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a tribute to Neil Armstrong by Serge Kahili King
(written many years ago after the moon landing to express his feelings about it)
There’s a stirring in my blood
That rises up and shouts to me
“IT’S TIME, IT’S TIME!”
For what? I ask, my worldly mind
Not seeing what could cause this
Rush of feeling so intense it
Shakes my soul.
A voice, my voice, a part of me
At least now whispers as it gently
Takes me on a tour of mem’ries
Put away in some forgotten depths
Of inner caves.
“Remember when you lay awake
At night and gazed with longing
Up into those galaxies of lights?
The many nights you spent in search
Of those which tugged your heart
And spoke of home?
“Do you recall the stories that
You wrote while yet so young
Of far-off planets and adventures
Into realms of terrifying
Beauty where men not of Earth
Met challenges ‘midst Nature
Of a glory that surpasses words?
“And the dreams, the dreams
That enter still, of beings, ships
and places oh so real! The dreams
In which you’re taught and teach
The things that later see the light
Of day. The dreams that show you
What has been and what can be
If only you are brave enough to lead.
“Remember, too, the things of which
you seldom speak. The time your
Car went out of time; your journey
Through a wall; your father’s cry,
“I wish I’d gone!” and then the
Night you met with them. These
Things remember, with the rest,
And know we all have roles
Unplayed to play.”
Serge Kahili King is an instructor at the International Metaphysical University where he teaches courses in the Fundamentals of Huna Shamanism Learn more about this amazing courses and Huna Shamnan Training.
For those who may not know No Kau a Kau means for eternity in Hawaiian. This will be the third time I’ve had the chance to interview Serge Kahili King. The first time on the radio show The Church Of Mabus I was shocked through the phone by lightening several times during a bad storm. Serge said it was a sign of power. Laughs. It scared me to death but all the interviews have always been pleasantly inspiring. You can find the shows archived for listening at my site. Now presenting for the third time in written Q&A form my third interview with Serge Kahili King. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and find it as uplifting.
1. When you were growing up how did you fill or become into your position as a Huna Medicineman?
Serge Kahili King: I was brought up in the Hawaiian Huna tradition of “kalakupua” and when I was 14 my father formally inducted me into the path of a “kupua” (we don’t call it a “medicineman”). Later I was adopted by Joseph Kahili, a kupua from Kauai and trained first by his daughter and then by his son. I also spent seven years apprenticed to a Hausa shaman in West Africa.
2. A Lakota Indian once told me I was what he would call being caught up by the seat of my pants by spirit. Being a cancer survivor of over 16 years and my father passed away. I feel I had a Shamanistic death that introduced me to the Spirit world and creator so to speak. What are your thoughts on Shamanistic deaths that awaken people?
Serge Kahili King: I have had a number of such experiences in which death seemed inevitable and I was whole at the end of them. To me they were like stepping stones into greater awareness each time they happened.
3. How does one shapeshift? Is it an actual physical transformation like from man to wolf or a more ritualistic dressing up like the animal to take on its spirit energy?
Serge Kahili King: The answer is not as simple as the question implies. The art of shapeshifting involves a range of experiences that include physical transformation, behavioral transformation, mental, emotional, and physical camouflage, energy field changes, astral shaping, “method” acting, etc.
4. I heard you say once when I interviewed you at The Church Of Mabus radio show there was no hierarchy in the spirit world. What do you mean by that exactly?
Serge Kahili King: Instead of a feudal-type hierarchy, shamans typically perceive the spirit world as more like fields within fields, like a planet in a solar system in a galaxy in a universe. There are relationships and influences back and forth, not a top to bottom control system.
5. Do you think people don’t breathe properly and it could cause alot of health problems? I am familiar with HA Breathing where you breathe into your nose and out your mouth and say HA. And heard in Hawaii some of the whites have been called shallow breathers.
Serge Kahili King: Most people, including Hawaiians, breathe too shallowly, and that definites affects the body and the mind. The so-called “HA” breath is just a yogic variation. The reference by some Hawaiians to whites as shallow breathers comes from a misinterpretation of the word “haole,” which originally meant any foreigner and now refers to whites. Some think it comes from the phrase “ha ‘ole,” which could mean “lifeless” or “breathless,” but “haole” is not related to that.
6. Was Huna the original worldwide religion or belief system? Did the Masons try to ape its format? Or who actually tried to suppress it?
Serge Kahili King: As for the first part, no one knows. My family tradition says it was brought as a philosophy to Earth by people from the Pleiades, but my Hawaiian uncle said it was just a story and not important. All the Huna Principles can be found in the writings of various religions, but that’s simply because they are observations of how life works. The Masons created something based on Middle Eastern occult traditions. No one actually tried to suppress it and it never really disappeared, but active teachers withdrew when fewer people were interested.
7. Are there are legends in the belief system of huna that involve sasquatch type beings or little people or what we would term cryptos? Or like the gods and goddess for instance what are they like human or animal hybrids?
