Aloha Ke 'Ākua! Māhālo nūi lōa for visiting Nā Hālau ʻĀha Hūi Lanakila!
We established our Sanctuary for the exploration and awakening of consciousness, the unfolding of our collective creative and healing potential and realisation of our essential Unity.
Embracing a forest and freshwater lakes, our grounds provide a perfect atmosphere for the enrichment of body, mind and spirit.
Our teachings arise out of direct experience of awakened awareness and emanates the untamable fragrance of freedom whilst radically embracing the mystery and mess of human existence. Our invitation is for you to open to the fullness of life, to say YES to the totality of your experience and to meet reality with radical compassion. Our doors are an open invitation to all who seek authentic freedom and are willing to meet heart to heart in honest and open inquiry.
We were taught that the goal of life is to move through life walking up the mountain of experiences with your Aloha, your Bowl of Light. Life is filled with lessons to learn and teaching moments along the way. When you become angry or jealous, you drop those stones into your bowl of light and those rocks cause leaks in your Mana-sacred power. When your bowl becomes filled with stones, you become a stone that cannot grow. No Aloha! The solution is that at any moment, you can turn your bowl upside down emptying these stones out of your bowl to naturally refill it with YOUR golden light -- your natural Aware and Awakened state of Aloha, your natural state of Divinity. This is the power of Pure Aloha: an Awakened Heart Awakens the Mind.
Awakening hinges on your genuine desire for the discovery of your true nature. If it is to flower in you, you must truly want liberation from everything that is false in you, you must want to give yourself totally to the inquiry into what is true beyond all inherited concepts, ideas and beliefs.
The purpose of our teachings is to ignite this wanting in you. When the flame of this desire becomes an untamable fire, it flips a switch inside of you and the direction of your destiny is irrevocably altered. It’s like turning on the light only to discover that you are this light. This in itself is extra-ordinary: even though you may have heard the words a thousand times, nothing can prepare you for the naked reality that is revealed.
And yet the living experience of this revelation is very ordinary: you have simply re-discovered the innocent wholeness of your essential nature. It’s the you that never was and never will be separate from anything at all. This discovery is the end of suffering and the beginning of freedom.
But awakening is just the beginning. The adventure begins, not in the rarified atmosphere of transcendence, but in the midst of the chaos of life. And living the truth of awakening has perhaps never been more of an imperative than in today’s rapidly changing world.
The invitation is for you to awaken to the pristine perfection of your inner light and then to fully embody and express this light amidst the mystery and mess of human existence.
Come join us!
Debussy | Clair De Lune and other relaxing piano music of Claude Debussy
Feel the atmosphere and energy of early 20th century by listening piano pieces of Claude Debussy and watching impressionist and postimpressionist paintings of Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh and other famous painters.
Aloha a me ka maikāʻi oʻ kā kākahiāka, ī nā mea a pau ʻia ōukōu kanaka a maikāʻi. Kākou nō ma kā hānā hebedoma hapalua ʻāla. Mālāma nēʻe ‘īmua, hula manāwa ʻūa ʻāneane ʻāneʻi. Ī kā maikāʻi oʻ kā lā. Nūi ke aloha.
Hello and good morning to all you good people. We are half way through the work week. Keep moving forward, play time is almost here. Have a beautiful day.
Kāne‘ohe Bay is surrounded by some of the most well-watered lands in Hawai’i and some of the most beautiful mountains in the world: the Ko’olau Rangepeaks, two to three thousand feet high, joined by walls of sheer green cliffs. Ka Moa’e (the ENE trade winds) sweeps warm moist air into the mountains and clouds form along the summit. Rainwater has cut steep gullies into the cliffs giving them their distinctive wrinkled appearance. When it rains, dozens of thin silvery waterfalls run down the vertical gullies; half obscured by rain and mist, the waterfalls seem to pour directly from the clouds. […]
Sign and carry your written Advance Care Directive for Vaccinations and Masks in the form of these cards in your wallet. Yep, this works exactly like a HIPPA Advanced Care Directive that dictates to medical personnel what measures/procedures they can do to your body.
