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8 April, 2021 Experiences

Astral Projection

My first vivid experience with Magical Flight, also known as Astral Projection

I'd been feeling a little off for a while.

I usually keep myself in pretty good emotional condition but this time, no matter what I tried to get better, it just seemed to make it worse. My back was in painful knots, I was grumpy, touchy, looking out of my eyes like a hungry lizard out of his cave, ready to lunge at someone. I knew this wasn't going to go well for long, so I decided to use my spiritual power of last resort: Distraction! So after a really unsatisfying session of watching television I decided to try a spiritual technique that I'd ignored so far because I didn't know what it was good for: Astral Projection.

In the Huna worldview we assume that we start out before our births completely in the inner world, and a part of us focuses in such a way so we have a sensory experience in our bodies, which looks to us like we're in an "outer" world. But we can still move our consciousness away from of the body into all sorts of places, which gives us our imagination, telepathy, and our dreams. Using spiritual techniques you can use those to do all kinds of neat things, like fill up your bank account and heal your aches and pains. I'd never tried to astral project because I was pretty happy with how things were going for me. I'd heard of these pristine, realer-than-real experiences, and it just seemed fanciful- my imagination wasn't particularly clear or detailed but it got the job done- why bother? Astral just seemed fanciful, and really complicated to induce, so it just hung around in the maybe-try-this-later file. And then- in that situation, confounded, off-kilter and aggressively bored with television it seemed perfect.

Astral projection is very similar to the techniques I already knew. I'd done a whole lot of visualizing scenes to create things I wanted to happen in my life. I'd also done plenty of shamanic journeys to clean up all sorts of aches and pains and unpleasant habitual energy, so I knew how to have consistent experiences in other worlds. What was confusing about astral was that most people seemed to induce it from dreams, and that just seemed really inconvenient and time consuming.

So I read up more on the different methods, and I found one that seemed what I was looking for: You make up a picture of yourself, in the situation you want to explore, and start listening through those ears, and looking through those eyes, and moving using those limbs. I'd tried something similar before but I never got beyond a black-and-white, sketchy scenery, like someone'd drawn a sketch with some white oil paint on a black canvas. It was consistent and I could move around okay, but it wasn't exactly breath-takingly profound, and a bunch of weird critters kept hanging around the street corners in my neighborhood. I wasn't impressed.

So this time, I was determined by escapism to get somewhere with it. I was lying in bed in darkness and decided I was going to figure out how to would move around outside- into the new body, and sure enough, there was my bad-TV-reception version of reality. So I tried moving around, and then consistency was pretty neat. So I decided to find out what I could do with it, so I decided to go to Africa. Immediately, I saw a jungle scene, and the word "Ghana" popped into my mind. I was looking around, trying to get more details of the scene I was in, when I saw an elephant! Then another, and another, and some cubs, a whole heard of African elephants where walking right past me. I startled for a moment but then sunk in how neat it was that I don't need to worry about getting stepped on. So the heard passed, and I'd realized just how exciting this is. Travel anywhere, immediately, with no risk! This was just what the doctor ordered. Black and white or not, this was exciting. I could go anywhere

So I flew straight up until I could see the earth's curves below me and the stars around me, and that reminded me of this extraterrestrial channeler who speaks for this extraterrestrial guy who happens to have a great sense of humor. So it occurred to me it would be really nice to pay a little visit with a member of that species, if one were available. Boom, right there in the space in front of me, there was a man with a large head, big eyes and grey skin, wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. And it was in color. He invited me to come and meet his family, and there I was, in a roundish house presumably on his planet, and he introduced me to his wife and two kids.

Now I had just successfully applied a very strange spiritual technique, and I was talking to someone who was supposedly five centuries in the future, millions of light years away, and the result of an experimental genetic blending program between abducted humans and an extinct species who over-intellectualized things until they couldn't reproduce any more.

But what struck me was how normal this experience felt- just visiting someone's home and making some small talk. They were just really really nice people, spoke from the heart, and the kids where adorable.

