EXPERIMENTATION AND ITS PROBLEMS.
MORE DETAILS OF THE HUNA SYSTEM.
IN ACTUAL practice it is anticipated that some individuals will excel in the work of calling down the actual healing action from the Aumakua. Others may be unable to do this, but will be able to get patients ready for the actual healing.
All experimenters will usually try to learn the simple movements of mind first, but will, at the same time remember the necessity of working toward the end of contact with the Aumakua.
Experimenters with mediumistic ability will sometimes be needed to work with the less psychic members. It is probable that in cases of obsession, or attack by angry spirits from "the other side", the psychic members will enlist the help of their spirit guides to "see" the spirit causing the trouble, and to watch progressive results when exorcism is attempted by other healers. This is a special branch of the work and will be in the hands of those especially qualified to undertake it.
Obsession and the various degrees of "split personality" are accounted for by the Huna system (as it stands at this writing) in fair detail, but the study must be continued in this branch with experimentation helping to feel the way. It is clear that the low and middle selves are often separated from each other at death, and that, singly, they may attach themselves as "split personalities" to the living, or may completely obsess an individual. If there is amnesia in which a new and different set of memories arrive, it can be assumed that the Unihipili has been displaced. Only this self can remember and store memories in its shadowy body. If there is a change in "personality" but not in memories, only a Uhane has been displaced. If both personality and memory are seen to change, there is a full exchange of selves in the body. Frequently the Uhane is forced to leave the body because of disease or injury, while the Unihipili remains caring for the body and remembering, but with no Uhane there is no inductive or higher reason, so the insane patient is "irrational".
In cases where there is this irrational type of insanity, and/or a complete loss of earlier memories, it would appear to be a definite matter of the human low and middle selves abandoning a body (or being ousted from it in some way) and the body falling into the possession of something which may (1) be subhuman, or (2) may be a very young or injured human Unihipili. Mediums (and even the insane themselves, when recovering or when their obsession begins) describe seeing these obsessing spirits. Some are distorted or grotesque or dwarfed, some blind, some with features hardly human.
The Huna system presents a theory of evolution in which units of consciousness evolve upward step by step from the group units of rocks and waters, through the vegetable kingdom, to Insects, birds and animals.
Man has his three selves or separate spirits, and each learns the lessons of its level and then Graduates into the next level above. As an illustration we may call the Unihipili a first grade student, the Uhane a second grader, and the Aumakua a third grader. Each self is associated with the self next above it in the triune man. In this way the Uhane trains the Unihipili so that it eventually is ready to become the Uhane of a savage, and, when Graduation time comes, is born into a savage body. It is then a Uhane and is ready to begin learning, through several lives, the use of inductive reason. In this new savage body there is a new Unihipili which has just graduated from the animal kingdom. It may have been the self in a very intelligent pet dog, and it begins its schooling under the new Uhane. With and above them is a Aumakua who, according to Huna, has not just graduated into that level, but who has been taking a long training in being the oversoul of the lower kingdoms, perhaps as a group soul. (This group soul idea is not greatly important to practical work, but is very interesting.) The Aumakua is called "the trustworthy parental self," and . is supposed to have to demonstrate its trustworthiness before undertaking the supervision of human Unihipili and Uhane selves.
From this school of selves there are those who "play hookey." By accident or otherwise the Unihipili and Uhane selves sometimes get separated at the time of death, or when insanity is caused by disease or injury and the Uhane is forced out of the body. The low selves, when alone and not supervised by a Uhane, on "the other side" are given to efforts to get back into a body as parts of "split personalities," or as obsessing spirits. They attend seances and pretend to be normal two-self ghosts, They can read the minds and memories of sitters and will pretend to be a dead friend or relative, even some famous historical character. They are unable to use inductive reason and, while usually as friendly as a stray dog trying to find a new master, eagerly say what they think the sitter would like to hear. Frequently they are very hard to recognize for what they are, and the bright banner of Spiritualism has been besmirched by their lack of logic, lies, and trickery.
A most surprising situation is sometimes found in instances where the Unihipili of some advanced individual has, after or before the time of physical death, in some way learned to contact the Aumakua and present to it both a thought form prayer and a flow of vital force. (Here we see another evidence of the Aumakua's almost automatic response to this stimulus.) This Unihipili has the memories of its past life and so does not forget the mechanism it has learned to use. It is, however, irrational and childish. It first finds a living person from which it can steal vital force, usually an adolescent boy or girl, and then gets into mischief. It makes its prayers and becomes more than the ordinary poltergeist (who merely uses stolen vital force to break or throw things). It becomes the super-poltergeist who can get fire-immunity, or who can apport fire or water or stones, or do other things. In Italy in recent years a child and her grandmother were bothered by such a spirit. Fire was constantly being kindled near them or in their beds or clothing. In other cases water was apported and used to drench the victims of the joke at odd times. In France paving bricks were apported and hurled in a stream at a certain house for some -days and nights. They were apported through the roof and fell thudding inside the rooms, but they were dematerialized as swiftly, so the piles of stones never grew high. Similar cases of stone throwing have been reported from, the wilds of Malaya and Java.
