The 7 Huna Principles of Life – 3. MAKIA

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This is a series of 7 articles based around the 7 principles of life in the Hawaiian Huna tradition.

Huna is a Hawaiian term for “Secret”. But its practical application makes it a universal method for growth and achievement that is far from being psycho-babble. This series discusses the underlying 7 principles of Huna.

The 7 fundamental principles of Huna are:

  1. IKE – The world is what you think it is
  2. KALA – There are no limits, everything is possible
  3. MAKIA – Energy flows where attention goes
  4. MANAWA – Now is the moment of power
  5. ALOHA – To love is to be happy with
  6. MANA – All power comes from within
  7. PONO – Effectiveness is the measure of truth

This is the 3rd article in this series following my last 2 articles about the Huna principles of IKE – “The world is what you think it is” and KALA – “There are no limits, everything is possible“. Be sure to read this article since I might refer to it. Also it is good to grasp the content of Ike and Kala for understanding principle 3 – Makia or “Energy flows where Attention goes”.

Done that? Okay, let’s jump into it …

3. MAKIA – Energy Flows Where Attention Goes

Whatever you spend most of your conscious and unconscious time thinking off, will grow in your reality. This works on the positive as well as on the negative side. If you focus the majority of your attention on why things are not working out the way you want them to, then your struggles will grow and become more concrete through time. If you aren’t clear about your goals and direction, then the fuzziness will grow within your life.

Therefore becoming clear of what you want (and not on what you want to avoid) is essential for creating things in this world. That’s where the power of vision comes in place. You need a vision to focus your energy like a laser – otherwise your energy will be scattered (and therefore powerless). Think about what has more power – a laser beam or a light bulb.

Did you know that every time you concentrate and focus on something for more than a few seconds you are indeed meditating? Meditation comes from the latin root “med” which means “to measure” – the same root that forms the word medicine. And yes, meditation is one of the best medicines available. But with our new definition of meditation, you don’t have to sit down for hours and watch your breath to meditate (it isn’t a bad practice though, there are a lot of great benefits by practicing regular meditation settings). You meditate naturally several times a day. But unfortunately very often with a bad placed focus. Every form of remembering bad memories is a meditation – a meditation on failure, lack, sorrow and so much more. You can also call it hypnosis – which is another name for a state of focused attention. And since the introduction of the concept of guided meditation the borders between hypnosis and meditation have become very thin.

Since energy follows where attention goes it is not about practicing meditation for 1 hour a day and then not change the rest of your focus, it is about the sum or the general attitude you have towards life.

Concentrated reinforcement works – all the time.

A prolonged concentration and focus on one subject channels the energy of the universe so, that the physical equivalent of your meditation subject will get enough energy to grow. So in Huna your physical experience is indeed a direct equivalent of your predominant thought patterns.

Corollary: Attention Follows Energy

Bright lights, shimmering objects and loud noises all draw our attention naturally. It is the intensity of the energy that affects us most. Any strong energetic vibrancy attracts our minds (although they might be subtle like a smell). And it is the same with people who extent a strong energetic forcefield and are best described as charismatic.

Corollary: Everything Is Energy

This is no new fact for science – but the implications are nonetheless stunning. Everything is energy – that includes all material object but also your own thoughts. Everything is vibrating (and can often be measured using electrical devices, like an EKG or an EEG).

Action Steps for Makia

  1. To experience the power of makia, you best select something that you don’t like to do or that get’s you tired easily.
  2. If it’s time for doing some tax work or any paper filing you hate to do, that would be an excellent exercise.
  3. Set yourself a time frame of about 30 minutes. You might use a kitchen timer for it. If you want to get real fancy about this read about the Pomodoro technique – then go for 25 minutes. The idea behind it is that fractionalizing work allows you to increase your focus tremendously. It works – try it.
  4. During those 30 (or 25) minutes, repeatedly ask yourself in the back of your mind these questions:
    • What is funny about it?
    • What is fascinating about it?
    • How can I break my own record and do this more effective?
    • How can I have lots of fun while doing it?
  5. Place the point of your focus and awareness into your object of focus.
    • Now this might sound complicated but it is easy to do – try to find the location where your point of awareness is right now. Point to it with your finger. You might find it in your brain, or your stomach, or somewhere else. Feel it. There is no right or wrong point. Ask yourself: “Where is my point of awareness now” and you will get your individual answer.
    • Once you have your current point of awareness, move it into the position where your work is. If you need to do paperwork, then move it within the pile of papers. Experience how your experience changes with you moving your point of awareness.
    • Stay for some minutes with that location of awareness. Later you might experiment with different points of awareness. If you need to type something – you might experiment with your awareness being in the text your typing, in your hands, slightly behind and over your head (this is a position where in the Jewish tradition the position of the Kippah would be) . This last position is a great point of awareness for studying and reading.
  6. Another way of using your point of awareness is while lifting heavy loads. Try to place your point of awareness on the top part of a heavy load you want to lift and see if that makes a difference in the experience.

