I recently had a dream in which an ancient Hawaiian Shaman came and spoke with me. He talked about feelings and emotions. I can right now only remember one thing he said, “Emotions are funny things. Each time you touch one, it changes.” However, the feeling of my meeting with him said a great deal more to me, through feelings. When I woke up, I thought about it a while. I wondered if I heard that sentence somewhere and it just did not consciously register until the dream, but I do not believe so. Then I thought to search “Hawaiian Shaman” on the Internet and up came the following intriguing link about ancient Hawaiian symbols:
This is interesting and I can feel peace within when looking at the first symbol.
“Emotions are funny things. Each time you touch one, it changes.”
Random but seemingly related thoughts in my brain:
During our early days in the school (SEH) I think you spoke about emotions a lot while we were doing the personal process work. Where we get in trouble is when we cling to an emotion, identify with it, etc…
On some level, the work you do with us in class feels like this quote.
This is fascinating! Years ago, DECADES actually, I had an experience while I was sleeping. I can’t remember the conversation, but, in the “dream”, I was talking to a woman. She told me to “get ready” and then faded out. Then next thing that happened was that a series of symbols (probably 20 to 30 of them), similar to these, rapidly appeared in quick succession. (As quickly as a person can blink is how fast they came.) The best way I can describe what happened is that as I saw them, they were absorbed or integrated into my consciousness. Maybe I should say subconciousness, since, to this day I don’t know exactly what the purpose of the experience was. A gift of grace perhaps. A little help on my journey.
Yes indeed… thanks for your insightful comment. When we feel an emotion and cling to it, we freeze it… the first response becomes our only response. When we feel the emotion, but hold it lightly (touch it) then our relationship with it evolves. A second, third, etc. response is developed. We then move forward. We all feel lots of emotions. Few are adept at evolving them. All too often, one’s ‘Truth’ is defined by their first response. More often than not, a first response is a persons issues/conditioning, not their truth.
Some dreams are just unstressing. But when a dream like yours feels significant, then it has meaning/value. The gateway to understanding the meaning is in the feeling. It seems clear that you felt something profound and beautiful from that dream. Similarly, each of the symbols carries with it a feeling. The text (provided in the link) associated with each symbol can serve as an entry point for the experience the symbol elicits. But the real meaning is in the feeling. The gateway to the ‘subconscious’ lies in the feeling. Your dream is a lovely example and your sharing of it is appreciated.
These are beautiful symbols as are the others in the website link you provided. I see many things around me graphically, as a positive and negative space picture. Aren’t cultures fascinating. I find the Hawaiian words/sounds foreign, but symbols familiar. I particularly liked the center symbol:
“Kahanu” meaning, “The wave of light that makes you gasp.”
Someone asked if it is ok to meditate on the Hawaiian symbols. I would definitely not make them part of your regular program. The program you have been given has more subtle aspects than one might imagine and we do not want to rock the boat. However, if you want to explore those symbols a little bit a few times, that is fine.