Huna Vistas Bulletin 24
A Breakthrough in Psychometric Analysis
Let’s all keep our fingers crossed lest this turn out to be a “flash in the pan”, but if the preliminary findings prove out as now expected, we of the HRA have made a breakthrough of great significance. Just how great and how important it is, will depend on what we can later do with the fresh knowledge which seems to be available to us in the healing angle of the Huna restoration and work.
THE BREAKTHROUGH has come in the field of PSYCHOMETRIC ANALYSIS. In the past few weeks I have been under considerable pressure in my position of center point of the TELEPATHIC MUTUAL HEALING GROUP work because of calls for participation in the healing of the circumstances and conditions of loved ones who appear to be suffering from the influence of “eating companion” spirits. My usual practice in such cases is to make a P.A. reading from the signature or photograph of the person needing help, and to watch for the abnormalities in such readings. As you know from my book Psychometric Analysis and from many discussions in the Bulletins and the HVs, there are certain movements of the pendulum in the readings which we have come to associate with the partial or complete obsession of the subject by spirits. These spirits may be of the Auhane sort, or of the Aunihipili level, or may be normal spirits having both selves together. The indications appear in the “will” pattern or the “personality circle” of the reading, or in both.
A PECULIAR THING which has long bothered me in making readings is that now and then the same person would give two or more degree level readings. I thought at first that this might be because I failed to read correctly. At last it dawned on me that in most of the cases where such a variation of degree reading appeared, there were indications of spirit influence. For a time I thought about this possibility, but came to no conclusion as to the possible significance of the fact that I actually WAS registering the degree standing of the subject AND THE SPIRIT.
WHEN I SUDDENLY REALIZED ONE DAY that my Aunihipili must have been able to contact the spirit and read its degree as well as that of the living subject, I jumped to the conclusion that the will and personality readings must have been a mixture representing both subject and spirit. At the moment I had three cases of apparent spirit influence calling for better understanding, and so was able without delay to test my conclusion by asking my Aunihipili to read separately for the living person and the spirit. Success came on the first attempt, and the subject of the reading registered as normal and constructive in the Auhane “will” pattern and the Aunihipili “personality” circle. The degree was 347, and it repeated at the same degree, although I had, in an earlier attempt to get a correct reading, been given it as 327. For the spirit whose influence had been suspected, the reading was entirely different. Where the subject’s “will” swing went to 2 o’clock on the P.A. chart face, the spirit’s registered strongly at 12 o’clock – which is for the living the indication of the trained hypnotist accustomed to exerting his perfected power of will to influence others by “suggestion”. To my surprise, I got no personality circle at all for the spirit. This development called, of course, for the conclusion that there was no Aunihipili spirit involved in the obsessional influence which at times is evident. The degree reading for the spirit came at 293, or 54 degrees lower than that of the living person. IT IS MOST INTERESTING to note that in my earlier reading for the subject from picture and signature, I had received a combination of the two “will” swings, one at 2 o’clock coming first, then changing to one at 12 o’clock. The degree reading had, apparently, come as correct (347) for the living person, and then as an average for the man and the spirit at 327. The 327 degree had been discussed by letter with one who knows this gentleman well, and seemed decidedly too low for his demonstrated abilities. In the combined reading the personality circle wavered, but for the man alone, it was steady, well rounded and clockwise.
THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT NEW ANGLE and I would like very much to have the help of those of you who have learned to make a P.A. reading from a picture. As I write this, I have before me the picture of Abel B. Aragon, clipped. from a newspaper account dated July 9, 1961. This man has been in the news because he killed a woman, badly wounded a male companion, and kidnapped the woman’s 15-year-old daughter, who, at this writing, is supposed to be dead. (You will probably be able to find a picture of this man at your library in newspaper files or in TIME.)
Aragon was respected in his home town in Utah as a good man and kind father. He was a coal miner but out of a job. The motive for the attack on the three from Connecticut was robbery, the killing following the taking of $250 from the man before shooting him twice. Aragon had been given the second highest medal for valor for exploits in the Marines in the fighting on Guam when he was but 19 years old.
