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Huna Psychology: An Introduction
Huna (tm) is not an "occult" system-- that is, hidden from all but a few
"favored" adherents or "initiates." It is based on knowledge of human
psychology and of how the various parts of the human personality
function. When you learn how the psyche works, you will be able to see
how it functions properly and with the greatest effectiveness. Huna em-
phasizes normal living in every way and makes everyday life more
liveble. In times of stress, Huna offers effective relief in any situation. As
Max Freedom Long put it, "If you are not using Huna, you are working
The basic tenets of Huna can be summarized in these words, "NO
HURT: NO SIN," that is, the Huna concept of "sin" is doing something
hurtful. "SERVE TO DESERVE," that is, be of help and service to
others in order to feel worthy of good things in your life. A more concise
statement is the Huna motto: The Hurtless and Helpful Life.
Huna Will Work for Everyone
Potentially, Huna principles will work for everyone. When the desired
results are not obtained, Huna psychology reveals the causes of the
failure. The best place to start learning the basics of Huna psychology is
the correspondence course, written by Dr. Wingo entitled "Letters on
Huna: A Course in the Fundamentals of Huna Psychology." It is an ex-
cellent basic text that will give you a clear statement of what Huna is
and how to use it. A good, quick, and thorough introduction is "Huna:
The Ancient Religion of Positive Thinking," by William Glover.
For further study, the works of Max Freedom Long are recom-
mended. "The Secret Science at Work" (1953) reviews the account of
the discovery of the ancient coded secrets of the kahuna and gives
suggestions for the use of Huna principles. "The Secret Science Behind
Miracles" (1948) presents a more detailed account of the search and
the method of discovery. An excellent review and source of daily inspira-
tion is "Growing Into Light" (1955). Two technical manuals on special
aspects of the research are "Self-Suggestion and the New Huna
Theory of Mesmerism and Hypnosis" (1958) and "Psychometric
Analysis" (1959). The masterpiece of comparative religion, "The Huna
Code in Religions," was published in 1965.
Is "Psychic" Ability Necessary?
It is not necessary to have "psychic" ability in order to use Huna.
Such ability is natural to everyone and is developed to a greater extent
by some, while in others such qualities are latent, or unrecognized,
although used naturally. Because the principles of Huna psychology in-
volve the study of universal laws and basic concepts, most people find
that the intuition becomes stronger and "psychic" or "spiritual" aware-
ness begins to develop. This awareness is the by-product of profound
study in any area, whether astrology or physics, art or Tarot, biochemist-
ry or any of the systems of psychology, including Huna.
You are More than a Body
Because you are conscious of your own existence, you realize that
you are alive and that a process of thinking is taking place. You are
aware of your body and its various functions, both voluntary and in vol-
untary. The part of you that is all of these things-- the real you, so to
speak-- enables you to be conscious of the fact that you exist as a spirit-
ual or psychic "person" in addition to the body in which you seem to
live. It is natural, therefor, to speak of YOU and YOUR BODY as two
parts, whether they are actually separate or not.
Conscious and Subconscious Minds
At times a person speaks of "having a little talk with himself" in order
to make up his mind about a decision or to work up courage for some-
thing very difficult or frightening. "I told myself there was nothing to worry
about," we might say. Or, in trying to make a decision, we have a little
conversation "with ourselves" and mentally list the pros and cons of the
alternatives. It is as if one part of us argues for one side, while a second
part comes up with arguments for the other!
Whether we consider that there are really two of us inside our minds,
or two functions of one mind, at least it seems for the moment that two
separate minds exist. At the time the function of the mind is dual and not
single. Since most psychological systems recognize a subconscious part
of the mind, it is natural to state that there are two minds or psychic
entities. For the purpose of discussing the psyche, we may speak of two
minds or two selves: the conscious-mind self and the subconscious-
It is the conscious mind which the kahuna called "uhane," or the
middle self, the part of man that is conscious of his own existence and
has the ability to reason. The subconscious mind was "unihipili," or the
basic self. Max used the term "low self". This is the one we "have a talk
with." The term "low" has no reference to rank or importance, but only
to the fact that it is "below" the level of consciousness (thus the term
sub-consious) and has its bodily center in the solar plexus, below the
consciousness centered in the head. Remember that the function of this
part of you is very important and the low or basic self has a very large
part to play in your life.
