Huna and Seasons

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I was work­ing with a cou­ple who had split up ami­ca­bly, and I asked the woman what are some of the pos­i­tive things from this rela­tion­ship you would like to keep for the future?

She told me that she val­ued the com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the open­ness and fun she had had with her part­ner. Those became the “seed” she planted, and when she got into the next rela­tion­ship they became her focal point, her focus.

Like the fruit of a tree that falls to the ground and dies, the end­ing of a rela­tion­ship holds the seeds for future rela­tion­ships. But we must con­sciously ask: What have I learned? What do I want to let go of? What do I want to keep?

I teach Huna, the ancient Hawai­ian under­stand­ing of energy, heal­ing and life, from my expe­ri­ence and lin­eage. Fall is a good time to take stock of our lives accord­ing to the law of cycles and rhythms that is part of Huna and other indige­nous teachings.

Our world, our entire expe­ri­ence of our real­ity, occurs as a flow of energy like the alter­nat­ing cur­rent that pow­ers our elec­tric appli­ances. For instance, busi­ness peo­ple know they must spend money to make money, and learn how to mon­i­tor the flow of energy (money) return­ing through their investments.

Our con­scious­ness moves in nat­ural cycles too — every 90 min­utes or so we go into a light altered state where our brain­wave pat­tern changes and we enter a more relaxed frame of mind. Do you ever have day­dreams or need to walk out­side and take a quick break? That is an example.

It is no secret that cycles and rhythms in the nat­ural world, such as lunar phases and sea­sons, influ­ence our lives. Every med­ical doc­tor I have talked to and worked with who has ever had expe­ri­ence in emer­gency care will say with­out a doubt there are more acci­dents and more crazy expe­ri­ences on a full moon — even though there is no sci­en­tific expla­na­tion for it. That’s where the word lunatic comes from. Early psy­chol­ogy rec­og­nized that on a full moon, crazy peo­ple got cra­zier for some reason.

The ancient Hawai­ians under­stood through Huna that there are three basic ener­gies expe­ri­enced in all cycles and rhythms: birth, growth and com­ple­tion or death. The cycle of fall now upon us is when the earth is trans­form­ing to a time of com­plet­ing the change that began in spring.

I have had peo­ple ask me, since there are four sea­sons, why are there only three ener­gies? While spring and win­ter are the begin­ning and end of the sea­sonal cycle, both sum­mer and fall are part of the period of where growth moves to com­ple­tion. Sum­mer rep­re­sents the peak of that change or trans­for­ma­tion. Fall is when the sea­sonal curve moves toward completion.

In the fall we can begin to shed or release any of those things that we no longer need as we bring the year to an end. It is also a time when we can pre­pare for win­ter and store up the seeds of what we want to expe­ri­ence in the com­ing spring.

My step­fa­ther lives at a very high alti­tude in the Sierra moun­tain range in Cal­i­for­nia. This is a time of year when he begins to pre­pare for the win­ter. He makes sure he has wood chopped and stored, that his house has been weath­er­proofed and the roof is ready for the buildup of snow and ice. He checks the road to his house to make sure it can han­dle heavy snows and rains.

Like­wise, we can look at fall as a time to spir­i­tu­ally pre­pare for both win­ter and spring by ask­ing our­selves three questions:

  • What have I learned from what I have put into cre­ation and experienced?
  • What do I want to change, trans­form or bring com­ple­tion in the winter?
  • What aspect do I want to keep for the com­ing spring?

Every time I hold a train­ing, I always take time near the end to and ask myself, what did I learn from this cycle? What aspects do I want to let go of? What parts do I want to keep for my next training?

This fall, ask your­self: What have I learned about myself? About my life? About soci­ety or our eco­nomic sys­tem? What do I want to let go of? What do I want to pre­serve? Make those things you want to pre­serve your focus in win­ter to pre­pare for spring.

My grand­fa­ther always said life is about learn­ing. Good and bad, happy and sad, there is some­thing to be learned. Fall is a time to reflect on what we have learned, what we want to release and what we will nur­ture in the com­ing year.

About the Author: Matthew B. James, MA, Ph.D., is Pres­i­dent of The Empow­er­ment Part­ner­ship, where he serves as a mas­ter trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Pro­gram­ming (NLP), a prac­ti­cal behav­ioral tech­nol­ogy for help­ing peo­ple achieve their desired results in life. Dr. Matt has also immersed him­self in Huna, the ancient prac­tices of the Hawai­ian islands of for­give­ness and med­i­ta­tion for men­tal health and well-being, and he car­ries on the lin­eage of one of the last prac­tic­ing kahuna. In his new book, Find Your Pur­pose, Mas­ter Your Path, Dr. Matt melds the ancient wis­dom of Huna with mod­ern psy­chol­ogy to assist us in lead­ing con­scious, purpose-driven lives. Dr. James con­tributes reg­u­larly to The Huff­in­g­ton Post and Psy­chol­ogy Today blogs. For more infor­ma­tion and details on the NLP Prac­ti­tioner Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion train­ing now being offered for $97, visit

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