|This excerpt is from Dad's 12-week Huna Course #5 ... and, even after reading it 30 years ago ... it's still just as important today!|
Dear Huna Student:
What we generally call "prayer" has taken on "religious" connotations which are so strongly established that it is difficult to examine its intrinsic meaning ("an earnest request"). This word has been used a number of times already in these lessons. The expression "Prayer-Action" is closer to our meaning here. In the Hawaiian language, there are two significant words for prayer:
v (1) wai-pa, meaning literally "to divide water." Water is the Huna symbol for mana or vital force and thus prayer refers to the use of mana in the various functions of the three selves.
v (2) pule, meaning "to send forth" thought-forms to the High Self via the flow of mana along the aka cord.
So, when I speak of "prayer" or Prayer-Action, I am referring to a carefully worked out blueprint for what we wish to be built into our lives, together with the appropriate implementation of that design. The Huna principles which are taught in these lessons are easy to grasp. They are much like those with which we are familiar in the older and newer religions and psychologies which are current at this time. What we are doing is working out in more detail what makes an effective "prayer" or Prayer-Action to a Higher Intelligence. Here is the necessary procedure:
l. THE PREPARATION FOR THE ACT OF "PRAYER." Careful consideration must be given to the NEW CONDITIONS, which we wish brought about. In Huna, the Prayer-Action is not made for the momentary need alone, but for the needs of all the life ahead. Instead of drifting, we take as much time as is needed, and make up our minds, insofar as it is possible, EXACTLY what we wish the future to hold for us. Isn't it strange how few public "prayers" in modern churches have any thought or preparation back of them? In fact, it seems that a prepared prayer is held under suspicion. You can ask for health, happiness, and prosperity, including specifics -- but YOU MUST NOT forget to include service to others. There is much that is helpful in the ideals of the kahunas.
"The kahuna taught that there was an ideal condition to which the individual might aspire. It was a condition in which the aid and guidance of the High Self was requested, received, and then acted upon. The one rule o f life that must be obeyed was that we should do nothing to hurt another unjustly. For those more advanced, the rule included loving service. Love can unite men and enable them to do great works for the good of all. Hate and fear can unite men only f or war and destruction.�
(The Secret Science Behind Miracles, p. 188)
The principle is that we must decide on our future, then plan it in as much detail as we can, after which we set about taking the next step, that of bringing the desired condition into reality.
Max Freedom Long gives a very instructive example of how this is done, drawing on his own experience. Because of its length, this account will be given in its entirety in a postscript to this letter.
2. The second step is to build a complete set of thought-forms of the new future, through visualization and with the use of a physical stimulus to impress the subconscious Low Self.
3. The third step is to accumulate a sufficient supply of Mana o r vital force (as practiced in the preceding lesson) to send the newly created thought-forms along the invisible aka thread of connection to the High Self.
4. The fourth step is the follow-up in which we DAILY review and strengthen the visualized future embodied in our thought-forms, and DAILY present them anew with a fresh supply of vital force to be used by the High Self to do what the kahuna symbolized as "growing the seeds (thought-forms) by sprinkling them with water (Mana) until they bear fruit as actual conditions as the future becomes the present."�
5. As a part of the work of taking these steps successfully, you will learn of the necessity of removing any blocks caused by such things as guilt feelings and fix ations (fixed ideas held by the Low Self).
What's new about all this? The reaction sometimes is that so much "sounds familiar" -- this may be because you recognize the truth of these principles, or because they are simple concepts, perhaps put into perspective for the first time. Perhaps an outline of some of the approaches of Huna that differ from others would be helpful at this point:
· l. The long-term scope of the Prayer-Action and the more careful preparation is new.
· 2. The use of visualization may be familiar to some extent, but its use to create consciously a set of thought-forms to act as molds for the materialization of desired future events is new in perspective.
· 3. The request to the High Self, asking that the thought-forms be used to create for us a new and more desirable future is new.
· 4. The accumulation of extra Mana or vital force and the sending of it to the High Self to be used in the creation of the desired future is new.
· 5. The invisible aka thread that connects us with the High Self is new, although there is a hint of it in the Biblical reference to the "silver cord."�
· 6. The use of a flow of Mana to carry the thought-forms telepathically to the High Self is new and of greatest importance.
· 7. The fact that the aka thread runs between the aka or shadowy body of the Low Self and the High Self, and that it is the ONE AND ONLY means of contact between the inner Self and the High Self, is not only new, but revolutionary in the psychological-religious thinking of this century. It gives us, at last, an explanation of WHY the usual vocal prayer made by the conscious mind or Middle Self gets no answer -- the Low Self is not brought into the action and the telepathic sending of the prayer is missing, to say nothing of supplying the needed vital force to be used by the High Self or paying attention to the removing of blocks to this telepathic communication.