Sacred guardians

Q: My daughter went on a school field trip to Olowalu. As part of the tour, the guide told the story of the Night Walkers. For the past two weeks, she has been having night terrors. Is there a connection? A: This is a great opportunity to talk about respecting the timeline. Conscious Existence. The thinning of the veil between the physical and spiritual realms.

I'm sitting here on the beach right now. And I want to share an important truth with you…

Allow yourself to remember a time when this beach wasn't full of tourists and condos. This beach was someone's home. It was a village community. People were doing their daily work here. Fishing along the shoreline. Coming and going. There was a certain way of being in community, depending on the time line. How many of you have chosen to travel to a totally different place on the planet where the people have different culture, belief system, and way of behaving that what you are accustomed to? You probably got online to research or purchased a travel guide to learn all the best places to go, the appropriate customs to practice, and the inside scoop from the locals. Hopefully we pay attention to how the people interact, “When in Rome, do as the romans do.” I want to speak to this same idea.
Be aware: The spirits that committed to being guardians of this place in the distant past are still guarding this place. Their presence and promise have continued throughout time to the present.
In one instance, a Hawaiian friend shared a story with me about his daughter at this same beach. His daughter was here swimming with her school excursion, and he was at home. All of the sudden, he gets this vision. He sees his daughter and all of her classmates at the ocean, and in his vision he sees a shark. The shark was really upset. Immediately, he starts speaking with the spirit of the shark: “Please be peaceful, these are just children.” In reply, the shark tells him that his daughter is on her period. We call it Ma’i. “She should know better. This is a disrespect.” The father gets in his car, and drives to the ocean. Sure enough, there she is with all of her classmates swimming around. He's up on the cliff looking over, and sees this shark. There are plenty of tourists on the beach and in the water as usual. The lifeguards don't even notice it, but he can see the shark is circling.
Again he pleads with the manō-shark, “Manō, they’re just young, innocent children.”
Finally, the shark relents and swims off. Meanwhile, he goes home and waits for his daughter. When she arrives, he asks, “Are you on your Ma’i?" "No. No, dad." "You need to tell me the truth because you put some people in danger today. And Papa had to go to bat for you." Of course then she told him what happened. She says, "All the other girls, you know. They go in the water with their periods. They just wear a protection, or whatever." "Yeah, but you know that these are the waters of our ancestors. That shark is an ancestor. And it's a disrespect,” the father replied.

You have to be really mindful.

Even though, yes, in modern times, people are on the beach and they're swimming or playing, and they just do whatever they like.
The spirits of the place are still under a different set of protocol.
Some might say, "Yeah, but we're part of mother nature. She's a part of us. And we're part of mother ocean, and that's just a natural occurrence of what goes on." I'm in agreement with this sentiment. At the same time, I know that during certain time periods here in the islands, women in their time of the Ma’i were not allowed to go to the ocean for various reasons. These are protocols the spirit place is still working under. If you are not spiritually connected or are unaware of social factors, it’s easy to hear a story about a shark think, "Oh, it’s just a coincidence.”
But there is a lesson I want to share with you: We are not the only people that have ever been here. There are guardians in this place. We must be sure that we're always in awareness, and being respectful.
When we go to a place, we don't just make house. Think about it… When going to someone's house, you would probably bring a gift. You would treat them with honor and respect. You would ring the doorbell, and wait to be invited. We all know these are common courtesies. The spirits of these places and the ancestors of these places expect to be treated with common courtesy also.

The thinning of the veil is about being in awareness.

