a prayer of lineage:
I am the link
between those who
came before me
and those who follow me
In my teaching travels to the east coast I bring
with me mana -
spiritual energy - of various Hawaiian teachers. While Mana Lomi®
founder Maka'ala Yates is my primary lomilomi teacher and mentor, I
also soak up teachings from other lomilomi teachers. I learned this
joyful prayer of lineage from Kumu Lomi Harry Uhane Jim. Harry
shares this prayer
with a big smile on his face, laughter and passion in his voice, and he
uses expressive hand motions for emphasis. (The specific wording here
is mine, based on my memory of Harry's words.)
all of the fathers, brothers, uncles and sons in my
lineage from today back to the beginning of creation, I love you!
To all of the mothers, sisters, aunties and daughters in my lineage
from today back to the beginning of creation, I love you!
As I stand at the intersection of these lineages, my life is the sum
total of all of you. I am present to this experience.
To all the male
descendants who come through me, directly or indirectly, I love you!
all the female descendants who come through me, directly or indirectly,
I love you!
While speaking this lineage prayer, I have intent to maintain
compassion for my
relatives and ancestors, perhaps especially those who did things I'm
disturbed by. It helps to remind myself that if these people had the
information and/or experiences that I have now, they would have made
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