I just received this beautiful message about aloha as a student of my Kumu, Aunty Mahealani.
It has been said that the word “aloha” actually has two definitions. “Alo” means the center or heart of the universe, while “ha” is the breath or spirit of the Creator.
It has also been said that aloha cannot be found outside of ourselves. It can only be uncovered at the center of our hearts. That is where it lives. That is where it awaits us.
And once found, aloha makes our lives whole, gives power to our words, fills our actions with purpose and assures that our every thought is of benefit to each other and to the world around us.
Aloha is the essence of the Creator’s love, and when that love is expressed through our voices, our minds, our hearts, and our hands, that world becomes a better place. You might ask, “how can this be? There are millions and millions of hearts in the world, how can aloha be found in mine?”
There is only one heart, one center, one spirit, one aloha. Find aloha at the core of your own being and you will have instantly found it in everyone and everything.
Mahealani Kuamo'o-Henry, Kumu 'Elele o Na Kupuna
...is a kanaka maoli-native Hawaiian Aunty and Kumu from Puna, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Aunty is a teacher-messenger for the spiritual voices of the ancestors within the strong lineage of na Kumu, Kahu, & Kahuna (teachers, guardians, priests, priestess/ advisors and healers) under the leadership of her ancestral Kupuna-Kane (grandfather), named Kaiwikuamo’o kekuaokalani.” This translates as the “backbone strength of the heavenly chiefs.”.
She shares the traditional “ about her culture, and Aloha Spiritual values for self, others and the environment in group presentations, at retreats, and within her workshops through the ancient spiritually-pragmatic teachings of Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala.
Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala,
is the belief system and method for “making right more right, the path.” Many are surprised to learn about this form of Ho’opono pono rooted in the Aloha Spirit rather than of the Christian and Western adaptation for “conflict resolutions.” …Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala predates both adaptations, and brings forward the Aloha for self and to promote “self-best” through self-permission to recognize and accept self-greatness,” to experience it moment-by-moment in all areas of one’s life, and to lay at waste the “fear-based” mind sets for power, control, sins, and damnations. It is the ancient knowing that you are obviously the best “you” ever, there are no duplicates, you’re It, the original YOU; the god-goddess makes no mistakes!