Please run your readings and then check with mine and let me know your results. I got my first reading for the man combined with a possible obsessing spirit. I ran this preliminary reading to see if it would give any hint of obsession. Unless I had known what the man had done, I would have put his reading down as a little unusual, but not indicative of obsession. I would have said “A man of will and determination and with some block in the Aunihipili to warp the personality circle. Intelligence level low, and probably that of a foreman. My first reading was: [image] 285 degrees. My second reading was made only after asking my Aunihipili via the pendulum if the man had a spirit connected with him, and getting a “yes” swing in answer. I called for the reading of the spirit, and got [very bad image] 314 degrees, this being much higher than the combination degree reading, and placing the spirit in the dangerous 300-315 level where so many go wrong and become criminals. The odd part is the almost complete lack of a personality circle to indicate a Aunihipili spirit taking part in the obsessive action. The pendulum made only a faint movement side to side on the 9 to 3 o’clock axis of the chart. Here, again, is the hypnotic will swing which grows more and more familiar in cases where the spirit can command the victim.
My third reading was for Aragon, the living man himself, and I got [bad image] 263 degrees. Here the “will” swing was weaker, being down to about 2:30 o’clock on the chart, and suggesting that he was rather easily commanded by the spirit. The Aunihipili “personality” circle came well rounded and clockwise, indicating normal goodness and constructive drives. The degree reading, having dropped to 263, gives us NOT the foreman, but the ordinary coal miner who needs to be given his orders. In the light of these readings, one can only wonder whether or not the spirit took charge during the fighting in Guam and gave the drive and determination which caused the winning of the high valor medal. One also wonders whether the spirit supplied a “killing instinct” for the time of the fighting that was beneficial but which was disastrous when the good and simple man decided he would have to turn to robbery as a means of making ends meet. One may also ask whether the spirit took over when the officers of the law found him in his car and he moved with swift decision and valor to shoot himself. The spirit may have been very little concerned in the early fighting with the Japanese about the life of the man he had elected to live with as an “eating companion”. The same lack of concern may have been shown in causing a weak man to become decisive and kill himself.
HOW MANY OF US MAY HAVE “EATING COMPANION” SPIRITS and not suspect their presence in the akas? The question takes on importance, now that we see that spirits may not be indicated in ordinary readings. On the other hand, many people have “familiar spirits” whose voices they hear, but whose presence they keep secret lest friends think them crazy. Consider the following letter and the resulting P.A. readings: (from a California HRA.)
“Mr. Long, you often mention the fact that others seem to hear (what they consider) the voice of the Aumakua. Has anyone heard the voice of the Aunihipili? I have heard a voice for eight years. It does not seem to be another entity or wise enough to be the Aumakua. This is how it works: I think of something, the Voice, as I call it, picks it up and discusses it. It seems to know everything I think or feel. I can listen or not as I choose. It is very polite and never speaks unless I do listen. Sometimes I will not listen for days. By this, I mean, it makes no harmful suggestions. It does not seem to have original thoughts of its own, but only discusses my thoughts. It has a great sense of humor. I have very little, and seldom laugh, although I laugh a great deal over its foolishness. I had never experienced the relaxation of laughter before. Often it acts like a psychotherapist and forces me to think a subject through to a conclusion. I am inclined to throw up my hands at a weighty subject. It is interested in everything I do or think as I am myself . . . . It is a strange experience and I can see no good or harm from it, and do not understand it at all. Somehow I do not think it is the Aunihipili, but it may be some phase of it. It could also be a part of my Auhane. Perhaps you have heard of a similar case and can add some light on my problem, if it can be called a problem.”
To make a long story short, signature tests after the new manner were run with the following significant results: First: a reading for the combined self and spirit, as in the every day readings: [bad image] 283 degrees, then 373 on a recheck. Second, for the HRA herself: [bad image] 373 degrees. Third, for the Voice: [image] 283 degrees. NOW NOTE that here the living person has the hypnotic will pattern and normal constructive “personality” pattern or circle. She easily controls the entity, who is destructive in the 10:30 o’clock will swing, but constructive in a warped way in its flattened but clockwise circle which has the axis on the counterclockwise leaning side. One may decide, using the usual rules of P.A. readings, that the Voice spirit is one having a Auhane as well as a Aunihipili, and that while the Auhane has a destructive “will” swing (which might explain why it elects to bother the living), it is partly constructive in its own strange way. Its degree reading is that of slightly better than average intelligence.