It is evident however, that the Aumakua exercises some control over such performances, because no permanent injury is done those upon whom the tricks are played. (If a Unihipili is using stolen vital force without contact with its Aumakua, it may move objects and sometimes come very near to injuring the living.) The Aumakua allows us far more use of free will than the average parent allows a child. In the animal world free will is allowed on a grand scale and animal eats animal, but the evolution of the units of consciousness is not greatly delayed. There are always fresh bodies to enter. Instincts, however, rule the lower kingdoms and in obeying the instincts little free will is allowed. Birds build nests after certain set patterns and in season fly north or south. There is order behind the seeming confusion caused by the evolution upwards toward the stage when a complete free will can be obtained. This final achievement may come after graduation from the Aumakua level, our minds are unable to reach that far and so we cannot be sure.
We are going to make the effort to learn to use Huna, and regain the direct help of the Aumakua and its associates of its high level. It is very important that we come to know as much as possible of the actions of the Aumakua in the production of psychic phenomena, especially physical phenomena. Spirits who attend seances are not always what we should expect them to have become before they could contact, and gain the help of, the Aumakua. The spirit, known as John King, was given to boasting that he had been a murderous pirate in life. He was a rowdy who was not even slightly sanctimonious. His morals might well have been suspect. But, like the Unihipili super-poltergeists just discussed, he was able to get Aumakua help upon request and produce exciting phenomena. Nearly all the phenomena of Psychic Science (excepting premonitions, ghostly appearances and the like) have been produced by spirits who are able to contact a living medium and use her vital force or that of a circle. A very few of these spirits are able to produce physical phenomena, (apports, materialization, etc.,) but those must have learned in some haphazard way to touch the Aumakua and present the right thought forms, with vital force sufficient to get phenomena produced. The point is that none of these spirits know Huna. They have all tried more or less to answer the questions of the living as to how they produce the phenomena. Their answers have been as impractical (and often as illogical) as those given by living psychical researchers. In a hundred years of speculation not a single theory has been put forward which would furnish an acceptable explanation of more than a few simple items in psychic phenomena. In offering a general theory that covers the field except for the mechanisms of a few still dark corners, Huna promises to break the stalemate that has stopped Psychic Science for three decades. The same can be said of our badly stalemated Psychology and its allied sciences.
Religion has been stalemated for some time, the older forms for many centuries, and the newer forms which included modern psychological discoveries (New Thought, Christian Science, Unity, etc.) for about as long as Psychology and Psychic Science have been bogged down.
In the new religious forms, the mechanisms and theories of Huna were partly, if indistinctly, grasped, with the result that instances of healing body or circumstances are frequently recorded. Here we find much evidence of the fact that Huna, in white hands (the darker races are naturally more psychic, which is an advantage in some practices) will work. If so much has been done with such incomplete knowledge, a vastly greater accomplishment should be made possible now that we have more complete understanding of elements and mechanisms.
We should soon be producing the desirable phenomena of the seance room without calling on the spirits of the dead for help and without the need for a medium. We will endeavor to use the circle as a source of vital force, each sitter donating a little, and the leader of the group creating the thought forms of the "prayer," making touch with the Aumakua, and getting its assistance (and that of its fellows) in healing projects. In England, during World War II, an experimental group endeavored to use Huna methods through the ritual of the Church to open the doors of heaven and invite the Poe Aumakua to take a hand in ordering affairs in the world. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know whether fortuitous turns in the struggle were aided or caused by such efforts. It was a splendid gamble and, considering the world situation since the war, might well be undertaken on a large scale lest the free will allowed us on this level bring us to ultimate social or even physical disaster,
We do not know to what extent we can depend upon the Universal Associate High Selves (or Beings above that) to help us work out a social system which will provide justice, freedom, and an order in which we help one another instead of competing selfishly and with the fierceness of the animal kingdom. The English group tried to call for the prophesied "World Judgment" to balance race injustices, no matter which races were found at fault and caused to pay a price for bettered world conditions. We can be safe in saying that, for a beginning effort the experimental groups, when organized to work on a large scale, cannot go wrong in formulating a "prayer" envisioning reforms which would tally with the Golden Rule. Even the negative version, "Do not unto others," would be a great tool if we could use it. Later, as this study of Huna progresses, every effort must be made to see whether or not we can get from the Poe Aumakua glimpse of a perfect plan for a world social organization, or, failing that, help in formulating a plan of our own which we can perfect in the course of time.
The Huna lore of old pointed to normal living as the great criterion. Each living thing was thought to be in its intended stage of evolution, and there was sufficient time for all to grow upward. Family life was good. All normal living was good. There was no doctrine of asceticism and self-denial. There was plenty of time to grow to the stage where, Graduation into the next level of consciousness was due.
This is in strong contrast with certain dogmas which crept into Christianity and other early religions. The contrast needs to be stressed. All of us cannot "sell all and give to the poor," else we would have nothing but poor beggars. All of us cannot leave friends and families and take the yellow robe and beggars' bowl of Buddhism. All of us cannot become hermits living half starved in caves hoping to find God. The practice, so common in India, of leaving friends and family at forty and retiring to monastic life in order to "see God," is not justified in Huna. In Huna one teaches or helps or heals, each according to his ability, even when he has come to be able to touch the Aumakua, whether once in a long time, or at will.
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from HUNA - THE WORKABLE PSYCHO-RELIGIOUS SYSTEM OF THE POLYNESIANS
by Max Freedom Long
published in 1945 and out of print since 1949
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