December 16, 2017

Huna



Huna is a Hawaiian word…it was adopted by a person named Max Long to describe his theory of metaphysics…he called the religious system that he developed from these revelations 'Huna'…which is the Hawaiian word for secret…he wrote his first book in 1936 to document his beliefs…actually there are no accepted Hawaiian sources that refer to the word 'Huna' as some kind of a tradition of esoteric learning…by the way, Long wasn’t Hawaiian…the practice of Huna emphasizes practical living and harmony…there are seven principles of Huna;

Ike (ee-kay) - The world is what you think it is.
Kala - There are no limits.
Makia (mah-kee-ah) - Energy flows where attention goes.
Manawa (man-ah-wah) - Now is the moment of power.
Aloha - To love is to be happy with (someone or something).
Mana - All power comes from within.
Pono - Effectiveness is the measure of truth.

Some of these words used do not reflect what the actual meaning of the word is in Hawaiian…nor are they a part of any actual Hawaiian beliefs…many Hawaiian scholars have remarked that although the concept is interesting, there is nothing remotely Hawaiian about it…some liken it to a New Age philosophy parading around in a cheap Aloha shirt.

December 14, 2017

What Is A Mystic?



So, what exactly is a mystic?...well first of all, it can’t be defined ‘exactly’...but it is defined as a person who seeks through contemplation and self-surrender to obtain a unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute…or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are well beyond the intellect…some are called mystics because they are involved or are characterized by what most would consider esoteric or otherworldly practices or thoughts…it may be in the form of certain religious ceremonies and art…that definition may be true or misleading…a mystic may be a person who claims to attain, or believes in the very real possibility of attaining an insight into the mysteries that transcend what would be called ordinary human knowledge, perhaps something that is associated with the paranormal…some believe themselves to be mystics because of what they feel is a direct communication with the divine or an immediate intuition in a state of spiritual ecstasy…a mystic may claim they have a deep knowledge of religious mysteries…but a mystic can also be someone who feels a deep connection to the universe, and to that which is unknown or unexplained…I call myself a mystic for that very reason…it’s difficult to explain, but it’s a feeling…a feeling of depth and understanding…even the feeling of not understanding, but yet understanding and a belief that not all things can be rationally explained or understood.

December 12, 2017

Irregular Time Signatures



Irregular time signatures are time signatures that do not indicate duple, triple, or quadruple time…the most common being quintuple (five beats in a bar, e.g. 5/4) such as in the song ‘Take Five’ by Dave Brubeck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmDDOFXSgAs or septuple (seven beats in a bar)…this is quite different than the normal 4/4 or 3/4 pattern of most songs…a little bit out of step and out of the ordinary…it’s not what most people are used to, therefore most people have trouble embracing it…free spirits in life often have irregular time signatures…they aren’t quite in rhythm with the rest of the world…and that’s ok…the old saying is if one marches out of step, perhaps he hears his own tune…or something like that...one that follows the path of Tao often marches to their own tune, their own time…and sometimes people don’t understand…but just because they don’t understand doesn’t make you the confused one.