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How to maintain a positive outlook by using ancient Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage principles

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The World Is What You Think It Is - Hawaiian Principle #1 / Steve Ibach

Many styles of massage therapy were developed to treat the mind as well as the body.  The relaxation and stress reduction aspects of massage therapy are among the most proven healing aspects of massage (See: Studies conclusively show massage therapy reduces stress).  Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, practiced by Hawaiian Shaman in ancient Hawaii, is among the styles of massage therapy that specifically address the client’s emotions and mental stress levels during the massage.

Hawaiian Shaman are the great healers in Hawaiian culture. Through their unique understanding and views about the universe they developed many powerful healing practices for both the mind and body.  At the core of the Shamanic beliefs are seven sacred principles and these principles are at the core of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. In a series of seven articles each principle will be listed and its meaning explained. Examples of how the principle can be used in your everyday life to bring harmony between your mind and body will also be presented.

The First Principle: IKE (pronounced E’-kay): The World Is What You Think It Is.

Is the glass half empty or half full? Is the rain good for plants or bad for swimming? We all create our own reality with how we look at answers to thousands of questions like the two above. An example of creating one’s own reality can be found in many training manuals for professional sales people. Because of the constant rejection (almost no one wants to speak with a sales person, at least at first) good sales people study the art of self motivation. Sales people create their our own way of looking at the rejection. For example, sales people calculate how many “No’s” they receive on average before they get a “Yes”. Then every NO is money in the bank. If a sales person knows she needs 10 “no’s” to get a ‘yes”, she can thank people for saying NO because each “no” is one closer to a “yes”! It is all a matter of perception.

Countless self motivational and self improvement books contain little psychological tricks to help you have a better day, overcome depression and self rejection, etc. If every morning you look in the mirror and tell yourself, in as a convincing manor as you can, that you will have a good day (or will not be depressed, etc.) your odds of having that good day will be greatly increased.

Do you want to lose weight? You can hang little yellow sticky notes all over saying “I will lose weight”. Put them on your mirrors, your phone, your door, your toaster, etc., and you will be programming your own reality.

Also, positive thoughts such as thoughts of confidence, love, acceptance, etc. promote physical and mental health. Negative thoughts such as hatred, anger, and jealousy promote an unhealthy state in your body. You do not have to be a psychologist or doctor to realize that if you are in a constant state of anger your immunity will be compromised.

So remember, The World Is What You Think It Is. You have the power to make your world a happy and healthy place.

For additional information read The Urban Shaman by Serge Kahili King (ISBN 0-671-68307-1).

See also: Lomi Lomi massage: A sacred and sensual experience

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