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The Sacred Power of Huna

Spirituality and Shamanism in Hawai'i

By Rima A. Morrell

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 September 2005
Beneath the postcard images of paradise that depict Hawaii, anthropologist Rima Morrell found a secret and sophisticated spiritual tradition that few of its many visitors ever get to see. Far from being lost within the "civilising" influences of the last few centuries, Hawaii's indigenous traditions merely went into hiding as its people refused to volunteer information about themselves to all but the most sincere seekers. Building on the work of such early researchers as Max Freedom Long, Rima Morrell reveals knowledge about this tradition that has not been previously available - such as the role of emotion in gaining true wisdom, the shamanic aspects of the hula, the magical elements of the Hawaiian language and the sophisticated system of lunar astrology - but, also, shows how the principles of a society woven with love can help shape our own lives. The system of ancient Hawaiian wisdom, known as Huna, teaches us how to focus the light of our own being to make magic. Many Hawaiians believe that light is knowledge in a pure state and that magic is the very fabric of life. When she first visited the islands Morrell found a lighter, brighter world, where trees talked to her in ancient temples and magic regularly happened. Following her higher self - and overcoming resistance to its rainbow guidance - she discovered that we are each responsible for our own power and through practising Huna, we can create our own reality and become magicians and navigators of our own soul.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPrologue1 Hidden Light2 Contrasting Lights3 The Power of Mana4 Making Magic5 Journey to the Mind of Light6 Opening the Colors of Light: The Hula Dance7 Making Rainbows: The Huna of Lovemaking8 Lights on the Beach at Night: Beyond Time and Death9 Gods Sliding Down Rainbows: Myth and Magic10 Brightening the Trails: A Pilgrimage through Hawai`i11 The Quality of Light Notes Glossary Huna ResourcesBibliography Index

About the Author

RIMA A. MORRELL has a doctorate in Hawaiian Shamanism from the Department of Geography, University -College London, and a Masters and Honours degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. She spent years in Polynesia conducting fieldwork with many -kahuna on remote islands and teaching at universities, including the University of Hawai`i. A -fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and the Royal Anthropological -Institute, she lectures at international conferences. She also teaches Huna in -Europe. She and her husband live in London and the Scottish Highlands. Rima's website is www.hunalight.com.

Reviews

"This is one of the finest recent books written about the sacred power of Huna. . . . Rima Morrell continues in the tradition of investigators into Huna, and arrives at some intriguing insights." * Lee Prosser, Ghostvillage.com, Feb. 6, 2006 * "From an understanding of how the unconscious operates in both Freudian and outside of Freudian realms to how the classic Hawaiian hula dance draws in spiritual force and connections, The Sacred Power of Huna provides plenty of in-depth observations." * Diane C. Donovon, The Midwest Book Review, Nov 2005 * "The Sacred Power of Huna provides a wealth of scientific and anthropological information in a delightfully engaging page-turner of a book. . . . I highly recommend this wonderful book to anyone interested in Hawaii, shamanism, and spiritual growth." * RealityShifters News, Sept 2005 * "Rima Morrell's thoughtful book on Polynesian spirituality is essential reading for anyone really interested either in plain anthropology or the broader study of world esotericism." * John Gordon, author of Egypt: Child of Atlantis * "Dr. Morrell writes in a fascinating way to give us insights to old Hawaiian ways of looking at healing." * Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., author of Love is Letting Go of Fear * "The most significant breakthrough in Lay thinking since Zukav's Dancing Wu Li Masters." * Pila of Hawaii, author of The Secrets and Mysteries of Hawaii * "I love this book! . . . . Rima's delightful [The Sacred Power of Huna] will fulfill a vital role in introducing many people to what she describes as the 'bejewelled path' to knowledge, through Huna.. . . . [Morrell] takes us there by proxy and shares with the avid reader the mysterious power and majesty of Hawai'i that has led so many people to think of it as the chosen land of the New Age. . . Perhaps the key to personal grace, as the authoress says, is that the real land of Huna moku or "secret island of paradise," resides deep within each of us. This book can show the Huna way to those beautiful lands." * Prof. Keith Scott-Mumby MB, ChB, MD, PhD * "Rima Morrell is to be applauded for bringing . . . to our attention: an ancient and holistic culture which is built on an unbroken tradition of accumulated human wisdom and which finds meaningfulness at all levels of our being. Dr. Morrell is uniquely able to bring academic rigour and wide knowledge of her subject to bear, yet her book is much more than dry scientific reportage of anthropological data . . . .when she leaves the work of other authors behind and describes her own direct experiences with the people and culture of Hawai`i her book really flowers. Surely this is the acme of anthropology: to take the experiences and lessons of research directly back to the people, so we can begin to remember the brightness that illuminates our lives." * Dr. Donnie Ross, Medical Director, Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust * "Writing with loving respect for the boundaries and sacred beauties of Hawaiian ancestral lore, Rima A. Morrell acts as a spiritual ambassador for this primordial, oceanic tradition." * Caitlin Matthews, author of Singing the Soul Back Home and The Celtic Spirit * "As a Polynesian, I am most impressed by Rima Morrell's knowledge of a culture that is not her own. Rima is obviously blessed with a keen intellect and extraordinary insights." * Vilsoni Hereniko, Ph.D., Professor of Pacific Island Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa * "Rima has seen the islands by foot and sleeping under the stars. In return she has experienced the islands the way that few visitors ever do. Not only has she learned vital information, but she has done so with a heart and mind open to island ways. . . . as a native Hawaiian I am honored to recommend this book." * Melvin Lonokaiolohia Kalahiki, Ali`i Nui o Pu`ukohola Heiau, Council of Hawaiian Organiz *

EAN: 9781594770098
ISBN: 1594770093
Publisher: Inner Traditions International
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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