Friday, December 9, 2011

Relationship Technique

QUESTION: I'm striving to create the relationship I want, so I ask if there was one technique you could recommend (for creating this relationship) what would it be. I've tried Dynamind, as well as a number from the Urban shaman book.

ANSWER: To manifest something, we must remember that we cannot control the world, but we can influence it. The first step in manifesting a good relationship is focus on the benefits you want from it, more than requiring a particular person to provide those benefits. The second step is to turn yourself into the kind of person that someone who can provide those benefits would want as a partner.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cannabis for healing

QUESTION: What is your opinion about the use of cannabis in healing. Do you think it is useful? Also if you know, please tell me the real meaning of the Hawaiian word 'pakalolo'.

ANSWER: It is possible for cannabis to aid healing because it helps relieve physical tension, the primary factor behind all illness. However, the side effects of increased sensory sensitivity, the tendency for many users to slip into dream states, and the tension-producing effects of inhaling the smoke also have to be taken into consideration.

"Pakalolo" is a modern Hawaiian word composed of "paka" - a Hawaiianized form of the word "tobacco", and "lolo" (with a macron over both letters "o") - meaning "paralyzed, numb, feeble-minded, crazy." Thus, "crazy (or numbing) tobacco."

Monday, November 7, 2011


QUESTION: When I have a choice between doing one of two things, like staying with a person or staying at a job, and not staying, how can I know which is the right choice to make?

ANSWER: There is no way to tell which is the "right" choice, because the future is not fixed, and future effects come out of future choices. However, you can get a good idea of what might happen if you make a choice based on current patterns of thinking and feeling.

1. Find some time to be quiet and alone and relax as deeply as you can. A simple way would be to spend at least one to five minutes looking at things or objects with lots of curves or circles.
2. Think of what you like about the current situation, and about what you don't like, for one to five minutes.
3. Now imagine two doorways to the future - one is for a future where you stay in the situation, and one is for a future where you don't stay. Each one will take you six months or one year or five years into the future; it's up to you. Imagine each door in great detail.
4. When you are ready, step through one of the doors and pay attention to what you see and how you feel. Then come back and go through the other door.
5. This will give you an idea of what may happen if patterns and habits in the present do not change. It is not a prediction, but a projection. It will give you information that will allow you to either change yourself, or change the situation. You still have to make the decision.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

One Right Way?

QUESTION: Why do so many people insist that there must be one truth, or one right way of doing things?

ANSWER: Because the human conscious mind gets confused by too many different points of view, or too many things to do, or too many different ways of doing the same thing. And the more insecure a person feels, the less he or she can tolerate differences.

Normally, most people are most able to deal with two things at the same time, and three or four things in sequence. Four in particular is a comfortable number, which is why so many important things in our lives are divided into four categories. There are four seasons, usually four choices in multiple-choice questions, four major psychological types in a lot of systems, four major world religions in books on religion, and on and on.

Large numbers are frequently handled by dividing them into groups of three or four. The twelve months of the year are often divided into thirds or quarters. The incredibly complex variety of biological life on earth is divided into eight categories: Domain; Kingdom; Phylum; Class; Order; Family; Genus; Species; with the last four more commonly referred to, and the last two most commonly used.

So, even in a universe of infinite possibilities our human nature likes to organize experience for the purpose of efficiency, effectiveness, and primarily comfort. And the more insecure--meaning disconnected--we feel, the more simple we like that organization to be. This is what gives rise to ideas and desires for one truth, one life, one government, one leader, one language, one path, and one right way of doing things.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Huna and Food

QUESTION: What is the Huna point of view on food? Are there foods to avoid or foods to prefer?

ANSWER: If the world is what you think it is, then food is what you think it is. Some kind of food is necessary for our energy system (even if you are a breatharian), but the kind of food that is good for you is highly dependent on your culture, your family habits, your personal preferences, and the current state of your body.

In some cultures the people thrive on fat (ex: Inuit), in others on insects (parts of Africa), in others on mostly protein (Masai), in others on fruits and vegetables (India), in others on mostly starch (China), in others on a wide mix (Europe).

