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Holding the Vision
by Susan Pa'iniu Floyd

The civil rights and liberties of our country are a precious gift and they are well worth preserving. Sometimes, however, in my enjoyment of those liberties, I can get so comfortable I don't want to rock the boat. Or perhaps so busy keeping my own life in balance that I don't see what's needed "out there". What if standing up to extend a helping hand didn't rock the boat? Or what if the boat rocking was fun?

Early inhabitants of Mu, once a large continent in the Pacific, reached a similar place in their evolution. Their story, as told by Serge's hanai'd (adoptive) Hawaiian family, says they came from the Pleiades. Some of their race went to a different planet. For a long time they kept in touch telepathically. While life here on Earth grew more and more wonderful, the others were experiencing greater and greater difficulties, leading to the brink of war. They called to earth for help, but their brothers and sisters were so happy here, they turned a deaf ear. The other planet was destroyed and havoc was felt throughout the solar system. On earth, some lands sank, some pushed together to form high mountain ranges, volcanoes erupted, flooding happened. The survivors of Mu realized their "deaf ears" contributed greatly to the disasters because they had acted against their own beliefs of Aloha. With this understanding they vowed not to be complacent again and even traveled around the world to teach others how to be different, how not to do what they had done. I wouldn't be surprised if many of our teachers today are reincarnated Mu.

Kala is the Huna concept that says we are connected to each other, to all of life, even to the far ends of the universe. What we do and don't do, what we say and don't say, what we focus on or don't focus on, makes a difference. It makes a difference to our experience of life and to some degree, effects others.

Because we are so interconnected, helping others is a way of helping ourselves. It makes sense and it works. As my teaching takes me farther around the world, my awareness of "what's happening" is expanding. When I left Tibet last year, I found myself singing God Bless America. Relatively speaking, we have much greater freedoms here. I love my country. I love it like a child loves a parent. Blindly. Often without question. At some point in time, it's helpful if the child grows up and sees things through mature eyes: without judgment, yet with a real strong desire to preserve and strengthen what's good. Sometimes old patterns of feeling helpless manifest as anger and then I focus a bit too long on the problems. Since I am blessed to have learned just how effective the power of prayer, the power of the mind can be, I refocus and decide to help in the way I know best: The Hawaiian Shaman Way.

Every day, after increasing my energy, and in addition to the healing work I do for myself, other people, places and nature, I am holding a vision for a country, a world, filled with honorable men and women, doing good things, saying good things, thinking good thoughts. Then throughout the day, I practice being that kind of person. These visions and actions reinforce the ideas needed to produce those experiences. Simple. Read the newspapers, watch the TV news, the reminders to send help are everywhere!

This song I learned at the Dances of Universal Peace here on Kauai many years ago continues to inspire me, maybe it will inspire you too:

Keeping the Peace,
Holding the Vision,
Living the Dream of a Higher Union.

Holding the Vision - Part II

I took a break from writing to do some house cleaning. I discovered an old file with correspondence from a shaman friend. As I leafed through it, I found myself reading a letter where he wrote about his idea for a booklet which would examine the above Mu story from different perspectives. (This is very Hawaiian. Songs, chants, and stories were often told on more than one level. This is called kaona, or inner meanings.)

His idea was to see the story from a world view, which we just discussed. Then also to see the story as a metaphor for a relationship with a loved one. What can happen when a person doesn't see the signs, or ignores the other person's calls for help? Whether one is too busy or too self focused, the results can be detrimental to a relationship.

The story can also be seen as a metaphor for our relationship between Lono and Ku, conscious mind and bodymind. If a person gets too busy or preoccupied with the mental realm and forgets the body, misses the cries for help or harmony, well, body havoc can happen: injury, illness, accidents etc. How often have we pushed ourselves beyond our limits, deadlines, too many things too do? The story teaches us, in each instance,that we are connected to all of life and that what one puts out comes back. (Some times faster than others.) Increasing awareness and extending assistance are good life practices that can bring healing to any realm. Mahalo, I thank you, Michael, for sharing this idea with me and I thank Spirit for guiding it to me now so I could share it with others.

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