Pono: How to find true happiness

Woman finds truth with nature on Maui / Steve Ibach

Woman finds truth with nature on Maui / Steve Ibach

In this last part of a series on the seven Hawaiian Shamanic beliefs that form the basis of Lomi Lomi massage we find the answer to the question, “How do I find my true path and how do I find true happiness?”

The Seventh Principle: PONO: Effectiveness Is The Measure Of Truth

The seventh principle states that what really matters is what works. Shaman are not theologians or scientists, they believe in what works. If there a better way to accomplish a given task, even if that new way goes against tradition, you will have the complete backing of the Shaman in choosing this new, more effective way. Effectiveness is the Measure of Truth.

There are many ways to attack a problem. Finding the way that works best for you is the correct one, for you. If you have found true happiness through your church, you have made an effective choice. However, if you attend church and only find criticism and unhappiness, maybe it is time to try another path.

Another aspect of this principle is that all of your actions and thoughts should be in alignment. Some say that Pono means alignment. You need to live in a manor that is true to yourself. If you try to shape your actions to fit your family’s values or the community’s standards when you do not believe in these values, you will be out of alignment, will not be totally effective, and will not have true happiness. You must be true to yourself.

Remember the true path for you is the effective one. If your actions are not effective it is time to explore one of the other infinite possibilities. Effectiveness is the measure of truth. Only when you are in a state of alignment will you find true happiness.

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These seven principles are not religious beliefs and are not relevant to only the Hawaiian people. By incorporating the truths you find in these principles into your life you can effect real and long lasting change. For additional information I suggest reading The Urban Shaman by Serge Kahili King (ISBN 0-671-68307-1).