We have this wonderful ability to enjoy - in Maui or wherever you are - these wonderful places. Be in awareness where you're walking on the earth. There are places that are very sacred. There are places where history has transpired, battles have taken place, the passing of heroes and legends. In our history and timeline of the Hawaiian islands, during the time of chiefs, there was a hierarchy of status and power. However, prior to that time, the governing body of the village was the family unit - Everyone was on equal social standing. The people were living in harmony with the land, with the ocean, and with one another. It was a time of mutual respect, care and Aloha. We've gotten far away from viewing ourselves this way. Today, we tend to view our place as just a tiny space in history.
Yet, in the ike papalua - the knowledge of both the spirit realm and the earthly realm - time is running parallel without separation.
How does one show honor and respect?
  1. Ho’okupu: If you are going to a sacred place, take a Ho’okupu offering.  This is a really wonderful gesture. Remember that a high offering is always ‘Awa.
  1. Gift: Another appropriate gift is something from the land, like taro or sweet potato. We prepare it just as we would prepare a dish to take to a friend’s home. We wrap it in Ti leaves because Ti has crystalline properties and can be recognized in the Spirit realm.
  1. Sound: You can also offer up a dance or a song or a prayer. All are a sign of respect for that place.
  1. Intention: It’s always good to state who you are, what your intention is, and that you came to enjoy the beauty of the place. Express your thanks, mahalo, and desire to come in peace.
By presenting yourself in peace and respect, you'll find that there will be a much greater opening and invitation in some of the places you travel. There is no need to suffer unintended consequences.
Going back to our question: Is there a connection between the story of the Night Walkers and the child's night terrors?
In looking at the history of Olowalu there was a great massacre that happened and the warrior guardians of this place, Night Marchers are still be present and at their post. It's very possible that, energetically, she was the recipient of unintended consequences of disrespect that remained in that location. Often times these consequences will fall to the the innocent - the open vessel. This is NOT about being in FEAR. This is about AWARENESS. These situations are where protection medicine can be highly beneficial. I like to make a pouch out of Ti leaf filled with salt. (Fold salt into a strip of Ti leaf, the same way you would make a little paper tabletop football.) This is not about fear. It’s about awareness. Respect.

Ask for guidance. Wait for invitation. Bring Aloha.

Just as we can travel to other countries and learn from other cultures about what is appropriate - inviting communion and releasing separation - so, too, can we interact without the illusion of separation between here and the spirit place.
We have the ability to interact with spiritual places, in sacred spaces and beings in a way that honors our timeline of Lokahi - unity. We will be granted safe passage, raise our mana through activation, receive guidance and perspective with these spaces that is not dictated by our chronological time orientation. In doing so, we are able to connect through the thin veil and heal some of the prior disrespect that has occurred over generations of time.
How you have experienced the space in between, the Ike Papalua? I would love to hear the lessons that these experiences have taught you about honor and respect. Comment or ask questions in the boxes below!


October 30, 2016 3 Comments

How to stay grounded

Learning to stay grounded is an essential component of maintaining your mana, personal divine essence and energetic life force.

When you allow yourself to feel everything another is feeling or to take on their moods, there is no longer a conscious grounding force in this plane of existence to anchor you back.
With careful intention, you can cultivate a powerful healing practice by learning to anchor white light and remain grounded while you access the Ike Papalua - the space of knowledge between the two realms of the earthly and the spiritual plane.

Here are a few more tools to help you stay grounded.

how to stay grounded These are some of my personal favorites - practices that help me remain grounded in my healing work:
1. Wear wood or something from the earth in a pendant or piece of jewelry.
By connecting to earthly elements, we help our bodies remain grounded.
2. Have wood in your space.
A simple way to stay grounded during moments of intensity is to have wood in your nearby vicinity. Choose a wooden statue or piece of art that is meaningful to you. It could be a Buddha or a Guanyin or a Tara. Personally, I use the legs of my table. Because it’s readily available, I just wrap my feet around the legs of the table as I'm working to physically ground my body through wood.
3. Breathe
Set the intention for grounding to earth, even if you’ve journeyed with the client to a difficult place.
4. Take a drink of red clay, alaea.
Auntie Mahi Poe Poe's Tonic contains a distillation of red earth. Basically, the red earth is boiled down and it’s condensation is captured in a process that traps the medicine in a molecule of water. You can take it internally without feeling like you’re “eating dirt”.
auntie mahi poe poe alaea mist 5. Smell Sandalwood.
Sandalwood is also very grounding rooting one to the earth and bringing mental clarity. Our Sandalwood Herbal Mist has the hydrosol and essential oil of Sandalwood. In feng shui, we learn that Earth element is the “mother” of all elements. It is creative. Life-nurturing. Stabilizing. Sandalwood is the most fragrant of the earthly scents.
sandalwood herbal mist 6. Wear Hematite.
Hematite is always a good choice to help you feel balanced, centered and ready to engage in your work. Hematite crystals can be helpful for people who are vulnerable to taking on the emotions and energies of others. Connie Barrett says Hematite is a “power stone whose purpose is to deepen the connection between spirit and body. It helps us to keep our sense of self and sense of purpose firm. Its reflective quality symbolizes its ability to help deflect the emotions of others.”

