Have you ever looked up a word in the dictionary to get it's meaning?
Do you think you know the meaning of the word Aloha?
Usually when you're unsure of the meaning of a word you go to the dictionary. But this time Merriam-Webster has it wrong. They only show one definition of "aloha":
Sure you probably know the word "aloha" to mean 'hello', 'goodbye' and 'I love you."
But the word aloha means so much more than that!
As noted on huna.com there is meaning behind each letter of this word. People that practice Aloha know that it is a state of mind that anyone can achieve, native Hawaiian or not.
A = AO
1. Light – In our behavior, one of the things that we need to do is to look to see that all of our behavior moves us toward the light. Therefore always ask: does my behavior lead me toward earth-ing my energy or toward enlightenment? So we should be acting in a way that leads others and ourselves toward the light, in the direction of the light with watchful alertness.
2. To look -HO’O AO to look for right time and right place. To pay attention to what’s happening around you, look outside self, being circumscribed (meaning appropriate in all occasions). Someone not circumscribed will act silly and talk, talk, talk… And then we talk we’re not listening. Interesting people like to overwhelm us. Interested people listen to us. So, look around and take everything in. Pay attention!! You have to choose whether it is the right timing to say what you have to say out loud or not.
L = LOKAHI
Oneness. Oneness among us. All is one. We need to support the people that are with us on the path. Anything less than 100% support is sabotage. Oneness requires being PONO and ONE with everybody. PONO means, if you’ve got something with me, come and tell me. The process can be done inside self and outside in person. Get together and talk it out. (KUKA KUKA) If you are “inside” you can’t look to the other person to see if you’re PONO. This is why it is very important to know how to listen and look across rather than talk and look inside.
O = OIAIO
I’O = truth. Tell the truth. Most of us are too polite to tell each other the truth and by this action we actually don’t participate totally in the process of constructing our Universe. Despite the fact that we put this message out as being all right, we hold back a part of us and we don’t have total truth. Therefore we can’t have Oneness. Withholding something back is just not allowing us to be one with anyone.
H = HA’A HA’A
Means to be humble. HA’A HA’A is a very important concept in being aware. Ego is a big trap in the spiritual evolution. The minute you think you know something, you’re ruined in spiritual matters. The only reason you’re not saying the truth is ego. “He doesn’t deserve the truth”. If you play the game of power you’ll always have to know more than others. If you’re playing the game of showing off, you’ll always have to have more than others to show.
On the other hand, the more you’re putting out there in terms of sharing with others, the more is coming back to you, and accordingly you get more and more energy coming to you. Remember to remain humble. If you think you know more than others, then you have to prove it, and the minute you have to prove it, it becomes power and the minute it’s power it’s not the last A …
A = Aloha
Absolute, true love. The minute you think you’re better than somebody else, the minute you make comparisons, judgments, and spiritual judgments, you separate yourself from the true Love. In that moment you give up the spark of divine essence that comes from pure spirit, the love that we are, all of us. The minute we make comparisons, we’re not HA’A HA’A. According to the research, Elizabeth Kubler Ross, wrote in a book: “before you go you’re going to be asked: Did you love enough? Did you learn enough?”