a sacred part of the body. Another word for the same place is mauli, with additional meanings of "life, heart, seat of life." For this reason, in old Hawaii, it was considered a serious breach of etiquette to put your hand on or over another person's head, even that of a child, and if a commoner's shadow should fall on a chief's head, he or she would be killed. In modern times, some Hawaiians still refuse to allow anyone to put a lei over their head, preferring to receive the lei by hand and put it on themselves. Today, manawa is most commonly used in the phrase i keia manawa Ð "in this present moment."
 
The dictionary definition of the word form manawaea is very curious. The word is first defined as "hard breathing, to pant for breath, to breathe." Then a literal translation is given as "rising breath," yet this doesn't make any sense.  The root ea means "life, air, breath, respiration, spirit" and "to rise, go up," Manawa isn't even referred to in the so-called literal translation. A second definition of the whole word is the stage of "infancy before the fontanel closes," and a literal translation of this is given as "rising fontanel,"  which is also hard to understand. Knowing the sacredness of the fontanel area and its association with spiritual development in many cultures, and knowing the Hawaiian association of breath with spirit and the use of breathing techniques to increase power in Hawaiian and many other cultures, it seems much more probable that manawaea refers to a type of breathing technique for opening or stimulating the crown of the head.
 
Finally, we have the wonderful word manawale'a, which is used to mean "a generous heart, charity, alms, donation; to give freely and willingly; gratis, free, benevolent, beneficent." Le'a means "joy, pleasure, happiness; clearly, perfectly, thoroughly, successfully." The association with giving as a time of power and happiness is obvious.
 
MANA AND SELF ESTEEM
In teaching Huna we talk a lot about self-image, self-esteem, and self confidence.  All of these are involved with the concept of mana.
 
In the second volume of a sociological study called Nana i ke Kumu ("Look to the Source"), published by the Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center in Honolulu, there is an entire chapter devoted to the factors affecting the self image of Hawaiians. Here I would like to quote from a section entitled "mana, ultimate personal possession." It refers to a preceding section on highly esteemed occupations.
 
What characteristic-in-common brought high regard to the men and women who followed such esteemed occupations? Wealth? Material possessions? No. For unless they were chief or especially favored by chiefs, the builder or teacher or healing kahuna had little wealth and few possessions. What they did possess was manaÉ  the mana of skill. The belief in personal mana was a principal determinate of self-image.
 
The preceding section had mentioned the mana (influence) that comes from the nature of personal possessionsÑin old Hawaii the possession of iron would have conferred great mana, and in modern times it is usually wealth; the mana of weaponsÑspears and swords in ancient times, nuclear bombs in the present; the mana of position or authorityÑconferred in ancient times on royalty, nobles, and priests, and in modern times on entertainers and politicians; and the mana of skillÑthe ability to do something.
 
The mana of skill is very personal mana. All of the others are entirely dependent on the actions and attitudes of other people, but the individually acquired mana of skill is entirely dependent on the individual who acquires it.
 
THE MANA OF KANALOA
Hawaiian legends speak of four principal gods that were worshipped in ancient times: Kane, Lono, Ku, and Kanaloa. In the Huna tradition of the Kahili family, these same names are used for four esoteric aspects of human consciousness. In the most simple terms, we can relate them to Spirit,  Mind, Body, and Integration, respectively.
 
In authentic legend, Kanaloa was the god of the ocean, a god of healing, and a companion of Kane, god of rain and high places. As companions, they would share the sacred drink of kava and travel around the islands striking their staves into the ground to produce fresh-water springs. Most probably, Kane, a god of high places, opened mountain springs, and Kanaloa, associated with the ocean, opened coastal springs.
 
Esoterically, Kanaloa represented what might be called "Core Consciousness," the integration of Spirit, Mind, and Body. We can bring this lofty idea down to the practical realm by exploring the meaning of the word kanaloa.
 
Of the several meanings given in the dictionary, the most pertinent are: "secure, firm, immovable, established, unconquerable." When we break the word up into its roots, we get ka-na-loa, "the great calmness." The quality referred to here is "unshakable confidence." When we break up the roots differently, we see that one set of meanings for kana is "extremely, beyond compare, without limit," while loa in this context has a meaning of "very much." Kanaloa the word is highly significant, and Kanaloa as the integration of Spirit, Mind, and Body implies tremendous authority, or mana. This is emphasized even more by the fact that kanaloa is sometimes used as a poetic name for food. The reason this applies to our discussion is that the word for food is 'ai, which also means "to consume" and this word is used poetically to mean "to rule, reign, to enjoy the privileges and exercise the responsibilities of rule, and the person who does so." In other words, mana in action.
 
The healing aspect becomes evident in a near-sound-alike, kalaloa. Used as an adjective in the phrase pahu kalaloa, it refers to a prayer drum. Since one of the meanings of kala is "to announce" and since loa means "long or great," the phrase could simply describe a drum that announces a prayer over a long distance. However, since kala  also means "release," and "a prayer to free one from any evil influence," a pahu kalaloa could just as well mean a special drum used for healing. What is interesting is that another name for the same drum is pahu kanaloa.
 
There is a small island off the coast of Maui called Kaho'olawe, which the United States Navy tried to bomb into dust for target practice until a U.S. President put a stop to that and gave the island back to the State of Hawaii. It cannot be a coincidence that the word kaho'olawe means "that which was taken." It was taken first from the Hawaiians and then from the State of Hawaii. Many Hawaiians and their supporters have worked hard to turn it into a healing island by getting dead bombs removed, restoring temple sites, and planting trees and flowers. These activities are very appropriate, because the ancient name for this island was Kanaloa, the healer.
 
THE STATE OF KANALOA
Plato said, you become what you contemplate. Huna says, you are what you think you are, and if you want to become something different, you have to think of yourself differently.
 
Kanaloa, as we have seen, is a state of being "secure, firm, immovable, established, unconquerable." Another name for this state is "totally confident." In such a state we cannot be moved out of it easily. In such a state we are free from fear and anxiety, doubt and uncertainty, anger, resentment, or guilt.
 
When you are in a state of feeling completely confident about yourself, you enter a state of really feeling good about yourself, which is the same as having great self esteem. When have great self esteem, you love yourself, you like yourself. Then you are in a position to love and like others so much more freely, so much more easily, so much more naturally. And you become even more confident about where you are at, about where you are going, about what you are doing, about your skills, about yourself. The Big Question is, "How do you get from a state of doubt and fear into one of total confidence? Surprisingly, there is a quick and simple way. It just usually isn't easy for most people. 
 
The opposite of this state of confidence is obviously a state of doubt and fear. It will be useful to look at some of the Hawaiian words that relate to fear and doubt before we move from those states to confidence.
 
First there is a close homonym, kanalua, meaning "undecided, uncertain, doubt, hesitation." It takes a little digging into Hawaiian grammar to understand the connection, but we start with the root lu, which means "to scatter" and add the passive suffix a to get "scattered." Remembering that kana means "extreme," we then get the sense of "extremely scattered." 
 
Another word is hopo, meaning "anxiety, uncertainty, doubt, fright, fearful, alarmed, and uneasy." One possible root meaning is "to be in chaos" or "to be ignorant," and another is "to dam up, like water." The latter makes more sense when you learn that in Hawaiian culture, water can be a symbol of life. In a similar vein, the word ka'u, which is used to mean "hesitation, fear," also has the connotations of "inhibited, checked." Finally, there is kapekepeke, with meanings of "unsteady, insecure, doubtful, uncertain, vague, inconstant, fickle." 
 
From these extended meanings related to fear and doubt, we can infer that in addition to "secure, firm, immovable," the kanaloa state includes "certainty, steadiness, focus, and persistence." Other words for "confidence" in Hawaiian bear this out. My favorite is paulele, which literally means "stop jumping around." Hilina'i is "trust, confidence," from the roots "to braid" and "to strive to obtain or endeavor to understand." We'll end this series of definitions with mana'o'i'o, meaning "faith, confidence," and a root meaning of "true thoughts and feelings."
 
It is doubt that breaks up your self- esteem, that keeps you from attaining your goals, that keeps you from being happy, that keeps you from having good relationships with other people. It is doubt, as a matter of fact, that produces fear, for without doubt there is no fear. The only reason to fear anything is because you doubt your ability to do anything about it. People are afraid of snakes and spiders only because they doubt whether they can handle them. People are afraid of trying something new because they doubt their own abilities to cope.
 
When you have doubts about how other people are going to react to you in different situations, the problem is not that you don't know, it's that you anticipate a bad reaction. If you follow that train of thought and you start acting awkward, or you start acting arrogant or you start doing something to defend yourself, whatever your beliefs are on that score, with the result that you mess up the relationship even more. If you have loving friends, they can take it for a short while or a long while. And if you meet someone who really knows what they are doing, it doesn't matter, because they have no doubts. But if the people you deal with have doubts that are similar to yours and you are acting in a doubtful way, you are going to stir up all of their doubts at the same time and you are going to have two or more people throwing doubts at each other, and that is neither pleasant nor workable. If you can step into the state of kanaloa, all these problems go away.
 
ENTERING THE STATE
I said above that there was a quick and simple way to get from a state of fear and doubt into a state of confidence.  I'll explain the simple way first, and then describe other ways that are just as good, but not quite as simple or quick.
 
If we were to give a name to this technique, it would have to be "Instant Confidence." Here is how to do it:
         1. Don't doubt.
 
That's all there is to it. When you stop doubting your ability to do, be, or have something, all you have left is confidence, because when there is no doubt there is also no fear. At first it may sound absurd, but that's only because so many people think that doubt and fear are things that happen to them. It only seems that way when we have established doubt and fear as habitual responses to various situations. In actuality, doubt and fear are merely the result of decisions we make about ourselves in relation to the world around us. Usually, these decisions to doubt and fear are made when we think we do not have the information, skill, or resources to deal with a situation.
 
When we do feel that we have the information, skill, or resources to deal with a situation, we usually feel confident. Interestingly, it apparently does not matter whether we really have the information, skill, or resources to deal with a situation. What does matter is that we think or feel that we do. All I'm saying here is that we have the innate ability to decide what to think or feel in any situation. Of course, if you don't agree with that, then this is probably not the right technique for you to use.
 
On the other hand, even if you do agree a natural question might still arise: "What do I do when fear and/or doubt do appear?" For Instant Confidence this requires an additional step:
         2. Stop doubting.
 
Just because fear or doubt appear at the door of your mind, that does not mean you have to open the door and invite them in for coffee or tea and an extended visit. Treat them as you would an unwanted salesperson: say "No thank you," and shut the door. There is no obligation to entertain them. It may take a little more effort to kick out persistent fears and doubts, but as long as you don't have fears and doubts about the fears and doubts all you have to do is keep slamming to door on them and they will get weaker and weaker and fade out of your life. When you are under a great deal of stress they might try to come back, but all you have to do is kick them out again.
 
As I said, this may not be easy if you don't know or don't remember what a state of confidence is supposed to feel like, so here are some more techniques to help you.
 
 
Skill Recall
1. Remember a skill that you can perform without any doubt.
2. Practice recalling the feeling of confidence you have when performing the skill.
3. When you are in a situation where doubts and fears might or do appear, recall the feeling of the skill and maintain it during the situation as best you can.
 
Everyone has skills that can be used in this way. They don't have to be related to the situation at hand, because you are recalling the feeling of confidence, not the specific skill. In addition to any professional or athletic skill you may have or have had, here are some other suggestions to use if you have no doubts about them:
         a) Breathing
         b) Walking
         c) Riding a bicycle
         d) Driving a car
         e) Washing dishes
         f) Shopping
         g) Playing a game
         h) Using a phone
 
I think you get the idea. Feel free to add anything you know how to do well.
 
Field of Power
1. Imagine that you are surrounded by an invisible field of energy.
2. Imagine that this energy field makes you so powerful that fear and doubt disappear.
3. Practice this imagination exercise until it's easy to feel powerful and confident with the field around you.
4. Use the field and the feeling whenever necessary or desirable.
 
When you feel powerful, it's easy to feel confident. Although the field is invisible, you can give it a mental color or even be more creative and turn it into a waterfall, or a fountain, or a beam of light from heaven. It's your imagination, so do what works for you to get the feeling you want.
 
Super Hero
1. Think of a super hero or any living, legendary, or fictional person whom you think of as having the kind of confidence you want.
2. Imagine what it would be like to be that person and feel that kind of confidence.
3. Practice this exercise until you can evoke that confident feeling in yourself whenever you want.
 
All of these techniques will work to help you attain the state of kanaloa. There are many others, of course, but these are fairly rapid and very cheap. The main thing to realize is that you no longer have any excuse for staying in a state of kanalua. Kanaloa is in your future if you choose it, and high mana is yours if you want it.

Chapter Three
 
POSITIVE PROGRAMMING
 
 
In the practice of Huna we are always looking for simple ways to do thingsÑthe simpler the better
 
It doesn't mean that the simple way is the only way. This is such an infinite universe that there are many ways to accomplish things and you can make it very complicated and difficult and still get to where you want to goÑor you can make it very simple.
 
If, for example, you are going from Los Angeles to New York, you can fly there directly by airplane, or perhaps by way of Chicago or Dallas, In either case, it seems pretty simple.
 
You can also take a car, which is a little bit more complicated. The most common way would be to head East on Interstate Highway 10 and go through Phoenix. However, you could also take Inerstate Highway 5 north to Sacramento and then take Interstate Highway 80 east and go through Salt Lake City. Or you could board a ship at the Port of Los Angeles, head south, go through the Panama Canal and the Caribbean Sea and reach New York that way. I won't even bother to discuss the possitilities of walking, or going west around the world.
 
At first, it would seem that flyingÑthe simplest wayÑwould also be the easiest way, but that's not necessarily the case. Bad weather, mechanical problems, personnel problems, political troubles, and a host of other things could serve to make it much harder than either driving or taking a ship. Even with the problems, though, it will almost always be the shortest way in terms of time.
 
Here is the point: the simplest and shortest way of doing something might not be the easiest way. For some people, the more complicated and long-term way is the best for them. People are going to choose their means of achieving goals according to what they value most. For some it's security, for some it's pleasure, for some it's time.
 
The seventh principle of Huna says that "effectiveness is the measure of truth."  One way we can interpret that is to say, "If it works, it's Huna." The philosophy of Huna does not say that simpler and shorter is better. It says that effectiveness is what counts. But many practitioners of Huna, myself included, do prefer simpler and shorter methods. In my case, the choice is based on a Hawaiian cultural concept: the sooner we accomplish what we want, the sooner we get to party.
 
One of the most simple techniques for creating a happy, joyful, productive, prosperous, enlightened or any other kind of life that you want, is called positive thinking. Unfortunately, it has received very bad press and many people scorn it. One of the reasons is that it sounds too simple and a lot of people automatically reject simple techniques that deal with emotions, human progress and development, prosperity, success health, and so on. "It can't be that simple," they say.
 
Well yes it can, and it is. But here's where the confusion liesÑit is definitely not easy, not easy at all.  Huna is probably one of the simplest systems there is, and one of the most difficult. That's a side of it that people forget. Because it's so simple, people tend to always look for something to complicate it. Or people equate simplicity with being easy, and they start doing things the simple way and when it gets a little difficult they say "Oh this can't be right. I'm doing something wrong." Well no, the fact of the matter is that some things are just difficult.
 