I was having a really good time when I sort of broke down- my back had felt like needles before, but now it was being mashed up in a blender, and the reception started getting blurry- the projected imagery started flickering in and out of existence. The couple looked at each other, and they called up what seemed to be a doctor- a man with little suitcase full of assorted devices. He hooked up one to me, and I felt a sort of twirling sensation and most of the pain was gone at once. I took a few deep breaths, and doctor left, and the two of them looked at me with concern. They saw that I wasn't quite over the hill, so they brought in what must have been their idea of a shaman. He just looked at me and I felt like I was about to reach the peak of a psychedelic journey- a strong twirl, and a sort of shattering sensation and it felt like all sorts of concepts where just going away. I believe the term "ego death" is the one commonly used in that community, but it felt more like tearing a jacket that doesn't fit. It was really intense but not exactly unpleasant, and it was over really quick, and I looked around at my new friends, the shaman nodded and left, and felt calm. I thank them for the treatment, and got a sense that to to them it was like giving a band-aid to a friend who had stubbed their toe, yet for me it was this life-changing experience (while typing this out I am getting a message that they were aware of the significance of what they were doing and went ahead because it felt appropriate). So I chatted with them a little more, and thanked them whole-heartedly for the treatment.

I remembered that the channeled dude had said that they have a much higher energy level than we have, so if they'd come into contact with us, it would bring up any and all represed emotion we might have all at once, so we would probably go insane or faint. Of course, on the astral level, the effect is less pronounced, but it did occur to me that that was probably what had happened to me, and my hosts responded with care and with kindness.

So I asked them if there is anything that I could do for them, and they asked me to place a little device into my heart. So I did, and I had yet another life-changing jolt of transformation! When I recovered, I let them know what I meant was my own societies idea of a little gift, and it occurred to me that they considered my visit itself to be a gift, so nothing else was necessary. But, they glanced at each other, understanding what they I meant, so they decided to humor my request to give them something back. It really wasn't necessary, obviously they had liked very much to interact with a member of earth, but they did realize that I really wanted to for some reason, probably habit. So as if the experience wasn't weird enough yet, they asked for- of all things- some of earth's magic mushrooms.

I have to say that my new friends have a really great sense of humor.

So I reached in my pocket- this is the astral, after all- and I gave out a couple of fresh mushrooms, and they ate them up- the kids too. I asked them if they're sure they want to give the kids some, and they said sure, their kids or spiritually so strong, they can handle them just fine. So we all stood there for a moment, patterns and color all over the place and gazing into each others eyes. I considered for a moment that I am witnessing an extraterrestrial child tripping with his parents, and then I said my goodbyes and many blessings and was back in my bed again.

Now I have to say in terms of distraction, astral projection is probaby the greatest show on earth. If you've ever wondered why some people would rather be alone in a dark cave rather come to a show with you- well, now you know. I also had scratched a cultural itch like I'd been at an arts show or a music festival. But to boot- my pain was gone, and I felt calm and centered again for the first time since my little slideaway into negativity had begun a little while before. I also finally managed to relax some back muscles that had stubbornly refused to budge even thow I'd known that they needed relaxing for years. Now that I'm writing this it's a couple of days later and I'm doing amazing, and it's really easy to do regular visualizing and relaxing again. In terms of healing, this experience had been really really really really practical.

And, during the end, it was completely in color as well. Not exactly high definition- more like a Trinitron tube in the 80s, but hey, we though those were really great then too, and now I know that 120Hz HD+ is coming up, as well. In a sense it's true that all it takes is a little practice, but it really helps when it just seems to be the right time, as well.

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2 February, 2021 Techniques

Symbol Healing

The most reliable technique that I found in Huna Kupua, and also the most flexible, is symbol healing. Most other techniques like the La'a Kea, the Haipule, dreamchanging or journeying be considered variants of symbol healing with different emphasis and different flavors. On the four levels of reality, which are four distinct ways of perceiving the world around you, symbol healing is entirely a third-level technique. You look at the world as a representation of something else.

This can sound rather technical, but as with all techniques that are primarily for changing how your subconscious mind works, what you are after is a change in how you feel about something. The rest is just an excuse to get there. As always, if there is an excuse, or technique, that works better for you, use that instead. Having said that- I've had the most success with symbol healing for the most different kinds of issues- it's somehow, for me, a lot more predictable in a wider degree of circumstances than any other technique.

The first thing to do is identify something you don't feel that great about- or something you feel pretty good about but could use a boost. When you are doing this, you are using, from the Huna perspective, your power of awareness. And when you use your power of awareness, you are making use the first principle of Huna Kupua, the knowledge that the world is what you think it is, and by making yourself aware of the world, you can rethink it.

So you notice some kind of unease- it could be something that's been bothering you for a long time, or it could be a sore, or you could feel blocked from making an important phone call, or you could be feeling pessimistic about the outcome for a certain endeavor. It doesn't really matter if you just want to try the technique, but otherwise, of course, pick something that would really help you if it improved quickly.

So notice how that feels to have that nagging doubt, or to have that condition, or to not be able to do what you need to do. We're not wallowing here, but we are taking as much time as we need to be aware of the energy that is happening. This will probably feel pretty uncomfortable, if you're doing it right. That's okay- it's worth it.

