These are just a couple of ancient traditions, ways of life, that capture some of Anastasia's understanding of our world.
These words are attributed to Black Elk,
Spiritual Leader of the Oglala Sioux:
"Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all,
and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the
world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell
and I understood more than I saw;
for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all
things in the spirit,
and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like
And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the
many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and
as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering
tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one
And I saw that it was holy...
But anywhere is the center of the world."
THE DEEPER MEANING OF ALOHA
by Curby Rule
For those who follow the path of Huna, or are fortunate enough to live in Hawai'i, it is common for us to use the word Aloha. We use it in greetings and farewells and in expressing love. But the word means even more, it is a way of life.
Besides these common meanings, the word Aloha holds within itself all one needs to know to interact rightfully in the natural world. These insights describe an attitude or way of life sometimes called "The Aloha Spirit" or "The Way of Aloha".
The spirit of Aloha was an important lesson taught to the children of the past because it was about the world of which they were a part. One early teaching goes like this:
Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me.
When there is pain - it is my pain. When there is joy - it is
also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and
part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything.
When food is needed I will take only my need and explain
why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine
to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian -
this is Aloha!
As the child grew, the need for a fundamental code of ethics was taught. This code is found within a deeper layer of the
meaning of the word Aloha. The code is derived from one of the acronymic meanings of Aloha.
A, ala, watchful, alertness
L, lokahi, working with unity
O, oia'i'o, truthful honesty
H, ha'aha'a, humility
A, ahonui, patient, perseverance
The kahuna David Bray interprets this
code as "Come forward, be in unity and harmony with your real self, God, and mankind. Be honest, truthful, patient, kind to all life forms, and humble." He also stated that to the Hawaiian of old, Aloha meant "God in us."
Taken directly from http://www.huna.org/html/deeper.html