So let's look more closely at positive thinking, or as I like to call it, Positive Programming. One of the complaints about it that's been made is that it sounds too "Pollyannish" (for those who don't know, or don't remember, Pollyanna was a character in a story who always looked on the good side of things, no matter how bad they were, and a lot of people don't like that).
 
People who think that acting like Pollyanna is nonsensical say, "Look at the world, look at all the problems there are, look at all the problems that individual people have. How can you be positive? How can you just say, 'think positive' in the face of all that? You're just kidding yourself, it's not real, you're fooling yourself, you're lying, you're doing something wrong." These people think that positive thinking is merely pretending that everything is okay when it isn't.
 
Well, real positive thinking has nothing to do with pretending. Real positive thinking is not acting positive on the outside while one is quivering or shaking or fuming on the inside. It's not positive thinking to be walking around with a smiling face and trying to be nice when you are worried, scared, and not feeling nice at all. Most people are uncomfortable around those who are laughing on the outside and crying on the inside, because it just doesn't feel right. That's why pretending to be positive has given real positive thinking a bad name. 
 
What is positive thinking? Real positive thinking is when you take a positive attitude toward whatever happens.
 
Now, what does a positive attitude mean? The easiest way to understand it is to contrast it with a negative attitude. If your thought has anything to do with fear, it isn't positive; if it's jealous it isn't positive; if it's angry it isn't positive. In special cases anger can be used positively, but if that anger is coming from a fearful place it isn't positive. If you are coming from a a desire to control, then that's not positive, either. If you are trying to build yourself up at someone else's expense, that's not positive. If you are coming from a place of thinking of lack, that's not positive. There are all kinds of ways we can tell. Whenever we are thinking in any of those terms we are not being positive, that's very simple. We are being positive when we think about the situation in some kind of constructive way. 
 
In Huna we teach as a basic thing that your thoughts create your personal experience of reality. Note that this is not the same as saying you create your reality. That is a highly developed skill that only a few ever achieve. But you do create your personal experience of reality all the time. As an example, let's say that is raining outside. If you are a farmer you might think that's a good thing and be happy about it, but if you are a tourist you might think that's a bad thing and be unhappy about it. Either way, the reality is that it's raining, the thinking about the rain creates a personal experience that is unique to the individual. Everyone does this whether they intend to or not, so as long as they are doing it anyway, they may as well do it right, which means doing it consciously. And the most effective way to do it consciously is to do it with a positive attitude.
 
Positive thinking takes the attitude that there is always something positive you can do in any situation. If you decide you are helpless, then your thinking will get in the way of doing anything positive. If you decide that there must be something positive that can be done, you will look for it and increase your chances of finding it tremendously.
 
Here is a positive attitude practice that you can use to develop your conscious awareness and skill. It can be very enjoyable, although it might seem strange at first.
 
When you are walking or driving down the street, congratulate yourself for everything you do that's successful or positive. If you've gone fifty yards or meters and stayed in the street without wandering off on the sidewalk, congratulate yourself. 
 
You can make a measure of every tiny little thing you do. If you say a complete sentence, that's positive, that's a success. You have completed something. If you can get dressed in the morning with your clothes on in the right way, that's positive, that's a success. If you can put one foot in front of the other, each time you do that congratulate yourself, that's being successful.
 
You see, a positive attitude is looking at all of these tiny things that we usually ignore and seeing them as successes.  By continually thinking about all of these little things that you do as successes you begin to build in yourself a whole sense of being a successful person.
 
When you build up the feeling of being successful in little things, you will begin to continue doing it out of habit for larger things. You want to be able to use this positive programming, this successful feeling and acting, so habitually that when you go into a situation, even if it's new, you will do it knowing that each little thing that you do is a success and they are all going to build up together and be a total success.
 
You can go to a party of people that you've never met before, walk in the door, and say to yourself, "Well I accomplished that. Great, that's a success." You've gotten a drink without spilling it, or even if you spilled it you cleaned it up. Whatever you did, you did it successfully. Maybe you have spoken a word to somebody; you have successfully completed one word. Or you've met a new person. You walked around the room. Anything you do there can be interpreted in terms of it being a successful event.  That's positive thinking.
 
The negative approach would be one of looking at all of these things that you have done as being wrong in some way, or not good enough. What happens when you think that way is that you become afraid of making more mistakes, afraid of saying the wrong thing, afraid of being ridiculed or rejected. As a result of the tension generated by these fears, you will have an increased tendency to make more mistakes, say more wrong things, and be ridiculed or rejected.
 
I briefly mentioned the phrase "Positive Programming" above as my preferred name for positive thinking. The reason is that positive thinking is generally considered to be a passive process, and that's pretty much the way it's been described so far. However, Positive Progamming differs from positive thinking in that it includes action as well as thinking. 
 
Not only can you have positive thoughts about what you do, you can also perform positive acts on purpose. Instead of simply interpreting your thoughts and actions in a positive way after the fact, you can create positive thoughts and acts at will. And each time you complete a positive act it reinforces the positive thought behind it and the successes just keep building up, and up and up. Best of all, this process can be used in any area of your life.
 
In essence, the process of Positive Programming is almost absurdly simple: when you have a negative thought, change it to a positive thought; when you have a negative feeling, change it to a positive feeling; when you engage in negative behavior, change it to positive behavior.
 
It is not easy to start off in a positive programming way of life because you will discover how many, many ways that you are acting negatively. As I said before, you can tell the difference, you can feel it, whenever you are acting in a negative way because there is a sense of tension, and a feeling or behavior of either pushing away or pulling back to avoid something. There may also be a sense of wanting something so much that you are trying to pull it toward you.
 
Sometimes there may be aches and pains that come immediately upon thinking or acting in a particular way. Don't blame the person who might have a cold or the flu and don't blame the drafts and don't blame something that may have happened twenty years ago or anything else. The aches and pains are being produced by whatever you are thinking and however you are acting right now. 
 
Sometimes the thoughts and the actions we engage in pass by so quickly that we get into the habit of overlooking them. When you start practicing positive programming, however, you bercome more aware of  beginning to think or act in a negative way and getting one of these uncomfortable feelings associated with it. It is this awareness that allows you to immediately stop and change the thought or action into something positive.
 
This can happen right in the middle of a thought or action. You do not have to complete something before you change it. If you have decided to lose weight and you become aware of what you are doing halfway through eating something that will increase it, you can stop right there and push it away. If you want to stop smoking and find yourself puffing away, you can put the cigarette down before finishing it. If you are working on improving your self esteem and you suddenly notice that you are putting yourself down, you can stop right there and build yourself up.
 
Easy? Not at all. But there is no cosmic law saying that you cannot stop and change any kind of thinking or behavior in the middle of doing it. You're allowed. It's okay. Mommy or daddy won't hurt you. And certainly God or gods in heaven aren't going to bother you about it. You can do it. It just isn't easy.
 
Nevertheless, the more often you can do this, the more often you can catch yourself in the middle of an old habit and stop and perform a positive action or think a positive thought, the more you increase your ability to do it. It is possible then, with positive programming, to make all of your thoughts and all of your actions positive and to be happy, fruitful and successful, productive and loving and all of the other good things in life 100% of the time. 
 
It's possible, but it takes training and it takes a lot of practice. It takes a lot of being aware of what you are doing and a lot of moving from negative to positive over and over again. Many people will have a strong tendency to feel guilty about not being positive, or not being positive enough, but that is not positive. Condemning yourself for not doing it perfectly the first time or the second time, or even the one hundred and seventy-seventh time, is not positive. In the Huna philosophy your moment of power is now, right now, in this moment. Not the last moment, not the next moment, but this moment, and it doesn't matter what you did in the last moment any more than it matters what you did 5,10, 20 minutes or years ago. Neither does it matter what you intend to do in the next moment or years from now. It's what you do now that means everything.
 
With most people, when they are trying to change a habit, they get to a point of great tension where the old habit is trying to maintain its momentum and they give up, they stop, they go back to the old habit. Sometimes we call this the Rubber Band Effect. Old habits can be likened to a rubber band. When you stretch a rubber band just about to its breaking point, that's where the tension is strongest, where it is trying the hardest to get back to its original shape. And naturally, when you stop trying to change a habit it feels better, like the rubber band relaxing. The old habit is still there, but there is no more tension. On the other hand, if you keep going with your attempt to change the habit and you stretch out past that point of highest tension, the "rubber band" breaks, you get a complete release, and you move into the new habit, a new way of living, a new way of feeling and acting.
 
Another way to look at it is that an old habit of  behaviourÑmental, physical,  or even emotional behaviourÑhas momentum. There is a law of physics about momentum: an object in motion tends to stay in motion, an object at rest tends to stay at rest. The resistance to change is called inertia. The same kind of law operates in the realm of personal development.
 
Whenever a physical, emotional, or mental behavior become an automatic response to some kind of inner or outer stimulus, it's called a habit, and at that stage it takes on its own momentum, i.e., a tendency to resist any change of diection of state. It is very similar to what happens when you are in a car and you are going around a curve. The momentum of the car wants to keep it going straight. The inertia, or resistance to turning in a new direction, pushes you against the side of the seat. The resistance is strongest right about the sharpest point of the curve and then when you straighten out, gradually it fades away and you are all fine and dandy going in a new direction.
 
Let's suppose that you have reached a point of choice in your life and, metaphorically, you are driving along and ahead of you the road you are on splits in two. One part goes straight and turns into a bumpy, dirt track that heads off into the wilderness, and the other part curves sharply toward a beautiful, golden city that you can see on the horizon. Of course, you want to go to the city and you start to turn in that direction.
 
As you move into the curve you start to feel the pressure of momentum pushing you against the side of the car, really wanting you to keep going in the original direction. Let's assume for our story that the pressure is very uncomfortable. There are three ways to get rid of that feeling. You can turn the wheel again and go off on that bumpy road and that pressure will be released. Or you can keep going around the curve without slowing down and go through that feeling of pressure in spite of the discomfort, knowing that it will fade out and disappear eventually. Or you can slow down and ease the pressure by taking a longer time to go around the curve.
 
This is what happens when you begin to change habits and behaviour in this positive programming mode. When you first begin to change it feels like there is tremendous pressure to keep going in the old way, but if you continue in the new way the pressure gradually fades out.
 
The sharpness of the curve, that is, how big the change in direction is from where you've been going, and the speed of the change, are both going to affect the strength of the resistance that you feel. The resistance itself, though, is a very natural thing, it's only an energy effect. It doesn't mean that you are bad or can't do it, or worst of all that you weren't meant to, that you shouldn't change. A lot of people use that excuse, but it doesn't mean that at all. It is only an energy effect, and if you continue in the new direction all of that pressure will be relieved.
 
Sometimes it isn't easy, sometimes it isn't easy at all. When you experience resistance you may feel very uncomfortable, very unsettled, and sometimes you will feel negative about the positive, that happens too. However, there is a very important thing to know about your feelings. They are lousy guides to behaviour or decisions.
 
Feelings just exist. They are themselves. Feelings don't have any meaning. What does momentum mean? What does gravity mean? What does electricity mean? They don't mean anything, they just are. Feelings are energy flows and they are exactly the same thing. And your feelings come from your thinking and/or your behaviour, not the other way around.
 
When you act because of your feelings then you reinforce them and you reinforce the thinking behind them, but actually the feeling is generated by your physical and mental behaviour. If you want to feel really great then stand up great, square your shoulders and walk with a brisk step and swing your arms. You'll feel tremendous in no time, because feelings follow behaviour. If you want to feel great then sit down for a few minutes and think only beautiful thoughts. You can make those beautiful memories if you want to or you can make them beautiful things in your environment that you look at. You can create beautiful thoughts, and you will start to feel wonderful, because feelings follow thoughts.
 
And so when you get a negative feeling in doesn't mean anything except that you've been thinking a negative thought or you have been performing some negative behaviour. That's all it means, it's just an automatic response and you'll get that kind of thing when you start on this path of positive programming.
 
When you are thinking positive 50% of the time, and acting positive 50% of the time 50% of your life will be positive. It follows like an exact law, an exact mirror.
 
If you look at your life right now and you can say, "You know, I really don't have very many problems. I've got a few that really bug me but, all told most of my life is OK. I mean, the days pass and it's great. I've just got these few things that happen once in a while."  That's wonderful, because you might have 70%, 80%, 90% positive thinking, positive programming already. Congratulate yourself on it. You've got clear sailing you know, only 10% or so more to go.
 
If you look at your life and you can figure out, "Hey this seems to be about 80% negative. We got to do something here." The good part of that is that you realize that change is needed. The next part, the hard part, is changing. 
 
Some people will ask, "What about karma?" "What about things that we've done in past lives?" "Doesn't that determine what's going to happen to us here?" Well, not according to Huna. The fourth principle says that now is the moment of power. This means that the past does not determine anything. It provides memories, that's all. It is your thinking and acting here and now that determines what effect any other life or any other situation will have. You do not have to go through any negative experiences, that is not required. Suffering is not part of the curriculum, that's your own stuff.
 
It doesn't mater what you did in any other life, or even in the past of this life. Here is the time to think and act in a positive way. If something was negative before, then thinking and acting positively now is the only way you are going to clear it up, not by going through negative suffering. That doesn't do anything except program you for more negative suffering.
 
Positive programming. The possibilities are stupendous. You have the opportunity to be happy, prosperous, loving, productive, exciting, everything you want 100% of the time. If all your thoughts and actions are positive 100% of your life will also be positive.

Chapter Four
 
INTUITIVE ABILITIES
 
 
The phrase "intuitive abilities" refers to the common mental talents most everyone is familiar with, namely telepathy, clairvoyance, and psycho-kinesis, as well as a larger range of abilities that are less familiar in this context.
 
I would like to to make it clear at the beginning that I am going to assume that intuitive abilities exist. I am not going to waste any time in time in trying to convince you. I am just going to go right ahead and talk about how to work with them and give you some very specific techniques for doing that.
 
We all have physical sight, and we have inner sight, generally called clairvoyance. We have physical speech and hearing, and we have inner speech and hearing which is usually called telepathy. We have a physical sense of touch and an inner sense of touch as well, through which we can sometimes feel energy and feel objects without physically touching them, sometimes with enough energy to move those objects. We have even inner equivalents of smell and taste that we can use.
 
The major tool for developing intuitive abilities is imagination. There are  various aspects to the imagination that I will discuss, but that is the primary tool for doing it. 
 
Before we work with specific techniques, let's talk a little bit more about intuitive abilities in general. Naturally, I am going to talk about them from the perspective of the esoteric knowledge from Hawaii that we call Huna.
 
First, there is the power of thought. Operating at the intuitive level, it means that thoughts have the power to shape our reality. The thoughts that we think are constantly being broadcast outward and having an effect on our environment: not just on our own bodies and not just in our own minds, but according to this way of thinking, on the actual physical environment itself.
 
The kinds of thoughts that we send out attract certain people, events and conditions into our lives. The kinds of thoughts we pick up from others and from our environment also influence us. We can send out words and receive words mentally. We can send out images and receive images. We can send out feelings and receive feelings. We can also get into states of knowing and there are ways to create a state of knowing in someone else or something else and, in a receive mode, to produce that state of knowing in ourselves. 
 
Another concept is the power of connection. There is no real separation between us and the world around us. One of the ancient ideas is that we are connected to the universe by a vast web of etheric matter, called aka in Hawaiian.
 
