Changing Reality part 2
Author King does have a number of practical suggestions to offer.
He starts out with an overview of Huna philosophy, which categorizes reality into four layers: Objective, Subjective, Symbolic, and Holistic.
Then, we encounter a fundamental core principal that is entirely practical: In order to work with changing reality, we must have sufficient energy at our disposal. Energy is the force that holds the universe together, and every "thing" that we experience is formed of energy.
I recognize that this is where my own quest must begin: Learning to acquire and preserve adequate levels of energy.
King refers the reader to one of his earlier books, "Endless Energy". It begins with a presentation of "7 Principals of Energy", which I quote from:
1. Energy is what you think it is. One scientific definition of energy is "the property of matter and radiation that is manifested as a capacity to perform work, and a degree or level of this capacity possessed by something or required for a process." If that sounds vague, it's because it is.
2. Energy has no limits. Energy is endless, unlimited, infinite. Of course, this only makes sense if you assume that everything is energy, which our system does. In addition, this gives rise to the logical assumption that everything is connected energetically and patterns influence other patterns through this connection.
3. Energy flows where attention goes. As focused beings of spirit the energy of the universe moves through us, and it flows where our attention goes. If we want to change something, the primary process we have for doing that is shifting our attention. Attention is what gets us into trouble, and attention can get us out of it.
4. All energy exists now. The definition of "now," of course, depends on the range of our current attention. According to this principle, what we call the "past" is a collection of currently existing energetic patterns of memory, somewhat like the information stored on the hard drive of a computer. What we call the "future" is a collection of currently existing energetic patterns of expectation, somewhat like the plans and projections stored on the hard drive of a computer.
In this system the concept is that since the universe is infinite and there are no limits, all time is simultaneous. According to this system, if you want to go backward or forward in time, you actually have to go sideways. "Past" and "future" experiences are existing right now and changing as we change. We are affecting them as much as they are affecting us. It's all inter-related.
5. Energy loves energy. Although deceptively simple, the deeper implication is energy is attracted to energy, and patterns of energy are constantly connecting, interacting, and changing into each other. One way to see this in nature is how wind energy turns into wave energy that reshapes rock energy. Another way is to notice how animal energy becomes oil energy that becomes fire energy that becomes heat and mechanical energy.
6. All power (energetic influence) comes from within. It is based on a concept called mana in Polynesia. All power comes from within, from the source. Not from within you as an individual being, but from your spirit that is connected to the center of the universe. All of the power in your life comes through you. There is nothing outside of you that has any power over you.
Everything, however, has power. The power of the tree comes from within the tree. The power of the clouds comes from within the clouds. We influence each other, and that is the purpose of increasing mana, which actually means influence. It's like being able to influence someone by speaking to them. When you think you are controlling someone it's an illusion. All you can ever do is to influence them. On their part, they always have the power to choose how to react to your influence.
Audience question: "You are saying that all power comes from within, as in nothing outside has any power over you. How about drugs? How about circumstances that happen to people?"
In our tradition all circumstances come from patterns of thought, patterns of action by the individual. They all come out of decisions made about reality and about oneself and about the world.
Audience question: "For example what if an insect bites you and you get the toxins and you get sick."
What we would say is that you and the insect attracted each other certainly and probably not on any conscious level but you had certain patterns that that insect reflected. If a toxin built up and let's say a swelling occurred, that swelling also occurred because it was reflecting some other part of you. Ordinarily, most swellings reflect some kind of suppressed anger.
Audience question: "Surely that just reflects the action of the immune system and not patterns?"
Of course it does, because not everyone who is bitten by the insect will get the swelling. Not everyone gets the same effect from the same occurrence, so that if you are in a very relaxed or unstressed state, the first likelihood is that the insect won't bite you. The second likelihood is that if does, you wouldn't have any effect from it. The insect would get all the blood it needed and it would go and you wouldn't even notice it. That does happen a lot. The third process, then, is that the less stress you are under, the less toxic the insect's bite would be to you, and the more stress you are under, the more toxic it would be to you.
This idea doesn't deny that there are effects and influences and energy in the world. It says, however, that your state is the greatest factor in how they affect you. There are people, though, who have learned how to poke steel spikes through their arms, and because they have learned how not to resist that, when they pull them out there is no bleeding and there is instant healing. There are other people who will die from a scratch from a cat, or drown in a teaspoon of water. If you can learn how to let the energy flow through you without resisting it, then you won't have the negative effect, but if you try to counter an energy which is too intense or anything that we would ordinarily call toxic, it is toxic to the degree that you are stressful.
If it is too intense for you to handle and you try to resist it, even habitually, not even consciously, to that degree it is going to hurt. To that degree you are going to be affected by it. You can put your toe in a fire and get severely burned, or you can change your state and walk across it with no harm.
Audience question: "What if a person accidentally ate a mushroom that was toxic?"
Please understand that I am not denying the validity of other systems. I am explaining our system. In our way of thinking such an incident wouldn't be accidental. Our system doesn't allow for accidents. Accidents can only happen in a finite universe, and our assumption is that the universe is infinite. Everything that happens is co-created.
Now please don't take that as blame. It does not imply any conscious involvement, because you are more than just your conscious mind. It does say, however that your whole experience, every smidgeon of it, is an effect of your expectations at conscious, unconscious, or subconscious level. Energy is attracted to energy. So in this system there are no accidents.
7. The last principle is that the effectiveness of energetic interaction is the measure of the truth about the interaction. A different way to put this is to say that expectations are only valid to the degree that they match results. It's easy to claim anything, but if the claim cannot be tested, it certainly cannot be called a truth. Beliefs do not make things true on their own. Only the results of believing can tell you how true they are. The so-called "Big Bang Theory" of the creation of the universe is a good example. Because it cannot be tested, it is really just a hypothesis, someone's guess. Circumstantial evidence, which is always open to interpretation, does not prove a hypothesis. From Hawaii we have an even better example. When dealing with anyone's claim about anything, a Hawaiian proverb uses a surfing metaphor and says, "Show your skill on the back of a wave."
This system that I am presenting to you is not presented as truth. It was made up a very long time ago by some people who took a good, long look at the world and came up with some ideas about it that seemed to work very well. They weren't seeking truth, they were seeking effectiveness. So for practical purposes they made effectiveness the measure of truth. That's one of the things that make this system quite different.
King, Serge Kahili. Endless Energy (Kindle Locations 194-195). Hunaworks. Kindle Edition.