Remember, you just have to connect energetically with the grounding element.

You could put your hands on it, you could look at it, you can wear it - anything to connect.
In my healing space, I have a fountain made of stone and the water pours out onto the crystals in the bowl below. I always have hematite in there and other crystals too, just in case I need them. I have several other mana ola, practices to give vitality to your spiritual power, in my guide, “10 Practices to Ignite, Reclaim and Maintain your Personal Power”. Get it FREE by clicking here and please… share it with your friends. It really helps me to get the word out about the work we are doing at Ho’omana Spa Maui.   I have 1 or 2 spaces in my Hawaiian Healing Retreat in San Francisco this November. I'd love to see you there! Get all the details here. How do you remain grounded in your work and energetic travels? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!


October 14, 2016 5 Comments

Harness White Light for Healing

Q: Sometimes, a client will have an emotional release on my table and I leave the session feeling completely drained. What can I do to keep my own energetic boundaries? I’m so glad that people are finally beginning to talk about this issue. For the longest time, it’s been a taboo subject in educational settings. I’ve even heard this advice: “Just end the session immediately and refer them to a psychologist”. But that is not the Ho’omana way.

Anchor in White Light

White Light is basically about anchoring pure energy. White light is useful in dream-walking, where you take someone back to a past trauma. Intuitively, you walk with their high spirit back to the place where whatever traumatic event occurred, encouraging them to receive the gifts from that experience and leave the suffering behind, supporting them into walking back to the present with a healing.
Let me share a story to illustrate…
I was in clinic. One of my therapists had a client come in who uses deep breath work as an avenue of journeying while he's on the table. It was an open space with curtained treatment rooms. I was walking between rooms supervising students. When I walked by this particular student’s table, I could see that not only was the client deep journeying - his spirit was clearly elsewhere outside the room - but the student who was supposed to be grounded and holding space, was traveling there too! She was moving a lot of energy through her body. She was breathing in that same way but also emoting quite a bit. Energetically, her spirit was lifting off too. Immediately, I went and got 'Awa root, salt and ti leaves to bring her back down. This is a warning sign: If you are holding sacred space and you fly off into the distance with them… who is going to bring either of you back?
We, as practitioners, are the ones who must stay grounded in our space holding. We are the anchor.
When you allow yourself to feel everything another is feeling to the depth described above - Pain. Trauma. Despair. - there is no longer a conscious grounding force in this plane of existence to anchor you back. Energetically, you are both adrift. With careful intention, you can cultivate a powerful healing practice by learning to anchor white light and remain grounded while you access to the Ike Papalua - the space of knowledge between the two realms of the earthly and the spiritual plane. One of my great mentors with anchoring energy is Ruth Kramer. When this anchoring is practiced with care, the feeling is a powerful and transformative meditation.

The practice

Call in white light to pour down from the Source above. This pure and powerful anchor, gives your client the opportunity allow their high, all-knowing spirit to travel to do the work that they need to do. The work is not limited by time, space and matter the way we are accustomed to experiencing this on the plane. They are safe to journey and return, because YOU are holding sacred space for them to do so in the Here and Now. The high spirit is able to journey, complete its work and then travel all the way back to the body. This is the intention I set in my practice. I journey with them as a guide and support to prompt what is needed. It’s like a guided meditation.
I anchor myself in White Light, grounded in the Here and Now.
When the mission is complete, the healing gifts have been retrieved, and the pain and trauma have been released. We can come all the way back.