Regardless of the type of food, the main food problem that people have everywhere is too little or too much. Too litttle, and the body has to call on reserves of fat and muscle until the body doesn't have enough food to survive. Too much, whatever the type, and the body has to convert it to fat for storage, which can lead to many different physical problems.

Complicating the issue are mental attitudes and emotional reactions that affect the foods you choose and the way your body handles food.

So, back to the Huna point of view. Eat in a way that makes you feel good physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. And forgive yourself when you don't.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Clearing the effects of old memories

QUESTION: Could you please tell me how to remove the old aka of other people from second-hand clothing, bedding and furniture?

ANSWER: I understand what you mean, but it would be more accurate to call it "old memories."  And the problem is not the memories themselves, but their emotional content. The best way to deal with them is to clean the items first, then hold or touch them and fill them with your own strong emotional energy, in the form of love, blessings, appreciation, or whatever you find is appropriate. To help make it more clear, you can use imagination to fill them with pure light (white, pink, blue, or whatever feels good to you). The important thing is the combination of high energy and new focus. Fifteen to thirty seconds for each item ought to be enough, depending on what you feel from them.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


QUESTION: What is boredom, psychologically?

ANSWER: I think that boredom is one symptom of withdrawal from the world, underlaid with a sense of helplessness. People use many different means of coping with the problem of feeling helpless. Some use anger and its variations to compensate for it, some give up their authority and responsibility to others - not necessarily people - to help ease the feeling, and some withdraw. Even withdrawal has its variations, however, and boredom is probably the mildest form. When withdrawal is accompanied by anger, it usually results in depression. When it is accompanied by fear, it can result in some form of autism.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Communication with the dead

QUESTION: What are your teachings on contacting the dead? And can the dead contact the
living - in dreams etc? I do not mean via seances or ouija boards or the like, but spontaneously either during sleep or even awake, because the living are thinking about
the departed, or vice versa.

ANSWER: According to Huna, everything is alive, aware, and responsive. This assumes that those we call dead are still alive, just not in our dimension (range of frequencies) that we call life. Huna also says that energy flows where attention goes, regardless of dimension, so yes, those called dead can contact the living, and the living can contact those called dead.

Spontaneously, this can happen while awake or asleep, but very rarely when we (the "living") are focused on some activity or task. And the dead communicate mostly through intuition, feelings, images, memories, sudden ideas, or by attracting our attention to something in our outer world. In some cases we might respond to such communication by subconsciously using our own energy to create a visible form or by moving objects.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Conventional or Alternative Healing Help

QUESTION: When some kind of unusual pain or disfunction happens to your body, when do you decide to see a doctor and when do you rely on alternative healing without seeking a doctor?

ANSWER: Good question, but not easy to answer. It depends a lot on how familiar you are with conventional and alternative forms of treatment, and mostly on how severe the problem is. For non-life-threatening problems I immediately apply simple stress-reduction techniques. If they work within an hour, I'm done. If not, I seek other options, depending on what I'm most comfortable and/or familiar with. If it is or appears to be life-threatening, I seek the first available help that knows how to deal with that kind of problem.

For instance, if I suddenly get pain, numbness, stiffness, injury, burns, or infection that are not apparently serious, I first use alternative techniques that I know very well and that work very well FOR ME. If something happens that is major, like a compound fracture or a life-threatening disease, I go to ER immediately, with or without someone's help, and use alternative techniques during the conventional treatment to help speed up the healing process.

As an example, at one time in my life I came within an hour of dying from pneumonia and dehydration. The very first treatment was water followed by antibiotics and bed rest. During the healing process, which lasted for three months, I added special breathing, imagination, shaman journeys, chicken soup, acupuncture, radionics, and healing energy from friends and family. At the end I felt healthier than ever before. It was my experience that I felt the most help from the water, the antibiotics, the shaman journeys, and the radionics.