Some of our connections are very, very tenuous. That is, they are like shadow connections. They don't really have any effect or influence on our life. There are other connections that are a little stronger, and there are some connections that are so strong that they are like cords. What influences the strength of the connection is the amount of shared thoughts, ideas, patterns of thinking and experience that we have. 
 
If you and a particular person or an object or a place don't share very much in the way of experience, you are going to have very little influence on each other. The more you share, the stronger the influence and, because it doesn't make any difference in terms of time or space, sometimes you'll go to a place that you've never been in this lifetime and have a strong, powerful emotional reaction. It could be from the place itself or it could be from the people who lived in that place with whom you shared certain ideas, concepts, beliefs or experiences. That's why there is such a strong sense of connection to some places you live in or visit, and very little sense of connection to other places that you go to. And there will be other places in this world that you will never go to, never see, never experience and never think about. Those are the ones that you share very little with.
 
It is through this connection that all intuitive abilities operate. We are connected to everything. That means, in practical terms, that we can influence the world around us and, of course, be influenced by it. Influence, however, is not the same as control. We cannot control things and we cannot be controlled. There are some people who have a great fear of that they can be controlled by another person, or by that other person's thoughts, and that simply is not so. I can speak from a great deal of experience, having been trained all my life in the shamanic tradition and having spent years in Africa among some of the most powerful sorcerers in the world. No one has the power to control you. But they can have a strong influence, and there's a big difference between the two. The easiest kind of influence to have is a positive one, because most people and places and things will respond more strongly, more quickly to that kind of influence. Negative influence actually takes a lot more work, and it only seems easier sometimes because it works faster on people who already have a lot of fear and low self esteem.
 
The power of attention, as applied to intuitive abilities, means that as soon as you focus your attention on someone or something you are in an active intuitive connection with it. You don't really have to develop telepathy as if it were something that you didn't already have, because you do have it and you are using it all of the time. It's only a question of doing it consciously. 
 
Any time you think of a friend, it's as if you were picking up a phone and dialing the number and getting an active connection. 
 
You might not reach their conscious mind, you might only reach their subconscious mind, but nevertheless as soon as you think of someone your connection is activated. The connection might be strong, but inactive, when you are not thinking about them. In the same way, sometimes, when other people are thinking of you, you start feeling a particular way or thinking about them and it depends on what they are thinking. 
 
They may be doing it consciously or unconsciously. Most people are doing it unconsciously, which means they are not aware that they are doing it, but it goes out anyway. Sometimes you pick up feelings, sometimes images, sometimes words, sometimes sensations of movement, and sometimes you simply know something.
 
So when you want to get in touch with someone intuitively, all you have to do is think of them. You can use their name or you can use their image, a memory or whatever and you are in touch, right then, instantly. Time and space makes no difference in this realm.
 
A fourth concept has to do with the power of the present moment. This moment is the only reality, because only this moment can be experienced directly. It's the only reality that counts. When we think we are looking into the past, what we are really looking at is memories. If you go to an intuitive advisor and he or she recounts things from your past, they're not looking into the past, they're picking up information from your present memories. 
 
In the same way, all the seeds and patterns for the future exist right now in the present moment. If an intuitive advisor is looking into your future, they're not going anywhere. They are picking up your seeds, the patterns that you presently have, and they are feeding that back to you. So they are tuning in to the present.
 
I know that this might not agree with what a lot of other people in this field say, but since this is my book, I'm giving you my point of view. You can accept it or not but I'm going to be consistent with this point of view from Hawaiian tradition. 
 
It is here and now that all patterns exist, and you can tune in to those patterns now.  Some of the past patterns may change and some of the future patterns may change,  but the changing of them takes place in the present moment. Furthermore, how you think in this present moment goes broadcasting out through time and space backwards and forwards, upside down and inside and out, and has an influence. 
 
The more you can do this consciously the stronger that influence can be. The patterns of the past exist in the present and the patterns of the future exist in their embryonic stage in the present. They can turn out differently than you expect, but seeds for all the ways that they turn out exist right now and can be tuned into and enhanced, strengthened, or if you like, changed. 
 
We do not have to accept as fact all that we pick up about the present or about the future.  If they pick up something that seems to be negative, a lot of people go into fear and avoidance, because they think that once they've picked up something about the future "that's the way it is," flat and fixed, but life is not like that. 
 
Life grows and changes as we change. If you ever pick up something negative or frightening about the future, that's only because that seed exists here in the present. What you can do is pull up that seed,  pull up that sprout, plant a different one, and change the future. The future is flexible. It's very important to understand that. The past is, too, but that's not so important for our present purposes.
 
Then there is the power of love. What this means here in terms of developing intuitive abilities is that love, which is that feeling and act of being happy with someone or something, creates the clearest kind of connection. It's a clear connection and it's a positive connection. 
 
Let's pretend that you went on vacation to some place like Kauai and you took a boat along the North Shore, the Na Pali Coast, with all those magnificent cliffs and razor sharp ridges, beautiful green lush mountains and red colours in the clay, and the black lava and the deep blue ocean, and you remembered all of that when you got home and you thought, "Wow, that surely was beautiful." Each time you call that to mind, intuitively, you send out an influence that enhances and strengthens the beauty of that place, every time you recall it with a happy feeling
 
Every time you think of a person with kind thoughts you have a healing affect. You strengthen those qualities that you think about in a positive way. You do this without even trying to do it. If you begin doing it consciously, of course, your effect is much greater. But love, that happiness of attitude and feeling towards something, is what creates the strongest connection and the most positive one.
 
If you if you think of someone with angry thoughts, that activates the connection, too, and so do fearful thoughts. But not nearly so well, not nearly so clearly, and definitely not as positively as love does. The intuitive love influence is always the strongest. 
 
Next is the power of will, the power that comes from within. All the intuitive abilities come from within. In other words, you already have them. You can develop them, yes, the way you develop your muscles. If you didn't have any muscles, you couldn't develop them. You already have intuitive muscles as well, and you can develop those, too.
 
No one else can grant you something that you don't have in the first place. Sometimes people can take us through rituals which are very useful for enabling us, empowering us to give ourselves permission to begin doing something that we didn't believe we could do beforehand. It is very useful that people can do that for others but, according to this philosophy, they didn't confer anything on you that you didn't already have.
 
If you begin training as an athlete with a coach, that coach can make you into a star, but only if you already have the potential. He can't give you what you don't have. He can cultivate it, he can give you more knowledge about it, he can show you ways and means of making it stronger and more effective, but the power to do it has to be there beforehand.
 
Power is confidence and power is energy. It's both, it's directed energy. It is not just energy. It's energy that does something. We can also call it influence. The more confidence you have the more effective you are. The more energy you have the more effective you are when you direct it confidently. In order for there to be power, there must be energy and confidence.
 
Build up a tremendous amount of confidence with a little bit of energy and you can have a strong effect. Build up a tremendous amount of energy with a little bit of confidence and you can have a strong effect. Build up a tremendous amount of confidence and a tremendous amount of energy and you can have an absolutely amazing, miraculous effect. But this is the influence we can have intuitively, and again, I'll remind you, it's still only influence.
 
The last concept of the seven, is the power of results. What this means is that results matter much more than the method used to obtain the results. Far from encouraging the idea that the end justifies the means, this concept says instead that the end determines the means, and that if you want a good result, you have to use good means. If you want a healing result, you have to use healthy means; if you want a successful result, you have to use means that provide success to everyone involved; if you want to win a game, you have to use means that help you win the game, not means that help you defeat the other team. The latter idea may sound very subtle, but it all has to do with focus and intention. You can use whatever techniques help you to accomplish what you want. I'm going to give you some that are very useful and workable for developing intuitive abilities. If you use them and practice them, you will have your intuitive abilities very highly developed, but these are certainly not the only techniques that exist. If this is an important area to you, then you'll gather what you can from every source that you can to help you develop these abilities. That's what this concept or principle really is saying: use what works for you.
 
WIFM
WIFM is very important in developing intuitive abilities. In one sense, WIFM stands for "What's in it for me?" This is a intuitive perception of the nature of the subconscious mind. The conscious mind may or may not think in that way, but subconscious mind always thinks in terms of personal benefit, and it is the subconscious mind that is receiving the intuitive influence.
 
If you are sending out an influence, however you are doing it, it is the subconscious mind that receives it and then transmits it or translates it to the body and to the conscious mind. You have to reach the subconscious mind, and the way you reach the subconscious mind is with this idea of personal benefit. It's the same way with your own subconscious. You won't receive anything from someone else unless your subconscious recognises that there is a benefit in doing so. Even tuning into fearful thoughts is for the benefit of protecting you from harm.
 
You are going to have the greatest influence in using your intuitive abilities on people and places and things if you will take the time to think out where is the benefit for whatever or whoever is going to receive the influence. It's similar to what they often talk about in the highest levels of salesmanship. If you are going to get into high-end business and sales, they talk about service. You are going to get the best kind of sales if you can find a way in which your product serves or is useful to the person you are selling to.
 
Curiously enough, the same thing operates in the intuitive realm. You are going to have the greatest amount of influence when what you are sending has a very definite benefit for the person, place or thing that you are sending it to. It might take some creative thought to come up with appropriate benefits, but that's where the powerful influence comes from. 
 
WIFM also stands for the tools that we use intuitively, which are the same tools we use physically. The four letters refer to Words, Imagination, Feeling, and Movement.
 
When we use words intuitively we generally speak these words silently, directing them to or toward whatever it is that we want to influence or toward whatever we want to be influenced by, which sometimes means simply receiving information from someone or something. 
 
We can use words in a number of different ways. They can be used in an affirmative way, saying something like "This is so," or we can use them in a directive way, like "Do this" or "Do that," "Give me the information I want," "Be well," etc. We use words intuitively just like we use words outwardly when we are dealing with people physically or talking about things. We simply use them mentally and they have an intuitive effect.
 
We use imagination to project, to send out information to someone or something, to influence in a particular way because the image forms a pattern that has an influence based on what the pattern is.  We can send pictures of having a good time, and we could send pictures of a calm lake to someone who is agitated and that would help calm them down and soothe them. For someone who is lethargic or doesn't have enough energy we can send pictures of a race track and that will help to pick them up and stimulate them. So images are another way or another tool that we use intuitively.
 
We can use feelings in the form of emotions. We can build an emotion in ourselves and imagine that emotion being transferred to someone else or some other place. This is very useful, for instance, if you do a lot of public speaking. You can generate a nice positive emotion and spread that around the whole room where you are speaking, and it has a good influence on the people in the room. You can send different kinds of feelings for benefit and help or you can pick up feelings that exist in a particular place and if you don't like them you can change them. I'll give you some ways to do that further on.
 
And then there is movement. Even though we are doing these things intuitively, which means primarily mentally, the body is still very important because it influences the mind. One of the things we sometimes do to enhance the energy or focus of our mind for intuitive abilities is to use body movement. Sometimes in dance, sometimes in rhythm, sometimes in gestures, sometimes in postures, and all of these can have a strong influence on the mind and our intuitive output. An example of this would be when someone makes hand gestures or doodles while speaking on the telephone. It helps them focus, it helps them get feeling across. Even though the person on the other end can't see those gestures or doodles, it's helping the person who is speaking. A very similar thing occurs when we use body movement during intuitive work.
 
Techniques
Rather than give you a lot of scattered techniques I am going to teach you one basic technique that you can apply to all the intuitive abilities that you want to develop. 
 
I can tell you that I have many, many years of experience, and this is the basic technique that I use most. It's one of the very first I ever learned in training by my father, first of all, and I still used it when I was working with my Hawaiian aunty and my Hawaiian uncle and my African mentor. It is The one I still use as the basis for everything, so I want to share it with you. Some of you may be familiar with it already, but I hope to expand on whatever knowledge you have now.
 
In essence, I am going to teach you how to use your aura for the practice and development of your intuitive abilities. In the Hawaiian language, there is a word, aka, whose meaning resembles the scientific notion of the "ether," an invisible pre-matter that permeates the universe and serves as the medium for light and electromagnetic waves. You could say that all physical matter is formed out of condensed or concentrated aka, which also forms a field around the matter that vibrates at a similar frequency range. When this field surrounds a living body it is called hoaka, or "aura" in English. When the field is perceived separately from the body, as it might be when a person does astral travel while dreaming, it is called kino aka, "the spirit of a living person." When astral travel is done on purpose, the visible spirit is called kahoaka, "sent out aura." When the aura is is purposely modified or used for something, my family called it la'a kea, "sacred light." In my books I have also called it "lovelight" and "clouds of color." Other names are "energy field" and "power field." In this chapter I will use the Hawaiian term.
 
We begin by assuming that your la'a kea surrounds you, that it is there, like an energy field that is part of you and larger than you. This field then becomes something like a primary tool or technique, whatever you prefer to call it, that you use for influencing or for receiving influence, information or knowledge.
 
You modify or use the la'a kea with WIFM, as described above. That is, you use words, imagination, feeling, and movement to strengthen it, diminish it, shape it, or direct it. The thing to remember, though, is that your la'a kea always responds to your intent, and not to the words, imagination, feeling, or movement by themselves. Those are only additional tools to help you focus your intent.
 
For example, it is very common to imagine the la'a kea as a kind of colored light that surrounds you, and we will do that further on. However, it is equally valid to think of the la'a kea as a sound, a vibration, an invisible electromagnetic field, a bunch of butterflies, or whatever strikes your fancy. The la'a kea doesn't care what you imagine. It will only respond to the intention behind the imagination. Likewise, there are no magical words that will cause your la'a kea to do anything in particular, but there are words that can define your intentions in ways that cause an effect.
 
How To Strengthen The La'a Kea
Start by thinking of your aura and intending that it be actively awaiting your intentions. You can use words (Get Ready; Be Active; Turn OnÉ), imagination (light; sound; colorÉ), feeling (tingling; warmth; coolnessÉ), or movement (bouncing; arm-swinging; tai chiÉ). Whatever you do, the most important thing is to intend that it actually exists around you.  You don't have to have any particular sense, you can also just intend that you know it is there. 
 
Next, you will do a variation of a technique we call piko-piko and at the same time maintain an awareness of your la'a kea growing stronger (brighter, bigger, more tingly, etc.)
1. Inhale with your attention on your crown; exhale with your attention just below your feet. Do this three times.
2. Inhale with your attention a yard (meter) above your head; exhale with your attention the same distance below your feet. Do this three times.
3. Inhale with your attention on the clouds in the sky; exhale with your attention at the center of the earth. Do this three times.
4. Inhale with your attention on the stars above you; exhale with your attention on the stars below you. Do this three times.
5. Rest and feel your la'a kea.
You do not have to do this every time you want to strengthen your la'a kea, but the more you do it the easier it will be to strengthen it just by intending it. On its own, this strengthening exercise will help to relieve tension, energize your brain, and increase your sensory awareness. Further on I will give you some more ways to strengthen it.
 
Thoughtforming Your La'a Kea
There are all kinds of wonderful, incredible, fantastic things that you can do with your la'a kea. Don't just think of it as a static field around you, because you can expand it, condense it, or contract it. You can use it to repulse, you can use it to attract. You can form it into a beam, or you can broadcast it outward like radio waves. You can form your field into any shape that you choose. You can turn it into a pyramid. You can make it into a box.  You can make it into a tree.  You can make it take any shape that suits your purpose, and you can concentrate parts of it in particular ways and in particular places.
 
