The psychology of huna contains a model that is similar to the Western notions of subconsciousness, consciousness (the waking state) and superconsciousness. These are known as the three selves: the lower self (unihipili), the middle self (uhane) and the higher self (aumakua).
This triad represents an inner family, and just as a person is able to follow their path with confidence and happiness when they have a good relationship with their parents, a person’s character and mind is stable when their inner family is in harmony. As a metaphysician would put it: ‘It’s the same on the inside as the outside.’
Unihipili – the lower self
Unihipili is the lower self, the subconscious. It has an intrinsic guiding authority that works independently and needs no conscious control. In huna, the ancient shamanist teachings of Hawaii, this being is known as the inner child.
According to huna lore, the lower self has three tasks, namely data storage (impersonal aspect), database management (personal aspect) and regulating unconscious bodily functions.
Unihipili stores all conscious and unconscious memories – and all ancestral memories – in the form of genetic programming and cell memories. As in a giant library, every memory from your own and from former lives, every scrap of male and female ancestral programming, every belief, decision and early childhood trauma is carefully shelved and labelled as good or bad. In addition, your lower self can access the morphogenetic field and the collective unconscious. The librarian is termed the inner child.
In translation, the root word pili means ‘to stick to’ or ‘to adhere to’. Just like a little child that clings to its mother and always wants to know and learn things, the lower self sticks to the uhane, the middle self. Everything the middle self says or thinks about itself or others (the inner dialogue) is considered the truth by the lower self. Your middle or conscious self is responsible for identifying truth, and chooses which truths are allowed to penetrate into the depths of the subconscious as an image of yourself and the world.
You (the middle self) determine which labels are stuck on to memories. The things you believe deep in your heart (the subconscious) are the things you come to expect and, as a result, are what you perceive in your environment as well. This is very simple neural conditioning, known to brain research for more than 40 years – those who think in black and white have only one way of being happy.
An exercise to help you make contact with your inner child
Explore your feelings about the following statements:
You are guilty.
My opinion is the only correct one.
I know what’s right.
I know you.
And now activate the light-filled side of your inner child with the following statements:
You are valuable.
I respect your opinion.
I thank you for the experiences we have shared.
You have extended my horizons.
I thank you with all my heart.
The same on the inside as the outside – from the inner family to the external family. It is our inner dialogue that makes us happy or sad and forms our self-image. We will often have adopted this dialogue from our parents: what your parents thought about themselves and what they said to you has in all likelihood become the truth about yourself. In much the same way, the lower self accepts our inner dialogue as truth: the image that you have of yourself and whatever you are currently focusing on will shape your inner dialogue.
Uhane – the middle self
The translation of uhane is ‘self-speaking being’. The particular characteristic of any person is their way of speaking, and the way you speak about others betrays your character and your spiritual maturity; this is exactly what uhane is – a being that ‘outs’ itself through communication.
When we say something, it is as if we were throwing a stone into the waters of our lives, and every word is a ripple of thoughts that spreads out and shapes the shore. The way you speak to yourself will shape your body and the way you speak to people will shape your relationships. We manifest ourselves through language and so every word has value.
Uhane is the conscious component of your personality, the part that acts deliberately and willfully. You are the person who is responsible for you, and as a middle self, you take over the guidance of your lower self. In developing your conscious being, you are responsible for the weight you give events and for the inner dialogue that you choose and maintain.
Aumakua – the higher self
The higher self is, as it were, the ambassador of the Source, an observer, a benevolent companion and a friend. The higher self is also known as the higher consciousness, the higher soul and the cosmic intelligence. It is the source of inspiration.
Aumakua, the higher self, governs our cosmic plan – it is a latent determination, a kind of obligation and responsibility to the whole (Sanskrit: dharma) perceived as a vocation inherent in every living being.
An exercise about your inner family
Write down on three pieces of paper: (1) Uhane (me), (2) Unihipili (inner child) and (3) Aumakua (higher consciousness). Lay these sheets of paper out as floor anchors.