We have a puzzling thing that must be kept in mind in the fact that we can get a degree reading for an obsessing spirit which shows no indication of having its own Aunihipili with it. Can it be that such a spirit is a Auhane which has lost its own Aunihipili (a thing na kahuna considered commonplace), but when fastened to a living person, can then use its Aunihipili and draw on its memories? We must watch this point and observe any evidence which may show such a use of resident memories.
THE PROBLEM OF HEALING or “casting out” obsessing entities should be made easier to solve if, by the P.A. reading, we can know just what type of entity is involved in the individual cases. The medical fraternity has long used “shock therapy” to dislodge invading entities, although they are not supposed to exist. Spiritualists have made progress with their system of asking spirits of a high level of goodness and power to assist in removing the unwanted spirits. In the June, 1961 issue of “The Journal of Borderland Research” appeared an excellent article on Brazil’s fine hospital run by Spiritualists and using teams of mediums as well as medical doctors to treat the mentally ill, 70% of whom suffer from obsession of the type under discussion. The average length of treatment is 45 days, and only 7% fail to be set right. The poor are housed, fed and treated free but those who can pay, do so. (It is to be hoped that with the recent translation of my early books into Portuguese in Brazil, the Huna concept of spirits will spread and be helpful. Perhaps we can see a way soon to get across the information concerning the new P.A. reading tests.)
EXCELLENT HEALING RESULTS were recently reported by an HRA in Vancouver, Canada. He is a medical doctor who has taken Huna seriously and has been working on Huna lines. He writes: “I can report a case of obsession, verified both by clinical behavior and P.A. reading. By treating with mana, followed by hypnosis, teaching the patient to gather mana himself and to ask his Aumakua to remove his trouble, he was completely freed from occupation – which had been present from childhood, age now 33 – in about three months. There was improvement from the first session. Sessions came weekly. Free now for 3 months, unheard of previously. The P.A. reading taken at the beginning of treatment in January of 1961 showed the combined man plus spirit reading of [very bad image]. The degree reading when taken from the left hand was 270, from the right, 281. I was sent the signature from which the first reading was taken and ran a check, getting all the same except that I got 274 degrees, apparently an average of the two levels. The reading made for the patient in late June was also sent to me, and with it the signature to check. The doctor’s reading and my own checked in everything except that I had a degree reading half a degree lower.! Here is the reading: [bad image] 287-288. It is very important to note here that the degree reading of the patient had risen from 270 or 281 to 288 after the treatment. It is even more important to note that the “V” will pattern which indicated a destructive side to the spirit and a sensitivity to suggestion on the part of the patient, changed to a combined hypnotic and constructive swing when the spirit was removed. The strong will now indicates the ability of the patient to keep control of himself, although the circle is still a bit warped.
IF WE CAN NEXT FIND A WAY TO GET A READING of the Aumakua, apart from the reading of the lower pair of selves and of spirits who may be attached to the living person, we will have completed a great stride forward. Have you any ideas on this? Do your own experimenting, and let me know how you make out. If I can work out a method, I will shout the news of it from the house tops. How I wish Dr. Brunler, father of the Biometric Reading System, were still with us to see what we have done and assist in progressive work.
I am indebted to HRA Clifford Howard for a gift copy of a 64-page book, THE RED SEA Is Your Blood, from the pen of Alvin Boyd Kuhn, PhD, whose scholarly studies are known and valued by many of us. In this, his latest work, he goes back to Egypt and the Old Testament as well as to similar sources, to make a case for the belief that the “Red Sea” symbolized human blood. From this symbol he ranges far and wide, from the symbols of fire and water to those of earth and heaven, presenting a wealth of significant material for the student, and interesting reading for those who run as they read. The price is very low, only one dollar, so add 9 cents for postage to encourage the labor of making such material available. Address: The Academy Press, 125 Murray St., Elizabeth 2, N.J. (Double the postage for overseas orders.) The book was printed expertly by HRA Howard, who has a printing establishment in Elizabeth and who had this job Verityped and then ran it by offset, thus being able to use italics freely.