Your la'a kea is not limited in size to a particular area around your body. According to the system I teach it is infinite.  The practical side of this is that the size, shape, intensity, and influence of your field is entirely dependent on your ability to focus your intentions. When you condense a portion of your la'a kea into a particular effect that seems to be separate from you, we call the effect a "thoughtform."
 
You can create a specific thoughtform that can have any shape you want it to have. It can be a warm fuzzy little ball, it can look like an animal, it can be a house, it can be any kind of shape that you want. You can "send off" part of your field as a globe of energy and surround a car or a house or a person with it.  To be consistent with the system, I ought to say "You can condense a part of your field into a thoughtform of a globe of energy and concentrate your attention on it surrounding a car, etc.," but that takes a lot more words, so we will use more common language, even though it might not be accurate.
 
If you are worried or concerned about someone, then send off some of your energy and let it form a globe of of strength and power around that person, moving along with them, guiding them, taking care of them, or simply adding to their energy and being a field around them that keeps anything from happening to them, but not out of fear, out of love, because you love them.
 
Now you can also send out beams if you like. Let's say that you want to get some information about a particular place. You can send a beam to a particular location, like a spotlight, and allow information to come flowing back into your mind along that beam of light. You can turn that spotlight to any place you want and to any timeÑ past, present or futureÑand information will flow back in the form of words, pictures, or feelings.
 
You can beam someone the soft energy of a calm lake.  All you do is imagine that your la'a kea is beaming a spotlight onto that person while you think of a calm lake.  You don't actually have to imagine a lake or that person being in the lake. You hold your attention on them with your beam and then you think of a calm lake so it is like you are holding two kinds of attention at once. This takes a little practice, but it is really effective, especially if you can get the feeling of calmness while you are holding that beam where you want it to be. Then the energy pattern of your message is what gets transmitted.
 
Thoughtforms are another way to use the la'a kea. A thoughtform is an external concentraiton of your into a form of some kind. To practice this, walk through your house and put a thoughtform here and there. You could place inspirational statues or artworks, refreshing waterfalls or giant crystals, or anything you wish. If I am walking in places where there aren't very many plants, I like to put a lot of thoughtform flowers all over the place. Sometimes I have them growing naturally and sometimes they are in pots, and I just fill the place with flowers. It makes me feel wonderful and it actually has an influence on the other people in the area, too. 
 
You can also practice receiving. You do that by expanding your field in a particular area and you can pick up general impressions, or you can tighten that down to a narrow beam and pick a particular person, a very particular location or a particular thing, and allow yourself to receive impressions. "Receiving impressions" simply means letting yourself be aware of whatever comes into you mind or feelings or sensations while your attention is focused. It doesn't matter how silly or crazy it seems, a lot of this stuff will come in symbolic form, you must be aware of that.  It doesn't always come in realistic form.  Symbolic sometimes means fantasy form so that if you are picking up, let's say, some anger that was left over from somebody who was in the room before you and what you get is a picture of an angry dog, that doesn't mean necessarily that there was an angry dog in the room. That's just your own subconscious minds way of translating the anger into a picture that will make an impression on you. Because of this you might get all kinds of symbolic impressions about a place.
 
Giving Directions
Another way of developing your intuitive abilities is to treat your field as if it were something alive and working for you, and to give it directions.  In other words you are going to tell it what to do.
 
You could tell it what to do in the form of sentences and long-winded directions, if you wanted to. You could say something like, "Now, field, I want you to expand and go to every corner of the room and fit into every nook and cranny and have a nice positive influence over thereÑokay, fill up that corner a little bit moreÉ"  You could do it very specifically like that if that is the way you relate to it, or you could use a combination of imagery and keywords, to help it take less time and eventually become almost automatic.
 
Here are some ways to do that. After you activate your la'a kea, think of it as being a field of light, sound, or feeling around you, and expand it or beam it to someone or something that you want to affect or learn from, and then use a single keyword or a short keyphrase to tell it what to do. The following ideas are based on using imagery related to color along with a short keyphrase or keyword:
 
1. White or clear lightÑ"Be Aware" (this could be when you want to receive information or help someone else be open to information) or "Harmonize" (this could be when you want to harmonize yourself or someone else with the current social or natural environment).
 
2. Red or pink lightÑ"Be Free" (when you want to clear out blocks or resistances or fears) or "Connect" (when you want to encourage friendliness and sociability). I often fill a room with pink light when I am teaching.
 
3. Orange or peach lightÑ"Be Focused" (when you want to increase attention) or "Energize" (when you want to increase energy intensity).
4. Yellow lightÑ"Be Here" or "Center" (very good for bringing one back into the present moment and providing a sense of security).
 
5. Green lightÑ "Be Happy" or "Bless" (good for both of those).
 
6. Blue lightÑ"Be Confident" or "Empower" (very useful for calming anxiety and increasing confidence).
 
7. Violet lightÑ"Be Good" or "Create" (for improving creativity and effectiveness).
 
8. Black lightÑ"Be Gone" or "Absorb" (good for eliminating negativity of any kind, but must be used with confidence, calmness, and clarity).
 
Supercharge
We'll move on to the next technique which is to charge yourself and your environment with breath and with thought. I taught you how to use piko-piko to begin with for energizing your field, and that's a good technique, but here you are going to learn how to do that even more strongly. 
 
Let's say, for instance, that you have a crystal. What you do is expand your field to be more aware of the energy of the crystal. You can use some form of WIFM to enhance that awareness. Then you inhale with all your attention on the crystal energy, and exhale with all your attention on your la'a kea, intending that the crystal energy is amplifying the energy of your field. Do your breathing very deeply, and imagine that the crystal is making your la'a kea stronger and stronger. Keep this piko-piko going for as long as you want to. With practice you can even do this with an imaginary crystal and it will have the same affect, but a physical crystal is very helpful.
 
You can use a group of people to strengthen your hereness and nowness and your energy and influence and charisma. Expand your field to surround them and as you do piko-piko imagine that their energy is increasing your energy. That's in a receiving mode. You can do it the other way around too, increasing their energy by inhaling from your field first, and then exhaling your energy to theirs. Although the words make it sound like it, you are not actually giving them any of your energy, you are simply using your energy to amplify theirs by resonance.
 
This gets you highly energized and very centered. You can do this with trees, with plants, with animals, with motors and engines and even computers. You can get energized from a computer rather than depleted. You can beam your focus to a particular place or object that has a lot of energy, like a power spot or a pyramid, and you can either charge the thing from your field, or charge yourself from it.  Whichever you want.
 
Circles of Life
The last thing I want to tell you about is a specific technique with many applications. After activating and energizing your la'a kea, you create six circles at least three inches (eight centimeters) in diameter. You can draw these on paper or you can imagine them in your mind. The first three circles are for the past, present, and future.
 
You put a la'a kea spotlight on the circle representing the past and you tell your field to give you whatever information about the past you want and put it in that circle. Whatever information you want about the present, beam it to the present circle. Whatever information you want about the future, put it in the future circle. As always, this information could be in the form of words or images and sometimes feelings, but that's where you tell your la'a kea to give you the information or to send out the information. You can use the same spotlight or beam to project changes to each time circle as well.
 
The other three three circles are for people and places and things. In the same way you can tell your la'a kea to receive information from those circles, or to project ideas, energy, or healing to them.
 
Conclusion
Do you know the difference between a professional intuitive and an amateur or beginner? Professional intuitives trust what they get, and they trust that what they are sending out will have an effect. Amateurs and beginners doubt enverything that happens, and that's the only difference.  Any good intuitive practitioner will analyze his or her experiences and seek confirmation about the results, but he or she does this out of a desire to improve, and not from a sense of doubt.
 
It is confidence in your intuitive abilities that will determine how far you can go in this area, in the same way that confidence determines how far you can go in any area of life. Fear will stop your development, doubt will slow it down and limit it, and confidence will help it grow.

Chapter Five
 
WILDERNESS INSIGHTS
 
 
Many years ago I went on a backpacking trip into the High Sierra Mountains of California with two of my sons. We each had our own different reasons for going, of course. I went up there for a kind of spiritual retreat and to get insights on life and things in general. While I was up there I got myself in tune with nature and looked at what we were doing in terms of overall ideas and general rules about success.
 
When we are talking about success, we are not just talking about the accumulation of material things. We are talking about happiness, fulfillment, completing your whole potential as a human being. There are a number of things that this trip showed us that had to do with insights for success in general anywhere.
 
First of all, there was what we did and what we set out to do. We laid out a route when we were going to go on this trip. In fact, it was important do so, because in order to go on this trip we had to know where we were going and we had to know approximately where we were going to stay. We had to know definitely the general area that we were going into. We had to know approximately the route we were going to take and where we were going to stay every night.
 
This relates to any kind of endeavour. The route that we took was our path, symbolically a path of life. We did not have to know with definiteness where we were going to stay.  As a matter of fact, we changed the first plan that we laid out as to where we were going to stay every night. In life in general it is the same way. You set out a general plan of things that you intend to do and places you intend to go, things you intend to accomplish and you adjust it as you go along, as the situation shows itself.
 
For instance, in one place we had planned to stay it turned out that there were too many mosquitoes. We didn't know that beforehand. So what did we do? We back-tracked until we found a place that had fewer mosquitoes, was much more beautiful, and had fresh running water which the other place didn't have. It was a better place in every way. We were able to adjust our plans on the spot without upsetting ourselves, with being able to be flexible and adaptable, just like when you are doing something like that in other areas of life.
 
There was one route, one path, one direction that we intended to take and which we did take. It was quite a long path uphill. As a matter of fact, within a mile it reached about a thousand feet beyond where we started and that is pretty steep, especially when you are carrying a big, heavy backpack. We could have chosen any number of different paths, but we chose this one.
 
Let's look at this as if we are talking about a path of life. In order to get where we wanted to go we had to accomplish some pretty hard work. A lot of people working toward success in life have realized that certain things that they wanted to do took a lot of hard work, and therefore they thought that in order to be successful, in any sense of the work, hard work is the thing that you have to do. That's completely backwards.
 
It all depends, really, on what you want to do. Certain things that you want to accomplish, certain goals that you want to attain, because of their very nature, take hard work. It is not the hard work that makes it successful. We actually could have done the same route a step at a time. We could have taken one step and taken off our backpack and rested for a while, put it on again when we felt ready, taken another step, taken the backpack off and rested for a while, and we could have eventually made it to the top with no hard work whatsoever. 
 
We, however, set up that hard work. We decided that we wanted to make it within a certain time limit. We didn't set a definite time limit, we wanted to make it that day, and in order to make it within the conditions that we had set up and agreed to, it took hard work.
 
So hard work is not a necessary factor of success, but it can be a factor if you set it up that way. It can help you to achieve your success faster in some cases, but it isn't an absolute. It's an outside factor that you put in yourself. That's what I want to point out here.
 
And so we made it to the top. Now, the interesting thing here was that we had a definite path and a definite goal and, although it was hard work, we did it the easiest way possible. We took the trail. In this particular place the trail was a switchback. That means you go up at an angle one way and then you turn sharply and you go up a little angle the next way and you turn sharply and you keep going back and forth like that. It actually makes traveling up easier. It's almost like tacking with a sailboat at sea if you know anything about that. In order to reach a particular goal at sea with a sailboat you don't go directly in a straight line, or very seldom. You usually tack back and forth and it makes it easier to get here. It's the same way in climbing a mountain.
 
It was within our power to make it extra hard and try and go straight up. We could have done that. It would have been a little dumb I think, but some people might decide to do it that way. It was not a necessary way to go up there, though  We could have walked off the trail, gone through the brush, climbed through trees, over boulders, we could have done it that way, too, and made it even harder, but no, we took the easy way. 
 
We took the most easy way possible, which is really the only smart way to any success. We took a sure way, we took the trail. We knew we were going to get there, there was never a doubt in our minds that we were going to make it up there. We did it at such a pace that it was hard work, but that was our choice and when we got up there we felt an incredible, tremendous relief and happiness at having achieved what we wanted to do in the way we wanted to do it.
 
This brings up another point: why were we doing this? Well, it made us happy to do it. It wasn't the accomplishment alone. The whole process was something that we were doing in a way that made us happy. Struggling along under those heavy packs, legs about to buckle under us, aching hip joints from where the pack was straining down, sore shoulders and in pain. Right? And we were happy? Yes! 
 
The happiness for us at that point was the sense of using our strength and ability. You could almost say it was the pleasure of testing ourselves. We were testing ourselves against ourselves, not against anything else. We were not man against nature. The thing I was teaching my boys all the time we were there was man with nature. We were cooperating everywhere possible with nature. You don't go into nature with the intention to fight it. That's when you get into trouble.
 
Here we were making it up the hill and happy in that pain, and happiest when we got to the top. The happiness getting to the top was a greater happiness, because it was a release of the tension of the climb. There was a pure physical pleasure in stopping, in taking off that pack, and in resting for a while. 
 
We weren't finished, we had the other side to go down, but nevertheless we had reached a point along our path. That was a goal. The purpose, in this context, was making the whole trip. Each stop along the way was a goal that we were accomplishing. The goal itself was only part of the general overall purpose. That's important. A lot of people lose sight of their purpose and think that all they have to have is goals. If you only have goals, then you have an empty life.
 
You can start our with goals, and for a while it's fun fulfilling them. Then somewhere along the way you'll start saying, "What am I doing this for?" And it starts to get empty. The goals are only meaningful when they are part of a purpose. Actually, the purpose of making the trip fell into our larger purpose. Each one of us had our own general purpose in life. My general purpose is to increase manaÑpersonal, spiritual powerÑfor myself and other people.
 
This trip was a way for me to increase mana for myself in ways that would help me increase it for others. The whole trip, then, fell into my general life purpose. It is important to have that life purpose. Within my life purpose, the trip was a goal that I accomplished and within that goal, which itself became a purpose, there were lots of other little goals. 
 
This is the way that all of success works in life. Here I had a general purpose. I had a goal to accomplish: this trip. Then I laid out the trip, and within the trip there were certain goals. I was going to stop here for one night, here for another night, and here for another night. Then I actually started to carry that out. I reached one place and that was where I decided to stop for the night. 
 
After that came a lot of other little goals. We had to set up the tent, we had to prep the food, and after eating we had to put the food up high enough so that the bears couldn't reach it. We had to lay out the sleeping bags, we had to light the candles and we had to play cards (I won most of the time, which was a little goal within the larger one of playing cards). We had all of these little goals within the larger goal of staying in that one place that night. And then there was the goal of getting up the next morning and the goal of the next spot to reach.
 
All of these goals get broken down and broken down, and our attention has to be on each one. While we were setting up the tent we were not thinking about the next day's trek.  That would have wiped us out before we started. We were thinking about setting up the tent. When you are building the fire you are thinking very strongly and fully focused about building the fire and you are not thinking about who is going to sleep on the right side or the left side in the tent. You do that later. 
 
The point here being that the whole thing worked very smoothly and very successfully. You did the particular thing that you were doing and you fully focused your attention on that. You had in the back of your mind these other things that had to be done. You trusted that when you got to them you would be able to handle them. You did not spend your time worrying about them beforehand. You had them in your mind, and you dealt with them when you got to them.
 
This is the way the whole trip went: one big purpose, little purposes, big goals, little goals, tiny goals all within the same context and all working in together. And within the plan, and many goals, we kept our flexibility. We back-tracked several times because we changed our plans, and sometimes in your life that's what you have to do, and there isn't anything wrong with that. At no time on our trip did we think we failed because we changed a plan or a goal.
 
