Mana from Ka Huna

What is Huna
By Tad James

In Hawai’i, the teaching of Huna was originally called Ho’omana (to make “Mana”, or life force energy). The word H’oo means to make.

The word “Mana” means life force energy. Equivalent to Ki (as in Aikido), Chi (as in Tai Chi) or Shakti or Prana in the Sanskrit language. You may use another word that you prefer, meaning Life Force Energy. The Hawaiians call it Mana. Taken together, the word Ho’omana means to empower or empowerment. When you have Life Force Energy you are empowered, are you not?

The people, called Kahuna, who practiced these techniques and teachings knew that all power and all force emanated from the One, the source of All — all life, all energy, which in Hawai’i was called I’o. In those times, the same knowledge was taught everywhere else on the planet, too. Around the world today, only remnants of this system survive.

There are only remnants of this system around the Earth, because starting in 325 A.D, (it may have started as early as several thousands years B.C.) a wave began to sweep around the planet in an attempt to destroy the balanced systems — the original teachings of the peoples of the Earth. The wave hit Hawai’i sometime between 750 and 1250 A.D. At the same time, the Kahuna Pa’ao arrived in Hawai’i from Tahiti (which by the way the word Tahiti in Hawaiian language means somewhere other than here it doesn’t necessarily means the physical place called Tahiti) and found a very peace-loving people living in a paradise.

Several years later Pa’ao returned with a number of warriors and priests who overturned the original teaching. The old order was overturned and the current order of Ku was installed.

The Huna we teach predates the teachings of Pa’ao. So, it is very ancient — from before 750 A.D. We believe that before that time the existing order was a balanced system which could be called The Order of I’o. This is true all over the world. The balanced system was an equally Male / Female system, where men and women were honored equally, where there were both male and female Kahuna.

Before that time balanced systems prevailed around the world, Hawai’i was not the only place where the balanced system were attempted to be wiped out, in western Europe the system was called Wicca and, like Huna, there were attempts to wipe out this teaching. The Holy Inquisition conducted by “The Church”, for example, killed hundreds of thousands of people and reduced the population of Spain by more than 50% in 200 years. In India, too a system called Tantra was challenged by the newer system called Vedanta. Although Tantra fared better than Wicca, both systems were subject to much persecution.

The situation was the same all over the world, from the Native Americans which were put in reservations but there the medicine woman tradition prevailed, to the Aboriginals in Australia, where a whole generation of children was kidnapped and “civilized” in white man schools. Each of this peoples bearing the original teachings experienced serious pressure to eradicate the culture and the teachings. We believe that around 325 A.D. definitely, but perhaps even before that, there swept around the planet a wave that began to increase the male dominant patriarchal systems in such a way that the old balanced order was overthrown somewhere around 2,000 years ago, and in Hawai’i the original order was was overthrown between 750 and 1250 A.D.

However, Hawai’i was very lucky to be so isolated. In other areas of the world the original teaching was wiped out earlier than that. There was a real concerted effort in western Europe to wipe out the original teachings which has persisted for thousands of years. These destructive pressures continue today in the world.

One purpose of the original teaching was the study of the ways of increasing life force energy, to give every single human the power in his own hands, ultimate means to create what they totally want in their life. The notion of Life Force is a very important notion. What’s also important in the process is also to learn how to make connections with the sources of Mana both inside and outside yourself. The scope of Huna is quite broad — if you think of it this way, there is one teaching and it has many different names.

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