AMERICA – TOO YOUNG TO DIE, by Maj. Alexander P. de Seversky, and the book following, do not fall under the heading of Huna or religion, but were sent to me by two of the HRAs who feel them to be so important to our well being as Americans that they should be mentioned in the HV. Maj. Seversky, who seems to make his living manufacturing airplanes and who is a designer of them, bears down on the danger of the Reds taking us over because we lack planes. He dwells long on the many blunders of our military men and politicians. His picture is on the back of the dust jacket. Make your own P.A. reading and decide for yourself how far you care to go with his conclusions.
A NATION OF SHEEP, by Wm. J. Lederer is the second book, and it also has a picture on the dust jacket inviting you to make a P.A. reading of the author. This book warns us against the fact that we are kept ignorant of the true circumstances about such thing as Formosa and Laos. One might say that what he is telling us is that the mass of U.S. citizens are too low in P.A. degree levels to think for themselves, and that, given assurances that “all is well”, will follow like sheep any leader who can struggle to the head of the thoughtless and helpless flock. Have a look at the books yourself and make up your own mind. (HRAs are not supposed to take much stock in what MFL says in the pages of the Huna Vistas. Not being sheep, they make up their own minds, what?)
OBSESSION BY VERY ODD SPIRITS may be a very real danger. HRA H.B., who is a Spiritualist minister and a gifted psychic, has written of her success in healing obsession by laying on hands. She says: “as I laid hands on a woman, I saw two of the queerest looking things jump from her and walk right through the wall. The best description I can give is that they looked like those one-line drawings with single lines for body and limbs but with a big round head ……. (The healed woman) had been plagued by them for over 14 years and had found no help. The spirits had come to her when she became very jealous of a sister on the night the sister’s wedding cake was being cut. Na kahuna had names for these subhuman entities. We call them “elementals” sometimes.
A SURVEY OF RELIGION AND PSYCHOLOGY – Part Four
Please note that the heading has been changed from, “Constructing a Personal Religion,” as the idea of compounding a religion displeased many of the HRAs.
LAST MONTH we discussed the idea of God as an abstraction, before becoming manifest in acts of creation. We found that in the most evolved religious systems of the ancient peoples, little interest was held by something which was beyond the power of the mind to imagine. Attention, and the bulk of interest turned, rather, to the things more easily understood or imagined as sages and spirits offered speculations and “revelations” (much as they continue to do today).
TIME AND SPACE had to be included as things which were created as almost the first items. If, in our effort to simplify the complexities of the many religious and psychological systems, we can bear in mind the fact that the time space limitations of concepts threw the sages and spirits, we can play the game with much less danger of being “thrown for a loss”, to use modern football terms.
My argument has always run something like this, “If First Cause created everything, IT must have created time and space, and if IT did, IT certainly cannot be said to be limited in any way by time and space. THEREFORE, IT and all creation can continue to BE without the limitation of time and space. IT may have a CREATION which has been ETERNAL, never having to have a beginning or an ending, and never having to be limited by space.” For those who could accept this idea, the Universe became simply something that EXISTED and would continue to do so, regardless of time and space. For those who could not give up the idea that time and space were greater than First Cause and must have existed even before IT, the problem of making explanations became one of many contradictions and thus, of endless complicated inventions and of efforts to plug loopholes.
AS WE WILL USE HUNA AS A YARDSTICK in trying to get the measure of the many systems of belief, let us see what the words used by na kahuna were for “time and space.” But first recall the discussion last month of the word Ha wai ki as the “PLACE FROM WHICH THEY CAME” of the Polynesians, and its symbology, the latter indicating that na kahuna did not start from the abstraction of a NOTHINGNESS which, under the limitations of time, eventually roused and produced Creation. The contrary is suggested by the word root symbols. Consciousness, speaks the WORD of command and breathes out the Breath of Life, creating the mana or life force with which all things are formed. (Modern science gives us “energy” as the thing from which all else is created, but still remains stubbornly silent about the Consciousness which makes and uses the energy.)