Stand on each sheet of paper and use your feelings to explore every aspect of your personality, asking yourself:
1. How does my lower self feel?
2. How do I feel as a middle self?
3. How does my higher self feel?
Record each of your answers in your workbook.
Freeing yourself from the negative influences of the past
The highest goal of every human being is a state of happiness and inner peace. The greatest obstacles on the path to happiness are resentment, negative memories and a feeling of personal worthlessness.
Surveys conducted by Stanford University have shown that a lot of people think that their own unhappiness is the fault of circumstances, politics, institutions, world events or other people. In such cases, they have identified a culprit they can make responsible for their own unhappiness. In other words, you find a particular person that you don’t think much of but whom you expect to change so that you can be happy again. Well, good luck with that ... .
Being happy is an attitude to life that is less determined by outside circumstances and more by inner qualities. It is a character trait – and to develop your character into a mature personality, you have to learn how to free yourself from the negative influences of the past. This is the only way to live a life full of strength and happiness in the here and now.
Installing a new life
People with mature characters and social attitudes are in a position to take responsibility for their own lives and to forgive. By the same token, people who cling to past events with anger, sorrow and self-reproach are like people driving down a mountain who only look in the rear-view mirror, never where they are going; if you only look back, you will never see what is right under your nose.
In our lives, especially in our childhoods, things can sometimes happen that leave a deep wound – but life would like to heal you. The principle of life is healing, acceptance, reconciliation, love and forgiveness. When you cut your finger, life activates all your powers of self-healing to close up the wound. Wounds heal as long as you don’t scratch them open again, but your negative memories will rub against such hurts; this is why it is best to transform these negative memories and to concentrate on your real goals. Ask yourself what you would like to feel and experience in the future.
Imagine how much peace there would be among people and in the world if individuals would only forgive themselves and one another. Forgiveness is a key – it’s like a car key that you turn and the car starts. This is the way to achieve a mature character and to accelerate your personal development; forgiveness might even be the key to international peace.
Forgiveness does not mean tacitly accepting everything, as occasionally we have to stop someone in their tracks with all the means we are legally permitted. The single aim of forgiveness is to release us from the energetic ties that bind us to the perpetrator and the deed.
Forgiveness allows you to leave the past behind you and start anew. This is like reformatting the hard drive of a computer or installing a new operating system. If you have loaded the wrong program or the hard drive is too full, you have to start a new program and delete old data. It’s the same with a pocket calculator – if you want to tap in a new sum, you first have to press C to delete the numbers from the last calculation.
You don’t die from the snake bite,
you die from the venom.
-- Proverb from India
Following a new formula
For no other reason than our Western cultural influences, there are many people who have been in mental chains since earliest childhood and harbor great feelings of guilt; these are compounded with feelings of culpability about everything they have done and everything they have neglected to do.
I ask you this: if we were to speak again in a year, how would you have had to lead your life during those twelve months in order not to regret a thing? How would you have to behave in order to be free and not to be your own biggest critic and judge?
An exercise about self-love
Stand in front of a mirror saying: ‘I love you ... (say your own name) with all my heart.’
Repeat this sentence several times and smile for 30 seconds, as this is how long it takes for every cell in your body to receive the endorphin rush.
Copyright 2017 by Ulrich Emil Duprée. All Rights Reserved.
Reprinted with permission of the publisher, EarthDancer,
an imprint of Findhorn Press. www.findhornpress.com.
Ho'oponopono and Family Constellations: A traditional Hawaiian healing method for relationships, forgiveness and love
by Ulrich E. Duprée
Many problems are relationship-related, and the good news is that you can heal all your relationship issues! With his best-selling title Ho’oponopono, Ulrich Emil Duprée reveals a healing method for solving problems and conflicts by using the Hawaiian reconciliation ritual to forgive both ourselves and others. This is given even greater power when combined with the family constellations method.
About the Author
Ulrich Emil Duprée is a bestselling author, seminar leader and visionary. He has studied both Western and Eastern philosophy and lived in a Hindu monastery for four years. He has taught Ho’oponopono, the ritual of forgiveness, since his mystical initiation by a Hawaiian Kahuna priest in 2009. For more info see: http://ulrichdupree.de