Hawaiian Healing Stories
Did you know that chants and prayers have the potential to bring spirit back to the body?
Healing begins with moving energy. In bodywork, we sometimes call this a release. Emotional release can look like many things. Weeping. Laughing. Belching. Shivering. Sweating.
This is just energy moving. Don’t be surprised when you see movement within the depth of your Lomi Lomi work.
One day, I had a remarkable woman on my table. It was a 50-minute session. I was doing my Lomi, of course, I did all my prayers and chants to start with. Towards the end of session, the woman said, “I can't move my arms and legs.”
I gave myself a little pat on the back and thought, “Oh! Wow! You did a really great job, Jeana. This woman is so relaxed she can't move her arms or her legs.”
After a second, she realized that I didn't know what she was talking about. “No, actually I cannot move my arms and my legs”.
When I lifted the sheet, I saw that her hands were clawed. Her arms and legs were extended. Her toes were pointed and curled. Her body looked as one might expect to see with rigor mortis, when the Spirit is trying to reintegrate after having left the body.
I started to panic. What should I do with this? Is she having a seizure? Is she having a stroke? What is going on? I started praying for guidance right away.
I asked the ancestors and the Great Ancestor, “Kupuna, please, I need your help!” I tried to continue with more Lomi. I got some hot stones. Nothing worked.
Then, at the last desperate moment while I'm thinking, “do I need to call 911?”, I received the answer from Spirit.
Chant for her
I knew exactly the chant to use. I knew exactly what to do. I needed to put this grown woman on my lap and rock her while I sang a lullaby. The lullaby that I sang to her was
Ka Lei Aloha I Na Kupuna.
This chant is about the lei of love of the ancestors and the understanding that I am part of this love.
We call the lei of the ancestors Ku’u Lei Aloha. It’s the family - past, present and future. When a woman is pregnant she wears an open lei because the child is the pua, the flower, coming in to complete that lei of the family.
There's a lei of family and I'm of the love that makes up that lei.
This beautiful woman on my table had been through tremendous amounts of trauma. Her inner child spirit had decided to leave the body because it was too painful to stay.
She was hovering somewhere in between, hopping in and out probably because she had some work to do surrounding the healing of old wounds. The spirit of her inner child was out of the body.
When the spirit was called back to the body through the work that we did, it was a shock to the system. What I witnessed on my table, was the physical expression of Spirit leaving. Clawed, cold hands and extended, curled toes. Rigor mortis.
While I was singing with intention and ancestral support, her Spirit came back to the body. She just went limp after a few minutes of this rocking and singing. The tears started pouring out like a child weeping. When she was complete, she told me that despite all previous trauma, she felt like she had finally come back to herself.
That's the way she described it. "I just feel like I'm back in my body."
Since that time, this woman has come to many trainings with me and has had profound shifts in her life. Perhaps that experience was the beginning of the transformation for her.
It was a transformation for me as well through experiencing the spiritual principles of aloha and our spiritual teachings of how to hold scared space.
There are three great lessons I took away from this moment that I want to pass onto you.
1. Spirit Answers
In the moment of crisis, I had no idea what to do. I would never, in a million years, dream of lifting a grown woman and putting her on my lap in a Lomi Lomi session.
But I asked for help, and Spirit answered. I was totally supported. I was given the insight to what she needed in the moment.
2. You + Another + Spirit = Sweet Spot
Unbelievable things happen when you're in the sweet spot. Things that don’t make any kind of sense. I’m here to remind you, don’t panic - there’s no need to freak out!
When you witness the profoundly unexpected, it means there’s a match. You, as a practitioner, are ready to be the one to hold that scared space for another. Even if you don't realize it.
Spirit has decided and, somewhere deep within, you have also made the agreement that you are ready. Also, the person on your table has chosen that you could be their sacred space holder. You + Another + Spirit. All three are required.
3. There is a match
If you are a person who's just decided that you’re only interested in the physical aspect of bodywork and not really comfortable connecting in the spirit place, you will attract people that are at that level. If they only want bodywork, they are going to find you.
If you're the kind of practitioner that is willing to go deep with someone then you will attract people who are looking for deep healing. They're going to find you because Spirit is going to bring you together.
Trust Kupuna to bring the right things to happen on your table.
Have you had an encounter that inspired you to ask Spirit for wisdom and trust the answer? Have a question for me? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.LEARN MORE
June 15, 2016 No Comments Hawaiian Culture & Spirituality, Uncategorized
Chant and prayer is powerful medicine. Aunty Margaret used to tell us all the time that Lomi was praying work.Chant has several components. Tone. Intention. Words. Vibration.
