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KU AND LONO DANCING
by Susan Pa'iniu Floyd

In the Huna system of ideas, the mind has three primary parts each with specific functions: the conscious mind (Lono), the body mind (Ku) and the higher mind-the divine within (Kane or Aumakua).

Lono makes decisions: what to believe, what not to believe, what to put attention on, what not to put attention on, what to do, what not to do, even whether to decide or not to decide.

Kane gives creative inspiration about how to manifest the objects of Lono's attention. It also provides the energy for manifestation, the energy that follows attention.

Ku stores information. It receives data and it gives it back out when asked. Whether Lono understands the communications, or is relaxed enough for it to come through or is even attentive when it does come, is another story. It's this memory function of Ku that helps us live efficiently in this physical world. Just like we don't have to type something over and over because of a computer's memory, we don't have to learn something over and over again because of Ku.

Sometimes we are aware of data as it is received by Ku (depending on where Lono is focused) and sometimes not. Through the sensations of the body and the thoughts of the mind there is constantly new data being stored. Since our Ku has a physical body and an etheric (aka) body, data is coming in from everywhere. Lono rarely asks to access this kind of information so mostly it gets stored in a remote file,

If something grabs our attention by strong physical or emotional sensations, energy goes to that data and it gets stored in a more important file. Each time it is thought about (re - membered) even more energy goes to it until finally it has enough to manifest. It acts like a magnet drawing nearest available equivalents. Lono's job is to be a good navigator or director or teacher to Ku, refining the settings, guiding the actor, communicating with the student.

Suppose the strong sensations were pleasurable, say the warmth of the sun as it breaks through the clouds, a gentle yet passionate kiss from a special friend or an exciting river raft ride. Attracting repeat experiences could be very wonderful!

Suppose the strong sensations were about a painful experience like spilling hot candle wax all over your hand, being lost in a deep forest as sunset rapidly approaches, or waking up one morning to a phone call relaying that your close frriend had died. Because of the intensity of the pain, physical or emotional, these events get our Lonos' attention so this kind of data will also be stored with more energy in a more important file. And if thought of again and again (if Lono decides to put attantion on or doesn't redirect attention elsewhere), they will be stored in very important files, radiating large amounts of energy attracting similar events. This kind of repeat experience may be exactly what we don't want!

Seems like Ku is a double edged sword: a great friend if the relationship is nurtured and if we develop a strong ability to put our attention on what we want or a formidable foe if not.

What if we look at this from another point of view. That of an adventurer. (Adventurers see everyone and everything as potential friends.) If we believe Ku is only doing what it has been asked (programmed) to do and when left with a choice, always moves toward the most pleasurable option, does this still sound like an enemy? Or could Ku be a friend doing the best it can given the circumstances. If we choose to see Ku as a friend, achieving harmony and cooperation could be much easier. Then if we don't like what we've manifested we can change the programming, communicate a different message to our friend (Ku) and look for the results. Much better than fighting,

How many of us consider ourselves better people today than 20 years ago? How many of us can look at some of the hard times of our childhood and see that we or our parents or our siblings were only behaving the best we knew how at the time? Hawaiian tradition, especially Huna, emphasizes the importance of forgiveness, letting go of blame, anger, regrets, and coming back to the present moment with a good idea of a preferred way to behave or think today. In order to experience change, we must change. Break the cycle, I was about to say, when I caught myself. See the subtltey? We have no need to break anything, fight anyone or any part of ourselves, only to create something new. Like a good dancing team needs one person to take a strong lead and the other to follow, so does the Ku need a strong Lono. Develop the skill of putting attention on what we want more than what we don't want and life can be a magical dance!

P.S. What if we apply this skill to what we want to experience in the year 2000? Life is but a dream, so dream the best dream possoble!

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