Blocks And Complexes
To better understand the concept of blocks and complexes we must give
you a little more information. When the lower self, middle self and the
body are well integrated and working together the result is wellness and
good health. To the degree that each of these operate in conflict with
each other, there are problems. These problems are created by blocks and
complexes that undermine their healthy interaction.
Blocks and complexes arise from faulty interaction between the middle
and lower self. Blocks and complexes are simply devices the body/mind
(combined middle and lower selves) uses to protect themselves when they
are overwhelmed in fear, threat or conflict. While it may look like
these "protective devices" work against us, this is not always so.
Actually, most often they work for us. If you touch a hot pot and burn
yourself a block (or memory of pain) generally keeps us from picking up
any pot in the future without testing or checking to see if it is hot
and can burn us. Blocks are simply memories which under normal
situations help us to not make the same mistakes over and over again. In
certain situations, when the individual is in an altered state of
consciousness, during sleep, when ill, when drugged, under anesthesia,
head injury, or during traumatic events involving very young children,
etc. the trauma that occurs is confused with the cause and the effect
and rather than being helpful blocks become sources of anxiety and
What Do Blocks and Complexes Really Mean to Us?
We can easily say that blocks and complexes are simply negative beliefs
that interpose themselves between the requests and commands of the
middle self and the action of the lower self. For simplicity sake we can
also call them faulty belief systems.
They are faulty belief systems because they often sabotage us. They
limit our abilities and potentials. They are fears and
conflicts, remembrances of negative experiences and old
hurts. They operate through the stress mechanism as they once had an
intelligent reason for existing, to protect us.
Often they start to develop with the development of the nervous system,
even while in the womb. They occur initially as inputs from our nervous
system about real or imagined dangers, threats or potential threats.
Rather than reading them as simply input of information for some reason
we give them power to affect some or even all of our future responses to
the events of our life.
In a sense they act as filters, for they screen the information
we receive for the rest of our life or until they are either eliminated
or replaced. They can cause us to see the world differently from the way
it really is. Since by definition they are negative (there are also
positive ones but since they are positive and help they cause no
problems) they block out positive information and force us to see what
they want us to see.
For example, bigotry is a block which forces us to only be able
to see a preset belief system about people of certain religions, races,
skin colors or ethnicity. Rather than seeing a person as an individual
the bigotry filter forces the view point that all ... are bad, or
dumb, or stupid, or worthless, etc. The intelligent person knows that
this viewpoint is not true, but the bigoted person can see nothing else.
While the person who is the victim of the bigotry certainly suffers, it
is also true that the bigoted person suffers because he or she is living
in a lie and because of it, they are unable to see and experience the
real world. This limitation distorts not only their world-view but their
self-view. When the faulty belief system is bigotry, we usually don't
feel too sorry for the individual and may instead see them "as the bad
guy." However, when faulty belief system lead to a sense of low
self-esteem, failure, fear, or illness, then we may see these victims
more as casualties of life.
In the end, all of these complexes, fears and restrictions are simply
faulty belief systems which we have accepted at sometime or other during
our life consciously or unconsciously. Like any other belief system they
can be thrown away at anytime. We see this happening all around us,
every day of our life. Someone says that they hate a particular food
until they try it and decide they like it. A woman thinks a particular
style is awful, until she tries it on and finds she loves it. Faulty
belief systems exist whenever we "hate" something or are afraid of
something, feel threatened by something and our true view of it is
biased by false information or decision from the past.
Faulty beliefs exist because at some point in our life we believed (once
again, consciously or unconsciously) that they in some way presented a
threat to us or because some how they have some important meaning to us
("My father told me... and he wouldn't lie to me.") When they are based
on something that has threatened us or when we feel that having it taken
away from us will in someway cause us harm, they trigger the stress
mechanism and power must be given to their loss as real or potential
threat to our existence. During this process the individual made a
decision or created an opinion about these beliefs and not only do they
believe that they must retain them but losing them causes some sort of
injury to them, to protect themselves they have to give power to this
decision or opinion.
These beliefs continue to be powerful because the individual continues
to allow them to take power. They may even reinforce this power over and
over again. This, usually requires finding or even creating some kind of
evidence which can be used to prove that this belief
system is right (and hence continues to deserve the power we have given
The same is true of emotions. They are simply belief systems which have
become associated with physical feelings. The body sets certain chemical
pathways to be stimulated when certain types of events occur. When
emotions are triggered, a series of specific neurochemicals are released
and we immediately experience physical responses to these external
events. Ultimately however, they are also simply blocks and complexes,
either positive or negative depending on the circumstances.
Our job in life is to find as many of these blocks and complexes as we
can, to rationalize them and then eliminate them. Then, and only then,
can we be safe, sane, whole and healthy.