"Gee, we didn't get to that place. We didn't go that route." That didn't mean anything. We did it of our own free choice, knowing that it was a positive, forward moving choice to make that change. In any aspect of your life you can look at it in exactly the same way, as a positive kind of choice. 
 
At one point when we were struggling up a long, long trail with our heavy packs a ranger came up behind us on a horse with a pack mule following and he said, "Oh, you're doing a long haul up there" and I said, "Yeah, your way looks a lot easier."
 
Following the same path, we were walking under these loaded packs and he was riding a a horse and had mule to carry the heavy stuff. We could have envied him. We could have said, "Look how much easier he has it and look how hard we've got it. How terrible that is." But we didn't envy him because our purpose was different.
 
We were following the same path, but we did not have the same purpose in following that path. Let's suppose two people take up the same career. Two people decide to become sales people or decide to become teachers or become healers, whatever they decide to do, and they follow the same path, but they can be doing that for completely different reasons.
 
Because they'd be following it for different reasons, the whole context becomes different and it may be harder or seem harder, physically or otherwise, for one and it may seem easier for the other. It may seem less profitable for one and more lucrative for the other. It all depends on the purpose involved.
 
On that path that we were on in the Sierras, the ranger was getting paid. That was his job. Our trip was purely voluntary, but that was our purpose. His purpose was to patrol the area, our purpose was to enjoy ourselves and feel the physicalness and the attunement with nature as we were doing it together. 
 
The ranger may have felt the attunement with nature, too, but that wasn't his purpose For him that was a side affect. We were both seeing the same scenery from a little different perspective. Two people can be travelling approximately the same path for different purposes and have a totally different experience of it, and that is perfectly fine.
 
I had a choice. I could have become a ranger, but I didn't, that wasn't my thing. My experience was different and that's okay. Your experience and someone else's experience are totally different. Even myself and my sons, although we all three of us were walking up there with almost identical pack loads, each had a different purpose in mind and so our individual experiences of that trip, of following that path, were different.
 
As we go along through life we will have different memories of that whole experience.  Even though we saw about the same things from about the same place, different things will stand out in our memories. We will each have learned different lessons from that experience. Same path, different purpose, different experience, different lessons to extract from it and to learn from it.
 
We did a lot of wonderful things on that trip. We stayed in places along the path that were not comfortable, but they turned out to be learning experiences as well. We had places, for instance, where the mosquitoes were so thick you had to cut your way through them and that was not pleasant. We gave thanks and blessings to the manufacturers of "Off," but just the same the area was not pleasant to go through. 
 
We went to other places that were scenes of such exquisite beauty to all the senses that we just wanted to stay there forever. At that moment we wanted to stay there forever. After four hours the mind begins to wander and you want other things, but it was lovely, it was gorgeous. Everything about it was perfect. Almost.
 
While we were there being eaten alive by mosquitoes I started meditating. I followed the usual channels first, you know, I said "Why God, did you make mosquitoes?" Here is this beautiful area, the meadow over here and here we are out here to enjoy ourselves and be happy and friendly and attuned with nature and you've got these things biting us all over the place. What's going on, what's the purpose, what's the point?
 
In my quest for an answer I went into an altered state and sat back and was able to talk to nature. (I have this friendly rapport with nature. I call her by her first name). I said, "Nature, what's going on? What is this?" and she said, "Hey, take a look. Look a little bit. Observe."
 
So I observed for a while and one thing that I observed was that trout love the mosquitoes. Quite often a trout would leap out of the water, grab a mosquito and go back in with a big smile on its face. There was one purpose that these mosquitoes were serving.
 
There were some birds that I noticed at the edge of the meadow. They would dart into the mosquito cloud and they would gather up their supper and they would go back and chirp for a while. So there was another purpose that the mosquitoes were serving. Then I meditated some more and realised that in spite of  purposes that others find in their existence, the mosquitoes themselves don't have to have a purpose. 
 
The mosquitoes are their own purpose. They exist, they are creatures. We, as human beings, weren't particularly designed to be in that meadow. We went there of our own free choice and altered the balance in such a way that it had to be balanced, and rebalanced again. Part of that rebalancing involved the mosquitoes with eyes wide open saying, "Look what we got!" That's right, as far as the mosquitoes were concernced, we came to meadow specifically to give them a treat. We became part of that whole ecology just by arriving there. The mosquitoes were just playing their role as inhabitants of the meadow. Their usual food was plant sap, and along came these delicious, sugary, hairless creatures for a temporary feast. Our purpose was to give be an additional food source. They serve a purpose to the fish, they serve a purpose to the birds, but that's aside from their simple purpose in being.
 
Mosquitoes serve a purpose to humans, too. Look what they have done for the manufacturers of insecticieds and repellants. They have helped to create industries and given people jobs which have put out these products that people buy to use and create more pleasure and happiness for other people. So lots of different purposes have been served by mosquitoes, and all of them are side effects of them simply being mosquitoes.
 
That was neat, I thought. That was a good leason. 
 
We walked along further on our path and sat down and I was looking at some pine trees. I said "Hello trees".  I was in that special state and I said "Trees, what lesson do you have to give me?" And the trees said, "Look at us." There were all kinds of different trees in all kinds of different shapes. Generally you get the impressions of pine trees being tall, long, straight pines going straight up, but when you look at them carefully you see that there are all kinds of bends and twists and lumps. 
 
They said, "We do not have your standards of what you have arbitrarily designed as perfection." They said, "You might decide that a nice straight tree looks good and is the best tree that there is because it's straight and it looks proud to you and it has all of these other designations that you have given to it." The tree doesn't feel that. The tree that is standing real straight just happens to be straight and straightness is a quality that humans find desirable and convenient. The tree next to it which is kind of bent and what you would call deformed, would not evoke the same human response, because the tree grew in its own natural form given the circumstances and conditions of its growth.
 
And the trees said, "We don't judge each other. Each one of us is unique. Each one of us is recognised and accepted for what it is. You might see us as towering and looking down in disdain on some tree which is twisted around and shorter than us, but those tall and short and deformed things are your designations. We see from our roots as well as our top limbs and so there is no differentness. No superiority about being taller or lower."
 
And each one of those trees with their own different bends and their own different twists and their own different burls and all the different things about them felt equal, felt right about being themselves. 
 
That was another kind of a lesson having to do with success and ourselves as human beings. We all look different. We all have different fingerprints, palm prints and footprints, too. We all have different features. We all have different and capabilities, different shapes and sizes and textures. None of that, however, has anything to do with your essential nature as a human being.
 
You may look at someone else and say, "Boy! That person is handsome" or "That person is prettier" or "That person is taller" or "That person is more talented than I am."  Those are your own designations and your own judgments if you ever do that. That person is different, yes, no doubt about it.  But better because of that difference? No. 
 
You, the reader, are a uniquely designed being in yourself, beautiful and perfect in that way. You are the most perfect you that it is possible to be. No one could be a more perfect you. If you can grasp that kind of sense of yourself, realizing that there may be things that you want to change, then you have the possibility of changing and still be uniquely you. You may have all sorts of ways in which you want to change or improve yourself according to your own standards, and that is fine, but you needn't compare yourself with anyone else. You needn't be unhappy because you think that anyone has anything that you want and can't have. You have the perfect free will to feel that and be as unhappy as you like, of course. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is totally unnecessary and it is a kind of focus of attention which simply detracts from your own sense of success.
 
The reason is that real success is intimately tied in with happiness. If you aren't happy you aren't successful, no matter how much material goods or how many awards or honours or anything else you have. If aren't happy, forget it, you're not successful. 
 
Success and happiness go together. If they don't seem to be in your life, then you'd better do something about it. If the happiness is there, you don't have to worry about the success. If what you call success is there and there is no happiness, then you better take a hard look at what you are doing and how you are doing it.
 
Up there in the forests of the Sierras are some of the biggest trees in the world, the sequoias. The word has a magical sound to it, but the trees are even more magical.  If you haven't seen them, sequoia tress have a kind of a cinnamon-colored bark and they are grouped with the redwood family, but they are much larger around than redwood trees.  They are not quite as tall, though some of them are a little over two hundred feet, which is pretty tall, and the branches don't start till maybe forty or fifty feet up in the air. They are massive trees. There was one tree we saw that would take fifty people standing hand to hand to circle. They are gigantic things that live thousands of years. Part of the reason is that their soft bark is quite fire resistant. So much about them is very impressive.
 
The most marvelous thing about these trees is not so much their size and age, however. It is that they continuously do something totally impossible. They break the law of gravity twenty four hours a day, every second. They shouldn't be able to do that according to physics, but they do it anyway.
 
Those massive trees standing two hundred or more feet high have to send sap to the very last needle, all the way to the top of the tree. The weight of that sap has been calculated to be too heavy to lift that height by what is thought of as the way trees normally do it, by pressure and what they call capillary action. Therefore, scientifically, they can't be doing what they do.
 
They weight of the sap is too heavy for the tree to lift it that high. The tree doesn't care  about what human beings call impossible. It just goes ahead and does it. Those trees are successful. They feel happy. I've talked to them and they seem to be happy, but in any case they are very successful in the sense that they go on living in spite of what human beings have decided must be a natural law. 
 
There has to be a flaw in there somewhere. Either the trees are wrong or humans are wrong. Since the tree is there and it goes on being there I tend towards the side that says that human beings have not quite calculated correctly. The mathematics may be correct. It is the assumption on which that mathematics is based that must be wrong, the assumption that things only work in a certain way and that if they don't work in that way they can't work.
 
We have set up rules of physics and other things that seem to be valid most of the time and that is great. It helps us a lot, but there are areas where those rules fall apart. To my mind, those are the areas that need investigating most, because maybe some of these laws need to be revised and maybe if they were revised some of the things that we think are impossible now wouldn't be.
 
On the personal level people have a tendency to look around, to listen and to want validation from the people around themÑfriends, relatives, teachers, authority figuresÑto let them know what is possible and what is not and then they define what they are going to do and what they can do by what these other people say.
 
One of the most deadening things said by very well meaning people is "Look, when you are going out there into the game of life and you are going to decide what you are going to do and how far you are going to go and what you are going to accomplish, you must above all be realistic. You must know your limitations. Otherwise you could be very sadly disappointed and be very unhappy by trying to reach beyond what you are capable of." 
 
If everyone followed those ideas, we would certainly not be where we are today. We wouldn't even be alive, probably, as human beings. That kind of thinking is designed to keep you in a straightjacket, because how can you possibly know what your limitations are until you have tried to go beyond them?
 
If you sit back and you decide "Let's see, I don't know this and can't do this, therefore I can't go in that direction" that's pure baloney. You don't know until you have tried. A lot of these people are well meaning in the sense that they want to help you avoid pain and avoid unhappiness. Unfortunately, the only way to avoid pain and unhappiness in life is to stop living. So you are unhappy for a little bit. So you'll climb and climb and reach and finally, at some point in your life, discover that you can't make it. So what? Look at what you have accomplished. You never would have gotten this far unless you had been trying for something beyond that.
 
And the unhappiness is still of your own making. It's only a decision of your own to feel bad about whatever happens. Do you think you are going to be happy if you never take a risk?  If you never try to go beyond, if you never try for greatness, if you never try for what seems to be impossible at the present moment, you are never going to get beyond you own circumstances as they are.
 
You are going to look around and say "These are my limitations. Golly, I can't change them" and you are never going to do anything about it. You are going to say "This is my level. This is where I'm at. Maybe I can imagine going a step further in promotion, but I have to be realistic." Baloney! "Realistic" means someone else's idea of reality that they have set up, that they have decided is possible.
 
It does not mean what is possible. When you decide to be "realistic" in the way that most people mean it, you are automatically laying on limitations based on the beliefs of other people. If you are actually going realistic, then you would realize that you create your own reality and being realistic means you can go for the moon, anywhere, in any direction you choose. What's so important is not whether you get there, but the fun you have along the way. That's what is important, the enjoyment of life and living it to the fullest. There is nothing so delicious as that. There is nothing as sweet as that enjoyment of knowing that you are pushing yourself to the fullest.
 
On the Sierra trip, we did not get to all the places that we intended to go. That didn't matter. We had a ball doing what we did. We could have sat down and cried because we hadn't made it to all those places, that we hadn't done this part of the trip or that leg of the trip or reached that particular lake or pass or whatever. That would have been silly, totally silly, because we thoroughly enjoyed what we did do. Among other things, we drank from the nectar of the Gods, which is fresh pure Sierra Mountain stream water. That was wine for us, mountain wine. But it was just one of the things that we enjoyed along the way as part of that whole total pleasure.
 
Here's another thing. If I had been "realistic," in the usual sense of the term, I wouldn't have gone, and everyone would have agreed that I should not have. In the year I went on that trip I sat at a typewriter most of the time. I might have walked from there to the bank or something like that, but most of the time I sat at the typewriter and I spent most of my days sitting or maybe standing and teaching, or something like that. I didn't get a lot of physical exercise. 
 
So there I was going to lay on a forty or fifty pound pack and start backpacking straight out like that?  The "realists" would have said no! Terrible, don't do it, especially at your age!  But you see, I happen to know that those things don't count. 
 
It's not that I didn't go with some ideas in my mind. I went with the perfect idea that I create my own reality, that I can talk to my body, that I can send energy to its different parts, that I can relax muscles that get too cramped, and that I can increase my energy going uphill by particular techniques. As it was, I did almost as well as my teenage boys. Walked a little slower up hill than they did, but I got there, and we had about an equal number of aches and pains, all three of us. If I were being realistic, I would never have attempted that trip without some grueling kinds of exercises to put me in shape. However, I didn't need it, it wasn't necessary, because of other knowledge and skills that I had. Things are not impossible unless you decide they are, and you really can't know they are until you try. That was a good lesson, an important one.
 
During the trip I also had some lessons in how fast things can happen when you use your mind to help. We call it programming, but it's a lot like prayer. This is where you create a thought in your mind about something that you would like to happen, and you just hold that thought until it happens in some form or another.
 
It isn't asking, it isn't demanding exactly, it is just stating a fact and holding it in your mind, visualizing it and using words of some kind. One of the things I was looking forward to on the hike was seeing some wild animals. I was talking to nature and saying, "You know, Nature, it would be really nice if we could have an animal encounter of some kind."  We did see some deer on the first day, but I really wanted something a little more dramatic.
 
I wasn't putting out anything very specific, just giving Nature some general ideas, visualising a few different scenes. I only wanted something with no danger involved, a little something fun, something to give us a little spice.
 
So we were walking along this one particular path, which was one of the most beautiful hiking treks I have ever been on in my life, from a place called Jail Pass down to Clover Creek (if anybody gets into the High Sierras). I was thinking, "Gee, Nature, this would be a nice place to see something" and suddenly, bounding up the hill, seemingly out of nowhere, came this fawn.
 
A fawn, all alone, by itself, bounded up right in front of my sons and I and stood six feet off the path from us. Stood there facing us. Waited until my second son was able to pull out his camera, take it out of the case, open it up, aim it, adjust the focus (he really does that a lot) and take the picture. Then the fawn turned around and bounced off through the forest. Fawns don't run. If you have ever seen gazelles or antelope, it's something like that, like they are on springs, boing, boing, boing. But it waited for us, waited six feet away until we got a good shot, and then it bounced off.  I said "Thanks Nature, that was great"
 
We were walking along for a little while after that, thinking "Well Nature, you were able to do that very well. If it's okay, another animal encounter would be kind of nice. We'd really enjoy that." After we had set up camp and were just about finishing dinner, I heard a noise that sounded like someone chopping wood. I looked over toward the sound and I saw something dark on the other side of the creek about a hundred yards away and wondered, "Who could be over there chopping wood at this hour?" 
 
