Haola is a celebration of life and spirit. Haola is the first practice of the Six Golden Keys of Wisdom Healing Qigong. In Chinese, Hao means “so be it” and La means “all is well”. Chanting Haola, and greeting each other with Haola is a form of connection and acknowledgement that whatever else is going on in our lives and in the world, all is well as a foundation, as a universal constant. That implies that we are connected with this universal syncopation and our energy and lives are unfolding as an expression of that rhythm. Things are opening up in our lives and in our healing, Haola! We are making new connections with others, with Mother Earth, with ourselves, Haola!
A recent article in The Week brought into my life a real Haola moment. 🙂 This article is about the true meaning of the word Aloha. One of my wonderful qigong students who is also a Hula teacher brought this to my attention and I’m so grateful! I playfully first noticed that both Aloha and Haola have all the same letters–Haola is almost Aloha spelled in reverse! The spirit of Aloha is so similar to the spirit of Haola. Both have very superficial meanings, but once we understand the depth of those superficial meanings we come to understand very important concepts about energy and connection and our place in the world.
From The Week: The late Haleaka Iolani Pule (click for video, it’s beautiful!), a Hawaiian historian and healer, called aloha “the symbiotic relationship (you have with the world) and an acknowledgement of that relationship you have with everything in the universe around you, and recognizing exactly what your space within that is”. As I watched this video, I was so touched by this wise woman’s understanding and teaching of Aloha. She teaches that Aloha is “knowing who you are and what you’re here to contribute to the world…With us, our challenge is to bring our bodies together with our minds and to be able to give from our hearts.” This statement is so purely and simply connected to Wisdom Healing Qigong. Our first encouragement in WHQ is to come back to our bodies, come back, come back…and then we work on opening our hearts to give. She says Aloha is “knowing who you are and what you’re here to contribute to the world…our hearts are the givers and our mission is to go out and share Aloha”. In WHQ, we purposefully and consciously begin our practice by opening our hearts to our deepest purpose for the healing of ourselves, others and this planet–to share Aloha!
Curby Rule, in The Deeper Meaning of Aloha, translates alo as sharing in the present and oha as joyous affection, and ha as life energy, life and breath. Or, “the joyful sharing of life energy in the present”.
But another layer of meaning can be found by factoring in the meanings of the roots words in aloha. “A” means “to burn” (figuratively, to sparkle) and it is also the name of mold found in souring foods. “Lo” is short for lo’o and loa’a which mean “to obtain or procure”. Together these indicate a transformation of energy (burning, sparkling, souring food), a product of an energy transformation (the mold), and an effort to get or obtain something. To me this sounds exactly like consciously manifesting or creating. This brings us to another translation of Aloha. “To consciously manifest life joyously in the present.”
When I read the words about Aloha and energy transformation I became certain that Aloha and Haola are relatives and connect directly to manifesting source energy (qi) in the world. They are not only about coming back to the body and heart but about coming back to the Earth and transforming the human connection to the universe back to health and balance.
Cultures all over the world have expressions that convey this connection, this affirmation of life: Aho, Mvto, Amen to name just a few. But sometimes we just say these words and don’t think about the deeper meaning, the commitment to the deepest fulfillment of life. It is my intent to immerse myself in the spirit of Aloha and Haola and focus on acknowledging and savoring that joyful sharing of life when I say or write or chant these words. So when I say Haola, I’ll be consciously saying I am so glad you and I and this universe are connected, and aren’t we lucky to be here sharing our hearts with this place and in this time. Let us celebrate and use this connection to make this world a better place. Haola! Aloha!