Dr. Matthew B. James

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The Secret to Happiness: Find your own joy and it will spread

Recently, my 11-year-old and I were talking about what parents want most for our children. I explained to him that the big three I hear all the time in my workshops are wanting our children to be happy, wanting our kids to become successful, and wanting our children to be good people. I went on to explain to my son that unfortunately, you can’t actually be in charge of someone else's happiness or success. In fact, the only thing that you can...

Finding Your Green Path: A Traditional Hawaiian Understanding of Sustainability

Despite all the talk these days about living green, many people don’t have a clear understanding of what it means to them. They read articles about the importance of sustainability, but they haven’t found the grounding to bring it into their daily lives. Sometimes when people start down a path of sustainability, they start criticizing others who aren’t doing exactly what they’re doing. This is counterproductive. Every true spiritual leader that I have ever met teaches that change begins with...

Keep Your Love Growing: Huna principles for healthy relationships

Recently there have been two cases where people actually dialed 911 looking for a date or a husband (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p5W5yuy_JE and http://www.newser.com/story/92116/drunk-woman-to-911-operator-find-me-a-husband.html). These extreme examples show very bad judgment, but they also point to the desperation and loneliness that many people live with. Huna, the ancient Hawaiian discipline of energy, consciousness and healing, teaches principles that people can use to find a soul mate and keep their relationships healthy. The most important thing is that there needs to be a unity in relationship...

Huna Forgiveness: Letting go is essential for your health and relationships

Have you ever tried to forgive someone who hurt you only to find yourself hanging onto resentment? Most of us have experienced this, even though we know forgiving others is the right thing to do. The beginning of a new year gives us a chance to start over and create fresh relationships. What better time to wipe the slate clean? Wouldn’t it be great when this year is over to be able to look back and say you really did everything you...

Facebook Over Face Time: When technology keeps you from those you love

All of today’s wonderful technology allows us to stay in touch like never before with extended networks of people. But it comes with a downside. The more time we spend surfing the Web, Tweeting or updating our Facebook friends, the less time we have to interact with those closest to us. Some people know more about what is going on with their Facebook friends than they do about their actual friends and kids. Unless you “friend” your kids on Facebook, you may...

Connecting With The Moment: A simple method to get centered each day in the New Year

 Huna: esoteric knowledge which is hidden from view or concealed; wisdom which is "protected like a treasure"  Ho'omana: one of the original names for Huna; empowerment or to empower. The word is a combination of two, Ho'o: to make, and Mana: basic life force energy.  Pono: a state of being in alignment with higher consciousness; the sense of being right with yourself and the world Do you ever feel like you are being pulled so many ways by so many demands that you can’t...

Pono: The Path to Forgiveness

Have you ever felt like you were holding a grudge against someone, even after you had consciously tried to forgive? All of us need to forgive. It may be our spouse or a friend. It may be a co-worker or a former employer. After the mortgage and financial crises, some people may harbor resentment against real estate agents or stockbrokers they feel gave them bad advice. Wouldn’t it be great to start 2010 with a clean slate? In our hearts we know that...

Huna: Connecting with Ancient Wisdom

How many of us know who our ancestors were, let alone how they lived and what they believed? It seems that with each passing generation, we become more disconnected from traditional beliefs that gave life meaning and order for thousands of years. Many people have given up on the religions of their parents. Others are so busy pursuing a career, making a living or raising a family that they don’t take the time to practice or understand the traditions of their...

The Huna Way of Forgiveness

Have you ever felt like you were holding a grudge against someone, even after you had consciously tried to forgive? All of us, at one time or another, need to forgive. It may be our spouse or a friend. It may be a co-worker or former employer. After the mortgage and financial crises, some people may harbor resentment against real estate or stock brokers they feel gave them bad advice. In our hearts we know that holding onto negative feelings against others only...

Huna and Sustainability: How an ancient Hawaiian tradition teaches us to care for the planet

As millions around the globe celebrate Earth Day, Huna, the indigenous Hawaiian science of consciousness and energy healing, offers humankind a path to a more ecologically sustainable future. Huna is a modern label for an ancient system of empowerment and flexibility for the mind/body/spirit. Huna principles empower us to let go of negative thoughts and emotions and limiting decisions. As we do so, we gain a better understanding of our higher selves and are able to harness the mana (energy/power) we...

Finding an Authentic Spiritual Teacher

Becoming a spiritual teacher, especially in ancient traditions, requires much more than the knowledge one can get from reading books or attending workshops. How can you tell if a teacher is truly qualified? The James Ray Spiritual Warrior retreat in Arizona in which three people died and 19 were injured in a sweat lodge ceremony raises this and many other questions. It was a reminder that teachers of indigenous spiritual beliefs and practices bear heavy responsibilities to assure the safety of participants...

