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Practitioners consider Huna one of the original sciences of healing, enlightenment, and personal empowerment.

By some reports, Huna's original name is ho'omana, with ho'o meaning "to make" while mana means "life force", which is similar to ki in Aikido, chi in tai chi, and prana in the Sanskrit language. Together, the term describes empowerment or to empower.

Reportedly, Huna taught ancient Hawaiians how to get in touch with their life force (energy), how to work with this energy, and to appreciate and understand their connection with the environment and others.

Harmony with themselves and the world around them was a way of life for Hawaiians. Huna taught them to use their unconscious mind (unihipili) to release stress and negative emotions. Rather than denying negative emotions or medicating them, they understood that these emotions were a cue to realign, release stress, and regain balance.

Commonly, Huna is attributed to Max Freedom Long, a non-Hawaiian American, who came to Hawaii as an elementary school teacher in 1917. While there, he developed an interest in the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Kahunas and contemporary practitioners of traditional Hawaiian religion, which also dealt with matters of health and well-being.

Long left Hawaii in 1931 disheartened, as none of the ceremonial people would talk to him. In 1934, he reportedly had a revelation that the secrets he sought were embedded into the Hawaiian language itself.

With this as a basis, he wrote his first book on the subject in 1936. However, detractors insist that no accepted Hawaiian sources reference "Huna" as an esoteric learning tradition.

In 1954, Long founded Huna Research, and published The Secret Science at Work as a Huna textbook. His 1965 book, The Huna Codes in Religions, discusses parallels between his system and religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, and Hinduism.

Long believed that the system that he discovered was not just about Hawaiian spirituality, but that it also had ties to ancient Egypt and India. Long's Huna system also links to Theosophy, New Thought, and Christian Science movements. There are also similarities to various energy healing systems.

Later Huna practitioners placed Huna among the New Age movements, even associating the practice with aliens from the Pleiades, who were remnants of the mythical civilizations of Mu and Lemuria. Other contemporary Huna practitioners have associated the practice with New Age interpretations of chakras, vortexes, and ley lines.

The seven principles of Huna are:

  1. Ike: The world is what you think it is.
  2. Kala: There are no limits; everything is possible.
  3. Makia: Energy flows where attention goes.
  4. Manawa: Now is the moment of power.
  5. Aloha: To love is to be happy with.
  6. Mana: All power comes from within.
  7. Pono: Effectiveness is the measure of truth.



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