It’s the intention that brings the transformation.The body is 65-85% water, so when we chant with an I’I, a little bit of vibration in the voice, it moves water. The last layer is the words. One of our coined proverbs is “I ka ‘olelo no ke ola, I ka ‘olelo no ka make” which means - In the word there is life. In the word there is death. As much as words can heal, they can also destroy. You may not realize it, but there is healing in the words that we speak. When we use healing prayers and chants that have been repeated by many over thousands of years, the words are activated on a whole other level. Think about Lord's prayer - how many times those words have been chanted over time, how many hearts have been stirred and how many heads bowed in humility? Every time that prayer is chanted, it's given mana, the supernatural life force that flows through all things.
In the same way, when we chant the ancient prayers, the Universe responds. It creates an activation and a level of connection between ourselves, Spirit and the person on our table.Our prayers move water. Our chants move energy.
Healing can begin before we ever lay a hand on a body.I want to share with you my first experience of the true power in healing words. I had a student come to visit from Spain for a private massage training. When he arrived, like I do with all my classes, we began with a Pi Kai ceremony using Ti leaf and salt. We were in the garden, setting intentions for our time together. I did a chant for him during the ceremony. Afterwards, I went inside to open the space and get the room ready for us to do our training for the day. I had told him to follow me in. I waited inside for a while and he never came. I walked back outside and found him walking up and down the stairs. Up. Down. Up and Down. I invited him in again thinking maybe he didn't hear me or didn’t understand what I meant. Finally, he spoke. “What did you do?” “What do you mean?” I asked. “I crushed my leg in a car accident two years ago and I've had all kinds of rehabilitation with physical therapists and many different treatments, including massage. One thing that I still haven't been able to do is go up and down stairs. I always have to walk sideways so all of my friends call me “The Crab. But look!” To his amazement, he was able to walk up and down and up and down the stairs! Again, he asked, “What did you do?” The truth is, I didn't do anything. It just happened that Spirit moved and he was ready, and we both got to witness a miracle. When all the stars align, I like to call it the Sweet Spot.
You + Another + Spirit = Sweet SpotYou, as the therapist, act as a vessel in the in-between petitioning for the healing of someone. They are ready to receive the healing and then Spirit is able to move. Chant and prayer is powerful medicine. [embed]https://youtu.be/c1egSY5yHJo[/embed]
A, E , I , O, U. E Ola Kakou E Ike Kakou E Ola Na Kini E E Ike Ka Lokahi E Aloha E, Aloha E, Aloha E...Universal Tones connecting to divine love We are life, vitality, health and wellbeing We are knowledge, wisdom, guidance We are everlasting life, eternal vitality of spirit, generations of life We are united in the divine guidance of infinite and enduring love Personally, I use chant in my practice to connect with my guidance and also with the client’s guidance. I chant to move energy in the body or to help someone relax onto and get centered on the table. I may use it to help bring someone back from wherever they've traveled during their time on the table because people go into a very deep meditative state at times. I've also used chant to help bring the inner child back to the body. Or bring the spirit back to the body after a traumatic event (that will be a whole other post!). All of these are transformational examples of what can happen when we bring chant and healing prayers into our sessions.
I would love to hear from you! If you have questions or a story to share about using chants and prayers in your practice, leave a comment below.Please help us to get the word out about this healing work and share this post with you friends! LEARN MORE
May 30, 2016 12 Comments Hawaiian Culture & Spirituality, Massage Therapy, Uncategorized
I’m sure you’ve all been watching with heartbreaking sadness the devastating fires in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. And now, just when people thought they could be going back to their homes in a few weeks, the fires flared up again!
What do we do when tens of thousands of people are hurting? And what can I do, one person, thousands of miles away?Some of you know that I am coming to Edmonton in just a few weeks time teaching Lomi Lomi massage and spiritual teachings of Aloha in St. Albert. I will be sharing tools for healing the physical body, the fear and inevitable pain that come after trauma. One of these tools is Ho’oponopono, our Hawaiian clearing system. Ho’oponopono can support the release of emotions when tragedy happens, find a way to make space for whatever comes next and allow us to manifest beautiful new beginnings. It is my dream to have a healer in every community, especially Fort McMurray. So this is what I’d like to do. I am giving a 100% scholarship ($550 value) to a resident of Fort McMurray to attend our Lomi Lomi Fundamentals Training June 16-18, and I need your help! Please come to our Facebook page and nominate a friend, family member, neighbor or anyone you know from Fort McMurray who would love to bring Hawaiian Healing to their community. You can find out more about the training on our website, as well as complete rules and scholarship information.
