In the early 1900s, Max Freedom Long moved to Hawaii to be a teacher and found himself immersed in the Hawaiian spiritual culture. Years later, he compiled his research into a discipline that he called Huna. This presented the ancient Hawaiian beliefs in a way that Westerners could understand. One principle in Huna that many people find compelling is that there are “many paths up the mountain.”
Wisdom Comes from Many Paths
The ancient Hawaiians didn’t consider their philosophy to be a religion, it was a way to live life. The “many paths” concept is that there are various ways one can achieve enlightenment. There is not just one, or correct, way to find your answers. The path which will be most successful for you is the one that feels the most natural for you to follow.
Imagine having a headache. You try an aspirin, acupuncture, meridian tapping or a number of other ways to rid yourself of the pain. You’ll happily try different things until you’re successful.
People sometimes view their current spiritual path as the only way to get to enlightenment. They become fixated on this one approach even though they may struggle. They may even begin criticizing the approach because it doesn’t work for them. Or worse, they may criticize themselves. The Hawaiian spiritual leaders would tell this person “You’re just on the wrong path.”
The Best Path is the One That Fits You
There are nearly 20 major religions in the world with thousands of smaller divisions. This alone could convince you that there are many different ways up that spiritual mountain. You have a choice of paths, all of which will get you closer to wisdom and enlightenment.
All around you are people on their own paths, some have a faster pace than others, and some are further up their mountain. How do you know that you’re on the right path?
Look for the path where wisdom is open to you. A path that lets you move as slowly or quickly as you wish is another good sign. Beware of paths that promote themselves as the only true path. They will get you only part of the way up the mountain.
Don’t Limit Your Progress by Limiting Your Paths
Most important is to not limit yourself to a single path. Read, study and try out other paths. You’ll gain much experience as a spiritual traveler and enjoy the adventure as you learn.
Keep moving on your path. Learn what you can and ask questions. If you begin to feel stagnant, try a slightly different path. You’ll find yourself inching up the mountain, whichever path you choose, if you just keep moving. Every step is progress and eventually we’ll all see each other at the top.