Monday, April 4, 2011

“The Islands May Call; You Come Away, Come Away!”

"Australian film director Rhonda Byrne took the world by storm in 2006 when she premiered ‘The Secret”. This was not a conventional movie that depended on audiences filling cinemas; instead she set out to sell it in DVD format. Thanks to a stunning trailer the world was agog with anticipation when the sales campaign took off. In essence she adapted a long forgotten book called “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace Wattles which talks about the metaphysical law of attraction. This law states that thoughts are things; if we set out minds on something we will in time bring in into reality. As a result lots of people spent an inordinate amount of time visualizing Porsches for example and in most cases to no avail! Yes, indeed it is possible to bring experiences and material “goodies’ into our world but all limiting beliefs blocking the materialization process will halt the manifestation. The unconscious mind is a bit like an iceberg. Ten per-cent remains above the surface and is apparent for all to see but another 90% lurks underneath quite hidden from view. If for example, your unconscious believes a Porsche is too expensive then there is scant likelihood of bringing one of these vehicles into your possession.
In the film there were approximately 20 individuals, referred to as “teachers” who explained the ideas. Most of these people were drawn from the field of self-development including motivational speakers like Joe Vitale and Bob Proctor. Among them was Michael Beckwith, a minister of religion who founded the Agape International Spiritual Centre located in the greater Los Angeles area. He began his Church in 1986 which today boasts a congregation in excess of 9,000. Michael Beckwith is a powerful orator full of wisdom and common sense. His charisma has drawn celebrity figures like Oprah Winfrey to him and the valuable work done by the church’s outreach program has attracted many thousands more. They feed homeless people, visit prison inmates and help support their families as well as work to ecologically preserve the planet whilst giving assistance to orphanages that are home to children suffering from AIDS.
Where do the islands come into this story? There are two islands very far apart. One of them is Koh Samui and the other Maui. Paul Rambo has been living on Samui for several months now and succinctly draws all these disparate strands together. He and Michael Beckwith grew up together in the same Los Angeles suburb and like Michael he too is a Minister of religion. Paul moved to the Big Island of Hawaii some thirty years ago where he was fortunate enough to study Huna. Huna means “secret” and the islands abound with a rich history of ancient knowledge which because of Hawaii’s remote location has not been diluted by other cultures and other thinking patterns. He studied Ho’opono pono with “National Treasure” of Hawaii, Morrnah Simeona, who adapted an ancient Hawaiian practice for solving local disputes and turned it into a means of communication with what the Hawaiians refer to as the three selves and we in the West know as the Superconscious, Conscious and Unconscious minds. This technique enables us to communicate more effectively with ourselves and ultimately with a higher power. Simeona presented “Ho’opono pono” to the United Nations. It is a great pity they have not been able to use the method to bring genuine and lasting peace to the world!
Paul later moved to Maui where he has officiated at over 100 weddings. When Michael Beckwith and his wife Rikki wanted to renew their vows after 7 years of marriage, it was to Maui they went where Paul assisted with the Hawaiian chanting at the ceremony. Many people come to Samui to get married and Paul is happy to officiate at the ceremonies. As he is on the island he also offers therapy sessions where he incorporates Ho’opono pono and Karuna Reiki. All of this brings the soul into alignment with the spirit self and makes it easier to make the law of attraction work in your life. He can be contacted a via his website"

This article by Alister Bredee appeared in the Samui Gazette of April 4th 2011

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