White Light Expands

Be aware: the more light that you anchor in, the more that light that will fill the surrounding area. When someone has an emotional release, they are moving pure energy. Light is being anchored. The more light anchoring that happens in a space, the greater the energy. The vibration lifts and this amazing energy of connection can pour out onto others as well. In Advanced Lomi Lomi class, I've had someone on one side of the room laughing hysterically. On the other side of the room, a person may alternate between shivering and sweating, A third person might be belching. It’s all energy moving.
They are all anchoring light.
When their light comes in, things that are ready to move are released. Anything that does not match pure light energy will shift. Here are some warning signs to alert you that grounding is needed:
  1. You, as the practitioner, feel as if you have the inescapable need to take a deep, deep cleansing breath.
  2. You, as the practitioner, feel the need to emote with no prompting from your end energetically.
  3. You see the bottom lip quivering as if they are going to cry.
  4. You notice tears welling up in the persons eyes, short and pulsating inhales like hyperventilation, whimpering.
  5. Your client begins to tighten up. They stop breathing as if to brace themselves against something coming.
  6. Your client gets “chicken skin” or goosebumps without a change in temperature in the room that can lead to shaking, shivering.
When you see or feel any of these things happening, this is the perfect time to guide your client towards anchoring white light. Wrap your feet around the legs of your wooden table.
Guide them in this meditation.

Light Anchoring Meditation

Imagine that there is a pillar of white light coming down from the heavens, through the crown of your head, all the way down to each area of your body. Envision this brilliance flowing down through the spine, filling your lung space, pouring down through every organ, every bone in the body down and out the fingertips and toes. Imagine that you are anchoring in so much light that as you look down, you even see it peeking through between your toes. See this pure light reaching down and linking to core of the earth. From the peak of heaven to the depths of the earth, this white light anchors the body in the Here and Now.
This is your anchor of pure white healing light.

Ask for Guidance

This place of pure white energy is an amazing space to connect with your higher spirit. Ask for Spirit to tell you anything that you need to know. Ask your High Spirit to look down at the body to see anywhere that there may be stagnation, pain, trauma. Ask to be shown colors in your auric field that may give insight into areas that need to be released. Receive guidance that you can bring into the physical plane. Spirit will guide you, as the practitioner in direction you need to hold the space of healing. When you are grounded in this way, you will not carry or invite the energies from the client on your table into the body to take up residence. You will not feel drained of your personal energy.
You will instead, allow things to move through, while maintaining your own mana, spiritual divine essence.


If you would like even more tools to raise your mana, download my FREE mini-guide “10 Practices to Ignite, Reclaim and Maintain your Spiritual Power”. Have you ever felt like the energy was moving and you didn’t know what do do? I’d love to answer your questions in the comments below. Next week, I’ll be sharing some protective medicine you can use in your healing practice.  


September 22, 2016 6 Comments

How to use movement to prevent pain

“The most important piece of equipment a massage therapist has is their own body.”

-Sandra K. Anderson. I hear so many massage therapists complaining of joint and muscle pain.  Carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain and medial epicondylitis, also known as golfer’s elbow are some of the most common issues.

There may be several different aspects of this pain, and we may need to address each of them in a different way.

Here’s one explanation from a Lomi point of view: You may be blocking energy or taking on another person’s energy that has begun to move. Energetically, we're basically made of mostly water. I remember one of Auntie's students, telling me that the first time that he did Lomi - he’d never been taught. It went something like this. "Oh, Auntie, there's so many people that would need Lomi," and she said, "Yeah. You should work on them. You should work on them right now." "What do you mean? I don't do Lomi. I don't know Lomi," "Yes, you do. You know what to do. Just move the water. Feel where the water isn't moving and move the water." Interesting, right?

When I was in Ireland, we attempted to meet a healer named Moss Lane. He is a bone-setter.

When I think about a bone-setter, I think of someone that moves the bones. Although we never actually met him, a woman told me how he worked. She said, "It's crazy. He takes a coat hanger, and then he moves it over your body. I think he uses it like a dowsing stick. People use the stick to figure out where water is. Anyway, he uses the coat hanger to find where the energy isn't moving in your body, and then helps you to move it. The goal is for energy to be flowing and open.”

It's the same thing in Lomi.

Notice where is the channel flowing and where is it not flowing. If you tighten your muscles or lock your joints, you stop the flow. In Lomi, we use our forearms quite a bit. I notice a lot of people like to tighten the forearm during a stroke.  It looks like this: Notice the extended wrist. Notice the fist. This movement creates is a closed chain of energy. It's like putting a dam, energetically and physically toward the water of the body. The water cannot flow because the muscle is constricted. The blood supply is constricted because of the fist at the end of the chain.

