Q: How does Lomi Lomi relate to teachings about God, Jesus Christ and the Bible?
In Hawaiian spiritual teachings, Ke Akua is the name we use for God, Creator, Source of all, the most high, etc. I believe the fundamental question is whether or not lomi lomi and Hawaiian spiritual teachings are in alignment or out of alignment with that.
People come to our retreats to learn lomi lomi. However, often they discover their true purpose for coming is to reignite their connection to God and the divine.
The majority of my kumu, teachers, were devout congregationalists, Seventh Day Adventist Christians, even Mormon in their religion. They also carried with them and lived by the sacred spiritual laws that were practiced by the Hawaiian people.
These laws are universal.
For example, in the Bible, Jesus Christ said one of the greatest commandments is to love thy neighbor as thyself.
In lomilomi and the Hawaiian teachings that we’re sharing at Ho’omana, we speak of Aloha. Aloha is the breath of God. The divine breath in every thing. Literally bringing the Spirit of God into everything.
When we work with Aloha, we are working soul to soul. We ask the plants to be used for healing, because we are acknowledging the spirit in the plant. We are acknowledging the ha, the spirit of God in each stone. Each plant. Every thing and every one.
We call God by a few names in our Hawaiian language. Kumu kahi, the one source. Ke Akua, our creator. God is at the pinnacle of all teachings and the source of healing.
Lomi lomi is praying work. When we pray, we are petitioning support from our ancestors and the Great Ancestor.
In lomi lomi, we work on the kua, the backbone. Kua is a thread seen throughout our genealogy and history. It is the root work for how we address our elders. Makuakane, father. Makuahine, mother. Aumakua, our ancestral guardians.
Aakua, the ancient ones walked this earth. Pele, Lono, Kane, Kanaloa. Their descendants are still walking these islands today. We share their stories to share the spirit of what they carried while on the earth. We tell of their lives. Who they were. Where they’ve been. The lessons we can learn from them.
We petition the Great Ancestor, Ke Akua, for healing and support as we work on the body.
We ask for healing of the mind, body, and spirit. These chants help to affirm the support. Our chants speak affirmations of what we want to bring into each and every session. Gratitude. Aloha. Unity. Humility.
Even the land has the backbone, the kuahiwi. When we look at that word, Ke Akua, the one source. All-knowing. Creator.
You can see that our language, reminds us of where we came from and our spiritual connection.
The Bible, is a series of stories that help us to learn how to live.
Real events. History. Actual people. Our Hawaiian storytelling is very much the same. Histories, events, parables and stories. Ancient teachings that are applicable to our journey today.
A wise one once told me:
“There are many roads that lead to the most high. And all roads are good ones”
Lomi lomi is just one way to help people to reconnect and remember who we are. A message of love from God to earth and a prayer from the earth back to God.
Our Hawaiian people embodied the sentiment of Aloha.
- Loving thy neighbor as thyself
- Understanding our relationship to one another
- Acknowledging our connection to the earth
- Ke Akua, creator, is above all. The pinnacle of a triangle.
When we stay in this alignment, caring for one another and caring for the earth. When we’re in right relationship with one another. When we’re in right action with all things around us… this is the embodiment of the God within us.
One of the beautiful books I love is “Old Turtle,” by Douglas Wood. I want to share a bit with you now…
It’s time to see the God in one another. See the light each one of us carries.
Lomi lomi is an opportunity to remember sacred truth. The spiritual law that God is in everything. Our job, while we’re here, is to acknowledge the Aloha in everything. Be of service to all things while we’re here walking the earth, and to remember our connection.
If you’re thinking lomi lomi might be against whatever it is that you have learned before, just remember that there are many roads that lead to the most high and all are good ones.
In lomi lomi, we are just sharing possibilities. A message that is absolutely aligned with connection to the most high.
What would you like to know about Hawaiian Spirituality? Comment below…I answer every question and LOVE to hear from you!
Jeana Iwalani Naluai
PS: If you’re thinking it’s time to come to Maui, learn Lomi Lomi and activate your own healing potential…we still have a few spaces in our next training. I would LOVE to see you in one of our Hawaiian Healing retreats at Ho’omana!
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