There is Yet a Third Part of Man
The third part is the High Self-- called by the kahuna the name "Au-
makua." This is sometimes called the "superconscious," but writers un-
familiar with Huna psychology may use that word to designate the sub-
conscious. The High Self is the "older, utterly trustworthy, parental
spirit." The High Self may, in religious terms, be called a sort of guardian
angel who helps us when requested to do so, but does not necessarily
interfere unless asked to help. However the concept of "God" or deity
was considered to be above the level of High Self, which is an integral
part of the human personality. It is our divine connection with God. It is
the High Self, using whatever higher resources which may be required,
that brings all desired conditions into reality.
The Triangle of Trinity
The symbol of the triangle suggests that once all three selves are
working together with perfect union and harmony, we have perfect com-
munication among the three selves. Even though we often speak of
separate functions of the individual three selves, remember that they
must always work together to function effectively. When we refer to an
individual self, we must always include the others in proper relation to
that part. It is at this stage of harmony that there is "direct" contact from
the middle self to the High Self, because all three are a harmonious
three-self team. This is the perfect or whole person.
All three selves have their proper part to play in the life of each of us,
and they must work together to accomplish whatever is desired,
whether solving a problem in the present, or trying to work for a better
future. When the three selves work harmoniously together, things can
happen that may appear to be "miracles." But when you know the
proper and normal functions of the three selves and how they work to-
gether, the miracles will seem to be in no way "supernatural."
The ideal to which we aspire is to become a complete person, with
all parts united. As Max Freedom Long expressed it: "Our task as middle
selves is primarily that of learning to work consciously and properly with
both the low [basic] self and the High Self."
"Aka" or Shadowy Bodies
There is an original blueprint or pattern, printed on transparent
material, which fits each of the three selves in every detail. Compare this
with the transparent overlays used in encyclopedias to show the various
skeletal, muscular, or nervous systems of the physical body. The
kahuna of ancient Hawaii talked of the three selves of man, with their
exact duplicates, which they referred to as aka-bodies. This aka-
substance formed a sort of invisible pattern or "aura" around each of
the three selves, keeping the blueprint intact, but capable of changing
shapes temporarily to form a connecting thread between the basic self,
the middle self, and the High Self.
Since aka has a sticky quality and stretches without breaking, when
contact is made between two persons, a long, sticky thread is drawn
out between the two, like a silver spider-web, and the connection be-
tween them remains. Further contacts add other aka-threads and these
are braided together into an aka-cord, resulting in strong rapport be-
tween the two persons. Such an aka-cord must be kept strongly braided
between the basic self and the middle self, and between the basic self
and the High Self, in order for the three to work harmoniously together.
Mana, or Vital Force
The kahuna recognized the magnetic and the opposite, repelling
nature of vital force, or "mana," but unfortunately left no detailed ex-
position on the subject. They knew the force as a thing which had to do
with all thought processes and bodily activities. The life force was the
essence of life itself. The kahuna symbol for this life-force was water.
Water flows and so does vital force. Water fills things. So does the vital
force. Water may leak away and so may vital force. All thinking involves
an electrical-like activity of Mana. The word "mana-o" means "think-
ing," the "o" added to show that the process is one of using Mana to
produce thought. As each thought is formed it is given its aka body and
is fastened by a thread of the same substance to thoughts which came
before it ("association of ideas" in terms of modern psychology).
Mana is taken from the food and air by the basic self and is stored in
its aka-body, but it is shared with the middle self and with the High Self.
The Mana, when used as the life-force of the middle self is changed in
some subtle way. The kahuna of old symbolized this as a dividing of the
basic Mana into two kinds, and called it Mana-Mana, indicating that it
was doubled in power, so that it could be used by the middle self to
direct the inner or basic self. This is the force we know vaguely in
modern psychology as "the will." It is also the force which should at all
times be strong enough to make the inner self carry out every sug-
gestion. It is seldom used in its full strength, and so the basic self gets
out of hand or flits from one activity to another, without carrying out any
suggestion or command fully.
Accumulating a Surcharge of Mana
We know that taking a slow, deep breath will give us an extra
amount of energy. We can use certain techniques combined with
specific mental images to accumulate a surcharge-- an extra large and
powerful charge-- of vital force any time we need it. This assumes that
we are in reasonably good health and are not weakened by physical or
emotional trauma. We can use these surcharges of Mana in several
very valuable ways, particularly in healing ourselves and others, and in
making a Prayer-Action that will have real power.
