The Power of Now; Manawa – Hawaiian Wisdom

There’s a Hawaiian principle which goes like this…. ‘Now Is The Moment of Power’, or ‘Manawa’ in the Hawaiian language.

You probably know Eckhart Tolle’s book ‘The Power of Now’ which goes into great detail about the power and gift of being in the present.

What does ‘Now is the moment of power’ or ‘The power of now’ actually mean?

Eckhart Tolle’s book combines New Age, Zen and Buddhist teachings, with a share of Christ’s wisdom.  He uses these traditions to describe a “belief system based on living in the present moment”.  Its core message is that people’s emotional problems are rooted in their identification with their minds. The author writes that an individual should be aware of their “present moment” instead of losing themselves in worry and anxiety about the past or future (from Wikipedia).

It’s also about being present to your divine guidance and inner wisdom.  From that place of silence, you are tuned into your own wisdom, intuition, higher self, soul – your guidance system.  That is the female principle, and then it’s about taking real action NOW, which is the masculine principle.  That is the key from the Hawaiian teachings – any action can ONLY be taken in the present moment, so with clarity on true action, do it now!

Not all of us can, or would want to live in a cave and meditate all day.  We’re living in this real, gritty world, with real world demands.  We have families, friendships, careers, businesses to honor and sustain and we have bills to pay.
When we walk the Shamanic path, we have a foot in both worlds.  Or as some sages put it ‘head in the clouds, feet on the ground.’

We manifest our dreams by combining the male and female energy – from the NOW moment.  We have a purpose to fulfill and a new world to create!   It’s all very well getting guidance, but if we don’t act on it, what good is it?

That is my passion!  Not airy, fairy, ethereal, never to be dreams, but dreams with the foundation that they’re true for your (powerful) heart to create so that you ARE living your true nature and purpose.

So how do we get into the moment? 

Well, there’s lots of techniques to help to get the ego or mind out of the way, it depends what you love doing – and that’s crucial!  It’s gotta be fun, or at least pleasant anyway.

There’s breathing exercises, meditations, yoga, tai chi, chi kung, journeys; all sorts of things which are specifically designed with that in mind (excuse the pun).

When I started as a Shiatsu & Shamanic Practitioner, over a decade ago, I worked with quite a few high flying execs who would run a mile if I mentioned the word ‘meditation’.  I often recommended sports like swimming, because of the non-competitive nature, and the focus on the breath.  It was easy for them to switch the mind off and enter the bliss of the moment.  They often reported that they had amazing ‘aha’ moments, or breakthroughs on something that had been bothering them – because they’d taken the time to switch the over-thinking mind off.  Eckhart Tolle had a great analogy on this – he said, if you have a room that is so choca full of furniture, then you can’t fit any more in.  It’s the same with the mind, if you’re incessantly thinking, then you leave no room for inspiration, ‘aha’ moments and answers to questions that have been bothering you.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the emotions of grief and sadness are held in the lungs – so breathing exercises, tai chi & swimming etc. are great ways to naturally and effortlessly release them.  We all hold these emotions and when we release them it leads to a happier, healthier heart, and more room for joy!

It also brings us back to the Power of Now!


Sunset, Kona, Hawaii
Sunset, Kona, Hawaii

I feel like the best way to have easy access to bliss is to have a daily practice (like meditation) so you start your day clear and with an inner knowing of what “NOW” is like.  That is the “NOW” without the incessant thoughts, worries and inner voice clouding your vision.  With this foundation, there is an inner knowing as to the difference in resonance of the voice of your spirit or soul compared to that of the ego/mind.  I don’t want to put the ego down, it’s a very necessary part of us, however it has a very limited view of you, your abilities, others and the world because it’s got a limited memory – just from when you were a child til now.  It doesn’t have access to all the magic and possibilities outside of that.  It can be largely fear-based and act out like a pained, wounded child.  It’s main job is survival, safety and when you go for what your heart loves – creating your dream, the ego gets very fearful!

To be able to move outside of this way of being and have an ascended view, allows you to create your own heaven on earth.  This is what the new paradigm is all about.  The ego can so easily and destructively remove you from NOW so that the greater percentage of your focus is on worries, which means you take actions guided by worries, then creating what you do NOT want.

This brings me back to ‘Now is the moment of power’ or ‘Manawa’.  In the language of Ancient Hawaii, they were so attuned to this principle that there wasn’t even a past or future in their language.

I feel like the main reason why I was guided to write this article is to remind myself, more than you that it’s when we act on divine inspiration that we can create the life we love.

That’s what I love.  I love seeing others creating their dream of bliss.  I’m also witnessing it more and more as I travel the world learning, growing and sharing my brand of intuitive magic.  The shifts I’m witnessing are very powerful – with everyone creating their very own ‘Heaven on Earth’…  As one of my clients recently said, “one day everyone’s Heaven on Earth will manifest, and we’ll have a World of Heaven on Earth”.

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