Picture this:

You go to the doctor’s office and they want to collect a blood sample for some tests.   You make a muscle and they put a tourniquet on your arm because they're trying to find the vein.  You see how the tourniquet makes the vein get bigger. What you are seeing is pooled blood. It’s stagnation. And it’s the same process that occurs when you tighten your muscles in Lomi. Now, imagine the same forearm stroke. The hand is open. The wrist is relaxed. Now energy can flow all the way out the end of the fingertips. You’ve created a vessel where energy is moving for your clients and that energy has somewhere to go. The dam is removed and all of the channels are open. Watch this video to see some common mistakes as well as the correct forearm placement and stroke for Lomi.
All you need to do is relax the joints. Another way is by actually moving the joints. We call this, Ho’omanamana, to empower or open the joints. Begin by moving your fingers, and then roll the wrists.  Create silos of movement by rolling your whole arm. Then your shoulders, ribcage and neck. Doing these isolated movements to make sure that everything is moving properly is a really great way to find out where your restrictions are.

Become aware of yourself.

This is how we support others in knowing their restrictions in movement, where there isn't the best flow, or some kind of blockage. Open the channels and allow the water to flow, just as the water flows from the mountain to the stream.   If you’d like to have even more mana ola, tools to raise your personal power, download my free guide HERE. And I would be ever-so-grateful if you would like, comment and share with your friends!


September 1, 2016 1 Comment

Set the Intention for Healing

Q: I love that Lomi Lomi is all about loving touch, but sometimes I get a client that confuses loving touch with sensual touch. Or has an alternate intention. Or is inappropriate in a sexual way. What can I do to when this kind of situation comes up?

In Lomi Lomi, we are taught to hold sacred space for healing. In my 10 years of teaching this healing art form I’ve heard all kinds of stories:
  • Turning around to find a client on the table that uncovered/exposed themselves while the therapist’s back was turned

  • Lomi-ing the hand and having someone grab on to their hand

  • Clients saying things that are suggestive…and worse!

In the entire time that I've been doing bodywork and especially since I've been doing Lomi, that has never happened on my table. Why?  Number one…because I’ve been very clear with my intention and the energy that I'm bringing into that space. Number two….because I use my own intuitive knowing and gut instinct to read situations even from the time that the client calls to make an appointment.

For me, sacred space is the sweet spot. I'm an advocate for healing energies to come through from spirit to the client. That’s the only reason I'm in the room.

I have a word-for-word script that you can use to set the intention for your healing spaces. Get it FREE with the link at the bottom of this post. When I met Justin, who I would later marry, we met in several circles casually but never really talked.  One day he called, asking for a massage. I thought that he was really handsome, but I also knew that if he's asking me for Lomi I have to set the intention.  My role is not to massage him as someone who thinks that he's attractive. I must be the one holding a sacred space of healing for him. See the difference? When he arrived for his session, there was this unspoken energy between us. I needed to eliminate the idea of “something more” happening in the room. I said, ”I just want to let you know that I'm here to hold space of healing for you as a professional.  That’s what my intention is for our time together”. (You wouldn’t necessarily say this in your work, but I’m just sharing a personal example.) Later, he told me how much he appreciated me taking the initiative to create a healing space. When we went into the session, I wasn’t thinking, "Oh my gosh, I'm massaging this cute guy!” For me, it was just as if I was massaging my auntie, uncle, sister, brother. We were able to connect on a soul level like family, instead of 2 people that could potentially be attracted to each other. In fact, every time I massage my husband, the only thing that we do on my massage table is Lomi. There is no crossover there for me, because I don't want that energy to be left over for the next person who comes in. Someone who is sensitive to subtle energies could get the wrong idea.

I believe when I’m clear with my intention, I eliminate the possibilities for lower level energies.