An Action of the Mind
The kahuna believed that by an action of the mind a person adds to
the amount of Mana created from food and air. The extraction process
is quickened. This theory is supported by our physiologists, who have
found that when we digest food it is not all used at once, but is changed
to blood sugar, or glycogen, and oxidized with oxygen from the air we
breath to give us such amounts of force and energy as we may need for
the work we happen to do. The basic self, who tends to all such
matters, can at any time begin to take in more air and cause more blood
sugar to be burned to create more of that strange chemically-manufac-
tured force we call Mana. The basic self learns to do this easily in most
cases. By combining the Mana from food and air with additional Mana
from unlimited cosmic sources, we can always have the power we need
to accomplish whatever we truly and justly desire.
The accumulation of a surcharge of vital force is accomplished
simply by explaining to the basic self within just what it is to do and then
asking it to do it. To help the basic self, we can start breathing more
deeply, add the thought of accumulating a large surcharge of Mana,
and the process begins.
The Mana Rises Like a Fountain
The kahuna used the symbol of water for Mana. When he wished to
accumulate a surcharge, be breathed deeply and visualized Mana rising
like water rising in a fountain, higher and higher until it overflowed. The
body is pictured as the fountain and the water is the Mana. Another
image that can be used is filling a sphere with light and mentally seeing
your entire body surrounded by this sphere and fully illuminated.
Exercise or any form of physical exertion always starts the basic self
manufacturing more Mana, otherwise we would use up what we have in
a few minutes and would begin to feel faint. Athletes know that they can
go only so far on their first wind, which is the charge of Mana they
happen to have in their body and aka-body at the start. Then in a short
time they get a fresh supply of energy (the second wind) and can then
keep going steadily and at top speed. It is important to use the sur-
charge, over and above the basic physical energy required to maintain
health and daily activity, in working toward a specific goal, such as
healing or solving a social problem.
Or a Mental Attitude
Instead of exercising, we can assume the mental attitude of one get-
ting set to run a race. We hold the picture in mind of getting ready to
run, we breathe more rapidly and tense up the muscles a little. The
basic self will begin to create the desired vital force.
A Sense of Well-being
Persons with a low normal charge-level of viral force have found that
they can sense the additional surge of Mana after taking on an extra
supply. It adds to the sense of well-being, of physical strength and en-
durance, of will and determination, and it sharpens the mind, makes
memorization faster and easier, and the senses more acute. This can
easily be tested by checking the clearer vision or sharper memory after a
surcharge of vital force.
Mana and Miracles
The point that is most important when considering Mana or vital force
is that when you have learned to accumulate a surcharge, it is possible
to use it, with the help of the High Self, to perform "miracles," which
range all the way from slow and simple healing to miraculous changes in
bodily tissue and even the fabric of the future.
The High Self contacts us of its own accord in our sleep, making use
of the connecting aka-cord. Our thoughts of the day, with our plans,
hopes, fears, loves, and hates, are examined, taken as duplicate
thought-forms, and at the same time vital force is taken. This vital force
is stepped up to the high "voltage" and is used by the High Self to con-
struct a shadowy body which will materialize as part of our future. Such
though-forms were described by the kahuna as "seeds" and were
symbolized as seeds, which were vitalized by the High Self and grew
into actualities of the future.
Let the Rain of Blessings Fall
The High Self not only takes from us the vital force it needs, but
returns a compensating force to us. This is vital to our health and well-
being. This return can be pictured as a shower of Mana falling from the
up-welled fountain, as a gentle mist, a "rain of blessings." Thus the
three-fold communication symbolized by the triangle is complete. After
consciously contacting the High Self for the purpose of sending a gift
of Mana and also presenting a "prayer-picture," the kahuna ended his
prayer with these words: " The prayer takes its flight. Let the rain of
Daily contact and guidance in all of our lives may be had from the
High Self as our Divine Connection-- but only if requested. All the more
reason to discover for yourself the basic concepts of Huna and how
they may be put to practical use in your own life-- the three selves and
their functions as a unified team and the importance of understanding
how Mana, the life force, can be increased and utilized to bring about a
better life now and for the future.
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