Blocks and Complexes and the Higher Self
When we break our connection to our Higher Self we lose its help and we
create a breach in getting what we want from our life. When this
happens, we feel lonely and alone. We may feel a loss of sense of
spirit. Some religion tells us that this is a loss of connection to God.
Huna does not disagree with this at all, although it would insert that
the Higher Self is our ultimate connection to the Godhead.
Guilt is a major block between our lower selves and our Higher Self.
There are many ways guilt can get started. One reason may be when we
believe that we have sinned. This is a major area of difference between
Huna and most organized religions. Huna does not believe in sin while
most organized religions are based around sin. Most religions would tell
you that the concept of sin exists to keep people from sinning and
causing hurt to themselves. In Huna the belief in sin is recognized as a
major cause of feeling as if one has sinned and hence it is the leading
cause of sin.
If sin doesn't exist then how could one feel as if they sinned. If they
do not feel that they have sinned than how can they feel guilt. If no
guilt exists, than it is less likely that stress or anxiety will exist.
If they do not exist then ultimately there will be no illness created by
guilt. In Huna has what is called the One Sin Rule. It states
that nothing you do is a sin, except causing an intentional hurt to
another. If whatever you do causes no intentional hurt, then there
is no sin.
Suppose you are giving a party and you make a list of people to invite
and you forget a good friend. This would not be a sin, nor would guilt
be appropriate in Huna unless you let that person out with the intention
that others would tell him that there was a party and he had
purposefully not been invited. That is he was not invited because you
wanted to pay him back for something he did to you, or you were angry at
him or wanted to punish him for something real or imagined.
In Huna sin is also not to be accompanied by guilt, but rather it is to
be recognized as a teacher. If you intentionally cause hurt to someone,
no matter the reason, you have missed the mark. You will find
yourself losing out on something you really want. You may do this once
or even twice, but eventually you will stop because it will soon become
clear that it is more costly to you and then to the other person.
Certainly the argument may arise that there must be some form of
punishment. In ancient Hawaii when one broke a rule or kapu, they
there were punishments. One of the most serious punishments, even more
than death, was banishment from the community. Being forced to wander
alone without your family or friends. This was an awful punishment for
family, tribe and community were home and this was where you were safe
If you stole from someone or cause intentional hurt you would feel bad
about yourself, you would know that something you will want today,
tomorrow or next year would not come to you. You would know that you
caused hurt to others and you would know how they felt about you. You
could however save yourself, you did not have to feel guilt or be
shunned forever. There are mechanisms which allow healing to occur.
These are based on making restitution, forgiveness and setting right
what was wronged. Once the matter was set right, it was forgotten. No
one was allowed to hold it against the individual and the individual
could once again open his line of communication to his Higher Self. This
was called, unblocking the path, it was thought of as removing
the blocks and obstructions that blocked the way to the Higher Self. Now
one could once again ask for whatever was desired and expect to get it.
Few people wanted to risk banishment or being shunned. When the
missionaries came to Hawaii there was little crime, there were no jails,
no prisons and the people were happy and healthy.
Stress and Survival
While Huna does not discuss stress, it is clear from reading about it
that it was designed to reduce, and whenever possible eliminate, the
seeds of stress and hence illness created by stress, the so called,
This would be very helpful for most of us today. We live in a time when
stress is everywhere and most illnesses, it has been estimated that at
least 70% to 80% of all illnesses are caused by or made worse by stress.
The Huna path reduces the potential of stress by creating a process of
thinking and living that eliminates the basis of stress. Huna Prayer as
we will see shortly is extremely important in stress reduction.
Stress can be defined in many ways, one workable way of defining it
suggests that stress is the difference between the way we want our
world to be and the way it is. Earlier we suggest that the lower
self creates a picture of the way it thinks life should be based on the
information given to it by the middle self. If the lower self gives
power to this picture anything that threatens this picture can activate
the stress mechanism. Huna tells us, that stress is based on a realistic
view of ourselves and our ability to ask for and get what we want from
our Higher Self and the Intelligence of the Universe. Therefore it must
be that our vision of want we want must be different from reality, if
stress exists. Huna tells us that we have a built in stress reducing
mechanism as we can effectively change reality by asking the Higher Self
for what we want and expecting it.
Huna further tells us that we can eliminate stress by eliminating faulty
belief systems, lies, blocks and guilt. We can do this by forming a
reality-based picture of our own life, this will help us to also create
a Self Image that is also realistic. Along with this realistic picture
of who and what we are we should also form a realistic picture of the
world around us - a reality-based World View.
This can help us to set up our life up so that it works, so that we have
no lies, no faulty belief systems, no illusions. Instead, we are
constantly working toward finding our highest and best self though
contact with and growth created by using the pathway to our Higher Self.
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