Shaman is a word anthropologists adopted
from a Siberian tribe referring to people who look at life
and interact with it in a particular way. A shaman is essentially
a healer working with the powers of the mind and the forces
of nature to create harmony. This was done especially for
the purpose of healing relationships: between one's self and
others, one's self and the environment or for healing the
relationship between the aspects of the self.
The two main streams of shamanism in the
world are the way of the warrior and the way of the adventurer.
Polynesian shamans follow the way of the adventurer, which
is a healing path based on love and cooperation.
way is a highly respected way, but it's more of an individual
way. It is also a way which is based upon overcoming conflict.
The warrior personifies fear, illness, disharmony, then develops
powers and skills to combat and overcome them.
The adventurer way is a social way since
it is based on achieving cooperation. The adventurer de-personifies
conditions, treats everything as an effect and harmonizes
Aloha is one of the primary differences
in the Hawaiian Shaman way. If we take the word aloha apart,
we find that alo means 'to be with', oha means joy or happiness
--to be with joyfully. It is understand within this teaching
that to the degree that judgement decreases, love increases
-- because judgement or criticism creates separation. By putting
your attention on what is good, by blessing it and praising
it, you strengthen it.
Pomaika'i -- (blessing, good fortune,
prosperity), ho'opomaika'i -- to bless
Maka'i means good; Po refers to the inner
world, so pomaikai means a blessing coming from within. The
key thing is "ika" which means strength or to strengthen;
"ma" is a state of; and po means coming out of that
inner place. Pomaika'i means to bless which also means to
strengthen. So you have a state of great strength whenever
you are blessing.
In the Bible, when the fishes and loaves
were blessed they increased; the oil when blessed increased
to overflowing. A blessing increases whatever it is that you
bless. It is a very powerful way of working with things. So,
if you are going to bless a person, you bless something about
that person that you want to increase. And when you are increasing
the good in them, whatever is not good for them or in them
will tend to diminish.
Also, when you bless for the benefit of
others instead of directly for yourself, you tend to bypass
any subconscious fears about what you want for yourself and
the focus on the blessing increases the same good in your
When you do a blessing on yourself to
increase your natural love, your loving and being loved, this
increases your spiritual mana. It is just as important to
be loved as it is to love. "It's better to give than to
receive" is not in the Bible. You must have a two-way
flow otherwise you are cutting off the person and you are