Forget the Gloomy Economic News — Take Action!

Like me, you probably read the news that our unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September, a 26-year high, as U.S. employers cut 263,000 jobs. You may also be scratching your head over why economists predict sluggish economic growth for years while declaring the recession “over.” Without minimizing hardships faced by millions of Americans who are out of work, let’s we put aside these gloomy headlines for a moment. Ask yourself what can you do to improve your economy? One answer comes...

Education and Fulfillment: Finding your path - A Huna perspective

I have a cousin who chose to become a carpenter rather than going to college. Fortunately for him and those who benefit from his beautiful work, he did not heed the many family members who told him he would fail and never make money without a college degree. Once while he was on vacation he came to my home in Hawaii. It was hot. At the time the only air conditioning I could afford was a window unit, but I had no...

Huna, Fatherhood and Discipline

We recently celebrated our 40th Huna training in Hawaii, and I was pleased that my son was there to participate with me. In our Huna Workshops, I am as strict in teaching my son as I am with any other student. This sometimes surprises people. I have even had a couple of people ask me why I am so hard on him, when sometimes I am so easy going with students. The answer lies in Huna, the ancient spiritual, psychological and physical healing...

Huna, Fatherhood and Lineage

Recently, my wife and I went on vacation, and I had to explain to my nine year-old son why it was just the two of us going. I explained that mom and I needed time for just the two of us, just like he and I spend father and son time. Each year, I take Ethan to the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hawaii where we live and where I teach Huna, the ancient system of empowerment and flexibility of the mind/body/spirit...

You Made Your Body Flexible with Yoga. Have a Flexible Mind with Huna!

Twenty years ago only those who frequented New Age Bookstores or practiced Eastern religious traditions had ever even heard of yoga. Now your grandmother can take a yoga class at the local senior center. People of all ages and backgrounds have discovered the benefits of a relaxed, toned, and flexible body. It stands to reason that there are now things you may not have yet heard of that could have equal or greater benefits. Now is the time to...

Huna Prosperity: Effortless Abundance in any Economic Climate

Last week my eight year-old son asked if we could watch Deal or No Deal together before going to bed. I'd never watched the show before but instantly sensed a great parenting opportunity! When I asked my son why he wanted to watch the show, he said that it would be “cool to win a lot of money.” This led to a discussion about what I teach hundreds of people in my Huna workshops every year: that money needs to be understood...

Healing Through Forgiveness

Many of us are looking to ancient or traditional teachings to guide us in today’s ever changing world. One topic that often comes up is that of forgiveness. On a Dr. Phil show I recently viewed while channel surfing, I saw a guest on the show telling Dr. Phil, "I'll forgive him, but I'll never forget." And as she said it, she was clearly hanging on to negative emotions. Does that sound like true forgiveness to you? Like all of us,...

Huna Empowerment

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ~ Nelson Mandela The word "empowerment" is tossed around a lot today in the field of personal growth and development. My students have referred to it as a goal, as a plan of action, or as a state of being. Yet when I have delved a little deeper with some of these students, they seem to...

If You Lose Weight, You Just Might Find it Again!

It's great that so many people are getting interested in the law of attraction, positive thought, and focusing on desires to bring them into existence. Many books and shows discussing these concepts are relating them to wealth and prosperity. Guess what? These same principles apply to weight reduction, as I discovered for myself. About five years ago, it occurred to me that, if I was going to teach people to be healthy in all areas of their lives, I'd better demonstrate...

The Gift of Forgiveness: 5 Signs That It's Time to Forgive

The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration. For some, it is also a time for reflection on past events in which there is a need for reconciliation. I know, for me, being around my family and friends during this time can bring joy as well as an understanding that some things need to be made right. This concept of making things right in the system of Huna is called pono. Though pono is a word that does not have...

Hawaiian Huna and the Spring Equinox: The Science Behind Spring Cleaning

Huna is the modern label for an ancient system of empowerment and flexibility of the mind-body-spirit. The lineage of Huna I was taught from my father was passed to him from the Bray family in Kailua-Kona. It has a more psychological and energetic focus. However, there is a connection to the aina (land) and the environment that is present, not only in the teachings of Huna, but in the Hawaiian culture. According to one of my Kumu (teachers), John Kaimikaua, in ancient...

Expanding Health, Happiness and Human Potential Through Huna

Kona, Hawaii — Many people today live with the feeling that their lives could be so much more than they are experiencing – in their jobs, relationships and finances. From across the globe and all walks of life, many come to Hawaii to study how they can live with new power, peace and prosperity through Huna, the islands' ancient discipline of energy, consciousness and healing. "Whatever you think you are, you are more than that," Dr. Mathew B. James tells his students...
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