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Kanaloa Consciousness
by Stewart Blackburn

When I first learned of the Huna concept of the Three Selves some thirty years ago, I was both captivated and liberated. I reacted with a joy that here was something that truly made sense to me, finally. Intuitively I knew that there was truth in these ideas. But, not only did I feel drawn to this knowledge, I also felt that no longer did I have to try to keep my sense of self limited to my physical reality. Huna gave me a system that seemed to integrate my body, my mind, and that part of me that I could have some awareness of, but was clearly beyond my body and my mind. While various religious disciplines talked about a soul that could do various things, mostly after the body died, here were beliefs that made the whole of human experience important.

As I studied more I became particularly fascinated by the first principle of Huna: The world is what you think it is. Fine, but how does this work? I asked myself. Digging more deeply I found that we create our own reality by our thoughts, our feelings, our desires, and our beliefs. Okay, that's nice. But how does it work? Well, everything starts in Po, the hidden inner world, I was told. Yeah, well, what's that? That's the consciousness behind everything from which everything is created. Is that related to any of the other concepts I've learned like Higher Self, Higher Mind, Spirit Guides, God, Goddess, Angels, Aumakua, Soul, or Inner Self?

I accept that every system has its own terminology to refer to the experiences of its adherents. But, I chafe at the effort I have to make to sort out when I encounter a specialized work from one system to see if I know it in my own life by other names. So, all the various names for that inner part of us, from which everything seems to come, have left me with something of a cognitive hangover. Are these terms referring to the same thing or different but related things?

I like to meditate a fair bit. So, I explored within myself looking to see if what I experienced on the inside resonated with what I had read or heard. I particularly looked for evidence of that place where we begin the creative process. In my own process I had to overcome deep-seated fears of looking too closely at my inner world. I don't know where these fears came from, but they have plagued me all my life and it has taken a great effort to put them away.

I found that, with focus and persistence, I could be aware of a deeper level of consciousness that looked like the Higher Self or any of the other names it had. That was thrilling but daunting. Needless to say, there's a lot to be explored here and I am still very much a novice.

I was happily adventuring into the realms of the three selves: Ku, the body-mind; Lono, the conscious mind; and Kane or Aumakua, the Higher Mind. Now to integrate them. That took me to the concept that Kanaloa represents--the functional integration of the three selves. Can I really hold all of them together at the same time, and what does that look like?

For one thing, it makes it possible to see the process of manifestation and conscious creation from beginning to end in one picture. That apparently is how Kane works in general; in whole pictures, not little pieces. The practice is to experience what is desired in order to complete the entirety of the desire: the inception of the idea, the emotional energy generated, the completed manifestation, and the enjoyment of the results. When we grasp the entire process in one go we can clearly say, "Yes, this is what I now bring into my life!"

For another thing, this integration of the Three Selves only happens when we have removed or overcome all of our resistances to who we truly are. That means that the natural life energies flow easily and fully allowing for health and the fulfillment of our desires. This allows us to use and develop our inherent skills and powers to a much greater degree than we ever thought possible.

And for a third thing, this Kanaloa consciousness brings a peace and love that is off the charts in terms of joy and pleasure. It is the very best feeling I know of. To look out at the world from behind the eye of Kanaloa, is to see the glorious connectedness of all and the brilliant splendor of the individual at the same time.

Kanaloa consciousness is the visceral, somatic awareness of our whole self. Most of us have grown up with the idea that the higher spiritual realms were separate from us. We needed to "connect" with them through contemplation, prayer, drugs, meditation, or other ways that took us out of our ordinary reality. By identifying as the integrated self, now, we relieve the stress of separation and can enjoy the exquisite feelings of our natural ecstasy.

One of the many reasons that I love Huna is this integration of our physical reality with the non-physical ones. Thank you, Serge, for bringing this to us!

Copyright 2018 Stewart Blackburn

Stewart Blackburn is the author of It's Time to Come Home: With Kindness and Compassion, We Come Back to Ourselves. His website is:; email:

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