Na kahuna of old presented first their idea of Consciousness acting to create mana and from mana energy, to create all material things. But as soon as this creation had been symbolized in a name, (Hawaiki), both time and space were added to the picture in the symbolic word, mana wa, which means time as well as space. Here we have mana at work, and the wa root indicates no actuality or reality in time or space, only what separates events and things. Cycles, apparent beginnings and endings, or periods of continuation with slow change: all these are in themselves nothing. Time space (the “continuum”) are real only in terms of mana put to work.
In other words, if nothing is being done, neither time nor space are required for the NOT doing.
ONCE FREED FROM THE TIME AND SPACE limitations of CREATION, there is no need to try to explain how things were created in any BEGINNING. All that is necessary is to do as did na kahuna of the inner schools and say, “Things just were, and are, and will be.” No day or night of Brahma cycle (maha pralay ) needs to be assigned a beginning or an ending. There is no need for a “Day of Judgment” or “The End of the World”. Eternity becomes really eternity, and within it can be postulated endless cycles of growth, change or repetition.
THE PROBLEM OF GOOD AND EVIL has been one confronting the sages from the earliest days. They usually accepted at the very start of their speculations a veritable millstone of dogma which continually threatened to drown them in a sea of contradictions. This was the very reasonable belief that God, as the Creator, could not have created evil, He being Himself only complete and perfect good. Later on in our survey, we will consider the several clever ways in which the founders of religions got around this contradiction with the invention of the story of revolt in Heaven and the “Fall,” or with the explanation that good and bad were natural conditions in the whole of Creation, but that as God is good, and as he must be the stronger, He will eventually overcome bad. The bad was personified as some form of Devil. Or, the fact that evil was seen to exist in a world created by a totally good God was met with the explanation that evil was, after all, just an illusion. It really did not exist. In modern religious cults we have the denial of “error” as a method of doing away with it and replacing it with “good”. (This, of course, belongs to the subject of “Magic,” which we will look into in due time as we view with bright interest the many surprising and often illogical methods invented to combat evil and bring good.)
Turning again to na kahuna and their system, we may well ask what they did about the contradiction of evil in a world created by an entirely good Creator. Here, in so far as words for “good” or “evil” are concerned, there is little to enlighten US. Early na kahuna might just as well have said, “There is nothing needing an explanation, because good and evil just simply ARE. ” Or they might have said, “Badness is simply a lack of goodness. Bad things can become good, and good things can become bad.” However, they had a picturesque symbology which they used in discussing the states, good or bad. Po, or darkness, symbolized all that was evil, while La, or light, symbolized all that was good. There was darkness in the evil man, but it could be driven out by light. This symbol of dark and light is to be found the world around as we study ancient religions. Na kahuna may not have invented it, but on the other hand, they may have been the originators and may have shared their symbol and ideas with many others in far parts.
The thing that seems to point to a Huna origin of the symbol is that in the language of na kahuna the word for light, la, becomes with an added “a” the word for all goodness, for all sacredness, and for the white light observed when contact is made with the Aumakua. La is the sun (Ra in the Egyptian). (Perhaps I am wrong, but up to now I have failed to find the name for daylight, the sun, or something sacred and good and holy, interchangeable with the same basic roots.) (Can some of you who are familiar with the religions of India and the Sanskrit check on this point for us?) Not having to have a beginning or end, na kahuna did not have to specify an end to evil at any reform of the Devil. Their word, ki no stood for “the human body” (among other things), and in the Hawaiian, the customary dropping of the ‘Y’ at the beginning of the word gave ino, or “hurt”, “evil” or “BAD”. The id root has been seen in the word Ha wai ki, indicating the Creative Consciousness of First Cause. The root no, may be said to show that where something is bad, it is not perfectly created, as no means, “to leak out, as water”, and in the symbol of water for mana, we see the energy used in the course of creating being lost to such a degree that the thing made is imperfect. An evil person is said to be “crooked” or improperly made. If he is “made straight” he is made good. On examining the word for “uprightness or good” we find that it also means “to make straight”. This word is po lo lei and the first root, po, tells us that evil symbolized as “darkness” is in the evil person. The second root, lo is an intensive, so we have “very dark”. The third root, lei, is “to cast out”. This all adds up to the intimation that some very bad forms of evil are caused by evil spirits who must be cast out by the kahuna before the person is “made straight” or “good”.