So I climbed up on a log and looked and who was over there was a great big brown mama bear and she had two cubs and she was chopping wood. She was laying in there with her paw and just ripping these logs apart in order to get the juicy white grubs that were inside. There were a lot of bushes in the way and I said, "Gee, Nature, I'd love to get a good shot of this".
 
I went up the hill a little bit and by then the mama bear was sitting on a rock with her cubs. My son came up with the camera and handed it to me and I looked at the bear and I whispered, "I can't quite get it" and so the mama bear very nicely stepped down across the rock and posed for me on all fours for a moment like the bear on the flag of California.  I got a beautiful shot and then she took her cubs and left.
 
Another event happened as we were walking along a path the next day. It had started to rain and we had our ponchos over our packs and we were walking down a slope in fairly open country There was thunder around us and I said, "Gee, Nature, it would be nice to show us a great big flash of lightning right now." CRACK! Just like that. Just that fast, right out there to the right of us, out in the open, just for us. After I caught my breath I thanked her again.
 
Later we went looking for a perfect camping spot. We found one by a beautiful stream. On another occasion we were looking for a beautiful meadow, and we found the most beautiful meadow I've ever seen in my life, complete with butterflies and birds and it almost made you cry it was so pretty.
 
Over and over again we set up in our minds the kinds of experiences that we wanted to have and they occurred that way. They occurred this way on the trip, they occur this way in my life, and in the lives of many of you who are reading this, because this is what reality is like. Reality is flexible, reality is malleable, reality will conform itself, in some natural way to your thoughts, to your desires, to your expectation within the nature of its own self. 
 
Reality is something like a block of wood or a piece of stone, if you are a sculptor. What a sculptor does is to look at the material in front of him see what the potential of that material is. If a sculptor is working with wood, then the sculptor sees the piece of wood and sculpts it, taking into account the nature of the wood itself, how it chips and peels, how the grain of the wood flows, how the different colours are already in it, and creates his masterpiece.
 
In working with reality you can be like sculptors. You can create this reality in different ways, in different forms that you desire, but you do it according to the nature of the material that you are working with. This means being open, being aware, allowing yourself to know more of what reality is really like and how it works. 
 
Learn to be more observant, learn to be more flexible. When you come to a knot like you might find in a piece of wood, you don't throw the whole thing away, you work around it and you incorporate that into your sculpture. In the same way, when you come to a difficult place in your environment or in your experience, you can incorporate that into your life to make it a productive part of it. Even if it is only a productive lesson, you incorporate it into your life.
 
Like the sculptor, you can take into account the nature of the material you are working with. Physical reality has it's own nature. Sometimes the things that you see as potential in your mind don't come out exactly that same way in the outer world, simply because the nature of the physical world is different from the world of your mind. There are a lot of similarities, but there are a lot of differences, too.
 
It's important to be flexible, just like the sculptor who finds a knot. On the trip I wanted an animal encounter; I did not expect a fawn jumping up six feet away. I did not expect a big bear just outside of camp. I did not expect lightning to appear instantly after I desired it, but those were pleasant surprises. I knew that I was going to get some effect without knowing exactly what, and I was pleased and happy with the effect I got.
 
Toward the end of the trip on our way into the main camp we were greeted by the sounds of civilisation. After encountering peaceful animals, butterflies, beautiful meadows, and quiet trees, we then encountered big garbage trucks, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and kids shouting and playing and screaming. "Ah, civilisation," we said.
 
We could have reacted in a number of different ways to the change. We could have reacted angrily, because we might have set up in our own minds that this aspect of reality was bad. We could have gone there with tight stomachs and very unhappy and angry that all of these people shouldn't be in here, messing up nature and all.
 
A lot of people do this and make themselves very unhappy, because their experiences are not what the wanted or expected. When they come into different aspects of reality that do not conform to their predetermined idea of what things "should" be like they rebel against it. But since we were practicing flexibility, the first thing we did when we came down into civilisation was to go and have two soft drinks and a beer. I had the beer, of course, and I was thankful to civilisation for providing that beer, because it tasted wonderful, it was good. That aspect of civilisation had its goodness, so while we were there in that context we enjoyed it to the fullest.  
 
There was a big trash can where I could throw away all of the stuff I'd been carrying the whole week that we had to pack out. That made my pack lighter and that made me happy.  Then there was the car. Oh my gosh! There was the car that we could finally sit down in and move in. That was really beautiful, believe me. There were a lot of things about that aspect of reality then that we fully incorporated and accepted and enjoyed. 
 
In going through life you come into different places and different areas and how you react to those is totally up to you. There is nothing in the nature of them, as long as they  are not violent, that prevents you from deriving enjoyment out of any place you happen to be, because that enjoyment and that happiness comes from inside of you and it is not in the outside thing.
 
You give it that quality of being able to provide enjoyment or happiness. You give it the quality, on the other hand, of being able to provide unhappiness and misery. But it is all coming from the inside; it is not in the outside thing. So you can learn to enjoy any aspect of this reality, and if there are parts of it that you really can see that you would like to change, then you can do that. 
 
You have so much power and potential for making your reality what you want it to be. These were some of the insights that I got in the High Sierras, ideas about success, ideas about being, ideas about living, ideas about creating reality,  and you can learn them, too, without having to go into the wilderness.
 
You can learn them in your home, or at your place of work. Nature is a nice teacher anywhere. You can go to the beach, you can go to a lake, you can go to a stream or you can go to a river, you can go to the woods, you can look up in the sky, even if it is grey black cloudy smog. It doesn't matter where you are, there are ways to look around and look at in a different way as if God were there. As if this total loving presence were there. And all you have to do, if you want to get some real insights, is to imagine that that presence is there and you can talk to whatever it is that is in your environment as if it were there and you say "Hey, what have you got to tell me?"
 
And that's it. And then you listen.  You open up your heart and your ears and you listen.  And sometimes the answer comes as feelings and sometimes it is images and sometimes it's a kind of an inner voice that will tell you something. So you can say, "What have you got to tell me?" "Why are you here?" "What is your purpose?" "What is my purpose?" "How can things be improved?"
 
You can just ask questions like that and listen. Most people don't even think to ask and some that do don't think to listen. You do not need twenty years of meditation techniques to do that. You just need a little bit of trust that that presence exists and be open to listen. It is beautiful in the High Sierras but it is more beautiful in your heart, much more. The presence is there. Listen to it.

Chapter Six
 
 THE WILL OF GOD
 
 
Once people start to think about creating their own reality, some of them begin to wonder about the existence of evil in the world. After all, if we are creating our own reality, are we also responsible for the evil? And if not, who is? God?
 
This topic was stimulated by a discussion of process theology that appeared in the Los Angeles Times newspaper on October 19th, 1982 under the title, " God's power over evil questioned." Process theology is an unusual way of looking at the whole issue of good, evil, and God. Because this discussion brings up a lot of points that directly relate to Huna ideas about the same subject, I will paraphrase excerpts from the article and comment on them as appropriate. The paraphrasing will be in quotes only to distinguish it from my comments, which will follow the discussion.
 
"A question that has vexed religious tradition for centuries is that if God is intrinsically good and all powerful, how can evil exist? In the face of murders, wars, natural disasters that kill thousands, sudden illnesses, and terrible accidents, the question moves from the philosophical realm to a very personal one."
 
"Some theologians believe that the evidence of massacres and disasters around the globe, including what some call 'the silence of God' during great tragedies such as the holocaust, demonstrate that God is not an all-powerful being. These 'process theologians' suggest that a solution to the problem of evil is to think of God as a loving, but essentially powerless, entity. They claim that life experiences support this view."
 
"Process theologians say that classicial theism. which postulates an all-powerful, all-knowing God, provides insufficient support to pastors who must deal with suffering at a very personal level. As a result, many pastors are turning away from theology to psychology for help. Still, the whole approach of process theology might have remained academic, except for the publication of a best-selling book called When Bad Things Happen To Good People,
by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner."
 
"Kushner was inspired to write the book after his fourteen-year-old son died of a rapid aging disease. Although not a process theologian, his conclusion was similar. 'I could worship a God that hates suffering but cannot eliminate it more easily than I can worship a God who chooses to make children suffer and die,' he wrote."
 
"Process theology grew out of the process philosophy developed by Alfred North Whitehead. One of Whitehead's fundamental ideas was that everything is in a process of flow and change, even God. Process theologians like John Cobb developed Whitehead's work further into the idea of a limited God who shares power with the elements of the world."
 
"God did not create the universe out of nothing, says process theology, but instead he simply brought order out of chaos. When humans suffer, God suffers, and when humans experience joy, God exults, because he is an assimilating and empathetic force, not a creator. God has no way to stop a bullet on its way to the heart of a man considered too young to die, because the God of Christian doctrine was invented by fallible human beings. Theology needs to be re-thought in the context of modern knowledge."
 
"Process theologians believe that the goodness of God is more important than his power for many people. And they point out the inconsistency of praising God for saving the life of one person in a car crash while another one dies. Was the one more worthy in God's eyes than the other? they ask. The same inconsistency is shown by those who say that although God may not cause a natural disaster, he might permit one to prove his power, or to punish people for their sins. This raises the questions, 'Why this town and not another? Was one town worse than another?' Even when God is not blamed for the natural evils that befall humanity, why does he permit them if he is all-powerful? And the same question can be asked when human beings are the cause of the evil. Why does God permit it, if he is capable of preventing it? Process theology says that it is because God has limited powers.
 
"Critics of process theology say that idea of a weak and pathetic God is unworthy of worship, no matter how much he suffers. It offers, say the critics, a God with no plan, no power, and no precedent to kindle our hopes."
 
"One attempt to explain evil was made by evangelist Billy Graham, who said,  'We may not fully understand why God, who is all powerful and loving, permits evil in this world, but whatever else we may say it must be stressed that man, not God, is guilty for the evil of the world. It is man that bears the responsibility because man was given the ability to make free moral choices and he chose deliberately to disobey God. The world as it now exists is not the way that God intended it to be.' However, there are those who would say that God cannot be blameless, because he could have given free moral choice to humans and yet still have limited the amount of evil that people could inflict on each other."
 
"A conservative viewpoint says that there is evil in the world which cannot now be explained, but that God will emerge victorious and in the end will redeem all evil.  Others say that God is ultimately responsible for evil in any form of western theology, even in process theology's idea of limited power, because God had a hand in the created order. After all, if he started it, he must be responsible. And there are those who say in response to this, 'When Gods do ill why should we worship them?'"
 
My Commentary
There are a lot of different points of view in the previous discussion, and I would like to show the Huna point of view, which is a bit different from everything that was stated there.
 
The process theology ideas of a God who is limited in power and can only do certain things, and of other powers in the world that can do things either against or in spite of him, takes God all the way back to the most primitive times when there were all sorts of gods of and for different things. It really shares a lot of characteristics with Zeus and his family of Olympian gods who caused him no end of trouble.
 
They talk about putting God into the context of our modern views. If that's the case, the modern views that those people hold must be very limited, because it takes a limited mind to conceive of a limited God. In contrast, the more unlimited your mind is, the more unlimited is the God that you can conceive.
 
If we are speaking of God as the god of the universe, this is something that by its very nature must be omnipotent (all powerful), omnipresent (exists everywhere) and omniscient (all knowing). If we accept the idea of an infinite universe, then the God of that universe must also be infinite. If we decide that God is not infinite, then we are left with a Zeus-type humanoid who is simply bigger and more powerful than human beings, and whose creations are also his rivals. And the theologians seem ready to worship such a god in spite of that. It is not very much different than worshipping a powerful human dictator. To be fair, however, they do assume that their limited god is loving, which is better than most dictators, but very limited in what he can actually accomplish, which is like human dictators.
 
Process theologians say that God didn't create anything out of nothingness, he just created order out of chaos. If they thought that through they would have to realize that they are going to have to create a God of Chaos to explain why that existed. They are going to have to create a God of all the elements that do evil things. Logically, it starts to get a little silly.
 
There is a real serious question here however: why do evil things happen? That's what needs an answer. All throughout the above discussion, one thing you may have noticed was the idea of blaming God or not blaming God. That God had to be blamed, because he created it all. In a pathetic attempt to explain at least a part of evil, some say that God gave us free moral choice, but then they say he could have done it so we didn't hurt each other so much. 
 
That one is really laughable, because it immediately makes free choice null and void. If God is loving enough to give us free choice, he is loving enough to let us make total fools of ourselves, to do all kinds of terrible things, to create our own evil; wise and loving enough to let us do that to ourselves and knowing that in the end all of these things that we call evil won't really matter. 
 
Almost everyone except mystics who are practicing absolutely unconditional love would agree that there is evil in the world. The problem, of course, is defining evil. Evil is exactly what you decide to call evil, and if it is called evil by you, in your mind and in your heart, then by golly no one else can dispute that: it is evil.  But what you call evil may not be called evil by someone else, and they may call other things evil that you see as good, or at least justifiable.
 
For instance, there were many things done in the past in the name of the western concept of God that most of the world now looks upon as evil. We have the way that western missionaries went into various parts of the world and how they treated the local people and their local religions. In many areas they made slaves of them, killed them, and destroyed their buildings and their culture. We look upon that now and say "Wow, that was really evil," but in the minds of those missionaries what they were doing was the highest good based on the context in which they were thinking.
 
They weren't going out to commit evil acts. They were going out to save souls, which they saw as the highest goal. They saw these horrifyingÑto themÑpractices which they thought of as evil. Such practices had to be wiped out because they were presenting a danger to the souls of people, and the missionaries thought that saving souls was far more important than saving lives and culture. They firmly, seriously, believed in the goodness of what they were doing. They were doing something that we now call evil, and of course the local people really thought it was evil, but the missionaries didn't. They thought it was the highest good.
 
Evil is what you believe is evil. It comes down to something as simple as that. Evil is what you believe is evil, because your experience of reality is created through your beliefs. For some people, war is evil; for others, war is evil if someone else starts it; for still others, it is not war that's evil, it is the enemy who is.
 
Regarding natural disasters, some see people killed and all their belongings lost to a devastating tornado, hurricane, tsunami, earthquake, or other natural event, and they say "Gee God, why did you cause that disaster? A loving God would not make nature come in and destroy people." There are two things very wrong with this picture.
 
First, it assumes no responsibility whatsoever for where people choose to live. All the major cities of the world are on major earthquake faults. Cities, towns and villages are built next to oceans with a history of tsunamis, on riverbanks with a history of flooding, on the slopes of active volcanoes, in areas where hurricanes and tornadoes pass every year, in all kinds of places where potentially dangerous natural events have occurred regularly for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The question is not properly why God would cause a disaster, because it's only a disaster if human beings are in the way. The proper question is, why do people live there? As for myself, I live very close to the crater of the most active volcano on earth. Why? Because I love the beauty of the area enough to choose to take the risk. Lots of human beings are funny that way, and I'm one of them. If an eruption threatens or takes my home, I'll consider it a disaster, but not an evil act nor a punishment from God. Instead, it would be a natural consequence of my choice of residence.
 
