Have you ever been surrounded by strangers and found that you felt most at home?I am always amazed by the many transformations I get to witness with each tide of Lomi Lomi retreats. With every group of students comes a swell of experiences, perspectives and intentions, linked together by a common cord of calling. The gift of talking story has been granted to me, and as we form a circle at the start of each day in the retreat room of Ho'omana Spa, I get to talk story with people from all over the world. As the days of retreat go by, the connections between each person grow, and the transformations are inspiring. If you've ever been surrounded by new faces from all over the globe and felt a kind of warmth from these faces, you may recognize the feeling that one student describes here, illustrating her journey in Lomi Lomi Fundamentals and her experience on our Sacred Sites tour:
Have you ever felt the warmth of a cold stream?There is no better way to describe my experience than this. Three days of listening, learning, and practicing the Hawaiian art form Lomi Lomi led me to this moment of simultaneous tranquility and exhilaration-- the warmth of cold water. Into the clear, flowing stream of Iao Valley, I stepped down quickly from the rocks, summoning up the courage to face the chicken skin; it was an overcast morning, and ice cold water wasn't exactly calling my name. But something else was calling me, and I was eager to answer. The part of the stream I faced then was shallow, so there would be no inching my way in. I stood still for a moment, water hugging me from my toes to just below my knees; then in one fluid motion, like the water itself, I sunk forward into the cold, welcoming the thrill as I turned onto my back, the crown of my head facing the flow of the stream. As I got hold of my muscles, I managed to relax them one by one, and I slowed my breath, one exhale at a time. I thought of the ancestors, who pour their light into us with their teachings. I heard Jeana calling, "soothe with Lomi", her voice echoing through the Ho'omana retreat space; I felt the tears that ran down my face two days prior, when practicing Lomi woke a spirit inside me; I thought of the healing that we all need, and the people physically around me who had dedicated themselves that weekend to healing, to love.
I listened to the chants echoing softly in my core. And right there, as the water rushed over and around me, from head to toe, the mana--the energy, the life-force--swept through me and out of me, and I felt warm.What still amazes me about this moment is the depth and lightness of pure energy. I lay in the water for less than a minute that morning, while the water clung to me and then left my body infinitely many times. And during this time, I felt warmth and love run through me-- I physically felt it! I spiritually felt it. The mana charged through me, never holding back, or hanging on. Lomi Lomi is teaching me the same lesson, day by day: Share your love, your aloha, your mana and your light. Let the warmth run through you to the people and the earth around you. And then, let go... so that the mana and love continue to flow with a sort of lightness that reaches the depths of our bones. -Paige Slaughter Fall 2014 has been a time of transformation and empowerment. September brought us a motivated group of Immersion students; people from across the island joined our ventures with Kumu Mike Lee during the Equinox and solar eclipse; our Lomi Fundamentals students came to Ho'omana with energy and love to share; and we welcomed our Lomi 'ohana for the Advanced retreat. I invite you to take a look at our Fall Highlights below, and to share your experiences of transformation.
Have you ever been amongst people who inspired such transformation, or in a space that empowered you like this?LEARN MORE
November 7, 2014 No Comments Uncategorized
Have you ever felt that everything you have ever done has prepared you for a divine appointment in this very moment?I have just returned from South Africa. The truth that I was on a divine apointment was confirmed time and time again throughout my journey. I went on a sojourn to meet a 92 year old Elder named Baba Credo Mutwa. He is a High Sanusi Zulu Elder and a White Lion Shaman who carries ancient histories of Africa and the world. He worked together with a United Nations group of indigenous elders in a coalition for global peace. My beloved kumu –teacher, Aunty Mahilani Poe Poe and Mr. Hale Makua were the two Hawaiian elders represented. Aunty Apela Colorado was instrumental in bringing these wisdom keepers together in the early 2000s. She had promised to bring the Hawaiians back after their last gathering in 2002, however, both Mr. Makua and Aunty Mahilani leapt into the Po(the after world) before they could return to Africa. She shared that bringing me, the next generation of healers to Baba was a completion of her promise. Being in the presence of such a holy man was so humbling. As he addressed our small group of Elders Cherokee, Choctaw, Oneata First Nation tribes, A Kyrgyzstan elder and his translator, and myself, he said that never in his life had he been in a room with such holy people. He addressed us as honorable ones and himself, as a monkey in a room full of lions. Clearly, this was a diving appointment. He spoke of a time when blacks and whites, humans and lions stood together in harmony with no war, no fight.
