I have been privileged to study with many Hawaiian teachers of the ancient ways. Some of my Hawaiian teachers allow me to use the knowledge I was taught when I work individually with clients but instructed me not to teach others the knowledge they taught me. I was interviewed and selected to be a student and they only wish their knowledge to go to those they have personally selected.  My Chinese Qigong Grand Master often commented that in ancient times and in her lifetime the teacher selected the student while in the Western cultures it is the other way around, with the student selecting the teacher. Of course in a synergetic view the right teacher is brought together with the right student.

  I have had other Hawaiians teachers of ancient ways who encourage me (I am a certified teacher of Hawaiian Huna) to share information I learned from them with others, which is not the same information I was instructed not to share as there are different lineages and different healing arts. I address this as people often express concern about nonnative teachers teaching native knowledge, in this case a nonHawaiian sharing Hawaiian teachings. I respect and honor those Hawaiians who want to limit what is taught and select who is appropriate for knowing such knowledge. I also respect Hawaiian teachers who feel the world needs the healing offered by their Hawaiian traditions and knowledge.

  “Ho’oponopono” means to make right, making things right between ourselves and others. This is an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness that has some modern interpretations as well. The Hawaiians are very much into being in harmony, being in harmony with nature and in harmony with others. When there is discord in the family, when someone is holding anger, this disharmony can lead to illness. If we separate the word disease into it components we get dis-ease. Western medicine talks about how stress can be a source of illness. The ancient Hawaiians were aware that energy containing dis-ease could create illness. To the Hawaiians it is very important to return the family and community to harmony so that is why they developed a practice of forgiveness.

  When we think of Hawaii we often think of the spirit of aloha. The spirit of aloha includes being in a state of co-operation and harmony which contrasts with the Western cultures’ state of competition and power over other people and power over nature.  We think of aloha as just meaning hello and good bye. However, it means much more, such as “May the breath of life go with you”.  Hawaiians share the breath of life with each other. This is done with a person placing his/her face against the other person’s face and then exchanging their breath of life with each other. This discussion of the breath of life illustrates how the Hawaiians are aware of the importance of energy and sensitive to sharing each others energy. I bring this up as energy is very important in the practice of Ho’oponopono.

  One of the ways Hawaiians view energy is that when we see, think of or connect with others in any way we are sending out an aka cord. Aka is a sticky substance that creates a connection between us and others.  Once we have an aka cord with others each time we think of them we are sending energy through the aka cord and strengthening the connection we have with them. Energy flows in both directions so when someone thinks of us it strengthens our energy connection with that person. In our culture the closest analogy is the apron strings between a mother and child. The aka cords of energy can