The 7 Huna Principles of Life – 2. KALA

Personal Development

iStock_000011076813XSmall 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

In the last article I talked about the Huna principle of Ike – “The world is what you think it is”. Be sure to read this article since I might refer to it. Also it is good to grasp the content of Ike for understanding principle 2 – Kala.

Done that? Okay, let’s jump into it …

2. KALA – There are no limits, everything is possible

Actually Kala has two meaning attached to it. First it states that there are no limits, and second it points at the necessity to release and forgive, which are the 2 ways to overcome those limits.

This is the same approach that unwrapping your mind is all about. There are no real limits to your life, to your capacity to the universe and what it will give you freely – other than those that you define for yourself. That thought at first seems unrealistic, since we do see limits all around us. Our bodies can only grow to a certain height, we only can see up to a certain distance, our ears can only hear within a limited frequency range, we only live a certain amount of years, the earth is limited in its dimension, resources are limited, we only have a certain amount of money in the bank – limits, limits and even more limits. So what’s this no-limit thing all about?

The universe in itself is unlimited, and if you follow the thought process of Ike (Principle 1) seeing the world as a dream brings us closer to understand the nature and function of limits.

For this to understand we should separate 2 types of limits: creative and filtered limits.

Creative Limits

A universe without any limitation equals an unlimited experience which equals no experience at all.

No limits would mean no differentiation, nothing to compare and therewith nothing to experience. The very nature of experience is that of comparison. We do compare the certain levels of light to see. We do compare the certain frequencies of sound to hear. What would you experience if you would live in a world were there would be only one color or one sound – Nothing. You couldn’t see then or hear anything.

That’s why the unlimited Universe needs creative limits to allow us to experience anything. Therefore the limitation and separation of the color spectrum, sound spectrum is a useful and creative limitation that allows us to experience night, day, light, color, sound, music, noise, etc. And it is the same with everything in our world that we could experience through our 5 senses.

Or think about any game – they are all based upon rules, which are of course limits. But without those limits the game wouldn’t exist. What if you would play a game of chess and one of the players decided to not follow the rules of the game and move his pieces the way he likes. That moment the game by itself would not be possible and would cease to exist. Again another example for creative limits.

What a Huna shaman (called a kahuna) does is not deny the existence or usefulness of rules and limits, but to use them to reach his goals.

Filtered Limits

Filtered limits however are limits build from ideas and beliefs that don’t allow us to become creative, they limit our creative potential by denying our ability to create our own existence.

Examples of this are beliefs that we are victims, that the world is a tough place, that there are not enough  jobs in the economy.

A good indicator for these types of limits are the associated emotions. If they are fear, hate or rage then you are experiencing a filtered limit.

Filtered limits limit our awareness and experience of choice without giving us a possibility for positive action.

Again IKE – The world is what you think it is – and you are part of the world and therewith you define yourself through your thinking. If you think that there are limits to the level of joy, happiness, love, health, wealth, etc. you can experience then so it will be. In fact there are no limits – you just can’t see far enough yet. Just like a little child barely able to walk couldn’t at that time run a 4 minute mile or fly to the moon doesn’t mean that this can’t be done in the future.

Always say to yourself that now you have a child’s perspective compared to your potential future you. When you grow up (mentally and spiritually) then you are able to see much further because your perspective changed to that of a child.

And on top of that, you are wearing blinders all the time from all your resenting emotions – like fear, resentment, hate, anger. Learning to let go of them is not only good for your relationship with other people as well as your health – it is also the way to overcome your limits.

Action Steps for Kala

Can you think of someone whose company you really want to avoid? Who is giving you a bad feeling every time you are around? Then ask yourself what it is that you are not willing to accept or forgive about this person.

A good way to do this is through the Sedona Method . It is easy.

Identify the feeling that is bothering about that person (note that could also be you – forgiving yourself is so important). Then ask yourself the three Sedona method questions:

  • Could I let it go?
  • Would I let it go?
  • When?

Answer each in turn.

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. Questions 1 and 2 can be answered with either “yes” or “no”. Question 3 can be answered with any time period, ranging from “now, this instant” through to “never – hell will freeze over first” and all points in between.

Then repeat the same questions until you reach a state where the feeling or problem no longer bothers you.

On top of that, imagine what would be now possible in your life once you’ve completely let go off that feeling. How would you feel and what would be possible in your life, now that you’ve let go of another limit.

20 comments… add one
  • Wonderful post. I must relate KALA to the beginners mind approach that is usually heard about in Buddhism. The idea is to explore always the opportunity and to avoid being pushed down by your own thoughts or things you have heard.

    The way you describe KALA is also a wonderful way to go with this idea. I will show this post to my friends, it may solve a lot of doubts about the idea of not being limited by the limits.

    Thanks for sharing Patrick. keep up the wonderful work!

    .-= ´s last blog ..Friday Fun… =-.

    • Patrick

      Alejandro, the buddhist idea of the beginners mind is a wonderful metaphor. People sometimes refrain from that since it might hurt their ego – in the western culture we sometimes don’t like being called a beginner – but Kala has both aspects of it – being an eternal beginner and the source of all wisdom. It is the same – just the appearance is different from different perspectives.

  • As per the action steps of Kala there is really, underneath all of that sense of separation, a real oneness. And that if we can get rid of those ideas and feelings and acts and behaviors and thoughts of separation, that oneness comes together.
    That connection is made again, we become healthy and whole within ourselves and with the world around us. This is how we will be able to create connection again and build a path to freeing up.

    Thoughtful post.

    Cheryl Paris Blog

    .-= ´s last blog ..How to boost your attitude to success =-.

    • Patrick

      Cheryl. Amen.

  • Hi Patrick,
    I have been a spiritual seeker all of my adult life, but I have never heard of the Huna Principles. In reading through them, I am amazed at how much commonality there is in so many spiritual paths. Like “many rivers leading to one ocean.” Huna Principles are very clear and easy to grasp. You have planted the Huna seed in my mind. Now I’m going to have to go learn more! Thank you.

    By the way, I am a fellow Bootcamper!

    • Patrick

      Hi Barrie and welcome on UYM. Indeed there are a vast number of commonalities between true spiritual paths. And that is the way it should be since there is only one truth underlying the many personal truths that we can access at any given time.

  • Hi Patrick,

    This is a great series. I especially like the child part. Just today I was looking at the Osho Zen deck and The Fool is the first card. It is about being trusting, even when about to walk off a cliff. The trust in life is so pure that no experience can shatter it. It is the child state of openness where “miracles” occur.

    Looking forward to reading the third principle!

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

    • Patrick

      Lauren, having the faith of child is so much needed in our life, yet it feels nearly “unnatural” to us nowadays, since we’ve been conditioned to be on the lookout for other wanting to manipulate or use us. But as Jesus said – we need to get back into that state, before we can enter the (spiritual) heaven.

  • Hey, I forgot to mention – thank you for the info. re: the Sedona Method. I’ve heard of it but now I’m really interested. Have you used it?

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

    • Patrick

      Lauren, I’ve used the Sedona Method myself and I find it a great tool in my toolbox for dealing with lots of my own minds delusions :-) Just try it!

  • Catherine Martin

    Love this! I resonate with a lot of these principles. I was born in Hawaii and have not learned of some of these principles. Where did you learn these principles? I am familiar with Mana, Aloha and Pono. I would love to see the sources of your information:) I am in the search of Hawaiian Spiritual knowledge, of the ancient Hawaiians!

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