from Subtle Energy:
Awakening to the Unseen Forces in Our Lives by William Collinge,
Ph.D., Warner Books, Inc., 1998
The indigenous people of
Hawaii have a beautiful practice that is very instructive for us as to
the impact of the collective energy field on us as individuals. When an
individual is ill and to be treated by a Kahuna healer, the patient's entire
community must first assemble and undergo a forgiveness ritual in which
everyone releases any resentments or ill feelings that were being held
in the collective field of which the patient is a part.
This constitutes a kind of
cleansing or purging of the shared field, thus allowing the group's collective
intention to be as strong and pure as possible as it is focused on the
well-being of the patient. It is only after this process that the healer
will proceed with the healing work.
This is a true expression
of the understanding that we are not living in isolation but are intimately
connected to and subtly affected by those around us. The Kahuna wisdom
seems to incorporate what we are only now learning from research -- the
fact that when join together with others with a shared vision, new levels
of order and healing are possible. We can literally change physical reality,
for we are one.