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by Alison McEvoy

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The healing powers of Ho’oponopono and lomi lomi have been passed down through many generations, creating peace and harmony for those who utilize these Hawaiian practices. 

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Hawaiian Spirituality & Healing

by Alison McEvoy


Last April at Aloha House in Killorglin, Louise Kleu hosted Kumu Paa Julia Nlani, a 51st Generation Teacher and Healer from the Lineage of Kumu Paa Nui Lawrence Kalainia Kamani Aki of Halawa Valley Molokai. She guided immerse participants in the Foundation Teachings of Hawaiian Spirituality, Healing & Cultural Practice including Traditional Ho’oponopono.

We spoke to Kumu Julia Nlani last year, when this trip was in seedling stage and she shared with us her journey of remembrance and return to the path of her ancestors.

“I was chronically unhappy in my corporate job… for no apparent reason I felt very unhappy. I had a good job, a great husband, money in the bank, all the good stuff, but for some elusive reason I just felt completely unhappy and misplaced. And I was deeply searching for something…”As a true seeker of the Truth, Kumu Julia Nlani ultimately chose an experiential
route to find meaning: “I decided to go into a death lodge…[it] was to act as a dreaming lodge….Everything from that moment fell together…Whatever happened in there, that’s how I was going to live my life. Everything that happened in that little space is the ground work for who I am today.”

“[It] brought me back to my cultural roots,” she says. Back to the words of her Polynesian father who had taught her so much before he passed away early on in her life. All that her father had said to her was coming up in the lodge. The wisdom of her ancestors was coming forward to shape her life so that she might sustain and carry forward the healing and spiritual wisdom held in her line.

Following this experience Kumu Julia Nlani studied and elevated to become a Lineage Kumu – Spiritual Teacher and
Lineage Holder. “The true power of Lomi Lomi as a practitioner is to step out of the way and let the ancestors do the work.

That’s what it’s all about…That’s the line of truth. You recede from it. The space is taken by the ancestors. I’m doing the
strokes that the teacher has taught me. I’m applying the mechanics… I’m applying my understanding of where people
are mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically… and I’m saying pule (prayer) the whole time…it’s the spirit, the power of
the ancestors that takes form through what we call Lomi Lomi.”

Following the ways of old, the wisdom of these ancestors, can make us as children again. Before we were taught the illusion of separation, of difference, of competition, of conflict of interest. Whenever conflict arrived however, there was a protocol (aka ritual) for restoring the peace. This was the traditional meaning and purpose of Ho’oponopono. The true testimony to the practical power of Ho’oponopono is that it remains – “in place for 51 generations, simply because it works.”

Traditionally, Ho’oponopono is a process led by a trained individual, called the Luna Ho’oponopono. Just as with Lomi Lomi, here too the Luna is a place holder, allowing the ancestors to do the work while the Luna listens deeply to what they are
saying, enabling the Luna to ask the right questions and perform the right actions. “Working directly with the ancestors, that’s where the mana (power) is. It’s the mana, the spirit energy of the ancestors that makes the difference…”

Following the Ho’oponopono, the individuals involved would have “restitutions” to perform – “what you have to do in your  daily life to make sure that the wrong doing doesn’t continue… Ho’oponopono is about a way of life…PONO is to live in right alignment: spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. Doing what it takes to live in that alignment.”

And, most beauteous of all, when it’s done, it’s done – “You do it once. You do it right and it is done…That’s why you have
things to do, actions to take, which we call restitutions… to restore and maintain that alignment, so your daily life isn’t impacted by those stones… There’s a challenge in that, honestly.”


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