In regards to reading the energies ahead of time to avoid any confusion, I set an intention for ONLY appropriate guests who match my energetic to find their way to my table. Next, I listen very carefully to my na’auao, intuitive gut instinct. Some comments that have activated my na’auao:
  • “Do you have evening sessions and can I request a female therapist?”
  • “Excessive draping gets in my way and I prefer to feel free. Do I need to use draping at your facility?”
In my experience, people who ask these types of questions are generally looking for something other than loving touch. Here are some other strategies I personally use:
  1. Clearly state the latest session ends at 6pm. This alone deters many clients looking for sensual touch.
  2. Let clients know that we use professional draping standards ensuring maximum coverage in discreet areas of the body.
  3. Never send a therapists out on an outcall alone after dark. If they are doing an outcall at any hour, I have them call in to the front desk while they are with the client.
“I’ve arrived at Mr. Smith’s room, number 555.  I’ll call in an hour when the session is finished.” These responses generally shift the energy. Either the client rises to meet the higher vibration of professional loving touch or they simply choose to search elsewhere. You too, can use intention to create a sacred space for yourself and for others. In my FREE guide, 10 Practices to Ignite, Maintain and Reclaim Your Personal Power I offer a specific, word-for-word mantra. Use it daily and between clients to develop a zone of nurturing, healing and light. Click here to get it now.

What strategies have you used to handle people with alternate intentions?  Leave a comment below:


August 23, 2016 1 Comment

Salt and Ti: 2 Key Elements You Need in Your Healing Space

I’ve been getting some amazing feedback from my new, FREE mini-guide 10 Practices to Ignite, Reclaim and Maintain Your Personal Power. Mahalo nui to everyone who has taken the time to read, comment and share these potent rituals. Here’s a great question I received from one of my students:

Why salt and ti leaf?  

Why do those 2 particular ingredients raise my personal power? For Hawaiians, ti has crystalline energy. It is able to work within the physical realm and spiritual realm without changing it’s properties. Ti leaf is recognized by the ancestors and those who have gone beyond - This is why we use ti leaves as a wrapping for our ho’okupu, or offerings.

Ti is used for clearing.

You will notice that all indigenous cultures have material for clearing people and spaces. We can petition the plants of the land to support us with their ability to transmute and transform energies. As a collective of world cultures, plants have been used as protective medicine and for their high vibratory presence for generations of time. Native Americans use sage. South Americans use palo santo. Europeans use lavender, laurel, or rosemary. Hawaiians use a swiping motion with a ti leaf to clear energy.  Its mere presence will have a clearing effect.

Here are a few ways you can use ti leaf in your daily life:

  • Have it at the entrance of your house to clear people's energies as they come in.
  • Place a plant in a room in your house or in your treatment area to clear the energies.
  • Place the leaves near the bed of someone in need of healing.
  In ancient times, when someone was very ill, Hawaiians used to put the ti leaf underneath and around the edges of the lauhala mat. They would also put bowls of salt at the four corners of the mat or under the bed that the person was sleeping on to help to keep the energy clear and clean.

Salt is also crystalline, but it has a different effect.

Salt helps to neutralize and balance electromagnetic fields. When someone is feeling off-center, we give salt internally. When someone needs spiritual clearing of energies or entities, we massage salt into the body. By adding prayers and breathing Ha, the breath of life, into the person that needs the healing as we Lomi the salt into the body, we purify and restore harmony to their energy field. Constant search for balance and homeostasis in nature is a principle that is also reflected in the body. Each cell of the body is regulated by both chemical reactions and electrical reactions. The balance of sodium inside and outside of each cell is essential to supporting life and carries an electromagnetic charge.
When we are in anger, fear, or engaging in any emotion that throws us off our center, we leave ourselves vulnerable to negative energies and disconnected from our divine alignment.
Salt is a repellent for negative energies. When I speak of clearing, there are two components: the internal influences of the mind and the external influences of the environment that take us into a negative polarity. When these two elements, salt and ti leaf, are used together for clearing - as in the Pi Kai ceremonies that we use before we begin Lomi classes - we open a clear, sacred space for the energy of healing to flow. Use this mana ‘ola, practice to raise spiritual power designed to prepare you and your space for the highest possible outcome.
Make it a habit to prepare your environment for optimum wellbeing.  
In my healing space, I have an herbal healing mist that contains ti leaf hydrosol, salt, and rose, the highest vibrational essential oil. I use this between each client to mist my room, my table and myself. I also mist over each piko (chakra) on the client's body to end their session. There are even more ideas in my mini-guide, 10 Practices to Ignite, Reclaim and Maintain Your Personal Power. To get your free copy click here. I am excited to share even more mana ‘ola with you in the coming weeks. Please help me get the word out by commenting below: Will you be adding salt and ti leaf to your healing space?