So when you feel you've got a grasp, intuitively, that you kind of "get" what the problem is, that your subsconscious mind reconnected with it, what this usually means is that you relaxed some chronic tension in your body just enough in order to reconnect with some energy that was unaccessible before. That's why this step is so important- on a green slate, it wouldn't really be necessary, but we've usually got all kinds of habitual thought going on that usually isn't all that beneficial, or it served its purpose and is in the way now.

For example, if you can't seem to get yourself to make that phone call you feel you need to make, you might believe all sorts of things about phone calls that might or might not have made sense at sometime. Of course you could figure out what that is, and start bringing up memories, but the elegance of symbol healing is that you don't need to. You just get yourself a symbol- something that usually won't trigger any strong responses for you, because you were free to make it up any way you like, but that is still an expression about how your subconscious mind feels about the area of bother you just gave yourself access to by "meditating", or placing your attention, on it.

So, say, you noticed that when you think about making a certain phone call, your back muscles tense up and you feel a sharpness and still a numbness on the left side under your shoulder blade, and an undefined ache around the base of your spine. You can now ask your subconscious mind to give you a symbol for that. You've been spending some time just noticing the characteristics of your little or even your largish feeling of having an ailment, and when you feel like you're done- you go: Okay, subconscious mind, thanks for letting this bad feeling come up so we can know about it- we're going to fix it, and you're going to permanently be feeling really good about this, for your trouble. So now please give me a symbol for this feeling.

Then just listen, and watch. Whatever you get, that's your symbol. Use it. If it's jumbled you can ask for clarity, but you can also just use the jumbledness as part of the symbol.

You could get a scene with characters, like a cartoon. You could get something like a memory, with realistic people saying things to each other. You could get a nature scene, a weather scene, a machine, a piece of art, a building, a spaceship, or just some abstract lines- it could literally be anything. That's where you give your subconscious mind the freedom to make up something that is representative of the issue at hand, to it. I think this is really where the reliability of the technique comes from- your subconscious has so much freedom to work around any issue that might come up that there is very little risk of running into anything your subconscious might want to avoid because it feels it might be painful. Don't like horses? Fine, subconscious, don't use a horse- use anything

So let's assume you got a little donkey looking depressed surrounded by five big donkeys hysterically laughing. Well, you can interpret that in any way you like, but to me, that looks like being afraid of being rejected on the phone. Now note that this interpretation is just for interest- it doesn't matter how you describe it. What matters is the symbol itself, and how you feel about it.

Then comes the third step, and this might just be the most important one- and it's also the step that shows the big difference in attitude that shamanism has compared to most other esoteric traditions. What you do is, you noticed a problem, you got a boiled-down, concise description of what the problem is in the language of the subconscious. Very good. So now what? What you do is you decide to be bold, and use the sixth principle of Huna Kupua, which is called "All power comes from within". You use your confidence. You are bold, and you decide to change the symbol, until you like it, and then you go ahead and do it.

It's mostly a good idea to change as little as possible about the symbol until it feels good. It seems to be easier for the subconscious to work with that way, because it seems to be the most clear way of changing a symbol, when the change is small.

So the donkeys are fine, you don't mind those. Donkeys are cute. Now if you had any particular meanings attached to donkeys, you could change those too, but if you don't, just let them be donkeys- they are part of the structure of the symbol, so they have no particular meaning outside of just being the symbol. They are neutral, not emotionally charged- they are only there as a context to express the meaning of the symbol, they are not really that important.

But the group of big donkeys laughing at the little sad donkey, that's really highly charged, and not in a good way. So we absolutely need to change that. So we could try to have them all laughing together about something else, but that doesn't quite cut it- it's too close to the being laughed at experience. So I'll just make that middle donkey a little bigger until it's the same size as the other donkeys, just to balance things out a little. I notice how that feels nicer, so I keep the change. I notice that the laughing donkeys don't really have much of a relationship with the middle donkey, aside of the laughing, they are like an audience. That feels fine, so I just decide to change how the audience reacts. I could have changed them to all have sort of a family relationship, but I got a feeling that wasn't what this was about- it's fine that this is a speaker-audience situation, a more distanced relationship, it just needs to be more positive in nature. So I change the laughing-at and the looking-down-to into donkeys who are really enthusiastically applauding the middle donkey, even though the middle donkey isn't really doing anything special, but the middle donkey looks pretty content now. That feels really good to me so I leave my changes at that- I just make some tweaks and have two of the donkeys look absolutely amazed.