Once you have experienced the power of focus and awareness, you then should regularly ask yourself: “Where is my point of awareness now”, “What am I focusing on right now?” and “Is my focus empowering or disempowering me right now?”

32 comments… add one
  • This principle is very similar if not the same as the Zen idea about the here and now. It is true that once you focus yourself in a task, good or bad it will be done.

    I like to practice this while eating. Most people eat mindlessly, that doesn’t mean they eat a lot, but it means that they are not focused. Try it once and you will see that even the simple breakfast you have every morning tastes different and becomes a delicacy.

    It works like a charm when you are working, it’s the best way to finish before lunch while everyone keeps working up late.

    Thanks for sharing Patrick, I’m really enjoying this series of posts!

    .-= ´s last blog ..Being sick is an opportunity… =-.

    • Patrick

      Alejandro, indeed I am often reminded of the Zen approach when reading this. And I guess a Huna shaman and a Zen monk would feel instantly connected by their likeminded approach towards life and reality. Thanks for bringing up another good example of being aware and in the moment. I also found out that work that I really enjoy tends to involve me naturally and produce the flow state with ease, while all work that I have any kind of resistance against tends to be tedious and energy robbing.

  • Thanks Patrick for an illuminating post. I have not yet read the previous two posts but will do shortly since no doubt they are just as good as this one.

    I like the connection between meditation and medicine and how meditating is the best medicine.

    As for liking a piece of work or not, it makes sense how any kind of resistance to that work automatically makes it seem tedious and energy robbing. I guess the trick is to get to the bottom of that resistance and see how you get over it.

    I am off now to use the Pomodoro technique on my emails inbox – it will be empty in 25 minutes or less:-)

    .-= ´s last blog ..Go for a Walk and Let Go of Your Baggage At Once =-.

    • Patrick

      Arvind, I often found that the resistance was build upon an imagined scenario in my head that had no connection to reality. I often blew up a tasks complexity or workload and therefore made it much worse in my head. When I finally got to the point to just do it, it was often much easier than expected. So we often created out-of-proportion-stories around the things we just need to get started on. That’s where the Pomodoro technique kicks in nicely. I just decide to give it 25 minutes and most of the hassle is done then, and if it needs further attention, I might give it that day or not, depending on my energy level. But at least I did something on it. Or as Nike calls it so nicely “Just do it!”

      BTW – I am a big fan of “Inbox Zero” – and try to get it to zero at least every other day. Again Pomodoro works like a charm there. And of course check out Merlin Mann’s great concept of Inbox Zero.

  • Patrick you always find the best exercises to practice any of the personal development techniques and you always ask the best questions (you must give lessons on that :-))
    For a long time I’ve been thinking about cleaning my Twitter list and it seems to be the best task for this exercise. I am sure that I will come up with a lot of funny things about this task and I hope that I will find something fascinating too.
    I’ll give it a try right now! Thanks!

    .-= ´s last blog ..The Book of Wisdom – 101 Posts for the All-Around Balanced Life =-.

    • Patrick

      Anastasiya, like I mentioned to Arvind daunting tasks like cleaning up are very well suited for this approach. But even creative and enjoyable tasks like writing a blog post work with it like charm.

  • Hi Patrick,

    I really have noticed this principle at work in my life. It is noteworthy that studies have indicated most people’s attention is more on the negative than positive. The great part is that we can re-train ourselves.

    I practiced the re-training by focusing on what WAS going well (appreciation). It has been one of the most powerful tools I’ve ever used. I now naturally am so much more focused on what feels good – because that is where my attention goes on a more regular basis.

    On occasion I get caught up but can easily find my way back. It’s not rose-colored glasses, but rather a matter of where I CHOOSE to focus at any given time.

    I’m really enjoying this series, Patrick. Thanks!

    .-= ´s last blog ..The Most Common Relationship Mistake: =-.

    • Patrick

      Lauren, choosing where to focus is the ultimate power we have. And as you mentioned it is not about rose-coloring, but to accept bad things when they happened and still move on to the good things.

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