August 11, 2016 20 Comments

The Meaning of Ho’oponopono

First of all, Ho'oponopono may be thought as conflict resolution, restoring spiritual alignment, to make right.

If you look in the Hawaiian dictionary, the definition of pono, it takes almost half the page to translate.

Pono means to be correct, in harmony, spiritual alignment.  To be well.

Pono is being healthy.  In integrity.  Staying in balance.  It encompasses all things we want to have and need in all of our bodies: spiritual, mental, emotional and physical.

If you put Ho'o in front of pono, Ho'o gives action. If we don't take care of things when spirit gives a little knock on of door of our spiritual awareness, messages will travel on.  If we ignore the message in our mental awareness, it will make its way all the way to the physical body. By the time it gets to the physical body then sometimes it's going to take more work. It's going to take more Ho'o to get that pono.

The Hawaiian perspective is that nothing happens by accident. There is no coincidence. Everything happens for a reason.

Struggles are not about whether something is out of alignment.  Conflict is not about having to work to clean up the mess.

Ho’oponopono is the ability to mahalo, thank, all of those lessons and challenges that have come. To look back and understand it took those challenges in order to get to where we are. It's not damaged. It's all perfect.

Sometimes we just need those things that are uncomfortable to give us an opportunity to move in the direction of making what is already right and perfect more right.

Ho'oponopono makes right, more right.

I had this student in class who had a huge amount of difficulties with her ex-partner. Especially surrounding communicating about the children. They had been through a grueling child custody battle and now, two years into their arrangement things were not getting any easier.

Every time they spoke on the phone it was like she was going into battle. She felt like she was always under attack. She made a decision. Every time she had to get on the phone with him to make arrangements for the children, she would put a protective bubble around herself.

“How’s that going?”, I asked.  “Does it seems like he is any less angry?  Less aggressive?

She confessed that actually it didn't seem to make much difference.  She couldn’t control his behavior, but the bubble was something she felt she could do to protect herself. 

"Well, how many times throughout history have you heard of someone putting up a wall and the enemy retreating?”, I asked.

Right, exactly.

Putting up a wall of protection is a strategy of war.

If you put up a wall, the enemy is prompted to take destructive action.  Battering rams.  Fireballs. Attack.

My question to her, “Instead of this extensive protection ritual, what would happen if you filled your heart with Aloha and also sent him Aloha?  Not just when you're on the phone but at many times throughout the day.  Just think on him and if you can't speak to him directly, speak to his higher spirit.”

She agreed to try it.

My next advice, “Instead of seeing him as the enemy, and yourself as the victim, why don't you focus on the light in him that you saw in the beginning? The same light that originally attracted you to him? The light that made you decide to have a family with him?  Have your children with him?  Focus on those parts of him that you loved at one time."

She decided to give it a go.

A while later, I heard from her once again.  Before the decision to send Aloha, one of the most difficult situations that was a regular occurrence surrounding the kids’ sporting events.  Things had gotten so bad that only one of the parents could attend at a time so they wouldn’t see each other.  The ones that were being hurt the most by this were their kids.

Now, two years later, my student was delighted to say she and her -ex are now sitting together at the games. She's even there with her new partner.  He's there with the other woman. They're able to sit and enjoy their time and their children and they're able to be civil towards one another.

It all changed because she changed.

It's like a game of tug of war.  If someone lets go, there's no more tug of war. Game over. Everyone falls down on the other side. When one person discontinues the dynamic, everything changes.

YOU have the ability to change everything with Ho’oponopono

I am super excited to announce that I will be giving a free LIVE Masterclass on Ho’oponopono beginning Tuesday, November 29, 2016.  8am HST/10am PST/ 1pm EST/ 6pm GMT.

This will be a Four Part series and the first one is FREE. In this webinar you will learn:

  • How to recognize the source of challenges you face in everyday life
  • How to remember that you are true PERFECTION and how to claim this birthright
  • How to restore the power of Forgiveness, Hope, Love and Compassion in your life and relationships
  • How to connect with ancient wisdom to co-create your Dreams in life, love and business

Register for this FREE event by sending an email to and saying, “Count me in!”

What specific relationships are you struggling with right now that could use some Ho’oponopono?  Let me know in the comments below.  I’ll use your answers to guide the teachings in my class.

With aloha,

Jeana Iwalani Naluai


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