You know the “virus” is a huge smokescreen for other actions happening in our world that are intended to harm the People. Breathing in your own CO2 is just the beginning of bringing that harm to you personally and every person you care about. There are natural remedies that cure most individuals of what is otherwise a cold or flu bug. There are already answers … a cure (Hydrochloriquine, or drinking Tonic Water for the Quinine) … but remaining in abject fear only perpetuates the harm that people like Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci want to spread to YOU.
Stand in your power. Take back control over your body. Do not allow Big Brother Government (whether local or federal) to take control over the one thing that was always and only yours: your physical body. These are ideas definitely worth considering … including all the moral ramifications that kick in when you relinquish your Freedom entirely.
The Choice is yours. Where do you stand with everything happening in our world now??
A high wired Full Moon in Aquarius at 11+ degrees on August 3 @ 8:58 am PDT. 11:58 am EDT, 3:58 pm GMT
and Uranus, the planet of chaos, revolutionary change, invention, detachment, unique individuals, groups and higher consciousness squares the MOON.
URANUS is the Modern ruler of Aquarius.
AQUARIUS, the Water Bearer is an Air sign of Higher consciousness. It is associated with wishes hopes and dreams in Astrology and is the symbol of the STAR #17 in the TAROT.
Wish big and be ready to have a roller coaster ride with that.
Uranus, the planet which governs the sign of Aquarius in Modern Western Astrology is in Taurus, a sign which doesn’t suit URANUS’s non-traditional values. Uranus in Taurus wants to break from the mold and run wild and free.
Uranian energy is chaotic. The Stock market is ruled by Taurus the Bull Market expect a wild and…
“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” — Leo Tolstoy
Research shows that most people spend up to 50 percent of their time in their heads – a tendency that does nothing to increase our happiness and in fact has been proved to be detrimental to it. Instead of being habitually consumed by thoughts of the past or of trying to control the future, mindfulness is a way of engaging with the present moment. It’s a mode of being that helps increase clarity and peace of mind.
It is often in the more repetitive, day-to-day activities that we find ourselves switching into auto-pilot. So why not embrace these moments and see them as an opportunity to be more mindful? Do not to worry about trying to clear the mind of any thoughts or feelings. Instead, try and see yourself taking a back seat; witnessing the thoughts and emotions as they come and go. If you find yourself getting distracted, simply bring your attention back to the physical senses and focus your attention back on the activity itself.
Being Mindful in the Shower
Unmindful: Vague awareness of the sensation of water as you step into the shower. A daily battle with the temperature control trying to work out why the temperature never quite hits the spot. Within seconds your mind wanders back to that episode of American Idol last night. Was Simon Cowell wearing a wig? Is his hair naturally that glossy? I wonder where he gets those high-waisted trousers from…?
Mindful: You become aware of how good the warm water feels as it washes over your skin. Being mindful of the smell of the shower gel, and the sensation your hands passing over your skin; being mindful to set the temperature before you step in the shower; mindful of thoughts cropping up; mindful of how much water you’re using; and mindful of the noise of the water coming to a halt.
2. Being Mindful whilst Brushing your Teeth
Unmindful: Brushing your teeth furiously, whilst noticing your reflection and bemoaning the appearance of that spot that seems to have cropped up from nowhere. Running around the house with the toothbrush hanging out of your mouth, trying to prepare breakfast, pack today’s lunch whilst hunting out those ever elusive car keys.
Mindful: Becoming mindful of the taste and texture of the toothpaste; mindful of the sensation of your feet on the bathroom floor; mindful of the way that your arm moves to direct the brush across your teeth; mindful of each and every tooth.