THE DOGMA OF THE IMPOSSIBILITY of the First Cause creating anything evil, is certainly not Huna. Moreover, it is not in accord with what we see on all sides as we look at Creation. It is quite apparent that man’s idea of good and bad does not match the idea of the creator of all things. Men have hated and feared serpents, for instance, and have thought of them as the very essence of “badness”, but from the point of view of God, or perhaps of a serpent, a normal and healthy snake is a very good thing. Like time and space in the view of modern Science, goodness and badness are also relative. It would appear that many forms of life which are a danger to man, serve very well as vehicles for the manifestation of that great Life Force which acts under the direction of Consciousness to make everything from a germ which may kill a man, to a man who may kill a multitude of germs. Aside from the evidence that indicates the probability of obsession by evil spirits, there is little or nothing to make us think that a Devil exists and makes evil things – or things we, as men, consider bad, ugly or dangerous to us.
EVIL SPIRITS may well have been the starting point from which all theories of god like devils were unfolded. Men have been psychic from the earliest times, and have been well aware of spirits, both good and bad. Fortunately, we do not have to accept the theory of Sattu or Dark Beings in order to understand the simple process of dying and remaining on the earthy level to live with those still in the flesh, influencing or obsessing them so that they appear “evil”.
ORIGINAL SIN is propounded in the West to explain “sin” or evil in some religions. It is a substitute for the idea that Satan wars with God and makes much of humanity sinful and evil. In this strange explanation, all men are classified as evil from birth. They are evil because they have been born in sex sin, and because they have not been “SAVED”. It follows that because many refuse to be “saved” through a proffered “salvation,” they remain evil and infect the earth. One dogma must be laid over another to make this explanation seem anything but silly.
“FREE WILL” and “PREDESTINATION” should be included in our list of items under the heading of Good and Evil. The argument is that if God is all knowing, He knows, exactly what every man will do from birth to death, therefore, man cannot possibly have “FREE WILL” and do what he elects to do, be it good, bad or indifferent. Here, again, we have a dogmatic belief concerning the nature and power and intentions of First Cause which has no foundation in fact. It is a theory which sounds reasonable, but which is disproved the moment we pause to look around us. Man HAS free will. He can decide what he will do, change his mind several times, and end up by doing nothing. To say that God knows before hand that he will do just these things and in just that order, sounds well enough in the play on ideas and words, but holds little water. All of us know that we change our minds and act as we see fit to do a hundred times a day. The fact that the “seer” can foresee only a very tiny number of things which are to happen in the future, argues forcefully that free will is the rule and that predestined incidents are the exception. (Huna offers the belief that the Aumakua can, to a slight degree, bring about certain events in the future or can change events which would naturally follow because of earlier thoughts, plans or actions. But, as the Aumakua is a definite part of the three-self man, this even serves to confirm the fact that man enjoys the blessing of FREE WILL. In fact, free will seems to be part of the gift given all living things. In the rising levels of intelligence we see instinct giving way progressively to free will all the way from spider to bird to dog. In man, the instincts still rule strongly in the Aunihipili, but these are at that level subject to the will of the Auhane as it censors the instinctive drives of the Aunihipili and thus creates the human code of morals.) (Speaking of morals and the Auhane decision concerning what is good or bad, it is interesting to observe that in the two main words for “good” used by na kahuna, the one already noted, po lo lei applies to moral uprightness and symbolic “straightness” with freedom from the influence of bad spirits. The other common word is mai kai, literally, “sick plus recovered”. This applies not to moral rectitude but to one’s health. There is, however, a secondary meaning of the root kai, that of “being lifted up from sickness” and in this we get the hint of healing performed by the Aumakua, for “lifting up” is the Huna symbol of “lifting up the mana” as a gift to empower the Aumakua when calling upon it to perform the act of healing.)
DOES GOD LOVE THE GOOD AND HATE THE BAD? This is a question put before the makers of religious beliefs from time immemorial. That God does either is unfounded dogma, but while not founded upon observation of the teaming life on earth, it has caused contradictions in all of the cult theories. Man loves what he feels is good for him, and hates what is harmful, so he made his “gods” in his own image very largely. In early Egypt the deceased was said to have to appear before the gods in Judgment, and if his life had been evil, he was at once seized by a waiting monster (which seems to have been the forerunner of Satan and the Devil) and devoured on the spot. If found good, the deceased was allowed to go on into a pleasant place which was the early idea of Heaven. It was at a later date, at least in the West, that simply being devoured and so reduced to obliterating soul nothingness, was augmented by Hell and eternal suffering in the flames.
