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Complementary Healing II
by Jim Brinkley

In the last update, I shared with you some of my thoughts on why there is so much dissatisfaction with contemporary western medicine and why many people are instead turning to alternative healing methods. I also reminded you of the incredible advances in health that western medicine has given us. I suggested that perhaps the most ideal way to approach healing might be to combine modern western technological medicine, which excels in the physical aspect of reality, with other healing methods, which excel in the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of reality. I pointed out that many government officials and respected physicians are in agreement with this idea. I also suggested that since these other methods can be effectively combined with western medicine, rather that being used instead of it, it is helpful to think of them as complementary healing methods.

Before I share with you some ways in which you can combine the healing methods of Huna with any western medical treatment you may be receiving, I would like to explain why most western-trained physicians do not support the use of complementary healing. Our physicians are subject to rigorous standards. We undergo extensive training. We have to pass long and difficult written examinations to become licensed and even longer and more arduous written and oral examinations to become Board Certified in a specialty. Re-certification is required every decade, meaning yet additional examinations. We also face the possibility of a practice audit at any time by federal government (Medicare and Medicaid) officials, insurance companies, and state licensing boards. Part of these audits check to see that the physician is practicing Evidence Based Medicine. This means that the use of all diagnostic studies ordered, treatment decisions made, and procedures performed must be supported whenever possible by randomized, prospective, double-blind scientific studies published in respected peer-reviewed medical journals. In other words, since medicine is now considered a science, physicians are required to use only those things that are rigorously supported by the scientific method.

The scientific method is of course well known and respected as a means of determining whether something is valid in the physical world. However, most physicians are well aware that medicine is not only a science but also an art, and that the emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of healing are equally important. Physicians are unable to address these aspects in a formal way in medical practice because they cannot be supported using the scientific method, which deals only with physical reality. Nonetheless, many physicians recognize the usefulness of complementary healing. At least one medical school actually has a Department of Alternative Medicine. (Of course, I feel it would be better named the Department of Complementary Healing.) Now, how can we use the complementary healing techniques of Huna to augment the excellent medical care our scientifically based system provides?

In terms of this article, physical reality is that aspect of reality in which everything is separate. Everything has a beginning and an ending. We see limits (boundaries, borders) everywhere. Emotional reality is that aspect of reality in which everything is connected. Each action that you take and each thought that you think has an influence throughout the universe. Limits can be broken down. Intellectual reality is that aspect in of reality which everything is a reflection. Your dreams are a reflection of your life but your life is also a reflection of your dreams. Change one and you change the other. Limits begin to dissolve. Spiritual reality is that aspect of reality in which everything is one. We are each a part of a greater whole and at the same time, we are that whole. There are no limits.

Everything is energy. One form of energy is consciousness; i.e., thought. Everything that exists in the physical world first exists in thought. Thoughts that are persistent, focused, and accompanied by strong (positive or negative) emotions will eventually manifest in the physical world. These thoughts may be conscious, subconscious, or a combination of the two. Huna healing techniques make use of our imaginations to create thoughts powerful enough to manifest whatever physical reality we desire, including the healing of illness. Western medicine heals by changing the physical reality of the illness. Huna techniques heal by changing the thought patterns that created the physical reality of illness to thought patterns that create a physical reality of health.

One of the principles of Huna is that all power comes from within. Therefore, all healing comes from within. Even when someone is healed with the help of modern medicine or surgery, the actual healing is done by the patient. Physicians, as well as all other healers, are actually facilitators of healing. All healing is done by the patient . This makes Huna ideal as a complementary healing method because the patient can easily be taught to utilize it. Healers, family members, friends, and other people supportive of the patient can also be taught to utilize it on his or her behalf, as well as to heal their own hurts brought about by the patient's illness. Let us now explore two of the simpler Huna healing techniques.

In Huna, we speak of the three selves: our subconscious memorizing mind (the ku ), our conscious deciding mind (the lono ), and our super-conscious creating mind (the aumakua ). Our ku is our body mind, the part of us that is directly involved in healing the body, as well as in creating dis-ease. All illness is viewed as an imbalance of tension and relaxation. Times of tension (stress) are a normal part of life but they are meant to alternate with times of relaxation (ease). Sustained stress will bring on a feeling of dis-ease, which if persistent, will ultimately manifest as physical illness. Before this occurs, it is ideally addressed by non-physical means.

One of the most powerful techniques in Huna is communicating with one's ku. The simplest way to do this is to talk with yourself. The next time you feel a cold coming on take your acetominophen, anti-histamines, and decongestants but then sit down in a quiet place and have a chat with yourself. Ask yourself what stress is causing you to feel ill. It may be a problem at work, something going on in your family, or anything in your existence that makes you feel fearful, guilty, or doubtful about your ability to cope. Once you recognize what has induced this extra stress, decide what you can objectively do about it. Remind yourself that while illness may be a temporary escape, it does not solve the problem. Promise yourself that you will soon have the problem solved and that when it is, you will give your ku a reward. This reward should be something physical; e.g., a favorite food, a day lying on the beach, or a massage. After you practice this for a while, you may be pleasantly surprised that cold symptoms occur far less frequently than before. When they do occur, you will be able to abort them within just a few hours, simply by reminding your ku that the cold is not the most effective way to deal with your problems. You may not even have to open those medicine bottles at all.

Another Huna principle is that energy flows where attention goes. Human beings are spiritual (as well as physical) energy transformers. We take in energy from the universe, amplify it, and redirect it to accomplish a goal. We can easily utilize this principle to heal. The next time you have soreness in any part of your body, try this. Select a power point. This may be the crown of your head, which represents your thinking mind or your navel, which represents your feeling mind. It may also be any of several other points, such as the center of your chest, a shoulder, a hip, or the palm of a hand. Choose a power point as far removed from your point of soreness as possible. Take a slow deep breath in, while concentrating on your chosen power point. Then slowly release it, concentrating of your sore spot. Do this in cycles of four. (Words are very powerful and in Hawaiian, the word ha means four but it also means breath.)

Remember to concentrate on the power point with each inhalation and on the sore spot with each exhalation. Do as many cycles of four as you wish. Then re-asses the soreness. You may be surprised to find that it has abated somewhat and that with practice, it will disappear amazingly quickly. Of course, the soreness means that your ku is stressed. If you do not seek out the cause of that stress and remedy it, the soreness will simply reappear or manifest in another place.

There are many more advanced and very effective Huna healing techniques. One of my favorites is kaulike , which is a more advanced form of energy shifting. It is very useful for helping insomnia, lack of concentration, and mild depression. Another which I use frequently is la'a kea , the light of harmony. This technique is particularly valuable in assisting in the healing of other people. You can learn these techniques, along with many others, by attending the Hawaiian Huna Healing Course (see the Activity Calendar page of this website) offered by Serge and Susan. You will not only learn the basics of complementary healing, Huna style, but you will also have marvelous physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences on the beautiful Garden Isle of Kauai. Aloha ame malu.

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