August 2014

Huna Healing -6

Huna Healing-6

   

Blocks And Complexes

To better understand the concept of blocks and complexes we must give you a little more information. When the lower self, middle self and the body are well integrated and working together the result is wellness and good health. To the degree that each of these operate in conflict with each other, there are problems. These problems are created by blocks and complexes that undermine their healthy interaction.

Blocks and complexes arise from faulty interaction between the middle and lower self. Blocks and complexes are simply devices the body/mind (combined middle and lower selves) uses to protect themselves when they are overwhelmed in fear, threat or conflict. While it may look like these "protective devices" work against us, this is not always so. Actually, most often they work for us. If you touch a hot pot and burn yourself a block (or memory of pain) generally keeps us from picking up any pot in the future without testing or checking to see if it is hot and can burn us. Blocks are simply memories which under normal situations help us to not make the same mistakes over and over again. In certain situations, when the individual is in an altered state of consciousness, during sleep, when ill, when drugged, under anesthesia, head injury, or during traumatic events involving very young children, etc. the trauma that occurs is confused with the cause and the effect and rather than being helpful blocks become sources of anxiety and negative behavior.

 

What Do Blocks and Complexes Really Mean to Us?

We can easily say that blocks and complexes are simply negative beliefs that interpose themselves between the requests and commands of the middle self and the action of the lower self. For simplicity sake we can also call them faulty belief systems.

They are faulty belief systems because they often sabotage us. They limit our abilities and potentials. They are fears and conflicts, remembrances of negative experiences and old hurts. They operate through the stress mechanism as they once had an intelligent reason for existing, to protect us.

Often they start to develop with the development of the nervous system, even while in the womb. They occur initially as inputs from our nervous system about real or imagined dangers, threats or potential threats. Rather than reading them as simply input of information for some reason we give them power to affect some or even all of our future responses to the events of our life.

In a sense they act as filters, for they screen the information we receive for the rest of our life or until they are either eliminated or replaced. They can cause us to see the world differently from the way it really is. Since by definition they are negative (there are also positive ones but since they are positive and help they cause no problems) they block out positive information and force us to see what they want us to see.

For example, bigotry is a block which forces us to only be able to see a preset belief system about people of certain religions, races, skin colors or ethnicity. Rather than seeing a person as an individual the bigotry filter forces the view point that all ... are bad, or dumb, or stupid, or worthless, etc. The intelligent person knows that this viewpoint is not true, but the bigoted person can see nothing else.

While the person who is the victim of the bigotry certainly suffers, it is also true that the bigoted person suffers because he or she is living in a lie and because of it, they are unable to see and experience the real world. This limitation distorts not only their world-view but their self-view. When the faulty belief system is bigotry, we usually don't feel too sorry for the individual and may instead see them "as the bad guy." However, when faulty belief system lead to a sense of low self-esteem, failure, fear, or illness, then we may see these victims more as casualties of life.

In the end, all of these complexes, fears and restrictions are simply faulty belief systems which we have accepted at sometime or other during our life consciously or unconsciously. Like any other belief system they can be thrown away at anytime. We see this happening all around us, every day of our life. Someone says that they hate a particular food until they try it and decide they like it. A woman thinks a particular style is awful, until she tries it on and finds she loves it. Faulty belief systems exist whenever we "hate" something or are afraid of something, feel threatened by something and our true view of it is biased by false information or decision from the past.

Faulty beliefs exist because at some point in our life we believed (once again, consciously or unconsciously) that they in some way presented a threat to us or because some how they have some important meaning to us ("My father told me... and he wouldn't lie to me.") When they are based on something that has threatened us or when we feel that having it taken away from us will in someway cause us harm, they trigger the stress mechanism and power must be given to their loss as real or potential threat to our existence. During this process the individual made a decision or created an opinion about these beliefs and not only do they believe that they must retain them but losing them causes some sort of injury to them, to protect themselves they have to give power to this decision or opinion.

These beliefs continue to be powerful because the individual continues to allow them to take power. They may even reinforce this power over and over again. This, usually requires finding or even creating some kind of evidence which can be used to prove that this belief system is right (and hence continues to deserve the power we have given it).

The same is true of emotions. They are simply belief systems which have become associated with physical feelings. The body sets certain chemical pathways to be stimulated when certain types of events occur. When emotions are triggered, a series of specific neurochemicals are released and we immediately experience physical responses to these external events. Ultimately however, they are also simply blocks and complexes, either positive or negative depending on the circumstances.

Our job in life is to find as many of these blocks and complexes as we can, to rationalize them and then eliminate them. Then, and only then, can we be safe, sane, whole and healthy.