The final point is this: in any kind of healing, use everything that works.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Death Prayer

QUESTION: I have been reading some books by Max Freedom Long, and he mentions there was a Hawaiian "Death Prayer." I wonder if unwittingly I uttered one myself a few years ago? An elderly neighbor with rheumatoid arthritis and taking steroids acted in a nasty way to my son when I sent him to ask for help to get my asthmatic cat to the vet and I said, "I hope one day that she knows what to be unable to breathe like my cat." Four days later she suddenly died from pneumonia. Did I kill her?

ANSWER: Please don't feel responsible for your neighbor's death. No one has the power to kill someone else by saying a few mean words, not even if they do it every day. If that were true, world leaders, financial executives, and serial killers would be falling over dead all the time.

People die when Spirit decides it is time to leave this life. As long as you did not purposely do something physical to contribute to her death, you cannot be responsible.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Alternate Help

QUESTION: We are all contributing ripples to the Conscious Revolution, but what if a radical surge could tip the balance and make a change really happen? Is this a realistic possibility, or do you think it'll be a gradual shift as we are forced to adapt to survive climate and political/religious change? And do you believe there would be 'alternate worldly' support once that global conscious line is crossed!?

ANSWER: The future of life is just as unknown as that of the stock market, but it's always best to keep a positive outlook in order to take advantage of current patterns that reflect what we want and encourage or strengthen them to make positive change happen as fast as possible. I do believe that changing one dream changes all related dreams, and that we can get inspiration and energy from alternate realities where others (and perhaps other versions of ourselves) are already doing what we want to do.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Higher Self

QUESTION: I have read that the Higher Self is something like a guardian angel. Does this mean that it is supposed to protect us from harm and keep us out of trouble? Also, isn't it supposed to make sure that we stay on our path?

ANSWER: According to my tradition, your life's purpose will be carried out regardless of personal circumstances. The Higher Self does not keep you from harm - otherwise the world as we know it would be very different - but it does assist you in coping with things over which you have no control, whether you are a child or an adult. As an outside observer it may not seem like the assistance is adequate, but we are not puppets of our Higher Selves, and our conscious and subconscious fears, desires, and beliefs always play a role in modifying circumstances.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Huna is Hawaiian

QUESTION: I love Huna, but lately I've come across several writers who say that Huna is not Hawaiian and that the ancients never practiced any form of it. What's the scoop?

ANSWER: Well, there's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that Huna was practiced by the ancient Hawaiians (please read my article "Huna and Hawaiians" at The bad news is that Max Long's version of Huna was not practiced by the ancient Hawaiians. He created a very good system based on Hawaiian words from a nineteenth century dictionary - the only one available at the time - combined with ideas from psychology and theosophy. At the time he was here it was against the law to be a kahuna or call oneself a kahuna, so he was never able to learn from Hawaiians directly. In spite of that, his system is workable and has helped many people.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Unexpected Happiness

QUESTION: Since taking your course I feel little increments of happiness and I am grateful. But what makes happiness suddenly seep in? Is it a decision? I don't remember being able to make that decision.

ANSWER: Some people like to say that happiness is a choice, and to some extent that's true, but every so often feelings of happiness catch us by surprise. I believe that this happens when - for whatever reason - we are in total harmony with ourselves and our environment. If it does happen, treat it like a beautiful sunset, without regretting its passage, but appreciating the fact that it happened.

Monday, February 28, 2011

When the teacher is ready the student appears

QUESTION: I was working as a theatre director in London, with a particular passion for  actor training and craft. Actors aren't treated so well, and constantly  under scrutiny and judgement, so there was always a sense of undoing that injustice in my work and restoring their sense of creative power and bringing  them back to their bodies. However I started to feel incapable of doing this. It's like I realised the scale of the problem, that this wasn't just about actors, this was also about me and a lot of the world. I felt like an ill  equipped fraud trying to get the actors to be 'present', purifying where they were reacting from, and removing ego from the rehearsal room when I was truly as  egotistical and in my mind as any of the worst of them. Years later I still do not feel ready to teach people what I know to be good when I have not yet achieved the state I am trying to help them reach. Do you have any advice?