Serge Kahili King: Huna is a philosophy, not a religion, and of itself has no legends or folklore, although Huna principles can be found in legend and folklore. Hawaiian legends, though, contain stories of giants and little people. Some legendary characters have the power to transform into animals, and some have both animal and human characteristics at the same time.
8. What does Huna say about Evil and people who do Evil? Is there consequences spiritually for people that do Evil? Is there good and evil or just neutrality? Are there evil Huna shamans?
Serge Kahili King: Huna itself says nothing directly about evil and its consequences, but it does say that the world is what you think it is, and energy flows where attention goes. Huna is derived from Hawaiian culture, and in that culture the word for evil is “‘ino,” which means “to do harm.” Evil is therefore considered to be a form of behavior that has consequences for both the perpetrator as well as the victim. Shamanism is a form of healing, so the concept of an “evil shaman” makes no sense. Most likely this comes from confusing a shaman, whose purpose is to heal, with a sorcerer, whose purpose to gain and use power. And of course, it is not impossible for a shaman to commit evil acts.
9. I notice alot of shamans in tribes talk about this world dying or being purified by fire and being reborn and that it has happened before. Huna doesnt really have anything weird like that in it does it. When it comes to doom and gloom?
Serge Kahili King: Nope. Huna is about living in the present. The past is a memory and the future is imaginary.
10. A lot of people are turning to the shamanistic wisdom traditions these days instead of the more oppressive religions. What can people do to get on the path of shamanism or huna?
Serge Kahili King: Study and practice shamanism or Huna.
11. What do you think the Afterlife is like and does the Huna way embrace reincarnation? Will we see all our loved ones there and remember our lives and memories on Earth and wisdom?
Serge Kahili King: The Huna way embraces anything you want to think about anything. It simply says that you will experience the effects of your thinking. It also says that there are no limits. So, to paraphrase Voltaire, it is no more strange to think of having multiple lives than it is to think of having only one life. As for me, I think that I am currently having multiple simultaneous lives, and that when I “die” in this one I will just make a different one my primary focus.
12. What can we do to help the Earth right now from the Shaman’s perspective it really seems under seige right now as do the people of the Earth from corporations and governments.
Serge Kahili King: The Earth herself does not need help. She is too big a spirit to be concerned with the consequences of human activity. The problem is that humans are under siege from humans. From the Shaman’s perspective, we have to keep on healing and harmonizing minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day.
13. How do you know if you are a shaman?
Serge Kahili King: That’s like asking “How do you know if you are an athlete?” If you think the way an athlete thinks and do what an athlete does, you can be called an athlete. The same is true of a shaman. It is a vocation, not a state of being. If you think the way a shaman thinks and do what a shaman does, you can be called a shaman. In a particular culture, there might be an initiation to recognize your status in the community, but it is your demonstrated ability that makes you a shaman, not the initiation. And, since “shaman” is only a borrowed word to describe someone who engages in certain kinds of activities and views the world in a certain way, the precise definition of a shaman can vary from culture to culture and place to place. Of course, if you don’t know how a shaman thinks or what a shaman does, then the question itself is irrelevant.
14. You have said that in order to change something, you have to change something. So in personal terms, how do you change something?
Serge Kahili King: In order to change something about yourself with conscious intent, you have to want the pleasure of something you don’t have more than the pleasure of something you do have. For instance if you want to lose weight, you have to want the pleasure of having a lighter body more than the pleasure of eating more than you can burn. If you want a lot of friends, you have to want the pleasure of friendship more than the pleasure of criticizing and complaining. If you want to stop smoking, there has to be something about being a non-smoker that you want more than the pleasure of smoking. The concept is simple. It’s the application that’s difficult for most people.
15. What are your most current books that you have out right now and future books you have planned or events?
Serge Kahili King: My most current non-fiction books are “Huna: Ancient Secrets For Modern Living; Changing Reality” and “Endless Energy,” My most current fiction books are “Mongolian Mystery” and, soon, “Empire’s End.” In the planning stage are more fiction books, a book on the spiritual side of Huna, and, of course, a continuation of my classes and courses.
About Serge Kahili King
Serge Kahili King, Ph.D. is the author of many works on Huna and Hawaiian shamanism, including Urban Shaman and Instant Healing. He has a doctorate in psychology and was trained in shamanism by the Kahili family of Kauai as well as by African and Mongolian shamans. Dr. King is the Executive Director of Aloha International, a non-profit, worldwide network of individuals who have dedicated themselves to making the world a better place.
As an author, Dr. King has published the world’s largest selection of books and digital media on Huna, the Polynesian philosophy and practice of effective living, and on the spirit of Aloha, the attitude of love and peace for which the Hawaiian Islands are so famous. He also writes extensively on Hawaiian culture.
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Let’s begin with an understanding of what is meant by a “broken heart.” Why do we talk about the heart at all as a center of pain and pleasure? What is so different about the heart? After all, as an organ of the body it’s just a big muscle. Very important, but made of the same kind of tissue as our biceps. But you don’t hear anyone talking about a “broken bicep” in terms of emotion.