MODERN RELIGIOUS CONCEPTS give us such dogmas as, “God is love”. Which is then balanced by the very unrealistic command, “Love those who despitefully use you, etc.” When inner symbolic meanings (if any apply in some cases) become lost, then absurdities and impossibilities add to the sad confusion and make impractical beliefs even more impractical. Thanks to Huna we can see that we are animals in so far as our na Aunihipili are concerned, and that what best evolves this self may not be suited to the growth in understanding of the Auhane, or even of the Aumakua. Common sense demands that we fight to defend ourselves and loved ones.
HAVING CONSIDERED SOME OF THE BASIC QUESTIONS which have confronted the makers or “revealers” of religious systems, let us dare to over simplify the vast and complex mixture of ideas by noting how the highest God or Gods were divided or multiplied and given charge of various items in the list of creative or destructive acts. As the PSYCHOLOGY of man, even in a primitive stage of development is often mixed in with the ideas concerning the Gods, try to keep the men and Gods separated as best you can. For instance, do not mistake the Hindu First Cause, Brahma, for the Atma or god-self in man – who matches the Aumakua of Huna rather well in some respects.
THE “DUAD” CONCEPT is found in such religious as that of the Zoroastrians. Here our reference book offers us nothing, so I will supply a brief outline. The early Persian sage, Zarathustra, was instructed in trance by what he considered the voice of God. He wrote down what he heard and what he decided about it all, producing the Avesta, one of the world’s first “Word of God” scriptures. He taught the belief that there were DUAL GODS, The God of Light and the God of Darkness, with the control of creation and of mankind rather evenly divided between the two. He taught that, eventually, Light would overcome Darkness, and presented a set of dogmatic beliefs.. The God of Darkness and so of evil, was borrowed later by other early systems and appeared in Judaism and Christianity as the Devil. The sun and fire were symbols of the God of Light and were worshiped. Sun, moon and stars were worshiped in early Egypt and the lands between in the same general period, and we may well ask if the Huna symbols for good and bad, Light as Laa and Po as Darkness, may not have been current among a few of the more intelligent in these lands. Contrary to popular belief, there was much traveling and visiting around in the early days, all the way from Egypt to China. Religious ideas and beliefs, as well as rites and odd practices of worship were shared, but usually changed to fit in with local beliefs. The Esseas of the time of Jesus drew heavily on Persian ideology.
THE “TRINITY” CONCEPT was the most popular. It was a very natural way of explaining who and what the GODS were and how they created the earth. The early Egyptians evolved the belief that the Creation was started by a Father God who had a Mother God for his wife, and a son, who was, by right of his birth, also a God. In some stories the Mother appears first, giving birth to the Father, then the pair produce the son. Osiris, Isis and Horus were the Egyptian “Trinity”, and eventually these appear under different names in most of the neighboring lands. These THREE were joined by a host of lesser divinities, and eventually Judaism tossed them all out and set up the tribal god, Jehovah, as the ONE AND ONLY GOD. Later on, Jehovah was borrowed by the Mohammedans as their “Allah”.
Christianity contained many of the current Essene ideas, but soon was made by the Church fathers to contain large borrowings of belief and ritual. It appears to have been TRINITARIAN in the beginning, but with a mixture of Dualism in the belief in Satan and his power to resist the rule of the ONE GOD accepted from early Judaism. The anti-woman attitude of the Essenes, whose doctrines we now know to have influenced early Christian ideas, seems to have caused the Father-Mother-Son Trinity of Egypt, which was basic, to be that of Father-Holy Spirit-Son. Jesus, it appears, had contact with the early na kahuna, because, as we of the HRA have seen, much of the teaching attributed to him is pure Huna in hiding behind the code so long used where a Polynesian dialect was used. (Pre-Polynesian, if you wish.) (Check your copy of GREAT RELIGIONS, and next month we will continue our survey.) MFL