Second, blaming God assumes that God is a puppeteer. It really does come back to the idea that God controls everything and that human beings control nothing; that we are at the mercy of an all-powerful, whimsical God with mysterious motives beyond our ken; and that as a result, we have no responsibility for our own actions. Sounds like Zeus again, except that in the modern version of this fantasy there is only one god instead of many. Other than that, not much has changed.
 
Consequently, if God is responsible for everything, then humans have no free will, and if humans have no free will, then nothing we do makes any sense. Predestination gives some people a sense of security, but it's the security of a prison. If everything is planned, what is the point of life itself?
 
Not all theologians accept this view, because if they did it would make a sham of their religion. You can't have sinners and saints or heavenly rewards and punishments without some degree of free will. Figuring out how such a complex system as free will combined with a separate God's will works, however, is enough to give any philosopher or theologian a bad headache if they concentrate on it for too long.
 
The Enigma of Death
Probably the most common interpretation of something as evil happens when death is involved. The rabbi mentioned above blamed God for the death of his son from an illness, as if it were not just a tragic loss, but the willful act of an evil diety. Underlying this is an incredible assumption held by many millions of people: that death is an unnatural act. It shouldn't exist. People shouldn't have to die, especially those who are young, who are loved, who are old, who are aliveÉ
 
You won't like to hear this, but we are all going to die. Most human sperm and eggs die. Many embryos die. Lots of newborn babies and little kids die. People die at every age under a multitude of circumstances, and relatively few reach the age of nursing homes. Like it or not, death is a fact of life.
 
It's a harsh and often ugly fact, usually accompanied by grief and a deep sense of loss. But if it is blamed on God, then the inescapable conclusion is that God makes people in order to kill them. I know that sounds terrible, but think about it. If it is God's will that we be born, and if we are on earth to carry out God's will, and if it is God's will that we dieÉ need I say more?
 
Let's look at this from an entirely different point of view, one based on the Huna principles that there are no limits and that all power comes from within. This view implies that the universe is infinite and that we all have free will.
 
If the universe is truly infinite, then, logically, everything in it must be infinite as well, including consciousness. Therefore, the universe is conscious, and for our purposes we will give the name God to that infinite consciousness. Instead of saying it is all-powerful, which implies a separation from a part of itself, and which is inconsistent with being infinite, it would be more appropriate to say that it is all power, which would give it the quality of omnipotence. Furthermore, if consciousness is infinite, then the universe has the quality of omniscience, and everything in it must be conscious. Finally, just to round out the obvious, an infinite God must have the quality of omnipresence, which is not just being aware of everything, but actually being everywhere.
 
Taking into account our experience as human beings, it is clearly possible for consciousness to narrow its focus so as to creatively limit its awareness to a portion of itself, in the same way that we can limit our awareness to a game we are playing or a movie we are watching. Thus we have our more or less three-dimensional reality. And, since we ourselves are focal points of infinity, consciousness must be able to have a multitude of simultaneous focal points.
 
Proceeding onward, if God is all power, and God is infinite, then everything has power suited to its range of focus. And since "will" is an attribute of power, all of us human focal points must have free will according to our capabilities. Not only that, but in an infinite universe, all things must have their measure of free will as well.
 
God is not the master of the universe, God is the universe, omnipotence, omnisience, and omnipresence. Human beings are focused, and therefore limited expressions of God. They cannot be controlled by infinity, because they are immersed in it, but they certainly can be influenced by many different aspects or focal points of infinity. Free will does not mean absolute control, much as some people would like that. It is the freedom to choose how to act and react in a world where everything has the same freedom, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and volcanoes. And the measure of your free will is your capability to use it.
 
Back to the problem of death.
 
One thing we do not know is why people die when they do, where they do, and how they do. The reason we do not know is because we are not those people. We can make up all sorts of reasons why other people die, but it's our own fantasy, based on our fears, desires, and beliefs. The only thing we can know for sure is that it is going to happen eventually to everyone. It's a part of this process that we call living. It may happen gently or it may happen violently and it may happen silently and it may happen in a great blaze of something, who knows?  At this moment theologians don't know any more than I do. 
 
For the most part, we apply the word, "death," to a very limited portion of universal experience, those entities that we call "living." In particular, this includes plants, animals, and humans. Death is conceived of as the permanent ending of vital signs. These vital signs involve our perception of internally-directed personal movement, growth, reproduction, and responsiveness to stimuli. We often use the word metaphorically to mean the permanent ending of anything, as in the "death" of a civilization, but generally we use it in reference to what we call "living beings." When we look around us we see that all living beings die, not just humans. A hurricane may kill people, but it also kills plants and animals. And when plants, animals, and humans are not killed outright, they eventually die anyway. Death seems to be an integral part of the system, not an aberration. And logically, assuming an infinite God, it makes no sense to assume that individual human beings are more important to the universe than individual plants or animals. On the other hand, if you insist on a limited, controlling God and see life and death in terms of reward and punishment, it's obvious that God loves Sequoia trees far more than humans, because he lets them live so much longer.
 
If we view death as part of the process of living, then it makes more sense. In actual, physical fact, if you are old enough to read this, you have already died and been reborn many times over in this lifetime!  Scientists say that there are probably 1000 cells in your body dying every second. Whole organs can die and be replaced over the course of six weeks, and over the course of about a year you have an entirely new body, except, perhaps, for some of your brain cells.
 
The brain is a very complex organ, but in very simple terms, some types of brain cells do die and reproduce themselves like other cells. and others do not, so when they die they stay dead. The bad news is that about 9000 brain cells of the latter type die daily in normal people, and up to 300,000 a day in people who use certain drugs and alcohol. The good news is that you have a whole lot of these brain cells, so it usually takes a long time for the losses to be noticeable. The main point is, your physical body is already used to death. It's the conscious mind that has a hard time dealing with it, and I suspect that happens when individual consciousness is far too limited in its awareness and thinking.
 
It appears to be God's will that we die. At least, that's the pattern that affects everything we call living. It also appears that, as aspects of that God, it is our will that determines, or at least influences, the how and where and when. An infinite God may not be involved in stopping a bullet speeding toward someone's heart, but not all bullets reach the heart they are intended for. There are many accounts of bullets missing at point blank range, being deflected at the last moment, or hitting a bible or  badge or something else. And sometimes the bullet reaches its target, but doesn't kill.
 
I remember a newspaper report of a girl who was shot five or six times in the head. Not only did she not die, but she took the gun away from her captor, walked away, and found some people to take her to the hospital. She still had all of the bullets in her head. In her own words, it was her will to live that kept her from dying. 
 
It may not be the conscious will that is operating all the time. We are creatures of body, mind, and spirit, and the will of our spirit, which we assume is closest to the nature of an infinite God, probably has the strongest will. If so, it provides a more reasonable explanation of why not everyone dies in most natural or man-made disasters than that of a limited God that chooses who will live and die based on some mysterious criteria that we cannot figure out. It also helps to explain the inexplicable events that happen in many people's lives when reality seems to bend over backwards to change expected outcomes. I know I've had quite a few experiences where time and matter did seemingly impossible things to keep me alive. The will of my spirit to carry on makes more sense to me than the intervention of a limited God who picks me for some unknowable purpose of his own.
 
Many people have had near death experiences, close calls of different kinds. Perhaps someone hasn't had that in their life at all, but most people that I've met have. It's when we are at the border of a probability where we might have gone one way or the other. What was the will of God in that instant? Whatever our body, our mind, and/or our spirit chose.
 
The will of God works through us. It is not something outside imposed on us.
 
Cause and Effect
There are consequences to the idea of an infinite God and an infinite universe that have not been discussed yet. One of those is that we are necessarily part of this God that is being talked about. As part of that infinity, we must have within us the powers of that God in the context of our own lives. Since our focus is limited, our ability to express those powers is limited, but we do have the power of creating our limited reality, and of altering that reality. The catch is that everything in the universe has the same kind of power, so creating your own reality does not mean that you are responsible for everything that happens in your individual life.
 
Insecure people are always looking for someone to blame when things happen that they don't like. Curiously, the last person or thing many people want to blame is themselves.
 
If you have a rock and you drop this rock in some water and it creates a splash, do you blame the rock for the splash?  Some people would. Some would blame the water for splashing. Some would blame themselves for dropping the rock, and some would blame God for making them drop the rock. If you are riding in a car and the driver slams on the brakes and you go forward and bump your nose against the window, do you blame the law of momentum? Bad law of momentum! It is common to blame the driver or whatever stimulated the need to brake, but normal people would not be likely to blame the law of momentum. Some might blame God for creating that law, though. One of the most heinous abuses of this practice of blaming is when courts award damages to people for emotional suffering, which is tantamount to saying that someone else must be responsible for how a person feels about something. The absurdity is evident when you consider that if a person is mature and confident enough to react to the same thing without fear or anger, he or she does not quality for a court-awarded payment.
 
The whole practice of blaming is based on a pervasive western belief in the concept of cause and effect, wherein every effect must be able to be traced to a single cause that took place some time in the past. This concept is applied to practically everything, including not only purely physical events, but also health and illness, political and economic events, and human mental and emotional behavior. It is so pervasive that it is hardly ever questioned, but when it is examined closely it appears logically and clearly absurd.
 
Let's look at the car example above in this light. Was the cause of your bumping your nose the law of momentum, the window that was in your way, the brakes, the driver's foot, the driver's decision to brake, whatever gave him the idea to brake, whoever told the drive to take that road, etc., etc., etc.? It is possible to trace any effect to an unlimited number of possible causes all the way back to creation itself, which makes the whole process ridiculous. In practice, people stop the process arbitrarily when it is most convenient. So in certain forms of psychotherapy a person's sense of helplessness is traced to a single event as a child when a parent refused to allow the child to do something, blithely ignoring hundreds of thousands of other events in the person's life, including present moment thinkng patterns. Cause and effect has no scientific basis; it is simply an intellectual opinion.
 
What does have scientific validityÑmeaning that it can be testedÑis action and reaction. This is very different from cause and effect, because action and reaction always take place in the present moment. To use the car example again, we can easily see a series of action/reaction events: an action takes place outside the car, and the driver reacts by pushing on the brakes; the car reacts to the braking action by slowing down suddenly; the passenger reacts to the sudden slowing by moving forward and hitting the window; etc. This is very different from cause and effect, because each of the action/reaction events is related to, but not caused by, any preceding event. This interpretation is made more clear when you realize that each action/reaction event named contained multiple possibilities for modification.
 
How does all of this relate to our central topic? It means that we human beings are responsible for our own actions and reactions. We can influence others and be influenced by them, but nothing other than ourselves has the power to make us do or think or feel anything. The power that is within us is the power of infinite God working through us. In a sense, it could be said that we are the fingers of God through which he interacts with his creation.
 
God acts through us as human beings. God happens to act through plants and through rocks and through everything else that exists as well, but humans seem to have a particular type of consciousness or awareness that allows us to reflect upon ourselves and allows us to project into the future, to imagine what is and what isn't, what was and what wasn't, what will be and what won't be, and we think that is unique. 
 
In point of fact, we don't know if we are unique or not. We can look at a rock and say that rock doesn't have any awareness, but how do we know?  We don't know that. We can look at a toadstool or a tree or at the wind we don't know whether they are aware or what they are aware of. We can assume we do, but that becomes just an opinion. There is no way that we can call that a fact.
 
As long as we are talking about opinions, I prefer to think that they do have awareness. It's much more fun that way. If I believe that I can communicate with these other aspects of God, and that they'll respond if I can communicate with them on their level, and if I get responses that help me become more effective in life, that's not only a lot of fun, that's very practical.
 
This gets us out of the realm of thinking that there is some outside God up in the sky who is looking down and moving us around like chess pieces and planning a storm here or planning an earthquake there. It gets us outside of the idea of a God with his hands tied behind his back saying "Aw poor guys. Gee I'm sorry for you" or "Oh whoopee, you did real good that time," a kind of a sidelines God that is no more than an empathetic assimilating force that exults when we exult and suffers when we suffer, but can't do anything about it. My mother did that very well. Who needs such a God?
 
God and Love
Here's another important concept that we have not discussed yet, the idea of a loving God.  Billy Graham said, "We may not fully understand why God, who is all powerful and loving, permits evil in this world" and he said that the world as it now exists is not the way God intended it to be. Those are very curious statements, theologically. An all powerful God who has the power to control whether evil happens or not is understandable from the point of view of God being a dictator, but where does the loving come in? And to say that the world is not the way he intended contradicts his status as all powerful.
 
I think that the way the world is now is exactly the way that God intends it to be. Yes, even with all of the suffering and misery that exists, for two reasons. First, because most of the world at any given moment is neither suffering nor in misery, and second, because an infinite God is necessarily a loving God.
 
An infinite universe is a universe in which everything is connected to everything else, in which everything is constantly becoming more than what it is, in which every form of limitation must be unstable and temporary, because of a continual tendency to merge with the whole. And yet, changeÑone could call it creativityÑ requires temporary limitation, and limitation requires change or that which is limited would cease to exist. Love is that which seeks to join with and fulfill the beloved. An infinite universe, to remain infinite, would have to have unconditional love for itself, and support an everlasting transition from chaos to order to chaos and on and on. A human being is a point of temporary order in an infinite universe with power of that universe flowing through it according to the individual's ability to cooperate with the flow. Some degree of resistance is needed to maintain the temporary focus of human existence, but too much resistance produces the experiences of suffering and misery. At the same time, the omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence of the infinite universe must be trying to bring that individuality back into harmony with the whole. To reduce this to its most essential simplicity, God must be loving or everything would have ceased to exist a long time ago. An angry God is not a god, but merely a big child with more power than it knows what to do with. The anger itself comes from a fear of losing the illusion of control. An infinite God has no need for anger, fear, or control. An infinite God is by definition a loving God. 
 
Some Final Words on the Subject of Will
The famous phrase, "Thy Will be done," from the Lord's Prayer in the Christian Bible is generally assumed to mean that God's desire, as separate from man's desire, will be carried out. It is seldom realized, however, that the translation of that phrase can also be "Thy Will is being done."
 
In this case, the will of God is whatever happens. You don't follow the will of God, you experience it. Whatever happens is the will of God, because the so-called laws of nature are the will of God. If you step off a cliff with no support you are going to follow the will of God straight down. We see the will of God in action and reaction, not only in the environment, but in the experience of getting the equivalent of your thoughts and your feelings and your expectations in your personal life. The will of God is not difficult to understand: it is all around you.
 
Someone is bound to ask whether that means that the experience of evil is also the will of God. The nature of language makes some things difficult to explain, but let me try. In this presentation the will of God is that you experience the reflections of your thoughts and feelings, as well as the thoughts and feelings of everyone and everything around you. Sometimes your thoughts and feelings predominate, and sometimes the thoughts and feelings of other predominate. In either case, you experience the effects. When you don't like the effects, or when by any standards they are excessively painful, we often call them evil. But the effects are due to the actions and reactions of whoever and whatever is present, including yours. An infinite God is not a control freak, so the specific effects are not planned and carried out by God the infinite. They are, however, among the many possibilities inherent in an infinite universe of free will and unconditional love.
 
Just like Adam was supposed to have been given the power to name all the beasts, you have the power to name all of your experiences, and they will be to you what you name them. If you change their name, then you will change those experiences. If you have an experience and you call it bad, then it will be bad for you. If you call it good and believe that, then it will be good for you. If you just call it an experience, it will be whatever you choose it to be and you will be able to make use of it however you want to. You don't have to call it anything, but you have that power, it is part of your dominion.
 