 

Blocks and Complexes and the Higher Self

When we break our connection to our Higher Self we lose its help and we create a breach in getting what we want from our life. When this happens, we feel lonely and alone. We may feel a loss of sense of spirit. Some religion tells us that this is a loss of connection to God. Huna does not disagree with this at all, although it would insert that the Higher Self is our ultimate connection to the Godhead.

Guilt is a major block between our lower selves and our Higher Self. There are many ways guilt can get started. One reason may be when we believe that we have sinned. This is a major area of difference between Huna and most organized religions. Huna does not believe in sin while most organized religions are based around sin. Most religions would tell you that the concept of sin exists to keep people from sinning and causing hurt to themselves. In Huna the belief in sin is recognized as a major cause of feeling as if one has sinned and hence it is the leading cause of sin.

If sin doesn't exist then how could one feel as if they sinned. If they do not feel that they have sinned than how can they feel guilt. If no guilt exists, than it is less likely that stress or anxiety will exist. If they do not exist then ultimately there will be no illness created by guilt. In Huna has what is called the One Sin Rule. It states that nothing you do is a sin, except causing an intentional hurt to another. If whatever you do causes no intentional hurt, then there is no sin.

Suppose you are giving a party and you make a list of people to invite and you forget a good friend. This would not be a sin, nor would guilt be appropriate in Huna unless you let that person out with the intention that others would tell him that there was a party and he had purposefully not been invited. That is he was not invited because you wanted to pay him back for something he did to you, or you were angry at him or wanted to punish him for something real or imagined.

In Huna sin is also not to be accompanied by guilt, but rather it is to be recognized as a teacher. If you intentionally cause hurt to someone, no matter the reason, you have missed the mark. You will find yourself losing out on something you really want. You may do this once or even twice, but eventually you will stop because it will soon become clear that it is more costly to you and then to the other person.

Certainly the argument may arise that there must be some form of punishment. In ancient Hawaii when one broke a rule or kapu, they there were punishments. One of the most serious punishments, even more than death, was banishment from the community. Being forced to wander alone without your family or friends. This was an awful punishment for family, tribe and community were home and this was where you were safe and loved.

If you stole from someone or cause intentional hurt you would feel bad about yourself, you would know that something you will want today, tomorrow or next year would not come to you. You would know that you caused hurt to others and you would know how they felt about you. You could however save yourself, you did not have to feel guilt or be shunned forever. There are mechanisms which allow healing to occur. These are based on making restitution, forgiveness and setting right what was wronged. Once the matter was set right, it was forgotten. No one was allowed to hold it against the individual and the individual could once again open his line of communication to his Higher Self. This was called, unblocking the path, it was thought of as removing the blocks and obstructions that blocked the way to the Higher Self. Now one could once again ask for whatever was desired and expect to get it.

Few people wanted to risk banishment or being shunned. When the missionaries came to Hawaii there was little crime, there were no jails, no prisons and the people were happy and healthy.

 

Stress and Survival

While Huna does not discuss stress, it is clear from reading about it that it was designed to reduce, and whenever possible eliminate, the seeds of stress and hence illness created by stress, the so called, Stress-Related Disorders.

This would be very helpful for most of us today. We live in a time when stress is everywhere and most illnesses, it has been estimated that at least 70% to 80% of all illnesses are caused by or made worse by stress. The Huna path reduces the potential of stress by creating a process of thinking and living that eliminates the basis of stress. Huna Prayer as we will see shortly is extremely important in stress reduction.

Stress can be defined in many ways, one workable way of defining it suggests that stress is the difference between the way we want our world to be and the way it is. Earlier we suggest that the lower self creates a picture of the way it thinks life should be based on the information given to it by the middle self. If the lower self gives power to this picture anything that threatens this picture can activate the stress mechanism. Huna tells us, that stress is based on a realistic view of ourselves and our ability to ask for and get what we want from our Higher Self and the Intelligence of the Universe. Therefore it must be that our vision of want we want must be different from reality, if stress exists. Huna tells us that we have a built in stress reducing mechanism as we can effectively change reality by asking the Higher Self for what we want and expecting it.

Eliminating Stress

Huna further tells us that we can eliminate stress by eliminating faulty belief systems, lies, blocks and guilt. We can do this by forming a reality-based picture of our own life, this will help us to also create a Self Image that is also realistic. Along with this realistic picture of who and what we are we should also form a realistic picture of the world around us - a reality-based World View.

This can help us to set up our life up so that it works, so that we have no lies, no faulty belief systems, no illusions. Instead, we are constantly working toward finding our highest and best self though contact with and growth created by using the pathway to our Higher Self.

To read the next article in the series, Huna Healing-7, click here.