What we do find around the world is some way of describing emotions, especially those or sadness or happiness, as being located somewhere inside the body. In Western languages the “heart” is usually considered as being the center of these feelings, although the actual sensations cover the whole chest area. Hawaiian words for the same thing are na’au – intestines, ‘opu – stomach, and loko – inside. Today, under Western influence, the Hawaiian word for heart – pu’uwai (liquid organ) – may also be used.
All of this is important, because when we react to a negative relationship situation with sadness or sorrow, our bodies are reacting at the same time by tensing up muscles in an attempt to resist awareness of the situation. The stronger the resistance, the stronger the tension, and the stronger the tension, the worse we feel, even to the point of actual pain. That such bad feelings are mostly located in the chest area is partly cultural, and partly physiological.
The physiological part has to do with the fact that in the case or sadness and sorrow our bodies tend to tense up the muscles of the chest, the thymus, the lungs and, yes, the heart. By contrast, in happy situations our bodies tend to relax those muscles. Then we tend to experience feelings of release, relief, and, when enough tension is relieved, flow, expansion, peace, and even joy.
So, now I am going to give you an unusual idea to consider. The way to “mend a broken heart” is to do ANYTHING that relieves the tension in the muscles I’ve mentioned, as well as any others involved in our reactions to the situation.
We are most interested, of course, in ways and means that provide substantial and long term or permanent relief. Useful short term relief can come from massage and activities that keep you distracted, but when they are over the “heartbreak” often returns. Therefore, I am giving you a list of healing techniques for mending broken hearts. All of them work, but you may find some of them easier or more attractive than others, and you may want to use more than one for better results.
1. The Mental Approach: For this one we find some way to reinterpret, reframe, or reorganize our thoughts about the situation. For instance, some brokenhearted feelings are sustained and reinforced by the words we use to describe the situation. Words like “betrayed,” “unforgivable,” “hurt,” and “loss” when used over and over again can prevent any healing of the heart. Try eliminating such emotionally-charged words from mental descriptions of the event and see what happens.
2. The Forgiveness Approach: Easy for some and very hard for others, true forgiveness can provide complete relief and healing. The reason it can work is because sadness and sorrow very often mask some degree of anger at the behavior of another person (even when the “behavior” consists of passing away). True forgiveness occurs when we can remember the situation and no longer have strong feelings of sadness, sorrow, or anger. Many ways to do this have been presented in books and articles by myself and others.
3. The High Purpose Approach: In some cases the heart can be healed by engaging oneself deeply in good works, things that one truly believes are good and worthy. Distraction activity and following someone else’s idea of a high purpose are not good enough. Doing good only works when we believe that what we are doing is more important than what happened.
4. The Present Moment Approach: Bad memories are a terrible place to live in. The more time we spend with them the worse we feel, and the more we lose touch with the goodness around us and positive potentials for the future. Curiously, the same thing happens when we try to live only in positive memories. In that case we end up resisting the present and get the same bad effects. On the other hand, it isn’t beneficial to try and live only in the present, especially when we make our awareness of the present too narrow. I recommend living MOSTLY in the present as fully as you can. This means with sight, sound, touch, action, and reaction. When you are fully in the present the past ceases to exist, and the heart is healed.
5. The Love Approach: This one has two parts, the Personal and the Social. The Personal part is about self esteem. Another curious thing is that the better we feel about ourselves, the faster our hearts are healed. Some broken hearts are accompanied by guilt, so self forgiveness is important here. If that exists and is taken care of, the most important thing becomes self love, which means positive self acknowledgment, self appreciation, and – dare we say it? – self admiration. Of course, are talking about the real deal here. Building ourselves up by putting others down, and pretending to like ourselves are ways that just don’t work.
The Social part has to do mostly with the person involved in the situation that produced the broken heart, but can be applied to anyone else with good effect. Basically, ALL you have to do is to acknowledge, appreciate, or admire anything good you can think about in regard to that person. The more good things the better, but if you can only begin with one thing and keep repeating it, start with that anyway. It may sound crazy, but the more this can be done, the faster the heart will heal.
6. The Personal Power Approach: The healing of a broken heart can often come about when you are fully engaged in work that you knew how to do well. This is self confidence based on skill, the most powerful kind of personal power there is. Comparison with the skill of others depletes personal power, so leave that out. You can start by acknowledging, appreciating, and admiring any skill you currently have and refusing to say to yourself that it isn’t good enough. You can also learn new skills, big or small, and as you do your self confidence increases, as long as you give value to what you can do and to yourself as an individual. As with the other approaches, the greater your self confidence, the faster your heart can heal.
7. The Be Willing To Try Anything Approach: We don’t really know how we will respond to a heart-healing approach, especially one that sounds odd, until we try it. Exercise will work for some. Acupuncture for others. A change of diet or location may work for still others. If you want to try a really different technique for healing hearts that really works, I suggest Dynamind. On the other hand, you can always resort to the most commonly used technique in the whole wide world. It works for many people, even though it may take a very long time and the process itself may be quite uncomfortable. It’s called “Wait until your heart heals itself.”