3. Being Mindful on your Commute
Unmindful: You’re squashed into the train or bus in a way that you didn’t think was humanly possible. The resentment builds as you move through the journey and people launch themselves into the space as though the world is coming to an end and this is the only route to safety. You find yourself holding your breath because you can’t bear the lethal cocktail of body odour and cheap perfume, wishing that you could magically transport yourself to that swim-up bar in the Caribbean you’re gazing at in the newspaper..“Tropicana drinks are free…”
Mindful: Being mindful of the people around you and recognising that they too might be feeling the same discomfort; mindful of the environment as a whole and your resistance to it; mindful of trying to fast forward to dreamt up situations, of escaping the present moment; mindful of the journey and how it feels – is the ride bumpy or is it comfortable and smooth?
4. Being Mindful while Washing Up
Unmindful: You approach the sink with a heavy heart and set about frantically washing the dishes, trying to get the whole thing over with in as little time as possible. You select the pieces of cutlery you know will cause the least amount of bother (the sieve and that greasy pan come last, obviously!) You find yourself day-dreaming out of the window half aware of that sharp knife lurking at the bottom of the sink. You catch sight of your cat purring smugly from the comfort of the sofa. Wouldn’t it be great to be the cat…
Mindful: Becoming aware of the sensations as soon as your hands hit the warm and soapy water; mindful of how you clean the dishes, taking your time to make sure each one of them is thoroughly cleaned; mindful of what’s going on around you without getting wrapped up in the storylines; mindful of the satisfaction of a job well done.
5. Being Mindful in the Queue
Unmindful: You stand twitching, full of impatience in the queue. You look at your phone and scan aimlessly through old emails and texts, searching for something, anything that might distract you from the boredom of waiting. You sigh loudly when you notice someone fumbling with their purse at the cashier desk. Can’t these people be more prepared? You feel around your bag getting everything out and ready, and realise that you’ve left your credit card on your desk after paying for that concert ticket…
Mindful: You set off mindful and quietly prepared for what you’ll need; mindful of how your mood changes when you first catch a glimpse of the queue for the bank; mindful of how you stand, your breath and where any tensions are as you scan through your body; mindful of the tendency to distract yourself from the present moment; and mindful of how you interact with the people around you.
Be The Change … Experiment with bringing the art of mindfulness into ordinary activities this week.
Little though one recites the sacred texts, but puts the Teaching into practice, forsaking lust, hatred, and delusion, with true wisdom and emancipated mind, clinging to nothing of this or any other world — one indeed partakes of the blessings of a holy life.
Dhammapada 1.20 The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita
This gorgeous|sweeping historical epic tells the story of the final days of Hawaiian independence and the one princess who stood up to try to save her nation. Starring Q’orianka Kilcher of THE NEW WORLD.
In this video, I’m teaching my sister a choreographed hula dance to “He Mele No Lilo” from the Lilo and Stitch movie by Chris Sanders. It is by no means an accurate representation to the beautiful traditional Hawaiian dance and is not meant to offend anyone. This is simply a breakdown of various body part moves.
Please visit my website to learn how to put everything together in one beautiful dance for big birthday parties + other fun events!
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Hosted by filmmaker Yujiro Seki, Carving the Divine TV is a series of Q&A sessions with Buddhist scholars and practitioners. These Q&A sessions explore the basic concepts of Buddhism and the history of Buddhism so that when viewers finally watch Carving the Divine they will get the maximum value of the documentary.
Today, we have the honor and privilege of welcoming Negi/ Senior Shinto Priest of Tsubaki America Shrine, Rev. Lawrence Koichi Barrish to talk about the basic foundation of Shinto idea and tradition. To gain a deeper understanding of Japanese Buddhism, it is indispensable to get to know Shinto. Besides that, Shinto is an amazing Japanese spiritual tradition which by itself is worth your time to learn about! Please come and join our discussion about Shinto. I assure you that it will open up your mind and teach you something very different yet inspiring!
We will be asking important questions such as:
What is the belief history of Shinto? Is there any particular founder?
What is the relationship between Shinto and Buddhism?
What is Shinbutsu-shūgō?
What is Kami?
What are the examples of Kami?
Is Buddha Kami?
How can we venerate/worship Kami?
How are Shinto activities in the US? Is it becoming more popular?