It's your mind. You can imagine anything you like. And it will change how you feel, and that will change what you experience. That's power.

Finally, I repeat the change a lot in my mind. I let the old symbol come up, and I let it change it into the new one, many times, until I get a feeling that it's been done. Now I check the feeling- lo and behold, I'm fine, I feel better, and I can do now what I couldn't before, such as make the phone call already. It might even seem surprising that there was a problem- the person on the other end was really nice!

Another example could be an abstract art- a bunch of gray lines, fiercely and unpleasantly flickering, and I changed them into soft concentric circles that just ever so slightly pulse in a lively way. If that's what you get- that's fine. Use what you get and change it until you like it.

You don't necessarily need to use your imagination- you can also ask your subconscious mind to express the symbol using a bunch of cards, a bunch of beer caps on a table (change the way they are arranged to change the symbol), drawing and then drawing your modified version, tapping a rhythm on a table, humming and modulating your voice- there are no limits to how you can create symbols. Use whatever you feel inclined to use, and use whatever works best after playing with it a little. There is no right and wrong here- but there is feeling so-so and the improvement. The recipe is always the same: Feel something, ask for the symbol, change the symbol, reinforce it, and then see how you're feeling then (and do something you couldn't before, if you would like to now).

You also don't necessarily need to ask for the symbol. According to the four levels of reality, everything is a symbol when you look at things in a third-level kind of way. Dreams are symbols. You don't really have to worry about what a dream means, but you can observe how certain aspects of them feel. Notice that, and then change those aspects, exactly as you would above, and you will get your healing results. This is the technique of shamanic dream handling (because while you can do interpretation, you can also just go for the practical benefit as well, and skip worrying about the meaning too much).

You can also notice that everything is dreaming all the time. So you can, as you walk around, pick up on what certain aspects of your experience, including engines, stop signs or other people or animals or even organs and bones- are dreaming. Just place your attention on them- "meditate" on them, if you will- and listen and watch. Whatever pops up, that's the dream, and that dream, you can treat it as a symbol and heal it, just like you did with the symbol you asked for. This is the art of dreamchanging, an ancient shamanic art, and it's just a special kind of symbol healing combined with a special perspective.

You can also dreamchange your actual physical reality. If you don't like something, place your attention on it and get the feelings that come up, and then change it- if you can physically change it, that's fine, but if that's not practical, imagine it to be different, and reinforce that. Do this all the time when you go through your day, and your life will completely turn around and change in the direction you've been making the changes in, which is to say, whatever kind of life changes makes you feel good.

You can also sit at home and ask for dreams that you could change for other people, just to do some good in the world. That is shamanizing for the world, which is a really common shaman activity. It's also very generous. If you get a quick bout of "ok but what's in it for me?", you don't have to fight that question down, you can just answer it- if you heal the world, you feel really good as well. It might possibly be that nothing feels quite as good, which is why wise people do it. But it may be better, depending on where you are, to heal yourself, first, it's up to you which way to go. Both work, and can be combined.

You can also combine it with journeying. You can go down to the shaman meeting place, meet someone who might need your help, and use your symbol healing to heal them, just the way you did for yourself, and then enjoy someone else doing whatever is right for them to heal you.

You can do the same thing as with the dreamchanging to heal another person- "meditate" on, place your attention on and listen and watch, something about that person that might need a little help or improvement, or even something that person told you about, if they are next to you. You can also do this on the phone, or you can do this without telling the person (their subconscious can accept or reject what you're doing, so it's fine), from afar, or for someone just passing by or next to you on the bus. Meditate on what seems like an issue, get the symbol, change it for the better, reinforce it, and feel better yourself as well.

Finally, you can also use it on memories or dangerous-seeming daydreams, if those pop up. If you use symbol healing for realistic-looking memories, keep in mind you are still just dealing with a symbol of an event, not the event itself. The nice part of the more abstract or fantastical symbol healing is that it's pretty obvious that you are not directly dealing with something, but only symbolically. For the memories, it can be more confusing. The memory you are dealing with- any memory- is not an event. It's a symbol. It's just elaborately constructed to appear like it's what you saw when it happened. But what you are really storing is the emotional impact, the visuals and other sensory input are just means to conjure that up. What this means is that when you are changing memories, you aren't really changing memories- you're just doing symbol healing. You're changing the symbol of a symbol in order to feel better now, it won't cause any problems remembering important things.

