Aloha Spirit

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Caroline Kane

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November 9, 2020

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I am a practitioner of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage and I live in Ireland. I therefore want to deepen my understanding of the Hawaiian philosophy of life and spirituality. At its heart is Aloha and that seems like the best place to start. This is the Hawaiian word for love, peace, compassion and mercy. It is the salutation word for both greeting and farewell. Steeped in cultural and spiritual significance, it carries the wisdom and the presence of the ancestors. Lomi Lomi is the ‘loving hands Massage’ and while training, I learned of the importance of working with Aloha. It is the intention I set for each of my treatments and I endeavor always to bring it to all aspects of my life. For the Hawaiian people, Aloha is a state of being, a way of life.

According to one Hawaiian author, the first expression of Aloha is between a parent and child. It is expected that all citizens, visitors and Government officials live by the Principles of Aloha. Written into Government Statute they are as follows:

A~ Ala ~ Watchful, Alertness

L ~ Lokahi ~ Working with unity

O~ Oia’i’o~ Truthful, honesty

H~ Ha’aha’a~ Humility

A~ Ahonui~ Patience, Perseverance

The true meaning of Aloha, is so much more than the sum of its parts. For that reason any translation or interpretation will fall short. Books and blogs capture the essence of Aloha but it is accepted that: ‘Aloha is a complex and profound sentiment. Such emotions defy definition.’

There are many expressions of Aloha that give us a sense of what it means to live and breathe in Aloha. They include:

‘To consciously manifest life joyously in the present’

‘The joyful sharing of life energy in the present moment’

‘Joyfully sharing life’

“God in us”

‘Breathing in the present moment’

‘Being face to face with the Divine’

‘The co-ordination of heart and mind within each person’

‘The life force that ‘brings each person to the Self’

‘It is the essence of relationships in which ‘each person is important to every other for collective existence’

A few months ago, I watched a short video by Kumu (teacher, guide) Louise Kleu of Aloha House in Co. Kerry. In her discussion of Aloha, she quoted this excerpt from a book called ‘What is this thing called Aloha?’ It read that:

 ‘The existence of Aloha is not an abstraction. Feel it now. It is in your blood. It is in your bones. It is your mind, heart and soul. Find it in the silent wonder of yourself.’

This reminded me of a poem by Rabindranath Tagore where he ponders life force energy as an connective expression of the divine:

‘It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.’

The sense of being at one, in harmony, in alignment with all that is, is Aloha. It is evident throughout the Hawaiian language. I found it interesting to learn, for example, that there is no Hawaiian word for ‘Nature’ in the sense of ‘being outside in nature’. The reason for this was that the ancient Hawaiian people did not consider themselves as separate from their surroundings. This way of living and being was reflected across many ancient cultures. Our own Celtic ancestors, like the Hawaiian people felt at one with the land, sea and sky. In their shared cosmology they felt the presence of the Divine in their surroundings. This gave them a deep sense of connection, belonging and duty of care.

Before her passing I watched an interview with the American writer and poet and Civil Rights Activist Maya Angelou. At the end of her interview she was asked to complete the definition… ‘God is…’ Her response ‘God is All‘ really resonated with me. It is what comes to mind as I reflect now on the meaning of Aloha.

Aloha is spirit and it is life. It is love. It is taking care of ourselves, each other and the World around us. It is ‘All’. Are you living in Aloha?

Bibliography

https://www.hawaii.edu/uhwo/clear/home/lawaloha.html

The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore. Patricia Monaghan, 2014.

https://www.wordsense.eu/n%C3%A1d%C3%BAr/

The Deeper Meaning of Aloha by Curby Rule https://www.huna.org/html/deeper.html

Do You Have the Aloha Spirit? Five Hawaiian Words to Live By. Megan Polom

https://blog.mangolanguages.com/do-you-have-the-aloha-spirit-five-hawaiian-words-to-live-by

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I am a Holistic Massage Therapist and Lomi Lomi Practitioner working from a tranquil space in the beautiful village of Summerhill. I have always had an interest in Holistic health and wellness. I consider massage to be a necessity for healing and a gateway to a healthier, happier life. I base this on my experience of healing in my own life.

'May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence. May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.' ~John O' Donohue

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𝚂𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚏𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚗.

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𝙰 𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚣𝚎𝚗 𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚢.

𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚗𝚎.

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𝚂𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚍𝚎𝚎𝚙 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚞𝚗𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚜.
𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚌𝚛𝚊𝚠𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎'𝚜 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔 𝚒𝚗 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚌𝚘𝚊𝚕 𝚒𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚐𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑.

𝚂𝚘𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚐𝚊𝚣𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚎𝚎𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚎𝚢𝚎𝚜.
𝚂𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚏𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚗 𝚍𝚎𝚎𝚙 𝚍𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚎, 𝚜𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚋𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚞𝚙 𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚒𝚗. 𝚆𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚎.

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