In 1992 Koichi Barrish, an instructor of Aiki-do founded Tsubaki Kannagara Jinja to enshrine the spirit of Sarutahiko-no-O-Kami and the spirit of Morihei Ueshiba No Mikoto (the Kami). Indeed, Koichi Barrish Sensei is no doubt a rare person who has been really trying to overcome the difficulties of understanding the true meaning of Shinto, to continue day and night Gyo (ascetic practice) and Misogi, and who has finally become a Shinto priest – as an American he is the first in Shinto history. Please follow Barrish Sensei and you all can be able to become persons of self-perfection, making your family happier and serving for the benefit of other people and society and for world peace. In Shinto we can have new days that are fulfilling (kokonotari). If you live this way you can fill up energy in each corner of your being. —— written in 1997 by the late Yamamoto Yukitaka Sendai Guji 96 Generation High Priest of Tsubaki Okami Yashiro
Lammas cross-quarter day Pagan Witch Harvest Festival August 1
August 1 is celebrated as one of the 8 spokes of the Turning of the year in the ancient nature calendar. Lammas is a pagan Harvest festival based on the Sun transiting its annual orbit. It marks halfway to the Autumn Equinox usually on September 21st as the Sun sits on the Equator for the second time in the year.
George Cole (1810-1883) / Public domain
George Cole (1810-1883) [Public domain] Harvest rest
This is the original Burning Man Festival where John Barleycorn the original wheat/corn man was burned as an effigy. It’s traditionally a time of celebration of the harvest. John Barleycorn or a corn man figure symbolizing the sacred grain and most especially a sacred loaf was baked and offered to the four directions and to the earth Mother Ceres/Virgo in gratitude.
August 3 2020 is a full Moon in Aquarius. Air sign Aquarius rules the 11th house of friends, networks, and social values. Aquarian individuals are unique thinkers who tend not to follow convention, making this full Moon the time for innovative viewpoints, methods, and unanticipated experiences.
If challenged to apply new methods, the full Moon and Sun in Leo square Uranus in Taurus, creating a fixed T-square. There could be relationship difficulties due to conflicting opinions, lack of patience concerning responsibilities, or it’s just hard to stay on your chosen life path. But a sudden Uranus difficulty can help to discover what is bothering you to start eliminating it from your life.
Fortunately, the Leo Sun trines Mars in Aries, Mars’ powerful rulership sign. This Fire trine is favorable for new projects, there’s increased vigor and enthusiasm about motivation and goals, and physical activity of all kinds is very rewarding.
How would you feel right now if you got the good news you’ve been waiting on? Make that your predominant feeling and thinking for yourself. Sudden breakthroughs and out of the blue blessings can easily happen for you. The universe supports you. Believe that a miracle can happen for you. Trust yourself. Feel that high energy of change and accept it. You’re about to manifest in a major way. You’ve been patient long enough. You’ve remained strong through many trails and challenges. Nothing broke you. You still here standing strong. Now it’s your turn to start receiving blessings and it is about to happen for you. Never worry, stress, or overthink how everything you’re trying to manifest or waiting to receive will happen for you. Just believe that it will. Believe in it. There’s great power in believing what you can envision in your mind, not really in what’s happening in front of you. Everything that can happen for you, starts with a single thought. You have to believe in it till it shows up. The more you believe in that thought, the more you will feel it. The more you feel it, the quicker it will manifest it into your reality. You should trust in the greater power that’s constantly aligning everything for you through your visions and inner state of being. Choose to connect with your higher power to guide you through this process of change and receiving. You will grow stronger everyday, because you trust the energy that sustains you. How can you not trust the source that powers all of life so precisely without a single error? Don’t let fear, negativity, and lower vibrational energy steal your shine. Noticing blessings is just a matter of perspective. See the light in every situation. See what’s moving everything and what’s giving it so much life. Connect with it. Connect with your spirit. The answers you need are arriving. The universe is getting ready to make a delivery in your life. In the meantime, celebrate and smile like you’ve already received everything you have been asking for. Everything is about to make sense.