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The Sacred Power of Huna

The Sacred Power of Huna

Spirituality and Shamanism in Hawai‘i

When Rima Morrell first went to Hawai‘i as a young anthropology student from Cambridge University, she was surprised to find a lighter brighter world where trees talked to her in ancient temples and magic regularly happened. She found the system of ancient Hawaiian wisdom known as Huna, a system that teaches us how to focus the light of our own being to make magic. Following her Higher Self--and overcoming resistance to its rainbow guidance--she discovered we are each responsible for our own power. Through practicing Huna, we can consciously create our own reality, for we are each the navigator of our own soul canoe.

Following her years in the islands, and Ph.D. in Huna, Rima reveals new knowledge about this sacred tradition. Citing the work of earlier researchers such as Max Freedom Long, as well as native kahuna, Rima reveals knowledge about Huna that has not previously been available: the role of emotion in gaining true wisdom, the magical elements of Hawaiian language, the sophisticated system of lunar astrology, and the hula as a system of shamanism. Rima also shows how the principles of a society woven with love can shape our own lives.
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  • Inner Traditions | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781594770098 | 
  • August 2005
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The Enchantment of the Islands

At first sight it looks as if the only magic in Hawaii is physical enchantment. The moon is made of silver, the sand is scoops of gold, the ocean is laid out like a deep velvet throw. Yet look a bit deeper and you will find magic beyond the enchantment of the physical beauty. For instance, spend some time with the boozing and ukulele-playing “boys on the beach” and you’ll discover how enchanting and strong Hawaiian culture still is. The indigenous Hawaiians often chant to the ocean in their native Hawaiian before they go in for a swim and give thanks after they come out; they may have a... see more

About the Author

Rima A. Morrell

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.

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