So the will of God is whatever happens. There is nothing to follow, there is nothing to seek out, and you are following the will of God in whatever you do and in whatever you experience. The beautiful thing about the will of God is that it is also infinite. Out of that infinitude of experience you have the potential, you have the power, the ability to choose a joyful experience.
 
If you don't know how to do that right now, you have the power to learn how to do it.  You don't have to worry about whether you are going to fulfill the will of God before you leave this planet, because when you do you will be fulfilling it. As one of the characters said in Richard Bach's novel, Illusions of a Reluctant Messiah,
 
"You'll know when your mission in life is over;
if you're still here, it isn't"

Chapter Seven
 
THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING
 
 
I'm not going to keep you guessing, I'll come right out and tell you what the most important thing is in this life. The most important thing is to be happy. We are going to talk about ways and means, but first of all, happiness is the most important thing and it's good to realize that.
 
I was reading an article about George Lucas, famous creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, and he was saying how, ultimately, it's not the money and the power that's important to him. What's important to him is getting to know his little girl and getting back in touch with some of the simple, honest, and true things in life. That's great for him at this point, that's wonderful. He mastered the money and the power as far as he wanted to, but that didn't make him happy and so now he is exploring another aspect of his life.
 
I'd like to tell him, and you too, that while he may experience a lot of happiness in exploring this new area of life, that will not make him happy either. The most important thing is to be happy, but there isn't anything in life that will make you happy. Not a person, not an experience, not the achievement of a goal, not any kind of experience that will make you happy.
 
The happiness has to be made by you. You have to choose to be happy. Abraham Lincoln said almost the same thing. He said he felt that most people were about as happy in life as they decided to be.  And that's really what it gets down to.
 
In any kind of situation that you are in, it's your choice as to how you react to it, how you decide to feel about it, and how you decide to act as a result of it. It's your choice that matters, not the situation. 
 
Enlightenment isn't going to make you happy. If you expect worldly success to make you happy, that won't do it either. Happiness comes from choice, from deciding to be happy, and not as a result of an experience. There are ways to use things and results to increase your happiness in both the physical or spiritual worlds. There are ways to use relationships to increase your happiness. There are all kinds of ways in which you can increase your happiness, but making you happy in the first place, that's a different thing.
 
There are three ways and means to increase your happiness. And there are three ways and means that people use to be unhappy. The six ways and means work for both are closely related, fortunately, because that saves us some time here so we can put them all together.
 
The first one is to be loved. No, let me change that, as it's not absolutely correct. It is to feel loved. It is more important to feel loved than to be loved. You can be loved but if you don't feel loved it doesn't matter at all. All kinds of people might love you but if you don't feel it, you'll be very unhappy. The unhappiness comes from not feeling that you are loved. And why would you feel that you are not loved? Because you decided that you were not loved.  
 
That's where it comes from. It does not come from anything that anyone is or is not doing. A lot of people make this mistake. "If only my (lover, husband, wife, children, or whatever) would do (this or that) I'd know they love me and I'd be happy." Sorry, it doesn't work. For one thing, they hardly ever will do exactly what you want, and that makes it difficult. Then, even if they did, you'd find yourself realizing that, aside from a possible brief burst of pleasure, you're still not happy. After the instant high, there's a let-down when that kind of thing happens.
 
My brother once told me when he was young and discovering himself, "There's a shirt that I wanted, I really wanted that shirt. I wanted that shirt more than anything else in the world and I bought it andÉ blah, you know?" Suddenly there was no excitement left. 
 
He was discovering for himself this kind of fact. It is not the getting of things, nor getting people to do what you want or act in ways you think are desirable, that will make you happy. 
 
Love and Happiness
Happiness is something you have to learn how to accomplish yourself, regardless of anything else. Certainly one of the important aspects of that is to feel loved, but how do you feel loved? By deciding that you are. The wonderful thing about this is that you do not have to use any logic whatsoever. You don't have to analyze it and say, "By whom?" That's totally irrelevant. All you have to do is establish the premise that "I am loved" and convert that into "I feel loved." You do not have to designate by whom.  If you want to say by God, by nature, by the universe, by my neighbors, by my children, by anything at all, there's nothing wrong with that in itself. What is important is that you feel that way in spite of outward appearances, in spite of what's going on, because otherwise you put your feeling at risk when outside circumstances change.
 
Another set of questions that interferes with happiness is "Why? Why should anyone love me? What have I done to deserve it?" If you follow this line of reasoning, you will never be happy for very long. Trying to justify your right to be loved does not make people love you, does not make you feel loved, does not lead to happiness. It's like trying to buy love by bartering some kind of behavior on your part and hoping that induces another person to decide that you are worthy of being loved. Apart from a momentary appreciation, if you do something that someone else considers worthwhile, you won't be able to buy love in this way, and you certainly will not be able to buy happiness.
 
If you tie your feeling of being loved, and therefore happy, to anything outside of yourself, you are lost. You may say, "I feel loved by nature, because nature shows me its beauty, and provides me with so many good things." And then you get rainy day that ruins a picnic, or a hurricane that comes and wipes out all of your belongingsÑnow how do you feel about nature? Does nature still love you? If you decide that nature still loves you in spite of all of that, then yes, you're safe, you're secure, and you can maintain happiness. But if you decide that that action means nature doesn't love you any more then you're lost, you're adrift, floating and insecure. You can get a solid sense of security only if you make that loving unconditional. 
 
When most people think about unconditional love they think of giving it, and that's a beautiful, wonderful thing. If you can learn to do that then you'll make a lot of people happy, right? No, not really, because it's still their choice, and they may decide to feel unhappy no matter how unconditional your love is.   
 
If you can learn how to receive unconditional love, however, then you can maintain happiness much more easily. It means that you are loved no matter what happens, no matter what people say or do. It means being able to say and feel "I am loved" regardless of anything else. That's being loved unconditionally, and that's powerful. 
 
If you can maintain that feeling day in and day out no matter what happens around you, you will have a sense of having such a solid, secure base of being that you will feel confident to handle and deal with anything, coming from that point of view of feeling loved.
 
So much of the unhappiness and even violence and despair in the world comes from the idea of not being loved. Events happen, sometimes terrible and traumatic events, but an interpretation has to be given to those events. If the interpretation is "That means I am not loved, or I am not lovable," then the inevitable result is unhappiness. With some people this leads to apathy, and with others it leads to anger. Events don't cause the apathy or the anger, they are merely used as excuses for that behavior. The behavior itself comes from a personal decision.
 
The feeling of not being loved leads to a sense of emptiness, which often leads to an attempt to compensate for that emptiness. Some people compensate in things they do with their bodies, some people compensate in things they do with their emotions, some people try to compensate by trying to hurt others, by trying to grasp or grab love from others, or some other way. Some people try to do it by fulfilling a purpose, proving something in the world, achieving a level of success or attainment.
 
When attempts to compensate are being done from the viewpoint of "This is going to make me loved" or even "This is going to make me feel loved" it doesn't work, because as I've said before and will say again and again, feeling loved comes from a decision and not from any act that you perform. Nothing that you can do can make you be loved any more than you already are in this moment and you are the object of infinite love in this momentÑ take it from me.  If you can accept that authority and generate the feeling that goes along with it, you've got it made right now without having to do anything. 
 
Effectiveness and Happiness
Another important aspect of happiness is feeling effective. You might also say feeling powerful or feeling strong. There are other words I could use for this as well, but it comes down to feeling effective.
 
When you can feel that you are effective in your life or whatever you are doing in your life, that you have something that you can do confidently, that's a tremendous support to feeling happy. By itself it won't make you feel happy, but it sure does ease the way. If you can feel loved and feel effective, that's incredible, that's wonderful.  It's a beautiful kind of secure, really solid base, feeling effective.
 
Once again, though, feeling effective has nothing to do with your actual performance. There are many peopleÑyou may know some of themÑwho are very competent and very skilled in certain areas and feel helpless and powerless, don't feel effective at all, don't feel strong. And yet they have a high degree of skill. It's obvious from what they are doing, from the results that they are able to achieve or demonstrate, and yet they don't feel it. And that's what counts. You can perform all kinds of wonderful, skillful acts, but if you don't feel effective they don't matter in the slightest to you. They become unimportant.
 
How do you feel effective? We come back to the same thing exactly: that's a decision that you make. I have to convince some people that they can walk in order to show them some area that they are effective in, and start from that base. Once in a while I have to start by getting people to notice how effective they are at creating negative emotions. I point out that it's a real skill to be able to call them up in an instant. It's only a place to start to get a more positive sense of effectiveness to build upon.
 
Everyone is effective in many ways, but you have to make a decision to recognize it and a decision to accept that as a fact and a decision then to feel that way. The most difficult part of this process is helping people to change the rules they have made up about what they have to do to have the right to feel effective. These rules might have been set up originally by parents or teachers, but deciding to keep them is personal, and one of the greatest obstacles to feeling effective. You cannot make someone feel effective, any more than you can make them feel loved. That decision has to come from inside or it won't happen at all.
 
Assuming you do make the decision, you'll find that as you begin feeling effective, and acting as if you feel effective, reinforcing that frequently, you become more and more and more effective. In the same way, as you begin feeling loved and acting as if you feel loved, you become more and more and more loved and loving. Both of them go together. Feeling loved is a choice, and feeling effective is a choice. 
 
Purpose and Happiness
Now we come to a third aspect of happiness: feeling that you are fulfilling a purpose. A lot of people are very unhappy because they feel their life has no meaning, there doesn't seem to be any purpose to it and they are sitting around waiting for someone to give them a purpose. 
 
If someone comes up and says, "This is your purpose, go out and do this" they'll say "Great" and go out and do that. After a little while of feeling purposeful, they'll gradually feel a little trapped, and they'll feel uncomfortable and they'll wonder what's happening, because they are fulfilling someone else's purpose. 
 
Or they'll wait for the skies to open and this big bolt of lightning to come down and God's voice to come on in stereo and say "This is your purpose."  Well, it doesn't usually happen that way, either.  Maybe to a few fortunate ones like Paul and some others, but this obviously is not a common run-of-the-mill way that God works.
 
I can tell you that you are fulfilling a purpose, that you're here and therefore there is a purpose. If you do not feel that, my words are worthless. If you decide to accept that, however, even without knowing what the purpose is, an interesting thing will happen. Once you can decide on and grasp and hold the feeling that you are fulfilling a purpose, surprise, surprise, one of these clear days you will find yourself doing something and loving it and knowing that that is your purpose. That's how it works. You will be reinforcing that feeling over and over and over again and it will manifest right into your life and you will be there doing it and knowing it. But at some point along the way you have to make that decision, "I am fulfilling a purpose." Then you will begin to feel that way, and act according to that feeling.
 
Feelings and Happiness
I've said so much about feelings here.  Do I put a prime emphasis on feelings? In this instance, absolutely yes!  Because your actions and your experience have to go through your Ku, as we call it, your subconscious, and your subconscious is kinesthetically oriented.
 
You take information in through your eyes. You take information in through your ears. That information is not knowledge until it's taken into you body. Until then, it's only information. 
 
It has been demonstrated that every sound you hear produces an actual physical movement in your body. The sound of the letter K will produce a corresponding physical movement,  a very tiny muscle movement, and every time throughout the rest of your life whenever the letter K is sounded there'll be that little physical movement. Whenever your mind has the intention to reproduce that sound, your body moves that muscle and nerves send the signal to the appropriate organs to make the sound audible.
 
Words take on meaning through patterns. They are learned and felt and become kinesthetic, so that you can stand around and speak to people with an intent and a word will just kind of roll right off your tongue. You don't do that consciously unless you are being very careful about what you are saying, or unless you are learning a new language. If you are learning a new language or trying to use a new word, then you have to be very conscious of doing it, pronouncing it carefully, but the words we use all the time have gone into the kinesthetic part, they've gone into feeling (we use that in general to mean kinesthetic), they are part of your body response. That's why it's normally so easy to speak a language you know. That's why you recognize your name instantly when someone calls it out. In most cases you don't have to take time to think about the meaning of what was said.
 
These are kinesthetic responses. You have learned something when your body learns it and not until then. You can have all sorts of theories about happiness, and all kinds of theories about love and theories about achievement, and none of the theories mean anything unless the related feelings are accepted by your body. If they are accepted by your body, then you will have the appropriate response and it will have meaning for you.
  
Happiness is a feeling of a feeling of freedom; it's a feeling of loosening; it's a feeling of energy; it's a feeling of confidence and competence; it's a feeling of fulfillment, and a feeling of pleasure. Happiness feels like all of these things. 
 
When people don't have these feelings, the need is so great that they do all kinds of crazy things to compensate. They will seek attention if they can't get love, destroy if they can't create, be effective in a negative way if they can't be effective in a positive way. The urge is natural, but the means are often not. 
 
You can be loved and not be happy. You can be effective and not be happy. And you can be achieving a purpose and not be happy. These states in and of themselves don't make you feel happy. But if you can find a way to feel happy, then all of these things will increase it. 
 
Being Happy
Happiness has to be learned. Pleasure, which a natural reaction of feeling good about anything, can amplify happiness, but not create it, because pleasure is always dependent on something else. Happiness can amplify pleasure and create it, because, to put it one way, happiness is a skill.
 
How do you learn to be happy? You learn it in the same way that you learn any other skillÑby practice. It's as simple as that. You learn how to be happy by practicing being happy. How do you practice being happy? You have to pay attention to those moments when you do feel happy, decide and define what they are, and then attempt to recreate them as a feeling. Pay attention to what your body is doing, what your mind is doing, what your feelings are doing, and repeat that. 
 
Like any well-learned skill, happiness can become a habit. It's usually easier for children, because they have fewer personal rules that get in the way. In fact, it is so easy for children that they have to be taught how to be unhappy. Once that is done, happiness has to be re-learned. And you do it by repeating the things that create or are accompanied by happiness and pay attention to the feeling.  Then, you don't recreate the event again, you recreate the feeling.
 
It's like the old story my father told me of some primitive people who always ate their meat raw. One day there was a lightning storm and it burned the grass and it came out  over the field and there was a barn in which they kept some pigs and the barn burned up and they tried to get the pigs out and they couldn't. One of the villagers was looking over the ruins and saw one of the pigs all burnt up. It looked so strange that he reached out to touch it and it was still hot and he burned his fingers. Automatically, he brought his fingers back to his mouth andÉ mmmmm. He suddenly discovered that the taste was very good. He called the rest of the villagers over and they all shared roast pig for the first time in their lives. For the rest of that year they built barns and burned them down in order to get roast pig. 
 
A lot of people do things like this, but you don't have to do it that way. It's the roast pig that you wantÑthe happy feelingÑand you don't have to go through the whole process again to get it. Once you've learned how it feels to be happy, pay attention and recreate the feeling, not the situation in which it happened.
 
With practice you'll find yourself able to shift, adjust your attention, put different thoughts in your head, move your body in certain ways and allow that feeling of happiness to come over you. Then you can do something to increase it. You can remind yourself that you are loved" and decide to feel loved; remind yourself of your effectiveness and do something effective, then decide to feel effective; and remind yourself of your purpose go out and do something toward fulfilling that purpose, and decide to feel purposeful. And use any or all of that to feel happy.
 
Happiness is a choice, and happiness is the most important thing there is. 
 
The most successful people are those who love themselves the most. The most happy successful people are those whose sense of self extends to others.
 

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