May 19, 2016 1 Comment Uncategorized
Have you ever learned to trust nature in a way that changed your life?Today, modern practices of all sorts are finding new strength in traditional wisdom. Ancient peoples have used the essence of plant medicine in healing practices for thousands of years, and modern therapies are rediscovering the power and versatility of this medicine in the use of essential oils. At Ho’omana Spa Maui, our spa treatments are rooted in traditional healing practices, so aromatherapy and topical oils always play a major role in healing and rejuvenating ou
In one particular treatment, though, we use essential oils in a way that is still gaining traction in the modern world: using oils for cleansing. That treatment is our Hawaiian Mini-Facial.This 30-minute experience captures the coming-together of ancient and modern that is happening today around the world. After exfoliating with revitalizing papaya and aloe, we apply an antioxidant masque made from soothing tropical plants like ‘awa and kona red coffee berries. Finally, we complete the treatment by cleansing the skin with a rich blend of oils that softens the skin with natural plant-based healing properties – its essences. Hawaiians have always held plants and plant medicine, la’aulapa’au, at the center of healing practices and rituals. In ancient Hawaiian culture, these sacred tools have been used for cleansing mind, body and soul for thousands of years. In today’s cosmetic landscape, cleansing with oils topically seems to be counterintuitive. That’s because so many modern cosmetic products claim to fight oily skin by drying out the oils that occur naturally in our skin, or by exfoliating them away. However, these methods actually strip your skin of the oils it needs to stay hydrated and purified, causing it to create more oils, faster. The body tells us that like dissolves like – That is, oils dissolve oils. By using natural oils to dissolve the oils from your face, you’re replacing the dirty, excreted oils with nourishing, healing ones.
An essential oil, derived from a plant, holds the essential characteristics of that plant.Created through various distillation processes, plants are transformed into super-potent liquid versions of themselves into essential oils, generating plant-based hydrosols as a by product. Both essential oils and hydrosols carry the medicinal properties of the plants that they came from. They hold the plant’s aroma in an ultra-concentrated form.
They hold the plant’s essence – and its mana.In ancient Hawaiian culture, plants were held sacred, providing sustenance, healing, cleansing and spiritual clearing for the people. Hawaiians believe that people are one with the earth and not separate from it – that the land, the ‘aina, is a spiritual life force that protects us and cares for us from a high place. When we choose to understand and honor the profound essence of every living thing that surrounds us, we can then experience the abundance of nature in its fullness. We can connect the divine wisdom within to the earth and it's high vibration. When we trust in the essence of la’au, the plant kingdom, we can cleanse and heal mind, body and soul. LEARN MORE
April 25, 2016 No Comments Uncategorized
Tens of thousands of years ago, brave Polynesians followed the stars to the islands of Hawaii by canoe. With them, they carried roots, cuttings and seeds of their most precious plants, which would provide food, materials for clothing and shelter – life itself.
Coconut – niu – and ‘awa are two of the most treasured plants in Hawaiian culture.They are considered to be body forms of our ancestor, Kane. Niu symbolizes the head or po'o of Kane and Awa the backbone or kua of Kane. Both are used for healing and in ceremony, and both niu and ‘awa helped early Hawaiians in life-sustaining ways. ‘Awa, a shrub from the pepper family with heart-shaped leaves, was widely used in traditional Hawaiian culture in a variety of prayer rituals and medicinal remedies. The plant assists in opening communication channels, helps relieve pain and relax muscles. It also stimulates and refreshes the body. In Hawaiian culture, drinking ‘awa is an offering of gratitude to the divine, and traditionally ‘apu ‘awa – special cups made from coconut shells – are used in ceremony. Sometimes the water from coconut is mixed with ‘awa for drinking, for it’s seen as the purest water. Beyond the nourishing benefits of coconut, niu provided ancient Hawaiians with shade, material for baskets, mats, clothing and fans. Coconut meat, from nuts of different maturities, was eaten cooked and raw, prepared in various ways to provide sweet and savory dishes packed with nutrients. Coconut meat was also chewed after the ingestion of a bitter or otherwise displeasing medicine. When ancient Polynesians began their first treks across the ocean to the Hawaiian archipelago, they carried precious cargo that would sustain them for thousands of years to come. They, as did ancient Hawaiians, understood the life-giving force of plants, and our duty – our kuleana – is to be stewards of the land. With our exhaled breath, CO2 is transformed into the sustenance we breath by the plants around us. Our clothing and shelter – from plants. Our earliest musical instruments – from plants. They nourish us, and we care for them.
As spring arrives, cheerful and warm, we are surrounded and blessed by new blooms and growth. The bees awaken, ready to pollenate. And as for us, something inside awakens, too.Spring is the season for renewal, for nourishment, for life. Just as the earliest Polynesians to arrive on the ‘aina of the Hawaiian Islands, carrying nature’s bounty, so does spring arrive with the sustenance of life. As you take a moment to reflect on the power of plants to provide for us, nourish us, and complete the cycles of life that nature intends, what is it that astounds you most? How do plants inspire your health and well-being? Share your reflections in the comments. LEARN MORE
March 18, 2016 No Comments Uncategorized