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.)

To 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!

To 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 different choices.


Copyrighted 2014 Barbara Helynn Heard

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