ANSWER: The core concept is this: if you wait until you have fully resolved all the issues that you are trying to help others resolve, you will never be in a position to help others at all. Think about the fact that acting coaches and directors are not required to be Oscar winners in order to teach and direct, any more than sports coaches must be as good as the athletes they train. In order for there to be good teachers and guides for helping to make the world a better place, there have to be people willing to be imperfect, willing to risk mistakes, and willing to help. You can always teach what you know to be good, even before you have mastered it yourself. And, because of free will, after you have shared what you know, you cannot be responsible for how - or even whether - it will be used by your students.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Senseless Violence?

QUESTION: In your book, "Urban Shaman," you say that everything that happens has a good purpose. I can understand that natural disasters can have the purpose of attracting our attention to certain parts of the world and their problems, but what about parents who kill their children and those who shoot or blow up innocent people? What could be the good reasons for this kind of violence that seems to be growing?

ANSWER: If you study history, you will discover that it is not the violence that is growing, but the news coverage of such events.

Nevertheless, you do pose one of the most difficult questions to answer. The simple fact is that there is no way for us to know.

When events happen, good or bad, we have the choice of assuming that they are meaningless, that they are accidental, or that they have some larger purpose that we are not aware of. The effects of assuming the first one tends to be anger, frustration, helplessness,
fear, depression and despair, none of which do anyone any good. The effects of the second one tend to be fear, sadness, sympathy, compassion, and healing. The effects of the last one tend to be the same as the previous one without the fear. No one knows the "real" answer, if there is one. In Huna, when there is no clear answer to a particular question, we choose the assumptions that provide the most benefit.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Communicating with the land

QUESTION: In a Huna lecture you mentioned the possibility of learning from the land. I'm not sure I fully understand how to achieve it. Should I work with the stones, touch the trees, walk barefoot ? What would you suggest to be the most appropriate way to communicate with the land ?

ANSWER: You don't have to walk barefoot to learn from the land. All you have to do is combine knowledge and feeling. Learn all you can intellectually about the land, practice awareness of the land with all your senses, practice talking to it and listening to it as if it
were alive, and practice imagining how you could apply what you learn to other areas of life. Then apply it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dealing with a history of abuse

QUESTION: I am excited to learn about Dynamind (DMT) because my brothers, sister, and I have a history of abuse. (My sister and I both have endured mental, physical, and sexual abuse). How can DMT help us in moving forward with our lives?  We are all somewhat 'stuck' and it seems as if every time something good comes into our lives it is either "hurt" or damaged".  How can we live a happily abundant life in spite of the pain we endured as children?

ANSWER: With Dynamind you can change your emotional feelings and reactions to the history of abuse by working with each memory you can handle. As the feelings of fear and anger are relieved, along with their accompanying physical sensations, you will find yourself becoming more and more free of the past and able to create a new and better future. (for info on Dynamind see

Thursday, January 6, 2011

QUESTION: How can I get rid of my depression?

ANSWER: Depression is not something that you get rid of, because it is not a "thing" that's inside you, it's a behavior and the feeling that results from that behavior.

Depression is a state of helpless anger. Natural anger is an attempt gather energy and focus on changing something that a person doesn't like. Although it can be useful at times when it's applied briefly, anger requires tension and that makes it less efficient that other ways of solving problems.

Depression enters in for some people when there is anger, but, in the mind of the person concerned, no way to use that energy to solve a problem. Some part of the person decides that something that needs changing can't be changed. This creates a feeling of helplessness, which results in suppressing the anger, which leads to the feeling of depression. When the feelings of helplessness and anger are strong enough, this can lead to feeling depressed about everything. Further complications can be thoughts of suicide, emotional withdrawal from life, and various forms of autism.

Excessive tension is the key element, so the first step toward healing is tension relief. This is why there has been so much success with walking, exercise, and reduced sleep combined with physical activity as treatments. Massage would seem to be very helpful, but it must be noted that if you only relieve the tension there is the underlying anger to deal with. Mind-Body techniques like EFT, Psych-K, and Dynamind can be very helpful. And some people heal themselves by simply changing their mind about being helpless and taking some positive action toward solving the problem.