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Graeme Urlich

Graeme Kapono Urlich

Graeme Urlich first began learning about esoteric knowledge in the late 70’s and started working with Huna in 1988 when he learned the temple style Lomi Lomi from a Hawaiian teacher.  On a visit to Hawaii he encountered Serge Kahili King and was attracted to his family’s version of Huna and began studying with Aloha International. Graeme was ordained as an Alakai in 1994 and has since taught workshops in New Zealand, the US and Europe.

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An introduction to Huna >>
Negatively Speaking >>

An introduction to Huna

Literally translated Huna means “the secret” or “secret knowedge”.  A Kahuna or master practitioner of the various arts based on Huna translates roughly as “The keeper of the secret”.
Broken up into sylables, Hu means male or active energy and Na means female or passive energy.  In association with the first principle then Huna means “the constant interaction of male and female energy 
directed by thought to create experience”.

The Huna philosopy is based on seven simple principles and acknowedges that it is completely arbitrary and “made up” as are all systems.  It is a very pragmatic philosophy and is “inclusive” in that it does not exclude any other philosophy or religion and can be practiced along side any other system.
The legends of Polynesia suggest that this knowedge was brought to the people of Earth from the Pleidies thousands of years ago and spread out around the world and was adapted into various forms to suit the environment in which it was applied.  Even today the Maori of New Zealand and the Hawaiians recognise the season of Makahiki (Hawaiian) or Matariki (Maori) when the Pleidies is visible in the sky.
Most of the traditions using this knowledge including most in Hawaii, followed the way of the warrior.  A few, including the Hopi Indians and the Kupua of Hawaii, followed the “Way of the Adventurer”.  The different viewpoints give rise to different ways of working with the same basic principles and a very different approach to and experience of life.

The Philosophy
1)  IKE.                 The World Is What You Think It Is.
You create your own reality.  This means every part of your personal experience of reality.  You create it through your beliefs, expectations, attitudes, desires, fears, judgements, interpretations, feelings, intentions and consistent or persistent thoughts.


2)  KALA.             There Are No Limits.
You are unlimited.  There are no boundaries to your selfhood, no boundaries between you and your body, you and the world or you and God.  Any divisions used are terms of function and/or convenience because separateness is only a useful illusion.


3)  MAKIA.          Energy Flows Where Attention Goes.        
You get what you concentrate on.  The thoughts and feelings that you dwell on, in full awareness or not, form the blueprint for bringing into your life the nearest equivalent experience to those thoughts and feelings.


4)  MANAWA      Now Is The Moment Of Power.
You are not bound by any experience of the past or any perception of the future.  The past is only a memory and the future a mere possibility.  You have the power in the present moment to change limiting beliefs and consciously plant the seeds for a future of your choosing.  As you change your mind, you change your experience.


5)  ALOHA.          To Love Is To Be Happy With.
ALOHA - The Joyful Sharing Of Life Energy In the Present Moment.  All realities are made up of relationships.  Relationship between people, people and Nature, people and their bodies, people and their beliefs.  Aloha is the ability to exist in any reality in total harmony - without judgement or comparison.


6)  MANA.           All Power Comes From Within.
The things in life that we perceive to have power over us, only do so because we give them that power.  We have complete freedom of choice in all matters.


7)  PONO.            Effectiveness Is The Measure Of Truth.
There is no absolute truth.  If a concept or belief works to achieve your purpose then that is your truth.  The same concept may not work for another person so they must choose another one more appropriate to their purpose.  The end does not justify the means however, it will always reflect them - i.e. Violent means, violent end;  Happy means, happy end.

These ideas have never been very popular because they declare that without exception that the individual is totally responsible for his personal experience.  This can be viewed as subversive by rulers and intolerable by subjects.  The uneasiness produced by the implication of responsibility often blinds people to the implication of tremendous freedom the philosophy also contains.
Belief is the fundamental basis for our experience of any reality. We can only experience what we believe is possible at some level of consciousness.  The more firmly we believe something, the more profoundly it affects our experience. 

The major task of a Kahuna Healer is to change unhealthy beliefs, into healthy ones.

Graeme Kapono Urlich

Negatively Speaking

As a part my training and development as an Adventurer Shaman*, I have had to become very aware of my use of language, both consciously and sub-consciously. As a result of this, I have also become vividly aware of how negative we are when we describe even the most positive things, the result of which is to program negative and destructive sub-conscious patterns.


When someone asks you how you are feeling, do you reply "great", "very well thank you" or, "not bad", "fair", "not so good"? When you have just finished a really nice meal and someone asks you if you enjoyed it, is you reply "really nice", "excellent", delicious meal" or, "not bad"? When you have turned out a good piece of work or achieved something that really pleases you, do you prefer to hear "excellent effort that", " really good work", "I am very pleased" or, "not a bad effort there"?


The sub-conscious mind works on pure logic and does not know about context when we use language. Unless we pay particular conscious attention to context, the sub-conscious will often pick out key words in a sentence and use those to generate experience or feeling. If most of the words are negatives, or have negative associations for your sub-conscious, then most of the experiences and feelings will tend toward the negative. Using biofeedback techniques such as muscle testing, it is possible to demonstrate the dramatically different effects that the two language patterns have on our energy levels and emotions.


When you are talking to someone and disagree with what they are saying, do you say, "I don't believe that", "that's rubbish" or, "I believe something else", "I have a different opinion"? When you are feeling poorly, do you say "I don't feel well", "I am not feeling well" or, "I am feeling a little off colour for the moment"? These similar statements are interpreted by the conscious mind as meaning the same thing, but to the sub-conscious they are quite different. To help the healing process you could say, "I'm feeling much better now". Even if this is not true, the sub-conscious mind will begin to bring it about. Using the negative expression will keep us feeling unwell for longer.


Another aspect of this is how we have learned to ask for things. It is vastly more common for people to complain about something being wrong than for people to suggest a solution. I have trained myself to ask for the desired result rather than to complain about something and hope for someone to recognise this as a request - and possibly feeling disgruntled that it hasn't been recognised. I teach my children to come and ask for a drink rather than to complain that they are thirsty - to ask for help with something rather than to state that they can't do it themselves.


This seemingly insignificant rephrasing of descriptions and requests can have a tremendous effect on the way we experience life. We become more positive in our outlook and people around us begin to respond to us in more positive ways. Things tend to start working out more because we are choosing ways for them to work out rather than hoping that they will. People like to know what you want from them instead of hearing what they do wrong. Our own sub-conscious responds the same way - if a solution is suggested our sub-conscious will move to bring this about quickly. If we simply state that there is a problem then our sub-conscious will have no clear choice to move towards and is just as likey to choose a less than desirable solution and create a new problem.


It has taken me some time to become aware of this process and to remember to change it. I still forget quite often but gradually more and more things in my life are working better and better. The effort to change has been well worth it for me and I am sure that you will see the same benefits in your own lives if you take on the challenge and stick with it.

* Adventurer Shaman - deals in developing skills of love, harmony and cooperation.

Graeme Kapono Urlich



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