“We must remember the holy things back and bring back the holy places to heal the people. Remembering will bring humanity to the root of the ancient soul and the old world must go into an new era without swords, only with hands that are clean.”One of the things Baba shared was an “unaccomplished dream” of sailing a canoe of peace to bring back the ancient way of forgiveness, unity, and unconditional love. I was given a painting that he created depicting this “Africa swimming house.” When I received the painting, I immediately remembered Aunty Mahi also speaking of this canoe that would ho’oponopono everything and bring the people together in harmony. One of the many takeaways from my time with Baba is the kuleana (responsibility) of seeing the dreams of these precious kupuna realized in the completion and message of a world canoe that will travel and share their message of unconditional love. My time with credo Mutwa was both inspirational and sad as I know he is in his last days and I may never again sit in his presence. Yet, I will forever remember the teachings of a humble and powerful man who touched my heart activating a deep remembering in me to hold a torch of light on a vision of peace.
You are all a part of the world canoe and with your prayers and support, we can bring this dream to reality.It is as Baba says, “The power of good can come together like one beautiful flame and soon there is light in the house of God”. I would love to hear about the divine appointments that you are showing up for. Please share a post below. LEARN MORE
September 29, 2014 2 Comments Uncategorized
Aloha Lomi Ohana, One week ago a beautiful Hawaiian spirit leapt into Po- the after place. Aunty Haleaka Iolani Pule of Big Island, lifted her arms toward heaven and was welcomed into the Lei of the ancestors. The ho'ailona (sign in the heavens) to welcome her home was the incredible Super Moon seen last week. Most know her as Aunty Aka. She was scheduled to participate in the E Ala E- Awakening the Spirit Huaka'i at Hoomana one month from today together with Aunty Leiohu Ryder and Kumu Hula Puna Dawson. She was pure Aloha, joy, and light and her message encouraged people to live and love the fullest. She was a wisdom keeper who traveled the world sharing Hawaiian spiritual teachings and Ho'oponopono. I was with a group of her students in Dornbirn Austria when we learned of her passing and with tears and love we lifted her spirit up in healing prayers and song. The stories shared about how deeply her message touched hearts was so beautiful. The question was raised, why do some of these great messengers leave so early? Aunty Aka was only 49 years old. The thought came to me that perhaps the physical body was too limiting for the boundless work that Aunty is to share. Now she is able to travel greater distances without planes, cars, or Internet. Her spirit is free to be with us all and continue to work she shared in her lifetime on a much larger scale to a much larger audience. As a group we first learned of her passing on Tuesday. She had died on Sunday. Sunday and Monday evening very few were able to sleep. Aka had just been in Switzerland a few weeks prior staying with on of the Lomi students. For two days the students kept sharing that they felt off and that Aunty had come in dreamtime. We spoke of her often over these two days. Then Tuesday morning, someone posted a photo on Facebook of Aunty Aka with her eyes closed head lifted up in prayer. We realized that the uneasy feeling we had felt but had been unable to explain was the aka cord of connection being tugged, stretched, and lifted as Aunty began her journey. We understood the importance of sending her off in love in the first three critical days of flight and to not hold on lest the spirit be held back on her journey. Even those who didn't know her felt the shift as we stood in the collective energies of the group. One of the participants, Meggie, after experiencing this phenomenon shared that she finally realized what we mean as an Ohana (Lomi family) when we say "E PIKO KAKOU"- We are all connected. Here is a beautiful video of Aunty Aka for you to enjoy.LEARN MORE
August 19, 2014 2 Comments Uncategorized
Aloha Lomi ‘Ohana,
The Bresenden family & Ho’omana Spa Maui are very excited to announce the recipient of the 5th Annual Tim Bresenden Scholarship Award - Ms. Caroline Chung from San Francisco, CA.
