A Kokua Group In Action
I ho'okahi ka umauma, ho'okahi ke aloha.
In his book Urban Shaman (page 248), Serge King defines Kokua as a Hawaiian word meaning "help, assistance, cooperation." Here is the story of one Kokua group and how it came to be.
In February, 1999 I started "Meditation for Global Healing and Peace" at the Hawaiian Art Museum on Kauai. We meet at 7 each Monday evening and to my amazement and delight, our group (six of us make up the core community) has evolved from a meditation to a kokua community.
Each week before we meet, I connect with the elements for inspiration. What came in several weeks ago was a strong emphasis on each person's project and the need to watch it evolve over the next seven weeks. When we gathered that evening, each one of us stated an intention for healing or peace and made a commitment to focus on it and share the results at the next session. (We did a shamanic journey to the island of Healing and Reconciliation and brought in a symbol for our project. This is something in our everyday lives that serves as a reminder to us that we are working with intention.)
This is a brief format of our sessions:
Our projects are not complex. They include healing global communication, freedom from guilt, personal freedom for all people; joy for the children of the earth; freedom from addictions; and healthy living conditions for all whales and dolphins. On November 21st, we will have a ritual to celebrate our projects and the next week we will start over again, either with the same or a new project.
If you want to start a group, need help with one that already exists or just
want to make
a connection, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime,
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