You can even go through life events as they are unfolding and imagine them happening differently, which is also a kind of dreamchanging. Some esoteric circle call that "4D living" (a nice way of putting it, if you're not particularly bothered that 4D means something else in different contexts)- you experience what you have now, but you also experience a kind of channel of dream energy that is the things that are heading your way, and you can influence that. I find it a really, really enjoyable way to live .

7 October, 2020 Philosophy

Now Is The Moment Of Power

The fourth principle of Huna Kupua is called: Now is the moment of power.

Like all of the teachings of Huna Kupa I have encountered, it is both a common sense, everyday experience, and profoundly deep spiritual knowledge.

Most spiritual teachings, no matter where they come from and when they came about, recommend some version turning your attention to the present moment. It is featured in almost all schools of self-mastery, traditional or modern- martial arts, marksmanship, academia, acting, rhetoric, athletics, dance, gymnastics or Yoga. You could fill entire libraries with the pop psychology books about it. And there is this very personal experience that when you're paying attention to what's happening, and you're not hemming and hawing- you feel better, and people like you more.

But why?

10 September, 2020 Philosophy

Energy Flows Where Attention Goes

The third principle of the Kahili shamanic tradition explains just about everything that happens to you, ever.

Energy Flows Where Attention Goes

So in the traditional Kahili shamanic worldview, there is such a thing as energy- you can probably feel it tingling if you like to meditate, or listen to really good music, or are in a place where everyone is happy and relaxed, and even though, you feel like the place is bursting with energy.

It is also what you notice when you see someone and think that person has a lot of energy, and then you might be strongly drawn or strongly repulsed based on that person's ideas, but you're not usually unmoved. Or you can see that someone is doing really well at something, like sports, or art, and you are moved somehow, by witnessing it.

Or you can experience a place with not so much energy that can have an eery feel, like a room where people are feeling a little awkward, or an abandoned building, or someone having a hard time for whom the simplest daily tasks are obviously very difficult, like getting up a short flight of stairs or getting their wallet out of their pocket. Or people who are just being slow, and you can just tell that person just isn't likely to be doing a lot of things today. People say it casually, there isn't a lot of energy in that room, or they're worried about Joe, he's been low energy lately.

So there is such a thing as energy, and it matters a lot to everyone's life. That's great! But now what?

The great, practical secret of this principle is that your energy follows your attention.

That's big. Why? Because your attention is, and is probably the only thing that is, totally under your control.

8 September, 2020 Techniques

Getting Rid of Limiting Beliefs For Good

I've been using- and teaching- a really simple technique recently, to clear up some pretty intense bad feelings I was having that came up while I was working on a really ambitious money goal of mine.

It goes like this:

Whenever you don't feel so good, pay attention to the body feelings you get from it. So you let yourself feel that a little bit until you get a sense of what that feeling is about.

And then, you ask yourself: "What would I have to believe in order to feel this?

Expect a straight, short, comprehensive answer. If you don't get it right away- keep focusing on that question. Sooner or later, something will come to your attention.

Once you've got it, you're done. Nothing else to do, it's gone.

Now this technique is really, really, really simple, and it's also kind of technical, but it works- really well. It's the only way so far I found to get rid of ideas I don't in a way that feels like a clean slate, completely gone.

20 November, 2019 Philosophy

Shamanism in a nutshell

The most fundamental idea in shamanism- to explain it to someone with a background in Western-style thinking, it would sound very differently to explain to someone indigenous because those things that go without saying vary so much around the world- is that consciousness is more fundamental than time and space.

We are not living in a physical world, and then consciousness erupts fully armed from someone's forehead (to quote a Western legend). We are blobs of consciousness, dreaming of a physical world, together.

Yeah. Groovy, isn't it?

I remember very well the first time I grasped this I spent hours staring at my feet running up the hill towards my university yelling to myself in my mind (I hope it was in my mind) "It looks so real! It looks so real! It looks so real!"

Now the kicker is that, once you've gotten over your initial reaction (provided it came as a surprise), it doesn't change that much. The dream is still there. You interact with your dream as your dream character the same way as you used to interact with your perceived real world as a perceived real character. Your dream still works the same way- it is still good to pay your dream bills and interact with your dream government departments at the dream appropriate times to avoid dream trouble.

You can still describe your dream world using dream mathematics to make certain dream predictions and use dream tools to build other dream tools to do certain things you couldn't to before, which results in having stuff in your dream like electric cars and the Internet.

If you want to dream-fly, it's still a really good idea try to lift off while standing on a level surface rather than after having jumped off a dangerously high area, in case you need more than one attempt. Because it is still possible to take a dream exit by using very familiar mechanisms for transforming your body into something the dream rules say will now blend into the environment.