We are so pleased with the response to the Scholarship announcement. There were many candidates that shared their life stories, experiences and goals in beautiful and compelling ways. We are grateful for the opportunity to hear of those seeking to bring healing touch to the world around them. We send a warm and heartfelt aloha to every applicant.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the Tim Bresenden Memorial Scholarship, it is offered every year as a loving tribute to a man who committed his life to serving his family, friends & the greater community by acting as a peacemaker & bridge builder to bring together people from all walks of life. This auspicious award is given to one individual each year that aspires to exemplify this spirit of building community & inspires others by doing so.
This scholarship awards the recipient U.S. Airfare, accommodations, & NCTMB approved – 60 C.E. Units in Hawaiian Healing Bodywork.
Our 2014 recipient, Caroline Chung, wrote, “My ultimate goal in life is to provide a space where I can help people heal and/or teach them to heal themselves. We all have the power to heal ourselves and we all have the power to help others in the process. I have a vision of a world where we can minimalize people’s sufferings and offer them the tools to turn their lives around for the better. I believe this can really transform the world we live in and going to Maui to learn Lomi Lomi is only going to reaffirm this dream of mine.” As a cancer survivor, her journey to health and healing and the desire to share it with others resonated with us as a wonderful way to make peace and build bridges.
We wish her the very best as she travels to Maui for the Lomi Lomi week retreat in October.
As a bonus for the rest of this year’s applicants, we would like to offer a discount of $150 off of our Lomi Lomi Massage Fundamentals & Hot Stones Therapy Retreat at Ho’omana Spa Maui. This offer will be available for use toward our upcoming training dates in October, or for any available classes during our 2015 training dates. We encourage all of you to apply again as this is an ongoing scholarship & will be offered again in 2015.
Congratulations to this year's award winner & we want to sincerely thank all of our applicants for sharing your visions & journeys with us, for they were all of great intention & truly inspirational.LEARN MORE
August 5, 2014 1 Comment Press Release, Travel, Uncategorized
Hoomana Lomi Lomi is reaching across the globe all the way to the mother land of Africa. This August, I have the absolute pleasure of traveling to South Africa to teach lomi lomi in Cape Town Aug 15-17 and to connect with United Nations advocate Baba Credo Mutwa. Baba was involved with our late Aunty Mahilani Poepoe and Hale Makua in an international elders council in service to humanity and global peace. During various sacred sites journeys held over the last 10 years I have shared of many stories of Aunty and her special time spent in Africa. One of the great stories shared is of the Zulu Necklace of Mysteries. The gift of this necklace is devoted to understanding of the true oneness of humanity to which we all belong and our interconnectedness. I have linked a video recently published on Vimeo by the World Indigenous Science Network. In the video you will see the necklace, learn of our demi-god Maui’s connection to Africa, and hear Aunty Mahilani speaking her ancient language Olelo Makuahine (mother tongue).
We are in a time of extreme weather changes, connection thorugh worldwide communications highways, and profound spiritual awakening on a global level. The message that these elders brought was one of bringing balance back to humanity and to the earth through one heart consciousness. One of the prophecies of the necklace was that “the tribes of one heart would return to the mother land in the years following 2012, the time of the opening.”
Check out this video from WISN http://vimeo.com/66266684
Sadly, the necklace is no longer with Baba. It was stolen in Swaziland when Baba attempted to share it’s significance to promote tribal peace. Let’s all put out an intention of light surrounding this precious relic.
I look forward to a time of deep gratitude, expanded listening, and heart opening during my travels to see what role I can play in supporting the vision of these powerful elders into tomorrow.
I will take you all with me as I walk in Aunty’s footsteps holding a torch of light and peace as I walk the ancient land of our ancestors sharing lomi lomi, ho’oponopono, and Aloha. Mahalo to Aunty Apela Colorado with the World Indigenous Science Network (WISN), and Cecilia Ponce de Leon who have sponsored me and made this dream a reality. I will be documenting my journeys. Stay tuned for the next post of My Sacred Journey to Africa.LEARN MORE
July 31, 2014 3 Comments Hawaiian Culture & Spirituality, Press Release, Travel, Uncategorized